Sunday, February 27, 2011

A New Bedroom Mirror and Rug

Hi. I hope everyone is having a good weekend. It's Saturday night and I'm just lounging on the couch, watching T.V., with my laptop perched on my lap.

Have you ever had one of those decorating days/ weekends when everthing just falls into place. Well I did this weekend. I mentioned in my last post that I was going antiquing, but I never ended up going because there was a bad-weather alert in Souther Ontario for Thursday afternoon ( which never happened after all). But all was not lost- I decided to go to one of my favourite off-priced home decor stores ( Homesense)   to look for a small wall- shelf for my bedroom. I didn't end up finding one, but I did find a great small rug on sale for $9.00 and a beautiful large mirror for over my bedroom dresser for $69.99. Considering I had $50.00 from a birthday cheque, it was a pretty good score at only $30.00 out of my pocket.

I immediately went home and put the new rug down, and it was perfect. Next, I tackled the mirror- I still have the almond glossy matching bedroom set from the 1980's that my parents bought me for my first apartment after college- complete with triple- arched art deco style mirror over the dresser. Why is the master bedroom always the last room to be properly furnished? Maybe because no one else really sees it. I sooooo hate that bedroom furniture, and can't wait to get rid of the entire set, but I know I can't do it all at once Patience!!!!

I did recover the headboard 6 years ago, so it's not too bad, and now I have the mirror. Here's some pictures of what our bedroom looks like now.

Here's the old mirror, circa 1980.

The beautiful, new mirror!!!!!

  What an improvement- YES!!!!!!!!!

Now here's my new rug.

I just put it at the foot of the bed, so you can see it as you walk in.

Here's the rest of the room.  I love the cream and sage- green combo and the way it's decorated, but I JUST hate the furniture.

Here's the bed ( I made all the cushions). And the headboard was part of the matching set, but I covered it with a diamond-pattern taffeta like fabric.

Here's the oh-so- lovely almond gloss armoire ( can you see why I want to get rid of it- just kick it to the curb already).
I love my art-work collage and the wrought- iron candle holder and quilt stand.  Some of the art-work is original watercolor my "moi".  I did the two on the armoire, and the top two in the middle of the collage, as well as the second from the left on the bottom.  One day I will post a separate page of all my watercolors, but for today, I'm just concentrating on the bedroom.

Here are a few of the decorative touches in the room.
 I love this little alcove, and the radiator -cover gives me a place for some more knick-knacks. And the hanging roses are from my wedding arrangements- I dried and sprayed them with hairspray.  Still perfect after three years.
I think this garland with the word "dream" hanging on it is sooooo cute.  And the roman- shade is linen, lined in black-out liner ( also made by me).

The curtains are raw-silk and soften up the square corners of the alcove.  I also love the curvy legs of this small wrought iron and tile table.

This chair is an antique and  used to sit in my husband's, grandmother's farmhouse, and was originally covered in dark turquoise damask.  It was stuffed with old bed-sheets and straw.  I redid the cushions and recovered it with this pretty sage- green damask.

Well, that's about the size of it- it's pretty small, but cosy and pretty.

Anyways, as I was saying- this weekend just fell into place for decorating.  Tonight, just before dinner, my hubby decided to walk to the corner watering-hole for a beer.  Five minutes later, the phone rings, and it's hubby.  "Guess what?"  he says. " I was walking down our street, and someone has put out an antique armoire at the curb.  Run down and see if you like it." So I threw on a jacket and my crocs and headed down the  street.  And sure enough, there was a beautiful, wooden armoire with a mirror and a drawer, just waiting for someone to take it home.  It was the perfect size for our bedroom- just needs a small paint makeover.  So I ran back home, called the hubby and told him to to come straight home and get a dolly, while I guarded that" baby" with my life.  And then, I realized , there was also a cute table  and a working T.V. in the pile.  We need a new small  T.V. for the basement, and there was a sign taped to it saying " it works".  So we took all three pieces home-  SCORE!!!!!!!!!!

Now, I'm not going to post a picture of  these things, because the battery on my camera died, but you'll have to stay tuned for the awsomeness that I'm going to make out of this free armoire and table.

And the T.V.- it works!!!!!!!

Well, I guess that's about it.  I'm finishing off a few small DIY projects that I'll post in the next day or so, and then I can hardly wait to re-paint and makeover the armoire and table.

Til next time.  Au Revoir!!!!!