Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Bedroom Makeover

When shopping, it takes me a long time to find something that I really love, but then I don't tire of it easily. I shopped for a long time when we moved into this home looking for a comforter or quilt that I liked for my bed. Since bedding is quite expensive, I must love it before I buy it. It's been three years, and I'm finally growing tired of the old bedding.

I not only wanted to change the bedding, but the color scheme. I've never been a big "blue" fan, but recently I have found so many calming shades of this once avoided color, that I am turning a new leaf. So, I knew the shade that I wanted, but finding bedding to actually fit my bed is an entirely different story.

This desk and chair belonged to my great great Grandma Bickert. The desk was purchased at a department store in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. It still has the shipping tag under the center drawer! The chair was used for as long as my grandma can remember in my great great grandma's laundry room.


The mirror above the dresser has been mine since I was a very little girl.
I don't remember NOT having it.
The long mirror is an antique. The mirror is still crystal clear. This was a gift to me from my parents the Christmas before I was married. My mom and I had been shopping in an antique store, and she saw me admiring this piece. She and my dad went back for it later.

Our mattress is very deep. Yes, I know that they make deep mattress bedding, but I don't know who they think they are kidding. Go ahead, open your JC Penney catalog, look at queen bedding, and find the dimensions. Nothing is standard. At this point, I don't even know what standard is! Each bedding set seems to have different measurements from the next one. It's very frustrating.

After MUCH searching, I found a bed in a bag that I fell in love with. I'm thrilled that the measurements actually worked for our bed. I also bought sheers for the window to match. I couldn't believe it, because I found the bedding and the sheers in two different stores, and they match perfectly!

I replaced the painting above the bed with a wreath of Hydrangeas, and made a few things to hang on the wall. I also replaced the shade from the lamp beside the bed. That completed the makeover! It feels very relaxing now.

Grandma gave me a card for Mother's Day that had this beautiful butterfly on it. The background matched my new bedding perfectly.
I disassembled the card, and made two new pictures out of it. Gram was thrilled.


What do you think?

27 comments:

Gena said...

So pretty! I was never a big fan of blue either, but now I've even thought about using it for my bedroom. Maybe there are just prettier shades of blue out there than there used to be?

I love the sayings on the cards you framed.

Your room looks beautiful and very relaxing.

Becky said...

I think it is very soothing. I love blue for a bedroom, especially this lovely shade. So relaxing.

We have always had a blue bedroom until we moved to this house. We are in the woods and the color green just seems natural. I went with a shade of green. And that reminds me that I need to mend my comforter. It has a couple of tiny rips in it.

YOu did a nice job.

Momma Roar said...

I think it looks lovely! Blue is my favorite color!

So glad you liked the bread - we've already finished one of the loaves we kept for ourselves!!

Patrick & Rachel said...

I LOVE IT!!!! It is so perfect - wreath, lampshade, COLOR, butterfly and quotes framed. What a calming retreat for you and Verne!!!!

Beach Girl said...

It is beautiful and peaceful. I just re-did my bedroom in the earth tones.

Vanessa

April said...

your cousin April says....it looks absolutely beautiful and your blog is as amazing as well.

Enjoy....

Kelli said...

Tracy, I love it! Blue was the first color choice for my bedroom because it's so relaxing and soothing. Your new bedding is beautiful and the wreath is the perfect touch! So pretty!! You did a great job!
Kelli

Tracy said...

Hi April! Wow! I didn't know that you read my blog. I need your email address. If you leave it for me, I won't publish it as I have comment moderation. Great to hear from you!

Kendra said...

I think that water colors are about as calm and soothing as it gets. That light blue is just so relaxing. Enjoy your new retreat!

Ruth said...

Oh, you did such a nice job. Your room looks so sweet and pretty!!

Anna S said...

This is lovely. I love blue and I'm considering it for my new bedroom. It's a tough choice between blue and lavender...

Trella said...

I love it! It looks very beautful and relaxing. I am the same way it takes me forever to find what I want, but then I use it forever.

Haus Frau said...

I love the new look, Tracy..very calm and welcoming. :o)

Sharon said...

I'm the same way about taking forever to find just the right thing I'm looking for because i know I'll have to like it for a long while.
Your room looks very refreshing and relaxing! Great job!

Emily said...

Beautiful Tracy! You did a very good job. That blue is such a cool, calm, tranquil colour - perfect for your bedroom. Thanks for sharing with us.

Christie Belle said...

Oh I love the new look! I am wanting to re-do our room in blues too, and I'm having the hardest time finding something I like, and it has to come in a duvet set b/c we have a down comforter...ahhh!

But, really, I love what you did with your room, it really turned out nicely, and nice touch with the framed card turned picture:)

Karen said...

Tracy, blue is one of my absolute favorite colors. It's very restful to me, so I think you made a perfect choice for your bedroom! ;0)
I love the originality of framing your card, too. Cute idea! I also love the wreath.
Very nice job!

Sheri Prescott said...

It looks so peaceful and beautiful Tracy! And, you are so creative with the card from your grandmother and the special appointments you chose. The changes are wonderful and I'm sure you and your sweetheart will enjoy your new room.

Christy said...

Ooohh...I love the blue color!! I think it is pretty!

Diane said...

Blue has always been one of my favorite colors...very relaxing! I really like your "re-do". Thanks for sharing pics with us. Don't you just love having sentimental pieces around your home...things that have special stories and memories attached to them? Blessings, Diane

Lori B said...

Thanks for sharing your bedroom makeover with us. I really like it!!
I especially like the hydrangea wreath. IT is very pretty.
I'm going to get the itch to makeover my bedroom seeing all these bedroom makeovers.

Jennifer said...

love it! great makeover :o)

Beck said...

What a lovely change!
We are big blue fans around here, especially a certain shade of purple-y blue. We once painted an entire apartment all in various shades of this near-lilac colour and it was gorgeous! If you like blue.

Angie said...

Very pretty! I use a lot of blues/greens/yellows around my house. Colors of nature....bery peaceful! Your talent just keeps going and going and going.....You are blessed indeed. I am glad I found your blog!
God bless you!

Jodi said...

Isn't it amazing how color can completely change a room? I like the blue; it's so tranquil. I especially like the texture of your comforter and bed skirt ~ very pretty! And that pretty Mother's Day card is definitely frame worthy! Great idea and you can't beat the price! :o)

Jodi said...

Okay, am I losing it or does your header change pictures? or did I pop in when you where changing pictures? because I could have sworn there was a close-up shot of the center of a purplish lily when I logged onto you site, and now it's a group of orange lilies! Maybe I *am* losing it! Be kind to me ~ I might be going crazy ~ lol!

Myrna said...

Very peaceful makeover. I think you will enjoy it.

I have had blue in bedrooms several times. We have some blue in the the room now blue now. I'm thinking of changing it, but haven't settled on a color--that may take some time.