Sunday, June 14, 2009

MOSAIC MONDAY IN THE BOUDOIR!

There are wonderful mosaics in Blogville today. To get the links, go to the blog of our hostess, Mary at Little Red House. You'll be so glad you did.


I am posting photos of our bedroom, because a couple of my blog readers requested that I post it. Again, I need to post my disclaimer. I am not a decorator, so these pictures are not being shown to demonstrate the way to design a room. They are being shown because a reader requested that I show them, and I love my blog readers soooo much that I'll do almost anything for them!



We have some toile in our bedroom,




and some more toile,
and MORE toile!

There are some silhouettes


and some more silhouettes and some more toile.


And there is NOT a color scheme!





I just looked up the word "boudoir" in good old Websters (on line), and I learned that it is a room where a lady sleeps, but I let my husband sleep here too (most of the time anyway)!

This is a good example of how extreme I am at not having anything match (sometimes it's intentional). My husband recently asked me "Don't we have two nightstands like the one on my side of the bed?" I replied that we do. He then asked, "Don't we have two tables like the one on your side of the bed?" Yes. "Then why do our nightstands not match each other?" Because I don't like for things to match! Yes, we all know I need a psychiatrist, but don't tell my husband that!

(The funny thing is they haven't matched in years, and he never noticed it before!)

If you've read my blog before, you may already know that our master bedroom was originally the living room in this house. In lieu of a dresser, I have used a buffet. The buffet is on the wall that formerly had a double wide opening from the front entry into the living room. And yes, the top of the buffet is filled with framed family photographs, but I think even the designers say it's okay to have them in the private spaces of your home. (Pretend that you didn't see them on the shelves in our family room when I posted that room!)

EDITED TO ADD: I don't know why the above picture is the only clickable picture on this post. I'll try to figure that out before my next post (I'm still trying to learn all of this blogging stuff.)




I loved to read The Bobsey Twins when I was a child. My Bobsey Twin books hang out in this secretary in our bedroom. (Now you all know what I read if I can't sleep at night!)

This was the sofa in my parent's living room. I am so thrifty (cheap) that I cannot bring myself to have it reupholstered, since it is still in good condition, so it doesn't "match" the rest of the room. Of course, I'm not much into matching. Ooops! Somebody left the remote on the table. We seldom use the t.v. that is the armoire in this room. It is primarily there because if I'm in the bed sick, I like to have the t.v. available. Last week, one of my grandchildren wanted to watch t.v. in this room, and we realized that when we had an ice storm several moths ago, the satellite box on this t.v. went out, and we didn't know it until now!

You may have read on my blog before that the "drapes" in this room are tablecloths from Tuesday Morning. In this photo, you can see the drapes that were already in this living room. They were pretty drapes, but, of course I wanted toile. I hung the original drapes and the black and white toile tablecloths on those curtain clip-ons like a double shower curtain is hung (every other hook holds the toile tablecloth). I wanted the fullness of the previous drape in addition to wanting a solid color to face the street, so the original drapes hang behind the tablecloths (got it?)!



This is the tablecloth with the original drapery concealed behind it.

I had pearls that had belonged to my mother, my grandmother, and my mother-in-law. Some are faux and some may be real (I can't tell the difference), and I hung all of them from this chandelier. My husband jokes about Laurie hanging the family jewels over our bed! (I cannot tell you how badly I want to reach into this picture and straighten that shade on the chandelier!)
Does this count Shelia? That pointy thing sticking out from behind my faux roses is my elbow!

Sorry for the long post. I was having way too much fun with mosaics! Be sure to stop by Little Red House to get links for all of the beautiful mosaics. Mary is such a great hostess for Mosaic Monday! laurie

63 comments:

Chandy said...

You did a wonderful job making it cozy and so you, so your inner decorator won out if you ask me. ;-) Beautiful room, just beautiful!

ceekay said...

Your room is lovely! It looks very homey and loving...I think that is the look you were going for too! I think the pearls on the lamp is a great idea. Why is it things always look ok in real life and then when you see the picture, you think, now why do I have it that way! I learned this from blogging!!
Have a great week.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Your mosaics are awesome BUT I couldn't click & enlarge each picture... sniff, sniff...
I was going to say your family jewels hanging from the chandy are my favorite things in the room, but you've got some gorgeous pieces of furniture in there too. I just love your bedroom & it's so big! ☺ diane

Linda said...

