Thursday, March 19, 2009

Top It Off Part 1

Welcome, please enter my Master bedroom because today we are going to do a combination post. First let me explain where the idea came from... A week or so ago Mary of was talking about the decorating of the top of her large buffet. All the items she used were small & out of proportion. She was asking for help with this from other bloggers. I told her I thought she needed to use more & bigger items. And I promised her some pictures of some of my larger pieces & how I decorated them. So let's get started. And then, this week Susan at did an awesome post on her Master Bedroom & I thought hmmmm I could sort of combine a couple of these ideas to answer Mary's question. This is the entry to my Master Suite & you can see on the floor a vignette using blue hydrangea's on the right by the door. Also, this is the side of my large 1800's Dutch or English Armoire. This beauty was made in many pieces so it could be moved up & down narrow staircases in European homes by simply dismantling the piece & then putting it back together when moved to the new location. It is a BIG HEAVY piece of furniture (& I adore this treasure). As you enter you see hung on the side of the armoire a beautiful burnout velvet Tea Jacket that my "Honey" bought me in old town Tustin,California. It is hung on a blue satin hanger & has an antique purse hung with it. This gives interest to the piece instead of having an ugly bare side to look at when entering. Creating Interest... that is the key point. At the top there is a silver candlestick lamp with a silver glass beaded shade (with purple sating bow & silk pansies on the side). I often turn it on at night to create a soft glow as you enter the room. Here's a close up of the Velvet Jacket. Divine isn't it?
This is the vignette with the hydrangeas, a candle, & burnout velvet pillow filled with lavender (on the left) & a beautiful box(right) & pair of vintage shoes with just a touch of lace on the toe. Those shoes are a new treasure found at Lone Star Antiques last week.Are these shoes not the cutest? I got them already done like this. Thought they were perfect for this spot.OK, here's the view of the whole armoire standing next to the bed. Reflected in the mirror on the front of the armoire you can see our sleigh bed with all the pillows & a photo (not a new one I can assure you) of me on the opposite wall. Also, in the picture is my wonderful mannequin that I love!
The next photo I am looking up at the top of this scene.
Now Mary, standing on the bed so you can get a better view of the top of this & you will see I have a huge arrangement in a white vase. The greenery brings a softness to the setting & the white flowers POP & give interest. Also up there are two hat boxes with Victorian Women on them (I happen to love Vintage Women Images) & a miniature mannequin. It helps to use similar items or things in a theme when trying to do a room or piece.Here is another view standing on the bed. I have added some cute vintage miniature hats sitting on antique spools. This pulls the color & theme in with yet another item building on the theme. And here we are back at the left side of the armoire once again, here's the mannequin & the little arrangement next to it. See the hat box with yet a different sized mannequin. Tying all those elements up aren't we? Different colors in this but same theme.
The fireplace, mantle & my wonderful picture I love so much.
Moving around past the fireplace there is a huge picture window (which you can see in the very first photo) & my chaise lounge. This is one of my favorite places to sit & drink my coffee every morning while I watch the birds in the birdbath right outside the window. And as I said, I don't look like that anymore but, my husband loves this photo & it is on his side of the bed so... I hope you have enjoyed the tour & part one of topping off large pieces of furniture. I will post another piece soon. Have a great weekend.


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Very nice! I LOVE the photo on your mantel! Beautiful!

kimmcl said...

Lovely pictures! Thanks so much for sharing. I love your vignettes. Take care!!! ~Kim

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

Hi Charlene, Your master bedroom is beautiful! I love the sleigh beds and yours looks wonderful reflected in the mirror! I'm so glad you explained about the armoire because I have a Dutch or Swedish...not sure which, armoire in my upstairs family and it comes apart like you described. I was always wondering why it was built like I know! :-) I love the painting above your mantel! And how wonderful to have a fireplace in your bedroom...I LOVE that!!! :-) Beautiful pic of you...I can see why your DH loves it. Thanks for the tour...enjoyed seeing your gorgeous room! :-) Susan

colbycottage said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the encouraging words.What fun to see a peek at your bedroom. I wouldn't dare show mine it, it isn't at its best at the moment.Your treasures are lovely. Kathy

The Whispering Poppies said...

What lovely vignettes! Those shoes and that velvet gown are truly amazing! =) Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Deborah@ The Painted Nest said...

Charlene, So glad to hear from you!!! I love what you've done with the hat box!!!! Pretty!!!I was really sick for a while there but I'M BACK~~~WOOHOO!!!! I hope you've enjoied your weekend!!!Stop by anytime ~ you're always welcome sweet friend!!!! Blessings Always, Deborah

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

I agree with your husband, that picture of you is gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Charlene, THanks for telling me about this particular blog entry. With us being gone for 10 days and no computer time I would have missed it entirely!

You did a great job and I have redone the top of my armoire also though it still needs some tweaking I think. I am trying to do so much of my decorating using existing things I have instead of spending more money and so ...
If I will ever stay home (we are off again this weekend for a week) I will try and get a picture up for some more decorating help!

Loved the entries of all your pretty flowers! I am sitting here at my desk watching a snow storm! Have a ways to go for flower time here!

HAve a blast at your jewelry designing class-


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