Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Little French Room

I shared a few sneak peeks of my youngest daughter's room a couple of days ago and the time has come to show the whole room.  I've been excited to share it as some of my favorite things reside in here...I wouldn't mind sleeping in here myself! Pull up a comfy chair and a cup of coffee and get ready for picture overload...




My decorating motto is always about living beautifully, but without the price and this room is no exception.  I wanted to make a comfy, sweet room that my daughter will enjoy for years to come without spending much. The room may look a little stark (at least compared to the rest of my house), but I wanted it to feel serene, calm, and uncluttered with just touches of softness. At this point, I have not painted the walls and they are the original pale ivory that came with the house. After painting bright colors in my older two daughter's rooms, I wanted the opposite here.  I will probably paint them sometime this year, but since we've only been here a few months, I want to live with the room a little longer and see what inspires me.

While we moved the bed and settee across the country on our recent move, I was on the hunt for just the right dresser at just the right price (el cheapo) until I found this a few weeks back for $60. 

This was one of my first projects with chalk paint.  The body, detail on drawers, and handles are Old White and the drawers were painted with a 50-cent bottle of clearance Martha Stewart tester in Ballet Slipper Pink.  It's the perfect pale pink!  After having her clothes in baskets for the last several months, this dresser has been a welcome addition.
I found the adorable little pink-striped settee at a thrift store in Spokane for $50, but the frame was pretty ugly.  I painted it and the little white $15 table in the white chalk paint this last week and it's amazing how much better this looks!

$4 garage sale lamps

Now for my two favorite things in the room...the rug and the bed.  The rug is very old and special to me because it was my grandmother's.  I was very close to her as she lived in the main farmhouse on the dairy farm that I grew up on.  Naturally, I spent countless hours with her and she is the reason why I love antiques.  I always loved this rug that was in her spare room and it's one of the few things I have of hers.
As for this bed....it is my favorite piece of furniture!  It also has a bit of a story behind it...
I found this bed back in the Northwest before we moved to Raleigh.  It was in a sorry state and the beautiful ornate headpiece was broken in several places.  My INCREDIBLY talented step-dad that I can only describe as one of the most detailed people I've ever met, spent hours repairing it, even whittling wood to fill in where extensive damage was done (he also illustrated and designed my logo above too). 
As much as we would have liked to salvage the beautiful wood finish, it had to be painted.  The funny thing is that this bed has been for sale at several shows, but no takers.  As much as I wanted to keep it, I needed to be practical since my two older girls already had beds. 
When it came to pack up and move across the country last summer, we sold our last crib and were in need of a new twin bed!  It was a no-brainer, it was coming with us. I guess this bed was meant to stay in the family. 
Here are a few more details from around the room...
Lamps re-cycled from another room with ruffle and ribbon trim added.


$50 clearance chandelier from Home Depot

$25 goose-down comforter from Ross

$10 pillows from Bed, Bath & Beyond...I just got these a couple days ago so there is probably more out there!
Lastly, I just found these yesterday!  After looking for just the right curtain panels (on a budget), I found these on sale right now for $16/panel online only at Target.  I'll share them as soon as they arrive and I get them hung. 
I hope you enjoyed the tour! 

97 comments:

Jessica Roy said...

Oh my goodness, I love it! You did such a fabulous job. And those curtains...I may have to head to Target myself... :)

dee dee said...

How very, very beautiful! The colors are just right for the mood of the bedroom and that bed is straight out of a fairy tale!
dee dee

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Simply gorgeous!! That bed and settee are stunning and that little rug is so sweet! I LOVE IT ALL!

fiona anderson said...

It's all absolutely gorgeous !

Judy said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Each detail is perfect. That bed is a masterpiece. So impressive. If you haven't already I would love for you to come and link up to my party that is going on right now. Hope to see you there.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

That bed is definately a Forever piece.. love the bench too.. I know she'll love her room.

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Everything looks wonderful! The settee is so cute!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You did a wonderful job in this room, Kristen! That bed is absolutely gorgeous and is the centerpiece of this room. I would love to have something like that for myself! I do have the same dresser that I recently got off Craig's List that I will be painting soon. Love the settee; that fabric is perfect for the room.

Judy said...

Such a sweet (yet sophisticated) little girl's room, one that can grow with her. I love what you did with the dresser. I used Ballet Slipper Pink on a lamp in my granddaughter's bedroom. But I think my favorite things are the sweet hanging dresses...are they hers? I still have my 35 year old daughter's dress I brought her home from the hospital in....a precious smocked pink dress. I had it hanging in her room until she became and teenager and then she insisted it come down!

xoxo,
Judy

Miss Charming said...

Such a perfect room! That bed and settee are absolutely beautiful. You did a fantastic job on her room.

Sarah said...

