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Master Bedroom and Bathroom Retreat


Happy 2011,
The winter months are a good time to start making over your master bedroom into the retreat you’ve always dreamed of having. I still love all my items, but I’m thinking of a little facelift with paint on the walls.

We are in the middle of our bath and dressing area makeover now! The dressing area contains one large walk-in closet and a much smaller closet we use for coats. The cultured marble vanity was removed last Wednesday, and replaced with a fabulous”Tropic Brown” granite vanity top. Love it!  My husband and I chose rectangular under-mount sinks, and Delta faucets in Venetian Bronze.  They are lovely with the granite!  Now, I am trying to decide whether to paint the vanity wood black or Espresso Brown.   I’ve even considered a gel stain instead of painting.

Back to the bedroom area of our master suite–it is the largest master bedroom of any home we have owned.  It is approximately 21′ X 17′ and provides space for furniture we wanted, but had always lacked enough space.  Rather than have a triple dresser, we now have single dressers on each side of our queen size rice poster bed by Councill.  One of the dressers is an old Drexel mahogany bowed front (from Railroad Antiques in Huntsville, Alabama) and the other is also the same style, except  Jasper Cabinet made it.  Listen carefully, a rice poster bed looks best with the mattress foundation, either in the top setting or the next to the top setting.  That’s the reason, we needed tall dressers rather than a small, low night stand.  The dressers are 34″ tall and the perfect height for the dressers to be terrific night stands.

The queen size bedding is from Colonial Williamsburg’s Garden Images collection when it was made by Crown Crafts.  Today, Garden Images is made by Waverly and appears identical except for a slightly different background.  I still love this bedding the old way and the new way.  If you click to enlarge the photo showing the foot of the bed, you can see the reverse side featuring the fabric printed with dogwood and magnolia.  The throw pillows reverse and are striped  like the featured Euro shams.

The Drexel dresser has a Thomasville gold mirror over it.  On the surface are old family photos, an inherited statue of a lady.  Also, a jewelry box from Ross Simons with a favorite arrangement of faux grass and ivy from Kirkland’s Home sitting on it.

Over the Jasper Cabinet dresser is a large magnolia print from Tuesday Morning.

Another great mahogany piece was also found at Railroad Antiques.   It is the ball and claw footed cedar chest.   That shop has terrific furniture and dishes!  Beautiful trays, crystal…I love it all.  The pheasants on the top of that cedar chest (Low Boy style) are from Hobby Lobby this past fall.  The tapestry hanging above came from Tuesday Morning several years ago.

The lamps on each dresser are the ones that were from another time and updated by rewiring and finding the right shades.

The buffet lamps were inexpensive ones from Fred’s,  and I probably paid as much for the beaded shades for them as the original lamps and shades were.  I loved the lamps instantly and still enjoy them on the cedar chest/lowboy.

Hope you are enjoying reading and it inspires you to spend the cold months shopping for the items you need or want.  I’ll have more later about this room.  Thanks for stopping by.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

One Response to Master Bedroom and Bathroom Retreat

  1. […] Long story short, Bob and I made another trip to a different North Carolina furniture store and got it. Once that arrived and was set up we shopped at Railroad Station Antiques in Huntsville, Alabama. Details about our furniture shopping and other finds for this room at the links underlined see different views of the mirror that turned today’s plans upside down. Not to mention terrifying me as I sat peacefully on the bed trying to think about today’s plans. Plans went by the wayside, as that mirror ripped off the wall literally. The screw with a bolt type thing is still strong as it was all those years ago. The wire broke and it slid down and became tightly stuck between the wall and the dresser…resting peacefully on the top part of the baseboard molding! Thankfully, the mirror appears fine, and the frame maybe be scratched a tad more than when we bought it…it was not perfect. We had to look for the blemishes ourselves. See this mirror and read the story of our matching lamps here. You can bet that we will be rechecking all the wall mirrors in this house…the heaviest ones first. We know how lucky we were that the dresser was near enough to the wall to catch the mirror! Please check your mirrors, too! I know I sound like I’m preaching; however, this mirror had survived for over 10 years without a hint of falling. See more master bedroom photos here. […]

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