Sunday, August 15, 2010

Welcome to Royal Bee Suite......

I got it done!  I got it done!  (Before school starts!) In my acceptance speech I need to thank Worker Bee for being an integral part of my getting this done.  I couldn't have done it without you Worker Bee.  
What did I get done?  Well a lot of little things in Worker Bee's and my bedroom.  We didn't paint, we didn't buy new furniture, in fact we didn't buy anything new at all, but oh how sweet and romantic and retreatish (I love making up new words) it looks.  

I'll start off with the big project.  Back in April (when it was my 20th wedding anniversary) Cathe over at Just Something I Made was having all these fabulous giveaways and I won a vinyl monogram of Worker Bee's and my initials.  It was huge and just so especially sweet to win it at that time.  I've never done any of these vinyl things before so it was quite a learning experience.  We seemed to discover that there was a "sweet" corner to start peeling from.  I had rubbed and rubbed and rubbed but when I started peeling it, it stuck to the top layer.  Worker Bee tried from a different corner and it came off very smoothly.  So we're just saying that there's a "sweet" corner and NOT that I am totally incompetent in applying vinyl, right?
Doesn't it look beautiful?  S-I-G-H......I love it!

This is the before.....

And this is the after.....
Yep!  Still lovin' it!

Well you know how it goes - one change leads to a bunch more.  Where was our "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" sign going to go?  And wouldn't it be great to have a better nightstand on my side of the bed?  And wouldn't the hankies look better in a pretty apothecary jar?  Do you see what I mean?  Well let me just show you.  (Although, I don't have a lot of before pictures - sorry!)

So.....please enjoy!  I'll give you details as we look around.
This chair used to sit at the little desk I used for my nightstand.  Not using that desk anymore, so cute black wicker chair gets to go live by the closet.

This dresser used to be honey pine, than I painted everything white and a couple of years ago it all went black.  It's dark, I know, but it is so cozy feeling.
As you walk in the door, the bed is to the left.

Keep walking and you get to my side of the bed.

This is the before....
(Yikes! What a mess!  I'm just a wee bit embarrassed, but hey - makes the after all the better, right?)

And now the after.....
(could not get a good picture of this spot - this will have to do)

So much more space.  You might be able to tell I moved the picture above our bed to over the table.

So here's some more.....
This is our closet.  Wall to wall but not walk in.  Actually we've got it functioning quite well, but only clothes in season will fit.  Winter clothes are under the bed.  

One of my favorite things about the closets is how we turned the doors the "wrong" way when we repainted them.  The doors were smooth plywood with a little inset handle to slide the doors.  When we took them off to paint them I thought the back side was so much more interesting to look at then a wall of blankness.  Worker Bee agreed and so this is what we have.  I called it architectural details.  :)
Another closet shot - built in drawers.  

Oooh!  Here's the close-up!  I used a sliding mug hook to hand my necklaces and a candle hurricane for all my bracelets.  So far it's working and it looks pretty!

 Worker Bee's side of the bed.  (Baby Bee made that sweet little handprint when she was in kindergarten.)

Our curtains are also one of my favorite parts.  The Fabulous Phyllis made them for us.  We used the red plaid, some of the sheets that came with the linens (Eddie Bauer) and an extra duvet that I ordered for the fabric (much cheaper than the premade valances they were selling).  I love the little prairie points.  Such a nice detail.  Phyllis is so Fabulous because I'll take her a sketch and the measurements and she'll create my vision.  She's a Fabulous friend too.

Can you guess what's in here?
(It's full of all my fun reading glasses!)

I put all my vintage hankies in here.  They are too pretty to be cooped up in a drawer!

Amy Jo Hill painted that sweet cake.  I adore her work.  So whimsical and charming!  It says "Forever" on the heart.  Amy sells on ebay and etsy.

All rightee!  Here is one last shot of what inspired all this transformation!  
I'm joining all these parties for Monday.  Who knew Monday was such a party day?  Only in blogland, right?

Thank you ladies for being the hostesses with the mostests (had to make that plural to go with hostesses -   see? I love making up words)

School starts tomorrow with students arriving on Wednesday.  I'll be finishing up preparing my room and materials to welcome my students over the next few days.  Have to develop a whole new routine after summer vacation.  

