Master Bedroom Then and Now

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.
















21 thoughts on “Master Bedroom Then and Now

  1. I love Mabel! She fits here.

    My “what was I thinking” is very recent. I wanted a turquoise shag rug. I found it, very beautiful, perfect color and size, but it shed. Everywhere. Every day I picked those rug threads up. In the bedroom, in the laundromat, in the car. $250 down the drain. I kept it until I was losing my mind. I had out about 4 months. Oh how I love my thin sand colored carpet again!

    1. Thank you so much! I love a big headboard and this one was not too expensive–just the cost of the two doors. Good luck with your slipcover. I love working with linen. You can’t beat it.

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I have quite a bit of red and gold decor that I can’t even give away.
    It was the thing at the time.

    Your bedroom is lovely.

  3. This room is amazing! It doesn’t even look like the same space. I look back at old photos all the time and say, “what was I thinking!” especially before I understood my decorating style. I love how you’ve created a retreat space right in your home. It’s all so gorgeous. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you for the compliment! No, it doesn’t look the same at all. It looks like I was going for the bordello look back then. Or something… lol Thanks again!

  4. Nice to meet you, Jill. I’m coming over from Poofing the Pillows. I love your master bedroom with the beautiful linen fabric. Thanks for the source. I have so many projects at the moment but I’m filing this away to act on at a later date.
    Hope you’ll come by and visit me.

  5. Hi there Jill! So wonderful to meet the mind behind this fab blog! Hopped over from Stacey’s Poofing the Pillows. Looove all your linen creations and enjoy your writing style. I’d like to invite you to visit me at See you again soon. Hugs from Colorado, Pat

  6. Ahem……well….. your new room is gorgeous and I love linen….any kind of linen, and I don’t think I would like all red in a bedroom……………however…………………..
    I do use red in the rest of my house…oh and some hunter green as well….ducking and running………

    1. Lol! I think we should all use the colors we like so if you like red, then red it is!
      Thanks for the compliment on the linen. It’s my favorite fabric ever.

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