Saturday, January 21, 2012

Decorating by the Sea

Since I blogged on 12/26/2011 begging you guys to sign up and become my followers (having no shame), you have done me proud, I tell ya, proud!!!
I went from having somewhere in the 70's, to having a whopping 295!!!!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
If you haven't become a follower (you know who you are, that's right, I'm staring right at you. Nooooo, not the person behind you..... YOU!); that's alright. Don't worry about me. I'll be fine.

Today I'm going to start sharing a showhouse room that I did on cape cod.

Traditional Home Magazine 1999

June, (my trusty sidekick, office manager,design assistant, moral supporter, and dear friend) worked with me on this room in 1998!!!
It was published in Traditional Home Magazine in 1999.
Lone agoooooo and farrrrr away.

We collaborated with my my drapery workroom, Drape It. It didn't hurt that Joe and Sally (the owners) are two more of my closest friends, so the whole project was really fun.

We started with this...............

And ended with this.............

and this.............

The walls and ceiling were crumbling plaster, so I had the brilliant idea to cover everything with blue and white ticking stripe. We upholstered the walls.....
But no.....
That wasn't enough for my tiny mind.
I wanted it to be special.....
I wanted it to be different.....
I thought (OY, there I go again), wouldn't it be cooool, if we covered the ceiling too!!??
Joe (the good sport) said "alrighty".
There was only one leetle problem.
The walls curved up to meet the ceiling.
How the @#$ were we going to make the fabric conform to the curve.
being brilliant!!!!!!!
I came up with a stupendously wonderful idea!!!
Since we were using ticking....and mattresses use ticking....and mattresses are buttoned....why not use a button detail to make the fabric cling to the curve.
I know right?  Brilliant!!
You can see the buttoning really well in this picture.

Here's a close up.....

This is how we did it...........
(Joe figured it out.) (He is such a smarty) (Even thought he does make fun of me.)
We marked out the pattern by using big push pins..... Then he used his super duper drill, and drilled screws into the wall, replacing the push pins..... Then I used his button machine, and made a gazillion buttons. I only did the top part, (the curved part that is covered in fabric), not the shank that is used to sew them onto clothes. I covered them in the ticking fabric.
Then.....I went along behind Joe, and hot glued them over the screw heads.
We did this on the 4th of July. I remember it really clearly. Just Joe and me, fabricing the walls, and getting the buttons up. It was one of the most fun 4th's I've ever had.
I know other DYI'ers will understand that. There is no thrill, like the thrill of a project that is ACTUALLY working out.

Here's the view looking into the room from the hall...

On this note, I will continue showing this room and its bathroom, and sharing the decorating details, over the next few days. 

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I'm leaning towards the name:  Q&A!! OY VEY!!
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Anonymous said...

Holy &!$# That room ROCKS ! I swear I've seen it it in your book ?????

Anonymous said...

DUH - you said it was in Trad glad you are blogging because I have been loving your stuff in the mags for years....just sayin......

Brenda Pruitt said...

You do beautiful work!

Amy Chalmers said...

Oh wow! I don't think I saw this room~it is totally amazing how you came up with the quilted ceiling do rock!! I love the curtains, and the color palette~it is beautiful. I am so glad you are blogging!!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Love it Betsy! I'm so glad that you have all those followers and I'm sure more will come. I love the tufted wall and ceiling. Love it!


Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Fantastic Betsy! I would say you accomplished your goal.... knocking their socks AND shoes off probably!
This room is awesome and love the white overlapping panels.

Anonymous said...

Hi Betsy, that's gorgeous. I love ticking and it makes that room look so cozy. BTW, I posted my pics last tuesday, but you still haven't gotten back to me? Should I have gotten an email or are you going to post it here? Call me confused, thanks....

NanaDiana said...

I am soooo stinking happy I found your blog, Betsy. I love that room and I don't care it is 12+ years is still gorgeous! You did yourself proud with that one.

