6.16.2010

pagoda 11...

This is the 11th post in the Wednesday morning "Pagoda" series which chronicles the almost 5 years we spent turning a 1970's Pagoda house into our home. Last week we finally got a look inside with the powder room.

Today, we'll wander over to my daughter's room.  She has never "lived" in this room.  We bought and remodelled the house right after she moved away for college.  She "stays" in this room when she's home (just typing that kind of makes me teary).  While it's a modern house in many aspects, I hope that I've added enough personal and vintage touches to stear clear of that cold feeling.  I think, regardless of the style of your home, it should be filled with things that are meaningful to you.


This is the view when you walk in.  The bed was in a 1930's home my family moved into when I was in high school.  It was original to that home.  It was my bed for years. It was brown metal then and it still has the original tags underneath the built in metal boxspring.  I sprayed it silver for this house. 

Both my daughter and I slept on this bed while we were in high school (new mattress)  It's been in our family for 30 years and I like that.  The awesome glass and chrome side table was a $10 garage sale find.  Nothing hanging over the bed yet.  Two years now and I just haven't seen the "right" thing.  I will eventually though, I'm not worried.  The sliding glass door on the left there opens to a little enclosed patio that I forgot to take a photo of.  

The next image shows what you would see if you were sitting on the bed.  You can see the door to the closet.  It use to be a side door to the house.  It went to the outside.  We added a walk-in closet so you wouldn't need dressers in the bedroom.  The other door leads into a shared bathroom (a "jack-n-jill" if you will - hey that rhymes!).  The chair, vintage find gift from my mother.


Let's take a closer look at what's hanging on the walls (almost always my favorite part of a room).  This is an embroidery piece my grandmother made me when my daughter was born.  I treasure it. 


This watercolor was painted by an elderly neighbor of mine.  I have a few pieces of hers.  This one isn't even signed.  I just liked it.  I've been calling this woman Esther.  Esther has moxie.  Can't you just tell?  The daughter doesn't care for it too much, she doesn't even know I've hung it in her room since she was last home.  Well, she knows now.  Embrace Esther daughter, she's wearing a pink swimsuit - your favorite color, and she has moxie, you love moxie!  She's fishing, oh wait, we don't eat fish.  Okay, she's at the ocean, you love the ocean.


Hanging on the wall by the bed are two vintage paintings the daughter picked out herself (at an estate sale).  They are both done by Lara Orozco.  I wasn't sure if I liked them at first but they've grown on me.  She might never get them.


The opposite wall is framed vintage as well. 


Those are vintage patterns.  I picked up a box full at where else......an estate sale.  Held on to them for a couple years.  I LOVE them.  By the way, I don't sew, just thought the women were fabulous.



Next to those fanstastic fashionistas is a girl many of us know and love...


Now, how darn cool is this?  This is the lid to my Barbie case.  It was my Barbie case back in the early 1970's and my daughter's Barbie case in the early 1990's.  If you've got these things boxed up some where, I say, set them free.  Get them out and enjoy them.  Things like this...


This is what is on the lower shelf of the bedside table.  That is my dad's 1st grade report card (I photoshopped his name out to protect his privacy).  It sits on an old book which rests on a vintage suitcase that once held, what else, my daughtere's Barbie clothes.  You know, they might actually still be in there!  More vintage goodies are this acrylic lamp (also from my dear mom), a vintage horse vase and pill box and a little frame with our photo in it...


These embroidered pillows on the bed are also vintage.  I'm starting to think there isn't a new or modern thing in this whole bedroom!


Oh sorry, there is.  A new Martha Stewart throw on the end of the bed...



This rug...


and these wall flats which I hate and we are going to be removing.  Don't get me wrong, they are lovely and they add a nice texture to the white wall (my intention) but they aren't square and they don't stick and they've been driving me crazy for over a year - whew that was a bit to get out.  They are still on the wall because it's behind the door and we just forget about it most of the time.  This list of little things to still finish is long when you rebuild a house.  Will it ever end?  My poor husband, you have no idea the nagging.


Do you know the only thing missing from this room (okay BESIDES some artwork over the bed)?


