In my last post, I showed you my Nantucket starfish and sand dollar quilt, which I made a few years ago. When I made it, I didn’t have a particular use or room in mind for it (in fact, we did not yet have a beach house, or know that we would), I just liked the idea for the design and colors. But now, it has a really nice “home”as a beach bedroom quilt! Today, I thought I’d show you the rest of the room and more beach bedroom ideas. (By the way, don’t forget you can get the pattern for this quilt in our shop! Click here for details.)
Shortly after we got the place, I saw this mermaid statue at my favorite pottery place and I just fell in love with her, so I just had to get her.
After I brought her home, I remembered my starfish quilt that I had made a few years back, and realized that they would go perfectly together. How serendipitous! So the quilt and the statue set the palette and theme for the room.
Oh but of course, before we go any further, I have to show you the “before” photo. It’s about as awful as you can imagine:
The biggest problem with this room was that there was too much dark and heavy furniture. When we got the place, it had a double bed, chest of drawers, large dresser, AND a large armoire. While I have spray-painted my way through redecorating this house, for this room we splurged and got new white furniture to brighten things up. I found the wall art pretty inexpensively at Pier 1 Imports and HomeGoods:
And recreated a bit of the beach in our room by filling a glass apothecary jar with sand and shells:
The room had a nice vintage map, with a really interesting woven mat, so we kept that:
I saw some art at a furniture store that had a similar burlap mat, but it was soooo expensive, so I purchased really cheap prints online, created fabric covered mats, and put them in cheap purchased frames. In my next post I am going to show you how to do this project:
The mismatched side tables were scavenged from around the old house, and the lamps came with the shades and were a steal at HomeGoods. (I could live at HomeGoods!) The pillows, however, were a “splurge” from Pottery Barn.
Finally, I found this chair at HomeGoods- I liked how the fabric referenced the mats in the artwork and map. I also found a very inexpensive “nubby” throw that also coordinated perfectly. The one drawback to this room is that there is no closet, but we took care of that problem by creating a cute peg rack for the wall:
I found the hooks at Anthropologie for only a few dollars each, and my husband screwed them into an old fence board that he had lying around. I love the rustic look of the wood paired with the fresh blue of the hooks. We also put a peg rack on the back of the door, so now we have plenty of places to hang towels and shirts.
If you would like to see other rooms in the beach house that we have redecorated on a budget (with lots of spray paint!), click below.
Happy Independence Day to my friends in the United States! I hope you enjoy your long weekend. Are you doing anything fun? I think writing this post has put me in the mood to go to the beach…. and I think Alfie will enjoy it!
How pretty – I love the colors that you have in this room, and the art you have on the walls works wonderfully…..You really have transformed this house – I love what you have shown us so far!!
Hi Jennifer- I have so enjoyed working on this house. It has been sometimes stressful, but all in all we are very happy with the way it’s coming out. We love being at the house- our next project will be the living room. It will be a HUGE project, as we have to replace the flooring and paint A LOT of old pine paneling. Stay tuned! :)
Love your blog, art, projects & tours of your studio & homes! Looking forward to the inspiration that you share. :)
Thank you, Diana! How very kind of you… it’s nice to “meet” you!
What color did you use on the walls? I love that blue/gray.