A Princess and the Pea Master Bedroom

 

Welcome to the 9th Metamorphosis Monday!

When I first entered the foyer of this home, 18 years ago, it was pretty obvious why it had been on the market for over a year. The carpet throughout was a burnt orange color and the interior had not been painted in 8 years. On our second walk through, we videotaped many of the rooms so we could remember it as we shopped for a new house.

Please bear with me on these next 4 pics…they were taken with a “state of the art” video camera…state of the art 18 years ago! :-) To get these pics to share with you today, I put the ancient VHS tape in a VCR and played it, pausing every so often to take a pic. These aren’t the greatest pics, but I think you will get the general idea. Note the orange carpeting…the walls were painted “grammar school green.”

A darker green floral border ran around the ceiling…even the molding was painted green!

The dressing area off the master bedroom used to be a fifth bedroom, but the first owners of my home had the hallway door walled off and made this area into a dressing area, complete with built in cabinetry and three closets, one of which is a walkin. We were told the walk-in was the “fur closet” and had its own separate zone on the security system. No furs in there today, unless you count my furry slippers. :)

Here’s a shot of the dark green wall paper that once graced the walls of the dressing area…

Here’s the master bedroom today…

Gone are the grammar-school-green walls and green molding. Walls are painted a soft, buttery yellow called Sugar Cookie. It’s an old Duron color and is my favorite yellow in the world. You can still walk into any Duron store or Home Depot and ask for it…they all still have the formula.

To make the bed extra cozy for winter, I’ve added a down mattress topper, on top of the regular mattress. Max (kitty) loves it! I jokingly call this my “Princess and the Pea” bed because of its height. :) Do you remember that fairy tale? Don’t you just love this whimsical painting below by Edmund Dulac ? It’s called The Real Princess and is based on the fairytale.

Without the comforter…you can see the “lumpiness” of the down topper…

This bedding called Summerton by Rose Tree, was purchased at Linens and Things many years ago. The dust ruffle that came with the bedding was much too short, so I had one made to accommodate the 23 inch drop. If you Google, Summerton Bedding or Summerton Rose Tree, you can still find this bedding available online.

I love a bed piled high with pillows! You may recognize the pillow in the center from the “tease” post I published yesterday. That little pillow is very special to me because it was made just for me by a very special person.

My sweet friend, Carol, made this beautiful pillow as a surprise birthday present for me a couple of months back. Carol is a wonderfully talented Interior Designer! When the surprise package arrived and I opened it, I thought Carol must have seen my pics on RMS and made it just for my bedroom!

As it turns out, Carol didn’t know I had used this very fabric in my bedroom….she just thought the fabrics in this pillow were ones I would like. Have you ever seen a more darling pillow? Thank-you, Carol…I LOVE it!

Remember this little tole tray I used for last weeks Tablescape Thursday…this is where you will normally find it…here on the bed.

Several of you asked about it, so I thought I’d include a close-up in this post. It was a wedding gift over thirty years ago.

Since I knew you were coming by for a visit today, I made some hot cranberry tea to go with a sweet blueberry and cranberry muffin. :-) (Creamer and sugar are Lenox, Butler’s Pantry, Gourmet. The cup/saucer and plate are from HomeGoods.)

The pink camellias are from my garden. Winter has been hard on my camellia bush this year, but I managed to find a few blooms.

Someone else was highly interested in the muffin on the bed.

This Met Monday post includes a Mini-Met involving this space between the windows. For years this space had a table with a mirror above it…you can see the mirror peaking out behind the highboy, if you look closely. When I first purchased the highboy, and before I took the mirror down, I tried it in this spot for a few days. I was never happy with it here because the highboy is quite deep and it created deep wells on either side. The logical thing to put on either side seemed to be chairs, but the highboy was like a large wall of wood beside you when sitting in the chair. Plus, it just seemed to overwhelm the windows and impeded some of the light.

So I moved it to this corner of the room. I could have placed it flat against the wall where the chair is, but as you walked down the long hall toward the master suite, you would be staring into the side of the highboy…not the most attractive view. I like it catty-cornered here…and it’s nice to see when coming down the hall and into the room.

This highboy is large…over 7 feet tall. It was a lucky find for only $400 while antiquing in Roswell, Georgia one day.

Remember this from yesterday’s tease?

Continuing with our Mini-Met…this was the next piece of furniture I tried in-between the windows. It worked better than the deep, large highboy, but I was still missing the mirror and table. Without the brightness of the mirror, the room was beginning to feel like it had too much dark wood furniture in it.

