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Monday, March 23, 2009

A MAKE-OVER that took waaay more than 10 minutes....

DIANE is having another 2ND TIME AROUND TUESDAY
and it promises to be a lot of fun.
Please stop by, see what she has to offer today and she will have a list of other fun things to see...
and THANK YOU for stopping by to see me today while I play
2ND TIME AROUND TUESDAY....
maybe NEXT Tuesday, you will want to play, too !!
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TODAY, I am showing my
2ND TIME AROUND BEDROOM....
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OH.....YOU REMEMBER THIS Pitiful Pearl bedroom that I was a very brave girl
to post for the whole, entire world to see ?
So tacky and neglected and forelorn......
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I really and truly never thought it was UGLY....
until I took this photo of it.....
OH....THE SHAME OF IT ALL
I guess I just got used to it and didn't pay it that much attention....
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and then I found THIS beauty that belongs over at CHERRY HILL COTTAGE !
MY INSPIRATION ROOM !!
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Oh, yes...with the purchase of the RED and WHITE quilt,
things are beginning to look a LOT better
and I am getting a LOT excited...
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BUT....those GREEN walls have got to go and that means
the WALLPAPER BORDER with it !!
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I like to have an inspiration room to guide me along when I am
redoing a certain room...( I used to tear them out of magazines...before BLOGGING!!)
I don't intend to mimic the room right down to the nitty gritty....then, it wouldn't be ME...
I have to have ME in there or I'm not happy !!
I just seem to stay more focused on what I am doing if I have
a visual idea of what I want that room to look like...
keeps me from going off into outer space....
yep....green walls and wallpaper border HAVE to go !!
AND THAT MEANS W.O.R.K.
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THIS BORDER was the devil to get off...
but, a couple of weeks of working, off and on, sweating, whining,
cryin' and moaning.... and having a sip or two of WINE.....
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.........I was able to get it painted in the best YELLOW, ever !
I love this shade of yellow...just prefect for my North bedroom....
Not too dark, not too light......JUST RIGHT..
some shades look good in a West room but not a North one..
and, of course, visa-versa...
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I added white ironstone plates above the windows...
a few other white pieces on a shelf....
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and lots of LOVE around the room....
;O)
I also like a little BLACK in all my rooms...
just makes the other colors really stand out
and seems to ground the room...
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The wrought iron inserts in my foot and headboard of the bed
have oak leaves and acorns....giving me lots of GOOD LUCK..
I love that ...
see the little fairy lights on the headboard?
i love those, too....
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Mr. Sweet Nothings bought this vintage wicker love seat for me years ago...
it looks pretty in a corner of the bedroom with a quilt that
I made a few years back....
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* AWWW, I remember..our little boy, DAVID, was 2 years old
when we got this loveseat...he just turned 45....
bwaaaaaaaaa
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SOOOO, my poor little PITIFUL PEARL of a bedroom....
went from Rags to Riches, mostly thru color...
and lots of enthusiasm and inspiration...
Oh, I still am looking for some pretty RED and WHITE pillows...
they are harder to find than I ever imagined....
does anyone in Blogland make pillows?
until I DO find them, the red and khaki ones will stand in...
and I am also on the look-out for a pretty, little
candle-burning chandy to hang in here..maybe the
next trip to the thrift stores will turn up the perfect one...
you just never know..
and I am thinking seriously of asking for
PLANTATION SHUTTERS....
at Christmas time.....
oh, honey...I'd LUV those !!

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KEEPIN' IT REAL...

even Mr. Sweet Nothings Texas sized cowboy hats look good in a soft yellow bedroom!
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I'm happy !!

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OH, YES....

I am very happy !

XO bj

73 comments:

Janera said...

bj, I love your "new" room, and I think it looks great just like it is! But I do sew and can make simple pillows. Come over or email me and tell me what you are thinking, and I'll make you some pillows in a flash!

Judi said...

BJ!
YOur bedroom looks beautiful! I can't believe the transformation that took place while you have been so busy!! I love it.
The bedspread red and white and all the lovely pillows..including the bunny one and I LOVE the colour of your walls. What colour did you use?

The pictures are hung so nicely too. Great job!
have a lovely evening...
Judi

Deb said...

