Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dr. Big Gets a Country Bedroom

Not too long ago, Dr. Big saw a rooster plate at the antique mall and asked if there was any way to incorporate his love of poultry farming into our design scheme.
Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes.
It goes without saying that a home should reflect the heart and spirit of its inhabitants, and I'd tried: figural roosters are scattered all over the house.
I've loved red buffalo plaid ever since I discovered Charles Faudree and his books. When I found a comforter set with red toile, plaid, and needlepoint chicken pillows, I showed it to Dr. Big. Is this life imitating art or what?
He advised me to carry on.

Well, I wasn't sure how the cream-and-red buffalo plaid would work with the beige walls or the upholstery--and I couldn't repaint or reupholster anything. Too, the loveseat (which Mister needs to hop onto the bed) and the chairs were decidedly terracotta. I don't like things to match too perfectly, but I didn't want a mismash. And I am famous for putting together epic mismashes.

I ordered a few pillows. Better to be safe than sorry, right? When they arrived, I saw at once that the toile/check fabrics didn't have a touch of gold. And I had those huge pieces. Oh, where is Mr. Faudree at a time like this! His rooms look so polished and cozy, a place to curl up with a book. To make my room Faudreeish, wouldn't I have to reupholster the sofa or slipcover it? And the headboard...we love how comfortable it is...but wouldn't a wooden bed work better?

"No!" said Dr. Big. "I just wanted you to add some chickens!"

I was determinded to make this beloved buffalo plaid work--and work with what I had.

When I put everything into place, the rugs (which have plenty of gold) seemed to anchor the fabrics, providing a calming backdrop for the striped draperies, plaid, and toile.

Next, I glued red/gold trim to the headboard and ottoman. (Actually, it's pinned, too, but just till the glue dries.) I didn't use a glue gun; I used Singer's Fabric Glue. It worked, too, but if you try this, just make sure you have pins to hold everything in place for about 24 hours).


For MM last week, I trimmed the ottoman and several pillows.


Dr. Big's side of the bed is normally heaped with books and paperwork. He just walked into the bathroom and said, "What happened HERE?"

Bandwidth said, "It's Met Monday."











Last week's pillow with trim and costume jewelry.

One end of the sitting room opens to the terrace, where we have a view of real roosters.

It's a rainy night tonight, but we can watch The Pacific and turn on the fireplace, can't we, Dr. Big?
"Yep," he said.

"Well?" I asked. "Do you like it, honey?"

He grinned and looked around. "Yep."



I'm linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.
To win a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card, visit Gollum's Houzz Interview. The deadline is Sunday, April 4, at 5pm EST.

78 comments:

  1. I am swooning over here...this is just one of the loveliest rooms I have ever seen! Each and every spot so carefully thought out and it all looks divine. You outdid yourself this time sweetie :)

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  2. Oh Michael. It's an absolute dream. Truly. I am furiously taking notes for an upcoming room redo- just gorgeous
    xoxo Pattie and Allie

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  3. You did a wonderful job. You covered everything:) Stop over I an hosting an Anniversary Giveaway:)

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  4. Your room looks gorgeous and I love all the red and the roosters in it! Joni

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  5. I love it! I love all the red! Your home is lovely!
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  6. So pretty! I love red and gold together.

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  7. Ugh, what I wouldn't do for a bedroom like this. I love your little personalization. Now to go sit in my little unfireplaced bedroom with no view of chickens!

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  8. "I just wanted to add chickens" LOL

    Love the buffalo check with the toile & roosters...Mr. Faudree would approve :-)

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  9. I'll just say this once... Dr. Big has GOOD TASTE.

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  10. I'm certain Charles Faudree himself could not have done better. This is GORGEOUS!

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  11. I think you have NAILED it! It is all beautiful! The reds are gorgeous. I am so glad Dr. is happy too. What an amazing master bedroom. Can you come give me lessons????:):) XO, Pinky

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  12. Yes, yes, YES !!! Lovin' it! I guess now you could say you "go to bed with the chickens", as my grandmother used to say! That Dr.Big has the right idea....

