Yipee! The bedroom is finished and I can now show you the finished result!
Hello! Welcome to a new week! I hope you had a lovely weekend? We had the wonderful weekend I'd hoped for, very relaxing, but at the same time, we seemed to do a lot...........hmmm, bit of a contradiction that, I know. I'm going to have to tell you all about our weekend tomorrow, because I promised you photos of the newly decorated bedroom today, and I want to deliver on my promise!
So here we go! Imagine you're standing in the doorway to the bedroom, this is what you'll see. Well, this is what you would have seen directly after I had tidied up for the photos. It's quite scarily tidy isn't it? if it makes you feel any better, it was tidy like this for the photos, special occasion you see. It's normally a bit more relaxed looking.
Here's a photo just to give you a reminder of what the room used to look like! Gosh, there's quite a change isn't there? Actually, it pains me slightly to look at the photo above, because I find the old version of our bedroom quite depressing. Like the new colour in my studio, this new look in the bedroom has felt very positive. Our new bedroom actually feels cosy and happy, yes, a welcoming room to be in.
This is one of the quilts that I had hidden away in a drawer, under the spare bed. It's been there for years, and it's fantastic to finally be using it. The lady who sold it to me, told me it's a Bible Quilt. I'm in no way knowlegeable about quilts, the area is a beautiful mystery to me, so I don't know how common Bible Quilts are. (I should look it up on the internet shouldn't I? Rather than just languishing in complacent ignorance. I will look it up. Soon).
This quilt has quotes from the Bible printed in the white squares. Some of them are warnings not to be bad, some are about security. These quilts come with a lot of history don't they? Mystery history. Because I don't know who made this quilt, I can only imagine that person lived in a very devout household. (I just did a quick search on google about Bible Quilts, but the information I found only had floral designs, inspired by the Bible, nothing with printed text on them).
Anyway, you're probably wanting to get on with the tour aren't you? I'm going to do the 'wizzing round in a circle' thing, like I did when I showed you my studio in my last post. So off we go, anti-clockwise again. From the bed, we come to the wardrobe. This wardrobe is huge by-the-way, but it doesn't look it, because our bedroom is so large. It's a good six feet or so, can't quite remember.
Looks quite small doesn't it? This wardobe came from Scotland. The shop was a shack/warehouse in the middle of no-where, and we just chanced upon it. It was stuffed full of antiques mixed with junk. I saw this wardrobe, and I knew, that's it, that's the one. I'd been looking for a large wardrobe, and I'd found it in the wilds of Scotland! Luckily we didn't have to put it on the roof of our tiny car at the time. The dealer was coming our way with other furniture, and so he brought it down for us, dismantled into various sections. Hugo is used to the car being stuffed with my 'finds' on our holidays, but this would have been one step too far. I remember that shop we bought the wardrobe from well, because I came across a little black and white photo lying about. It was of Queen Victoria off-duty, I think she had a fishing rod or something. The man wouldn't sell it, which was a shame.
The little quilt you see in the above photo, is a Pram Quilt. So I imagine it's covered up numerous bonny wee babies in the past. Do you think a Mother sewed it while she was pregnant? It must have looked splendid in the pram. Or cot I suppose. If it was a pram, I'm imagining it to be an old fashioned Silver Cross pram, you know the one's that are more like carriages? This tiny quilt was a recent find, from our local curio shop. When we started to decorate our bedroom, we had no master plan. The main thing was to get the walls painted. Once that was done, well, the walls looked bare you know? I thought about the Bible Quilt I had stashed away, which was approved. Then on the off-chance, I brought out the remaining two quilts I had, all with the cream and red theme going on. We thought, well, why not try them? They were too big for the walls, so we lightly tacked them back, to make them fit the space better, and not over-power the room. Then I remembered seeing that Pram Quilt a few weeks back. It seemed like fate. Luckily it hadn't been bought. And now it's on our bedroom wall!
On we go. past the window. And on to the very, very comfy arm chair. It's so comfortable, I can see myself sitting there in the future, knitting or crocheting away happily, in that very peaceful room.
And there are the two other quilts. The one on the right was narrowed quite a bit. Those thick red stripes could have been too much, but I think it works o.k on a smaller scale. And the quilt above the fire place is actually my favourite, I just think it's so pretty. We had to reduce the size of that one too, by tacking it back with needle and thread.
It's slightly lop-sided, isn't it?! I think we can live with that, to be honest. I just can't be bothered to tweak it that centimetre or so!
I thought the finishing touch was my precious Deer. I bought the Stag and the Doe from a charity shop. When we returned from our outing, Hugo went on-line to find out more about them, and discovered there should be a Fawn in the group. So he went on to e-bay and secretly went into a fierce bidding war for a fawn he had found. And he won it! And it was a gift............ a complete surprise gift. I love this little family group, they're so beautiful, and delicate.
We've come full circle now.............. I forgot to mention the boarded up fire place! Well, that's a project for the future............ Big decision what kind of fire goes in there, we've been discussing it for years! But first we have to open up the fire place, and discover what lurks behind. I think we're avoiding doing that, if I'm honest.
And anyway, we need a rest from the decorating for a while. Still, it was worth it, our bedroom is a nice place to sleep now, and a lovely room to have a lie-in on a weekend. I love the combination of the red and blue. The red tones down the whoosh of bright blue, and the blue calms the red down so it's not too fiery. I do hope you've enjoyed this little tour........... it's not that often you get shown round someone's bedroom, is it?
Oh, I almost forgot, while I'm showing you our bedroom, why not show you my matching pyjamas?
See?! Matches the duvet cover! Not intentional when I bought them, I just love Gingham, and especially Gingham pyjamas. Another great happy coincidence!............ Hope you sleep well tonight, sweet dreams, and cheerio!
Love fom a sleepy Vanessa................ a cup of tea will sort that out xxx
Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.
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The Best Gift of All
Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon