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Monday, May 21, 2012

the South guest bedroom details

Thank you to those who left comments and sent emails about this guest bedroom. 

The wall color is Benjamin Moore's Misty Air OC- 44 in Eggshell with White Dove trim in Latex Satin Impervo.

View from the doorway.  Upholstered cotton-velvet headboard in a moss brown was custom designed for the queen bed.  This bedding ensemble was in our master bedroom in Dallas.  White diamond quilted comforter and shams were made from quilting fabric from JoAnn's!   About 14 years ago I redid the master bedroom in Dallas changing the then jewel tones to a quieter neutral.   I fell in love with a diamond patterned coverlet from Peacock Alley, but it was not in my budget.  Being resourceful (and frugal;)  I found this simple quilting fabric and I knew I could get the look without the cost.  The fabric is tough as nails and has held up beautifully over the years.  Two champagne brown silk pillows flank an 18th century verdure tapestry pillow.  The natural linen bed skirt (which unfortunately looks to be discontinued) is from Company C
Boucle sisal rug from Pottery Barn.  I was asked how the sisal/seagrass rugs hold up with dogs and I would say they are made for each other!

English chest of drawers, circa 1850's, with ivory escutcheons.
Natural linen curtains are Aina from Ikea.

Trio of 19th century stacked mirrors.
The large mirror has a wood frame with a gilt inside edge. The Louis Philippe gilt mirror, in the middle, is French (it has a fabulous story that I need to tell you in another post) . We found the small iron "cushion" mirror in the foreground in France.

Antique glazed terracotta baluster lamp (baluster from Singapore) shares the chest with a small antique iron urn that holds an orchid, and a large shell with great natural patina.

French floor lamp found at Uncommon Market Lighting in Dallas.  Dan was just there several weeks ago and sent a photo of their new showroom and it is amazing.  If you stop in please tell Scott and Laura that we sent you!  (Once, when at a huge antique show outside of Avignon, France we ran into Scott and Laura!  It's such a funny thing to run into people you know when in another country on the other side of the pond!)
The finial for the lamp was made using a antique iron curtain rod finial-  I loved the scale and the design for this lamp.
The antique painting and frame was discussed in another post here.

The antique French table at the side of the bed was found in Anacortes, Washington years ago.  I knew it was perfect for a bedside table the second I saw it.  We purchased the painted wood baluster from an old estate in Highland Park in Dallas about 20 years ago, along with about 25 more!  I sold these balusters as lamps in my antiques business, but loved them so much that I kept two for myself all these years- this one and the one in the North guest bedroom.  I find there are several "shapes" that speak to me and make me happy,  and the baluster is one of them as evident by the number of them I have around the house!! 
African violet sits in a small antique iron urn and shares the table top with an antique seascape that was recently "married" to the newly acquired antique gilt frame, antique Chinese blue and white pieces and an antique brass candlestick.

The antique Italian starburst mirror was found at the Scott show about 12 years ago. ( I owned it before they were a fad, and will own it long after the fad has gone! )  The French dealers flew in just for the show.  It was once gilded, but now only faint remnants of old gilt remain.   The convex mirror is an old replacement, though not original to the piece.

Close-up of the pillow made from an 18th century tapestry. 

Remnants of gilt... 

Antique Flemish bird tapestry wall hanging.  The trim surrounding the piece is also antique.
I loved the feminine lines of the small antique accent chair... the chair is definitely a "she"!  She is covered with a vintage alligator hide.  It is the same hide as the piece used to cover the back of  this chair in the reading room.  I was asked where I came across such a large piece- I purchased it from a antiques dealer who had intended to use it for doing a project of her own and never did, so she sold it to me!!  I couldn't write the check fast enough!

Details from the French floor lamp.

I adore its original finish.

View from the guest room through the hall into the master bedroom.

17th century Italian sconce from a convent in Italy was found at the Scott Show in Atlanta.  The dealer had literally walked off the plane from Italy with it the day before.  I love its sculptural quality in the room.

