Friday, December 31

Bedroom Reveal - Take 2

Yesterday I labored over this post for nearly 5 hours.
Then when I hit publish, only 1/4 of it uploaded!
I was edited by blogger!!!!
I almost cried, oh well.
I'll try it again, but if it doesn't work you'll just have to come to my house to see it.
When we moved in 2 years ago this place was filled with all of the lovely features of a  typical 80's house. Slowly we've updated & made it our own. 
All except for our bedroom.
It was 'no mans land', filled with laundry baskets, soccer gear, stacks of magazines & anything that didn't fit in the rest of the house. I dreamed of having a beautiful cozy room where Kevin & I could escape at the end of a crazy day.
Here is the before.

Popcorn ceilings, plastic dental crown molding...

& Hollywood lights!

Even this patio got a little make-over!

The theme of our master retreat is
white winter wonderland!
Here's the patio after.

The desk was a cast off from my SIL, I spray painted over old lace for a cool effect on the drawers.

 By hanging drop cloth curtains from the ceiling, we created a magical little sitting room.
It's so pretty at night.

 The view from our kitchen window.

Inside the french doors is our new master bedroom.
I wanted to fill it with everything I love,
totally kid 'un-friendly'!
Those little monsters still managed to make their mark!
We're on a tight budget so most of what you see I already had, or pulled from my attic hoard.
Two new additions were this amazing secretary given to me by my dear friend Judy. The damask tufted slipper chair came from my favorite thrift store....$30!

 My pretty Grandma.
I have a total infatuation with deer & antlers these days.

In a perfect world I'd have custom bedding from Sweet Pea Gloria. But it's not, so I plan on making my own. Until then, I'm using some pretty vintage bedspreads.

 No more popcorn, no more molding.
It took quite awhile to scrap & re -texture. Then we painted the walls 'Manchester Tan' by Benjamin Moore.

Now for the bathroom.
This was fun, I couldn't wait to rip out those awful lights & mammoth mirror.

 The gorgeous lace valence came from Warrenton,
it's strung up 'Bolton' style.
 My sweet friend Pat (dumpster diver extraordinaire) sold me this cabinet for my toilet closet. 

 It looks perfect, don't you think?

 Vintage Neiman Marcus apothecary filled with egg soaps from Dawn's shop.

Over the months I relied heavily on the talent of my dear friend & long distance decorator Ann.
This would be a great show for HGTV,
Remote Design.
Maybe Joan Steffend would host it!

Sketches Ann emailed sometime in November!

Great design, huh?
Just a couple more pictures, I promise!

 The cone was my Christmas gift to myself. It came from the holiday open house at the Tin Rabbit .
 The peat pot was a gift from Dawn.
 A love letter to 'darling big' written by my Grandmother in 1935.

An ironstone bowl filled with some favorite things, including a beautiful Madonna ATC from my far away friend Dorthe.

 My patio recliner piled high with linens & an honest to goodness 'Sissie Pillow'!
Well friends, that's it.
It took almost a year to finish, & nearly that long to blog about it!

Tonight is New Years Eve, we will be watching the ball drop from our safe warm house.
Thank you for a great year filled with friendship & inspiration.
Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for us all.


Destiny said...

WOW! You've been very busy! Everything looks beautiful! I especially love your patio area and the bedroom! It all looks so pretty and cozy! Happy New Year! ~Destiny

Tara said...

lovely! my mouth was drooling before i was half way through. it really is amazing.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Lisa, it's booooteafulll! I love it!!!! And you are one gal who has the stash to pull this all together without having to go out and buy all new stuff. You made it work! You did! You really did! Every single thing is an object of APPRECIATION now!! I love how you layered all of the silver plates in your bathroom! Hmmm....I don't have enough to do that with the 4 I hung in my bathroom the other day but now you've given me the incentive for the HUNT for more! Love this idea! That almost looks like a Bolton too.
Wow...that's all I can say! Fantastic job, girlfriend!

Claudia said...

Gorgeous. Warm, welcoming and a perfect retreat for you and your husband! You did a fabulous job, Lisa!

Happy New Year!


melanie said...

just one word- STUNNING!

Rhonda said...

Your bedroom, patio and bathroom are devine. A dream come true. I absolutely love your genuine posts. You tell it like it is and that is rare.

Have a fabulous Happy New Year!

stefanie said...

oh, I am truly in LOVE with all of it!! you should be so proud!!! of yourself..its just gorgeous!

Jacqueline said...

