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Monday, August 10, 2009

A Half-Baked Metamorphosis in Mosaic, and The Winner Is . . .

It's Monday! Not necessarily a reason to celebrate, but it's also Mosaic and Metamorphosis Monday, so I'm happy.

Plus, there's a winner for my Giveaway of last Friday. More at the end of the post!

This is the first day since May that our mercury will clamber up above 90-degrees Fahrenheit.
Can't complain; it's August and about time.

But it is not a day that makes me feel ambitious. I am better at planning on a day like today.
Not as good on the follow-through.

Today, I'm taking a look at the partially-done Metamorphosis of our Pink Bedroom.

Check out Susan's Metamorphosis Monday blog party at her lovely blog, Between Naps On The Porch. Click here for so many, many fantastic makeovers!

We'll begin ab ovo, and then join the project in medias res.
Am I the only dork who remembers those terms from high school English?


Mary at Little Red House hosts Mosaic Monday each week, and bloggers get to show off our picture collage-ing skills. Mine are woefully limited, but I've got a mosaic of the Pink Bedroom, then and now, to share.

Click here for more mosaics!

Now, for some details. . . .

The Pink Bedroom is in the 1830s part of the house, and has its original wide pine plank floorboards. I love this room. It's big and square and bright, with 4 windows, two closets, and -- like so many rooms in That Old House -- not a lot of wall space.

It's in the midst of its Metamorphosis.

It was white when we bought the house:

We were grateful it didn't have old wallpaper, but we never figured out what this was for:

It was a deep counter-height shelf, with a normal depth shelf above it. Any ideas?

The last owners didn't know; it had been there when they bought the house and they left it.

Well, we began a Metamorphosis. The odd old shelf area was taken down:

the walls were repaired

and painted.

This room insisted on being pink, so I chose Benjamin Moore's Shell Pink, No. 883 in the Classic Colors group.
It's a pink that just flirts with peach.

The trim is Moore's Atrium White, Number I-79,
a standard white that we used on woodwork throughout the house.

The old ceiling fixture was a copper replica of what was supposed to be a lantern, and it was not a success. I wanted a bit of girly sparkle in this room, as my daughter Alida uses it when she is at home, and it is nominally "her room:"

I found a 4-poster mahogany bed on Craigslist, added a new mattress and box spring,
and some white bedding including a matelasse coverlet:

Put my 30-year old Ethan Allen loveseat in the corner, with Annie's dress form looking on:

The mirror is from my Dad -- an old oak frame, much used, and very funky glass.
No one has to age this baby -- it comes by its shabbiness honestly!

A gentleman was selling a Pennsylvania highboy on Ebay; I bid.
$125 and it was mine. And he even met me at a local diner to hand it off to me!

I think it looks a lot better than that oddball shelf thing, don't you?
Even with a plastic bin with odds and ends of Alida's stashed underneath.

I put up bamboo rollup blinds, but the privacy liners fell out. I must remedy that, and I also must get down to business and sew some curtains. I have the fabric (it's in the mosaic), just need the will power. The room also needs a rug to warm up tootsies on chilly mornings, and it's in serious need of thoughtful pretty-ing. Right now, stuff's just sort of there.

You must have rooms like that. Please say yes.

I am hoping that posting this half-finished room will get me moving on this project again!


And ... ta DA! I sponsored a giveaway last Friday.
Click here if you are curious. . . .

And the winner is:

Lynne, of Lynne's Gifts From The Heart
Click here to visit her blog.

Congratulations, Lynne! You've won The French General Home Sewn book,
and the box of French General stationery based on vintage French fabrics!

Thank you to all who left a comment. I wish I had something to send to
each of you, but then I'd be completely broke and wouldn't be able to
pay the electric bill, and couldn't blog.

Have a lovely Monday. I'm taking that Mystery Trip tomorrow. -- Cass


  1. Oh I love that color! It's ME through and through. Your bedroom reno is shaping up quite nicely! Beautiful bones to your home.

  2. What a great room! You've done a very lovely job.

  3. Congratulations to Lynne! Very pretty room - great furniture and I really like the chandelier.

  4. What a beautiful room. I adore the chandy hanging from the ceiling. Wonderful eye candy.. the high boy was an incredible addition. How fortunate for you to live in an old home with such character. If only the walls could Thank you !!! Thank You!!! Thank YoU!! I'm so honored...
    (if you hit the butterfly on the side of my blog it should link you right to Susan's... I'll go and check it out to make sure it's working..) Thank you again from the bottom of my heart..
    hugs ~lynne~

  5. What a beautiful transformation! Love the pink room... and I'm loving your house!!!

    Happy Monday!

  6. Beautiful transformation, Cass! Your did a beautiful job. Your fabric is lovely. Great find on the highboy! So much better than the odd shelves. The chandy is beautiful!


