Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Our New Digs - Part 3
Our next stop on the tour is the bedroom. It's the only room in the house with hardwood floors, which I absolutely adore. There are two big windows, again clothed in my favorite floor-to-ceiling curtains. The bedroom sits in the east corner of the house, so once the days start to get a little longer as we inch towards springtime, the earlier sunrises will bathe this room in light.
Surprisingly (especially to me) our bedroom ended up red. Well, okay, accented in red. But in my book, this is as red as any room in my house is likely to get. I am definately not a red-paint-on-the-walls kind of girl. No offense to those of you who are - I just know it would drive me loony in a matter of days. I thrive with a backdrop of neutrality.
But, I found this beautiful antique red and white quilt at an antique mall several months ago (for a steal, I might add) and it was the perfect piece to build a room around. Paired with a few less-than-antique finds...
... like this Pottery Barn pillow cover and a red striped rug from Target, my red bedroom came together.
We haven't splurged on a headboard yet, so in the meantime a simple antique mirror that I picked up at a flea market for $2.00 acts as a beautiful focal point above the bed.
A chippy white dresser also serves as my vanity, with the addition of a few antique crocks and baskets to stash all of my makeup and jewelry, and a wood-framed mirror from Target (I love Target - those beautiful bedside wood lamp bases and linen-look shades are Target finds, too!)
What I love even more than a beautiful antique is a bargain. I am thrifty to the core, and I love finding dirt-cheap decor that doesn't look it. This little burlap cushioned bench is just such a bargain. When I bought it at a second-hand store, it was painted bright white with ugly blue floral fabric. I brushed on a couple coats of cream and tan paint to age it, recovered the top with burlap, and added a border of decorative flat-head nails to finish it off. The result? I have the look of a french antique for around $15. And I found the antique feed sack pillow, usually insanely expensive, for $10 at an antique show.