I am just in love with this room! It makes me want a little girl so badly!

Rie said...

I used Martha's Ballet Slipper on my girl's old nightables too! Love the color! Everything is beautiful... I love all the small touches. Thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS. LOVE it! I love all of the furniture pieces. Great job!

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

O...M...G....this is soooo gorgeous! Thank you for sharing at my linky party!!! ♥

Sally said...

I love the room! BUT, that bed is incredible!!!! Oh how I wish it was a king!!!!! Thanks for sharing the pictures and the story.

Stuff and Nonsense said...

i've been eyeing those
ruffled panels from Target
for my own daughter's room
but haven't gotten them yet

your little one's room
looks charming and delightful

you clearly made thoughtful choices
with each piece

thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

alison

Olive Cooper said...

It is not stark it is almost Swedish and it is wonderful. The bed is a treasure. Well done and you were thrifty too-amazing.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Fabulous job on your little girl's room. Love it!

Swede Dreamer said...

What a beautiful room for your little girl!! I love the dresses hung on the wall...sweet touch. Found you over at "The Picket Fence" today!
Angie

The Little Red Shop said...

It is truly lovely! You and your step-father have a special gift!!

: )

Julie M.

Gypsy Brocante said...

A magnificent makeover ... perfect for a little French princess ... the rug/tapestry is my FAVORITE beyond ADORABLE! Thank you for sharing at voila!
xo
Jill

LDH said...

Hello!

What a lovely place you have here! So many beautiful photos of your Little French Room! It is beautiful! I am so happy to stop by and visit with you!

Kindly, Lorraine

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a beautiful room for your daughter! I love the settee and the gorgeous bed. Thanks for sharing this pretty room at the Open House Party. xo, Sherry

Inspired by you said...

Simply adorable! What a lucky little girl!! Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog!!

Cindy said...

I love that Dresser! The pink is the perfect shade. What a beautiful room! XO Cindy

Honey at 2805 said...

Everything about this room is stunning! Truly magazine worthy!

Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

Alisa Lewis said...

That bed is gorgeous! Love the story behind it and love your logo too!

Dreamgoddess said...

I popped over to visit from Feathered Nest Friday and my first thought was "wow"! What a beautiful room and the bed is gorgeous. Your daughter is so lucky to have such a wonderful space to call her own.

Tracy said...

Fabulous room - I just LOVE that bed, it is completely wonderful.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I think this is the sweetest room I have ever seen! I am going to send a link to my daughter. I have those curtains in my bedroom that you are getting--Love them! That is the most amazing bed ever--where did you find it?

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Just came across your blog...I am really enjoying reading your posts and am one of your new followers. Your daughters room is adorable....I hope you visit my blog soon and also follow me!

Kahli said...

Super super cute and fancy. Love every little detail. That settee is my favorite though!

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

I love this room! So romantic and french, just adorable!!!

♥Linsey

Cottage and Broome said...

The perfect little girls room. The dress and the bed came great. I love the pink, Laura

Budget Design Girl said...

Right out of a fairy tale! Stunning!

-Lisa

Janae said...

I love this bed it is so gorgeous what a lucky girl of yours. I have these curtains you ordered from Target. I just love them I have them in my master bedroom and I also have them in my puppy's bedroom, I love them so much I was thinking of getting them for my guestroom too! lol! I got my first set at target then I scored and got the 2nd set at Goodwill in perfect condition I was so excited. I think this room is so relaxing and you don't even need to paint it, the color it is, is already nice.

Funky Junk Jennifer said...

Pitter Patter goes my heart!!!! You have such a sence of style my dear! And that Bed!!!!!! It is AMAZING! Another wonderful space by someone who by all means should have her own magazine...just sayin'. Love, jennifer

tree-shades said...

came over from Miss Mustard Seed. I love especially the bed and that pink striped settee!!! oh my! good job!
Val, Malaysia

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

Sooo beautiful! I love all things french!! I am your newest follower. I just love the bed. I bet your daughter loves her room! Great job!

Karen said...

So very beautiful, love the furniture in this room Your daughter is a lucky little lady. How great to have such a talented father in law. He did an amazing job repairing the bed. I'm now following and looking forward to seeing more.

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh how absolutely lovely!
Going back to take the tour again and pin too!

Kristy LifenReflection said...

wow, I love all the layers in the room! GORGEOUS!!

stefanie said...

sooooooo sweet!

sissie said...

This is the most beautiful little girls room I've ever seen. It's even perfect for big girls too....like me!

So well put together. It's just so pretty.

I'm coming over to see you from MMS
and I am now a follower.

hugs
Sissie

Mark Norkaitis said...

Love your blog! Im happy I got a chance to stop and look! Now your newest follower!

Mark @ Room363

andrea said...

