~A Bedroom Metamorphosis~


It took a little while…well, more than a little while, for me to figure out, decorating in a popular style isn’t necessarily always the correct way to  achieve ones own personal style.

The original condo master bedroom decor was a perfect example of my trying to follow a style idea that wasn’t quite right for us.

As I look back, I see nothing wrong with the style, it just didn’t fit Pat & J.



British Colonial and/or tropical island were very popular styles, at the lake and elsewhere, during summer, 2003, when we bought our condo. 

Silk trees and greenery were readily available and used here, there, and everywhere. 

Over the years, I’ve sold or donated the silk trees and greenery, along with BC and tropical accessories.

The rattan/wicker bombe chest, seen in the collage above, has a new home on the back porch, after a small makeover.


In an attempt to lighten and brighten the condo master bedroom, I used the items, shown below, for a mini-makeover during October 2007.elements_of_changeA

Fall 2007

The colors were good and the accessories fine; still, the style was not what I was looking for.

The room languished over the past three years, while I pondered what to do.

Then I saw this photo.


The Look

I decided to put my own spin on the inspiration room and went to work looking for furniture, bedding, and accessories.

The ingredients for my redo recipe are:


  • Sherwin Williams Antique White (walls)
  • Lowe’s Valspar Aerial View, from the Seaside Retreat Collection (shutters)


  • Sara Tetley coastal cottage prints
  • A pair of bi-fold doors
  • An old table in white and distressed, from All About Home (Troy, MO)
  • Shells and bric-a-brac, found at home and around the condo
  • A dresser and four poster bed, similar to the bed in the inspiration photo, from Bescheinen Furniture (Versailles, MO)
  • A wicker beach chair, with fun upholstered cushions, from Bescheinen Furniture
  • Raymond Waites (on clearance) comforter and shams, from Bed, Bath, & Beyond
  • One other item, not in the room at this time,  a TV

Yes, our romantic country, lakeside retreat, with a nod to coastal living in middle America, will have a TV.

The coastal look fits Lake of the Ozarks living.

Our lake has more shoreline than the coast of California.  We have gulls and sailboats and shells…Mussel shells, in the Ozarks.


Saturday 8/7, waiting for furniture delivery. 

I would love to have wood floors in this room, but it isn’t in the budget at this time. 


We found the oar at The Front Porch Antiques, near Jefferson City MO. 

I imagine it could tell a few stories. 

At some point in time, the oar blade split and was repaired with what appear to be fence staples.  Have you had experience with fence staples?  J and I have had a tad bit of experience, building and mending fence with this type of staple.  A piece of tin was also used to repair an edge of the blade.  The paint is all but worn off; what is left is a perfect match for the blue I used in the makeover.


The metal sailboats, above the door, were purchased several years ago at Evergreen Mfg. Osage Beach Missouri.


Door knob hook is from Pier One Imports.



We purchased a pair of wood bi-fold doors, to use as shutters, at Lowe’s and painted them Valspar Arial View from the Seaside Retreat Collection.

Because we are on the 5th floor of the condo, privacy hasn’t been an issue. I decided not to replace the bamboo roller shade, when we finished the makeover.



One of my lake sunrise photos is in the frame.


Fishing gear storage is solved with a stand behind the door.

The breakfast bar is seen through the door.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered two industrial look stools from




Easterly view of the lake through the sliding doors. 

Old Glory always flies when we are at the condo.


The TV will sit on the dresser. 

Sara Tetley prints are grouped behind the chair. A lighthouse birdhouse, made of reclaimed wood, sits on the floor.  Side pockets, in the chair, hold magazines and books.




The original color of the shell shelf was a dark wood tone.  The sailboat has been used at the condo since 2003.

The door beside the chair leads to the master bathroom.  I don’t have photos because to tell you the truth…in reality…it looks a bit like a disaster today.  The wall color, in the bathroom, is Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua. Our daughter and son in law painted the room, last year, using paint left from our dining room redo at home. 

I picked up two more of the door knob hooks, at Pier One Imports, to use in the bathroom.  I have an idea for different prints for the walls. 

After the mini facelift, I’ll add a couple of photos in an upcoming post.


The small wicker chair and sailboat pillow were brought in from another room.