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  13. It's gorgeous! I have similar bedding that fits a full bed (had it in college.) I've been saving it to use again (even though we have a queen now) because I love it so much!

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  14. Oh yummy! Did that buffalo check bedding come in any other color than red? I am hunting for some and coming up empty handed. Please share where you found it if you can.

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  15. It is absolutely breath taking. What a wonderful job you did. It's all amazing.

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  16. Buffalo checks are my favorite as well. And red just makes my heart melt. I think your NEXT book needs to be a Mary Carol Garrity type book of YOUR house. Your house is absolutely spectacular!

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  17. I just love all the pillows, and the trim you glued on! The room is wonderful! I just love the ottoman! I see your ready for a little tea too! I love the doors! Now I sitting here thinking, I have a sitting area in my bedroom, not as large as yours, lol I think I could take out the set of windows and add doors! Then I can see the chickens too. lol

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  18. What an absolutely gorgeous room. The red and rooster are speaking to me loud and clear...they are MY all-time favorites too.

    Great job!

    Jan
    BellaCasa

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  19. Your room is gorgeous! I have the same buffalo check fabric and I am planning to make a bench cushion. Love the fabric.

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  20. That looks wonderful! What a beautiful room!

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  21. It is so warm and beautiful, you will not even need a blanket when you get into that gorgeous bed. It is stunning! Carolyn

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  22. Oh this is sooo gorgeous!!! All my favorite elements... red, checks, toile, roosters, even a wonderful rooster pitcher (that would look great with MY collection btw!)

    Love how the rug has touches of black in it and pulls together the other black accents in the room including those darling rooster pillows!!

    A++++++++++ in my book!!!

    Sherri:)

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  23. Gollum, you did a super job! I love it. Charles Faudree would be proud of you. :-)

    I can't believe that you glued that trim on like that. I have a girl who made something for me who swore by fabric glue, but I was too chicken to try it (no pun intended). But you've inspired me.

    I think it all works well together, and I love the fact that Dr. Gollum is so happy with his chickens!

    Great job...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  24. What a warm, beautiful room, just the place to curl up with a good book.

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  25. Love it all, Michael Lee!
    Red is a great color ~ and you have used is so well ~
    Just a gorgeous "room scape"

    Thank you for sharing your talents!
    ~Have a wonderful week~

    Maria

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  26. Oh it's PERFECT! I love the way you incorporated everything in, and the room is just gorgeous! Off to your Houzz interview! :)

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  27. Looks great, MLee! ;D @ Bandwidth "it's Met Monday." Too funny!

    I hope you'll drop by AtticMag to give JaneT some advice for her headboard to bench project.

    Allison

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  28. Gorgeous bedroom! Love the red checks, and am very jealous of the fireplace.

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  29. Michael, you did a great job...everything looks beautiful and inviting...I love the reds and golds.....

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  30. I like it too! Thanks for the tip on Charles Faudree. I'm checking into his work!
    Sharlotte

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  31. Michael, I'm "seriously" in love with your room. Would love to have the comforter and pillows and the drapes... well you get the picture. Would you mind sharing where you got "all" your goodies?? They are "awesome". I enjoyed the interview on Houzz and left a comment there... as always you inspire..hugs ~lynne~

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  32. LOVE that plaid! Every time I read about your decorating adventures, it makes me want a house (instead of an apartment, where I can't do much of anything). Someday when I get that house, you'll probably get a call.

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  33. Charles Faudree would be jealous of this room! :-) It's perfect! I love the trim on the headboard...all the rich, colors are just beautiful! The toile and plaid together are my favorite thing of all! So glad Dr. G approved! ;-)

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  34. Well...well...shoot!! Susan from Between naps on the porch said it all! But then I always agree with her!
    Lovely!

