Sunday, January 25, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday

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In the very early days of RMS I posted my bedroom. It wasn't nearly finished but I wanted some input on how to move forward. What I discovered very quickly were that several people were very helpful, some were just down right mean and that the colors of the year seemed to be---- blues and browns and they were showing up all over the RMS site.

After much looking and shopping and searching for ideas, I eventually was able to put this together. Much better than the previous. Yet, something wasn't quite right...

Ah, this looked much better....but alas I still wasn't satisfied with the final result...primarily because it didn't speak to my true style...The British Colonial style that I love...so after much research and lust over the bed below I broke down and bought the new bed...

Of course changing the bed meant changing everything else...Hubby continued to shake his head in complete disbelief at me...after all we had just really finished the bedroom after almost 5 years then here I went changing it...yes again!




I love the bed, and I love the feel of the room now. I haven't been able to get the plantation shutters yet, so I opted to purchase these shorter shutters from Craig's list for $35 and stained them to match the bed. There are so many things in here that Kelly helped me with including the making of the bolster, curtains and coral pillows. In fact she even helped me paint the room, she's a God send! For those that don't know Kelly is a fellow RMS lady that I met who actually now lives about 5 miles away from me;)


Love the look for the summer but still felt as though something was missing and then I found these pictures which I adore...I think they look wonderful yet don't distract from the beauty of the headboard, which to me is a work of art in itself!

I'm still not sure about this little spot as you walk into the room, eventually would like to get a flat panel TV instead of the big armoire... and want to replace the dressers as well...would love to have a spot for a leather bench at the bottom of the bed or maybe a chaise....yes I know patience.......



Found this fabric below and loved it! In total cost me $42 for 9 yards! Can't beat a deal like that and the colors and print really follow the "theme" I am trying to achieve.


I know the mirror looks to be hung a little low but if it were any higher I couldn't see in it (yes I'm short) but in reality the new chest of drawers I want is shorter and then the mirror will look better.




All in all it's been a great learning process and I am loving the changes so far....I have seen grass cloth and beams on the ceiling of one room and would love to try that.....maybe (he he) who knows what the next look will be! Hoping to get the real plantation shutters some time this year! Hope you enjoyed the tour! The bottom line is that I buy almost everything on sale,(well almost) but half the fun is the hunt isn't it? Finding that right piece, or fabric or pillow etc..?


Happy hunting!!


Hugs French;)


xoxoxoxox

55 comments:

Susan said...

Your bedroom is beautiful! It is like mine a work-in-progress... I think I will be changing things in there forever!

Just when I think I have it.... I say "Hmm... it needs something..."

Happy To Be said...

Oh French this is just beautiful girl what a chane it has gone through..don't you just love RMS with all the meanies NOT... Girl I didn't know how bad my home looked until I posted it there..Love this look...thanks so much for sharing you have my five stars..oh wait a minute wrong show...hugs and smiles Gloria

prof en retraite said...

Oh French...the final result is perfect! Your bed is gorgeous and I love the shutters! I know what you mean about rms..I never go there any more. Blogland is a much happier place! Have a wonderful week...Debbie

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful room. It was lovely before, but this is a whole 'nother level. And I can see why you wanted that bed, it is gorgeous. Kathy

kbbryant said...

What a fun transformation. It has such a fresh look!

Enjoy
Kathy b

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

French...this was soooo much fun seeing your room evolve. It totally has that British Colonial feel now...I love it! Hard to imagine improving on it now...it's so beautiful! I'm glad you kept going and didn't stop until you got the look you wanted...so worth it! Awesome MM post! Susan

santamaker said...

Love the British Colonial feel of your bedroom! Your bed is sooooo beautiful. Great job.

Shelia said...

Oh Frenchiness! How beautiful your bedroom is! You have such marvelous taste. It looks so soothing!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

marty39 said...

Great post. I loved seeing the before and all the evolving changes. I LOVE the final project and the plantation shutters will be gorgeous, but the short shutters look great also. Marty

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

It looks beautiful! Is your bed mahogany or black? As you know I'm going to be redoing my bedroom soon so looking for furniture. Our room is small so I think I'm going to go with some wood stained furniture & some distressed cream furniture so it will be more of a nantucket/british colonial look (I hope anyway)

xinex said...

