~Master Makeover Finis~

Night & Day


Definitely not symmetrical, but a cozy and calming room, just the same.

Still a couple of things left to do, but finished enough for photos.*

The walls are painted Sherwin Williams Antique White.

~A Brief History~ 

There are newer visitors to the Back Porch, who might not know the history of our home.

We built this house in 2003, after the family farm was sold.  We opted for less ground; there were 110 acres before.  Our home is about twice as large as the small home we lived in, in the back pasture of the farm, for 20 years. 

There were about 6 windows and three skylights in our former home.  We have over 30 windows and/or french doors, in this home, including the bay window in the master bedroom.  When we moved here, it was like we were moving out of a cave, into the bright sunlight!  That was the year of my 60th birthday and J’s 58th. 

J lived on the farm for most of his life, until it was sold.  The family raised beef cattle.  Corn, Soy Beans and Wheat, were also raised on the farm. 

J’s family knew the hardships of farm life and J’s parents knew the loss of a young son. 

J tells some pretty good stories about growing up in the old farmhouse. He remembers winters when the snow would blow through cracks in the walls and across the bed, where he and his brothers slept.

Although I didn’t grow up on a farm, I did grow up in a small Missouri town.

I remember carrying firewood, for the stove, where socks were dried on twine, strung across the wall behind.  I also remember churning butter, on Saturday mornings and other things that don’t happen much, these days.

We both can tell some good ones.  In fact, I just read this post to J and that set him into storytelling mode!  We’ve laughed out loud at most of them! I’ve also shed a tear or two while composing this brief history.

We both came from childhood hardships and failed first marriages.  Never, in a million years, could anyone have ever convinced either of us, the two of us would someday live in a home as beautiful as this.  We truly appreciate our good fortune.

And so, our lives between way back when and now, are like night and day.

bedroom25AThe bedroom, before, after a mini makeover, during winter of 2008, just about 2 years ago.  The walls were Laura Ashley Gold #3 (Lowes), painted at the time we built our home, in 2003.

At the time of that makeover, we moved the furniture, from this room, to an upstairs guest room and brought the iron bed from that room, to ours.  The rug was brought in from the living room and other pieces of furniture were borrowed from other rooms.  I changed out a darker comforter and accessories, for the cream and white linens.

That makeover was an attempt to open up the room, somewhat.  Neither of us were really happy with the look. We both wanted something less traditional; a more country cottage look. When I hinted, recently, about removing the custom window treatment and replacing it with bamboo shades, J agreed enthusiastically!!

With this latest makeover, we are returning to a look similar to our home, at the farm, only more refined and done in lighter colors. 


There is a shadow on the chair that appears to be a stain, but it’s just a trick of the light.bedroom13A

 The shades are from Payless Decor.bedroom10AThe dresser, at the end of the bed, is a garage sale find, over the summer. It was painted white with gold accents and used in a child’s room. J painted it Sherwin Williams Front Porch and I painted and “antiqued” the hardware.


The basket  is an antique, purchased at a farm auction several years ago.  The hydrangeas are the last of the Endless Summer blooms, in our garden.  The hat is handmade, found on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, a few years ago.

The iron bed is Wesley Allen, originally used in a guest room.  The bedding is a mix of shams; euro shams from Pottery Barn clearance 2 years ago and Marshall’s (Ralph Lauren embroidered ecru, $7 each), white pillow slips embroidered in white, from a local antique shop, several years ago.  The quilt is from JC Penney, duvet cover, folded at the foot of the bed is Pottery Barn (matches euro shams).

I’m going to trade the bed skirt for one at the lake. It’s a sort of white/ecru. The quilt on the lake bed has a white background, so the switch will benefit both places.

Linen bed curtains from Target.

Round table, formerly used on the back porch, was purchased at a resale shop in Osage Beach MO. It’s now painted Sherwin Williams Medici. The lamp is from Target.

Egg prints are from All Posters, the frames from Michaels, 50% off sale.