New Bar Stools


A close-up of the new bar stools, seen through the door in a couple of the bedroom photos.  They look great with the new barn board farmhouse table. 

On the wall, in the background, is Fifi Flowers’ painting of a lunch table on our deck.

I am linking this post to Susan’s Metamorphosis Monday.




Claudia said...

The room looks light, airy and beautiful, Pat. It seems as if you have found your true style for the room!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pat, I love the way your room turned out. It is so nice and bright. Love the shutters by the glass doors and also love the bedding.

Loui♥ said...

Just gorgeous..
every last detail!
pulls together perfectly!
This works beautifully!!
Love it..
war sandy hugs..

Rose H (UK) said...

Oh Pat, it's SO beautiful...I can't pick out just one thing I like as its all astoundingly beautuful. I'm just a little green with envy!

Marcia said...

What a Lovely room. So calming. Love the bed and bedding.

Splurgie said...

My favorite piece is the oar above the bed. Yes, I'm sure it could tell stories. I was so charmed by your woodland plates several months ago that I splurged and started my own collection. My post today is the start of my collection.

Nancy's Notes said...

Pat, it's just beautiful, you did great! Oh, I have to say, I love that wonderful view!

Have a great day!


Allie and Pattie said...

Pat, as I knew it would be, it's absolutely perfect. What a wonderful place to start and end the day. That oar is just wonderful!
xoxo Pattie

Sue said...

Nothing but the word "amazing" describes this makeover. Pat, it is clean, fresh, and lovely. The oar is a fun touch, as are the shutters. You and J will truly love this room. hugs, Sue

NanaDiana said...

Pat- You did an absolutely amazing job! LOVE the old oar. We have one of those too...but I love the color on yours-ours is old whitewash. The view from your deck is awesome. There is nothing like looking at water to soothe the soul, is there? I love the prints above the chair too. Wonderful! Diana

Jill said...

Pat, this room is lovely. It reminds me of one you would see in a magazine. Can't wait to see the finished product...especially the master bath.

Melissa Miller said...

Pat the new room is full of elegance and charm. You did a fantastic job of showing us all of the changes through the years. Thank you for the fun tour! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a lovely room. I love the color and the soft coastal style that you have incorporated. The shutters are great. The bar stools look fabulous too. Beautiful condo. Hugs, Marty

Catherine Holman said...

I love the simplicity of "coastal" design. I've often been tempted to change my entire house to this simply easier to take care of look. It's very calming. Your bedroom is beautiful!

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

It turned out wonderful Pat! I love all of the little touches. The yellow shutters were the perfect choice.

Helen said...

The second I saw your Bedroom post, I knew I was in for a royal treat! You certainly didn't disappoint. Every little detail is perfection. You know, I have a pair of bi-fold doors from Lowe's sitting in my garage collecting dust ~~~~ I must find a way to incorporate them into my decorating scheme. Enjoy your week, you two!

thestonerabbit said...

What a change. . . and It does look like a perfect fit for you! I love it all....the shutters on each side of the patio door are great, too! What a view to wake up to, Pat! I hope you're staying cool.....L, Dana

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Your bedroom is beautiful, calming and just perfect! Wonderful details!
Thanks for sharing!

Terri said...

I am so excited about this room change. I love the opening statement that popular style shouldn't dictate your own style. That could be a philosophy statement!

The room looks fabulous.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

What a beautiful transformation! All of your new things are wonderful! I love the light and bright feel!

Well done!


bj said...

This is a beautiful room. So light and airy.
Yes, Costal is really in ...I love the costal colors.
You and J have done a good job.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So pretty! The room has an airy, look and the view is wonderful.
Question: How does the chest and accessories on top stand up to the weather elements on your balcony/porch?

Kris said...

Hello Pat- Your master bedroom re-do is beautiful, easy and breezy. I love your color scheme and selection of prints especially. For me it's the art that brings out one's personality like the jewelry you would choose for an outfit. I love, love, love your bedding selection as well. Don't you love going to the clearance section and find something that makes your room sing?! I think this purchase did it! I also love your boat oars. I too, have them displayed in my family room. A channel from from an original section of the Miami River runs behind our house and I love fishing/lodge decor. Your shore theme is a beautiful reflexion of your personality and it certainly exudes your joy.

Sindy said...

