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In December as we were saying prayers with our baby girl,  my husband and I decided that our daughter, who was nearing two, was quickly growing too big for her toddler bed and would need to get a big girl bed soon.  We decided that when the weather turned nice we would repaint and remodel her room for her, like we did her sisters and brother when they grew out of the toddler bed.

When I asked my daughter what she would like us to make her new bedroom like.  She was quick to answer and very specific. I think she may have already been planning it:-)  She wanted the walls in her favorite color, orange, and she wanted a quilt with oranges and pinks and an owl.

 I searched the internet for a quilt with orange, pinks and owls but came up empty so my daughter and I headed to a local quilting shop, Thimbles Quilt Shop, and I let her pick out her very own fabrics.  I’ve never done this with my other kids but decided it is something I will need to do for each of them now because it was so much fun!  They each have a baby quilt I made them but I picked out the fabrics myself when pregnant with them.  This she did all on her own and she felt pretty special!

As you are aware I spent months working on this owl quilt for her, here’s a few pictures of the progress…

School was out and we shipped her and her sisters and brother off to Grandma’s for the weekend while we turned her bedroom from this…

to this…

Now to take you picture by picture!

Before and after looking from her doorway…

From opposite corner and by dresser…

Looking at dresser…

From plain ceiling fan…

to girly pink ceiling fan…

I love the cute little beaded lamp shades and the pretty detail on the fan blades!

That’s all the pictures I have for comparable before and after shots but here’s some more afters…

First a full view of Elizabeth’s owl quilt!  This twin sized quilt is the biggest I have ever made.  I’ve stuck to table runners, baby quilts and throws up until this and I’ve never quilted detail into a quilt like I’ve done on this one.  It was a lot of work but worth it!

*(This and this were the inspiration behind her owl quilt.)

Full view of her bed and most of her bedroom from standing in her closet doorway.  My husband built the bed frame/boxes and fence and did a magnificent job!!!

I love having her little table in the center of her room!  I’ve always seen little kid tables in the center of a child’s bedroom in photos of kids rooms in magazines or online and was so happy that it worked in her room with the way we newly decorated!  Plus it means she can use all four chairs instead of one being up against a wall:-)

A close up of her bed…

At the head of her bed, inside her headboard box, are some books, her starlight turtle and her flashlight.  Resting on top are her E-L-I-Z-A-B-E-T-H blocks her Grandma Sherry made her for her first birthday, her brand new lamp and battery operated multi color flower candle!  And a little owl friend stands atop a fence post to the left of her window!

At the foot of her bed is a matching box that holds her cd player and some favorite stuffed animals.  On top is her little people house set and an adorable little owl pillow that she saw at Thimbles Quilt Shop (link to shop above) that she wanted for her new owl room so I just had to get the kit and surprise her with it when she saw her new room when coming back home!

Also I had planned to paint a cute little tree and owl on her wall but when my husband and I went to Menards for supplies for her room we saw this wall decal that matched her quilt perfectly!  I was so thankful to see it because I knew it would save me hours of work!  (I also know you can buy it on Amazon if you are interested.) We didn’t, however, use all of the decal here, we used some of it on the window art above her dresser which I’ll show you soon:-)

A close up of the owl pillow, so adorably named, Owlivia!

The boxes at the head and foot of her bed are not actually attached to her bed at all.  They are secured to the wall and they each have room under them for bins full of toys…

Across the room resting in the same place as before is her dresser, however it’s dressed up differently.  Sitting atop it are two battery operated multicolored flower candles, like the one on her headboard box, a vase of multi colored tulips (I’d like to find multi colored gerber daisies, until then these will do.) and a personalized picture frame that my husband made Elizabeth when she was about 5 months old!  Hanging above the dresser is an antique window that my husband put some more of the owl wall decals on and I painted the words “Owl Always Love You” on it.  Beside her dresser hangs her dedication dress!

A close up of the dresser top and window…

So her room was newly painted, newly decorated and her new owl quilt was carefully placed upon her bed with excitement for when she came home.  So what did she think of her new orange owl room?

She was pretty pleased!!!

And LOVED every bit of it!

She went right for her Owlivia!

And has loved her since!

Owlivia has joined her favorite snugglies at every nap and bedtime since!

I think it’s safe to say Owlivia and all of Elizabeth’s new orange owl room are a big hit!!!

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I’m so excited to show you

…what lies behind these doors!

As I’ve said before our goal was to have a beautiful, country chic and romantic bedroom.  We wanted neutral tones so that we could accent with whatever color we wanted too without having to worry about it matching the wall color.

