When I saw this closet in the master bedroom, I said to my realtor, "You're kidding, right?"
She was not kidding, but we bought the house anyway.
Last year we made the decision to splurge on some built-ins. I even took a design course so we could figure out where the contractor would install them.
When the frame went up, I nearly had a heart attack. Our room was small to begin with, even smaller with the built-ins. Honestly, I was ready to cry the first time I saw them. And that fantasy layout I so painstakingly planned? Well, it got tossed out of this window.
I spent an entire weekend rearranging things. I started with the details, not a designer tactic, I know, but I needed to love something about this space. We have a number of old etchings and some quirky pieces that I thought might work nicely together. The Pottery Barn and Anthropologie websites inspired me, as did countless issues of Country Living.
The comforter at the foot of the bed was supposed to be our main bedspread, but I couldn't resist this Shabby Chic comforter from Target. It's soft and pretty and it brightens what can be a dreary space. The colorful quilt is from Country Curtains.
Speaking of curtains…
OH, how happy these curtains make me! Both fabrics are from Calico Curtains. The rod I ordered through my amazing drapery lady, who also happens to be SHOCKINGLY affordable, as in, a third of the price of other custom drapery folks. The shade is from Next Day Blinds, and it's room darkening. The wall color is an old Duron paint called filtered light. It is a tad too faint, I think, but I do love it. And we used it in our previous house, so it actually has sentimental value. Is that normal? Probably not.
Isn't it funny how some things in your house make you crazy? And other things make you crazy happy? Well, this little table makes me crazy happy. There's a reason this blog is called Daffodil Hill. I'm kind of obsessed with yellow. When I couldn't find any trim I liked for the curtains Awesome Drapery Lady suggested we use this fabric as trim. Like I said, she is awesome!
This chair was a hand-me-down from my husband's childhood home. I had a slipcover made, and found this pretty throw at Country Curtains. The lamp is ancient. I actually made that pillow you see there, trim and all. I also covered that little footstool, but I think eventually I'll switch the fabric to something else.
This bureau is one of my favorite pieces in our whole house. I love the white glass knobs, and the dark wood against the light walls is a nice contrast.
Finally, here's a look at the bookcase that was here when we moved in, yet another reason I chose to put the new built-ins on this wall. The hope was that it might look more seamless. Yes, I have lots of mementos up there. You could also call it clutter. Maybe someday I'll edit it. I also need to figure out what to do with that big open space for the TV. If I had my druthers, there would be no TV in the bedroom, but the hubby gets to have druthers sometimes, too, and he wants a TV.
Here's my current decorating dilemma. Notice the color on the bedroom wall and the color on the bathroom wall? There's no contrast, and I think since the bedroom walls are so light the bathroom walls need to be darker. The paint swatches are still up, and I'm trying to decide whether to go green, like bold green, or maybe try a darker yellow. Oh but I do so love yellow…
Finally, here are a couple of nice summer views. Hard to believe it's Thanksgiving already! Seems like I just took these pictures.