WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

Mastering the Master Bedroom - Part 3

Welcome to "Metamorphosis Monday". This blog party is all about creating a metamorphosis of your own kind, great or small, it's your call! A big thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for playing hostess. For more great changes, visit her for the complete list of participants.
Today I wanted to share some pictures from my Master Bedroom re-do. When I moved in to this house about 2 1/2 years ago, everything was "builder beige". With so many areas needing attention and so much "blank canvas" space, I turned my attentions to the common living areas of the home first. The plan was to move upstairs to the private quarters of the house once the downstairs was complete. That has taken 2 years! But right before Christmas last year, I was inspired to add some color to the walls and change the pallet from reds and creams to gold and slate blue. Blue is hubby's favorite color but until now I had not used it in our home's decor. The first year we were married, we rented a place that was mostly blue. I guess I got my fill of that hue back then. Slowly, I moved in the direction of earthy Autumn colors and seem very content to stay there. I feel that the combination of gold, stone and slate is a happy compromise. This was the neglected bedding. I was simply using a quilt that my mother had given me with an assortment of pillows.
As you see from this picture, things were a little blah with no real warmth or style direction.

The re-do started with painting the walls a warm Spiced Cider. Animal prints added texture and visual interest. Antique gold accents added "glam" to the space.
A large round mirror and vanity wall shelf added a new twist to the dressing table and provided space for pretty bottles and accessories.
New bedding in gold, platinum and slate was a big change from the "granny quilt" look. The wall at the head of the bed was painted a darker hue than the other three walls. This color is called "Stony Creek". A gold jacquard window scarf was used over the bed to soften the headboard and add a look of luxury.
Tailored window panels in dark blue and gold damask were added next to semi-sheer gold panels to soften the window and control light.
These black framed initials were a b-day gift from my BFF. I loved the way they contrast with the gold frame of the mirror and tie in the black accents of the animal print.
A trio of gold framed mirrors were added over the two night stands. A collection of accessories, family photos and books find a home on top of the table. Our room has a large master bath and similar colors and patterns were used to tie in to the rest of the suite. I found this adorable bench at a Ross store. I've used it around the house in various settings. I think I like it best here in the bath.
A collection of slate blue, animal print and ivory towels add color to the garden tub. A printed shower curtain in soft blue, taupe, slate, gray and ivory was used to soften the window behind the tub.
I like to accessorize my vanities. I place family photos, candles and other favorite things close by to always remind me of the blessing of home and hearth. I still have a few small projects to complete - like painting the tray ceiling, adding a new overhead light fixture and medallion, and another source of storage. I also like to change my bedding and window treatments for the seasons. That is why I chose to paint the walls a warm neutral shade. It makes changing bedding and pillows on a whim easy. Once spring arrives I will do a quick change of bedding and accessories for a fresh, soft look befitting of the warmer months ahead.
This week on Carolina Panache, we will feature a "Junk to Gems" post showing how a cast away chest of drawers is changed into a "black pearl" of great price, The Cook's Corner where we will cook up some down-home flavor Mexican style, Outdoor Wednesday will take a stroll through the garden and Tablescape Thursday will take a walk along the beach at sunset. I hope you will join me. Until then,
Happy Decorating!


Melanie said...

Your master suite is royal!
Love it,

pcb said...

What a wonderful bedroom. Sophisticated but not stuffy...very livable. I will be checkig back in for 'gems' as I'm all about repurposing.

LaurenFaythe said...

Your room is so elegant now, and cozy at the same time!

Thanks for stopping by- I love to meet new people. I will have to bookmark your blog to see what you do next!

Terri Steffes said...

I am glad you showed how you accessorize. I am really terrible at this! Your bedroom is beautiful!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Alisa, :)
This is gorgeous!

I love your new bedding and the touches of animal prints have really inspired me to add some to our decor' as well.

It always amazes me how similiar our taste in home decor' really is.
I have actually thought about adding a Blue curtain like you did around your tub.

Love this MM Post!

