More Ideas Turned Into Reality

Today’s entry is about the Master Bedroom. Once again, what started with a sketch and lots of ideas is finally turning into reality.

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I knew I wanted a very French feel; lots of detail but with a very soft palette.

The company Auffrance specializes in custom boisserie, cabinetry and furniture. I found these photos in a magazine of a room they were doing for a client. This was it!

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Other inspiring photos…

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I adored the arched doorway and how it was built to fit the curves of the custom moldings.

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The overmantle was made to house a mirror but I wanted to conceal a television. I didn’t have a working fireplace in the room, but knew I could certainly achieve the look using this pine mantle which was purchased at auction for $200.00.

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I also found this mirror from Arhaus which would work perfectly.

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I wanted an alcove to surround my bed and night stands. I wanted it very clean and uncluttered. I had my framer match the silhouette of a large molding I purchased.

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On either side of the alcove I wanted two closets for linens. I had purchased these doors from Olde Good Things and had the closets framed to fit.

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After sheetrock and spackle, I could now get to work. All off the moldings I had ordered were used to make the boxed areas on the walls. A smaller version of the shell molding was used on the opposite wall. Inside the boxes I wanted to hang these sconces.

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Two are over each night stand and two are on the opposite wall.

Next was the painting. I had the entire house sprayed with white primer for now, but because I was going to be doing this room myself, I really had a lot to do. All of the moldings were applied to rough drywall.

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When all moldings were complete, I attached the mantle and began priming. After priming came a base coat of white. Then, to have a slight contrast I chose a very soft pale beige which compliment the Lili Alessandra velvet linens I purchased from the Horchow catalog.

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On top of the beige, I used Bejamin Moore’s Metallic paint in two different shades. They are a glaze paint that is used over a color to give an iridescent sheen which is similar to a mother of pearl look.

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I am THRILLED with the results!

I also had purchased these heavily carved old bed rails which were the perfect size to make cornices.

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I just finished making them this week and they are waiting for the final coat of glaze.

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I am thinking of doing a tone on tone silk stripe for draperies. Another piece I have been saving is this chest that I bought from the Charlotte Moss auction at Doyle Galleries in NYC.

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It will be perfect for housing all the audio video equipment.

And I ADORE the floor!

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It was a closeout that I found, tracked down the distributor and bought every square foot left in North America! I know I’ll never get tired of it. Especially because my husband I installed every single piece.

Here are some details of the moldings… the shell over the alcove,

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the chair rail..

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and a corner shell which are in each box..

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Coincidentally, this headboard I got at a moving sale works perfectly. I enhanced the detail with gold leaf paint.

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I removed the mirror and am going to use the frame as a cover for the t.v.

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I also have this chaise that I will use to have my coffee and play on my laptop.

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And for the end of the bed I purchased this bench from One Kings Lane.

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I am just waiting for the chandelier to arrive and the room will be complete.

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I am SO pleased with how everything turned out. The room is so bright and peaceful, just the way I wanted it. There is plenty more to be done so I hope you are enjoying the journey as much as I am!

Furniture Shopping with Pat and Pete (Navigating High Point)

Last week, I spent two days in High Point, North Carolina with my good friends Pat and Pete. They very easily convinced me to go with them to shop for furniture as they just purchased a weekend home in the Hamptons. We knew we had reached our destination when we pulled up to the largest highboy ever made.

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We had two days to buy furniture for 5 bedrooms, living room, dining room, family, finished basement and loft. Pete made things easy by preparing a spread sheet of the rooms, dimensions, colors and pieces needed. I was ready for the challenge.

After lots of coffee we entered the showroom and right in front of us was to be the family room furniture.

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I really liked the light fabrics with a traditional touch and especially the off white mixed with butter yellow toile. This room has a lot of windows and will be perfect for reading and relaxing. We picked out a sisal rug that also has the light color scheme.

Next was the Master Bedroom. We found a headboard upholstered in tufted linen. Pat and Pete really like the bedding and were able to buy the whole ensemble as shown.

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The touch of black will be perfect for adding wrought iron accessories. The previous owner left black swing arm lamps that I am trying to convince them to change, but at least they will work for now.

Next was the Dining Room. A large farmhouse table in a natural finish was purchased and we decided on light blue upholstered chairs with nailheads.

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We chose this rug to pull everything together.

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We were really on a roll and proceeded to the living room but got sidetracked as we passed this display.

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We all fell in love with this entire set. Unfortunately the bed was too big but we did buy two night stands to go with the other headboard. The tables have burlap on the drawers and really nice hardware and will look great in the room.

Pete spotted this huge boat rudder with a glass top that would be a perfect coffee table for the living room.

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Underneath it will be a simple textured silver and steel blue area rug and the table will sit in the middle of a very large blue chenille sectional.

The warehouse section had pieces that are from the floor but not damaged. These pictures show just a small portion of the size of the room.

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We lucked out and found the perfect piece for the entry; a wood and metal console with silkscreened postage stamps.

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After shopping for two days straight we were finished! Our salesman, Scott was a pleasure to work with. When it was time to finalize costs and shipping, I decided to wander. There were so many areas we didn’t even go to.

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This wing was higher end and more formal.

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One of my favorites, Larry Laslo

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And another classic favorite..

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Next to this area was a showroom which specialized in French reproductions

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Beautiful selection of consoles..

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lots of crystal chandeliers..

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There even was a hall of mirrors!

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Detail was everywhere such as these cremone bolts on a cabinet

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the back of a dining chair

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a faux wood painted wall

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 a meticulously hand painted Venetian glass chandelier

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and the hand carving of this headboard

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I even found this leather chair made to look like a saddle!

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I couldn’t believe we did the whole house in two days. To celebrate, we went out for a wonderful dinner in a restaurant in the O.Henry hotel. Pat and Pete stayed for a third day to buy mattresses. I was happy to pass on that job.

I did make a purchase for myself…

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a cute garden statue for $79.00.

I can’t wait for everything to be delivered. I will enjoy a gourmet meal made by Pete and a weekend in the Hamptons.

I love my job!