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  35. eXCUSE ME I HAVE TO GET A KLEENEX TO WIPE OFF THE DROOL FROM MY MOUTH. yOU LIVE IN MY DREAM HOME, WHEN CAN I HAVE IT BACK. LOL.. SERIOUSLY! OK WHERE DID U GET THOSE ROOSTER PILLOWS????? aND THE BED SKIRT? hOW LONG IS IT? i KNOW SO FULL OF QUESTIONS. tHERE IS JUST SOME THINGS I HAVE TO KNOW! MISHELLE

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  36. I LOVE it! The RED is delicious as is just everything. I would die to have your bunny and dog prints though. Where did you get them?

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

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  37. I eagerly await each and every makeover...this is probably one of my faves. Great job!

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  38. This is soooooo pretty! Love the ways you found to add the perfect matching touches -- So glad that Dr. G gets to dream about his poultry among the rooster pillows! It's always satisfying to get the hubby smile of approval!

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  39. What a warm and cozy room! It made me feel right at home.

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  40. What a gorgeous room. The colors are so warm and inviting. Truly lovely.

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  41. It looks just fabulous. But I have to say I got a good giggle out of this: No!" said Dr. Big. "I just wanted you to add some chickens!" Men are Men!

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  42. I love what you did with your bedroom. Just right, that is what it is.

    Barb

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  43. Lovely room. These are colors that I love...I just wish I had you eye and flair for putting it all together!

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  44. Dear Friend, You just have a way with decorating which is words in action with pillows, trim, colors and stuff. Love the room and all I can s COCK A DODDLE DOO. We all love you. Great job and as always....you inspire me. LIZKID.

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  45. WOW!!!!!

    You've used just about everything in your room that I love. The roosters, the prints, the buffalo plaid, the colors and you did a fantastic job. Who wouldn't love to call it their 'roost'. ;)

    COCK-A-DOODLE-DO !!!!!!

    'D'

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  46. Two of my favorite colors, red and black and then two of my favorite prints, gingham and toile and you have them all in one room...wow! The animal prints are so classic in this room, but with those colors and patterns, everything is a classic. btw...so love the new background on your blog...thanks :D

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  47. With my Charles Faudree book (compliments of YOU) sitting proudly on my coffee table I so enjoyed this post. Bandwidth's response to Dr. G was so funny. I am taken with your room's calm, serene feeling in spite of the vibrant color scheme. Beautiful!

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  48. It looks fabulous! So comfy, warm and inviting. I absolutely love the rooster pillows!

    ~ Tracy

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  49. Wow, wow, wow!!!! That is fabulous! Looks like it should be in a magazine!

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  50. My goodness girl; all the chickens over at the hen house is clucking up a storm over your new bedroom and sitting area. This is one beautiful room and it's got a lot of attention. Hen Ruby has her eye on those pillows and Hen Lucy
    is talking about the red bed skirt and it's caused all kinds of emotions. I love this room!

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  51. I absolutely love it! There is nothing like deep rich colors in my book and the red is to die for!
    Debbie

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  52. i love the red, its truly my favorite look. egads, if scott asked me to decorate with things he loves in mind i would cringe, neon org kubota and harbor freight wall paper would put him over the moon~ and me in an early grave... love your room~

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  53. It looks gorgeous and if you wouldn't have said anything about the pins, no one would have ever noticed.

    Does Dr. Big realize what a lucky man he is? Yep!

    Jackie A HUGE Fan

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  54. This is a beautiful room. You did a great job!

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  55. Beautiful! All the colors work... The room is decidedly feminine and masculine at the same time. Amazing! I'm so glad that Dr. Big grinned...
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  56. This is so beautiful! I love the colors and how you pulled every element together!
    Wendy

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  57. This is stunning! I love roosters and have used them in my kitchen but had not thought of them for a bedroom...however these look so wonderful; and who doesn't love toile? You are such an inspiration, I'm going to give it a try this year with our master bedroom and see what I can do with not a lot of money.

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  58. Beautiful decor-I love the red accents in all of these pictures. Beautiful!

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  59. The bedroom turned out so beautiful, love the buffalo checks, so chic, and the pillows are beautiful, love the headboard, so comfortable. you did a great job....