My bedroom is still piled with the stuff that won't fit anywhere else! I'm so ready for a redo like yours. There weren't ENOUGH pictures! Just fun and gorgeous! happy New Year!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Lisa, what a wonderful transformation, it all looks so beautiful... I love the bedding that you already have... it's so pretty and goes so well with your new look! Wishing you and you family a blessed and Happy New Year!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne


I am soooo impressed! What an amazing combination of yesteryear and tarnished elegance! Your design talents shows through in every corner!

Whimsey Creations said...

Wow Lisa, it's absolutely so pretty, cozy, and comfy looking. I love your extra little sitting area and your bathroom is just beautiful. You did a great job - wanna come and do mine now? Why is it that our bedrooms and bathrooms seem to be the last things to ever get re-decorated (or even decorated). Our bathroom is over 25 years old and desperately needs a redo. I'd love to rip out the tub and have a double shower but I think that's beyond what I know how to do (and my dh isn't very handy). But this year I AM ripping out the horrible fake marble countertop and cabinets and putting a tall shelving unit like yours plus trying to put a sink in an old dresser. New flooring and new toilet. It's such a little bathroom that with the cabinets it has now you can't even open the far left drawer or door all the way because the toilet gets in the way LOL Oh and it has one of those wall to wall awful mirrors over the fake marble vanity too - that will be the first thing to go! I can only hope that is will look half as great as yours when I'm finished! Again, what a great job you did - just love it!

Auntie Bliss said...

Wow! Thanks for reposting...this is amazing. I especially love the sitting area and that tall skinny piece of furniture that you painted.
Happy New Year :)

Auntie Bliss said...

Wow! Thanks for reposting...this is amazing. I especially love the sitting area and that tall skinny piece of furniture that you painted.
Happy New Year :)

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Wow Lisa!!!

That is quite a gorgeous transformation, I can't wait to see it in person.

You know me, I love all the little Bolton touches. :-)

Call me!!!


Kim Caldwell said...

Beyond gorgeous Lisa! A "redo" is on my wishlist for our tiny bedroom during 2011 but I think I would rather just take yours and transpose it onto mine! Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration!



vicki said...

Lisa- What words can I use to describe this gorgeous room? I am totally at a loss--- this room is beyond beautiful. The decor- the colors, the vintage inspirations- simplyvstunning- and brilliant! I am totally lost in love---

Happy New Year dear Lisa. I hope this coming year will bring many blessings to you and your family- those precious and adorable children!

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

I love all the great photos! Very inspiring! Thanks. judy

time worn interiors said...

I wandered what happen to your post! I kept clicking on it and it said page can not be found! But thank goodness you finally got to post about your wonderful bedroom! It's just lovely! And I have patio envy! I would love to have something like that just off my bedroom! All your hard work paid off cause it is fabulous!

Happy New Year!


LizlovesVintage said...

I love everything! The bath cabinet is a great idea! Renovating our downstairs bath as we speak. Great ideas. Happy New Year! xx Liz

Karen said...

Hi Lisa I'm a new follower,I've just scrolled through your pictures 3 times and will do it again before I leave,it is an amazing redo, just beautiful!!! Have a Happy New Year and I look forward to reading more in 2011.

Me! said...

It was worth the wait! What a wonderful retreat! It's the perfect place to close the door on the world! So inspiring, and totally gorgeous! You must be thrilled!

Sweet Old Vintage said...


Yvonne said...

Love it! The tan walls really warm up the white theme. Love your vignettes and careful detail in everything. Great job and what an inspiration. thank you for sharing this.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

AHHHHHH I am sitting here with my
mouth hanging open and clicking over
and over on the pictures to soak
it all in !
Your transformation is just
beyond gorgeous!! I ADORE it!!!
You have gotten me even more
antsy to get back to work on my
living room and then soon
to tackle the horrifying
Giant Rose Waverly Wallpaper in
our master bath and redo our bedroom ~
You did great girlfriend!


Vicki said...

I absolutely love it! I'm so intimidated about decorating large spaces with all my small favorites. This looks professionally decorated and simultaneously ALL you! Great job. I have to go back and look again.

sissie said...

Hi Lisa,
I am so glad that you took your time in adding all the things that you love. The colors, the textures, the vintage touches are so you. I just can't get over how you added detail to everything.
It's so warm and inviting and your bedding looks scrumptious. The only problem is that my big 6 ft.3
Mr. Sissie and I would not fit into that bed! LOL!

I'm so glad that a "Sissie" pillow made the cut. I just love the patio area and that wonderful chaise. You left nothing untouched by your magic.

Happy New Year my sweet friend. I wish the very best for you and your family.

hugs and love

lynn said...