Awesome--I gasped & squeeked when I saw the bed! You are such an artist with an incredible eye for color subtlety. I love the shutters, the oar and Sara's wonderful prints--not to mention that lake view!
Sindy :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Very pretty, Pat. You really held true to the inspirational photo as well as adding your own personal touch. I love it!


E. Charlotte said...

What a beautiful room transformation! It is so welcoming and fresh! :)

Sailing Simply said...

This is just gorgeous! Isn't it wonderful when you decorate in your own style! I love this look much better too! Love every detail, especially the bed itself!

Kat said...

You did a great job Pat. Love your bedding.


Carolyn said...

I like your style! This is so calm and restful...just what you would want at the lake. The colors are perfect and that oar is truly a find.

shirley said...

Wow, what a beautiful make-over. The other style was nice too, but this is so airy. Feels like a room full of fresh air.

Blue Creek Home said...

You did a wonderful job on the bedroom transformation. I love the bed and the old oar-it has perfect patina!

I know you are enjoying it.
Great view too!


Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Pat, it's a beauty! The bed, the white table, the oar....but the view of the lake is spectacular! Linda

Rowan said...

Lovely and fresh looking Pat. I really like your bedlinen and the oar over the bed.

salmagundi said...

Restful and lovely!! Now go enjoy it. Sally

Sjn said...

I love the yellow shutters. You captured your inspiration room perfectly, and I like yours even better with the colors you used. Great result, and I'm sure worth the wait!

Janet said...

It looks great. Very cottage coastal. I'm stopping by from Met Monday.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Very interesting that you have such a coastal effect in MO? I like that it took you time, years to figure this out; I will be figuring from now on. Just when I think I have it I get another idea. The bed tooks so neatly made up; are the pillows what you use to sleep on or are they decoration? Very nice job and ver interesting to follow....

Mel said...

Your room looks like a warm hug :)

You've created a beautiful and warm retreat.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

OMGosh...your lakeside bedroom looks those shutters hung by the patio door and the colors that you used.


gena said...

Oh, it all looks so inviting and welcoming ! What a phenomenal space to enjoy the lake !!!

I'm about to embark in redecorating our Catskill's condo. We bought for my oldest when he went away to college up there and have been renting it out for the past few years. But, it's time for us to enjoy it - which means decorating fun for me !!!!!

thanks for sharing !

Kathysue said...

Pat as soon as I read your comment on my blog I ran over here to see your master bdrm makeover. Well, I must say, my dear you just out did yourself. It is so soothing and serene, I would totally love staying in this room and with that magnificient view. The oar has wonderful color and patina, how perfectly it worked out. I am so happy that, that one picture on my post inspired you to do such an amazing room, Love it, Great JOB!! Kathysue

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Pat! Oh, your room turned out most fabulous! Love your soft colors, bedding, furnishings, prints, everything! This room looks perfect! Love your new bar stools too.
You've been a busy little gal! Now is this the master bedroom or the guestroom? Which ever, I could stay in here a lot!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

My Fleet of Fords said...

I love your new room! What a wonderful transformation.....I would love to be able to retreat to a room like that especially with the fabulous view of the lake to top it off!!

Jeanette said...

Pat, it turned out great! The colors, the accessories, the fabrics just everything.

Janet said...

Beautiful Pat, so airy and calm! Enjoy for many years to come.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Oh Pat, Your room is absolutely beautiful! The colors are so calm and pretty. Love the oar and the group of prints. Hugs, Sherry

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

It all looks just fantastic, Pat! So cozy and welcoming. What really pops for me is the color of the lampshade in the corner. That just spices the place up perfectly!

9405018--Pat said...

Just gorgeous...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Saphron said...

It looks perfect. I could stare at that beautiful cream color all day. Maybe one day I'll hire you as an interior designer! :)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Pat!
This is just beyond gorgeous!!
I love every detail, the bed, the wall color, the pretty pics on the wall and that chair~ OH DO I LOVE THAT CHAIR!
Great Job!

Mary said...

Everything is BEAUTIFUL!! My sister is shopping for a lake house here in VA and I am going to show her your ideas for decorating. You have a real talent for pulling everything together so neatly!


DesignTies said...

Simply lovely!!
These 2 words say it all for me ;-)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is my kind of room. I love everything about it and if I had your location, I'd have one very similiar. Perfect!

subgirl said...

