Sunday, July 4, 2010

A Swedish Intent

This chair was the inspiration for my daughter's room.  I loved the lines of the chair, but the mocha color was too dark for the look I wanted to achieve.  This store was going out of business, so it was a really great deal!
I found the table cloth on the back of the chair at a flea market for $7.  The needlework is beautiful and the cloth is flawless.  I love this kind of deal!  The bolster is from Pottery Barn Outlet.
The quilt is from TJ Maxx and is perfect for a little girl.  It was inexpensive and is easy to wash.
The lamp was on clearance, because it was missing the top finial; an easy thing to replace!  The bedside table was painted cream and gray and helps to tie some of the furniture pieces together.
A vintage, wire hat stand holds my daughter's little bonnet and is a prop for her bunny.
The little bunny is made by a company in Denmark.
We painted the dresser, a flea market find, the same color as the walls; a pale gray color.
I love vintage children's shoes, as well as, antique children's furniture.  This chair is from an estate sale.  It may be a bit more French, but the color was perfect.

The clogs are from Holland and add a nice Swedish touch.
This little book is by a Swedish author.
Some little gray friends add to the color scheme of the room.  The straight line of the baby doll crib mimics the chair's lines.  It is from Pottery Barn Outlet.
Here is the chair after it was reupholstered!  I found two shower curtains on clearance by Pine Cone Hill; $20 and it was plenty to recover the chair (this brand, by-the-yard is very expensive!)  The blue and cream check is the perfect Swedish touch!
These Dutch prints were also a flea market find.  I bought them for $16 each and changed the mats to a pale gray for $8 each.  These were the original frames and one of the prints says, "A Dutch Ferry." 
The 'Swedish Style' book was a great guide in helping me to achieve a soft look.
Another pair of clogs found at a flea market.
This is a friend from Target.  I love the soft pink velvet color.  It adds a soft hint of color in an otherwise, monochromatic scheme.
There is a good bit of light that pours into this room!  The soft colors keep things simple. 
The bed is from Ballard Designs. The white bed skirt is Shabby Chic from Target.  The mirror is from the same store as the chair and was on sale, because of the store closing.
Here is my little pixie with her dolls in her big girl room!  The walls are painted in Soft Chamois by Benjamin Moore.  It is a white paint color with a hint of gray.  The doll bassinet was $20 at an Antique Mall. 
Swedish design is one of my favorites, because it is soft and soothing for a bedroom.  The lines are simple and clean.  While not everything is considered 'Swedish,' the overall feel was achieved.  This will be a room that my daughter will be able to enjoy for a very long time! 

This room had to be stripped down to the studs.  We noticed some water damage, so brought in the mold experts.  The mold levels, while not the extremely bad ones, were enough for me to clear the room!  My daughter was two (now 4) and it was time to break down the crib, anyway!  We tore out everything...carpet, walls, and fixtures.  Since I am new to blogging this year, I don't have a 'before' picture!  Imagine a slab of concrete and studs looking to the great outdoors!   
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79 comments :

mycitycottage said...

Hello I love every details in your daughters room. I want to be your daughter. I have a chair the same with you. I will change like you too. All my best wishes....Aygun from Turkey

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This room and every detail is just perfect. I love the chair now with that fabric and you did a great job of finding the perfect accessories!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Beautiful room! I agree - a Swedish look was achieved! Love the shutters on the windows, too.

once in a blue moon... said...

so many beautiful details, its lovely, and then that view...

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

This is a simply gorgeous room...every detail is perfect...I love the blue and white checked chair...gee I love all of it!!!

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Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I found your blog from a comment you had left somewhere else in blog land so I hopped over.

I love the room! And that chair is amazing now that it is recovered.
Penny

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is the most beautiful, fresh and delightful room! You are not only decoratively creative, but very wise with your $$$. I love that combination!
You have an amazing blog and a very unique and winsome attitude about life! Very lovely!
Yvonne

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The chair turned out fabulous and the whole room is just stunning. Love it. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

Iheartnaptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

what a darling room! you did a great job!!

Atticmag said...

You've done a lovely job on the room and the chair went from blah to classic Swedish. It's a pleasure to see the details. Hope you'll stop by and see our pillows. Jane F.

The Tablescaper said...

How sweet!!! I LOVE what you did with the chair and the use of the shower curatians was inspriational!!!!

- The Tablescaper

lulumusing said...

This little girl must love her room, and I love all the shoes!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Thanks so much for joining TTT. This room is just exquisite and every single detail is done to perfection. I especially love the vignette with the little bonnet. Precious. Hugs, Marty

One Shabby Old House said...

You have such a good eye for design. Loved the room that you created. It's just beautiful. So glad that I found your blog.
Becky

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

This room is simply gorgeous! I love all the added details..so precious for a little girl. Fantastic job - well done! I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks again for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Blooming Rose Musings said...