I love the change, French. The room looks more "You" now, not faddish or anything. It's very pretty....Christine

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

OH! What a peaceful, gorgeous getaway of a room. I am IN LOVE with that coral colored bolster. Just YUMMY! The whole room has such a beautiful easy brezzy style. You know...as I was scrolling I was thinking about seagrass and beams on the ceiling. Perfection!!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

It's funny - because when I was looking at your "before" pics I was thinking...this is really pretty but it sure doesn't look like French. Then you posted your afters and the new bed...and I said yep! That's French! Love, love, love it! Wish I had a "Kelly" right down the street, too. :-) Blessings, Barb

Melissa Miller said...

Oh my goodness you have done some changing around in that room!

Is it bad that I love them all? You have the decorators touch.

Great job!!! :)

imjacobsmom said...

Loved walking through the transformation of your bedroom. I too am wanting the plantation shutters in my room and Jacob's. I just need to get someone out here to measure. It's just one of those things I procrastinate. I love your new bed and wall color. Being a shorty myself I thought your mirror looked fine! - LOL. ~ Robyn

Nancy W said...

Love It! Your bed is to die for! You have done an incredible job!

Cynthia said...

Hi French,
What a truly wonderful transformation and that bed was such a good choice. I understand about the hubby thing, they shake their heads about all the changing we want to do! Congrats again on such a lovely job! Cindy

artis1111 said...

I love it all!!! It does look like you are swept away to the islands. Kathy

Linda said...

Your bedroom re-do is so beautiful! I really like the addition of the two prints over the nightstands. Also, went back to the whole house makeover a few blogs ago...that is amazing!

Buffie said...

Love, love, love this room, one of my very favorites!!!
Beautifully done Lisa!

Buffie ;)

Tessa said...

Oh! Breathless! This is truly, truly lovely. Quelle talent, Madame French. Wonderful to see a work in progress come to such fabulous fruition!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

French, what a beautiful change. Don't you love when a dream comes together? Are any of our rooms ever 100% finished? What a great friend you had to help.. hugs ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

French, what a beautiful change. Don't you love when a dream comes together? Are any of our rooms ever 100% finished? What a great friend you had to help.. hugs ~lynne~

Twice as Nice said...

You did a wonderful transformation. You gave the room a more grown up, sophisticated feel. It's probably better than any hotel room you have enjoyed in Jamaica!

My bedroom is like your before. I just can't seem to get the feel I want. When the weather breaks I will be painting and changing things. My husband, like yours will wonder why because I just bought the bedding and made "mistreatments". But I'm not lovin' it and so I need to change it once again! I hope to get the same results you have in your redo. LOVE IT and that bed is amazing.

Picket said...

Oh Frenchie...what wonderful memories you have brought back to me this morning...I remember when I first met you..You were talking about going to designer school and I was amazed at all the talent you have when it came to decorating..Everything you touched just turned to gold..I have a bedroom that is just sitting....I can't for the life of me figure out the direction I want to go in there..I hate to even walk in that room...I am serious...I can't get a vision on that room...you see how I decorate my house...tell me what my style is! lol lol Seriously I need help in that room...it is the one room that still has the original paint color as when we bought the house...I know I can't believe it either considering the living room has had over 6 different colors in 8 years! lol Your bedroom is just so dreamy..loved seeing it again! have a great week dear friend!

Wendy said...

Beautiful room, I love it!! I know what you mean about some people being mean over at RMS. I posted once and someone told me my bedroom was hideous. Ok, maybe it was, but they didn't have to put it so bluntly.

Lover your bed, great choice. Actually, I love everytying in your room. It is beautiful!

Momovthree said...

Oh that bed! It's amazing!!! I thought the room looked great before but then seeing the after with the new bed and the shutters just took my breath away. Beautiful job!
~Michelle

~CC Catherine said...

French, I love all the looks! But, the final product really is outstanding! Great job! A tremendous room to relax and dream the night away... ;) ~CC

ellen b said...

Whoa! I really like both settings but the second one does call to me more and the larger pieces set the room off nicely. What a great job. Just beautiful...

Kimm at Reinvented said...

