Monday, February 20, 2012

Progress Report

First, I must apologize. Last week was pretty much a wash for me. Helping to take care of my in-laws and volunteering at my children's school left little time to write a blog post, let alone read or comment on any of yours. What free time I did have I used to write a guest blog post for another blog. I'm trying to get caught up and back into the swing of things, so I thought I would show you some progress I've made on my bedroom. It actually got kick-started when I found some great (and rather inexpensive) chests at a local antique mall.
I was immediately drawn to them and loved their style. While they're not exactly matching they have the same black lacquer base and top with the fronts being dark walnut stained, and both are in excellent shape. 

Of course, one has drawers with massive brass handles and the other has cabinet doors with a shelf inside. 
Both have slight gilded details which seem to have worn off a bit but that I'm thinking of enhancing possibly with some Rub-n-Buff. When I opened the top drawer and saw this, I knew I was in good shape:
Ah, Henredon. I knew they had to be fine quality after seeing that, and the antique mall employee told me the man who brought them in said they were his mother's pride and joy. I could tell. Of course, I got home and did some research on Henredon furniture pieces, and what do you think I found? You guessed it - the same piece (the chest of drawers, at least) only in white lacquer on 1st Dibs . . . 

And get this, the 1st Dibs site attributes them to Dorothy Draper for Henredon and lists the pair of them for sale at $5,200! I will tell you I didn't pay even one-twentieth that price for mine. Now, I don't have any way to verify that they're Dorothy Draper other than the 1st Dibs listing. All I kept finding when I typed in Dorothy Draper for Henredon was the rather famous Espana chest that everyone in blogland is so familiar with . . .

I don't really care what they are . . . I just like the way they look and think they coordinate nicely with the Asian panels I got from Tag a while back.
I finally hung them the way I've seen other people on blogs do gallery walls . . . trace the pieces on brown paper then put them up and nail through the paper for perfect placement.



Love this idea, and it worked like a charm.

While I still haven't found the perfect bedding yet (duvet, bedskirt and Euro shams), I did pick up a faux fur throw at Marshall's and mocked up a yellow bolster pillow with some fabric and trim I had. 
Here's a reminder of what my bedroom looked like before . . 
I think the darker bedside chests ground the bed a little more and contrast better with the light headboard. While there's still work to do, I really like the direction it's headed.

Progress is a good thing in my book. What do you think?

20 comments:

Simple Dwellings said...

Wow- beautiful! I love the look of your new night stands! And the high quality is amazing. Great find! I love where you are going with this space. :)

Sadie + Stella said...

loving what you are doing here. Adorable!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Yes! The screens look so good up on the wall. Of course another amazing score for you with the nightstands. Shaping up.

Melissa Crochet said...

Oh Kathy...the room is amazing. Love everything about it!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Congratulations on that amazing score! I'm sure that the man whose mother loved them so much would be thrilled to know that they went to a home where they will be appreciated just as much.

A Perfect Gray said...

you KILL me with these awesome things you find. not just a little jealous here. looks fabulous...donna

Danika Herrick said...

love a great score! It is looking great girlfriend!

Erin said...

Looking good!

And I think you really need to open a store... You have the best shopping luck EVER.

Interior Design Musings said...

Talk about a total score, my friend! So cool that you found it on 1st dibbs. That NEVER happens to me. Also love the screens and yes the paper works every time AND you can do it by your self. No assistance needed! Love your new look. M.

InteriorGroupie said...

Those tables are sooo perfect, and I love the artwork behind the lamps. I totally need some pieces like that in my master! Well done

nelya said...

Crazy LOVE those chests. Wow, another insane Kathy score. I especially love that they are not matching, but beautifully complimentary. The room is looking so terrific!

Fran said...

Kathy, I NEED to go shopping with you! Those chests are incredible and I LOVE your bedroom! I really like the direction you're taking it....love your headboard, rug, lamps, chests, xbenches, etc. So great!

My Crafty Home-Life said...

this looks really beautiful.

Emily | Recently said...

So here I go again, gushing over your finds! Reason being, I'd been on the hunt for chests to use on either side of my bed and ended up resorting to Ikea Malm. Not bad of course, but I would have so much rather found something like this! After I saw your pin of the white lacquer piece, I've been on the hunt for long brass pulls to add some flare to my dressers! So basically that entire rant was to say, thanks for the insiration!

ModFruGal said...

Great finds! Screens look nice there too...progress feels good, no?!

design elements said...

the chests are wonderful! lovely greetings

Maria

Sharon@house58blog.com said...

Fantastic! The side tables are so fun! Love everything you are doing.

Ashley said...

Kathy, I'm about a million years late on this, but your new pieces are GORGEOUS! Can't go wrong with Henredon. And I'm loving the black-gray-yellow direction your bedroom is taking.

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Lovely blog. Glad I found you. How lucky to find Henredon pieces. These are the best. I'm your newest follower. I would love for you to visit me if you get a chance!

SHERRY HART said...

Man...you guys score big in your area!!! I love them and the direction your bedroom is headed!