- Part One-
Learning - Changes - Keepers - Discoveries
Shades - of - White
Warning: This is my longest post ever-
Solution: Read in parts, like chapters. Take a break and come back to it.
Yes, that sounds like a good idea.
Let's Call It Makeover #1
Serene - Fresh - Calm - Serene
The entire focus on my bedroom makeover has been cool, calm, serenity-distinctively feminine but allowing for the appropriate dash of masculine touches we love to label décor- remembering but without overpowering.
I wanted - https://www.pinterest.com- an all white room...my version: s h a d e s of w h i t e. My bedroom was the only possibility because I had two pieces of antique white furniture plus the little wicker bedside table already. My linens were all white and soon the antique bed would be some shade of white.
We will be sharing with these ladies-Won't you join us?
- That's where I started. I should have known better. We often say "follow your heart.' That's true with this decorating and staging thing too.
[That's assuming your decorator's heart can be trusted]
These were also called wardrobes
Working our way from the far side of the room...not a really large space...it begins to look quite busy. That tells us we need to tread lightly...using less visual volume.
When we started putting the room back together I had no idea
where we were going with it...then when we moved the small
[dark wood] chifferobe out and Grandma's white one in it all
began to come together & while we had talked about the option
of turning the chifferobe to a "kattycorner" position..This stuck!
I wish you could see the piece of what I believe qualifies as
Antique luggage-I am calling it a Train Case- perhaps
A Hat Box
It's round and quite large and very much
T I M E W O R N
SHOWN BELOW IN THE BACKGROUND ALSO-
Not the star of the show but great supporting cast
This manicure set is quite old..
as I was told- a gift from Ted's Dad
to his first wife and the materials
[before the age of plastic]
can be very fragile with the passing of time..
|Maine Heritage Weaver|
Like new after nine years-
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|No I do not COLLECT purses|
The oldest here is an evening bag from 1958- 1959
Below it is the black patent clutch I used with my
Wedding Day travel outfit
(we called it -going away outfit)
Below that is from 1970s (2)
The strange piece of paper (paper towel) attached to the mirror is a "Love note" left by one of the older grandsons. I found it after they were gone. The same precious Grand left a little similar 'love note' for me in the small -er bathroom attached to the mirror of Pop's (antique reproduction) medicine cabinet.
|A work in progress...|
When the vintage glass knobs arrive this will disappear
|Does anyone remember a brand of soap "Lux" |
This lady in silhouette reminds me of that soap label
Above the low boy dresser mirror
|Small décor for small spaces|
Beside the bedroom door going back into the den-
Keeping it simple with a barely painted little metal
thingy and once fresh eucalyptus
We are not there yet....
Above and below
(yet to be decided- I usually have to live with something
for at least a few days before I can decide if it is a comfortable fit for me.)
|The view across the room from the Chifferobe wall|
Did I mention that perfect skinny dresser lamp
~ a Genuine Dollar Store purchase [$5.] 15 years ago
|The new Vintage glass knobs I have found on Ebay will make it just right|
The sweetest vintage crochet gloves..
I normally use them attached inside
a suit pocket with the ruffled edges hanging outside..
will continue to use them.
Notice jewelry spilling from the vintage brown suede &
Twist Beads & the green /white bracelet circa 1970s
I wish you could see the purse more clearly
It is very old, obvious by the condition of the leather
It is an envelope/clutch and the strap you see holding
onto the crochet gloves are meant for exactly that
holding onto your gloves.
More than likely I will find a time or occasion when I use this
ANYWAY..no matter the condition
Now don't even ask for information on the painting above-
It was interesting and the price was right
It was interesting and the price was right
That's the whole story!
- We had starting points then the eye worked it's magic...Change happened.