Another shot of the secretary between the windows…

I had always planned to buy a “painted” piece of furniture for this room, hopefully a painted secretary. When I came across this secretary at A Classy Flea for around $345, even though it wasn’t painted, I couldn’t resist. Love that Flea!

A cat’s eye view…

So, where did the secretary get moved? I placed it on the one wall where I thought I could never have a piece of furniture, the one across from the foot of the bed.

It actually works well there and seems perfect for that space.

Best of all, I was able to bring my mirror back in…so the room doesn’t feel like it’s all brown wood anymore. This room is always evolving…still needs draperies, a fabulous chandelier of some type and chairs to go on either side of the table/mirror.

Update: Added the chandelier in April 2010…you can view that post HERE.

Do you recognize the table skirt from Tablescape Thursday a few weeks ago…the one about dining fireside in the library? It’s a duvet cover my sis, Glenda, gave me…it’s working pretty well here as my tableskirt.

I have a large glass top for this table, but I’ve decided to leave it off for now…kind of nice seeing the texture of the crocheted covering.

This bedroom has a dressing area just through those doors. I’m really glad the previous owners converted the next door bedroom into a dressing area. They walled off the door from the hallway and added two additional closets and built in drawer space.

The fabric on the chair was in yesterday’s tease post…remember the bee and the little bug?

Here’s another view of the chair fabric…every room needs a little whimsy.

This dresser goes with an 80 year old bedroom suite.  The bed and chest-of-drawers are stored away in my basement for now. The green paint of the dresser goes really well with the fabrics I’m using in the master bedroom.

And this is where Between Naps on the Porch gets created, only normally, it doesn’t look this neat.  Update:  Turned my son’s old room into a home office in early 2011.  You’ll find a post showing my new work space here: Pottery Barn Bedford Home Office, Craft Room, Sewing Room.

This was the best shot I could get of the picture that hangs above my desk.  The glass created a lot of glare.   Do you see the sweet black kitty sitting on the walkway?

The view from the dressing room…you can see the top of the bed here. I’d love to find some wool or flannel bed hangings for the winter months. I envision kind of a “Ralph Lauren” look with a plaid bed-skirt in rich, jewel tone colors. The current look is more suited for a summer look.

Steps hold bedtime reading…bed holds a lazy cat.

I bought a seagrass rug at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I thought it would work well to ground the room and I liked how it contrasted with the dressy  feel of the moire bedskirt.

Well, that’s my bedroom metamorphosis…hope it was worth the wait…and the tease. Thanks for coming along for the tour!

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Comments

  1. I love your bedroom transformation. I think my favorite piece is the 80-year-old dresser.

  2. Well, Susan, what can I say? That tease lived up to the anticipation. So many wonderful ideas…It’s hard to pick just one thing that I like best. Your fabrics are great, the pillows are plush, and the secretary is beautiful. But, you know, I think I like the surprise of the seagrass on the floor. It’s such a different texture and look for everything else – it binds everything together. And how sweet to have the table skirt from your sis! Beautifully done! Linda

  3. What a lovely, lovely bedroom you put together! I love the colors and all the furniture. You really transfomed your space from what it was. Just beautiful..

  4. Your bedroom is beautiful! It is great to see the before and the after. I love your taste.

    Mary
    From Chesapeake, VA

  5. French Cupboard says:

    That’s a gorgeous re-do! You know, I think I may have that same old wallpaper that you had 18 years ago. We have a 100 year old farmhouse. It’s huge and has lots of character but the wallpaper is not so great. We’ve been here for four years and only gotten a couple rooms re-done. But, I don’t plan on moving again so I guess I have plenty of time ;)

    Blessings… Polly

  6. tales from an O.C. cottage says:

    Fabulous! My sister was just wondering when your home decor book would be coming out? With such a gorgeous home she is sure you must have one on the way!

    m ^..^

  7. Lisa (aka) French says:

    What a beautiful met Monday post!! Carol is a wonderful woman and a true sweetheart for sending that to you and how lucky that it matched so wonderfully;) Thanks for sharing all the corners of the beautiful room;) French;)

  8. The Bramble Patch says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love your style!

  9. Susan, your bedroom is just gorgeous! What a great transformation from the little snippets of before! Worth the tease from yesterday, lol!

    I’ll add mine at midnight or so,thanks again for a great Met Monday!

