salvaging a bedroom

Things are starting to feel more and more settled around our new permanent home.  Well you know that it is not actually new at all or new to us for that matter.  And the things in it aren’t new, of course.  You could have guessed that.  But the permanence of this home is what’s new.

architectural salvage bedroom

Today I am sharing how the old is pulled together to create a new salvaged, coastal bedroom.  This is one of my favorite places to relax.

I love all of the colors and textures…and also the view of the season changing out of the window that this bed faces. In fact, the previous owners oriented their bed on the adjacent wall which only left a view directly into the bathroom facing the toilet. Blech.  The back wall is all windows so it seemed obvious to face the bed in that direction.  I’ll share the window seat in another post…when we upgrade to top down shades.

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Naturally, I always go for loads of pillows covered in neutral solids.  However, I am not afraid to punch up the duvet with pattern.  For winter, I brought in this warm medallion duvet from Crate & Barrel.  The palette in here is so inviting…

architectural salvage bedroom

And that headboard is an old door that I updated a few years ago with paint, driftwood and starfish.

The vintage lamps are one of the best treasures the previous owners left behind in this house.  They needed an updated shade but, man, they are perfection.  Those oars are one of the first accessories I bought for this room and they’re still a fave.

architectural salvage bedroom

The furniture made the move with us.  It is part of my Grandmother’s French provincial bedroom suite.  After having all of the pieces living together in our guest room in the last house, I decided it would be better to break them up a bit.

Isn’t it funny how the finish on the night stands and dresser look like milk paint with antiquing wax?  It most likely is but I didn’t do it!  They’ve been finished this way for decades.  They’re a perfect fit here and are an inspiration for updating French pieces like this moving forward.

architectural salvage coastal bedroom

The driftwood shelf was salvaged a couple of years ago.  I added hooks recently for my necklaces.

The mirror is not dirty.  It’s called patina!  I love mirrors with this much wear on the glass but apparently others do not because it didn’t sell this summer.  I took it home from the shop and I am trying it in this space.  I am undecided on whether it is taking the coastal theme too far.  Is that even possible?  The Golden Girls set is what I am generally trying to avoid however this mirror doesn’t say Rose to me.

architectural salvage coastal bedroom

There’s always room to add more beach glass and shells that wash up…

coastal collection

The life-preserver I love.  And the columns were salvaged from an old Cape May home.  They’re kind of crazy town in here but they’re not going anywhere.  I like crazy.

And I’m obsessed with vintage chenille blankets especially in aqua.  This throw has been around awhile and is here to stay.

So that’s my happy place, friends.  Happy Tuesday!

architectural salvage bedroom

my fleet

After my last post about my new to me vintage ship captain lamp, I got to thinking…

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

Exactly how many of these guys are living in our home?

Well I’m here today to inventory them and introduce you to all of the ship captains/fishermen and their kin!  Without further adieu, my latest collection…

Adjacent to the wall with the lamp is the art deco mantel which is currently home to twin ship captains.

vintage ship captain bookends

They’re pretty cute and functional bookends.

vintage ship captain bookends (2 of 2)

You may remember Old Man Ryan, the vintage needlepoint on the left.  I introduced him a few months ago.

vintage ship captain collection

He has since found a wife and I must say she’s a real looker.  Another vintage needlepoint to his right.

vintage ship captain collection

The little sailor paint by number boy finally found a home.  He seemed to round out the family nicely.  Let’s call him Wilson.

vintage ship captain collection

I told you I have a thing for the peg leg captains.  I like them better than the Gorton’s Fishermen types.

vintage ship captain collection (6 of 7)

We picked up this little figurine in Brimfield.  He’s now perched on a shelf in our bedroom.

vintage ship captain collection

With that said, I do have a Gorton’s Fishermen captain.  He is a painting that is now hanging above our bar area.  I will have to take an updated picture of that soon.  This photo is from when we first got him last summer.  I love the colors of that ocean.

Gorton's Fisherman

The peg leg lamp is definitely my current favorite though.  While all of the captains/fishermen have their own style, I think his is the best.  I love how the yellow mock turtle neck slim his figure down!  Ha!

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

In your opinion, how many is too many in this sort of collection?  I think I’m at capacity.

So tell me, what (or who) are you collecting these days?