BJ your room looks great, what a bright change, love the red and white beadspread, and the yellow walls really pop

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi BJ,
Yellow is one of my favorite colors and it looks great in your 'new' bedroom especially with the red and white.

Love your taste...the room is fantastic!

Thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!

Diane said...

I absolutely LOVE this room! So inviting....it just says 'Come on in and rest a while'! The yellow on your walls is the absolute perfect color with the red and white! Great room, BJ! I love your style!

Diane

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Wow BJ your new room looks magnificient !!!!!! And I like your new blog dress too.

Adrienne said...

Hi, BJ -
Your room is gorgeous - just gorgeous! I love the details you took from your inspiration room and yet you made it your own. Everything is so pretty and it's very inviting. I need to finish up our room. When I do, I'll be sure to share it with you.
~Adrienne~

The blog of MBW said...

Wow! what a transformation. Good job. The colors complemented each other. It makes me want to lay down and have a nap on your bed.

Tootsie said...

WOW!!! it is hard to tell which room is the inspiration room now!!! You did a fantastic job and your buttons should have popped with pride already! Rags to riches NO! Rags to fit for Royalty!!! wow...I am impressed...come to my house...I have a room that I want to re-do..but right now don't have time...the greenhouse is sucking up whatever the kids don't!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Wow, what a differance! It all looks gorgeous! Yellow is a hard color to get right, but you picked the perfect shade. Your efforts were worth it all because this looks so fabulous!

Kady

Mandi said...

Beautiful transformation! I love your color combinations, the red and yellow are my favorite together, and adding a spot of black makes it all pop. So glad you shared it with us!

Debra said...

Wow! Great transformation and with just a quilt and paint color change. Very nice. I like the yellow/red combo (I also like navy/yellow). Really looks nice.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

BJ, It's wonderful! You have been a busy, busy lady!! Painting always scares me so I procrastinate....then I do....and it makes such a marvelous change all by it's self. Thanks for the inspiration!

((hugs)) Rosie

Barbara said...

Morning BJ, I am sooooooo jealous....your make over is fantastic. I wish I had the nerve to just jump in and do something like this. The wall color and what you did with the bed is great. I love the new header on your blog.

sue said...

wow BJ, the yellow paint works beautifully!! The whole room is warm and sunny, I love yellow and red, great job sweetie!! Plantation shutters will be the crowning glory! Rest now, LOL!! xoxo

Amelia said...

BJ,

Such a wonderful transformation. I know you are beaming with pride as you enter this room.

Enjoy this room -

Beverly said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Amazing, BJ! And, yellow is my favorite color.

Wow!!!

Smilingsal said...

i like it, i like it! You did a good job. What a difference.

Bo said...

Hi BJ...let's see...it's about a 5-6 hour drive to your place, if I leave now I might just beat your cousins to be the first guest in that beautiful room...LOL. This reminds me of that HGTV show where they try to match some designer room & it always comes out looking as good or even better. The bunny pillow is so precious...You have done a great job with all of your color choices. If Santa doesn't bring you Plantation shutters, you might look into Plantation blinds..
They look just about as good & cost way less. We put them throughout our house & even from the street they look like shutters.
Luv ya, ;-) Bo

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

BJ, what a fabulous job you did!! Drab to FAB and I love the color you chose. It just made such a difference in the whole room! Great job! I love that you put your touches in the room. I think the plantation shutters are a must!

ann said...

beautifull done.lot of work,but now you can just enjoy.Yes,it's so much better to have an inspiration room.that way it;s kinda like a recipe.you know where you're going.And this is definitely YOU...Ann

Betty said...

Your bedroom is lovely. I never thought it was ugly before but the after is fresh and lovely.

Betty

Marcela said...

Oh BJ
I love your "new" bedroom

You did a great job dear.
You have an exquisite taste BJ

Kisses and hugs!

Marcela

Terri and Bob said...

Ok, that is remarkable!! Love that you used a room from one of our own bloggers!

xinex said...

What a beautiful and charming transformation, BJ. I love your bunny pillow!...Christine

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

BJ, your room is no longer a Pitiful Pearl (I love that saying!). It is FAN-TAB-U-LOUS!!!! Of course you know I am partial to yellow walls and red checked quilts....
xo
Penny

jeanne said...

