My Home: A Feminine Bedroom & a Rant

It hasn’t been a stellar day.

I look awful and have a canker sore.

I feel like a pathetic loser.
Everything I wrote was mediocre.

I burned a whole batch of G-free chocolate chip cookies, then

proceeded eventually to eat them all.

Just as I suspected:
menopause IS terribly glamorous.

At least my rooms have their act together.

As promised, a peek at a guest room spruced up via:

*Painting walls and trim my favorite color: WHITE

(Benjamin Moore White Dove).

*Adding more function, and

*Allowing myself to get girly.


We bought the cottagey bed (by Lexington)
about 20 years ago.


This spot is a sweet place to write…the room’s

southern exposure draws me in.


dresser by Lexington, sailboat created by Michelle of Emerald Cove


Sis just returned from Paris with macarons in this bag for me!

My collection of books by Rachel Ashwell

is always near at hand.

The room was formerly our elder son’s room,

and its best feature is a dressing area which

he did not want fitted with closet organizing

schtuff…he actually had his bed in here (cozy!).


I commissioned my husband to build

industrial rolling garment racks

with wood and pipes from Home Depot.

I swear it took him like 10 minutes cuz he’s awesome like that.

Some pretty clothing and a growing collection

of used pointe shoes as I don’t think one can ever

have enough ‘dead’ satin slippers lying around.

Taking my sweet time as far as wallcovering or art

for the back wall which could be spectacular.

I may just collage it with inspirational images.

my treasured handmade French boho bag, Byloom & Hyde

This is a humble cupboard for storing vintage jewelry,

magazines, and assorted girly styling props.

On top is an antique window frame with screening stapled to it

to display jewelry.

Also on top are Sonny Angels

(saw them in Paris) and…

a small fabulous painting of me by Malik.

looking back into the bedroom

The small stained glass window is an antique

and draws natural light from this space into

an adjacent bathroom…the glass is textured,

keeping the bath and dressing room private.

Artwork by Emma Cassi purchased in Paris,

a vintage rosary, handmade bracelet from

a vide grenier, and gorgeous photography

from Loretta Lux round out the vignette.

Keeping my eyes open for a pale pink throw for
the end of the bed but pleased with my progress.

from a teeny tiny lover of white rooms
and anything chocolate.

Peace to you right where you are.





  1. April 26, 2013 / 3:07 am

    Michele I love this sweet, sweet room with all of your special treasures!
    I would like to start a collection of antique/ vintage rosaries and religious medals.

    PS I am having a Paris Book Giveaway!
    Art by Karena

  2. April 26, 2013 / 3:23 am

    oh michele – what a lovely guest room/writing spot you have created. even on a glum day it must lift the spirits. if i were you i would tuck into bed with that bag of macaroons and the pile of rachel ashwell books and not emerge until – well, actually, i don't know when i would emerge.

  3. April 26, 2013 / 5:04 am

    Beautiful sis, beautiful room! And I get to stay there when I visit, right? The room with all that fab light and the beautiful decor will be mine, mine, mine! Perhaps we can have a race in the corridor with those fantastic garment racks?! (: (Hubby did good!).

    Love to you, Michele. It is good to be back. Thinking of you.


  4. April 26, 2013 / 8:20 am

    Everything is just gorgeous and filled with pretty things. Love the images and the pointe shoes. Sorry it wasn't a great day. Hope tomorrow is better for you! Sharon

  5. April 26, 2013 / 11:36 am

    Michele!!!! What A TOTALLY DREAMY ROOM. OMG, so beautiul, fit for a magazine and what young girl (or adult for that matter) wouldnt' want to go into that divine closet and play a serious game of dress up and make believe! The all white is fabulously beautiful….and you have done a heck of a job, just a dream.
    I am sorry you had a rough time, if ANYONE can handle it and find the silver lining though its you, almighty glamorous poster child for how young menopause can look! Yes you still look like a teenager (toned arms and all) lol. Hang in there, sending you a great big hug!

  6. April 26, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    Such lusciousness… i could just go sit on the floor in your dressing room and be happy. I love the dove white, i think i will go home now and paint every single thing dove white, so i'll feel like i'm living in a cloud.
    You even have a white laptop! I looked everywhere for a white laptop, and no one else has one except Mac!
    Just beautiful Michele!


  7. April 26, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    thanks, friends! you are welcome to come relax in this peaceful room and watch monika and i race those garment racks down the hall!



  8. April 26, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    I love that room and would like to put it on my wish list because I could never have that in my house! The dogs would destroy in 2 seconds flat!! so white and clean and serene!

