Thursday, March 20, 2014

Feelin' Blue

Our bedroom is fresh and new - all because of this unknown little girl.


One of the many items on my March "to do" list was to freshen up the bedroom with new vignettes on top of the armoire and the Expedit.


The shells on the armoire were the first change which led to putting buoys and beach buckets on the Expedit.


I was on a roll with a beach theme so I asked Steve to swap out the sunflower painting that had been over the armoire and he chose the little surfer girl.


Beach buckets, buoys and ocean themed paintings made me yearn for a change of bedding.


As much as I love primary colors, I was ready for simple white and blue in the bedroom.


The furniture on each side of the bed went from colorful to white.


Both pieces were painted with Annie Sloan, Old White, and I love the way the old colors of the vintage record cabinet came through after  a good sanding.  


I found the white bowls in the attic - long ago purchases at Big Lots.


Pillows I made from tea towels decorate the bed.


In the attic, I also found a light blue duvet cover and sham from KC's first dorm room, a chenille bedspread I had on my bed as a little girl, and a vintage tablecloth; did my dad bring the tablecloth to my mother when he was stationed in Hawaii during WWII or did they buy it on a vacation?


The painting over the bed changed, not by my choice, but because it sold last Saturday; Steve knew he had to replace it with another ocean scene.


Lots of little changes.


A softer palette than my usual with the chenille spread on the bed and the light blue of the duvet and shams.


And, if you think I am crazy for having so much white with a rambunctious puppy,


I have a few white quilts as back up.


So thanks to the sweet little girl dreaming of the ocean, we will have sweet dreams in our beach inspired bedroom.

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75 comments:

Consider It All Joy said...

You, my friend, are a busy, busy woman! You put me to shame~lol~~ I LOVE and miss the beach SO much!! I was raised in SoCal and was at the beach a lot while growing up. Now, being in the desert of AZ, I long for the sound and smells that the beach offers. I love the changes in your room! It's also nice to have a hubby who is willing to give you a hand every now and again! Blessings, Cindy

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Love the blue and white.

White really is easy to clean.

The painting he sold almost looked like a photo! I like the one you have now with the mission too.♡

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Your bedroom looks great. I love the white & blue that you used in the room makes it looks so fresh and Spring. It goes so well with the beach.
Mary

podso said...

I love how you can shop in your attic. You seem to find a lot of things up there. The change in your bedroom is charming, and yes, peaceful.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

It's like visiting Gidget and Moondoggie all grown up! I was that little surfer girl in my dreams once! Why not dream it again! Your new room is a breath of fresh ocean breeze! I love everything about your coastal lifestyle, Carol!
It is always a treat to visit!
withLove!

cynthia lee designs said...

Your bedroom looks great...love the white and blue!! Love the picture of the little girl too. Your room looks so peaceful and cozy.
hugs,
Cindy

Botanic Bleu said...

Love your white with blue...perfect colors for a beach house!

Judith

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Jann Olson said...

Carol, as much as I loved your room before; this is a lovely change! The beach girl picture was great inspiration. I adore your collection of sand pails! I have a couple, but not as nifty as yours. The painted furniture is so fresh and I too love the colors showing through. The entire room is just perfect for your cottage by the ocean! I will be doing a post on my bedroom soon. Can't wait to show off my new treasures! Thanks again and thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Jann Olson said...

Forgot to mention that I have a set of those same bowls. Bought mine years ago at Walmart.
hugs,
Jann

bobbie said...

I love the softer palette! You are truly the Queen of "shopping" your home!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

You did a great job redecorating it. Love how you lighten everything else. I just love that painting of the boats in the harbour.

NanaDiana said...

Carol- That looks just beautiful- fresh and bright for Spring. I really love how sweet and serene it looks. That painting of the little girl is just darling. Hubby is a VERY good painter...Yours-not mine. Mine can't paint a wall without also painting himself...if you know what I mean! lol xo Diana

Lorrie said...

How much fun to be able to shop in your attic. I love those old chenille bedspreads. My mother put them on our beds years ago. I wonder where they went.
Love the fresh new look to your bedroom.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,

The surfer girl inspiration painting is lovely and it's allure led to a beautifully serene and peaceful new look.
Even with two cats I've never regretted my choice of white bedding, thanks to Oxi clean!

The sand buckets are adorable. Sweet dreams. But with as much work as you do ... I wonder if there is time for sleep!
XO,
Vera

Carol Z said...

I love your pretty beach bedroom. I'm doing some decluttering, pre-redecorating and you've given me some ideas. Love a beach look.

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
I love the white touches with the chalk paint. The vintage bedspread looks awesome. I love how soft and inviting the room feels. The bedding and the end tables soften the room. You still have your signature color on the walls with Steve's beautiful art work. Love this room. Very relaxing and inviting.
Kris

Merlesworld said...

It has turned out great, I love the beach look .
Merle........