The mirror, behind the round table, is a garage sale purchase, many years ago.

bedroom20ABird prints are Cavalinni 2010 bird and nest calendar pages, framed at Michael’s during a 60% off sale. The bird, on the dresser, is one of a pair, purchased at JCP, during a Wednesday Deal sale, the pair was $9.99. The vase is from Evergreen, Osage Beach.  The dresser was purchased at Value City Furniture a few years ago and used in a guest room.

*I’m having a look around for something to go above the bird prints, to level that side with the mirror side. I don’t know what it will be, but I’ll know it when I see it.

Edited Saturday

I began composing this post, Wednesday. Friday morning, J and I visited our friends Lori and Greg, at All About Home.  I mentioned I was looking for something to finish the bird print wall.  Our friends came to my rescue!  The appliqué is perfect!



I replaced the basket of hydrangeas, with a lantern and flameless candle.


  Double Bonnet Secretary is from Rose Cottage Antiques, Clarksville Missouri.

The chair is from a sidewalk sale several years ago. Some of you will recognize it as the chair I covered with brown zebra print.  I redid the chair in cream burlap for the master makeover.

The rug is Dash & Albert. The pattern is Monty Cotton Stripe, woven in cotton.

The bench with barley twist legs and woven seat was brought in from the living room. bedroom19AThis shot looks across the room, through the door and down the hall to the powder room.  The doorway, to the left, leads to the foyer and living room.

The chair is the one I have, at the round table, when I’m using my laptop.  It’s apt to be pushed into any position or place, in the room. 


bedroom18A  The only new furniture purchase for the makeover was this chair and ottoman. It is similar to the hearth room wing chairs. We like them so well and they’ve held up under quite a bit of punishment, so we decided this was the best chair for our room.  The pillow was purchased at Marshall’s, recently.


bedroom22Abedroom23A1This table was purchased, during the 1980’s. I didn’t get a before shot. Imagine it painted in dark green. If you remember Hunter Green, from the 80’s, that is the color. The top, bun feet, and knobs, were stained, medium brown. 

I decided this table would work well with the wing chair and it has drawers for storage of magazines or books, etc.  Molly used one corner, on the bottom, in the back, for “teething”. The puppy tooth marks are still there under the Sherwin Williams Antique White paint.

I ordered a plaque from Susie of Bienvenue  and used it, along with real bird eggs, a nest, feathers and a pair of white birds, for the well of the table, then covered with the glass that is original to the table.

The armoire, made of Alder, holds the TV.  A plant stand peeks out from beside the cabinet.  We use that as a prop for a wayward door.


The bedroom makeover was achieved using things we have, with the exception of the chair purchase, shades, a new lamp and inexpensive prints for two of the walls.  I can’t say it is a budget makeover, because of the chair purchase and shades, but I can say, it was done with careful thought of expenses.

If you want a new look for a room, consider looking around your home for furniture pieces and accessories.  You can have a new look, without spending a dime.


The Bathroom


The bathroom is entered through a double door, from the bedroom.  The fixtures are a tub and separate shower, water closet and angled vanity with a huge mirror, that makes photographing this room extremely difficult.

The photo, above, was taken early Saturday Morning. The view is the maple tree, just outside the bathroom window and other trees, beyond. 

We are getting new neighbors, on this side of the house.  Construction, on their home, began last week.

The window treatment is macramé lace panels (3), from Country Curtains, purchased a couple of years ago.

The paint color is Sherwin Williams Front Porch.


The bathroom rug is hand knotted. I purchased it on Ebay a year or two ago. bedroom34A bedroom48A1

The iron shelf is from Evergreen Mfg. Osage Beach Missouri.  I found the monogrammed towel at Tuesday Morning.

bedroom37A   bedroom39B1

These canisters, formerly used in the kitchen, are used for counter storage.


bedroom40A While shopping Target 75% off sales, our daughter found this little hamper. Perfect for beside the tub.


We added trim to the mirror and a small ledge, just the right depth for a few pitchers from my ironstone collection.


The vanity sink areas are angled toward each other, with a sitting area in the center.  I used two of my photos, beside each sink. These photos were taken at J’s Aunt Ruth’s, spring ‘09. The subject, Spirea, when it was in full bloom.


Looking across the back porch, from the hearth room door.

Because this post tells the story of a metamorphosis, in more ways than one, I’m adding it to Susan’s Monday Metamorphosis, at Between Naps on the Porch.