This is the view when you first open the french doors.  The support beams, which we painted white and wrapped in grapevine, are lit with pendant lights that are on a dimmer switch.  The chimney, which we left in the original color of the beautiful brick, proved to be a little difficult to design around but I think we did pretty good!

To the right you see our bed and on the left is our whirlpool.  These are our two favorite parts of our room!

First off the bed…

Because of the low knee walls we built a low platform bed with a mantle headboard that we painted to look antique.  The bed is spread with an ivory quilted coverlet and accent pillows in antique shades that include our first accent color, blue.

(A couple more views of the bed.)

These are the pictures that are on the wall by our bed and my nightstand.  The window frame is an old antique window that was pink.  I stripped the paint and repainted it to give it an antique feeling.  I then edited some of our favorite pictures of us in a sepia tone and printed the saying “Love Me Like There Is No Tomorrow” on card stock (antiquing the card stock as well) and placed them in the window panes.  My nightstand holds a picture of us from last fall and my blue classic Jane Austin’s “Mansfield Park” book.

Our whirlpool bath!  

When we decided to change the attic into our master suite we knew we wanted a whirlpool bath and I am so, so glad we did.  We opted for a corner bath, since it’s nice and big, and surrounded it with framed panels we made and a little step to make getting in and out a little easier.   I placed a blue picnic basket that we received as a wedding gift beside the bath and filled it with a bath mat, towels, washcloths, and a plaque that reads “Happily Ever After” which are all tied up with a big blue ribbon.  The wall sconces and rusted metal mirror add a little romantic feel and lighting to our whirlpool corner.

Hall and window seat.

I love that I have a little reading nook now!  The window seat panel matches the panels on the whirlpool bath.  The top of the window seat lifts up for a little storage area of our feather quilts and extra bedding.

The door on the left is our bathroom…

(I apologize for the odd tones of the pictures.  I think the bright flourescent lighting in the room made it difficult to capture it well.  It’s the same cream as on the trim and ceiling in the main room.)  We plan to build some storage into the knee wall, but opted to wait for awhile and explore more just how we want to do that.  I also would like some decor on the walls in here but haven’t found just the right things yet.

The door on the right side of the hall is our closet…

David’s side is on the right…

(He used an old rake head to hold his belts.)

In the middle is our shoes (I think I may have a few more pair than he does)…

The left is my side…

My favorite part of my side is what’s in the center.  My jewelry & make-up area….

My necklaces hang from drawer knobs screwed into the wall and bracelets surround two old stair spindles cut off to fit in here nicely.

In the top left picture on the very left of my jewelry section is my earring holder that as you can see below is on piano hinges so that it can fold out and display my earrings nicely.  I’m pretty sure I’ll need another one of these on the right side some day soon.

Not shown is a full length mirror on the left side near the door of the closet where I do my make-up which is all organized in the top drawer just below my jewelry area…

Back out into the hall and a view of the room from the window seat and hall

View of entry wall from back corner beside bed…

Pictures of our settee and other furniture and decor on that wall…

This trunk was my great grandmother’s and it holds a vase full of one of my favorite flowers, blue hydrangeas, another picture of us, a pair of antiqued lily candle sticks, and  a “Love is Patient” plaque.  On the floor beside the trunk are blue hydrangea stacking boxes.

In the right pictures is a piece that was love at first sight!  As soon as I saw this settee I knew it was made for our bedroom.  It’s covered in a beautiful script fabric with matching pillows that I added blue ribbons to.  We couldn’t find an end table we liked for beside it yet so as a temporary fix I placed an old bucket upside down on a stool and placed a lamp inside another blue hydrangea stacking box.

In the bottom picture of this set is our television that we framed to look more like an art piece than a television.  The table below it was an old dresser of my great grandmothers.  The top two drawers were irreparable so my husband built bottoms for them and turned them into shelves.  The top of the dresser is adorned with an old family bible, a picture of our hands, a blue pie platter with blue accent balls, and a little jewelry chest my husband made me when we were first dating, way back in 1996.  In the shelves are a couple more plaques that say, “P.S. I Love You” and “Grow Old With Me The Best Is Yet To Come”, the rest of my Jane Austen book collection and a few books that were gifts from my husband while we were dating.

Lastly, my husbands office…

It isn’t complete yet because he’s not sure how he wants to do it but here’s what it looks like now…

I apologize if I overwhelmed you with pictures.   It was so hard to choose what to get pictures of.  I actually wanted to show more but was worried I have too many as it is.  I hope you enjoy it.  Feel free to pin away if you see anything you like.  Also, clicking on any of the photos will allow you to see them bigger if you wish to do so.

To see the before pictures you can look here.  If you are interested in seeing all the thoughts that went into our room you can look herehere, & here.  Also feel free to check out my Pinterest board Dream Master Suite.

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