Saturday, March 15, 2014

Updating Mom's House #2: The Master Bedroom

My sister, Joanne, and I are updating our Mom's condo for her while she recovers from a stroke...thought it would be fun to share our progress.


Once Joanne and I saw how good our Mom's updated living room looked, we just couldn't stop there.
Mom's bedroom needed a coat of paint as well. Instead of sticking with the same off -white Mom has throughout the condo, we took our inspiration from the ocean (actually Casco Bay) outside the window and chose a very soft grayed blue/green color, Benjamin Moore's "Quiet Moments" .

It always amazes me to see how fresh paint transforms a space. I love this color!

 We repaired, polished and rearranged the furniture to open up the room.

Mom and Dad bought this mahogany bedroom furniture shortly after they were married in 1946.


 We found the perfect area rug at the Curtainshop.
Joanne bought this chair at a local consignment shop and finished it off with cushions she found at home.  The stool, made in India, is from Home Goods.
We love the way these lacy curtains catch the sea breeze...
They have just enough of a beachy look without being too predictable. We found these at the Curtainshop, too...thank goodness for our  shared stash of 20% off coupons!
Joanne liked the curtains so much that she went back for the runner for Mom's dresser...
Which is edged with shiny little shells and beach rocks.
 Joanne reused pillows from other rooms (and even one from the deck!) to add color to Mom's wicker chair...

And created this side table from a discarded cement pillar and a round piece of glass she found stored in Mom's hall closet.
All that was left to do was to accessorize.
Mom and Dad loved antiques so there were plenty of interesting collectibles around the condo to choose from. 
Travel collectibles, from Maine, Mexico and St. Lucia inspired this bedside vignette.

Dad's old binoculars, clocks, and cameras add a bit of a steampunk vibe to the room, while a piece of collectible folk art overlooks the scene. 
Joanne collected simple pieces of blue glass from around the house and grouped it on Dad's dresser against a backdrop of vintage postcards. 

We're both happy with how the bedroom came out... but of course, we couldn't stop there. Stay tuned to see what we decided to take on next...

 And now...the "Out Takes":

What we found when we tried to move Mom's dresser to paint...guess our parents believed in the adage that "necessity is the mother of invention"...

And, even worse, what happened when we moved the bed...Oops!

(Wall color before we painted; ignore the fact that the bed fell totally apart!)
Happy Decorating!
Linking up to:
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Flaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring
Show & Tell Saturday at Be Different, Act Normal
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On the Porch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm


  1. Oh, you two sure are having a fun time! I love the paint colour and the sweet curtains and runner. The room looks so pretty and inviting. Imagine sitting in the wicker rocker and watching the boats and activity in the harbour. Very nice! You girls are great decorators.

  2. What a beautiful color palette for a bedroom. So calming.

  3. Thanks, Linda...I love it too...hope Mom does! Cheryl

  4. Beautiful facelift and love all the interesting vignettes you created. Couldn't help but noticing the beautiful chest at the end of the bed. With no intention to insult, but was thinking what a great prop it would make for a child's Pirate themed Birthday Party. ☺ -Brenda-

  5. I love the curtains you chose for here so soft and airy.

  6. It is beautiful! You two did a wonderful update to your mom's room. I love the paint color, too. I look forward to seeing what you do to the rest of the house. Love your little Maine abode, by the way.
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  7. I am enjoying this so much. I just read the post on the living room and now this one! I sure wish y'all would travel to VA and give me makeovers! You could be the Traveling Sisters of Makeovers.

  8. You never know...maybe the "Traveling Sisters of Makeovers" will decide to hit the road!


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