  9. April 26, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    OMGOSH!!! I don't even know where to begin. Sigh!! Relaxed, ethereal, heavenly, soothing, soft, luscious, feminine in the most beautiful manner that could be expressed. The one word that encompasses it's feeling is, MICHELE!"
    Every So Lovely!

  10. April 26, 2013 / 9:37 pm

    I just had a canker sore…i hate those, ugh.

    BUT, your room is lovely! The lucite chair might be my favorite, followed by the clothes racks of all things. LOVE THEM.

  11. April 26, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    This is gorgeous Michele and I love all the point shoes!! My daughter danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet Co for a while and I/we have saved all her shoes (gosh, they were SO expensive!) I have a white ladder in her room and that's where they hang:) I'm loving all the white everywhere (and I use the white dove color too.. it is such a pure white). The garment racks are so chic 🙂 I have one for my daughters costumes. It's so fun to see pretty clothes hanging AND shoes lined up.

    Sorry you have having an off day. Tomorrow is a new day:) xxleslie

  12. April 26, 2013 / 10:51 pm

    Everything is so beautiful, and I am going to have the pipe clothes racks myself someday when I get settled. Blessings

  13. April 26, 2013 / 11:07 pm

    Hi Michele…it's BEYOND lovely!!!!…xoxo, Mariaelena

  14. April 27, 2013 / 1:55 am

    So pretty, Michele! And your signature collection of ballerina pointe shoes = divine! These rooms look like European ateliers…..belonging to artists, dancers, fashion designers, etc. I want you to hang a few of your seascape paintings!
    PS – Found a home for mine….stay tuned 😉

  15. April 27, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    I love the collection of ballerina shoes! So pretty – the whole thing is a dreamy cloud of loveliness. Your guests are lucky, very lucky indeed. And your hubby rocks my world with his cleverness. Fabulous xxx

  16. April 27, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    Michele I love all that gorgeous white and the attention to details. I scrolled through the photos twice, admiring it all. You must feel so happy with how it turned out. And I'm impressed with your hubby's talent too, I want one of those industrial rolling carts! very cool. And as far as the cookies go, sometimes you just have to eat them…and start all over 🙂 sending hugs and positive thoughts
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  17. April 28, 2013 / 12:16 am

    I so don't relate you to menopause… you look too amazing! I had no idea you had a collection that beautiful, I love it all and it makes me happy! Your home is such a happy place and I always love to getting sneak peeks inside! Hop you're canker is better – something so simple can be such an annoyance!

    hugs to you!

  18. April 28, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    I'm wondering when
    you'll start your own
    clothing line? Seeing
    all those delicate yummies
    on the rack reminds me
    of a designer's collection ~
    Oh, you'd take the fashion
    world by storm!!!

    Really lovely.
    Really YOU.

    Thank you for sharing,
    both your home and your

    Happy Sunday,
    xo Suzanne

  19. April 28, 2013 / 10:12 pm

    Hi Michele,

    So nice to meet you!

    I have to say, for a colour girl like me, and I mean serious colour, we're talking primary colours, this room of many whites, and a few pastels, is bold in texture, light and shape, colouring one's mood with peace and tranquility.

    Your newest follower,


  20. April 28, 2013 / 10:25 pm

    Thank you so much for stopping by, I too have most of Rachel's Books right at hand! I used to carry her fabric line at my shop when she allowed us to do so. I love your blog and I know I have pinned some of your stuff before.
    Blessings, Peggy
    ps Love the Sonny and Cher stuff

  21. April 29, 2013 / 4:35 am

    Such a bright and cheerful room, Michele!
    I can see why you would like to write there.
    The light is so peaceful and honest.

    Hope you are feeling better tomorrow.

  22. April 29, 2013 / 1:53 pm

    My favorite: the humble tennis shoes beside all the glorious ballet and pretty heels. This room is just pretty, pretty, pretty!!!! Canker sores are the worst. Hope you are all better this morning. xo

  23. April 29, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    hope you're feeling better today…the room is absolutely gorgeous and so you–soft, romantic and soothing–I'm coming over and never leaving! Wishing you a better week
    xo Barbara

  24. May 1, 2013 / 10:21 am

    Can I come and stay, my lovely?? Your guest room is SO tranquil and soothing and light and pretty. If we have a cocktail or two, you might catch me trying to smuggle out one of your garment rails, I LOVE THEM! Malik's painting of you is fabulous, what a talent.
    I hope you're feeling better, beautiful lady!
    Meera xx

  25. May 1, 2013 / 10:30 am

    P.S. I am saving the Cher video for my crazy moments. 🙂

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