SOOOO cute! The little lamp is just darling!! andrea@townandprairie

kristiB said...

I am your newest follower, and I have to say this room is Breathtaking! You did a wonderful job, the bed is an amazing piece. Love how you are able to do this all on a budget too!

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

Hi! I just found you thru Naps on the Porch. You linked right before me. Your daughter's room is so very pretty. I can only imagine how much she loves it. I have two daughters myself and my youngest would adore a room like that.

So glad to have met you. I'm new to the linky party thing, but it's so wonderful to see so many amazing projects in one place!

Have a wonderful day!

Maria Elena said...

It is gorgeous! I love the whole room! Every detail is beautiful!

Susan said...

Your daughters room is so soft and sweet! I especially love the bed!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Unbelievably beautiful. The room is so lovely. You were so lucky to find the treasures at the prices you paid. There is nothing I do not love about this room. oh maybe in thing, It's not my bedroom. Your daughter is so lucky. Thanks for sharing you creative inspiration at Sunday's Best party!

Judy said...

Absolutely gorgeous room. I will be featuring you tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST tonight. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is the most beautiful little girl's room I have ever seen. That bed and dresser are stunning and all of your accessories are out of this world. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Paula said...

I want this room in my house!!! We'd love to have you link up at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/01/one-year-blogaversary-and-new-linky.html

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i am sitting here with my 5 yr old girl on my lap and we are both ooohing and aahing ! what a gorgeous bed! LOVE it!

Debbie said...

What a beautiful room for a little girl! Perfect furnishings, and all the right colors. You did a wonderful job of putting this together.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

That sweet bed is right out of a fairy tale, and what a story behind it! Of course it had to be yours! I love that you have your Gran's rug. It's so darling. The dresser is so pretty. You did a wonderful job. yes, I'd love to sleep in this room too! Congratulations on a wonderful room!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

whimsey and charm and gorgeous with a hint of fairytale. This room is fabulous. The first thing I noticed was that rug and then I read about it. All the more special. And that bed!!!! oh my! And I love that you went with an adult lamp but it fits that room so well..... Magazine worthy for sure!

Kath said...

Beautiful job! I especially love the pink and white dresser. I'm your newest follower!

Queen of Chairs said...

You did a wonderful job, I wish it was my room. What a lucky little girl you have to get such a beautiful room!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

I think this is the Sweetest little girls room, I have ever seen ~ what a Fabulous jog...
Cheryl

Susan said...

Oh gosh, what a DREAMY room! Your little girl is so lucky. That bed is heavenly, and I love the little dresses hung with those cute hangers. The MS ballet pink on the drawers is perfect. Can my daughter come over to play? :)
Happy to find you at WW,
Susan

Our DIY Diaries said...

Pretty please can I move into this room? You won't even know I'm there, I'll just stay in the room admiring everything about it! It is absolutely gorgeous! I would love for you to share this at our party.

http://www.ourdiydiaries.com/2012/01/fab-not-drab-link-party-3.html

Newest Follower

Jen

At The Picket Fence said...

This room took my breath away! It is seriously one of the most darling little girls rooms I have ever seen. You truly have a gift and that bed is stunning! I love all of the sentimental details and you are just a gal after my own heart with the way you have incorporated pieces from the past. Well done! Thank you so much for sharing it with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday!

Dixie said...

Oh my gosh! what a beautiful room! that's the kind of rooms that dreams are made of...

abosolutley lovely! what a lucky little girl!!

Stefani said...

Just Lovely, I came over from DIYbyDesign. Love the bed and bedding!

Peggy57 said...

What a beautiful room! I'm like you I would love to sleep there. Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

The bed is to-die-for! Can't believe it hadn't sold. Lucky you. Visiting from Wow Us Wednesday and I'm your newest follower. Would love a follow-back if you get a chance! Hugs, Kim

Nina Macaulay said...

BEAUTIFUL photographs!!
Of so many beautiful item of furniture!! i'm in awwe :O)
Hugs from your newest follower, all the way from Norway :O))

Sherry said...

How gorgeous! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely charming room!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

ARod said...

absolutly lovely i love love love the bed and the whole room looks great

victoriantailor said...

This is the sweetest room!!! That bed is incrdible, and love that you were able to find all vintage pieces of furniture, look like they match perfectly!

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Wow, the room is just gorgeous!! and the bed is just stunning! It certainly was meant for you to have it. Your daughter is very lucky to have it. Your Grandmother's rug is gorgeous too! Love your blog!
Patti

Mandy said...

Oh goodness, where do I start! What an amazing room for a little girl. I'd love it if you shared this at a party that I have going on at Project Queen!
http://projectqueen.org/welcome-to-link-party-18-turning-the-daunting-into-the-do-able

I'm a new follower!