This room is beautiful. Every detail is lovely.
I just found your blog while reading Vignette Design. I'm so glad to have found you.

Terrell said...

I just wanted to say a quick hello and tell you I'm your newest follower! Your blog is simply delightful and adorable in every way! I hope you check out mine and visit soon!
Have a beautiful week!
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Kelli @ RTSM said...

This is such a great little girls room without being full of pinks and purples! I love the soft gray color on the walls and all the vintage touches! Beautiful!

Alma Don Shurtleff said...

This room is wonderful! You have done a great job and I absolutely love blue. I would love to know where you got your rug for this room. Was it online or from a store in your area?

Monica M. Judd said...

AMAZING my friend! You have such a gift.

Amy said...

What a dream room for a little or a big girl to have.
Amy

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

Wow, this is an exquisite room. Love the soft gray stuffed animals you incorporated into the room. :-) Your daughter will love it for years to come!

Sandi said...

What a beautiful room for a sweet little gal! Just precious! I love all your pieces and especially that chair!!
Happy WW!
Blessings~

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh my I have just come across your beautiful blog! I think this is truly one of the prettiest rooms I have ever seen for a sweet like girl and one of the prettiest blogs I have found so far! I love everything about it and have become your latest follower!
I like to extend the invitation to come follow me as well on my blog, though now I'm a bit shy to welcome you after seeing this lovely home and the photography!
Beautiful, beautiful blog!
Most sincerely,
Terry

~~Carol~~ said...

Everything you've shared today is so beautiful, but especially that chair and the makeover it got! It looks so perfect beside that gorgeous bed!
Happy White Wednesday!
Carol

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I love this room.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

this room is gorgeous! i want to sleep there it is so soothing! thanks for sharing at shabby chic cottage!

NicoleD said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today (whimsy-lane)! It is new in the crafting blog world and it has be so fun...addicting but fun! I love your room. It is so precious. My favorite part is the chair redo with the gingham print. Fabulous!!

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Hello! I was so excited to see a new "Friday Pretties" girl! Your blog is beautiful and I can't wait to visit again on Friday!'
Thanks for playing,
Joyce

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This is such a pretty room! I love all the details and the transformation of the chair. Just beautiful.
xo, Sherry

Stephanie Cameron said...

What a cute room! Kind of daring to do blue in a girls room...but it is very feminine and darling!

Nestled In Rosenberg said...

I love that pretty room! I like what you did with the chair.

Donna at The Scarlet Petticoat said...

what a beautiful and soothing room. i am so glad i got to see it!! your color choices are impeccable.
all the best,
donna

La Maison Reid said...

Just gorgeous! I love the Swedish look and would love to gravitate towards it more and more. The gingham chair is to die for! I may just have to do a chair in that soon. You did such a wonderful job and now I'm your newest follower.
~~Nancy~~

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an absolutely gorgeous room!

I hope that you will stop by and enter my giveaway.

Julia said...

What a lovely room...so soothing and I just LOVE all of the little details. I am sure your daughter is in heaven!

~Julia

Playing Sublimely said...

Oh my I love this room...I love that chair and I LOVE that bed! Nice to meet you!

myletterstoemily said...

what an exquisitely beautiful little girls' room.
of all the lovely things in the room, she is the
loveliest!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wowwwww! what a great make over! now the chair looks sooo beautiful in checked blue & white and the linen just add sweetness to the chair. over all the lil girl's room look soooo comfy! any girls dream!

mle said...

What a sweet, sweet room for your little cutie!!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

You are just killing me with the room. I love the upholstered chair, love the caned chair, love the bench, love the bed, love the paintings, love the shutters, love the bonnet & baby dress...love it all. I would've bought almost everything in this room if I had spotted it as well. Beautiful job and thanks for sharing.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

What a special room for your daughter to grow up in! You did a fabulous job!! I would love to have this room for my own...it's so wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration. :)
I came over via Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.
Have a wonderful weekend!
~ Jo :)

birdie blue said...

the room is brilliant! love the upholstery on the chair (thought it might be pine cone hill's chit chat blue gingham!) your daughter looks like a doll!


have the loveliest weekend,
molly

Ms Bingle said...

Oh, my goodness...Everything looks so beautiful!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

the VG huis said...

What a beautiful room! and what a beautiful view! That's one lucky little girl!!! Have a wondeful weekend. Stacey

Candylei said...

You have turned this chair into a beautiful work of art! I am so impressed with the dreamy colors and embroidery! It motivates us to get out and find our own chairs to redo! Sooooo dreamy and lovely!

Inspired by you said...

What a sweet room!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh what a lucky little girl. Her room is beautiful! I love what you did to that chair! The store probably wouldn't have gone out of business if they had hired you to tell them what to do to make their furniture look better! I could look at this room forever. So many wonderful details. Love that rug too. It's all perfection! Thank you so much for linking this to Fav. Things. laurie

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a special treat for a little girl - the room is adorable and that chair! What a fantastic job!