If you look closely at the arm on the right you can see how the delicate piece of iron has split in the center.

Wicker lampshade was on a lamp I found at a local flea market.  I bought the lamp specifically to steal the shade!

This photo helps to see how the chest of drawers and the bed sit in the room.
Chandelier is pair to the one in the other guest bedroom and was found at Bowerbird in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Closeup of the chest of drawers.  This will also receive its own post...  If you thought Dan was talented before, just wait until you hear this story!! 

The view from the master bedroom through the hall into the guest room. 
No, it is not a bad camera angle.... the door frame is really that crooked.  In an antique house that is perfectly aligned and plumb this is the one place where it is not!  We have no answers or clues to the "why", but I have grown to love this little quirk of our antique farmhouse!

Thanks so much for being our guest; we enjoyed having you!


  1. Miriam (Ireland)May 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Hi, I found your blog a few weeks ago and I've read every post so far. I LOVE your house and what you have done with it. It's great to see how all your hard work has paid off.

  2. It is so nice how you visit each object in the room and introduce us to it's origins and how you found it and then to see how you ended up incorporating it into your lovely home... Thank you!!

  3. Every detail is lovely, but my favorite would have to be the sculptural Italian wall sconce....unexpected and perfect!...k

  4. I hope you never run out of rooms to decorate! Your style is impeccable!

  5. Beautiful room, I always love to read the post on the details.

    Thanks you for sharing all of your sources and finds.

    Have a great week, Elizabeth

  6. As always, I loved touring another one of your exquisite rooms. It's beautiful!

  7. Everything is so beautiful. You are just amazing. The Italian sconce is so interesting. I just love it along with everything else. Thank you for sharing. I could live in your house and never walk out the door the rest of my life and be in haven. best regards. Wenda

  8. Joan, such a lovely room, any guest would feel special staying here,
    Happy Monday,

  9. Loved the tour! The bedroom is both beautiful and serene. I could get really comfortable in there. :)

  10. Oh my, such a lovely room. I love your soft colors and your beautiful accessories. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

  11. I love hearing about where all of your treasures are from! And it just goes to show that you can have wonderful antiques mixed in with Ikea curtains :)

  12. So serene and lovely, and yet so very personal. Loved the girl in the aligator dress! Your house does sweet justice to the mantra buy what you love and it will love you back.

  13. Beautiful, and I love the sconce.
    Happy Monday.

  14. When is your B&B open for business?! ;)

  15. So beautiful. Thank for sharing all the details. I love hearing how the beautiful objects made their way to you:)


  16. LOL...I love the crooked door frame, I live in an old house also, and I wonder if anything original is plumb...but I LOVE IT! That bedroom is so charming, I didn't expect anything less. I adore the lamps (especially the floor lamp) and chest of drawers. donna :)

  17. Hello, Joan ~
    Your guest room is really beautiful, serene, and a visual treat!! I love the combination of antiques and neutral palette. You are so kind to share the resources. I have never been to Scott's....would love to visit one day. My favorite pieces are the following: Italian simple, sculptural and graphic; the tapestry pillow; and the convex mirror....beautiful patina...not too gold and bright.
    And, I love the leather on the chair....very unexpected. Thank you kindly for sharing!!
    All very best,
    Tone on Tone

  18. I love hearing the stories behind how you found each piece. Looking forward to the post about Dan's dresser.

  19. The BM Misty Air is such a subtle transition from Overcast in the other guest room. I won't detail what I love in this room, Joan, because I love everything. You and Dan are one talented couple. Any guest would be thrilled to spend time in this room. Thanks for all the details and sources.
    XO Victoria

  20. This room is just the bees knees! Can't wait hear about Dan and the dresser, the finial on the floor lamp and the Italian did you attach it to the wall so beautifully? Congratulations on another lovely room, and thanks for all the details!
    Jean from Maine

