A Summer's Dream... Down by the Seashore!


Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous Thursday!
Wow...we have been having some really hot weather here in Colorful Colorado and I'm longing for a little refrain from the heat! Hmmm...maybe a trip to the seashore! Ahhh...the feel of a cool ocean breeze on my face...a little taste of salt on my lips...and the serenade of waves as they come rushing to shore! Ohhh yes...take me away!!!
Well...I'm a long way from the seashore but that doesn't mean that I can't dream about having a little "Summer's Dream...Down at the Seashore"! Sooo...my master bedroom has undergone a little summer transformation!!!
"A Summer's Dream...
Down by the Seashore"


My master bedroom in its "winter" frocks.
The winters are pretty cold here in Colorado. A color scheme of rich, deep browns and blues warm the room...along with the heavy bed linens!

Ahhh...a softer, lighter feel...just perfect for the warmer summer months!
New Bed Linens

"Painterly Paisley" by Pottery Barn
It was love at first sight! I found this pretty paisley patterned duvet on sale at Pottery Barn and just knew it would be perfect to dress my summer bed! I love the soft, demure colors of yellow/gold, sandy taupe, and gray...all on a background of white and the paisley pattern looks a bit like seashells! Hmmm...I hear a decor theme in the works! Hehe! The duvet is folded at the end of the bed...I also purchased matching euro shams.
Matelasse Coverlet & Bed Skirt
I found this gorgeous matelasse coverlet...called "Coventry"...at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It was a real bargain at just $29.99...marked down because it had been used for a display! Yay!!! It also had matching pillow shams. I added a matelasse bed skirt (JC Penneys) as well.
I am really loving all of this WHITE!!!

Ahhh...to lay my head down upon all of these pretty fluffy pillows...and dream of summer days down by the seashore!
I just found this bolster pillow at JC Penneys...on sale of course! It picks up the sandy taupe color in the duvet and euro shams.
New Accessories

A Vignette...Down by the Seashore
A large lidded canning jar filled with white candles, a smaller jar filled with seashells, an old bottle, and a couple of old books...sit atop the cabinet on the left side of the bed. Just keeping it light and simple!


I tied an old rusty key with a white ribbon around the neck of the bottle...love this look!

An old pottery pitcher, a couple of chippy, cast iron candleholders, and a ceramic shell filled with a piece of old lace and starfish...accessorize the cabinet on the ride side of the bed.

A Treasure...
This piece of lace was crocheted by my great-grandmother. I thought it looked pretty with the starfish and ceramic shell!

More To Come...

I have also redecorated the master bath...another post...another time. So stay tuned! Hehe!
I will leave you with a couple of photos that I took in the bath...four small glass candleholders with votive candles and shells...sitting on a ledge...and all lined up! They made for a pretty photo!

Well my friends...I hope you enjoyed the tour of our master bedroom transformation! It was such a pleasure having you stop by for a visit!!!
I am joining these three lovely parties...

Transformation Thursday...hosted by Gina over at The Shabby Chic Cottage.

Show & Tell Friday...hosted by Cindy over at My Romantic Home.

My Favorite Things Saturday...hosted by Laurie over at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie.
Thank you...Gina, Cindy, and Laurie for graciously hosting these fabulous parties for us! Please go by and see what these lovely ladies have for us today!


Well my friends...I'm soooo happy that you came by today!!! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here....I'd love to visit with you!


spindlecottage said...

Oh la, I love the whites mucho better!! Really pretty and I love all the decorations too. I can't believe you got that for 29 bucks!! Even on Ebay I had to pay 60 for one of my white spreads. I have gone with white on the beds for the summer too--I love the feel of it. I have even covered some of my couches in white.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Looks wonderful! So soothing and pretty. Love all the shells and the light colored linens. Pretty! And what a great deal you got for $29! WOW!


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I have no idea what happened to my comment. It seems to have vanished!

Love this!


Sheila :-)

shannon i olson said...