This little face. 
This little face is 24 now and just completed her first year of law school - CONGRATULATIONS baby!

21 comments:

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

That little face is the most beautiful face!.How lovely!
Love that lid of your barbie case. Wish i had one of these lovelies back then!
Have a happy, sunny day. xxx

Maria said...

It's perfect - just as it is (even if you think it unfinished). Love all of the history and the way you guide us through, sharing bits of you as we go. You definitely have a home there, not just a house. HUGE difference! And, it doesn't have to be NEW to be modern :-)I almost feel like I just had a sleep-over with one of my favorite nieces!
Congrats M on a stellar first year! You make us all so proud - and blessed to know you! Mwah!

willow said...

Aww. My little face turns 28 this summer. Where DID the time go? Love the vintage patterns. I wish I had saved mine.

Teenage Bride said...

I love the room. I like the mix of modern and vintage, very classy.

I am sure you miss your daughter very much, and I know you are so proud of her. I hope you get to see her soon!!!

MJM said...

It is a wonderful room and my favorite bed ever. Makes me miss home and my Mom and Dad!

Henley said...

I would honestly drop dead if this was the bedroom my mother had waiting at home for me. I might move back in! It's chic and beautiful. You framed your Barbie case? What a genius idea! Does Martha Stewart know about you?

Nicole said...

I love the polka dot chair. It would go in my future daughter's room (I'll be a step-mom in September). Her room is pink and brown :)

I love your daughter's room!

Sarah Ann said...

Wow! I love it! All of it! Especially the love you have for your daughter. Moms are the best- I'm sure she feels the same!

Everton Terrace said...

Willow - I have more patterns if you would like some, just say the word.

Nicole - congratulations on your soon to be "mom" status.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Jeanette! I. LOVE. YOUR. HOUSE. I love this feature, you are sooo talented! I really love the framed patterns, and the Barbie case, so retro chic! The whole room is amazing, though, go, you!!

Andrew H. said...

Wow, seeing this room like this makes ME want to move into it!


btw - When daughter is home, it does NOT look like this. ;-)

Sierra said...

LOVE this room. I want those embroidered zoo pillows and the framed old patterns and the framed old barbie thing and and and, everything. Love it all.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Always nice to have a lawyer in the family! Love that old bed. I slept in one similar to that as a child.
Brenda

Pam said...

Such an enjoyable post! I love the photo of your daughter, and the story behind items in the room.I love it when our 26 year old sleeps overnight at our place. Understandably enough, she is too busy to hang around long but her company is delightful.
Congratulations to your daughter on her first year of law studies, and what a beautiful environment for her to come home to!x

Mary Ann said...

love what you did with those vintage vogue magazine covers, and congratulations to you and your daughter for making it through the firs year in law school! thanks so much for dropping by and your sweet comments. i will be adding you to my bloglist. have a restful evening! verbena cottage

katie said...

wow, you have such style! so cool :) and even though the room is filled with old things, it looks completely modern. not that i know about these things for sure. thanks for sharing these glimpses of your world!

bronwyn said...

What a beautiful girl! Law school - wow. You must be so proud. And those patterns look great!

Henrietta Street said...

Everything is just fabulous! You cetainly have a rare talent for decorating and with such meaningful things. You should have a decorating advice business!
Beautiful daughter! Smart too.

pamela said...

love all these pics! to think i had that same barbie case and it went out in the trash about a year ago. do have a few barbie outfits that were saved. the FUNNIEST part of the whole barbie memories is the TIME that was spent on making the HOUSES and arranging furniture, making things out of nothing. (the inside of a soda cap peeled out and made the perfect plate.) and you are still doing it!

congrats to m!!!

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Why? Why did you get all the good taste?

*Envy*

Seriously - your idea about framing patterns? You're like a decorator guru.

Cashon&Co said...

okay. where do i start. I LOVE the way you framed those vintage covers. it looks amazing. and i'm a big fan of vintage needlepoint pillows and your's all look awesome together. your daughter is now 24? wow! for some reason i thought you had a little one, but they grow up fast, huh? i'm learning that right now. congratulations to her for law school hurts my brain right now just to think about studying that hard. ouch. ha!