  10. Hi Susan! What a beautiful bedroom you have! I just love it all. The highboy, the secretary, the bed linens and especially your sweet little fuzzy face posing for all your shots! :)
    Thanks for dreaming of Met Monday and I’m sure you did it right there is your beautiful bed. Oh, we, too have a high bed and a little foot stool but I actually need to use my step stool! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Oh Susan, the whole bedroom and dressing room area are just stunning. I just love the colors and I love plaid mixed with lots of different fabrics. You do have some really beautiful furniture pieces and it is just so gorgeous and inviting. What a beautiful room. Hugs, Marty

  12. I just couldn’t wait to see the reveal and it is everything I could imagine and more! Your teaser post was so much fun! What a beautiful bedroom!!!!

  13. Dream Mom says:

    Oh, I just love this bedroom! In a word, it is “gracious”. Your instincts are right on; it turned out just perfect. And the best part, well, is the kitty. They are the finishing touch on any room. They make a room look cozy. Beautiful room-great job!

  14. What a beautiful room! I’m glad your cat allows you to share it. ;)

  15. Momovthree says:

    You have such a great room! The space is wonderful and I love all the fabrics you chose. I enjoy seeing the room come together as you try different things. Sometimes we don’t always know exactly what and where to put things and it’s fun to see that process! It’s coming along beautifully!
    ~Michelle

  16. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says:

    Susan! You have great taste! LOL I have this same bedding bookmarked at Dillard’s to order after my Master Bath re-do. I fell in love with it when I saw another post on RMR featuring the Summerton collection. The paisley and plaid are the perfect combo. I really love the dressing table w/ the plates above. That area just speaks to me. I love the view from the bedroom looking in. Sooo inviting. Thanks for hosting and sharing your bedroom with us. Barb

    ps – I thought Debbie had loaned out Baby Kitty to you for this photo shoot, b/c your kitties look so much alike. Those shots are great! :-D

  17. santamaker says:

    I remember when you first posted this on RMS and I said that it was going straight to the front page! It’s a winner for sure. What a beautiful romantic bedroom that looks like it’s out of the pages of House Beautiful!

  18. I’ve always loved your bedroom, Susan, in fact, I love your whole house.The high boy looks a lot better in that corner where you put it. How convenient to have a spacious dressing room adjoining the bedroom!…Christine

  19. Karen at Nittany Inspirations says:

    You bedroom as well as your whole home is perfection. I love the bed and the highboy. I have a secretary, too.

  20. Cottage Rose says:

    Hi Susan; OH I just love you bedroom, you put it together so beautiful. I love lots of pillows too, and a high bed, it is easy for me to get in and out of… Love the cute photos of your sweet kitty. Oh and the yummy muffin and tasty tea, just hit the spot… mmmmm I would find it very hard to leave that room…

    Hugs;
    Alaura

  21. The result lived up to its tease!! It is a perfect blend of colors, textures, and fabrics! I so envy that dressing area. And I am very impressed with your pictures from the old video–Thanks for sharing! Oh, and now I’m hearing “home” –very appropriate!

  22. Worth the wait?? R.U.Kidding????? I’m off to go cancel my subscriptions to Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens. From now on I’ll just read your blog! Thanks Susan! As always, it’s been a pleasure reading your post.
    Kim

  23. WOW. Susan, your home is so incredibly beautiful and each week I am amazed! When can I come for a visit? hehe. hugs from Texas!

  24. Hi Susan,
    I just love it! I remember seeing some of it on RMS and now you have added so many more details. I love love love your bedding and pillows and that dressing room is divine. You are so talented at all the little details, thanks for sharing such a lovely post. Cindy

  25. Love , love your bedding. I love bedskirts long like that. the room is beautiful. Mishelle

  26. Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer says:

    Gorgeous! I wish I could redo my bedroom!

    Susan

  27. Kristens Creations says:

    Gorgeous transformation!! Love the bedding,the colors are just beautiful. Kristen

  28. I love your bedroom! I have been looking for a coverlet like the one you have! Love the bed skirt and everything! I also love your dressing room! Your transformation is beautiful!

  29. Raggedy Girl says:

    What a beautiful room and what an incredible change you made in the space. This is magazine worthy. You have real talent in decorating.

    Roberta Anne

  30. Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 says:

    Oh my gosh Susan! You have a beautiful bedroom! For a beautiful lady! Thank you so much for sharing and for hosting these great postings! God Bless! Lauralu :)

  31. Susan,
    You have done a beautiful job, on the decorating, and how you put this post together. You also got some great bargins along the way! Have a great week. Cathy

  32. I have a hard time believing that you are not a professional designer. That room is beautiful! I can’t believe that you got the highboy for so little. My mom had a 1930′s secretary identical to that one, which she “antiqued” in the 60′s. I gave it to my daughter and she had it refinished and it looks as good as yours now.

  33. Melissa Miller says:

    ~WOW~ Susan I am truly floored by the regal yet comfortable beauty of your bedroom.
    Just an outstanding change.
    ~Gorgeous highboy and bedding.

    Love all the sweet poses from Max.
    Chestnut would do exactly the same…:)

    Thank you so much for hosting MM.
    I enjoyed putting my post together for it as well.
    ~Melissa :)

  34. Anonymous says:

    What excellent taste you have! The pillow Mizz Carol ( she was so kind to me at RMS) made is GREAT …it took me two years in home economics to barely finish a “hamburger” pillow! Thanks so much for sharing your pretty home.

    Tiffany
    RMS “caniquit…”

  35. Susan, you have a beautiful bedroom. You and I have very similar bedroom furniture. I love mine and have had it for years.

    I have a strange question for you…I have wanted to get a seagrass rug but worried that my cat would be tempted to scratch on it. Have you had that problem at all? Seems like it would be tempting.

  36. I save the word ‘scrumptious’ for things I truly love … your bed being one of them. It’s like a bed from a fairy tale ~ you are right about that! Does kitty like the texture of your area rug? Your transformation is truly magical.

  37. laurie @ bargain hunting says:

    Susan, I remember your beautiful bedroom, but I don’t recall ever having seen your dressing room. What a wonderful space. It all flows together beautifully. With all of these shelter magazines going out of business, I think you should start your own magazine. All of your pictures look like they are from a lovely magazine spread. laurie

  38. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says:

    Susan, This is such a beautiful room! It actually looks as if it were in a magazine. I'm in love with the painted dresser & your "bug" fabric chair! ☺♥☺ Diane

  39. I’m finished working for the day and thought I’d pop over here and see Meta Monday. Wow! This is so beautiful, Susan. I enjoyed seeing where you create “Naps” and I LOVE the vignette on the skirted table, the plates on your dressing room wall, the bedding, and the perfect pillow that Carol made. Love the tole tray and decorating books on your steps.I enjoyed this so much!
    Nighty night!

  40. DEAR SUSAN,
    WOW! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL TRANSFORMATION.
    FIRST THINGS FIRST: THAT IS A STUNNING CAT. IT LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL IT MUST BE A GIRL…SWEET PICTURE OF HER ON THE BED.
    NOW! YOU KNOW HOW CATS DEMAND ATTENTION BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE…..
    BEAUTIFUL COLORS….I AGREE ABOUT THE RUG YOU CHOSE FOR THE FLOOR…..THE SECRETARY IS TO SING A HIGH PITCHED SONG FOR…LALALALA…..
    I LOVE….LOVE THE MATERIAL COVERING THE CHAIR…….
    EVERYTHING JUST FLOWS TOGETHER……I THINK YOU SHOULD OPEN UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
    HUGS
    debbie

  41. Linda/ "Mom..." says:

    *** S-T_U-N-N-I-N-G, SS~~~ in every way!!! Thanks for sharing your “special place”~~~ well worth the wait, for sure! Love, Linda ***

  42. Linda/ "Mom..." says:

    OMG, and how can I forget to mention that incredibly pretty pillow from our beloved Carol??? She is fastidious ~ Look at is closely, ladies!!! ANYTHING she does is perfection with a great big “P”!!! She NEVER misses a beat (or a detail that’s the PERFECT “finishing touch”!)~~~ I love her! (You too, Sweetest Susan!)~~~ Linda

  43. Mom in High Heels says:

    Oh! Oh! Oh! It’s so beautiful! I can’t believe how gorgeous it is. Well, I can because it’s you, but still, it’s amazing.

  44. This post is a delight. Such beautiful pictures. Thank you, I liked it very much.

    Alfazema

  45. Pat@Back Porch Musings says:

    Gorgeous transformation Susan!!

  46. Wow, thanks for sharing your beautiful bedroom renovation. What a fabulous space to work with. Your bedding is gorgeous and the pillow your friend made is the perfect finishing touch.

  47. Hi Susan…This is a jaw dropping gorgeous room!! I can’t help but wonder what the previous owners would think if they saw what you have done with this home… ;-) Bo

  48. OMG it’s so gorgrous…all of it! The entire room is exquisite!!! Can I live there?

  49. Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn says:

    You must just love coming home to that! I especially like the secretary. Beautiful met!