A Preview


When we were at All About Home, Greg showed us several doors he has salvaged.  I brought this one home. I have a couple of ideas, for this beautiful piece.  More to come, in later posts!


Brenda Eason said...

This so beautiful. I love that is soft and cozy at the same time.
I would love to hear the farm stories. My dad was a share croppers son and I loved going there. Once they piled us down with quilts we couldn't move and were still cold =)
Dad would tell off the snow on the quilt and watching chicken under the house. I wonder if I could go back in time? I know the women were so over worked I probably would make it.
Beautiful post Pat.

Traci @ Beneath My Heart said...

Oh, I love it, love it, love it!
I am wanting to re-do my master bedroom in a similar way. I have a big cherry sleigh bed right now, but I want to get a black iron bed. And I love all of the whites and creams. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful inspiration.
The Lord has truly blessed the two of you. But what precious memories He has given you as well. I love hearing of "old" stories. They seem just magical to me. My mom used to tell me of her childhood, and I was pea-green with envy. I was born in the wrong generation! :)

Lou Cinda said...

I love everything about your home! It is simply beautiful! And I love hearint the story behind its origin.

The window in the bedroom is stunning! The whole room is so crisp and fresh!


Lou Cinda :)

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Pat! Your bedroom has turned out so gorgeous! I'm so glad you've shared your and J's stories. You two are blessed very much and I admire your humbleness. Your bedroom is you! It looks so restful and soothing! I'm just in awe of your decorating taste and how you pull everything together! I'm so proud for you and your bedroom is so lovely. I can just imagine waking up in there with the light beginning to stream in.
You are a sweetie,
Shelia :)


Pat- Your pictures are wonderful and your stories pricless. Isn't it nice to have "life-experiences" to call upon as we take on new adventures and tasks now? I am sure with the sun shining today,your home looks lovely. Hopefully the construction will not be too disruptive to your days at home.


Stacey said...

Pat, your bedroom is absolutely stunning. You and J just amaze me. You two are always so busy and creative - it definitely shows in your beautiful home.

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

Your bedroom and bath are beautiful! I love all of the little touches...especially the bird prints.

Beth at Aunties said...

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything little thing you did. It looks like perfection again! The shades did take on a country look which is so homey and welcoming.
I am grateful the Lord blessed your sweet family. If you are like me, I would never give up what I learned or gleaned growing up in a poorer home.:-) Thanks for sharing your story!

The Whispering Creek House said...

Your room is so is very peaceful looking i love it!

Mary said...

Hi Pat,

When I first looked at the picture, before reading anything, I thought you had snapped a photo from a decorating magazine. Then when I read that it your new redo of your old redo, I couldn't believe it...My only words are WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!! Your stories of the farm house, and now living in this house...what a blessing you have been given!

Beautiful the before AND the after!

God bless,

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

I would love to hear about the Night & Day stories of yours & J's life. Today, I just shared my Dad's stories...the stories I only learned about when I was much older. Please go and visit the post. I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Your home and redo is just a breath of fresh air. It feels so homey and inviting. You've done a wonderful job. Looks clean and crisp.

ritad said...

Love your make over..The shades really made the difference I believe. Great job and wonderful tour..Always enjoy your blog.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

This was lovely. A great makeover - such a warm and restful space. Terrific! and I loved all your 'musings'. thanks so much for sharing!

Sue said...

Pat, I love the neutrals and whites that you used in this room. The blinds make the room more clean and contemporary- I love them. The prints and your newly found architectural piece look lovely behind the vase of feathers. I like the addition of the candle and lantern on the dresser, too. In short, the room is just perfect simplicity to me.
hugs, Sue

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Oh Pat, it's just beautiful! I sat and absorbed each and every photo, intrigued! You have done such a magnificent job. Everything looks so well thought out and yet has a wonderful hint of afterthought. I remember your getting that dresser. Sure didn't look this good back then! You will have many a restful night in that tranquil room!

Sjn said...