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Your collection of beach buckets is wonderful! Great idea to have the rotating white covers for the bed! I've been thinking about pulling out some chenille spreads I have and doing something with them on my bed. Now I'm motivated. I guess you have to be glad the painting sold! That was a big one. You'll be able to eat for the next year! That little girl on the surf board is precious.

Sarah said...

Beautiful, Carol. How special that you get to live with Steve's wonderful paintings. Love the little surfer girl!
Happy First Day of Spring.

Patty Antle said...

Love the girl painting. Your bedroom sure looks nice and fresh. You've been painting like me quite a bit!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I love beach themed decor and the blue and white is so fresh. The painting of the little girl darling.

Vicky Hunt said...

I love your fun, bright color palette, but this white and light blue room is just beautiful and very serene. Those white quilts and the freshly painted white furniture are so fresh and crisp! The white bowls and stack of blue books are perfect decor. You did a fabulous job my friend...love it! Have a wonderful weekend...Vicky

Hillside Garden said...

Your home is so colourful, I love it very much. You collect glas from the sea? I too! Wish you a wonderful weekend with sunshine.

Sigrun

Things and Thoughts said...

I have to do the same with the bedrooms of our country house.I like the fact that you dare changes and the outcome is perfect Carol! Well done, you are a gifted designer!

Tropical Life Style said...

I already feel the summer! I adored the blue here, and amazing to join the room and explore the house. Well, it’s nice to know that the cabinets strike me most, absolutely awesome! I love the white lamp by the way, Classy!

Sebastian Chuter

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Your bedroom looks just amazing! I love all of your choices and how bright and cheery it is.
I love your artwork and the all the sea touches.
I want to be where you are right now, we still have mounds of snow to melt.
Thanks for sharing,'
Cindy

Candy S said...

Your bedroom makeover is lovely with the fresh white and blue colors. The record cabinet that you painted with the Annie Sloan paint is beautiful. I want to try the AS paint on an old china cabinet if it ever warms up enough to use my garage to paint it in.... Candy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Carol! When I first saw your title, I thought, "I HOPE THAT'S FIGURATIVE SPEECH!" Hoping that you were not sad...and I can see it's quite the opposite!

You have spun your magic once again with your painting skills. I love this Annie Sloan old white and I painted a wooden horse the other day. But the finish did not come out as I wanted because I was unable to buy the Annie Sloan wax, and used beeswax which did not give me the look. But your bedroom, YES YES YES....I am partial to white with a splash of color, so I am being bias here! But with your white trimmed windows, the pure white with the pop of color here and there makes for such a peaceful scene.

AND STEVE'S PAINTINGS....tell that man that he is genius. I'll never forget, ever, last summer when you shared one of his sunny paintings. It took me home.

Stacey said...

Your room looks like a little vacation B&B! You are so lucky to have Steve's wonderful art!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

You have certainly been on a roll lately ! This looks so pretty !! :)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

what is not to love. i love the houseboat painting. so makes me wish to live on a boat. love the sailboat pillows, those shelves... so neat to keep changing up the items within those shelves. ( :

the wagon on the beside table are those pool balls or? so fun. i love how you have carried so much color throughout your home. so fun!!

Dawn said...

I love the white and it lightens things up for the summer. I know what you mean about a dog and white though. We are going through the rainy season here so my dog always has muddy paws.

chateau chic said...

Painting, sewing...you make it look so easy to give your bedroom a complete makeover. Of course I LOVE everything because I'm a big fan of blue and white. You've created such a calm, restful sanctuary. LOVE IT!!!!
Now, can I come and shop in your attic?? :-))
Mary Alice

111 LaLa Lane said...

I love the changes to your bedroom. And I also love how you just paint your furniture when the notion strikes to change your color palette. You are so talented!! ~Laurie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Blue and white is so calming and you have pops of color in the paintings. Love the little girl on the surfboard! So charming! Your husband is such a great artist! :)

hugs, Linda

Elaine Lewis said...

I am glad it is blue decor and not you feeling sad. I had to come check. As always I adore everything you do.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your bedroom looks so light and airy - very pretty! I always like to use white in our bedroom in the summer - somehow it makes me feel cooler :)

Kim M said...

Love it, Carol! My kitchen and bathroom are very red and lately, I have had the urge to lighten it up, as well. It just feels fresher! The painting is lovely...innocent.

fiona anderson said...

Your bedroom looks lovely, very fresh and bright and really sets off Steve's beautiful paintings.

Down by the sea said...

How I would love a bedroom like that! It feels as if you are right by the sea. I always love Steve's pictures and you have chosen such a lovely range of items to bring it all together! Sarah x

Curtains in My Tree said...

I like the vintage looking or vintage beach pails? I had some as a kid and haven't seen any around at flea markets for some time
The painting of the little surfer girl is really cute

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love the changes inspired by the little surfer girl! White is a problem with pets, but it also cleans well usually... Or so I keep telling myself!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

His beach paintings make it the most special room! I love the changes you made and the nice clean colors! Enjoy your weekend!

Jeanna said...

