Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fresh Green

The celery green and chocolate brown bedroom. Yes, you read right.....celery green.

I'm not a big green fan. It just happened. When decorating this room, I wanted a fresh, clean look and Mr. Heaven approved of the colors, (actually he really doesn't care how I decorate, but I did hear him say under his breath, "thank goodness it's not pink").
Lets discuss some of the "issues" in this room:
*Boring Beige Carpet/Walls- carpet HAS to be pet friendly (as you can see in the pic). I also like to change accent colors in the bedroom, and even with a change, beige is in it for the long run.
*White Tab Top Drapes- I like how it pops against the beige
*Bed in the Middle of the Room- This is a really big room and I move my bed around a lot. Sometimes it's in the dormer under the window (where the chair sits). Remember when I told you a couple of posts ago that I can't sit still. Neither can my furniture.
*No Dust Ruffle- Hate. Dust. Ruffles. I think they look good, but I just don't like vacuuming under them, washing them, repositioning them, not being able to see under the bed (monsters and lost items!).)etc. I might give into a coverlet that goes to the floor. Maybe. Stay tuned.
*Ugly Chair in Dormer- Breathe a sigh of relief. This chair will be recovered as will it's partner . At this point, I can't decide. Should I go fun and funky (celery and brown cheetah fabric or flowers similar to pillows), warm chocolate tweed, or sensible beige?
*Not a lot of Foof on the Bed. You know I love foof and frou frou like all of you, but lets face it, I am a REAL person. I throw together my bed in the morning, and get in at night. I might add that I am quite skilled at making the bed with Miss Cocoa (see above picture) on top of the covers. As much as my bed would love to spend all day getting ready for a magazine shoot. It does not. If it did, a dust ruffle, shams, IRONED pillow cases would be applied to the bed. Large ornate pieces would be on the bedside table. I decided to show you "fresh, simple, usable lifestyle".
*The Honey Brown Piece of Wood on the Right Side of the Bed- Wooden drawers built into the side of the dormer.

Let's move on to the closeup shots-
I actually did choose fabric with a little pink in the design. Don't tell.

The comforter that started it all.

This chair fabric DOES NOT work with the pillows, so as soon as I decide on fabric and my upholsterer has time for this chair, it will be recovered!

Chocolate curtains and a new Paris plaque are hung in the bathroom.

I really like this celery green shower curtain that I purchased.

Usually, when I go to the ocean, I am smitten with the beautiful blues. On our recent trip to Mexico, I really noticed the greens. Could it be that I was longing for green grass and leaves on the trees at home?
As I'm typing the windchill is -15.
Our house had a beautiful garden with many shades of green.

I was surprised to find that the third floor bedroom of the beach house we stayed in (pictures courtesy of was accented with greens. Pink girl and cousin stayed in this room.

The view of green off of the 3rd floor sundeck. Brown palapa roofs and green palm trees similar to the palette of my bedroom at home. Outdoor temp- no comparison.

Blessings to you,

Ele, Cocoa (first pic.-bed) and Sage (first pic.-floor)


Betty said...

What a lovely tour of your bedroom; I love the chair. I can hardly wait to see how you recover it.

Beautiful pictures of the ocean.

Lori said...

i think it is only natural when you live somewhere cold...and we do...that you would want to be surrounded by a little green...i think that was a perfect choice and it looks lovely!!!

Beth Leintz said...

You're the only real life person I know that has a "floating" bed (not next to a wall)- I like it! And I think you've got a great idea with the neutrals- you can change your look with a new throw rug or pillow.

Connie said...

Ele, I LOVE the new look of the bedroom, honey!!!! I think is is soooo peaceful, chickee.

Also, I adored going to Mexico and staying in a place where we could cook if we wanted and just love Mexico so much.


Dawn Parsons Smith said...

Gorgeous! My dearest friend recently redecorated her living room in celery green, brown and white and it is stunning! Very peaceful vibe!

Sugar Bear said...

I love it! It is so light and airy. I say go fun and funky with the chair fabric. You only live once!

. said...

Hi lovely stuff. Oh Can I come and visit. I just did a green wednesday post! Smiles Denise Elizabeth

Eclectic Chic Style said...

I love the green. It's beautiful and so clean and crisp. Another great job. (I think my DH might tire of pink too) so I've vowed to myself to keep pink out of my bedroom makeover too. LOL. Beautiful job.

Unknown said...

Your bed looks lovely! I'm not a big green fan either but I do like that bed!

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Sandy said...

I like how crisp and fresh you new linens look! I am a HUGE green fan and I like it mixed with the warm chocolate and your touch of pink is perfect! I hope you snow melts soon!

Unknown said...

Ele, I love your coverlet and pillows and shower curtain. I love the simplicity of the the room too.
love the beach scenes!

Sweetina said...

I love the color palette of your bedroom, it is calming, clean and fresh and very current.
Then when i see your Mexican vacation spot i can totally see how you have captured that wonderful feeling with the brown and celery. very yummy and i love that it is simple and understated and real.

vivian said...

love how youve decorated your room. The colors are perfect. Its nice that its not too froufrou for you husband. My room is a mess. Its on my list of things to redecorate one of these days. but eventually we will be switching rooms. so for now.. Im just waiting. its nice that your room is big enough to move your bed around like that. I have a waterbed.. so there is no moving it!
have a great night!

shabby*vintage*dreams said...

