Monday, August 29, 2011

Bedroom Reveal/hidden window

At last!!
More than two plus years!
The hand trimmed border was a big deal in the 80's. It was an even bigger deal to my daughters.
The oriental screen hides a window. The community architectural demons committee said it had to be there.
Be damned what you have to do inside, put that window where they say!!
Two years ago it looked like this! It was beautiful in the 80's but life goes on. Under threat of demolition from my daughters, I began the daunting redecorating project.
Remember I promised a new window treatment Here goes!
That "dang" window is still there!

There's that window again!
Remember this tease picture several months ago. Yeh, Yeh, I know. I told you it took two years.

Some years ago I invested in an air powered upholstery staple.
If you love to do this sort of thing it is a wise purchase!
Now, isn't that better than the screen!
I had our carpenter build the support frame and I had plywood cut to fit. It was then a simple thing to pad and cover the front and sides. I purchased several fabrics but everything I brought home screamed! Kim had a linen look curtain panel left over from something and it worked perfect. The lined panel has been up for some time. We hung the picture (had been in the master bath) yesterday.
If you don't like a window, make it disappear!

Over the next two years:
I made curtains.

You can read about the curtains HERE.

I made a bedskirt.

You can read about the bedskirt HERE.

I made some pillows and a bolster.

I used an old Sarah Coventry brooch to add bling to the ribbon>

This was an existing pillow. I added roses made from the bolster fabric.

The decoration is another brooch. Since I have retired they don't get to come out and play often.
I am enjoying looking at them.
Boy, I have got to get a new camera. I thought I tweaked the colors. 

I have finally gotten around to adding accessories. I am going to be quiet, maybe, and just show you some pics.

My two daughters.

Waterford stingray! Ever swim with them? I did, creepy though.

My spot to rest!
The camera is really playing tricks. My son says the colors, which all really do match, show up differently because the varied finishes absorb and reflect color differently. Works for me but I don't like it. Maybe a better camera?

My spot for a little respite!

I made this pillow also.

Did not make this one!

The picture frame.

A few textural closeups!

Obviously my side of the bed!

Vintage twin bedspread.
If you want a window to disappear,
Whew, If you made it this far, you must be exhausted!
I am, but it took me two years!
If you still have it in you, Please leave a comment. Let me know what you think.
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Vintage Thingie Thursday
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Inspiration Friday
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Fabulous Friday


Barbara F. said...

Ginger, what a fantastic job here, and the fact that you sew, upholster, etc. blows me away. I love the pillow that you added roses to, and the crane! The photo with the shadow is amazing. Very beautiful and romantic ;-) bedroom! xo,

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

I love your colors!!! You've done a beautiful job and I would have never dreamed about hiding that window like you did!!! Now... my problem is I need more windows...any suggestions??
I think your gorgeous work deserves a new camera...go for it!!! You will love it!!!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You have done a beautiful job. Love the colors very soothing and yet so rich. And I will be darned, I would never know there was a window! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Karie

subgirl said...

Wow! what a wonderful job you did with your transformation! Who cares if it took you two years? Genious can't be rushed! You are quite creative with your window camoflage and your pillow creations. I enjoyed seeing your reveal. Thanks for sharing.

xinex said...

Oh Ginger, your bedroom is so elegant! I love the wall color and your your pillows are so very pretty. Of course I love the bed skirt too. Is there anything you cannot do? You are so talented! The picture turned out perfect!...Christine

Pondside said...

What a beautiful room. You did a wonderful job on everything.

Ann said...

It was well worth the wait, absolutely stunning. You should have your own spot in 'Beautiful Homes Magazine'.
A great job done.
Happy Week

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Ginger...