  50. The Country Nest says:

    Ohhh, I remember this room from RMS..loved it then and now you have perfeted the details. The bedding and bed are just beautiful, like they are calling you in. The segrass rug is just the right touch, not something I would have thought of it I had not seen it. You did a beautiful job, created a santuary.
    Donna/countryhome308

  51. jerseygirl211 says:

    Hi Susan,
    I have that same plaid in one of our bedrooms. I bought the baloon valance from Country Curtains, but found the material in my favorite fabric store and made the drapes, pillow sham and dust ruffle, only mine isn’t as full as yours. :( I didn’t buy the coverlet, since I already had one suitable to use with the plaid, but I love the one that you have. Great post, thanks for sharing.

    ‘D’

  52. cedwards55 says:

    Good morning Sweet Friend, I love your bedroom! It is the epitome of Southern charm and comfort! I’m so pleased to see the pillow in a place of honor. Anytime that dressing table needs a new home (along with its other pieces), I’ll make the sacrifice and take it off your hands. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful space and I love your dressing room, the fabrics, the textures, (am I gushing yet)? Anyway… it’s nothing short of perfect!
    love and hugs!

  53. Michelle says:

    WOW…your room is stunning…you have done such a wonderful job…thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Michelle

  54. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Beautiful room, Susan! It looks so large & holds so many things & I just love the hardwoods. Those fabrics are so restful & pretty too, you've done an outstanding job with your whole house. Love that nifty dressing area, what a great little space. Our bedroom is not as big and I'd love a little more space in there & I'd love hardwoods in the bedroom too, such a great look.

    I could just steal that cute kitty cat, Max from you! He's just adorable. I think I told you, he reminds me SO much of a Max cat I used to have. Great personality too.

  55. Lovely just lovely.I can just see you all curled up in that big bed all snugly and warm.tee hee…Ann

  56. nikkicrumpet says:

    I remember the first time I saw this bedroom on RMS…it took my breath away…and it still does. It was great fun getting a more indepth look at everything that goes into making this room spectacular! And I was laughing about how many pictures the kitty was in…and how relaxed it was in every picture lol…nothing but the good life for our sweet pets.

  57. Hi Susan,
    It is beautiful! I love the plaid! I have the same plaid in my living and dining room…and it is slowly creeping into some other rooms as well!

    Hope you have a wonderful week. Nancy

  58. Beautiful, calm, serene. Just like a bedroom should be. Loved it!

  59. Glenda/MidSouth says:

    What a beautiful room! Makes me want to redo mine.
    Glenda

  60. Scribbler says:

    Isn’t that plaid the most versatile fabric in the whole wide world? I have used it for a while myself, and it is still a fave. Currently I have two drapery panels as portieres on my front door sidelights and one square as a table-topper in the LR. It looks great with so many colors and patterns. It made up beautifully into your bedskirt.

    Lucky you to have that huge dressing room! I miss mine, now that we have downsized.

    Scribbler

  61. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says:

    Amazing transformation! What a beautiful and restful place. I love your style.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  62. Tamara Jansen says:

    All I can say is WOW! How did you get away with having so many pillows on the bed? The Big Guy just won’t go for it :)

  63. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    What a beautiful, elegant bedroom. My kids would have a blast messing that up! ;)

  64. Lou Cinda says:

    Susan, this is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE it! Everything works perfectly, I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, I think I would just lay up there in that big fluffy bed with my cat and just enjoy the view!

    Lou Cinda :)

  65. redsoxmom says:

    Susan,
    You have my dream bedroom! Your colors and bedskirt are so similar to mine. I’m just having a really hard deciding what color to paint my walls. I would love your suggestions. I can’t believe your Classy Flea finds on the furniture–JEALOUS!! I have wanted a secretary like that as long as I can remember. The combo dressing area/office is a great idea. Fur closet? Maybe you could find one at a CF just for fun–haha! And the floors…love it! What a wonderful retreat. Just lovely!

  66. Oh I love it! Left my very first Met Monday…silly though. VERY spur of the moment.

  67. Beautiful! Oh how I love plaids, flowers and painted furniture pieces!! This is such a restful and lovely room.
    Have you tried the green chest of drawers (the one in the basement) between the windows? Does your bed have the wood pieces on each side? I actually hang my bed skirt on our rice bed with curtain rods mounted behind the wood pieces.
    As you can see the juices are flowing!! Sorry I just can’t help myself. You really don’t need any suggestions from me but…. Keep up the wonderful decorating! Mary Ann

  68. once in a blue moon... says:

    i love seeing your beautiful home, its always a treat. i love the kitty posing setting of the room even better then before~

  69. A Hint of Home says:

    It’s a beautiful room with beautiful furniture and bedding. I love the colors. I have the same in my house. Your pillows are very pretty, as are your other accessories.