Go BJ. You goldarned gone and did it. You fell in love. I'm in love too. I did not think you would part with that sweet border. Your bedroom is a diamond now!!!

Good job sister friend.

Hugs and love...Jeanne

Knitty said...

I think you need to hit the road and do your own version of bedroom re-dos for many of us. Your room looks so inviting.

Debbie from NJ said...

BJ,

Your room looks beautiful! Wow, I am so impressed! You have been a busy girl! The yellow walls really pop!

Debbie from NJ

Tara said...

BJ

This room looks great, the colors all blend so well--are any of those kiddies wishing they could come back for a nap at Mom's? Heehee!

Stacey said...

BJ that is an amazing transformation. The room looks so much bigger and brighter... don'tcha think? I love everything about it. I don't think you need to change those pillows either.

I think all that whining and wine sipping was worth it!

~♥~ Monica S said...

You should be happy! The bedroom looks JUST GREAT!!! LOVE the colors.. and it seem VERY you to me!!

Monica

Kathleen Grace said...

I love, love, love it BJ! It is so pretty and colorful and cozy. I loved Tina's bedroom too when I saw it. I just painted a north facing bedroom yellow too, it just lit the room up:>) You did great with your make-over and it is so you!

Michele said...

Oh BJ...your room looks beautiful! I can't believe how it turned out...just awesome!

Hugz,
Michele

Anonymous said...

Wow! I never in a million years would have thought a change in color would make that much difference! Your room was pretty before, but now it is absolutely beautiful! You are just so talented it is unbelievable!

Love you much, dear one!
Martha

KC said...

Wow! I love the bedroom color with that red and white quilt. It looks beautiful! Love you Memaw!

nikkicrumpet said...

Well you should be happy BJ because it looks gorgeous! What a wonderful transformation. Heck it would even get RAVE REVIEWS on RMS and that's saying something!

bj said...

KC....
Is that YOU, KATHY ??????
Love you, too!!

Declutter Your Life said...

Love the new room! Looks great!

Sweetie said...

BJ - your "new" room is beautiful. I would have never thought that the yellow walls and the lovely red and white bedspread would compliment each other as they do. You deserve an "A" for your wonderful makeover.
Sweetie

Mary said...

Oh how beautiful! I love those colors -- so cheerful. You did such a wonderful job, bj. :)
xoxo,
Mary

Ruthie said...

It's amazing the difference it makes. I love it.

Kristen said...

Just saying hi from SITS. I love that you are a grandmother & blog!! It completely goes against the stereotypes & it is great!!

Steve Buser said...

I enjoyed watching the transformation. Glad the bed stayed as a central piece, I adore the wrought iron inserts.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

ASTOUNDING! bj..what a change! (I bought that same quilt..yes..saw it on Cherry Hill) That quilt does spruce things up...but everything just looks great. You really did a number on that bedroom. That little bunny picture really adds that bit of seasonal charm. LOVE it! :)

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

What a change! The new bedroom with the new paint and fabrics is just beautiful. YOu must be real proud of yourself. You should! :-) Love the family photos with the happy baby :-)

Deb said...

Loved watching the transformation, felt like I was on HGTV. LOL
The room is beautiful, I love the bed. .wonder what it would look like painted white? Well, have a sip of wine and we shall see. . LOL
Simply beautiful my friend:)

Ramona said...

BJ ~ I love your room and you have inspired me to paint our bedroom yellow. It is, after all, my favorite color. You are right, it is the perfect shade of yellow! Yep, I am inspired!!!

Thank you for stopping by my neck of the woods to say hello. Your blog is wonderful and I will be back again for sure.

Smiles ~ Ramona

Bo said...

Oopsie...sorry, I didn't notice you already have the Plantation blinds...Hugs, ;- Bo

Happy To Be said...

GM BJ, now girl this is just a beauty what you did here...WOW!! love that wall color I bet it looks differ in the morning that at night time..Thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Susie Q said...

It is so lovely...and what is that shade of yellow? I'm looking for a soft yellow for our room.....we face east.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi BJ
What a transformation on your bedroom! I love it. Thanks for the visit(;
Hugs~Kelly

Raggedy Girl said...