That is beautiful, I love the combination of the dark wood and white bedding. You've done a great job choosing accessories.

squawmama said...

Good Morning Sweet one... I just loved the first bedroom... so gorgeous and then all of a sudden I was stunned by the beauty of your second redo... Just Stunning and looks like it is right out of House Beautiful... Great job done... Have a great Monday

(((HUGS)))
Donna

squawmama said...

Oh I forgot.... I LOVE your new blog look... very tropical...xoxoxo

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

French, I just love how your room has evolved. It really looks grown up & so classy now. You've done a great job with it!

Helen said...

VERY British Colonial Ms. French ---- VERY!

Bo said...

Hi Lisa...I've never seen a bed like yours...your wait & hunt for it really paid off...it is the centerpiece to a perfectly decorated room! ;-) Bo

Justine said...

Girl, I wouldn't even bother with the shutters. I LOVE the way you have the windows done only on the bottom. Why mess with perfection? I think this room is glorious, and I can't imagine why you want to replace the rest of the furniture. It looks like it matches perfectly, and it's so pretty!

I think you need a little rug next to the side of the bed... something... oh, I don't know. British Colonial? LOL

Justine :o )

Kim Chalfant said...

Love it!! Looks beautiful & so relaxing. I want to go on vacation to your bedroom!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I thought it looked good before but you were right to cahnge it because now I think it looks fabulous!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi French, Your room certainly transformed to beautiful, dreamy, spa-like room! I LOVE your lamps! Great job! ~Hugs, Rhonda :)

nikkicrumpet said...

The transformation is a marvelous thing to see! I remember those RMS days and the nice and not so nice things that got said about us all. Your bedroom looks so perfect now. I can't imagine it not getting RAVE REVIEWS...even from some of the haters over there! Great style is not hard to recognize...and you've got it!

~♥~ Monica S said...

OMG what transformations.. I actually liked all three looks!!

I LOVE orange and brown and creme though.. so the finished result melted my ♥!!
I'd LOVE to have a bedroom like that!!
GREAT JOB FRENCH!

So are you singing ?? "voulez vous couches avec moi?" (I think that's how it's written)

Monica

Mama said...

I was trying to remember the first photo from RMS but couldnt, I do remember the second one and of course the "piece de resistance" a perfect example of BC style and your future plans for this room will be the icing on the cake, hugs Kathy.

Anna Lefler said...

Very, very pretty! I've got bedroom envy!

XO

Anna

Linda said...

Yes, I think they are always a work in progress, I know mine is yet again. Really nice, Love the bed!!
Linda

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Yes, TT is on for tomorrow. It will change to a Thursday date most like the following week! :-)

Tootsie said...

outstanding French!!!! I love it.
No room in my house is ever finished....that is just a given! lol

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I love your bedroom! The bed made a tremendous difference. I liked it before you added with bed...but the finally product is awesome!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful! Love your new bed! laurie

Carrie said...

Excellent sophisticated transformation of the room!

Raxx - A day in the life said...

French your bedroom belongs in the Caribbean! Say, Trinidad perhaps? lol!! I love it so!

I'm a working gal now so my bedroom will be getting the 'jewelry' to use your word!

Thanks for your advice on my room! I love all your met mondays!

Dixie's Whimsey said...

French... I love the way you're working on your room... step by step.. I think most of our rooms really evolve over time anyway... some things we love and never want to part with, others... I tastes change and so do some of the things that we once loved by now.. alas... not so much... That's what makes the decorating so much fun!

keep evolving! Dixie

Naz said...

Wow...what a huge transformation. I've only seen the "after" pictures posted on RMS so this was quite a surprise to me. Your bedroom looks like a dream come true.

Another shocker was that I always pictured you as tall, 5'8" or 5'10". I'm not sure where I got that idea from. lol

Leigh said...

That is gorgeous!!! Ok, do tell, where did you get your bed? Did I not see it? I love the linens, the art...and the place for the flat screen. I see weekend movie time!
Awesome!

ann said...

Wow,what a difference.YOu just get better and better.I can't see getting any better than this...ann

Anonymous said...

French, love your bedroom now but can't wait to see upcoming changes. For example, the ceiling you had spoke of... sounds delightful! :-) - sherylcanadiangirl

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