Laurie,
Oh I just love it all, so warm and so many fun things to see.
I love toile,don't have a toile room but maybe one day!
I have to go back and look at it all again so wonderful. Like how you kept all your framed photos in the same color of frame. They say to do that. I know I am going to have a grouping of photos in our bedroom too when I redo it. Been gathering and reframing some now for it.
Lovely, thanks for the fun tour!
Linda

Anonymous said...

Wow, Laurie! Your master bedroom is beautiful! I love it. I love toile too. Our master bedroom is done in a blue toile for the drapes (and curtain in the master bathroom). It's the first and probably only time I will ever have custom drapes done. My home is my home just like yours. We don't have to do what the designers say to do if we don't want to. The touches in your bedroom are just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing.

Teacup Lady (Sandy)

mbkatc230 said...

I just love this room Laurie. I'm with you, I prefer for things NOT to match. I love the bedding, just gorgeous. And don't tell anyone, but I have family pictures all over the house too - if the design police come, will they let me blog from my cell? Hugs, Kathy

Linda said...

Lauire, I LOVE this room! It is elegantly warm and cozy. There are so many nice touches. Two things: I agree with you - I like non-matching things! My bedside tables do not match and I prefer it that way - much more interesting. Also, though your sofa print may not have been your choice, I think it works beautifully with the toile around the room. Also, I'm loving your needlepoint (?I think they are?) pillows on it. Very charming room....oh, love the "dresser"! Linda

Kammy said...

HI Laurie !
Your bedroom is gorgeous ! You are so funny ! Your hubby is funny too ! Family Jewels......cute ! Years ago my hubby said "maybe you can buy some dishes that match" I
had fiesta is assorted colors - I said I did that on purpose, duh !
You are so good at mosaics...love the borders too ...I can't remember if you have the program listed - I will hunt..LOL !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Linda said...

Laurie (sorry about the earlier typo on your name : ), I forgot to mention how beautiful your photography and mosaics are - well done! Linda

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

So much to see...
wonderful mosaics
beautiful room
gorgeous furniture
and what are the cushions under the bed??? I'm thinking that is a fabulous idea for storing my dog's bed during the day???

SILVIA said...

wow,wow!!!! Laurie you have a gorgeous bedroom and all that toile is just beautiful!your pictures are amazing so many pretty things to look at,i could spent hrs in there,love that rug!!!where did you find such beautiful thing??.
Mary showed me how to the mosaics pics but can't figure it out..love your blog!!! and i must tell you i wasn't to crazy for toile before but now i'm in love with it! thank you for teaching me how classy and beautiful toile really is...have a great week and i'm grabbing your button..xx

Silvia.

Dishesdone said...

Your room is GORGEOUS! I love the style of not matching. Great mosaics, all amazing!

Dixie said...

Laurie... love the subtle colors of your boudoir... it feels so relaxing... just the kind of feel you want in a MBR...

have a great day...

Millie said...

Gorgeous room, and photos. Love the toile.

Nancy said...

Gorgeous Bedroom, Laurie! Want to see another room, now! ;) Hope you have a wonderful week! Nancy

Marsha said...

that is one huge master bedroom! Beautifully done...

squawmama said...

AS always Laurie your home is so beautiful and warm.... It just invites you right in. Thanks I never tire of seeing it. Love YA

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Mary said...

Aw jeez, now I'm drooling again, and I just got the keyboard cleaned off after seeing Kathleen's mouth-watering bbq! lol But all your beautiful antiques are just as mouth-watering to me. Your room is stunning, Laurie!!! Thanks so much for showing it to us, and for joining the fun at Mosaic Monday. :)

Domestic Designer said...

Just gorgeous! I love it!

ellen b said...

Ok I'm almost speechless. Is this really your room or did you take a tour of a castle and take all those photos?! :0)
I love it Laurie. I really have grown to appreciate toile.
sigh...

skoots1mom said...

beautifully done...love the toille and the borders:)

salmagundi said...

As always, I love every detail of your wonderful home. You are my idol, as I'm way too 'matchy-matchy' and want to break out. Have a great week. Sally

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Laurie, you know how much I love your room, and all the toile. I'm a great fan of toile. Love, love, love the chandy eye candy hanging. Thanks so much for swinging by with wonderful words of support.
They mean the world. hugs ~lynne~

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What lovely spaces! Could you please "not" decorate mine? I would be in heaven there!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Laurie! I remember this bedroom from RMS...one of my favs, you know! But then you must know that if you like it, I like it! lol Gotta love that toile. Too much of anything? As Charles Faudree says, "Too much is never enough!" ...hugs...Debbie

Mama said...

