Friday, September 20, 2019

MBR Facelift

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your week.  I was fortunate enough to spend some time in beautiful Madison, Connecticut visiting with a couple of friends.  I will tell you all about it in the next couple of weeks.

In January, I wrote a post about doing a little updating on our master bedroom.  Well, it's finally finished.

This is what the room looked like when we toured the house.  The owners enlarged the room by taking down a wall between the MBR and a small bedroom.

This was the bedding that I had made in Texas a few months before moving to Massachusetts.

When I first laid eyes on the stove I got a little nervous about the heating in the room.  I needn't have worried because the radiators do a bang-up job keeping the room toasty.  

I don't use the words bang-up lightly.  The radiators create a symphony of knocking, banging, and whistling sounds all night long. The Mister and I barely hear it anymore.  Or maybe we are just losing our hearing.

In any case, this is part of the charm of owning a hundred-year-old house.

I knew that I wanted to keep the wall color and the furnishings. My main goal was to brighten up the room. I fell in love with the combination of the Wedgewood blue and celery green.


I found these botanical prints and frames on Amazon.
They are much prettier in real life.

I always like to have my bedskirt puddle to allow the dust bunnies some privacy. 

If you are looking for some Sheets on the cheap, I found some on Amazon that I love.  They are nice and big, they don't shrink and they have deep pockets.  They are also so soft and comfy.

Btw... I do my best work while having the Real Housewives on in the background.

Sidenote:  who likes Kelly's new beau?

Goodbye old stove, hello fireplace!

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.
It's time for me to get back to the Housewives!

Until next time...

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. Beautiful bedroom! Green us becoming a fav color of mine! Kelly's BF is Ok, it's Kelly that I have a problem with!!!

  2. Your bedroom is absolutely beautiful!

  3. I understand your description of radiator heat and its so lovely noises. My home was built in 1911. We have a lovely boiler in our basement. I must admit it is a nice warm heat. Love your master bedroom.

  4. Oh Katie, I simply love the addition of the green. The new bedding is just perfect with those walls. The fireplace is perfect as well. You did a wonderful job with your new choices.

  5. I am in love with that new bedding! What a gorgeous color combination and so perfect for your beautiful room! You must be loving it! Have a great weekend! I quit the Real Housewives years ago but I am always curious about what they are doing...enjoy!

  6. What a beautiful sanctuary.
    The colors are so soothing.
    What a great place to retreat.

  7. Very pretty Katie. Blue in a bedroom is my favorite. Will have to look up those sheets!!

  8. Beautiful! I love the addition of the fireplace, and it's amazing how just a few changes will brighten up a room. Enjoy and have a terrific weekend!

  9. I love it! What a beautiful room!

  10. Half of my Garden Home would fit inside your bedroom. What a beautiful retreat. The fireplace sets the stage and completes the room. Love it! Yes, the touch of green brightens and also gives the room a snap that was missing. Great job, my friend!

  11. I think your bedroom is bigger than my living and dining room (one big room) combined! How fun to have that much room to play with and decorate! I love the blue and your bed, which is so pretty with the green. Green and blue are my favorites! And while I really loved the stove, that beautiful fireplace just hits the spot! What a beautiful haven, Katie!

  12. I also have blue and green, but in reverse of yours. I have green walls. Love the color combo. Your room is beautiful.

  13. Katie, what a beautiful and restful room. It really has a look of serenity and timeless charm. Beautiful colors.

  14. Beautiful!! Love the fireplace and the blue and green combination. Well done!!

  15. Katie, I love your new bedding and the addition of green to your MBR. It is truly a beautiful color combo! I also love the fireplace, it really makes a statement. A gorgeous and well done facelift!

  16. The new bedding is gorgeous! Thanks for giving us a peek!

    Now, regarding Kelly's beau. I think he just wants to be on TV and sell his skincare line. Do not care for him. Did you know that they already broke up? She's dating Rick Leventhal, the Fox News reporter. I don't see that lasting too long either! I would love to hear your thoughts on Dr. Deb!

    1. K- I think the only reason that Bronwyn was hired is that she had Dr. Deb in her corner. Have a good weekend!

  17. Well that looks gorgeous and peaceful. It's only missing Chow and Chili lying on the bed. Then it would be perfect! Love the fireplace rather than stove, and the ASPCA will be happy to hear that you're considerate of the dust bunnies. :-)

  18. Lovely! Beautiful shades of blue.

  19. Stunning redo! You certainly achieved your goal of brightening up. 🌟 Love the colors and the new fireplace!

  20. I would like to take a running leap into your bed....and stay there all day with the fireplace burning, any real housewives, good book, words with friends, popcorn and first husband Gorgeous George Cloony's Casamigo tequila :) my favorite!
    I am a little obsessed with nice sheets, will have to take a look..we have a Cal. King which is so hard to
    find sheets that fit. The room is just stunning, I love it!
    Im guessing you're talking about the plastic surgeon Dr. who is headed for the hills. Kelly NEEDS a Doctor of a different sort. She is completely cray cray! She scares me..lol

  21. Oh, I love it! Classically mixed textiles, and a handsome fireplace/mantel more suiting to the overall style. Beautiful!

  22. Oh, my! it was beautiful before but even more so now. I love the fabrics you chose and the fireplace is wonderful. What a lovely place to retire to at the end of the day.

  23. What a lovely space. Those pops of lime green are dynamite! So classy, peaceful and the perfect and “preppy” updates! Well done, I love it!

  24. I love the fabrics you've selected for the bed linens. The fireplace is lovely.
    Such a pretty face lift.

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  26. I love the blues & white! A huge space to work with & tastefully accomplished Katie!

    You're welcome to join me in a cuppa,

  27. That room!! The colors and the two large beams by the fireplace... If I could design a bedroom, it would look just like that! It is just stunning.

  28. What a beautiful bedroom! I love the shades of blue and green together!

  29. Wow, your MBR looks fabulous. What a dramatic room. Love the colors and the fireplace is amazing. It is so much space. Thanks for sharing at "Love Your Creativity." Have a wonderful week. You are welcome for the feature.

  30. Catherine from PittsburghSeptember 22, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Your bedroom looks lovely!! Very beautiful. I am sure Tina from The Enchanted Home loves it since she is the blue and white queen!! The fireplace is a nice addition. The dust bunny comment made me LOL :)

  31. What a beautiful and serene retreat Katie! Love the green you chose to brighten things up a bit, and the new fireplace is gorgeous!

  32. Wow -- it's so pretty! What a great eye you have for decorating! Love the fireplace and everything else too!
    Hmmm -- I like Kelly's new beau better than Kelly! :) Have a great week!

  33. It looks fabulous Katie, I love the dust bunny comment, I laughed out loud. The fireplace makes the room! It looks as if it has been there 100 years. Perhaps you should start an online decorating gig in addition to the blog and all of your other work.

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  35. this room looks absolutely gorgeous. The colors and the fabrics are perfect together. However, I did not see Chili's new bed in a coordinating print :>

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