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Creating a Serene Cottage Bedroom

Long time readers know that I feel that the master bedroom is the most important room in the house (It’s All About the Bedroom) but we still have such a long way to go in creating the perfectly serene cottage bedroom that I truly am looking for.

Our bedroom does have new paint, curtains, white ceiling fan, re-painted lamps and ….well, that’s about it!

Since there is no headboard, I thought I’d search for a way to create a large beach cottage art piece to hang over the bed. While digging through the linen closet I discovered a quilt which had been long forgotten.  It had holes here and there plus torn edges (thank you to my sweet poodle, Minnie, when she was teething).  The quilt was designed with pink and blue appliqued flowers on one side and a simple white back. The white back with the stitched design showing through won my vote.  Now, what can I do with it??

Some old scrap wood was sanded and made into a simple frame.  A coat of white paint plus a very lightly applied blue-grey glaze finished off the frame.  A huge piece of cardboard from a furniture purchase (thank goodness the hubby keeps everything) was then wrapped with a large piece of the quilt.  I had strapping tape so used that to attach the quilt to the cardboard.  Two sawtooth hangers attached to the back of the wood frame worked perfectly for hanging it on the wall.  It’s nice that there is still enough quilt left for a table runner and/or some pillow shams. By using tape, I can easily change out the quilt with other fabric or whatever I want down the road.

Here is what the framed quilt looks like in our beach cottage bedroom…

A beautiful starfish & seashell garland from Caron’s Beach House was tacked to the corners of the frame. The organza ribbon provides a bit of lovely romance.

Since I haven’t spent money on a headboard yet, you may be wondering what I have spent money on. Well, not the cute eyelet pillow shams — I found them in the bottom of my linen closet too!

There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep so money was spent on bedding.  100% Egyptian cotton sheets, a lightweight down comforter, velvet chenille blanket, fluffy new pillows and an Egyptian cotton basket-weave blanket all provide lovely texture as well as warmth, comfort and cuddliness.  Everything was found at either Ross Stores or Overstock.com so not much money was spent – yippy!

Long sheer curtains from Ikea were added last Autumn; which let the sun shine through.  Each curtain rod was hung as close to the ceiling as possible to create more height in the room.  We love listening to the surf on warm days so we open the windows and the white sheers elegantly blow in the breeze.  A white five-finger starfish graces the top of each window.

Using different textured fabrics create great interest in any room…but especially a bedroom.  Since we live in the Pacific Northwest it is damp and cool much of the year so we gravitate towards warm and cuddly.  We also have three dogs so fabrics which are easily washable and stain resistant are a must-have in our beach cottage.

We still have dark bed tables and dresser which we are contemplating painting; however they aren’t very old and in fairly good shape still…we’ll see.

Daisy just couldn’t wait for me to finish taking photographs and snuck up onto her favorite velvety blanket… She’s such a little stinker :O)

I feel like I need a little color besides the Vanilla Brandy on the walls… 
Maybe an accent wall!? The wall behind the bed?
Your ideas and suggestions are welcome…pretty please!! :O)
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Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
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Good Life Wednesday @ A Beach Cottage
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Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage
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Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

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