- Some things had to go & others begged to be added because [for various reasons] they are "keepers".. RIGHT! Did I mention that some of the keepers that threatened to get us off track ended up in never before thought of spaces. For instance I had never thought of trying to fill blank space between the clothes hamper and the bottom of the rectangular [white] antique mirror. It WORKS!
|Decorating freebie: In this house I do not use this old clothes hamper.|
I keep it simply b/c no one has asked for it and it fills this otherwise
awkward space so perfectly. I paid $18. for it at least 20 years ago in
And that sweet sun hat courtesy of my neighbor Dee
doesn't work for me
But hanging on that mirror shows off & reminds me
of a precious neighbor for nine years
across the street
|The barnwood frame shows off a picture my |
Mobley cousins treasure of our Grandpa
Marion Albert Mobley
Thanks to our Aunt Josephine
we have those memories in so many
Mobley family pictures.
Some things cannot be changed. We can't make the room larger. It's a cosmetic makeover not a remodel. As my daughter and I put the room back together we began to fill in the blanks & things we began with changed. Some of the best laid plans?
In a not so large bedroom this original coal burning fireplace is of not practical use so it's simply decorative..nothing more. So we'll leave well enough alone.
Not useful space - but a Pretty setting ~
Such a sweet reminder of "My Girls" in Newton, Texas The Heathers, Holly & Friends sent to me when my husband died. These were girls I taught in Sunday School throughout their high school years and will always hold a special place in my heart-yes, truly!
Above - The bundle of wonderfully 'ratty' books from early mid century were Nanny's [Ted's Mother- Daisy Bagley Harrison]...she loved reading & often accumulated books by subscribing to book clubs.
|The vase above sets atop two of my |
Mama's personal Diaries
- A few happy surprises: I remembered a very old not entirely plain mirror stashed in a closet -You guessed it. That heavy old mirror is about to get some color of white paint slapped generously onto it and hung over the fire place. Yes, it's about to become a star in my bedroom makeover.
This mirror was the most FUN part of this project because it was such a SURPRISE. I knew I had that forgotten mirror stored in a closet and I knew I might make use of it but even when I mentioned the mirror to my assistant [helpful talented daughter] I had no idea what the end result would be. Take note this Gramma loves FABULOUS but equally as much I love E A S Y. This was a 30 minute job. Now you can all A P P L A U D. [I haphazardly painted at night on the deck with the humidity waaaay up there...so it dried almost as fast a I put the paint on]
Yes we can make that ceiling light go away...and we can make some space between the mantle and bottom of the mirror.....
watch for the magic.
watch for the magic.
I know, I know, It's not right YET
F I N A L L Y
A family member long and tall and young and strong enough to
H A N G THE H E A V Y
M I R R O R
Not all the girls trying out get picked to be Cheerleaders
(that simply means not all our wonderful ideas worked as we had originally planned)
Without real thought I grabbed a small square mirror off my bathroom wall with the intent of hanging it in the small space next to my bedside table and the closet door..immediately attached it to the perfect place and oops...NOT- GOING- TO- WORK.
The unpretentious barely peach color silk rose I chose
to wear on my navy blue suit-
Deanna's wedding Day 1989
|I chose my DOWNTON ABBEY cup (a gift from Carol) to add a small touch of distinction|
and maybe impress you with my good taste [oh well]
The Mirror becomes a tray atop my bedside table
Just go with that creative whisper-
Consequences: Grabbing treasures from OTHER parts of the house creates something interesting. I wonder if you ever run into this. Now I have holes in areas that have to be fixed after snatching things away for my project.
Challenges are opportunities for WINS~
Notice right beside My Grandma Mobley's Chifferobe with the only object being a small pottery wall pocket holding dried roses. No accident- It was deliberate.
We could have tastefully used more of that wall but why mess with perfection she says! Right there we began to turn down the decorating volume.
By the way I will continue to critically examine the various dried flower additions for tweeking that might be needed.
I do love dried flowers..another kind of beauty as I describe them. I tell myself the mix of different flowers makes it okay...however, I don't want to be delusional as I try to be true to my personal style.