Thanks for coming by and visiting this summer.  I'm looking forward to sharing more with you as the seasons start to change.  

Oh! I'm approaching 200 posts and I have 200 followers so I'm preparing a fun giveaway to celebrate these milestones.  Hope you can come back and visit soon!  
It's always a treat to welcome you to our little cottage.


  1. Everything looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing your transformation!

  2. I've just enjoyed almost an hour of reading you past posts and so enjoyed it! Love what you did with the patio set, looks so nice! It mus be so neat to live in a 1951 cottage, love your blue loveseats my sofa is the same color♥

    I'm now a follower...good luck with your new class this year!


  3. I'm such a sucker for cottage florals...oh man, how I love your bed linens! The whole room is so cozy.

    We have a whole bank of closet on one side of our bedroom and it is the bane of my existence. I tried curtains, but shrunk them. I'd love to do a sliding barn door, but um, yeah. Yours look really cool! The backs of our doors are plain like the front :( Ah well.

    Glad you could Mi4M!

  4. It looks so sweet and yes, cozy! I love a bedroom that shows so much personality! Too darn cute for words!

  5. I just found your blog and became a follower. Your bedroom does look cozy and warm. I like the word retreatish that you came up with. When we redid our bedroom a year ago, that is what I was going for too. Please stop by my blog if you get a chance.

  6. It's all just lovely girl..I also just became a follower and will meet you in Oct 9th at Sweet Pea...Thanks for the fun tour of your bedroom today...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  7. It's all just lovely girl..I also just became a follower and will meet you in Oct 9th at Sweet Pea...Thanks for the fun tour of your bedroom today...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  8. I love your bedroom transformation. It is so cozy looking. I love the idea of putting the vintage hankies in the apothecary jar. I have hankies and a jar so I am going to display mine this way.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Love the monogram. Of course I am southern and monograms are throughout our house. Isn't it nice when just a few changes makes it all feel new.

  10. Your bedroom looks marvelous! The vinyl monogram is so elegant and really does make a difference!
    Hope your school year is great!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  11. Hello! Visiting your blog for the first time today : )
    Your bedroom looks cozy! I have always wanted to try one of those vinyl decals. I love the placement over the bed. Thanks for the idea!

  12. The vinyl wall art looks gorgeous. I have been toying with the idea of one of these in my daughters rooms. They're so many styles to choose from.
    LOVE your curtains too!


  13. All so well done. I wish I could get that many thing accomplished (let alone make up my mind on what I want where). Thanks for stopping by. Jane F.

  14. Just Lovely! The curtains are awesome--with that triangular edge! And I love how you incorporated the blue things for your husband's side of the room. It all seems quite complimentary :)

  15. Oh, how wonderful for a fresh start to the new school year! I'm working towards the same feeling. =]

    Love, Katy Noelle

  16. Hi Sweet Bee - I love the transformation of your lovely bedroom. The monogram is a great inspiration indeed, what a huge difference a small thing makes huh? I also adore the jewelry case in your closet! Stopping by from SOYCM.

  17. Nice make-over, it looks great! Love the 'other side' of the closet doors...great idea! AND the reading glasses in the apothecary jar, can never have enough of them around ;) I just posted about our MB make-over...hope you'll check it out!

  18. So pretty! You've inspired me to get my bedroom in order. Once the cooler weather comes the paint brushes will come out!


  19. Love that you switched the doors! We should always look at things both ways I suppose. Now I'll be thinking of that!

  20. Well, I am so impressed with your bedroom changes. It is all looking so nice. Your original ideas make me smile. Hankies in a jar, bracelets finding a new glass home and necklaces hanging so pretty. Your inspiration above your bed is beautiful. I could use some inspiration to do some changes. Smile.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  21. Looks very cozy. I love the monogram!

  22. Very homey - and I love the homemade curtains!

  23. Cozy seems to be the word to describe your bedroom. It is very nice. It looks like a great place to spend time.

  24. Darling and cozy describes it best for me and it's much like my home also. Love what you did.

  25. love it. homey, cozy and full of lovely things.

  26. What nice changes. I love your storage solutions - the sliding cup racks and glass jars for bracelets and reading glasses. They are pretty and functional.

  27. Very pretty place and wonderful how with a little change and a bit moving around a place looks completely different. Nice ideas and the initials are just gorgeous!


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