I love your new room, it looks so good and the "inspiration" room made me think of an ancient movie called The Goodbye Girl where she is doing her front room and holding up the magazine and saying why does it look different and Richard Dryfuss says...it isn't on Park Avenue. I thought of it when you said you wanted to work with an inspiration room but you wanted to make it your own and I think you did it perfectly.

Roberta Anne

Susie Q said...

BJ thanks so much. Hubby will probably go for that one. It's so pretty. Go by after work and pick up a sample of it to show him. Thanks (squealing!) New bedroom color!!!

DesignTies said...

BJ - such a lovely and inviting room... and a great transformation!

I wanted to drop and thank you for stopping by DesignTies yeterday and commenting on the remodeled bathroom I showcased. We loved the transformation of this space, but miss it. I can't wait to start from scratch here in our "new" old bungalow!

Cheers,
Victoria: EdinDesign Interiors @ DesignTies

Twice as Nice said...

I just LOVE the new look. When we redo our bedroom it will be in red, black and white. I have had the bedding for over a year now. Look at JC Penny for some pillows. Mine are white with red toile. If you need help let me know and I will find them for you.

The Muse said...

bj...can you hear my resounding applause!
and oooos and ahhhs???
BIG GRIN !!!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi BJ, :)
Oh my your bedroom turned out fabulous!
I remember you asked me about our Yellow paint color in the guest room. What shade did you end up going with in here? It looks oh soooo pretty and warm. Love it!

I just realized you and my Mom are the EXACT same age. You look so young and wonderful!

I had fun listening to Honey Honey just now.
What a cute uplifting song!

Thanks for checking out my Pink post.

Happy Spring to you!
~Melissa :)

Melissa Miller said...

I know of a pillow making blog.
I'll get back to you and give you the blogspot address when I find it again...:)

Melissa Miller said...

I found the site!
"janetscreativepillows.blogspot.com"

I hope you find something.
I just checked it out and she has some cute stuff.

I'll see you at the Flaunt Your Red Party!
~Melissa :)

Carol said...

Beautiful bedroom redo, BJ! I really love that rabbit pillow!

salmagundi said...

Isn't removing wallpaper the pits!! Bet you are glad it is done, and it does look wonderful. Sally

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You have EVERY reason to be happy! This room turned out beautifully! Love the new colors and all of your special touches. You have been a busy lady, and it sure shows! laurie

Mary said...

BJ,

I love the new look. I wouldn't have thought to paint a room that shade of yellow, but it makes it very cozy. You have also added some great accessories to add to the warmth of the room. I love quilts. They always make a room look more homey.

Enjoyed my visit, my friend. I have a little something for you on my Writing Nook.

Blessings,
Mary

abeachcottage said...

OH MY!

what a turnaround, I love seeing these sort of blog posts, isn't it just amazing what you can do

my fave is the quilt on the chair, I wish I had the patience to keep up with quilting. I've been looking out for a thrifted one forever, one day I will come across one...

love the pop of colour with the bedspread

Sarah

Smelling Coffee said...

Hi BJ~ I love your bedroom - it's just like the one in the picture. You did a great job!

I've been missing your blog. :-) Blessings to you, BJ~ Jennifer

Loida of the 2L3B's said...

Hello BJ, me and my daughter was really amazed by the tranformation you had made in your room..

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a terrific new look for your room! I'd love to sleep under those little twinkle lights in that pretty bed! I might even have to sneak the bunny pillow in my suitcase when I leave!!LOL

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

Wow - your new redo is BEAUTIFUL!!! What a difference that made! (I did like the original green tho too-small smile here!) But I would love to know what color you ended up using? Have you said somewhere? I have tried looking,, but haven't been able to find it..... I may just want to paint my bedroom too!

Hugs from Michigan - Diane

Barb said...

BJ,
Your room turned out wonderful! How totally fun, (now that the work is done.).
=0)

Off to read more of what you have been doing.

Blessings,
Barbara Jean

Tricia Anne said...

I.LOVE.YOUR.ROOM.MAKEOVER! A lot!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Shell said...

Hi,
I was wondering if you still have that iron insert bed frame? Do you know who manufactured it? I have been searching for a match to my existing bed frame that looks just like that one, and I saw your blog.
Thanks,
Thea

Shell said...

Sorry-- my email address is thea1rachiel@gmail.com if you would like to reply to me directly.

Thanks!
Thea