Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Master Bedroom

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I've always loved a romantic and light bedroom. Even when I was a little girl. Back then I had all white wicker furniture. I remember Laura Ashley bedding and posters of ballerinas. I now realize that I always gravitated to the shabby look...even before it had a name.

     Over the past few years I've transitioned all of the sheets in the house to white as well as all of the towels. I like that it always looks fresh, it matches everything and it can be bleached. It's just so crisp! 

     I've never done a master bedroom overhaul. This is pretty much what it has looked like for 15 years. Uh-oh. Is my bedroom turning into one of those hairstyles that women keep decades after the fad has passed? Haha!

      When the first Rachel Ashwell book came out in the mid 90's it was like being struck by lightning...my style had a name! Around the same time I inherited my mothers old bedroom furniture. Dark brown and straight out of the 70's, but good quality. She helped me apply layers of buttery yellow and white paints, wax and romantic vintage glass  hardware. Oh... and lots of sanding to make it chippy.








A chandelier would be the bomb in here. But in Texas...in the hottest sun-facing room of the house, the ceiling fan must stay. : (




My Shabby Chest of drawers..."shabbied" in 1995. I still love it!




Miss Shadow, our first daughter...



Random discount bedding, collected here and there, can marry together seamlessly when white is the theme. This works out well if you can't afford to buy the entire Ralph Lauren Couture Yellow and Green 50 piece bedding set!



I must admit, I've been drooling over the ruffled linen coverlets and shams so popular lately. If the sky was the limit I'd have the crinkliest, ruffliest most romantic bed money could buy. But I'm fine with this. The dog and kids can rough house on it. If something spills on it I can throw it all in the wash without special care. It feels like home and at the end of the day it is my favorite place to be...






...wrinkles, dog hair, sippy cups and all!

♥Linsey

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*UPDATE*

I changed a few things up, like this mirror above the bed...


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32 comments:

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Sooooooo Pretty!!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Beautiful Linsey - love it!

That bed makes me want to take a running jump and plop full force right into it and nap!

You will have time for your zillion dollar bed sets.....I am there now, but what I wouldn't give to have my little ones back and rough housing in the house.....they stay little about 45seconds, I swear!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your bedroom is lovely! Thanks for sharing it :)

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Very pretty!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

your bedroom is so pretty, like a dream!

Pamela said...

Linsey it is fabulous! I want to change our bedroom out but we have heavy dark furniture that I know I will not be allowed to touch so eventually as I find a new vintage piece here and there I have plans of moving some of our furniture into the attic when hubby is at work!;) Love your room and yes I agree a chandy would be divine but just not practical for us. Sigh...I want to put on in the guest room but it gets full on sun most of the day. Off to going your party!:)

Gail said...

Oh Linsey, your master bedroom is so pretty! I can see why it would be your favorite place at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your evening, Gail

Anne said...

Linsey,
Your room looks so pretty.And yes I too would love to have a ruffled bed.But it is not in my budget.Hmmm if only I could sew I would try and make one of my own.
Anne

chateau chic said...

You've succeeded in making your bedroom dreamy and romantic! So lovely.
Mary Alice

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Lindsey, Your bedroom is so light, romantic and fresh! You must love going to bed and must love getting up in such a pretty place even better.

Your advice about white towels and bedding is so wise... and pretty.
I am a follower!

Sharing Shadymont said...

I love your room! All the whites are so fresh and clean! Great decorating!

Kristel said...

Your master bedroom is lovely! I too am loving white bedding, never thought I would say that, now, I would love to re do my daughter's room in white as well, and yes, I have been eyeing a ruffled bedskirt, because ruffles are the best :) I also like the fact, that you can mix and match brands, and it still looks like you bought the set. I hear ya about the chandelier, I just gave in and ordered one, but, I am so not looking forward to the very hot summer days.

blhitchcock901 said...

I first read your bedroom post as the "hottest room in the house." I laughed and then reread.

I am just crazy about me some Farmhouse Porch!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Beautiful room. I feel the ceiling fan pain. We have an old radiator heating system, so no ductwork in the house to add central air. So.....ceiling fans in the 3 upstairs bedrooms. I did find one I like at Lowe's. It has ORB metal parts, white (oops, I painted them white) blades and 3 vintage looking white acorn lights.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh I think its just perfect...I hate our bedroom and now thanks to you I hate it even more!!!! x0x0

Revi said...

Hi Linsey,
I LOVE your master bedroom! You're right about the ceiling fans in Texas - we need them! If your bedroom is a hairstyle, it's a classic one that looks great all the time!
-Revi

Claudine from CondensedLoveHome said...

Everything is so beautiful, Linsey!
You were ahead of your time!
I can't believe you re-did that piece in 95!!!
Cheers,
Claudine

jeanetteann said...

Certainly sounds like a real home,not just a show place, but thats Rachel Ashwell. Love your bedroom. xx

sylvia said...

your pictures make me want to clean my house...well done!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Linsey you've created a beautiful retreat...I love every detail!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

Your bedroom looks so pretty, Linsey! I know exactly what you mean about Rachel's first book when it came out...I felt exactly the same way!! You did a fantastic job on your shabby furniture...isn't it great how after all these years it's still as pretty as ever...shabby will always be "in" if you ask me! How about a corner plug in swag chandelier, since you don't want to lose the ceiling fan??

Little Pea said...

So impressed you did your drawers back in 95! I love the airy romantic-ness of the room :) x

freddyandpetunia said...

Trends come and go--but beautiful, classic, good ideas are just plain TIMEless! Your room is exactly that!
Isn't it cool to know you were waaay ahead in the game?!
Catherine

Do you love him Loretta said...

Linsey, I love the whole room and I can't believe you painted your bedroom in 1995! It still looks very fresh and current! I too loved Rachel Ashwell when her book was first released! It took a while to break my husband into letting me do a more feminine look! Looks great!

GennieG said...

Hi Linsey! Your room is so lovely & serene. I love your shabbied chest of drawers and the vintage book with the key is just beautiful. Love the music that is playing too.
Have a great day today! XO

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Could compete with the finest B&B! LOVE the coverlet and the arrangement on the side table.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

It's gorgeous Linsey, I love your style.

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely!
Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I recently started buying some random whites to add to our bed, too, Linsey. You're right, as long as they are white they seem to go wonderfully together.

Shari @ Swinging on a Star Creations said...

So pretty! It is giving me some great inspirations for my bedroom!

Patny said...

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Keeping it Cozy said...

How beautiful! I love the romantic and simple bedding and your distressed chest is gorgeous.

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