I love your "almost all white" bedroom. I actually have that same bed but without the canopy part, my headboard is the same but w/ a footboard to match. Co-ink-y-dink!
All white is so calming isn't it?! Maybe for my next re-do I'll give it a try... but that means painting all my cherry furniture, so I'll have to think about it.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your home is just gorgeous. I love everything about it. Both the before and after are stunning. Such a beautiful room and you've done a wonderful job with your decorating. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Risa said...

Good Job!! So very cute! It looks so serene and beachy. :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pat & J - What a beautiful home you have created. I love it all, and always enjoy your posts. Your "before" photos look as great as the redo. I need to get busy around my place!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Pat....That was a really detailed tour of your master. So pretty and very clean and classic. I really liked those canisters in your bathroom! You did a great job!~Patti

salmagundi said...

I grew up not rich, but had everything I could need. I still feel so blessed to have our home and the things in it. This post was a wonderful tribute to your life. Have a great week. Sally

GWYN said...

A beautiful and well done room! I too have my interior walls painted Antique White from Sherwin Williams! It's a beautiful color and the light changes it from room to room! Well done indeed!

Angela said...

You are very talented and blessed. Best part is you recognize your blessings. May God continue to bless you with beauty around you and as your share your beauty with us.

Rue said...

Pat... you could blind fold me. lead me through the house, into your bedroom and take the blindfold off and I would know exactly where I was because I've looked at it so much. That said, no matter what you do to the room it always looks gorgeous. You have unbelievable taste and a real knack for changing it up to make it even more beautiful than ever before. Magazine worthy sweet friend.


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Pat, What a beautiful transformation. I love all the mix of different furniture pieces and the stories that go with them. You've created a room fit for a magazine photo shoot.. full of warmth and love. I loved seeing your transformation..
hugs ~lynne~

Kathleen said...

How beautiful, Pat.
I loved the description of the choices, etc.
It really is so crisp and tranquil..just lovely!
Thanks for sharing it with us!

Sandy said...

Hi, I just came across your blog. Beautiful room. I really like what you did. Nice job. Very Lovely.

Judy said...

OMG Pat! This is just stunning but I knew it would be when I saw your dresser makeover. I was surfing in blogland tonight when I came across your newest post and trying not to get too depressed watching Auburn vs. LSU and Auburn is getting their bu-- hammered! Oh well...

I have a dresser like yours we put in my mom's estate sale but it did not sell....maybe it's meant for me to re-do and start/complete my bedroom once and for all!

As always, you never disappoint and love the way you tell where everything you have came from and paint colors. You are one talented lady!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, Pat, I knew I was gonna love it & I do. Gorgeous!! I know you are loving the AW, it's such a nice and calming color. I loved reading about all the changes & you have masterfully made it even better than before (and that was a feat to do!). You always do wonderful makeovers & are so creative with your home & I just adore it all. Your pics just glow with beauty! You and J are so blessed for sure.

Catherine Holman said...

What a beautiful cozy make over! I've been busy painting my kitchen.

Donna said...

Your bedroom is beautiful! So cozy and inviting. You and J amaze me with how you move your furniture around so much! I love it! I love to hear stories about days gone by and the history of your house.
Thanks for visiting my new blog.
I have always enjoyed yours.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Pat and J, so very, very pretty. I love the layers of whites and creams. I especially like how you rehabbed some of the furniture. Serene, beautiful but definitely interesting with the accessories and the sentiment behind your decisions. Bravo!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

You have a lovely home. I love your bed and the shades go perfectly in the space. Beautiful!

SILVIA said...

Stunning, i loved every single detail.beautiful makeover.
Enjoy it Pat.


Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Simply stunning! I LOVE the antique white furniture! I'm on the fence about painting my 1970 bedroom set - this may push me over! ☺

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Pat, I truly love your new bedroom and hearing about how your home came to be. Your room is so beautiful, but in a comfortable way. Your style is right down my alley, girl!

Cote de Texas said...

Oh, Pat - this is my favorite ever from you! I knew you once lived on a farm but didn't quite understand the details of it all - what a wonderful story, day and night. It really changes everything I've ever thought I knew about you. I had no idea how precious this house actually was to you and your story makes all of it so much dearer. Now, onto your ROOM!!!

