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May032012

Bedroom: Progression

Perhaps you long-time readers will recall this photo of my bedroom from several years ago -- it was just after I'd painted it. I loved the color then (Farrow & Ball's Down Pipe) and I love it today. It's kind of like sleeping in a treehouse, if your treehouse features a Nelson bench and a chaise longue.

In fact, some of you may remember this photo, taken in 2005. (!!!) I cannot believe this is the same room, and the same bed. Aw, it's still really cute and sweet to me. I still have that Dwell bed set!

But time -- and my taste -- marches on, so I recently changed a few things. Not much, just the bedding and the side tables and a lamp and new upholstery and a plant and a screen. Nothing big. 

I still have those ridiculous roller shades up, because I still don't know what I want on the windows. I will probably never know. What I do know is that I bought that awesome Asian screen at an estate sale for $10. There was a large tear in it (which I fixed with spray adhesive, don't judge me), and there is a piece missing at the bottom left (which is what bromeliads are for). I also re-upholstered my sad white chaise with a much more beautiful gray velvet. Yay for dark colors that hide things!

I also finally -- finally! -- made the leap and bought some Leontine Linens of my very own. I've dreamed of them for years, y'all, and it was just time. I chose the initials "ABC" instead of "AVC" because the B was way prettier. Poor Vince Chao. I chose red because red is my signature color. (Drink your juice, Shelby.)

The striped Dwell Studio shams and throw, along with the gorgeous Arteriors lamp, are courtesy of Digs Showroom. I think the stripes look super fun and nonchalant with the Leontine, like "Oh, HEY, fancy linens. I'll just be over here cozying up to you. Whatevs." And I also think that Gretchen and Ben at Digs are the cutest and sweetest people in the world, and a delight to work with. Thank y'all so much!

This lamp, it has personality. Something I look for in all of my lighting.

10DS. That stands for Ten-Dollar Screen. Not to be confused with 7DJ, a jacket that Chris Huff, PhD. bought for seven dollars at Old Navy and which unfortunately B'ed in an F.

ABC coming at you live and in stereo from Chao Camp, in red applique. Please note adorable striped shams behind.

New upholstery close-up with bonus bear.

I guess I'll take a little rest now. Old-school Flickrites will recognize this pose from 2008. Same room, same bed, same dress, same shoes. Different year.

Class participation: Do y'all change your bedding with the seasons? It's too hot here to use flannel sheets and whatnot, but I do try to change it up when spring comes.

Reader Comments (12)

u r a goddess. bravo!
May 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterats
Yes, indeed--I change bedding with the seasons. The room looks great, Chao-pants!
May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
HOT DAMN! Look at that pop of red. Love how your toenails match your new linens.
May 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertracy
What is that tree? I have kept a photo of a tree like that filed away and I cannot figure out what kind it is. Helps!
May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
remember the nervous breakdown about those sandals? you're the best ABC
May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhannah
I need to convince my fiance that it's a completely reasonable expense once we find a house to fly you to Minnesota to decorate it.
May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChelleG
I mean -- yes. The bedroom is gorgeous. The linens -- I can't even speak of them, I just want to caress them gently. But do you know what it's like to be primed for the full bathroom re-do post day, after day, after day, and then suddenly, HERE'S A BEDROOM? You are one cheeky broad, AB. The natives: we are restless.
May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLily Beth Tempest
Love everything about this bedroom, but that colour in your walls and the huge windows make me wanna move in with you!
May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRita Moreno
I love your shoes! Where are they from?
May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber
Yep - white cotton for summer, mix of print and plaid flannel and blankets for winter. Because when it is cold I want to hibernate in what I imagine to be the style of a Russian woodsman.

Love to see the evolution of your style. That ENORMOUS bedside plant is the best.
May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatriciaF
Mother of God, this room is TIGHT! My eyeballs plotzed. And I love that you peppered this post with Steel Magnolias quotes that I feel like no one got but me :)
May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill
The lamp looks amazing. I love that oriental drawing on it. It definitely has personality.
May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGerard B.

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