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Master Bedroom!

Obviously, when you move into a new home, settling where you’re going to sleep, and making it comfortable is of primary importance. Well, we had a mattress, and a dresser…and that’s it. For. Two. Months. That sort of bohemian existence might not have bothered some of you, but it was extremely stressful to me. Even my husband, once we set up the new bed and got it looking all pretty, said “I actually feel like I’m at home now.” Exactly.

When we moved in:

The Master Bedroom

It’s sort of a long, narrow room. Windows on two sides, with a 3/4 bath right behind where I’m standing, the door to the hall on my left.

(Left photo) I was standing in that corner in the previous picture. Note the blueblueblueblue Master Bathroom. That one’s for boys. The pink one in the hall is for girls. (Right photo) This was my sort-of inspiration for the color scheme and feel of the room. (A Pinterest find.) Muted Stacie-blue and washed-out coral-y oranges and russets with silly pillows (sillows?) Also, mirrors and metallics.

I went ahead and painted during our second week in the house, because I was confident of where I was going on that score. It’s the color my whole family calls Stacie-Blue. A pale, slightly grey robin’s egg shade. Nice. So at least the color was nice in our bohemian bedroom.

The fluffies enjoyed the laziness of simply stepping up into bed, instead of leaping.  Bad iPhone pic.

BUT NOW, we have a full-fledged Master Bedroom with a bed and art on the walls, and a cow humidifier.

Isn’t it dreamy? We have BS on our wall. It’s unfortunate that I can’t sleep on the other side of the bed.

Ikea “MALM” bed. It’s the high profile one, king-size in the darkest finish they have. Very sturdy!

Husband’s nightstand.                    Cow humidifier.                             My nightstand.

The nightstands are vintage, probably 1930s.  The cow humidifier is not vintage.

I need to dust. This is our owl change jar where I put all the loose change I “steal” out of my husband’s pockets. It goes toward our travel fund. Also, a wedding photo by the amazing Brooke Ogilvie.

Lamps from some cheapy store.  Dressers from Overstock.com.   Fancy clock from thrift store.

I’m going to pick a time and draw it in with a Sharpie.  Maybe 4:42, when we were officially married?

Profile shot.

Sillows.  From Target and TJ Maxx or Marshall’s or somewhere.

Letters from Hobby Lobby.  Epic fox hunt painting from my mother-in-law. I LOVE how the tarnished gold looks against the blue.

Dresser from Overstock.  Cow misty from Target.  Mirrors from Wal-Mart in the early 90s.

We have lots of doors on that side of the room.

*sigh*  Wish you could see the view into the backyard from the bed at sunrise (our room faces east.)  But that’s another post.

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Vintage Furniture – my latest finds.

I love vintage mid-century furniture. The geometric lines, the Asian influences, the high quality materials, and the long, low lines. I hate reproduction mid-century furniture. It’s all bright colors and shiny finishes and has none of the patina of age or the subtlety of the 50’s through the early 70’s. So when I find a good piece at a good price, I buy it, no questions asked. Fortunately I now have a big, empty house.

The first mid-century piece I ever bought was right after I graduated from college. I don’t have a picture of it, which is really tragic. It was a hand-crafted gramophone case on long, thin legs, in a pale ash wood. I got it for $80 at an antique store in MS. Gorgeous wrought iron hardware from Asia. And one time when I was moving in Lubbock, TX, a large gust of wind came and literally blew it over in the parking lot, smashing it to bits. That was the first time I ever cried over furniture. And not the last.

My favorite pieces for the last few years have been a pair of Danish Modern chairs from a dentist’s office. Also purchased in MS, at a charity shop for $25 (for the pair!!), I’ve used them and loved them for about 8 years now:

This is my dog, Pants. This is his chair.

Recently, I’ve added two new pieces to my collection.

I bought this one at a garage sale down the street. It’s from about 1963, a prime Mad Men-ish year. I bought it for $50, which I still can’t get over. It has minor scratches and a swadge of white paint on one of the edges, but is otherwise in mint condition.

For now, it’s going to be a bar, but I’m considering painting it the same deep blue as the front door.  < Inspiration  Clarendon Street eclectic hall

The inside is really cool. Pants likes it.

Nifty hardware.

The second piece I’ve bought recently is this a.maze.ing. divan. I bought it at the Disabled Veterans Thrift Shop here in Memphis for $75. I saw it from the road, spun my SUV around, and bought it on the spot. My husband laid on it in the back the whole way home, holding the back door down, since the piece was way too long for my vehicle. The cutout wooden sides, dainty legs, and shapely back are all reasons to love it. It’s a bit fancier than my aqua chairs, but I think they complement nicely. Masculine/Feminine and all that.

I am recovering the seat cushions (which are in good shape, but the same boring fabric as the rest of the thing) with this bird upholstery print I’ve been hoarding for about 10 years. Bought 3 yards, from WalMart, surprisingly, for $6 a yard.

Here’s the whole combo. You can see the paint color-to-be on the far wall by the foyer. It’s the same blue from our master bedroom, which you’ll see in a couple of days.

I really can’t wait to see all of this complete. Now I need a rug. And some tables.

Do you see the pale pear color of the foyer? I’m digging the way it plays off the robin’s egg blues and the oak of the floor.

More to come tomorrow!

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