I tried to get your blog to post on my Beautiful Bloggers profile and for some reason Blogger won't let me do it...drat and darn...but just know that I am NOT dissing you on purpose. So glad you got so many followers. xo Diana

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful room and glad the giveaway sent you a ton of followers.

Kathleen said...

It looks great, very Cape Coddy! :)
It would be good here in Southampton, too!

Syndi @Beachnut Lane said...

So that's how you get followers...beg! I just started blogging 2 months ago and I am trying to get followers too. I guess I should just ask, it only makes sense. So please visit and follow me too! Oh, and I love your Cape Cod room!

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful room; classic and timeless!

Janet Metzger, Artist said...

Hey Betsy,

Brilliant...just brilliant! Love everything about this room...the painted fireplace...the window treatment..the window seats and love the slipcovers on the chairs.

Ok...I'll stop gushing now.

Janet xox

PS...perfect name for your Tuesday blog

Vicki said...

I gotta tell ya, many many rooms would not stand the test of 14 years, but that room looks just as fresh, creative, and pretty now as it did then. :)

Suzlovesflowers said...

Beautiful and timeless...LOVE the button detail!

Syndi White said...

Betsy, thanks for letting me know. I am surprised you were even able to find me doing a search, it is so hard to get Beachnut Lane to come up in a search engine unless I write it as one word BeachnutLane. I also had no idea there was no hyperlink when I post! When I click on my name it goes right to my blog, so unless you told me I would never had found out! Thanks!

Janet Metzger, Artist said...

Holy Batman!!!!!!

I just won the giveaway at Savvy Southern Style!!!!!
Kim just e-mailed me and I am soooo excited to get my hands on your wonderful book. I love your style Betsy and will really enjoy lolly gagging(yeah...I lolly gag) through every page.

Thank you...thank you!!
janet xox

PS....please feel free to autograph it as follows:

For Janet...may my book bring you hours of visual pleasure and I hope to meet you someday and have a long chat over coffee as we discuss paintings and rock star homes I have decorated.

OK...maybe not...I guess a simple
For Janet
From Betsy would work ;->

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

This room looks AMAZING!! I LOVE the button detail on the walls and love the brick on the fireplace painted white it really made it pop! Gorgeous!!

Msamuels said...

I have been rendered both speechless and teary eyed at the beauty you created.
I want to be your new best much so that I have now signed up as a follower. Continued success to you Betsey.



Anonymous said...

Betsy, those are gorgeous ideas and your button on my blog now, sorry for my confusion! Robin

Connie @ Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

You say this was a long time ago but it looks timeless to me. I'm not a real fan of blue, but at the seaside, I LOVE it! I've done fabric ceilings but not to this beautiful extent. Love it and the details.

Babs said...

Betsy, Glad you got so many deserve it. The room is great and I love the sailing ship pillow. Bet it was one of those great decorative pieces that was "to the trade only". :)
Have a great week,

Jane Price said...

WOW!!!!! That's all I can say to such staggering creativity..WOW!!!!

Nann said...

BEAUTIFUL room. You did yourself proud! Saw this on Sundays Best Par.tay and just had to drop by. So glad I did. I'm going to follow you. REally lovely lovely blog. (PS I'm a new blogger too)


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I just signed on as 304. Would love for you to stop by the Back Porch.

Beautiful room makeover!

Joselyn said...

Hi Betsy!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I love the whole room and especially love the detail on the window treatment and the color scheme. Following you!

Joy @ Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Betsy,

I first met you in Decorating (Summer 1990) through your "By the Sea" article. I fell in love with everything you put into your tiny Cape Cod cottage and immediately shopped for identical wall plate stands, floral pillows, and green stem goblets that I still use. I have a file filled with tear sheets from magazines over the years...and then you disappeared....until Maison Decor brought you back into my life. I love your style and consider you my decorating muse. Your blogspot is delightful - instructional, humorous, and inspirational. Thanks for revisiting your past projects many of which are in my file. P.S. Did you ever marry your contractor, Paul Sabin,

Your fan,

Unknown said...

wow! love the button ceiling!

