We spend approximately one-third of our lifetime sleeping, so why not make it the best experience possible?

Please….. come on in to my bedroom!

When we looked at this then-empty house the master bedroom had white walls and white Levolor blinds and one very cute bare light bulb in the room….along with thick, beige carpeting. Needless to say, it wasn’t my style and, as we bought the house almost six months before actually moving in, I had lots of time to work in here. The very first decision to be made was the paint color. Is that the way you do it? Where do you start? Anyway, for me, it’s the walls.

I’ve always loved yellow. Any yellow. It’s cheerful, bright, sunny and can make any room look great. So yellow it was to be.

You can see the tester on the wall. There were many, many other huge splotches on the walls but this one won me over

Benjamin Moore Marblehead Gold

It’s a deep yellow, not too clean, with a lot of body and style. I really do like it…husband still isn’t sure. Ah well, it’s there, and it will be a while until I reconsider!

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This is the bedding we had when we moved, and it went perfectly with this new wall color. On the left, below, is our old bedroom up North with the walls painted in BM Palladian Blue. I still love that color (even though I am NOT a blue person..) and have it in our guest room in this house. Some things are just too good to leave behind, no?

Pottery Barn Bedding

I knew that lovely, but pale, paisley cover had to be replaced as it just wasn’t strong enough. The months went by and I hadn’t seen anything I liked until……

Marimekko “Ritva” at Crate & Barrel


Love Love Love



Next item in the bedroom to show you is this small piece of furniture, brought from our other house. This was your very basic flea market find, but I liked the V-shelf and the detailing. So I took it to Chroma Lab in Boston for a redo! Tony and Alicia had only been in business about a year, and I had seen their work on Design Sponge and just loved it. They did a spectacular job with this piece!! Two colors and layers of paint, wax, and distressing and it is now one of my favorite items in our room…

Chroma Lab Collage_wm

And finally, the window treatments.
You’ve come a long way, baby! Here are the windows, today. For the past two years we have had only the plantation shutters (we had those installed right away to replace the Levolor blinds) and no curtains. I didn’t really want curtains and we certainly don’t “need” them, and I tend to like the bedroom uncluttered. But over time it seemed bare and called out from some fabric and texture.


~note that cute table on the left~

To get to the above scenario, this is what we went through:


#1. Plantation shutters and no curtains in sight. Just too stark.


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None of these worked. Crate, West Elm and Pottery Barn

And the winner is
West Elm Cotton Canvas Zigzag Curtain
These curtains are fairly heavy, fully lined, and come with a hidden tab top. They do block out the light although our shutters are really sufficient as these windows face North. But we have noticed they do help to block out cold air (yes, even here in North Carolina we have had lots of cold air this winter…) and they make the room seem so much cozier.
We placed the rods about 8″ above the window frame, and the 96″ curtains come just to the top of the baseboard.




I’m in the market for some great throw pillows for the bed and will be searching my usual and favorite suspects on Etsy. There are SO many great pillow cover sellers on Etsy that it’s going to be hard to decide. Hey, it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, right?

That’s the story for the day: full of color and details. Let me know what you think?