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  60. WOW!! and double WOW!! girl you out did yourself this looks like no Chicken coop I ever owned ha ha!! I'm so drooling my friend ...its all just awesome looking...Thanks for sharing my friend...Now I'm have room envy ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  61. Classically, yet casually, beautiful!! Love it all...

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  62. Oh Michael, it's gorgeous! What a peaceful room to snuggle and wake up in, and so in tune with you and your husband's personalities and quirks. I LOVE it!

    Best,
    Sarah

    PS - Where did you find your upholstered headboard? I love it and how it turns in just a bit . . . we are moving into our new home in about six weeks, which is a Victorian farmhouse built in 1902. The Master bedroom has 3/4-high walls and I don't believe that our current bed (which is over 6" tall) will fit so I'm on the lookout for a lower headboard . . . thought I'd ask!

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  63. My Dear You did a masterful job. Brilliant idea of gluing the trim to the headboard. Ties it all up! I love the whole room. Poultry is a love of mine also although I have no birds~ ~ ~yet!

    I'm a sucker for buffalo checks too. Cute post.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  64. It's a delightfully colorful room, and I just love it! How cozy!
    Brenda

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  65. If someone told me you could put chickens in a bedroom I would never believe it would work !
    OMG - yours works! Bravo!!

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  66. Michael, it looks terrific. Love the trim that you added to the headboard, and I spy a petite fleur rooster pitcher in the pattern of or everyday dishes. Isn't he the cutest? Do you have other pieces in this pattern? We've had these dishes since the 80s. I'm always looking for more in this pattern.
    Have a great week!

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  67. Thanks, everyone, for the positive comments. Sarah, I bought the headboard 4 years ago. It was made by Lexington and was from the Liz Clairborn collection. It has been discontinued. I saw one similar at Restoration Hardware. Also, here are some other possibilities. Let me know all about your new house. Before we moved to the farm, we lived in a 100 year old "four square," and I miss it!
    Best,
    Michael

    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/b/0/0/54/0/AAAAC7AfraoAAAAAAFQJeQ.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/soho-upholstered-bed&usg=__Nyimea57YpyKJPkG2VqJzbv52pA=&h=300&w=300&sz=11&hl=en&start=42&sig2=kwwv3pd40hrsNnSVw0837A&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=nFW8x-ZdKJTvWM:&tbnh=116&tbnw=116&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dupholstered%2Bbed%26start%3D21%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26ndsp%3D21%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=PKmyS_XaOYT78AawrrmvDg

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  68. Michael, you continue to amaze & astound me with your talents! This room is so wonderfully warm & inviting and all your special attention to the little details (like jewelry on pillows!) make it even more wonderful.
    You inspire us with every post...now I want to go redecorate! LOL Hubby is going to forbid me to visit your site anymore. :D

    fondly,
    Rett

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  69. Wow! Gorgeous bedroom. It is huge! You have created such a beautiful space. It really feels so cozy and classic. I love the colors, the fabric choices the accessories. Absolutely perfect!

    Karin

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  70. I've not been able to leave comments all morning but, all at once...I can!! ??

    This bedroom has just blown me out of the water, Michael. It is, by far, one of the most beautiful bedrooms I've ever seen. Not only is it beautiful, it is so full of warmth and personality, I am just havin' a hissy fit! Now, I just KNOW I will dream about it all night long. and, donchaknow...I WANT THE PILLOWS AND BED SKIRT...BAD....REALLLLL BAD !!
    You are so good at so many things...you are my hero.
    Oh, and congrats to the winner of the flatware....dammit!!'
    hugs, bj

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  71. The buffalo check bedding is available at Horchow (full price) or on sale at LinenSource. At Linensource, you can buy the just bedskirt and not the whole set. Much better prices. Much.

    http://www.linensource.com/default.aspx?page=productdetails&pattern=CH0&sender=csearch

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  72. My husband and I were wondering what paint color you used on the walls. We are decorating our bedroom in very similar colors and having been striking out when it comes to finding the right shade. Yours is just what we want. Thanks!

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  73. Oh Michael, of course he said "yep". Who wouldn't love this room! It is perfection. Charles couldn't have done better himself! I love everything about it. laurie

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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