  7. Beautiful new room. Love that pic of your house up in your header. What a gorgeous place you've got.

  8. Oh, my FAV color ... everything is sooo lovely. Great job. TTFN~ Marydon

  9. It's all lovely, and I especially like the print fabric.

  10. Oh what a beautiful room! I can't wait to see it after you have it all prettied up. You chosen fabric is lovely, will be beautiful made up in window treatments. And those wide plank wood floors.. be still my heart!

  11. beautiful pink room .. are you accepting reservations?? :)

  12. Hi Cass! Your bedroom is gorgeous! I love the pink and all the soft white creamyness! Your four poster is beautiful and I have a highboy almost just like yours!
    Oh, what a wonderful room.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. Congratulations to Lynn. She will be thrilled and she is such a sweetie. I love the pink room and I so agree that the shelfs are better out and gone. The 4 poster bed and the highboy are gorgeous pieces of furniture, love them. I can't wait to see the finished project. Hugs, Marty

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog. Lovely looking room, I have a whole house that is nearly done but not quite, one day honest it will be finished. I do love the look of your house. While I've lived in several houses older, which isn't so hard in England, we have few here that are as decorative outside as that style of house and they are really pretty.

  15. A very pretty bedroom. You've made some very nice choices, especially like the floral.

  16. That pink room has come together beautifully! How fun!

    Happy Mosaic Monday!

  17. Congrats to Lynne!

    Your pink room is so neat. I love the white bedspread and trim with that peachy/pink.

    What a great buy on the highboy!

    Thanks for stopping by today.

    Becky K.

  18. Oh Cass, I LUST after your floorboards! That's not creepy or anything, right? ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful images at Mosaic Monday. :) ANd stay cool!

  19. I am most decidedly not a pink girl, but I love the way that room looks. It is very soft and it!

  20. What a lovely transformation! Thanks for the 'virtual' visit through your lovely mosaic and photos.
    Hugs and blessings,

  21. You are doing a great job- I love the pink bedroom!


  22. So pretty. Looks like a lot of work! But well worth it for the finished product. Your home is amazing.

  23. Hi Cass
    What a pretty bedroom! The bed and highboy are such wonderful buys, and the soft pink color looks so restful and feminine. I love it all!

    Everytime I visit your blog your header photo takes my breath away ...I love your house!

    Happy MM!

  24. WOW! What an amazing home you have. I love old homes and you have done such a beautiful job. It looks like such a charming house and a wonderful place to live!

  25. WOW I love that room. So light and airy. Wonderful!

  26. so gorgeous...would love to take a nap there!
    good job...well done!

  27. A gorgeous transformation and your daughter must be very pleased to sleep there.

    do you think those old shelves were a type of built in desk?

  28. That room is gorgeous!! I love the shade of pink that you used!

  29. WOW!!! are you kidding me??? this is soooo impressive!!! Amazing!!!

  30. Cass,

    I love this shade of pink. It is soft and elegant. I am going to write down the name and search for something to paint. Love it.

    Great job with Craigs List. You have been very fortunate with that. Good for you. I love the bed and the highboy is fabulous. Love it in the mysterious nook! And I think the curtains will be the finishing touch!


  31. What a lovely post.

    The transition is quite something.

    Keep showing us all! More more!

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

  32. Yes, I have rooms in which the furniture is just 'there'. I know that someday I'll have a nice stretch of time that I'll use to tweak and arrange, but until then, they are rooms with beds.......and dressers........and chairs.....but not as much sweetnes as yours.

  33. The bedroom is beautiful. It's one of those rooms you would feel really special to be able to stay in.

  34. Hey, thanks for stopping by...I'll be back to check out your restorations...I see you like King Charles...I'm a part time groomer out of my home and the schnauzers are calling me...argh...back to work...later!

  35. Your bedroom is beautiful, and so is the rest of your house! I love the wall color and the chandelier. Great job!

    That's funny that we have the same kitchen. The previous owners renovated ours to look like that before we moved in here about 8 years ago. I'm ready for a change!


  36. A beautiful transformation! I love the little settee in the corner, but the chandelier I certainly my favorite part of the room. :)

  37. Cass everything is just coming together beautifully in your home. What a gorgeous transformation. That flower material looks like my sofa, it jumped right out at me. Please stop by and enter my giveaway. I always love to visit here..


  38. I just love your house.

    That shelf system looked like a gift wrapping station...

    You know, whenever I load your blog, just seeing your house pop up makes me happy. I want it.

  39. Oh, I love your mosaic and I love your blog, esp your doggie ... :D Going to go peek around some more.

  40. Holy smokes that room is gorgeous Cass! I love the color and all that you added. I need a girly room here... hmm... I wonder if Rich would go with pink in our room? Nah... probably not LOL

    Anyhoo, I LOVE it :)


  41. It's a great room, but I know it is hard work! The color is wonderful.


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