Today, I would like to share a "before and after" of our bedroom paint project that my husband so sweetly offered to tackle with me this weekend. Isn't it amazing what a little paint will do sometimes to change the whole mood of a room?
Six years ago, my husband and I relocated from Florida to Washington State. My older son was finishing up college at University of Florida and the younger son was in high school and relocated with us. We moved into a beautiful new home that was very close to the high school my younger son attended. At the time, the home was perfect for us. The house was large and had plenty of room for all the entertaining you do when you have a high school child at home. Remember all the sleep overs and get-togethers? What a fun and busy time of life that is for not only the student but the parent as well. Good memories... The house we lived in had an oversized game room unpstairs complete with a large tv and pool table which was perfect for gatherings. We also had a beautiful formal living room and dining room downstairs with a big breakfast room off the kitchen. I have many happy memories of this beautiful home which was located at the end of a culdesac. Outside, we had a very large lot that backed up to a little retaining pond. Each year two geese would come back to this pond and lay eggs. We would watch the babies hatch and eventually learn to fly. We had made a flagstone sitting area in one part of the backyard and a lighted flagstone walkway that led to a firepit that was circled by adirondack chairs. We spent many chilly evenings sitting with friends around the firepit chatting and having a glass of wine. On the other side of us, at the end of the culdesac, was a wooded area. We loved our home and also our neighbors. After my younger son graduated from high school and started college, though, we knew it was time to think about downsizing to a "forever cottage." We decided to build a home that was in walking distance of town and also close to the water and our sailboat that we love. We will always love the home we moved from, but we knew it was time for a change. (I'll post some photos of my former home at some point.) After working with our builder to make a few changes to the floorplan to suit our needs, construction began. We moved into our little "forever cottage" in mid May of 2010 and have been very happy! We love walking into the little Norwegian town we live in to go to the bakery, have dinner or browse through the shops. Many evenings, we walk to have dinner at a local restaurant, then go for coffee and finish the evening by strolling to the sailboat to enjoy the sunset.
When we moved into the home, we had our usual white woodwork installed in the home. I love white reeded moulding and blocks around the doorways and a nice white baseboard trim so we had the builder add this to our current home. We upgraded our paint to a very light beige color which would give a contrast of color between the white woodwork and the walls. I knew this would be only temporary because, being from the South, I love color on my walls. I have always thought that color makes your furnishings "pop" and knew that, once the newness of the house wore off that I would be getting out my paintbrush to bring the good old Southern charm into my Northwest home. It is just who I am....less is not more....more is more.... so, this leads me to the project we tackled this weekend---painting the bedroom. Let the taping begin!
I love looking at decorating magazines and going on home tours for inspiration....but I also have a little background in art you might say and have always just kind of had an eye for decorating. When I see something I like, I know it immediately...and so when I happened to see a room that Southern cook Paula Deen had redecorated in her home and spotted this color, I knew it would end up in one of my rooms in my house. I loved it immediately.
We are planning to put up crown moulding next week so we are not taping at the ceiling. I'll post photos of the room with the moulding completed on another day.
I love candles in a room, don't you?
I decided to hang this small oil painting I had under the crown above the bed. I think it looks nice here and adds a little focal point between the curtains.
I had these pink shades made in Houston for my crystal lights that are on the dresser.
This is a little Dresden covered dish that I love...
I hope you have enjoyed my "before and after" tour. I think changing the color has changed the mood of the room. By the way, the color I used is called Quiver Tan in an eggshell finish. It is made by Sherwin Williams. Thanks for doing the room tour with me and have a beautiful day today! xoxo Kim