Just beautiful!!! love everything. I have some thing crocheted by my grandma too, what great treasures indeed.

Sharlotte said...

Oh...I LOVE this! It's so calming and relaxing...you are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

nannykim said...

Ps. So coooool about the old postcards you have received!! What a blessing!

Blondie's Journal said...


Your bedroom could be in a magazine...seriously, it should be. I love all the light colors and textures and the beachy accessories! I also love all of your jars, especially the one with the candles...what a truly creative idea.

I hope you have a wonderful 4th, my friend!


Melissa Miller said...

WOW!!! Chari I really do love this redo! It looks like a new room full of crispness and a cool feeling. The new bedding is so full and pretty. You can tell it is a wonderful quality. Love the *key*. GREAT job!

Stop by and see the new *me*. LOL! I posted my own redo today.

Happy 4th dear friend! ~Melissa :)

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love the new changes! Love your linens and how you used your shells and jars! I have items my grandmother crocheted and will be displaying them in the master bedroom once it is completed. I already have some in my home office.

You did a fantastic job redecorating your bedroom, it looks fabulous!

~ Tracy

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Oh Chari!!! I just love, love, love your summerized bedroom. It's gorgeous!!!! Love the bedding, love the little vignettes with the shells. Love everything. Can't wait to see the bathroom.

How hot has it been in colorful Colorado? We've had an unusually mild summer so far. I've loved it! But I'm sure it will start to warm up here pretty quick now that June is done.

What are your plans for the 4th? We are having some family over for a BBQ & swim party.

Take care & I'll talk to you later.


Cindy said...

Your new decor in the MB is really soothing and light feeling. It's so pretty! I love the color combinations, one of my favorite. I have admired that PB bedding for a while and it looks so wonderful in your room.
You vignettes with the jars and shell with lace is perfection!
Love it all, I look forward to seeing your redo in the bath, I am confident it will be just as well put together and SO pretty, too.

Hugs, Cindy S

Cherry Chick said...

It's a beautiful transformation! Makes me want to take a nap...lol. Pick a "cool" beach in California because it's in the 90's here in FL. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
♥•.*.Thank you.*.•♥
♥•.*.very much.*.•♥

podso said...

As well as all the rest, I really like your textured yellow (?) walls!

Theresa said...

Beautiful bedroom transformation my friend! I love all of the sea decorations! Enjoy your dream of being at the seashore! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
IT'S JUST SO GORGEOUS! I can't believe the difference! I love the pottery barn bedding and the white maltese too! And all the pillows and beautiful vignettes you've created. Boy, have you been a busy gal!! I LOVE IT ALL!
Today is July 1st! Yipee! Only 8 days until we leave. I hope you have a wonderful 4th too.
We're going to my brothers for a cook-out and pool party.
I am really looking forward to our trip and meeting you!!!
Big Hugs,

Bill said...

It's beautiful, Chari! Well, I actually like both looks, but the whites and the beachy feel are perfect for these warmer months. I really like the color and texture of your walls, so soothing!

Have a happy 4th!

Love Of Quilts said...

Your bedroom looks like you could just open your door and step out on the beach...its prefect. Trish

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Amazing! It doesn't even look like the same room! I like to decorate for the mountains here in NC...dark reds and greens but I'm tempted to change some of my decor! Love the little special touches...seashells, candles, books! You have such style! ♥

Lana said...

I love this transformation. What you had before was gorgeous, but with the summer heat, I love this soft, whisper soft white change into something so light and airy. And all the gorgeous vignettes with shells/books/candles/sand/sea things just make it pop even more and you can also smell and feel that ocean breeze dancing through your hair as you look at this room. You style like a wonderful magazine stylist!!!
Hugs, Lana

Crystal said...

Oh la la, I love both looks. Brown is one of my favorite winter colors. Your whites are just so airy and bright. What a bargain on that matlasse coverlet at $29. Pottery Barn don't you just love that store and a sale on top. What great choices on your accessories.

