Sunday, November 2, 2014

Plaid Equine Bedroom

Busy weekend here!

A flea market purchase
on Saturday
brought about some necessary changes
in one of the bedrooms.
I decided to pull together things
we had and create a cozy plaid
equestrian space.

Here is the room before the pieces were added:

Just so you know... 
the parts aren't exactly perfect --
but I worked with what we had
around the house
swirling things around
to see what might work.

Yesterday, I went to a huge flea market
 out in the country west of Chicago
that is held monthly at one of the county fairgrounds.

I unexpectedly came across two 
plaid twin upholstered headboards
for sale --$55 for the pair. 

So I brought them home.
The price was right but the plaid was a bit crooked
and as it turned out did not match with the existing
plaids I had collected. So I stripped one of them down
and recovered the headboard frame with some
red ultrasuede I had in my stash.

So it went from this:

To this:

Then I brought in some lamps
(i know, they need new lampshades )
but I did not have matching side tables
or bedside stands. 

So pulled in a pine trunk
and nightstand but the heights were off.
So I stacked some vintage wicker storage suitcases and I was able to get 
the lamps to sit at the same
height -- which is important to me!

Blurry photo - oops. Need to stand STILL!

Next ... I decided to take another
flea market find ...
a vintage 
original pastel drawing of a horse
(that I LOVE) 
but needs to be reframed, 
and used it as a focal point
above the new red headboard.

Isn't he handsome?

It looks so much like a photograph,
I wish I could find the artist 
who drew this! Very talented person. :)

I flanked it with two old
framed horse tack prints 
and then  
started layering in the 
yummy plaids.

Cozy, right?

Adjoining bathroom.

RL wallpaper in attached bathroom coordinates
with the plaid bedding.

The ultrasuede duvet cover is a dark navy but in the sunlight it appears bright blue. Odd!

My baby boy used to sleep in this room! It is sad to think he is grown
and gone from our plaid nest. Miss him terribly but he still has a place
to rest his weary head when he comes to visit. :) 

(His baby shoes are still in a drawer
in the room! They make me smile.)
Thanks for stopping by today.
Always nice to see you.
Alison :)


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Love the changes! I'm really loving plaids this year, found one pillow, need to find a throw and so on and so on. All in time huh? Love the baby shoes.
fondly ~lynne~

White Weathered Hutch said...

Who wouldn't want to have that boys room. Love all the special touches. Plaids are still in for this fall season.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Alison you transformed that space and made it seem effortless. Love the plaids! The wall color looks like my bonus room walls where hopefully soon part of it will become another space for guests. I have got to start moving a ton of crap out!!

NanaDiana said...

That is absolutely gorgeous- magazine worthy. It does kind of give you a clutch in your heart, doesn't it, when you realize that you will never decorate for that "little boy" again? The one that is locked in your heart forever.

Your room is wonderful. I love all the red and blue and plaids and patterns you have pulled together there. xo Diana

Sarah said...

Well, obviously you know I'm loving this room, Alison. Amazing that you pulled this together so quickly. I want to hire you! '-)
I couldn't wait to pin some of these to my Tartan Love Pinterest Board, so already have.
I read Chicago got some crazy weather today. Hope you are warm and cozy! ~ Sarah

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

OMGoodness! This is amazing! LOVE the room. Love all the plaid and the red headboard is perfect! Those baby shoes are adorable!!!! GREAT job!

Karen said...

What a great find (the headboards) and I love them in red. The room looks great. It's always a mixed blessing when our "babies" grow up and move away. The good news is they will always come back for visits and they will enjoy their old rooms, especially your updated version.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a wonderful before and after, Alison! You did a beautiful job with this space!

Debbie Freitag said...

Absolutely beautiful room! So cozy and inviting. Wonderful style.

Rebecca said...

I REALLY enjoyed seeing how you went about filling this room from start to finish! You have such talent & good taste....

Ron said...

Always a joy to see your style! I love the room and would sleep well:)

Janette - The2Seasons said...

I love it! We transformed our sunroom from its summer look to its fall/winter look this week-end, and it is loaded with various plaids.

Karena Albert said...

Amazing Alison, what a cozy, comfortable retreat! Love the lamp you found!

The Arts by Karena

laney said... love this cozy room...but...oh!...those precious little shoes should be out of the drawer...perhaps peeking out from under the big chest? any event...this is a wonderful your wonderful home...blessings laney

Toni said...

I love love love what you did with this cozy. Makes me want to get out my 4-H horse ribbons and frame them! :o) The horse drawing above the bed is sooo amazing!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh so RL .... the room is stunning ... and I just loved seeing the layering of the room until we came to the reveal...and then the gasp of how beautiful it is!..Yes, it is so sad when the kids leave the nest..but it is always comforting to them and you that they still have a place that they can come home those shoes..they would make me weepy too!!!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

It is so amazing how you put this room together so quickly and out of such a variety of things, yet it all comes completely together and looks spectacular! I love it ~ totally charming.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Alison, only you could create such a beautiful room! The layers are absolutely stunning; and the room really does have such a warm and cozy feel! You're making me want to have at least one plaid guest room now!

designchic said...

What a wonderful transformation and fantastic boy's room. Love the plaids!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE how you transformed this space Alison...but then again I love every space in your beautiful home!!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Alison, what a gorgeous and cozy room for your son to come home to, or for any guest to use. Your speed of pulling this together only shows how talented you are. I could use your magic in every room of my home! Beautiful............

Debra@Common Ground said...

I totally LOVE this bedroom suite! The plaid in the bathroom is so wonderful, and those adorable plaid baby shoes. Great job with this, it turned out great!

therelishedroost said...

Classic and tow loves of mine Horses and good plaid!

The enchanted home said...

Bravo did a beautiful job! I love every single element are the master!

PS And those shoes...TOO CUTE!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful job Alison!! Curious where you found the Ralph Lauren Gordon tartan wallpaper and bedding. My MIL is a Gordon and I would love to buy the bedding and wallpaper if it is still available!If you wouldn't mind emailing me with info, I sure would appreciate it!

Cindy Schreiber