Come and check out my first Blue Monday post.
YUP...I posted our Blue Master Suite.

~Warmly, Melissa :)

C'est moi Claudette said...

Hi Alisa
Fit for a Queen indeed. Love your bathroom. My main bathroom is small, but it does have an awesome claw foot tub.
It's funny you ask if there are any boys here? I'm the only girl. My hubby (who said "do what you want with color") and my 2 boys ages 16 & 18 still live with us. My eldest now has a great space of his own. We built a 10x12 guest cottage for guests, but we let him use it. Much better under a diff roof LOL
Thanks for the visit.
Love Claudie @ BUBBLIN' OVER

Kim said...

That was a great transformation. I love how you have accessorized and made two different animal prints look great together. The blue in the bathroom is really a soothing touch.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Beautiful! I love that bedding! laurie

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Gorgeous new colors in your bedroom! I also appreciate all of your decorating tips you share. You are one talented lady! Linda

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Alisa...love your new look in the master bedroom! Your bedding is wonderful! The monogramms are such a lovely gift from your friend! Thanks for a great Met Monday...great transformation!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You have made a huge change. I'm so not a blue person either, but I just used a soft blue/green in the LR and maybe I change my mind. Your blue and gold is just gorgeous in your bdrm and bath, and as always your accessories and fabric choices make it look sooooo luxurious. Such a lovely redo. Hugs, Marty

Linda Q said...

Very regal looking, like it and normally I don't like blue or animal prints.
Great job, that wall color sure warmed it up.
Linda Q

DesignTies said...

Your bedroom looks so regal and elegant!! And comfy too :-) I really like the hits of animal print -- they add some fun and whimsy to the room :-)

Thanks for visting our blog today :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Alisa...

Love your "Met Monday" post! I giggled a bit while reading it because I have experienced the exact same thing with decorating with the color blue. I had so much of it in a previous home that I actually grew sick of the color...eeekks! My home now is filled with deep, rich shades of reds, olives, and golds...but a couple of summers ago I decided to redo our master bed/bath and chose the ever so popular seaside blue and browns...I love it!

Your master bedroom is exquisite...very rich and luxourious! I love all of the changes you made! Your new bedding is beautiful and I just love all of the animal print you used! Thank you for sharing this beautiful transformation!!!

Warmest wishes,

Cyndi said...

Hi,thanks for your gracious comments on our makeover,I appreciate it.I'm glad you came so I could find my way over to your blog.I loved your bedroom makeover.The round mirror and shelf below it is just beautiful.I also loved the color you chose in there,always keeping my eyes open for great neutral colors and that was a great one.

Blondie's Journal said...


I was so looking forward to seeing your master bedroom & I was not disappointed. It is so elegant. I love the color combination.

I was admiring the curtain in the window behind the spa and when I read you used a shower curtain I was so surprised! It looks like silk!!

I look forward to more of your decorating ideas!


janet said...

your bedroom makeover is stunning!!!!
thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

How pretty and very elegant! Love all your little vignettes!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Lovely master re-do, very elegant now. Nice work!

Thanks for sharing...

Lady Katherine said...

Your master bedroom is so pretty, love all the animal prints with the gold. I adore the bench at the tub! I am thinking why did I not think of that, would be so useful! lol I have a chair at my dressing table and use it mostly. Oh, I see a bench coming to my bath tub in the near future. I have four benches, but all are wood or clothe or both. Lately I have been shopping in my house or the attic. lol

Unknown said...

Love the bedroom redo, you did a fabulous job, I especially like the animal prints. I'll have to find a spot for those in my bedroom. Thanks for stopping by my blog, come back soon!

Kim said...

Hi Alisa,
I love what you've done with your bedroom, it's just lovely. I especially love it when animal prints are infused into a space and just blend. I'll be looking for a place to put some in mine!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Beautiful transformation, Alisa!
You've created an elegant and welcoming retreat! Great job!

Miss Janice said...

I do love your master bedroom transformation! It's so much more chic now...love colors and fabrics!

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