Chatty Chics said...

Wow! What a fabulous room! Please come link up at my place on Wednesday!
PS You could win a $5 Starbucks card just for linking up!

lvroftiques said...

Well I don't want your head to explode or anything, but that wall/ceiling treatment was genius! *winks* Amazing job! And where do you find such wonderful pillows? Vanna

the misfit said...

I suspect you succeeded in blowing away the other designers. I've never seen anything like that and I would never have imagined it before I saw it, ever. Of course, I'm not a designer, so I'm not that imaginative, but I'm a pretty big consumer of design photographs and I know that's pretty special. However, a teeny voice in my head inquires persistently whether the plaster was really in need of repair, and whether it ever got the repair it needed...I worry about old houses.

Also, I feel it necessary to note that the reason I am not a "follower" in google's view is because that requires me to subscribe to the blog through google reader, which I do not use. I follow the old-fashioned way: I drop in every day (or every other day) and visit. I have read every single post and also looked at every picture of your Florida house on the other website. So, I feel my loyalty is beyond question.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Beyond beautiful. Love the tufting in the ceiling curves. Really a unique and creative idea. I know your clients were blown away. Thanks for sharing your creativeness at Sunday's Best. I'm following you, so I sure hope your following me!

Anonymous said...

ooohhhh, ahhhh! Love this room! The color palette is so beautiful, calm and serene...perfect for the bedroom. Thanks so much for sharing your work at my Show & Tell party. I love having you.


The Charm of Home said...

This is beautiful! Love the soft blues and the sea theme. So excited you joined me for Home Sweet Home! Thank you for coming by. This is the best of cottage style I have seen yet on the blogs!

Rose Garden Malevik said...

WOOW.......LOVE This Post :)
and do not miss...




It is fun :)
Håkan ( The Roseman)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Beautiful Betsy!! What a fantastic idea and it came out wonderful! I have been following you along since Amy introduced you to us :) ~sharing this on Facebook~ Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Antonietta said...

tutto bellissimo!!!!!!

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow. Just totally, incredibly WOW! No wonder you ended up in that fabulous magazine, girl! GREAT job!

xoxo laurie

Maureen Wyatt said...

I thought I recognized that dressing table from a mag when I saw it at Sherry's. Love the room! And, you bullied me into joining. lol

Honey at 2805 said...

Brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing your lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

Janel from NellieBellie said...! And congrats on your amazing amount of followers in such a short time! You must be talented!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

That fireplace turned out awesome, great redo all around! Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!! Karah

thistlewoodfarm said...

What an absolutely beautiful room! Great idea on the tufting on the wall....sounds like a wonderful 4th to me! Thanks for joining the party!

Unknown said...

This is amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing your "impossibility"! <3 from your newest follower and fellow {brand-new} blogger! Check out my "impossibility" and follow back!


Eclectically Vintage said...

The fabric carried up to the ceiling is fabulous! So glad you joined our Impossibilities Challenge party!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So lovely and fresh! I cannot that you upholstered the ceiling too!

Thanks so much for linking up with our "impossibilities" challenge.


Leslee in Tennessee said...

I'm a little late, it appears! But just now looking at this room and it's absolutely stunning! Would I ever love to live there! Have to tell you... though you may never see this post since you posted this in January... but you have definitely become my favorite. I get behind sometimes in reading my email, but when I do, I spend hours reading your posts and looking at your rooms. Love you style! Love it, love it, LOVE it! You're the best! Leslee in TN

Anonymous said...

I realize I'm a year late to the party (just discovered your blog, but have followed your work for years), but I saw that show house in person! My mom and I went. I remember your room vividly. It made me swoon. I'm down in DC now, soon to be a Fleridida transplant. Yeah, I'm the one that puts an extra syllable in it. Beth C.

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