OMG ---- day and night! it's so fabulous I can't even begin to tell you!!!!!!! That one picture - with the bed and the window with the new shades is drool worthy. And i love the bed with the white drapes and the white chest in front of it. Perfect!!!!!!! And I love the Dash and Albert rugs! ;) The round table, the prints, the bedding - the SHADES - all of it!!! It's so fresh and bright and charming.

Enjoy this in good health - you deserve it. I also must say, I am so happy your husband is willing to go along with your changes - as you grow and realize what you really love, rather than what you think you should. Most husbands aren't that nice - he sounds wonderful. You are very, very lucky. I love this story!!!!!!


Adrienne said...

Dear Pat - You and J have been so blessed. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story and your cozy room. What a talent you have for pulling it all together. Want to come to my house and spend a couple of weeks (or more) looking through everything in my garage and attic and helping me make some progress here? ~Adrienne~

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Pat, your bedroom redo is so beautiful - relaxing, restful, cozy! You have done a fantastic job, and you have such an eye for decor - just love it! Linda

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Pat,
This is one outstanding post! I enjoyed every pic and every detail of this fabulous makeover! The room is gorgeous, belongs in a magazine somewhere and every detail is superb~ You and hubby have created a fabulous home that is the envy of many~ Thanks for sharing this awesome re-do! Cindy

Alissa said...

what a wonderful makeover! like a breath of fresh air...i love the dresser at the end of your bed. i love hydrangeas...can;t wait until mine get to be that large.
thanks for stopping by my blog. hope to be back again.

Snappy Di said...

What a cheerful room to wake up to each day. The bird photos/artwork are so nice and I'm wondering where you got them, or did you say and I just missed it?

(I'm having a scarf giveaway so come on over and see if you would like to take it home with you.)

Valerie said...

Your room is beautiful - what a great place to begin each day.

Lisa said...

Wow Pat, when I first started looking I wasn't sure about it being so white, but the more you talked about the transformation and the more pictures you've shown, I've fallen in love with all of this. It's simple and beautiful!! As always, you've done a magnificent job!!

Twice as Nice said...

Absolutely stunning as usual. You are my favorite decorator!! You capture what is in my own heart in every room. Your taste is impeccable. I hope you and J enjoy your home for many years to come.

Marilyn Miller said...

Just beautiful! I loved seeing your make over in your bedroom. Definitely like the idea of searching and using what you already have in new ways. I am trying to do that also.

Joy said...

Beautiful! I love that shelf above the mirror in the bath.. I will have to show dh that. :)

Sue said...




Blue Muse said...

I just love what you've done, it's beautiful, and thank you for the history for us that haven't been here from the beginning. =)
xo Isa

Terri and Bob said...

Totally loved this post. The background, the history, the personal bits of info... speaking of that, Ashley is doing a research project for Mizzou. Were you remarried in the 70s or 80s? If so, I am sure Ashley would love to interview you! She is doing research on what women chose to wear for their second marriages!

Sandy said...

Love it, the whole area looks so inviting and cozy. Everything is just perfect. Wonderful job.

Helen said...

Dear Pat, I don't know when, if ever, I have devoted so much time to one post! I could not get enough of your photos and descriptions. I am in awe of your talent!

I do have a question ~ did you use a satin paint finish on the furniture?

So lovely - your entire home!

Dee said...

Love, love, love it!!! You are so talented. I wish I could bring you to Texas to help me with my home!!! Thank you so much for the post.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Wow! That was an amazing post! So informative! The transformation is stunning!! I can tell you put a lot of thought into it. The rug and the wingback chair...fabulous!! Well done!


susan said...

Pat-I have been waiting on this! I loved seeing the room, but loved your and J.'s story even more! I love it when each piece in a room has a significance and its own story. You can't pay someone to make a place this personal. Beautiful!

susan said...

ps. I hope you will consider sharing more of your early stories with us!

Mrs. G said...

What a beautiful mini-makeover! You story was wonderful. Thank you for sharing your troubles and triumphs with us. Love this post.

Kammy said...

I would also like to say
You have been blessed with your "J" and with such a beautiful home.....
Love your brightness and freshness - so crisp and clean - great inspiration !
Thanks and Hugs ~

Atticmag said...

