Do you ever look back at old photos and wonder if you used to be insane?
What possessed me to wear that outfit in public?
Did I really believe my hair looked good like that?
Or, who told me painting my walls gold and my ceiling red was a smart idea?
I have no idea what I was thinking.
That was then but this is now.
The walls in this room are now painted Comfort Gray with a Seasalt ceiling. Both are Sherwin Williams colors, and both are a lot easier to stomach than the gold and red from days gone by. Depending on the time of day and the angle of the photo, the Seasalt can either appear exactly the same as the walls or a little different.
All the bedding (dust ruffle, duvet cover, shams, body pillow, the dark gray throw pillows) are made from 100 percent linen. My window valances are linen as well. I couldn’t love this fabric more.
I pre-shrunk all the linen first before I started sewing. When it gets dirty, I wash it. I will never again have bedding that I can’t throw in the washing machine.
The slipcover on this wing chair is made from the same linen.
I discovered a great online source for my linen about five years ago. At last count, I’ve used about 75 yards of it in my home. Clearly I’m a big fan.
Not only is linen washable, but it actually gets better the more you wash it. It’s also easy to work with, has a great texture, feels wonderful, is cool in summer, and warm in the winter.
It does wrinkle, though. If I feel like it, sometimes I iron it after washing. Usually I don’t feel like it.
I’m partial to this corner of the room. The brackets for the shelf are from Hobby Lobby, the shelf itself is just a board that was custom cut and then painted, and the frame around Mabel the cow (a gift from a dear friend) was purchased at an antique store. Her tiara was once worn by me a very long time ago. I nearly had a heart attack the first time I woke up during the night and rolled over with Mabel there on the wall beside me. She took some getting used to.
I also really love this headboard made from two old doors. I searched forever for two doors that were identical only to realize once they were hung that they’re not an exact match. Close enough, though.
The crystals were missing from these sconces when I bought them, so I added some cheap ones I found at an antique store.
I can’t imagine ever changing this room but if I do one day, I don’t think I’ll look back at these photos and ask myself, “Was I nuts? How could I have ever liked all that linen and those soft colors?”
As for Mabel…well, I suppose I might get tired of her one day, but she and I are good for now.