Hey Lisa! Don't apologize to me for posting "too many" photos! I don't think there can ever be too many of beauty. What a gigantic difference your remodel made!!! My sister lives in an 80's house in Beford and your room/bathroom reminds me of hers and what could be done... WOW! Gorgeous. I adore your blog. Looking forward to seeing you again in 2011. Happy New Year! Lynn from South Dakota

Martys Fiber Musings said...

I can't get enough! No, never too many photos....I'll come back tomorrow to browse again when my heartbeat slows a bit. Wonderful and happy new year.

Tammy said...

You were right it was a long post. But if it wasn't then we'd have missed out on something. It is LOVELY. And so worth the year of work I think.
Stop by my blog for a give-away.

Sandy Navarro said...

Lisa, you did a FabUlous job! I love everything.

Happy New Year & can't wait to see you at Round Top in the spring!

Cassie said...

Your bedroom is just beautiful! I love everything about serene & classic.
Best wishes for a happy new year!

Lovey said...

Oh everything looks beautiful Lisa! You have truly done a remarkable job.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Ohhh...Lisa...I *LOVE* it! It is gorgeous and I can *not* believe how similar our tastes our!...I think the gingerbread above the bed is my most favorite but I really like all of the painted white furniture, too...and I feel your pain with has been most difficult loading all of those wedding pics.
Happy New Year, dear Lisa!

Linda said...

Lisa, this is all just full of the most wonderful goodies! I love the charming, romantic patio and the cozy bedroom~ I love your grandmother's photo and letter! The bathroom is wonderful, too~ the cabinet turned out beautifully! You did a beautiful job...I am inspired!

julie miller said...

Looks like someone's been having some fun!!! There isn't one thing I don't love! It may have taken a year but it was sure worth waiting for!! Enjoy!!! Happy new year ~ Julie

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i thank heather over and over again for pairing us up in my first ever petite box swap! because of it, i made a wonderful connection and a friend whom i cherish. your blog is an are an inspiration. happy new year mon amie!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Just absolutely beautiful, I'm speechless. You should be working for HGTV and hosting a redo show. Hope you have an awesome New Years!!

Karen Valentine said...

Well, it was well worth the wait my friend! All that hard work totally paid off! It looks like a wonderful and relaxing B&B. A perfect place to escape to!There are so many wonderful goodies in there, The valance of course is fab, and the tall cabinet from Pat is perfect!
I hope you are having a fun New Years eve. We are just hanging out in out jammies watching movies and drinking cocoa. (boring but perfect)

Hope your 2011 is Rockin!
Love ya!

June said...

SIGH!!! Oh my gosh Lisa, I know Rose Hicks and Carol would be proud! This is such a beautiful retreat for two very deserving parents. LOVE IT ALL! This is a post I will keep coming back to over and over, until it all sinks in.
Happy New Year and love to you...

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Oh Lisa - your home is SO pretty. Love your bedroom and bathroom. So many beautiful details and so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.
I hope you and your family had a wonderful and safe New Years Eve.
XO Tina

Dorthe said...

Og Lisa, those rooms, are all so beautifull. So telling, that here one can refill ,be inspired, and happily relax.You made it so wonderfull- I love all the old wonderfull furnichures, big-and small, and the beauty you have added in all the rooms, -(I`m proud to be a little accent of your life,dearest Lisa,and so happy to be in this beautifull companionship, with the other wonderfull artists).

Congratulations with a big, and wonderfull job done, I would feel as a new person, every morning wakening up,here.
Thank`s for showing us sweetie.
I wish you a happy and blessfull 2011.
Love and hugs, Dorthe

The Tin Rabbit said...

It's wonderful Lisa!!! You have created a perfect haven...I love it!!!~ What a beautiful room to start the New Year off with!~ Love, Ann

Robin Thomas said...

Gasp. This is crazy good. Enjoy all your hard work. You deserve it.


Miss Sandy said...


It looks amazing!!! You outdid yourself in creativity and style, love it all! A very happy new year to you and yours, may this year be kind to you and may all your hopes, wishes, and dreams come true!

Debby said...

Happy New Year, Lisa. Oh my gosh your rooms look totally awesome. Everything is so beautiful with all your fav things. Great job.

The Feathered Nest said...

o. my. goodness....Lisa!!! The transformation is just BREATHTAKING girl!!!!! I love each and every element so much ~ I just want to stare at the photos over and over again! I love that you placed that wonderful lace piece from the fireplace over the entry of the tub, great idea sweets...I bet you just love being in there, don't you? :) Now I want to see that kitchen!!!! I hope you're having a wonderful New Year's day sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Beth Leintz said...