That was an amazing tour of your bedroom redo and the memories of your lives. I am floored by how much time you put into this post. So many details! I have a very soft spot for birds and your calendar prints are precious.

Jane T.

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Pat, your master bedroom looks fantastic! It's so relaxing and calming, yet warm and cozy. I love what you did in the master bath, too.


Charlene said...

What a beautiful story! You both deserve all the good & happy! Isn't it nice when it comes. My "honey" & I were married VERY young & we lived in the same house for 25 years & when the kids grew up & left we moved into a brand new house. It is nice to have that experience isn't it! Love what you did with this room. The bay window, door to outside & LOVE the chest at the end of the bed. ENJOY your little piece of paradise.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Pat - I am just blown away at the simple elegance of this room. How serene it must feel at night, too. Every angle and every photo offers something new and more appealing to look at. Congrats on your room makeover...this is just breathtaking. I loved your story even more. Thx for sharing.

Anna said...

beautiful room, it looks like such a calm and relaxing place to be

Rhondi said...

Hi Pat
What a beautiful relaxing bedroom you have made. It is so lovely.
I enjoyed the story too.

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

phew! and OMG!

absolutely stunning...want a guest from Down Under lol!


nannykim at spindle cottage said...

I like the room both ways. Both are beautiful.I would pick the one with the rug and curtains (traditional look) for the winter months. Then I would choose the second look--for the warmer months!! That would take a lot of work, now, wouldn't it!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, your bedroom is gorgeous and so serene. It looks like such a restful place. The blinds on the window just give it more of a relaxing feel, and they look great! Each piece in this room looks like it was made for the room, rather than brought in from different parts of the house. I would never have thought to put a plaque inside the display table. What a brilliant idea and with the nest and the eggs, it is perfection. I used to paint furniture all of the time, but somewhere along the line, I got burned out on painting. You may have sparked me to try to pick up my paint brush again. This room should be on the pages of a decor magazine. It is wonderful! laurie

southerninspiration said...

Oh, my goodness, Pat, this is fabulous. You can make ANYTHING look gorgeous!!! I agree with Laurie, this should be published somewhere!!! It is just gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing.


Shannon said...

Your bedroom is so beautiful. I love that you have a door out to a back porch off your master. So, so pretty!

xinex said...

You really have a beautiful home, Pat. The bedroom makeover is perfect, so nice and clean and crisp. I love everything about it....Christine

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Everything looks so beautiful and light and airy, I love all the chests for storage and I love the shades, I have those in bedroom and bath that are similar, such a beautiful job...

Miss Janice said...

Love, love everything you've done! Your bedroom is classic, calming, and beautiful. I love all the photos.

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

This is just all fabulous!! What a warm, inviting room and in such a soothing palette. Classy and gorgeous!!

Marti @ The Next Fifty Years said...

I love your bedroom. I actually loved it before too, but it is more homey and comfortable looking this way. What a nice story to go along with it too. I always wondered how you got from the farm to this house. I'm especially curious to know how you painted the dresser at the foot of your bed. It is so smooth and looks like a factory finish. Please share your painting secrets!

Suzanne said...

Thank you for sharing the story of the farm, Pat. It is so evident that you both appreciate your new home by how you lovingly and graciously appoint each and every room of it.
I enjoy seeing your decorating and redecorating posts. But, I'm sure the farm home is full of memories!

My dad grew up in a very small TX town and has so many fun stories to share each family get-together!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Pat! I'm late weighing in with my comments, but let me add my sincere applause for your project! Of course, I loved it before, but I love all of your new additions (colors, fabrics, furnishings) for this look! I'm crazy about your window shades, and I can't thank you enough for listing where you got them. I would love to have some like that for our place.

I like the light, breezy feel of the room, and I think it achieves what you wanted it to with the added benefits of style and comfort. And I think that little architectural piece adds just the right flourish above the the prints. You are SO right! I think the pieces you painted white came out well, too. Good job, both of you!

And above all else, I loved hearing your story. Even for your loyal readers, I never tire of hearing stories about you and your life.

You and J have created the prefect oasis for dreams. I love it and you, too!


Sheila :-)

Southern Lady said...

