Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Faux Folk Bed

Our guest bedroom has gone through multiple changes during the past eight years we've lived in this old farmhouse.
If you don't know me at all,
I enjoy switching things up once in a while.
{Ok...ok...MORE than once in a while.}

When we moved here in March 2006, the room started off looking like this.
Sweet and cottagey.

 A Simply Shabby Chic duvet and crisp white cotton sheets on the dark Jenny Lind bed
next to a wicker trunk, wicker rocker, and wicker lamp.
A sisal rug covered the painted wood floor.

As my SSC obsession collection grew,
the look changed
with pink floral drapes,
an elegant linen dust ruffle,
vintage botanical rose prints,
antique brass sconce,
a couple of my dream catchers,
and the addition of a flea market Turkish rug layered on top of the sisal rug.
Much more of a shabby chic style.

During the summer months,
I wanted a clean, airy look.
So most of the florals were switched
for a white linen duvet topped with a RASCC petticoat sham.
Simple shabby chic elegance.

But something kept bugging me.
This bedroom is very tiny as is the rule with many old farmhouses.
Despite the fact that the windows are large which makes it a very bright room during the morning hours, 
I constantly struggled with wanting it to feel more spacious.

It was time to declutter and simplify even more.

First thing to do was to deconstruct the vintage wooden box spring that we purchased at an auction back in 1984.
I wanted a "folk bed" feeling that Rachel Ashwell made popular.
 She created this by placing two single mattresses on pallets.

Photo: Rachel Ashwell

But I was working with a standard size bed....for now.
{I am currently on the lookout for two twin vintage wooden box springs - or twin sized pallets.}
I really want the bed to eventually look like this.
Two twin mattresses on top of pallets with casters.
A little shabby chic bohemian feeling.

Photo: Rachel Ashwell

This is the look I hope to eventually achieve.
These are the folk beds that my incredibly creative friend, Tausha has in her beautiful barn room.

Talk about boho prairie love.....

Photo: Tausha, Simply Me blog.

I should have taken photos so that you could see how old our box spring really is ~
with coir-like material and cotton stuffing covering the top and rusty looking springs.
Very very old.
It was still solid as a rock though, so I ripped off the material and stuffing and took it down to the bare bones.
The only thing left on it was the wood and springs.
After a good vacuuming and cleaning,
I spread an old quilt and fitted sheet on top of it, 
and laid the mattress back on the box springs.
The dismantled Jenny Lind frame was hauled up to the attic to be stored.

I dressed the bed simply.
A couple of SSC pink ruffled quilts,
my favorite petticoat pillow shams,
a flea market needlepoint pillow.
It immediately felt more casual.
Less dressed.

I immediately loved not seeing a traditional head and foot board on the bed.
It had taken up "visual" space.
That is what had been bugging me all along.

The mirrors that were stacked and leaning on the dresser were stored away as well,
leaving the top free of clutter.
I placed a simple mercury lamp and clear vase filled with pink roses there instead.

I removed the room sized sisal rug and stored that away as well, 
leaving the painted floor bare with the exception of a different Turkish rug
(one with more pink tones in it) ~
because there's nothing better than feeling bare wood floors beneath your feet.

The room felt larger. Airier. Cleaner.
Less fussy.

You can see how my husband and I build the barn door style closet doors here.

An old feather ticking pillow was tossed on top of a rolled up vintage striped quilt.

A cool spring breeze blew in the windows while I played with the pillows and quilts.

It was all I could do to not to plop down in the middle of that bed and revel in the clean simplicity of the room.

Though the changes were small,
the feeling is big...
and I'm loving it for now...

...until I find a couple of twin wood box springs (or pallets)...
which will mean a bit more tweaking, of course.


A sweet package was waiting for me when I got home the other day.
This is what was inside.

A beautiful Shantyjack created by my kind and thoughtful Texan friend, Sherry Hicks from
Shantygirl blog.
Sherry is well known nationwide for her version of beautiful Union Jack throws made with shabby chic and prairie fabrics.
She calls hers "Shantyjacks".
She sewed mine using fabrics from Rachel Ashwell and Cabbages & Roses
layered on a cloud of gorgeous white linen.

She used the pink floral Cabbages & Roses fabric
to commemorate my breast cancer scare during this past winter.

I just adore it.

Thank you, sweet friend.
Your work is utterly amazing,
your thoughtfulness so appreciated,
and your friendship...
a true blessing.
God bless you!

~  Eucharisteo  ~

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Merry Heart

It was fifteen days of embracing a merry heart.
Fifteen days of realizing blessings.
Fifteen days of counting blessings.
Fifteen days of unexpected joy.

When Michelle at She Looketh Well invited me to join in her #merryheartchallenge,
my mind replied, "Definitely."
heart whispered, "Oh yes."
My soul sang, "Yes!"

 So, each day we all focused on this verse:

Proverbs 15:15. 
“All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad (merry) heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].”

Michelle shared her reasons for starting this challenge:  "It really is true, when our hearts are merry, glad and light, we have a continual feast, regardless of the circumstances. I don’t know that choosing a merry heart will change my circumstances, but it will change me, and how I see and handle the circumstances."

God was waiting to change me.
I was ready for change. 

Of course, God's plans were always always better than the ones I had made.
But as my heart searched continually for happy things, merry things, things that made me or someone else smile...
praise and gratitude overflowed from my soul.

Here are only a few of the MANY blessings he poured into my life during this merry journey.

Cherished time spent with my parents...

sunshine filling the back yard and turning the grass green...

seeing tiny green buds on the trees...

relishing some springtime sunshine...

finding my favorite 'Rosita vendela' roses at the store...

cleaning and simplifying the studio...

spending time with my little girl...

running for 30 minutes non-stop on my treadmill four times a week...

setting out spring decor on the front porch...

finding some charming vintage treasures at the first antique market of the season...

and spending time sitting quietly...and listening.

When I thought of everything He's done for me,
 all of the God-struck moments I've experienced...
I felt very overwhelmed.
Very blessed.
Very grateful.

A quote swept through my mind ~

"What if you woke up today with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday?"

"And it was in this attitude of gratitude that she could feel the grace of it:
Yesterday …. was our Lord’s grace.
Tomorrow…. is our Lord willing.
Today…. is our Lord’s gift —
which is why everyone, everywhere, calls right now the present."
 - Ann Voskamp

A merry heart.
A grateful soul.
Stringing every blessing together and lifting them high.

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Thank you, Lord.

~  Eucharisteo  ~

♥ Thank you, Michelle, for inviting me on this sweet, merry journey. ♥

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