Your Boudoir is stunning Laurie, I loved each and every photo, happy MM, Kathy.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Well you may not like things to MATCH, but they sure all go together beautifully. You must have a wonderful, natural "eye" for design!

The old loveseat looks right at home in its original garb, and I love the idea of hanging the new draperies right over the old ones -- no lining, no sewing! Brilliant!

Gorgeous room... it's a studio apartment, you have all the comforts one could need, including the husband who's allowed to visit the boudoir!

Cass

Robin said...

I LOVE your bedroom!! So what if everything doesn't "match"....it looks SO much better this way! It is so warm and cozy!

Thank you for sharing!

{{HUGS}}

Robin :o)

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I'm glad it was a long post, I enjoyed every bit of it!

Char said...

what a beautiful, warm and inviting room!

Cathy said...

Laurie...thank you so much for posting these photos!!! I think I am in love with your room!!! My favorite part is the fireplace wall...it is gorgeous!!! The fact that it was your living room originally gives it an air of formality.

I think matching is totally out of style...isn't it? Everything is so much more attractive when it has that collected feel...like your room!!!

Your collection of photos is one of my favorite things!!! I don't even want to be in a house that doesn't have family photos...how can you live without them...they are the heart of the home in my humble opinion!!! I consider them to be the real artwork in a home!!!

I want to thank you again for sharing all of the rooms that you have shown us so far. I am in awe of your beautiful home and it looks like a wonderful and happy place to live!!! I would love to see more if you feel like you would want to share it!!! I feel like I get to know you a little better every time!!!

Oh...by the way...I love your mosaics too;)!!!

Have a wonderful day...sweet Laurie!!!
XOXO
Cathy

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

What a great room! And I was thinking how big it was and then you said it was formerly the living room - wow - how did you manage that?!

xinex said...

Beautiful beaudoir, bargainhunr! (Sorry, I wanted to create an alliteration, :-)) I LOVE your bedroom, Laurie, so many pretty things to see, not boring at all and I am in love with all your furniture. Your toile theme is wonderful....Christine

susan said...

Laurie--I love your bedroom. I love rooms that reflect the personality of the owner and this one is so warm and friendly. Now, about those pearls on the chandelier--you really should find out if any are the real thing!! :)

Really Rainey said...

Mosaics really are fun aren't they!? Beautiful room!

Have a great week!
~Really Rainey~

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Laurie,
This is beautiful simply beautiful! If you are not a decorator by trade you should be. You are very gifted and talented. Thank you for sharing, I am so looking forward to what other things you have to share.
Sue

KarenHarveyCox said...

Laurie,
Your mosaics are lovely, and your bedroom OMG, it is gorgeous. I am a black and white toile fan, and I have it in my art room. Your bedroom is a dream, a fireplace, and all that black and white is stunning. I also love your couch. The Bopsy twins was a favorite book as a child too.

Laurie, I can't wait to paint your flowers. Just e-mail me your mailing address at karenharveycox@mac.com

Karen

puddin07 said...

Laurie, I just love this room....I love your style! You have the most gorgeous pieces of furniture! I love that you said there was no color scheme, I wish I could decortae like that! My scheme hits you smack in the face! Your style is so warm,and comforting, and so soft! The pearls are such a great idea and Hubby is witty, just like you! He reminds me of mine, they never notice anything! Love Ya! Connie

Angie said...

So beautiful and cozy! I love all the toile!!!

Smilingsal said...

Your bedroom says, "YOU!" That's a good thing.

LdyDy said...

Your master bedroom is so wonderful. I love all the colors and toile and mismatch nightstands. The fireplace is to die for! I like your window curtains. I think I have made a window curtain out of sheets...but never a tablecloth! Very inventive. From the picture I would never have known. Thanks for sharing this wonderful space for Mosaic Monday! Oh and also thank you for stopping by my blog! Huggy Hugs!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

You know I love toile too - I so enjoyed this post! Your room is so big! I didn't know it was the former dining room - how cool is that! Love the fireplace and it looks like such a nice cozy place to unwind!