I LOVE it- there are so many things that made me say "ohhhhhh"- the slipper chair, the chandelier, the staggered silverplate on the wall- I'm totally stealing that idea-, the love letter, the bowl with fabric shoe, the vignette with the open drawer. The whole room looks just like you.

Carole said...

Oh man I thought I was the only one that took 5 hours doing a post. Yours was at least spectacular but you must have wanted to give Blogger a piece of your mind:)
You should have your own show with Joan!!!Can't wait to see what I missed.

ps...Happy New Year

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hey sweet Lisa girl, You did an awesome job! I would love to move right into your bedroom. It's so warm and cozy and has so many pretty details to look at! Your patio turned out beautiful as well!
Happy New Year to you, your hubby and the kids! Have a wonderful year filled with lots of fun and creative ideas, my dear friend :-)!
Big Hugs,

saltbox treasures said...

You have done an amazing makeover on your room and bathroom!!! It is gorgeous! Love all the details.
~ Julie

A Cottage Muse said...

Lisa you have created a gorgeous haven!! I love it all especially the grouping of silver, so unique!!

RACHELLE said...

WOW. and ..... YOU ARE HIRED!


Charlene said...

Lisa it all looks AMAZING!!!! Soooooo worth the wait!!! I know you guys will really enjoy this new retreat! GOOD JOB! And Ann did a great job with the ideas! Happy New Year! HUGS!

sweetpea said...

lisa, you made me SMILE with your comment on my COTM post. I so love you! Your transformation is phenomenal! We are living proof that there is life after popcorn ceilings (ours had glitter, can you top that?) and really bad bathrooms. hope to see you again in texas.

love you,


vikki said...

~♥Hi Lisa, such beautiful pics of your hard work! LoVe seeing your lovely home & the kidz! I have probs posting, also, & have been wanting to take the time to comment on ones I visit...I so enjoy yours & loved seeing all your lovely treasures from your friends & all your creative visions coming to life. LoVe the laces & vintage accents. You did a wonderful job & thank*U for sharing. Happy twenty eleven, may you & your family have a blessed one! hugs & blessings, vikki♥~

Kelly_Deal said...

Gorgeous! I can't wait to do a redo on my bedroom this summer. Have a wonderful New Year Lisa!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Lisa, sorry it took me so long to get over here, but oh my, Girl, it looks so fabulous! EVERYTHING!! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. You must feel like you're in heaven!!
love ya,

Margo said...

BEAUTIFUL! I especially love the bedding!!!! Well Done!
Margo @

Erica said...

Wow Lisa! Where do I begin???? It all looks stunning! Your bedroom looks like a store I'd love to shop in for hours!!! The bathroom makeover matches perfectly. And I can't get over that patio!!! All we've managed to do with ours is put our a grill and some furniture no one ever uses. It's beautiful, wonderful, and shabby. PERFECT! Come over and get started on mine - our bedroom makeover is now going on 2 years!

Cee said...

love ur style!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Your re-do is just stunning, Lisa!! Wow, what an inspiration. I can't even pick a favorite thing, but your cozy little patio nook is pretty amazing. Your styling is just brilliant - I can tell you that I'll be coming back to look at this again and again!
Hope you and your family are having a wonderful New Year.
Cheers, Andrea

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

WOW ... Fabulous. Great details. said...

Gorgeous!! Of course.

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Everything is dripping with gorgeousness!! I love each and every photo!
Way to go!

Shopgirl said...

i can only dream of such a lovely room. You should be on the cover of a mag. Lovely, and Lovely!
Hugs, Mary

kpaints said...

Wow! I don't know where to start! You have done a tremendous amount of work and it has really paid off! Lovely!

Maria said...

Love, love, love your style! I tried redoing my bedroom in sage green, but I miss the white so much. Your photos have inspired me to go back to what I love, thanks so much! And Happy New Year!!!

Rebecca said...

Lisa I am just getting over here now and I just want to say WOW... I have had a lot of things going on since new years so this is a real treat!
What can I say but you are a wonder girl, you did good.
I can't imagine scraping all the popcorn off the ceiling, yuk. But it turned out fabulous!
Hope all is well with you, looks like you have been a busy one, heard you are published again... I am going out and getting the mag today. Congratulations.
This is becoming a common occurrence and I can see why, with all your talent... you go!
btw, I will send you a picture that I took in Anthropology over the holidays... it is a deer's head they had as a display and it is sooo cool... they made it out of white wool.
Blessings to you my friend

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my gish Lisa, what a difference. I would never leave my room though, beautiful xoxox Clarice

Dee Dee said...

The makeover is so lovely. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy you created such a special place for yourself. I LOVE the bed, and I totally get wanting things to be un-kid-friendly. :)

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