  21. Love this post, Dan's work (always!), crooked doorway!, and the seascape and frame marriage...perfection!
    xoxo, Chris

  22. Just beautiful; I love how everything has a history! Thanks for sharing; you are an inspiration to me - although I will never begin to approach your home's level of gorgeousness! Beth

  23. I enjoyed the more detailed look at this room but truly appreciated the stories that went with the details.

  24. what a special eye you have for lovely!! the italian sconce is my favorite, and the image of it will stick with me for awhile. there is magic in it that i can feel.

    hope this finds you well and sending sunshine and positive energy!


  25. How beautiful and inviting! How lucky to be a guest in that delightful room!

  26. I am so glad you share the story and history of all your WONDERFUL pieces! I love how you have used all the balustrades. I also envy your beutiful antique pieces. Can't wait to hear the story of the dresser. XO, pinky

  27. If you ever need a child, I would gladly put myself up for adoption. I could listen to the stories of each of those pieces all day long. I loved living in Charleston and walking along and seeing the uneven door frames and houses that looked like they were slanted. Oh how I miss that!

    That Italian sconce is amazing. What a piece of art!

    Now I have to know the story of the Louis Philippe mirror! I love how you arrange your vignettes. They are so beautiful and classic.

    As always... thank you for sharing your lovely lovely home!

  28. It really is all in the details! This is a beautiful and very restful space you have created, Joan.

  29. Oh the room is beyond gorgeous! You have such an eye for detail and I especially like the mirror. I wanted to ask you a question but couldn't find an e-mail address. Could you please e-mail me at Thanks so much.

  30. I am so jealous of all of these these wonderful antique chests you have! I love their scale and can never find the ones I'm looking for. Luckily for yours, they get to live in such a beautiful place!


  31. Once again a beautiful room with amazing pieces. Love Love Love It
    Kind Regards

  32. As always Joan, another divine slice of heaven from you!

  33. Beautiful room! I just love your wood floors!

  34. Joan, Dan, and Ella: Thank you for sharing the details; every piece has such an interesting story. Cindy

  35. absolutely gorgeous Joan. It is truly lovely. I can not imagine ever being in the position to acquire so many beautiful antiques, so I will enjoy them through your posts!

  36. This space is a welcome sight to any guest. Perfect restful environment and your detailed information is perfect for the best understanding of all the special pieces you've selected to create with.

  37. I am crazy about that starburst mirror. I love the shape of them but the new ones are just well (NEW!). I was hoping it was a new one made to look old that you found somewhere! Darnit...the hunt for a good one is still on...Thanks for sharing all your sources.

  38. An absolutely beautiful room - you have thought of everything - quite perfect!
    Paula x

  39. Gorgeous room... love all the details. Love everything about it. Nice job.

    Hugs, Deb

  40. Just beautiful. I love the play of neutral tones and yummy textures! N.G

  41. Beautiful! Your color story is always right on... also love the italian sconce in the hallway!

  42. Charming, warm and exquisite in every detail! My favourite I think has to be the dressser with its many plunger lock (?) key holes.
    Re the door frame, perhaps it was the same person who put in our light switches and did our plumbing. :) (My comment on your earlier post titled 'favourite details etc...') -Brenda-

  43. just wonderful Joan another space
    perfectly gathered. For me the best rooms are those that seemed
    to have evolved you simply have that gift of pulling it all together. Such a pleasure to visit
    your blog.

  44. I love how you layer things Joan, you have such a talent for that. I too have things in my home that are now "in" or considered a "fad" but will too be with me long after the trend is over.

  45. Such a gorgeous restful room.
    I love each layer and detail.
    Stunning, Joan!


  46. Hi Joan, beautiful guest room, it would be a pleasure to stay here, like a boutique guesthouse. Gorgeous!


  47. Love these details! Thanks for sharing Joan... I think my favorite is the three stacked mirrors. :)


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