CBelle said...

This bedroom is simply beautiful! It's so dreamy and sweet! Awesome job!

Jess
http://www.ourlifeinhisgrace.tumblr.com

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

What a beautiful room!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Every girl's dream room! The details you have added are fantastic! I love anything from Pine Cone Hill, expensive, but worth it! Great way to use shower curtains, the chair looks great!

Kate said...

What a sweet room! Your chair turned out lovely, and all the special little touches make the room so cozy. Visiting for CSI!

Andi said...

I love the whole room. You achieved the Swedish style so well and every thing in this room flowed so easily together. Beautiful!
visiting from CSI project

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

I came to comment on your chair redo but have to say that the room is just so gorgeous! I love your fabric choices, furniture choices, accessories.... pretty much everything!!!!

Amazing!

:)
Sarah

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I had to come see when I saw the word Swedish! I love the room it looks so pretty! you have added all the perfect touches!

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Oh my Gosh!!! I am all over that chair ~ gorgeous job.

Big Boops said...

I just want to tell you how much love comes through in this room. My baby girl is getting close to need a "big girl" room. And yours just shows love in every single detail. Its special, cared for and intentional. The little girl living in this room is very blessed to have a momma who loves her so much!

Amanda said...

This is so gorgeous, i wish I was a little girl again and this was MY room! I have featured you here http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/beautiful-chair-redo/ :)

Roseanna said...

Absolutely delightful! What a lucky little girl, such a talented Mom!

Gloria said...

I love what you have done here!!! I love the Swedish influence here, so soothing, and cozy! :) Wish I had that chair, it would match my home!!! :) Beautiful!

Lee and Beth said...

What an absolutely beautiful room! What a lucky little girl you have!
My mouth was gaping open as I looked at all of your lovely pics. I just love Swedish style! :)
Beth.

KarenB said...

Such a gorgeous room for your little sweetheart! I absolutely love how the chair turned out. Great decisions!

Karen

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

OMGosh...this room is just sooooo PRETTY...love that little chair!

Blessings,
Linda

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Rene said...

I love, love, love this room and the blue and white chair is gorgeous!!

-Rene

Chic Creations said...

Love the room and love the chair. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

Mandy said...

So, so sweet and soothing! I love it :)

Remodelaholic said...

This room is AMAZING! I would love to feature this if you would be interested, you usually get quite a bit of new traffic. Check out my blog if you get the chance and just reply to this comment if you'd like to be featured.

Cassity
www.remodelaholic.com

Wanting What I Have said...

This is JUST GORGEOUS!!! VERY well done!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous. Just one small thing: clogs, being from Holland, actually add not so much a Swedish touch, but a Dutch one! :-)

Jena @ Involving Color said...

The chair looks great! I love this room!

Green Remodeling said...

Those are one of the loveliest nurseries very fitting. It feels Russian even.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I'm really beginning to appreciate Swedish d├ęcor more and more all the time. That chair looks wonderful with your marvelous makeover!

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

absolutely breathtakinly beautiful!!! thank U so much for taking the time to share ~ i have no idea how U do it all & i only have 1 little munchkin as of right now ((: don't be surprised if U happen upon a few homes that look very similiar to Ur amazing abode ...

PS: i don't want to drive U crazy, but i have to ask - who makes Ur little Girl's dress that she's wearing in the one photo?? i've looked everywhere (so i wouldn't have to bother U w/ the question)... to find something that looks like it & haven't been able to find anything :/ - thank U so much for Ur help & time (skh22874@amazon.com) not hotmail.com :/ sorry about that ...

Anonymous said...

oh man!! i really need to get rest somehow O_o my email address is skh22874@yahoo.com - sorry about that :/ but thank U for accepting my message ((:

Christie said...

Anonymous, I can't seem to get your e-mail address to go through! Hopefully, you will check back here! The little dress my daughter is wearing is by a company called 'Valeria.' I purchased it at TJMaxx years ago, when my oldest daughter was 4...so it has been a while! You might could search the web for their line and see if anyone carries something similar! good luck!

Martina @ Northern Nesting said...

Just another one of your rooms that I am absolutley in love with!! Martina

The Baker said...

Charming, elegant, and beautiful! I love it! What a beautiful daughter you have too!!

Kat from California said...

My parents are from Sweden but I was looking at another post that was mentioned on Craft Gossip when I found this post. FYI King Carl Gustaf (former King in former centuries..I think 18th) brought back French Design to Sweden so the look is both Swedish and French. The old part of Stockholm has very french architecture. My grandparents had a wonderful French Elevator (the kind that has iron work instead of walls around it) in their building. My sister is a huge fan of this type of design and has it shown through out her house. I love shabby chic but my style is very eclectic. I love Elsa Beskov illustrations too. :)

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