  70. Susan, your room is beautiful. Thank you for sharing so many of the details.

    Our master bedroom is still a work in progress. I am currently trying to decide on fabric for a bed skirt.

  71. Oh Susan…you outdid yourself this time…First, I got a laugh out of you taking pictures off a VCR tape that you paused in order to take the pictures…very funny…but the room is gorgeous…the colors, the textures the beautiful furniture….You are in the wrong business my friend…You could be on HGTV….Just fabulous!!

  72. The perfect nod to tradition. Barb and I have been eyeing that bedding for months now!

  73. Spectacular! You did an amazing job, everything is beautiful and inviting. I love your kitty!
    Blessings…

  74. Donna Lynn says:

    So pretty, I love your bedskirt, the only way to get such length and ruffle is custom made! Such a transformation, enjoyed your post so much.
    Blessings,
    Donna Lynn

  75. What a gorgeous room! Must be lovely to wake up in that room everyday. I’ll probably never have a gorgeous home let alone a gorgeous room like that. Well, I can dream. Noticed your cat drifting in and out of your pictures. Sure adds interest.

  76. oh my gosh im in heaven with your bedroom, if i had a bedroom this beautiful, warm and cozy i wouldnt want to leave the room. You certainly have created the most perfect sanctuary. The pillow that your sweet friend made is perfect too. Oh and love your kitty, does she think this is her/his bedroom, i know our missy cat does.
    hugs
    janet

  77. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com says:

    Susan, I love the colors in your room and how your bed looks. I love it when bedding is layered…and there are tons of layers. I just decided you are a Princess and should be our Blogging Porch Princess after the name on your blog. Everything you do is inspiring, you are sweet to everyone…it comes through in your words….your posts have a quality to them that we all enjoy! So indeed a princess does sleep in this room! Loved your post today and yes it was well worth the wait!
    blessings, and sweet dreams
    Debbie

  78. Wow Susan, your tease was so worth the wait. Such beautiful rooms but then I am in love with your home.
    Grand!
    Linda Q

  79. kari and kijsa says:

    Susan- this is a perfect addition to the pillow parade- absolutely beautiful!!
    Thanks so much for inspiring us and joining in the parade!
    blessings,
    kari & kijsa

  80. The Quintessential Magpie says:

    Susan, this is just beautiful! I love the transformation of your room, and your pillows are just wonderful! And that kitty has the most adorable face EVER! Oh, how cute!

    Glad I stopped by on the Parade Route to see your pillows because the transformation was an added bonus…

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  81. Hey Girlfriend…

    WOWZER!!! My friend, you have the sweetest bedroom! I love your bedding, I remember the first time I seen it on RMS…breathtaking!!! I love your tall, princess & the pea bed! All of your furniture pieces are fabulous and I love how you've arranged them all…it's perfect! Girl, this is the first time that I've seen that beautiful painted vanity/dresser…it truly is magnificent!!! I think you need to let me use the bed, etc. that goes to the vanity…sheeeshh, just have it in the ol' basement anyway…winks!!!

    I love all of your pretty pillows but the pillow that Carol made for you is so sweet! Actually, I think that fabric is YOU and Carol just has a great intuitive decor sence! Thank you so much for sharing you lovely retreat…

    Warmest wishes!
    Love ya,
    Chari

  82. starsfault says:

    Beautiful, and love the hardwood floors. Our home is all hardwood floors or silvery stone work.

    Okay, so the cat pictures had me totally distracted and all I wanted to do wa stop and pet him/her (?)

    Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star’s Fault

  83. Susan, this makeover is so fabulous! I love every little detail, and the fabrics are so beautiful. Wow, you really know how to “Met Monday”!

  84. Your bedroom is just beautiful…does your hubby mind removing so many pillows? Mine never says a word but I can tell by the look on his face that he thinks they are useless!! lol
    Happy day!

  85. Susan, htank you so much for stopping by and your always gracious comments about my MM Bdrm. I always appreciate it when you stop by. Thanks again. Hugs, Marty

  86. Oh my gosh – your bedroom is STUNNING! I was just foaming at the mouth as I looked through all the pics!!!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  87. KayEllen says:

    Beautiful post ;-)
    Happy Saint Patty’s Day!

    Blessings,
    kayellen

  88. The room looks great!!!!!!! The bed is done so nicely. I would be afraid to mess it up!

    Have a great day! Cute kitty!

