My Nest

I’ve always craved a romantic Victorian bohemian bedroom.  At first, I thought I would have to spend a lot money to get the look I wanted.  I didn’t have the money and I wanted to use what I had but for some reason I couldn’t get it right.  I started with painting the walls since that is a cheap fix.  That is unless you paint the walls four different color.  It is now blue and has been for a couple of years.  I like it better than all the other colors I picked previously but it still isn’t what I want.  I love the look of vintage venetian plaster.  I’m sure one day I will give it a try but just not today.

Pretty Vintage Living -Reading Nook
The rocking chair was one of my first recycled projects

I guess you could say I’m a hunter with a little bit of luck.  I spent many weekends at flea markets, antique and thrift stores (and I can honestly say I’ve picked a few things up from the side of the road).  I would bring home all these treasures but never really did anything with them.  I also received a lot of furniture from my family, that I liked, when I bought my house. However, I was always waiting to pull it all together.  I just couldn’t figure out how to make it all work.

Pretty Vintage Living - Wings
Exciting find at the Worlds Largest Yardsale

Something happened this past December and I stopped procrastinating and decided to make my house a home.  I started with creating a reading nook in my bedroom.  I recently purchased a crystal sconce and thought it would be great in the corner.  I hung old and new frames together but what gave the room the romantic feeling are the lace curtains from Value Village.  I think I got all three for $3 years ago and they just sat in the fabric pile to use one day.  Of course the reading nook wouldn’t be complete without a rocking chair.  This chair is very special to me.  It was sitting in my parent’s basement for as long as I can remember and it wasn’t something they really wanted but I did.  However, it needed a little bit of work.  It was my first restoration project.  My dad helped my replace the broken slats, sand and stain it.  My mom helped me re-upholster it.

Then it was on to the nightstand area. Over the years, the only thing I changed as much as the paint in my room are the nightstands.  I felt like Goldilocks and changed them because they were either “TOO BIG” or “TOO SMALL”.  I remembered that I had a nightstand in the basement from when I was a child.  I gave it a new look and it was “JUST RIGHT”.  You can find out more about the cabinet on a previous post called Revolving Nightstand.

PVL - Bedroom nightstand

One thing I want change about my bedroom is the bed.  I’ve always dreamed of having a romantic iron bed.  I saw one that I loved at the World’s Longest Flea Market and didn’t pick up.  I’ve been kind of regretting it every day.  I was ready to try out my collection of bedspreads.  First I tried, the blue chenille peacock bedspread and it was too much blue in the room.  Then on to the purple chenille peacock bedspread.  I liked it and lived with it for a couple of months but it just “WASN”T RIGHT”.  I’ve been waiting to use a vintage sarong bedspread that I picked up in Saint John’s will visiting my good friend Silver Raven.  Up until now I didn’t want to use because it is delicate and I need to add a back to it.  So it up sat on the back of the rocking chair.  However, I knew it was “JUST RIGHT” when I put it on my bed.

The room is still a work in progress but I love the feeling when I’m in my nest!

Pretty Vintage Living - Nightstand
My nightstand display
Pretty Vintage Living - Image Transfer
My childhood nightstand upcycled with a new paint job and an image transfer