Magnificent, my friend!!! Ohhh...just wished you could have heard all of my ooohs and aaahs as I was taking the photo tour around your fabulous bedroom! I'm not sure even where to begin. First of all, I love, love, LOVE the colors that you chose! So very beautiful, soft, and sooo serene! Just perfect for the bedroom! My friend, I do wish that I had your sewing skills! The drapes, bedskirt, and all of your luscious pillows...are sooo gorgeous! I just kept thinking...that this room looks like it just stepped off of an interior design book! Everything is perfect! I love all the elegant silver that you used on the dresser...they just sparkle in the sunlight! Lovely! My friend, I think you came up with a GRAND solution for covering the window behind the bed! BRAVO!!! I love the linen fabric and that art is beautiful! Ohhh...that would just irritate me to no end. A home association telling me what I can..and cannot do! So sorry, my friend! But...I do believe that you got the "last word"! Hehe!

Well dear lady, this has been such a treat! I sooo enjoyed the tour of your truly magnificent bedroom! I love each and every detail! Perfection...divine!!!

Warmest wishes,

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your bedroom turned out beautiful Ginger! I love the soothing colors and all of the great trims you used-enjoy:@)

Anonymous said...

What a difference!...Looks grand!
You will sure enjoy this with sweet ole Bob.A comforting place for relaxation and so charming.

Miss Char said...

Its worth the wait Ginger, your room is beautiful.

Leslie said...

Hi Ginger!
Thanks so much for stopping by my cozy kitchen and leaving a sweet comment!! I love new friends!
You have quite a lovely bedroom renovation here, wow! It looks like you've been busy! I really do love the fabric and the colors you have chosen. I have a pale blue in our bedroom and it's so serene.

Colleen said...

It's so beautiful Ginger! love the colors you used in there and the bedding looks so luxurious with the pretty pillows.

S said...

That bedroom is stunning - the color palette is beautiful and all the accessories are lovely - my faves are the print on the linen panel over the bed - well done! and the swing arm lamps - so pretty.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

You've got some mad pillow making skills! Absolutely beautiful! Found you via The House in the Roses party. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it. Your bedroom is gorgeous. All of your pillows, linens and drapes are fabulous. Your fabric choices are stunning and your accessories are just perfect. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Oh, Ginger! Your bedroom is gorgeous! So much work and so much thought obviously went into it over those two years, but the result is just perfect!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your bedroom is so Beautiful Ginger!! You did a wonderful job putting the room together. Things waiting for come out Gorgeous. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape, and your Pray's for my friend Melanie.
XXOO Diane

Chatty Crone said...

It is truly the most beautiful room I think I have ever seen - and to think you did it all by yourself.

You are amazing!

Susan said...

The pillows you made and the rosettes are to die for!!! I LOVE them all!! I wish I had some of your talent. The colors are so cool and inviting and the room is gorgeous!

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful! Where did you find the King bed coverlet? I have been looking for one in that color.Your room looks great.Love it.

ImSoVintage said...

What a beautiful retreat you have created. I love it. Happy new follower from Thrifty Tuesday.

CAS said...

Your bedroom is gorgeous! It really was very pretty before, but now it's "WOW!" Beautiful job.
:) CAS

Suzy said...

Oh, Ginger - your room is beautiful! I love all of the colors that you used. All of your sewing projects look fabulous too. Did you applique that pillow? That's one thing that I've never tried.

On Crooked Creek said...

This is elegantly exquisite!!! I adore the drapes, bedskirt, the hidden window...but your pillows are gorgeous! Two years...but done so well! What a transformation! Each accessory and lamp just enhances your total decor statement!

Bunny Jean said...


I was so impressed with your bedding last time. I worked for Ethan Allen and Calico Corners so I did my fair share of custom softgoods, but never sewed them.

I know how you can spend a few thousands on bedding when you have it done for you. Beautiful job!

I also know that most time a designer tries to work a window in the design for obvious reasons, but in this case you were right to cover it. Way too small and in an akward place. I wish builders worked with designers!!!

Thanks for joining this Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party.

xoxo Bunny Jean
@ Bunny Jean's Decor and More!
(my MAIN blog)

mississippi artist said...

