Mixing the Old with the New ~ Shabby Chic Bedding

When we moved to Texas last fall
we brought just a couple of throws to wrap up in
while snuggling on our couch 
and our 
big down comforter knowing we would need it to 
keep warm during the coming winter.

No special linens or comforters 
came with us
not even 
my favorite old duvet cover as there
just really wasn’t room.
Yesterday I remedied that hole in our
sorely needed bed linens…

I love all of Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic for Target linens!  The white pillowcase and sheets are hers as are the rose strewn
pillow sham from a comforter set we have and also the duvet cover.  The latter two are older linens from past SC years.

When I flew back to California for the 
Design Bloggers Conference
in March of this year,
I went by our storage units after the conference and 
started quickly going through our 1880’s reproduction
Louis XV French armoire.
{which we smartly placed at the very front left of Storage Unit #1}

This European walnut parquet veneer armoire has
four adjustable shelves which sit on four notched-out
corner pieces in each corner of the upper cabinet.  An
inner drawer is lovely for holding scarves, gloves and
other lingerie when this cabinet is used as a wardrobe.
It also has an amply large drawer down in the bottom
section in between cabriole legs ~ perfect for separat-
ing sheets and pillowcases from blankets and large
items stored behind the main cabinet’s
beveled glass door.

Looking at all of our bed linens and also
the pillows I like to put out at Christmas time
then deciding 
yet again 
what did we really need right now
what could wait and stay in storage 
until we moved
everything else into to Texas and
a future house.

A favorite portrait of Yoda, our Peke, atop our reversible duvet ~ large print on this side and a much smaller all-over rose
print on the reverse.  Photo taken with either my old iPhone 4 or just set really grainy when I was still getting to know
our Canon EOS Rebel SL1.    🙂
And you bet I sent home that 
favorite duvet cover!
{which has a cream background but is looking kinda of 
pink in the photograph, top right, but looks true above with Mr. Scump!}

The two little fairies who traveled beautifully wrapped in pillowcases
then packed into an unused Tupperware box I would need in the new
fifth-wheel’s kitchen.
After packing these linens into FedEx boxes I’d 
picked up the day before at the shipper,
I also sent home some extra pillow cases wrapped 
around just a few decorations to put out on display to cozy
up the insides of our new “Little Home.”

Which leads us to yesterday’s happy purchase ~
a new lavender and roses summer quilt
new to the
Simply Shabby Chic
line at Target called 
Purple Berry Rose.

{The cups above are part of last year’s SSC line
and I love having them in my new kitchen!}

I’m really excited to have new bedding
a little more summery
a little more ethereal 
and in the
quiet pastel tones that 
I love!

This lavender is really a soft hue
but still packs a punch with its
darker pink roses
I love how all Shabby Chic pieces
play well with each other!

*I was not compensated for this post ~ I just have been in-love with SCC linens
since I first began collecting pieces around 15 to 20 years ago now.

Sometimes just a little change
brings a whole new look!
Happy weekend!

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Our Home…

Second bathroom is done ~ passed inspection last week! Yeah!

Happy Summertime!
Evenings are so wonderful this time of year…
We can go for long walks,
everyone is out bicycling, or running, or walking their dogs,
and playing at the parks,
 or just hanging out with friends.

We are no exception! Yoda is looking at me right now
We may go in a bit… :)’
(that’s Yoda and his tongue!)

Tonight I thought I’d share our finished bathroom
and a few rooms all cleaned-up
in the house.

Here are the dining room and living rooms
all dressed for summer!
Many of the teacups

usually stored in the corner-round cupboard

have gone to storage for now.

The chandy is still wearing its
usual crystal finery and a few geese
which are sometimes out at Christmas…

Upstairs, here is my craftroom!
(my happy place!)
Usually, there’s a bit more stuff on the tables,
(okay, A LOT more stuff!)
so I am happy that it is pretty clean so I can share it with you. 

The ceiling was blue when we moved in 12 years ago,
and I was yearning for a pink room
back then,
mostly due to
Romantic Homes



that’s how we got the pink and blue room.
The beige striped/rose balloon shades came with
us from our first home
here in Murrieta.
Some of them I sold to my friend Sandy
who really, really loved them!


On another note,
I am finally finishing the second 
settee cover ~
that’s the pleated skirt by the sewing machine

upstairs in the Craft Room

that I am finishing up.

Been working on it for a couple of evenings now
after painting in the house.
(this is typical for me… I finish big projects when I am on long vacations from school)

I was able to sew on the piping yesterday morning.
With the settee’s legs,
this piping and skirt needed to sit roughly 9″ off the floor.
So nice that the travertine is so even!
Made it a dream to set a thick ruler 
vertically on the ground
and measure upwards along the body of the slipcover
to put pins and pencil markings.
(I have already cut-off the excess fabric.)

Tomorrow I hope to get the pleats sewn on.
Here’s hoping that I have enough fabric sewn on this time!

Our lovely bedroom
with our one-year-old California King mattress set!
(one of the best things we have EVER purchased!)
These curtains are Rachel Ashwell’s
Simply Shabby Chic
curtains bought at Target long ago.
You can still find them at flea markets and such,
as I have seen them out there.

They all began life as 84″ panels.
The shortened ones on the three windows seen here
at the end of the room, were cut to fit these windows 
about 8″ additional to make the curtain rod casing and ruffled edging
at the top
and the matching, thick casing at each curtain hem.
Each new curtain is double-width the window
for fullness.
In the sitting area,
those curtain panels are just shortened versions
to make a valance.
The longer ones made could have worked
on this window, too, and I tried one,
but I just didn’t like how it looked
with the window seat.

The t.v. stand/entertainment center,
Hubby and I built with a $100 gift card
from good friends about eight years ago.
We also had a bunch of scrap plywood
in the garage
and that is what made up the DVD/Blue-Ray shelves
(which can hold DVD’s four rows deep!).
Hubby drilled holes in the sides so the shelves
can be raised to whatever height is needed.

The rest of the cabinet is just 2 x 4’s,
and an 8′ sheet of thick plywood for the very top piece,
and a pre-made piece of oak for the piece holding
the television.
That was my hubby’s favorite t.v. ~ 65″ of movie viewing!
The twin lined baskets are also
Rachel Ashwell ~ Simply Shabby Chic.

just a teaser from an upcoming
summer garden post!

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Happy Friday to you!
Blessings wished for you ~ always,  🙂