Oh by the way, we just came back from South Caroline at the beach, it was not cool??? In the 90"s with a heat index of 111 last Friday. I do believe it went back down in the high 80"s this week. But hey the sand, waves and ocean breeze at least take your mind off of the heat :)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Girl.. you have been busy... WOW!! Gorgeous does not describe your beautiful room. I can see why you fell in love with the duvet cover.. you sure making me want to make some changes... but alas... that is not to be.. I'll admire yours instead..hugs ~lynne~

Debbiedoos said...

I love this room Chari, you actually gave me a few good ideas I will try out in the future. It just looks so comfy and light and airy...you must sleep like a baby in there. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!!~

Lenore said...

Well, Chari, this is quite a transformation from your winter bedroom decor. I live close to the ocean so I enjoy beachy/cottage decorating and yours is perfect.
Have a great 4th of July.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

OOOOO, Chari, your bedroom looks beautiful! So romantic; so summery; so perfect! Love all off the seashells. Your vignettes all look like they came from the pages of a magazine. How wonderful that you have that piece of lace your grandmother made, and I love the way you've displayed it. Oh My Goodness, I can't wait to see the bathroom. Those candles look so pretty lined up that way. I'm so glad you're linking this to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

Melanie said...

I love the white! It is so refreshing and looks so much like summer. I love it all.

Debbie said...

Such a lovely transformation. Looks like something out of a magazine. Love the bolster! You've added all the right touches for a seashore retreat.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Oh I really love the new look! sooo cozy and pretty! the bed look so comfy! love the pillowcases with intricate embroidery.. seems that you are one busy lady here.. but it is all worth doing!

Flory said...

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Susan said...

Very Very pretty!!

bj said...

ummm...this is beautiful and looks so cool and "down by the seashore" pretty !! I love it.
xo bj

Princesa Nadie said...

Meet you has been a pleasure in my first "Show and Tell Friday"
All your home seems lovely

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Love, love, love your *new* summer bedroom! There's just something so peaceful and relaxing about the feel of the seashore, isn't there?

Gypsy Heart said...

Chari, your bedroom looks fabulous! I will go to the seashore with you ~ sounds like a piece of Heaven right now. :-) I always think of Colorado as a cool escape from this Texas heat during the summer. I can't believe it gets hot there ~ really?

You've done a great job with your decorating so will be anxious to see the bathroom.

Have a fun & safe 4th!


Susie Homemaker said...

What a fresh new look you have! So pretty...


xinex said...

I just love how your bedroom turned out, Chari. Of course, I loved it before too. But I really love your rustic and beachy vignettes so pretty!...Christine

Nita Stacy said...

Oh...I love the summer look. It totally transformed the room. I liked the winter look too but yes this one is so nice and light for summer. Just beautiful.

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Happy 4th of July!

podso said...

I was thinking your walls sort of look Colorado-ish to me. I tried to get that affect with a sort of ragging one time and it came out pretty well. I also love that color.

The "patience" part of the tea is leaving it on your counter all day. Probably the color is what I love about it the most. Since my sun tea days were using regular tea, and this is herbal fruity tea, I really can't compare the taste of the two methods, as you asked.

Glad you are also an Amy Carmichael fan. There are many of us!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi there Chari!

Sorry it's been so long since I've dropped by dear friend... but you know you're always in my thoughts!
Love this summer transformation! Looks so tranquil, and what a great way to take a vacation without leaving home too!
Very creative ideas with the glass bottle and jars! Wonderful inspiration, as always!

Hope your 4th of July holiday is "like a day at the beach"!!
big hugs,

Robin said...

Simply lovely! Your vignettes are so beautiful and imaginative. I love how they all tie together too. Great job!

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Amazing transformation...Totally love it...

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Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is just gorgeous! I'm so glad I decided to catch up and found it! I love all the details you've added, the containers, books, etc! Great job!

Can't wait to see the bath!


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