I am swooning here! LOVE LOVE LOVE the new bedroom freshen up! Where can I get that paint you love so much?

Wonderful paintings, fresh look all the way around. I can hear the ocean waves and the breeze come through the window.

My Garden Diaries said...

Carol!!! It is gorgeous! I absolutely love the white!!! It is like a light and fresh ocean room that just calls out for you to relax!!! And the painting of the little girl is such an amazing piece! Pure awesome! Great job friend!! And a wonderful weekend to you!! Nicole xoxo

Jen Ham said...

I love blue and white! So very soothing and fresh! i love the transformation of your bedside tables! One of these days I must try Annie Sloan paint. You inspire me so! xo Jen

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Another beautiful inspired room. Your blog always fills my day with colour :)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Oh it's just gorgeous Carol !!!
I'm sitting here laughing - because it's too funny that we all paint our furniture as the seasons change - our parents would have never in a million years thought of doing that LMHO. They changed curtains and linens but we take it to a whole different level lol
Everything looks so fresh and beachy and SPRING like - just beautiful!
Now I have to go to the post below this one because I'm mesmerized once again by something!
xox

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Everything you do is fun! And I adore your pillows.

xo

Sheila

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, and Steve's new painting that inspired it all!

Custom Comforts said...

Love your room makeover. The whites are perfect for spring and summer and you still have lots of color in your paintings. The little girl on the beach is so sweet. Reminds me of my vacations in San Diego.
Cindy

June said...

Oh I love it, love it, love it! It looks so beachy and fresh! I loved it before and I love it now. You are a magician with a paint brush, no matter what colors you choose my dear.
I came over to thank you for your lovely comment on mine and Kris blogs. Your words of encouragement mean so much to me. More than you know!
hugs from here...

Susan said...

It looks wonderful. I found a beautiful but shabby book at the book sale with art quality illustrations. Lovely beach scenes I shall frame.

Createology said...

I adore your beachy themed bedroom. The freshness of the blues and white really add to Spring and fresh flowers blooming. Sunshine Smiles...

greenthumb said...

I like the image of the little girl, thats what I need to do freshen up some rooms.

greenthumb said...

I like the image of the little girl, thats what I need to do freshen up some rooms.

greenthumb said...

I like the image of the little girl, thats what I need to do freshen up some rooms.

greenthumb said...

I like the image of the little girl, thats what I need to do freshen up some rooms.

greenthumb said...

I like the image of the little girl, thats what I need to do freshen up some rooms.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

One simple change always leads to another. I think the soft whites make Steve's artwork pop.

Little Miss Maggie said...

I'm loving your lighter softer look. As refreshing as an ocean breeze.

Kelly said...

I love the changes you made! I'm a huge fan of white bedding and white furniture, so of course, I would like it! I think bedrooms should be serene since they are a place to rest and relax. Yours looks like it is good for that now.

Connie said...

Hi Carol, your changes are wonderful. I loved it before equally as well, but it is always fun to change things around. A little paint and change of bedding and like magic you have a new room. Enjoy . . . your bedroom it looks so relaxing in the whites :)
Love the little surfer girl, too. Your Steve's paintings have so much energy . . . and a bit of a nostalgic appeal. Love his work!
Happy Sunday.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Kathy said...

That magic attic of your came through again and I adore the bright transformation for Spring! You have inspired me and I am actually dragging few things around the house myself. Good golly!!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Hello Carol, I just came over from Junckchiccottage. I love your blog. I love colors and I love the ocean. I wish I lived by the ocean and can decorate my house with lots of fun colors and treasures from the ocean. Christa

Art @ Home said...

White is brilliant with a puppy because you can bleach it!!! :D

I love your bedroom, and that armoire is so pretty. I love the blue! Have you posted about it before? Did you paint it? I love it!

xo,
RJ

Melanie said...

Love the blue and white theme...one of my favorite color combos. Your room looks so fresh and light now. Love the painting of the little girl.

Eugenia Maru http://lulurulitos.blogspot.com said...

Su dormitorio quedó precioso. Justo para la época que viene.
Acá esperamos el invierno y la lluvia.
Me gustaron mucho los colores y las cosas de playa. Muy lindo.
Saludos desde Chile.
Maru

eileeninmd said...

Your bedroom looks cozy and inviting..I love the beach theme and vignettes.. The painting of the little girl is lovely! Enjoy your week ahead!

lala said...

I love how you completely changed the feel and look of your room with bedding and paint - just lovely and oh so perfect for spring & summer!

Erin said...

I love your beachy theme. You have a way of displaying items so tastefully. I love the bedding..so fresh and springy!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Carol, featuring you at SYC this week. Love your new room!
hugs,
Jann

Susan Clayton said...

Love the changes - even though the old was great as it was. Maybe because it's closer to 'my' comfort palette? Happy SYC Thursday. Looking forward to some beach time myself if it ever warms up here!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Carol, I love your room both ways. The new look is so fresh and bright and I love the nautical touches. Cute cute pillows.