Sunday, July 18, 2010

An Oasis (and some progress, too)...

Hi there everyone! I hope you've all had a great week! Before I get started I want to say thank you so much for taking the time to read (and comment on!) my posts. I love hearing from you all, and knowing I'm not posting for the crickets. You all are such an inspiration to my crafty endeavors, and I am honored that talented folks such as yourselves take the time to tell me how I'm doing. That sounds so sappy, I know, but it's true! So, thanks! :)

Okay, the main event of this post will be the reveal of my "new" bedroom. Unfortunately, I don't have any before pics to show you. Basically, it was pretty boring. Builder almond walls, red patterned comforter and matching drapes (which my step-mom helped me make, so I felt a twinge of sadness pulling them down and sending them to Salvation Army), an elliptical machine, some of the hubby's weights, and other misc. "stuff" that somehow made its way into the room.

Well, I cleared all that out, painted, and this is what we ended up with (looking in from the bedroom door):

The bed, with this original oil on canvas artwork in a fab frame (it was a total steal at $35!! And, it doesn't look quite this small IRL...):

"My" corner of the sitting area (the rug in this pic is where the whole "design" started - it was a major "score" at Home Goods, and after I had it I based all other purchases, and the wall color on that rug. Recognize the trunk? It used to reside in my craft room. The rest of the house was cannibalized freely for this redo - including the round table in between the chairs):

Looking into the bedroom from the bathroom:

And one last shot... just because I love the blue of the wall against the white drapery & chair, and the gold framed mirror:

So, that's it! I really love the way it turned out. It is so calming and peaceful in there now... everything I always hoped our master bedroom would be. There is still more accessorizing to do, and I'd like to get more artwork on the walls, but I'm happy with it as is, so those other acquisitions will be moments of serendipity.

What else have I been up to... Well, I did get a decent amount of stitching in this week, so here's where I am now:

Next on the agenda for this piece will be the house - I did the tree first so I wouldn't have to count (and possibly have to frog) a lot of wide open space to start stitching the house. We'll see how far I progress in the evenings this week. Speaking of audiobooks (nice segue, right?) - I started listening to Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir yesterday while I was stitching. It is fantastic!! If you like historical fiction, you sould definitely read or listen to this book. Just wonderful! I have always liked this author's non-fiction histories, and her transition to fictionalizing the people and events she has researched so heavily is absolutely flawless. 5 stars all the way!

That's about all I've got for this week... I get to go get my baby next weekend, and cannot wait to see her!! When we get home it'll be time to get her ready for kindergarten. Wow... time really flies, doesn't it? It literally seems like yesterday (or last week) that I was bringing her home from the hospital.

Since I've already tortured you with a post and a half worth of pics, I figure what's a couple more?? I had my macro lens out today to play around, and here are a couple of the shots I caught:
Have a fantastic week, everyone!!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the glimpse of your bedroom re-do! It looks very calming and serene!

Wonderful progress on your stitching!

Robin in Virginia

Glenna said...

Such a pretty room! Love the dark wood sleigh bed with the blue and white. And the stitching is coming along--I like the little critters along the bottom of the design.

Sherry said...

what a calming, relaxing spot for you when life gets too hectic. Your stitching is coming along...nice. Enjoy the week and enjoy picking up your daughter at the end of the week - funny how much you miss the little monkeys while they are gone! Mine is almost 17 and I still miss him lots when he's fone.

Rowyn said...

Your redecorated bedroom looks gorgeous and very restful.

Your stitching is coming along well, I'm looking forward to seeing more progress on this one.

The last photo of the butterfly is superb. It is so sharp and the colours are amazing.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Your room turned out beautiful, Robin! It looks like a magazine spread - really, pretty! I love the slipcovered chairs - did you make the slipcovers?

Your stitching is coming along very nicely and I"m like you - I like to have a point of reference for my stitch placement if at all possible.

Love your garden shots - the buy and black eyed susan are especially pretty!

I know how excited you must be to pick up sweet Leah! I know she had fun but I know you'll be glad to get her back home.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Woo hoo... your bedroom re-do is wonderful. It looks so lovely and peaceful... the perfect retreat.
Your WIP looks great too!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that room is soooo lovely and peaceful. You did a great job- don't you love Home Goods? :)

Deb said...

You know that I'm just jonesing over that wall color. I really love it. The room looks like something out of a magazine - calm and serene are perfect words to describe it. I know that you'll have fun finding just the perfect things to finish off the room. And love that wall color in the bathroom too. Girl, will you come over and do my house?

Great stitching progress and up close and personal pics. TTYS girlfriend!

Katrina said...

Gorgeous bedroom pictures!!! Love the stitchy pic too :-).

Ern said...

I want to hop into one of those white chairs PRONTO! Bea-utiful! And hats off for painting it all yourself GF!

Loraine said...

Hi Robin,

Your bedroom is just beautiful! I love the color, so classy looking!
You did a wonderful job, thanks for sharing.
I've been enjoying all your wonderful posts. You have been very busy.
Love the quilt, and the stitching progress...a sampler I've never seen before!
Take care, and I'll write an e-mail to you about the other questions you have.
Thanks a million for your comments. So sweet of you!

Jan said...

OH Robin...what can I say??? Such beautiful photographs you have captured!!! Pics of your bedroom look like right out of a magazine, for sure and for certain! Peaceful? Yes....Gorgeous? Yes...Amazing? Yes, that and more!! Kudos to you, dear!!

Love your stitchey progress too and the flowers are perfection!!!

Melissa said...

Hi Robin,

Thanks for stopping by my blog! You're always so kind to leave lovely comments. I'm behind with reading and so glad I can now visit you!

Your newly decorated bedroom is just lovely. It feels very calm and elegant! Your stitching is coming along nicely, and I like the two shots you did with your macro lens - I need something like that!

Have a good week!

Melio said...

OMG! I love your bedroom. It does look so calm and serene. I love sleigh beds. I also adore the two pics you posted. Gorgeous!

Brigitte said...

Robin, this has become a wonderful bedroom. I love the colours you chose, they give the room a very light and serene atmosphere.

Berit said...

Robin, this is beautiful. White curtains do soothe the soul. *Contented Sigh* :)

Still loving that catty WiP, too. ;)