  89. cityfarmer says:

    hi hon…haven’t been here in a while.
    honestly, I have so many favorites on my sidebar, i can’t get to them all…what’s a design bloggergirl to do…what i WANNA do is climb upon that princess bed and have a glass of wine and blog!!! i could catch up on my sidebar!!!!

    stop on over

  90. puddin07 says:

    Oh,Susan,you have the most gorgeous bedroom, I love all the fabrics. I love the plaid so much, I even bought two pillows in it, and I think it was even before I saw yours on RMS, but I can’t say for sure. I’m getting forgetful!lol Your furniture is exactly my style, I wanted a highboy , but it didn’t happen. You are such a decorator, in just my style. I love everything you do! The before is unbelievable to what it is now! Wow! Oh, and is that Max? Just adorable! Hugs, Connie

  91. Everything is absolutely beautiful in your bedroom. Your friend choosing the same fabric that you had used is remarkable. You both have great taste.

  92. Thanks for stopping by.

    Funny how we can be so sure about what we want for our homes…until we fall in love with something else, chuckle. Your room is delightful.Good homes are never done, smile.
    Heidi

  93. Misti of Studio M Designs says:

    Oh…Susan! I am so in love with your bedroom and the dressing room! Your fabrics are so beautiful and the room looks like a fabulous bed and breakfast. Glad to see the kitty likes it too. We do have to get their approval, you know. Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous room.
    ~Misti

  94. honeysuckle says:

    Hi Your bedroom turned into the most beautiful looking bed and breakfast bedroom. When can I book this room? It is inviting and lovely. Even your kitty thinks so!

  95. the wild raspberry says:

    i just found this blog and i’m so excited for next monday so that i can be in the met. monday post!!!
    what a great idea.
    chasity
    ps
    love your bed!

  96. Your bedroom is beautiful. And that bed looks so comfortable.

  97. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says:

    What a beautiful bed! I loved seeing the “before” photos. I never would’ve guessed your house looked like that before you got your hands on it. I’m even more impressed with what you’ve done with it than I was before!

    It’s amazing what a difference hardwood floors can make. I’m slowing adding them as I can, too.

  98. Miss Janice says:

    Lord have mercy that is beautiful Susan. I’m just like Kitty, I love those linens too! EVERYTHING is just perfect!

  99. Susan,
    Your bedroom was one of my absolute favorites from the first time I saw it on RMS! I love the pink/reddish colors of your bedding SO MUCH! And I have a thing for high and comfy beds! :-)
    I try not to be envious…but I can’t help it when I see your dressing area! I’m in love with your built in desk too! And the painting is so sweet!!
    As always..your attention to detail is just awe inspiring! I’m so glad to take the tour…even if I AM late! :-) Love ya! L~

  100. black eyed susans kitchen says:

    Susan, I had to smile when I saw the first pictures. We also had hideous pink carpet to get rid of. Your vision for your bedroom was brilliant and that room is nothing short of magnificent. You are a gifted decorator.
    ♥, Susan

  101. amariaf2000 says:

    OH MY WORD – where did you find that painting with the black cat?!?!?! I LOVE IT! I have a tuxedo but from the back, he looks all black, and I hunt paintings that remind me of him! I love my baby.
    ~angela @ peonypatch

  102. Sarah Anderson says:

    Susan, another fabulous room to explore. I love visiting your home! Wish we had a Classy Flea here in Austin. A small secretary has been on my wish list for many years. Thanks for the tour.

  103. Hi Susan,
    What a gorgeous bedroom and I love the colors and patterns on the fabric. One special piece caught my eye and that was the green dresser. Love it!
    I bet you love you floors, also – i would love to pull up my white carpet that runs throughout the house. Don't you wonder sometimes why we make dumb decisions,
    tho it appears you don't.
    Reading your blog backward and it is so interesting. I really enjoy it !

  104. OMG!!! Susan! I don't think I ever saw this post!!!!!!! I saw your bedroom on RMS, I guess but never saw the FABULOUS dressing area! Oh what I would give for that!!!! I adore the fabrics you have, in fact there must have been a reason for me to click on this today as I am currently searching for new summery bed linens and I am going to see if POSSIBLY these are still available anywhere! I have red and gold bedding right now, and I love it for winter but really need to lighten things up for spring/summer. This may be the ticket. And I love the fasbric on your chair, the nubby round table cover and the vignette there, oh I love it all. You really should be a designer…..maybe in the next life???:):) HAPPY SPRING, dear friend!!! XO, Pinky

