Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nate Wasn't Here

Remember when my bedroom looked like this? Nate Berkus never came. But countless agonizing weeks later,
2,600 whiny, wishy-washy phone calls to dfS,
a visit from my Aunt Kathy and L,
19 hours of my dad painting, and me "supervising"...
this is what it looks like:
The fresh paint extends into the closet hallway and the bathroom
(in which, each window is dressed with valences that match the drapes).
It really is beautiful.
The complete re-do is still not 100% done...
some more wall decor is in order here and there,
as everything is a bit boxy. But the end is near.
Only 2 walls have the chocolate brown "kaffee" paint.
The rest is "latte". Lovely.
My bedroom is a caffeinated beverage.
No wonder I can't sleep.
Some of my favorite parts of the re-do are the painting above the bed... ...my fake orchid that I never have to worry about killing....
...the hardware and rich tone of my new dresser...
...my recent begrudging allowance, then apprehensive acceptance and finally enthusiastic embracing of fake floral accents in my home...thank you Target....
....the succulent drapes...I tell you, the fabric is so lovely...
when they move it sounds like walking through powdery snow...
...plus, the accents are viney...and I love vines...
WARNING: The next series of photos could cause lock jaw.
I held off for as long as I could...
but I now believe it's time....Yes.
It's time.
For a new shower caddy.
What? You think I waited to long?
You think rust is disgusting? Unsafe? Unsightly?
You think I should donate this caddy to science?
You're ashamed of me.
SIGH. I too am ashamed.
If Nate had been here,
he never would have allowed this.
Quickly now, let us all hasten to the ER and get tetanus shots.

20 comments:

Alice said...

Oh your room looks LOVELY! What a lovely relaxing space. Our bedroom is our next decorating job... just bought paint but who knows when we'll have enough time!

I'm sure your immune systems will have been strengthened no end by that gorgeous rust-fest! xx

Debbie said...

The room looks great! My walls are lovely off white because I just couldn't bear to have any color on anything after the last house were I went a TAD overboard with the wallpaper. Hey, it was a new skill and I had to employ it.

I am a tad scared after seeing your shower caddy though.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Your bedroom is beautiful! What gorgeous colors, paintings, and flowers! Everything is beautiful!

Lisa said...

I LOVE your room! you don't mind if I copy you right? lol Ummm... Until now I thought I had the worst shower caddy... lol :)

WhiteStone said...

Love the paint! Kaffee and Latte. Even the names sound wonderful. But you couldn't find any Chocolatte? Sigh! As for the shower caddy, I just recently tossed ours.

McVal said...

Gorgeous! I don't think I'll get to redo our bedroom until the kids are totally grown & out of the house...

As for the shower caddy, I just trip over stuff in my shower... I'd be happy with a rusty one. Adds character!

Dandy said...

My dearest Elle,

I think we were meant to be. My wedding colors are a combination of those you have (and had) on your walls..those white orchids were my pick for the flowers...and I adore that picture about your bed!

And I have a rusty shower thingy. Gross. The pictures are really cool though!

Sarsa said...

I just love the feel of your room. Maybe it is the combination of two of my favorite things, chocolate and coffee, but everything in the room compliments eachother. You have a flare for decoration. I could use some help coming up with ideas of decorating on top of my kitchen cabinets.

Jackie said...

Your bedroom looks beautiful...I love the colors. I'm laughing at your shower caddy. I trashed one recently that looked just like that.

Have a great Monday.

Bentley Boutique said...

Looks like you didn't need Nate anyway! Great job on the bedroom. Just think, you won't even need coffee in the morning now.

And, BTW, YOU'VE BEEN TAGGED! http://bentleyboutique.com/craftblog/2009/08/31/ive-been-tagged/

Caryn said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Where are the drapes from????

Heart2Heart said...

What a beautiful redo on your bedroom. Wow your walls look amazing and I never thought to go to Target for some accent pieces for mine. For now I need a place for all my books.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

monica said...

You did a great job in painting and decorating! LOVE the colors! I also have a shower stand that looks simular to that one of yours (maybe not so bad)!

Elle Bee said...

Caryn, the drapes are from Target also. :o)
Elle

Meghan said...

I love everything about your room! The colors, the decor... do you have 2 alarm clocks? :)

Lynn said...

Thanks for coming to visit my blog. I love yours! Love the bedroom paint job, love the adorable kiddos, love the tomato recipes. (I have six pounds of the little red babies roasting in the oven right now; roasted tomato soup for dinner. Yum.) (And how's that for parentheses' use? TWO can play at this game. Ha ha ha ha ha -- insert crazy maniacal laughter here.) It's good to meet you. And I hope you're surviving your tomato onslaught. :)

southerninspiration said...

YES...your room looks fantastic! I love the colors, and you are so funny.
And yes, I mentioned quintuplets....my friend had quints last summer and I've been volunteering once a week since she brought them home.....go take a look at how cute they are...and yes, I know I am prejudiced....

Suzanne

CottageGirl said...

Linda,
Who needs Nate Burkus????
You got it going girl! Looks like a magazine. You have awesome taste ... very restful, very soothing! Your accents are so beautiful ... almost etherial!

Now that I've complimented you ....

Get thee to a Target and get a new shower caddy!!!

It's not so bad though, Elle ... We ALL have a little something in our hand that we are afraid to show!!!!!!!!

Rural Revival said...

I love it! It's so fresh and cozy!
I love the curtains too!
~Andrea~

Relyn said...

Oh, your room is so gorgeous! Are you sure Nate hasn't been there??