Simply beautiful. You have a great eye for color. Those pillows are absolutely to swoon over-like the added touch of the pins.

Donnie said...

That is such a beautiful, tranquil space. You did a fabulous job. I especially loved the vignettes you made with all the seashells.

Sall's Country Life said...

You did a spectacular job! Totally worthy of any design show on H&G!! Loved going through all of the details, you truly thought of everything! I've been thinking about these very same colors for our master BR, now you've really got me pumped for a winter redo!!!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

You have done a lovely job on your room, although I do not think I would never personally dream of covering a window, unless the view was unbearably ugly. :)

Beverly said...

Ginger, your bedroom is exquisite. It was worth every day of those two years. You have done a fantastic job!!!

And, your talents never cease to amaze me. I am drooling over all of those gorgeous pillows. I have brooches pinned to a few of mine, too. The bedskirt and that fabric is gorgeous.

Your non-window treatment was the perfect solution. It is inspirational.

Shirley said...

I love it! What a great way to hide a window. Very clever..and if the job was easy it would have been done by a male! LOL!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Aren't you the clever one! I love this idea, genius Ginger. Your bedroom looks like a Southern bed and breakfast! said...

Oh the 80's ... the big hair (which I actually do miss) ... the wallpaper borders ... lol ...
So many things in the room to love, Ginger, the gorgeous ceramic stool, the mirrored lamp, the white shell holder, no wonder it took you so long to get it all done. I'm yet to start on our main bedroom, it will probably be a two-yearer also :)

Suzy xxx

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Ginger, I love the new window covering. The room is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at WOW.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Great your colors.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

WOW! It's truly beautiful! You've done a fabulous job updating everything. Now your retreat is trendy, elegant, sophisticated, and serene.

By the way, what window? lol

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday this week!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Marlis said...

Oh I love this idea.. It took me 3 years to decide that I would just hang a curtain behind the bed. I wanted to have a "cover"built the entire area behind the bed and then wallpaper it with the cool textured wallpaper and then paint it the same color as the room, but that was shrugged off my Mr. designer - not! oh well. I'll reveal our bedroom one day! Great job.. love your room. so pretty and serene.

Judy said...

What a transformation. Such a great idea to hide the window. I love all the new colors in your room. I also love everything you made for the room. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to stop by and say hi and consider following me back. Thanks.

Stuff and Nonsense said...

it was worth the wait! your new room looks lovely and glad you shared with us at fridays unfolded!


Honey at 2805 said...

You did an absolutely fabulous job Ginger! Your bedding is so pretty and the pillows so detailed -- you thought of everything! I love all the special touches and details you added around the room and covering the window the way you did is brilliant! (I've covered one or two in my day too). Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a beautiful transformation! And such a clever idea to hide the window. Your pillows are beautiful and I love the fabric on the bedskirt!

WhyCuzICan said...

Great redo!! Lovin' the wall color, esp!

Visiting from Romantic Home Linky Party tonight,
Suzanne in NW Illinois

bj said...

Looks really nice.
I know you are glad to get it finished.
xo bj

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

You have done a fantastic job! Love it!

Toni said...

Your room turned out beautiful, you are very talented to be able to sew such lovely things. I really like the area for reading.

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

Oh my goodness this turned out beautifully! I love all of the details that you put into it!

Would love for you to link it up to Fabulous Friday!

Rose said...

Standing Ovation!!! This is beautiful!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Ginger. This turned out absolutely beautiful and BRILLIANT!

I'm so glad I found your blog. Us southern girls have to stick together. (I'm in Jax, FL). I'm your newest follower and subscriber.

Hugs...Tracy :)

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Hi Ginger,

Your bedroom is stunning! I love it!

It's beautiful and so worth the wait.


Babs said...

Ginger, Your bedroom is gorgeous. I love your colors and the pillows. All the textures make it so interesting. I like Rhonda Rich, too and I LOVE your art behind the bed. Well done.

Ellen said...

What a fabulous change. I just love the colors.

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