Pat, your bedroom was lovely before the changes, but is absolutely stunning now. It looks like a bedroom should look -- warm and welcoming and peaceful.

Thank you for sharing your and J's memories of your childhood and early years with us. They make your lovely home even more special ... the perfect place to spend your "happily ever after" years.

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I love it all, the makeover, the story, and your happiness. It is truly so wonderful. And, I will use your trim idea on our huge bathroom mirrors!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Pat I'm so glad I looked at your bedroom makeover! I didn't think you could make it any nicer than what you alreadt had but I have to say the change is so remakable! The creamy white colors and bamboo shades really does open it all up and gives it a beach cottage/ country flavor. Just gorgeous!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Your bedroom is BEAUTIFUL! I love your style and your colors. It looks so calming. Thanks for sharing.

The Decorated House said...

Hello Dear Pat~
The changes are not only beautiful and stunning and so interesting to see the change of colors and even fabrics and elements. As I have changed over from the gold yellow colors, I have hung onto the living room because of the wanting a contrast with the moldings. A full circle back to antique white??? I swore I would never use anything antique white again after living with it for so many years. But now, it is fresh paired with elements of today. And nothing could prove that more to me than this beautiful room.

Your home has been so much fun to visit over the years from the beginning of your journey. And it continues to be!
Hugs, Donna

cindy@cottage instincts said...

Just wanted to stare and stare at these lovely! I would love to have more light in my rooms. I'll sign up to follow. Stop by and wave hello sometime. :o)

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,
What a lovely transformation! All the natural tones make your room look very serene and calm. What a lovely place to retreat to at the end of a day. Thank you both for sharing your makeover and for the lovely story that accompanied it. Once again, TFS! Sheila

Beverly said...

Pat, I am so deeply moved by your post. So much of what you shared reminds me of stories of how my husband grew up. It is the sum of all our memories that make us who we are today, and you and J are very special people.

Your bedroom is gorgeous. I love all of the neutrals. They are my favorite in a master bedroom. The y evoke a feeling of calm and peace.

I realize the problem you had with your e-mail, but please let me know if you have a different e-mail you want me to use for Pink Saturday reminders. And, please know that those e-mails are never shared.

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Pat!

Just a truly wonderful and meaningful makeover!

Lovely and serene and resplendent with feeling and
personal style!

Beautifully photographed as well! You are my creative hero of the week!

Thanks for visiting too!

love, kelee

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Pat...Girl I needed to take a No-doze just to get to the bottom of the comments ha ha!! Pat this is but one word BEAUTIFUL my friend...loved the story about J...I'm so glad I finally made it here have had issues with power going on and off up here again for 2 I'll never catch up ha ha!! Thanks for sharing yet another great J and Pat space...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! Pat I am just in awe of your stunning makeover. It's so elegant yet cozy and welcoming. It's truly perfection in every.

Have you called House Beautiful to come and take photos and publish it? It belongs in a magazine for sure.

~*~Breathtakingly gorgeous.~*~

I enjoyed the story of you and your hubby. You are an amazing

~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,

I love the way your room came out and I never tire of hearing your and J are so lucky to have each other...

God Bless,
Kathy :)

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I have siad it often, Pat, you just have that touch. I wish you could come and work on my home.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

My what a beautiful beautiful abode you have created!! So very peaceful and lovely!! Thank you for sharing your story!


Nancy Jane said...

What a moving post, and your home is so very lovely. Thank you for sharing a bit of your lives. Nancy

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I just love your master bedroom, Pat. It looks so peaceful and relaxing. It gave me some inspiration for my own since my wall color is similar and so is my bed. I wish I had a wall of windows like yours, though, too! :-)

Brown English Muffin (aka Melanie) said...

ok how much will you charge me to spend just one solitary night in this GORGEOUS place you call home!! :0)

Anonymous said...

This is my first time commenting on your site. I am probably one of your biggest admirers. The story about your new home was one of the most beautiful stories I have read . It is wonderful how you and Your husband enjoy your home.From what I have read, you both are so deserving of it. It is truly a beautiful home!! Keep up the good work. It is one of the prettiest and most interesting blogs on the internet. Thank you for sharing with us.