Yummy!! Your bedroom looks lovely!! Cannot wait to see the cahir made over!! I love the green bed coverlet.

Sara said...

Hi Ele,
I love the new pictures. I am so glad you are back from your vacation. I really like the celery green with brown. So fresh and modern for the spring. I saw some great accessories at Hobby Lobby @ 80% off that would look great in there. Hope all is well.

tam said...

WoW that really is a fresh look! I like the way it all turned out-great job! What a fun project!!! Hope you are having a fun week~Tam:D

My Galveston Cottage said...

I love the idea of no dust ruffle . . . very simple and clean. And I like the youthful and fun touch you've got going on with the pillows. I say have fun with the chair . . . go with pattern, something like the pillows. No to beige! Lovely....cheers,-s

Donna Layton said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love so many colors. I'm always drawn to the colors of the ocean too. Celery green and brown...a match made in heaven:)

Sonia said...

Love the bedroom and the colors and patterns you picked. Nice job!!

Unknown said...

I think it is beautiful Ele! I really love the colors! I thought it was out of a magazine when I first saw it! Your rock at decorating Ele! WOW, I am so impressed! Makes me want to gut my bedroom!! LOVE it!


Anonymous said...

I've been waiting to see this room in the's just wonderful! I have been having no luck finding a quilt for our bedroom....I keep changing my mind and on paint color. It's been kind of fun transforming Aaron's old room into a guest room. It will be done one of these days...but it's very me of course :)

Caleen said...

I love that you showed your bedroom. It is beautiful. I love green and have a lot of it in my home. I am on a blue kick now.. I love the big room. Thank you for sharing. said...

You know, I've always done the dust ruffle myself, but there is something about the light airy feeling that bed has in that big space that makes it look great without one. And of course, you are very right about the monsters.

Rebecca Nelson said...'s my take on the look!

First...LOVE the beige. I personally think it gets a bad rap! I put it in the same category as almost goes with everything! When you get bored with the colors on the bed you can change them without breaking the piggy's bumm!

I love the bed and can't wait to see the chair redone! I love browns, beiges & pinks...yum! Reminds me of Neopolitan Ice Cream!

A joy to visit your peaceful and calming!

Thanks for the visit, too! It made me SMILE BIG!

Jean Tuthill said...

Those colors will look beautiful together. I love the bed and the spread. The chair will look great when it is reupolstered. You will have a tropical paradise right in your own home.

Jean Tuthill said...

Those colors will look beautiful together. I love the bed and the spread. The chair will look great when it is reupolstered. You will have a tropical paradise right in your own home.

Jennifer said...

Ele your room looks wonderful and very comfortable.I love how the sun shines in so brightly.When I first saw it Ithought it was from a magazine also.I see your lab in the corner of the pic.What a beauty!Is that a real kitty on the bed too?Hugs,Jen

Beth Niquette said...

How absolutely lovely! I love the celery green. I'm actually partial to green--so as you might guess I really enjoyed your creativity.

Thanks for sharing!

Hurrah for celery green!

Natasha Burns said...

I looooove green Ele so I can see why you were thinking green while you were away :) It's very calming.
I love your room, it's really relaxing and calm and that's what you need for a bedroom :)

Elyse said...

hello! just found your blog and everything is lovely!


Secondhandrose said...

Love the pillow fabric. Is it Amy Butler? Very nice, serene room as a bedroom should be.

Pretty Things said...

The pillow fabric is terrific, and I think the celery/brown combo is wonderful. I'm getting ready to change an aubergine/sage bedroom (too dark for my taste now) into a pale pale pale robin's egg blue with chocolate brown accents.

In all my spare time, of course!

Sharon said...

The bedroom looks good now, can't wait to see your finished project.

Love the vacation photos, I'm jealous!!!!!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Love your bedroom! It's so peaceful and pretty.
And oh, those photos of paradise were so refreshing!

Katie said...

Your room is as classic and elegant as you are!

We Blog Artists said...

WOW...I think I would be totally inspired too...oh how I would like to be by the Ocean right did a fabulous job with your new to your blog, but am now an avid follower!

Lori said...

Hi Ele, Pretty, pretty bedroom. But gosh! isn't hard to not pink it out? I decided that for Noelle's Autumn shower to do apple green, orange, brown and white. Kinda sound funky but with fall leaves and such it'll be cool.I can just see it! Sorry I am so slow in posting lately and writing, funky lazy-bug bit me!LOL Much love,Lori

Unknown said...

What a lovely place you stayed at! Thanks for all the lovely green photos! I have to laugh because I typed the word "pink" when I meant to write "green" and had to delete and start over, LOL!

Just Between Us Girls said...

Your decorating is smashing and smart and comfortable...I love it all. Thank you for the sweet comment in my blog about Taber.
You have yourself one fine day!!

Alison Gibbs said...

How wonderful that you have such a big bedroom to be able to move things around all the time.
Love the colour combination.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Beautiful room!
Love the accent pillows.

Thanks for sharing the wonderfully warm Mexice pictures.(I could really go for a tropical vacation right about now)
Kimberly :) said...

It looks lovely, calm and restful Ele! Rachaelxo

Anonymous said...

I love your new room!!! I think the green is gorgeous! That shade of green is always so fresh and inviting! I think it's a great choice!!


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