  105. You did such a beautiful job on your bedroom.. I love it.. as a matter of fact I love all your ideas.. great blog

  106. From Houzz to here…Thank you Susan, for sharing your tips and ideas with me! I Love the bedding and see now how it can be done to skirt a 4 post bed. I hope by using an inverted box pleat this can work and look just as great with a "straight line look" without noticing the "hump or lump" underneath from the side wood boards. All in all ~ Beautiful…Simply beautiful ….Thank you , Blogging Porch Princess!!! (Max is adorable, too:)

  107. Mrs. Schmidheiser says:

    LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! Please stop by and say hello at

    http://www.mrsschmidheiser.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

  108. I have been admiring your bedroom for some time. I am redoing my childhood home and would love to do the bedroom in this bedding. I need a 22 inch bedskirt. Where did you find fabric to match and how did you find someone to make it? Would love to hear. Love looking at all the rooms.

    • Thanks, Jane. It’s been about 6-7 years since I purchased that fabric but I still see it around sometimes. I purchased mine in a decorating store called Decor Mart and I’ve also seen it in a Calico Corners store. It’s a plaid moire. If you can’t find it in a fabric store where you are, I’ve also seen it online at Country Curtains. You could bring up their site on an iPad or phone and show it to a fabric store. Or sign up for the Country Curtains catalog and then take the catalog to a local fabric store to show them what you want. It’s been a popular fabric so I bet almost any fabric store could order it for you. You could order the fabric from Country Curtains, but not sure how competitive their pricing on their fabric is. I asked the fabric store here for a recommendation of someone in the area to make my bed skirt, so that was how I found someone to make it. I still love that fabric. I guess it’s a classic because it’s been around for years! :)

      • Susan, I have your bed!!! Sometimes things don’t live up to your expectations, but this bed certainly does. Thanks for all your help. Of course mine doesn’t look exactly like yours, but it’s beautiful. I used an iron bed that my parents started keeping house with and I am 77 years old so can’t imagine how old the bed is. I found the bed set at Dillards, the fabric at Hobby Lobby and I remembered that a friend make drapes so I called her and she did the bed skirt. It is beautiful. Thank you for your inspiration. If I can figure out how to get a picture to you I would love for you to see it.

  109. Hi Susan! Just to help you ladies out, I work at Country Curtains in Chester, NJ! The fabric on your bed appears to be our Moire Plaid in the color Rose. The fabric is wonderfully priced at $20.50 per yard, it’s 54″ wide with a 33 1/4″ repeat. It’s made of 55% cotton/45% polyester. I hope this helps Jane out. And yes, the bedroom is simply beautiful . . . but I’m sure you’ve heard that before, many times! :D

  110. Dear Susan,
    I am officially hooked on blogs now about home and decorating due to you:)
    I don’t even remeber where I saw your web address but when I went to your site and began to look around and I
    thought she is a woman after my own heart and I just love your style! I too have always wanted the type of foyer you speak of , but alas, will never have it. Been in our house for 30 years and don’t see any chance of moving, but it has evolved into what I want over the years and with the kids gone now it still changes. I have been going over all your posts at night while my husband and I watch tv and seeing your home and tastes evolve too.
    I am so sorry to hear about Max and so happy that you have recovered and look forward to more posts from you.
    I know this is none of my business, but as I said I have connected to you and your story. Are you widowed? My heart went out to you knowing that you had no one there to take care of you and Max during your ordeal. You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to. You know how we women are. We get personally invested in everything. I live in Covington, LA which is about 40 miles north of New Orleans. It has always been a bedroom community of New Orleans and my husband and I have lived here mostly all our life. We were both born in New Orleans and our families moved here. It is a lovely town with many old homes. I am just absolutely sick today because I offered to watch my four grandchildren while my two daughters and their husbands go to Jazzfest in N.O. today. We are having our bi-centennial celebration this year in Covington and they were having a house tour this afternoon with all the old homes on tour!!! Can I tell you I am just heartsick! Oh well, nothing can match watching my six year old playing t-ball today with the three year old cousing cheering him on and chasing after two 20 month olds in the bleachers. My husband and I are in the grandparent heaven stage of life right now and loving it.
    Blessings to you my friend and thanks for introducing me to your lovely world and the world of blogging/1
    Gayle Maestri

  111. Kay Miller Lee says:

    Just love the room…simply stunning! The pillow your friend made is the perfect addition. Do you know what the name of the small floral fabric she used is, I have been looking everywhere for a small print with those colors.

    • Carol Ray says:

      Hi Kay, Unfortunately that fabric is no longer available. Isn’t that just always the way. You find the perfect thing and it’s been discontinued. I’ll bet if you search Calico Corner or your local fabric store you could find something similar!
      Carol

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