Mandy

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a sweet and charming room!

Miriam@BeBookBound said...

Oh my gosh, I love this room SOOOOOOO much! MY 3 little girls would love it. Pinned you :)

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

Wow what a beautiful room! The bed is gorgeous. I bet your daughter feels like a princess going to sleep there every night :)

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Loved this. The bed is stunning, loving that dresser!!! I am totally pinning that to my furniture favorites! :) I related to several things you said- I live in the NW, my dad is an artist and woodworker and getting ready to help me repair an antique bed!! (much less ornate than yours, just a big chunk of wood gone...) my grandma is also near and dear to my heart and I love having sentimental pieces of hers out around our home. Beautiful job. Hope you all enjoy it for years to come.

Audrey-eleganteconomies.blogspot.com said...

You carried out your vision for this room beautifully. Very serene. New follower.
Audrey

BettyJean @ ShabbyTeaParty said...

Love everything about this room. Your step-dad is a very talented artist. Warm Hugs,

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!! the sweetest most gorgeous room for a wonderful little girl ever! I am totally in love with this! I am your newest follower and I also featured you on my blog this morning -- i am pretty new but i have a great loyal following that i am sure will absolutely love your creations and your blog! sending hugs and keep up the amazing work ...it is truly outstanding!

Rhonda said...

Wow - what a lucky little girl to have that room and that amazing bed. Gorgeous.

Kammy's Korner said...

Found you on Primitive and Proper and HAD to pin this as I'm looking for ideas for my baby's "big girl" room. Wow, this is breath-taking!!!!

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a gorgeous room! You are so talented. I'm following you! Can't wait to see what you do next!
Patti
We'd love to have you share this at our link party, we'd be delighted to have you!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Oh my Kristen!!! I really enjoyed this transformation!!! I am hopping on over to your blog from Andrea @The Cottage Market who blogged about your beautiful room redo! That dresser is just PERFECT! I really loved how you redid this room so cost effectively - now that's my kind of style!!! Happy to sign up as your newest follower. Would love for you to come by & visit whenever you find the time! :)Happy weekend to ya!!!

XO's,
Jessie

acozycottageinthecity.blogspot.com

Melanie@French Blue and Peachy Pink said...

What an absolutely beautiful little girls room. Your little one must feel like a little princess tucked up in that gorgeous bed each night. I love your style and I adore the colour selection.

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Hi Kristen..this is my first time to your blog and it is absolutely beauituful. I came over from one of the linky parties but I can't remember which one. And I am SO glad that I did. I am now following you. That headboard and bed is what I have dreamed about. Your step Dad did an amazing job. Please tell him so for me. Wow is he ever a craftsman. A master craftsman. The colors, the furniture makeovers and your grandmothers rug. Oh it is just so abosolutely lovely. I love every inch of it. I am now excited to go over all of your blog to see all the beautiful things here. I am a new blogger of nine weeks and have so much to learn. But visiting gorgeous blogs like yours gives me inspiration.

Warmly,

Nann

Stacey said...

I think I am in LOVE! What a room! LOve the bench and pink dresser best! I am inspired now...look out!
Stacey of Embracing Change
P.s. - found you on A 2 Z!

Sally said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the bed, chandelier & the ruffles...it's perfect!!
Sally
loveofhomes.blogspot.com

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

Simply stunning - you are so talented!

Amanda said...

The roomed turned out lovely!
I hope you like Raleigh! I am out in Eastern NC.

Linda @ It All Started with Paint said...

I'm not surprised Beth at Home Stories fell in love with your room ...

Would you be willing to share at our multi-blog "Imagine the Impossibilities" link party? It's live until midnight CST Friday. Here's the link:

http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/

Thanks!

Linda
itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

Stacey said...

Had to feature you twice for this gorgeous room! Come and see and grab a featured button!

Stacey of Embracing Change

http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

Barbe said...

OMGoodness!!! This room took my breath away! I love the understated look. The dresser and that bed are the true focal points. Can't wait to see it when you put up the curtains. I'm just starting a bedroom makeover, and would love to find a frame similar to that in full/queen size. : )
Barbe

Linda Leyble said...

How unbelievably lovely. Glad that you didn't sell that bed - look at all the comments you got on this post!! I can't believe someone didn't buy this. Kudos to your step dad for being such a talented man!

Where were you living in the NW - I lived in Kirkland for nearly 10 years - until I moved back to my home state - New York. I would have purchased that bed if I had found it at a garage sale. It probably would have sat in my garage for awhile - but I would have fixed it and beautified it eventually. Great find!

Great room - your daughter must be so pleased! I would live in this room!

Linda

PS - I'm a new follower!

Patty Wiles said...

Kristen, I absolutely love the color of the dresser! beautiful room!

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