Pat, this is a beautiful bedroom! I like yours better than the inspiration room. Great job.

sewingseeds4U said...

It came together beautifully. I pray many restful nights in that heavenly room. Blessings, Patty

W.C.Camp said...

I like the Pier One Knobs quite a bit and the OARS are FANTASTIC. The room looks very light and wondefully whispy and relaxed. I have to say also having the U.S. Flag out the window tops this scene off perfectly. Thanks for sharing. W.C.C.

xinex said...

Your bedroom is very beautiful, Pat. You did a great job. I love the bed and the shutters and all the accessories you picked....Christine

xinex said...

Your bedroom is very beautiful, Pat. You did a great job. I love the bed and the shutters and all the accessories you picked....Christine

Things That Inspire said...

Wow - I love the transformation. It's funny how sometimes a decorating style - like the 'before' style of the bedroom - can be attributed to a certain point in time. I have a feeling the Belgian look will very much be associated with 2008-2010.

I also smiled when I read about the silk plants and trees - I used to have several silk ficus trees, and when I got rid of them I actually missed the touch of green they added to the room.

sharin said...

I just came in from watching the sun rise over the Rocky Mountains and I thought of how wonderful your morning view must be over the lake.

Pat, you've done a beautiful job. ...and I'm sure it was a "job." ...a labor of love, as all your rooms are.

Thank you for sharing your finished works for our inspiration.


Atticmag said...

I like the soothing combination of the buttery white with the pale blues. And, I think you were smart to change it to what suited you instead of what's popular. Enjoy your beautiful bedroom! Jane F.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

What a wonderful transformation! You room looks so calm and restful! Gorgeous job!

Adrienne said...

I love the new look of your lakeside bedroom - so inviting and cozy. And right. Absolutely right! Isn't it amazing how we seem to 'wander' through various styles until we find our own and it's always the best?

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a soothing retreat! This was a job well done.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Perfect! I love how this fits your style and looks so fabulous. Perfect for a lakeside condo. Love seeing the transitions.

Vintage Sassy said...

It's so fun to discover our style and then put it to work in a room redo! I have had many redos because I thought I was supposed to have it a certain way but once I discovered "my style", I had so much fun.

I also have a pair of vintage orange oars and if you knew me, you would know that orange was the perfect color of oar for me to find.


Debbie~ said...

Looove your bedroom makeover, it's very soothing and beautiful! I'm not sure what my favorite part of it would be, because there are so many...I wish I had your fabulous view! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Cindy said...

That turned out BEAUTIFULLY!!! I love your bed, my headboard is a bit like that, I would love to paint my headboard like that!!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, it is all just absolutely beautiful. I love this look so much & you have captured that coastal feel so well. Love the colors of the comforter, the shutters, everything is so soothing & calm. Well done, lady! said...


Your bedroom makeover is beautiful. Very comfortable and a reflection of things you love. I especially like your new bed and wicker chair with side pockets. The vignette on your night stand is stunning. The prints are lovely as well. Great job and such attention to detail.

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SILVIA said...

oh Pat, i would love to wake up to that view everyday, you are very lucky, enjoy it the makeover ,love the new furniture..


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Pat, this is such a beautiful retreat. I thought your inspiration photo was beautiful, but I like your interpretation of it even better. Love the oar, and how wonderful that it was even the perfect color for the room. The shutters are the perfect addition. I love that fabric on the chair. It was worth waiting, because you sure got it right. laurie said...

you did it for me right? right!

i love how it turned out


Sheree said...

Pat, congratulations on the room makeover success! It really did turn out just perfect!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from Met Monday!! Oh this turned out just awesome! I love your spin on the inspiration room! Love the oar and the bed!

Marlis said...

It's so serene and beautiful.. great job. I love what you did.

Kim said...

Wow Pat, you really nailed the look you were going for. I'd say you even surpassed it. Such a sweet and relaxing retreat. I love it all. I know what you mean about trying a look that just doesn't work for you. I call it "forcing" and I'm still guilty of it from time to time. Your new look is perfect!!!! And it's YOU!

Pamela said...

Your room turned out beautifully!

Brown English Muffin said...

you are super duper talented this bedroom transformation is amazing....