Manuela

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Well if you aren't a decorator.....You SHOULD be! I love that room! xo Lynn

Tootsie said...

Oh wow! it took my breath away! I love toile....you are an inspiration!!! this was a beautifulllllllllllllll post!

chandelier said...

I absolutely love how this room is decorated.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi there Laurie!

Your mosaics are so creative, how do you get so many done??!! You must be Superwoman!!
I could look at you gorgeous bedroom for days! You've done such a great job on it!!

Have a GREAT week!!
Sherri:)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Laurie...your bedroom is wonderful! I love that it isn't all matched up! It feels very warm and cozy...just like the master bedroom should feel. Love all the details...thanks for the tour! :-) Susan

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Oh, forgot to say...LOVE your chandelier and that you have a fireplace in this room...beautiful!

Nance said...

Your bedroom looks so cozy and comfortable, Laurie. Just like you, I'm not into matching things too. I go by what is good to the eyes. ;)

Liz said...

Hi Laurie,
I can't believe how beautiful your bedroom is. On first glance it looks like everything matches. I also can't believe that you apologized for not being a decorator. It looks like it was done by an expert!
Truly Glam!

~Liz

CIELO said...

Laury I love love that room.... it looks so cozy and romantic... I've been looking for a b/w toile for the guess room and you have giving me some lovely ideas.... thank you... and so good to see you again...

cielo

~CC Catherine said...

Sweet Laurie, What an adorable post...and a FANTASTIC LOVELY Bedroom. I love each and every mosaic, and each and every way you have decorated this room. Truly it's a room that is full of beauty, relaxing places that make you want to cozy up on a wintry day...and the bed linens are just sooooo pretty. I love black and white toile...and red and yellow toile...I'm like you...I love it all! ;) ~CC Catherine (Thanks for adding my family to your prayer list) ;)You are too precious!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Oh, Laurie, this room is so wonderful. As I started looking at each picture and scrolling down, I just couldn't wait until I got to see the whole room. Thank you for sharing. I would just stand in that room and stare at all the beautiful things. When I got near the bottom and saw everything put together, you did not disappoint. I love all the toile. Everything does go together, even though it doesn't "match". Hugs.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Laurie, I don't know how I managed to miss this, till now!!! Your bedroom is gorgeous! I love every single bit of it!!!

Stacey said...

Laurie, you know I adore your bedroom. You were so smart to use the living room because it gives you an extra large space. Don't you love the freedom of not thinking everything has to match? I wish I could get rid of some of my matchy stuff at this point. Hubby doesn't approve or agree with that one. :)


Girl, you don't need to give a disclaimer about your decorating. You have a gift!!

Shelia said...

Oh, Laurie! I adore your beautiful bedroom! You have so much space and I love how you've decorated it. It reminds me of a lovely home in England! I love everything you do - punch the decorator's in the stomach - you've got it going on!
Yes, yes! That picture will do! I've a few more Divas and I'll post you with them soon!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

marty39 said...

Laurie, I have been so busy I'm just now making the rounds. I am so glad I didn't miss this. Your bedroom is just gorgeous. I love the way you have it decorated. You have such a nice large room and so many pretty things. Great inspiration and eye candy. Just stunning. Hugs, Marty

Miss Janice said...

I absolutely love...it's so Southern and classic! I love the linens, the furniture, the chandelier, and that gorgeous fireplace. I just want to curl up and read a book in that beautiful room of yours! It's so beautiful!

abeachcottage said...

wow, it's like a boutique hotel! I can't believe you live in the glorious surroundings, makes mine look extremely humble!


Sarah

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Love love love this room of yours! I love that things are not matchy matchy! Keeps the eye looking for what next treasure it can find which , in your room, are plenty to find! The necklaces on the chandy, all the toile, everything so personal and lovingly picked out for each space you can tell!

Marie said...

Heaven's to Betsy, Laurie! I'm a new follower of your blog and so happy I stopped by for a visit. Your bedroom is absolutely fabulous! Just gorgeous.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Connie said...

Can you set up a little cot for me in your bedroom ? It is so pretty and neat. How do you do it all ? Do you not need much sleep ? he rest of your home is lovely, also, but Im stuck on your bedroom with the bedside tables that don't match. Love it !

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I think this bedroom is fabulous! Your tale of toile' looks wonderful in your room. You do a great job on your decorating. I love that lighted hutch!