Why do I have 50 yards of gauzy muslin? I can’t remember why I bought it, but there must have been a reason.
Some has been used as a runner for the table. Some has been been used for birthday parties and at Christmas. Still there’re yards on the bolt, so it’s time to get creative.
This daughter’s room, now mostly unused, seems a good place to start. I cut lengths of the muslin to drape on the bed frame.
The bed, I think, was a first step to what would become her own country French style. She and her dad made it when she was a senior in high school. I thought it would one day go to her home, but that has not yet happened. When she looks at the bed now, she sees it as not quite what she wanted. Oh well, it was a beginner’s effort, and I’ve never had the urge to change it out because it represents a task shared by father and daughter.
With the muslin in place, I was inspired to bring out my grandmother’s quilts which have long been in the closet. The colors in this one are perfect against the backdrop of red walls. Even the bears, leftovers from the daughter’s younger days, are right at home on the bed.
With the theme that is evolving, this becomes the room in which to put a cabinet that was at my mothers but has not had the right space here. Made by one of my father’s relatives, it is well over 100 years old and for me is a memory since childhood. It is one of our few family heirlooms, and I hope it will survive the years.
My great grandmother used the cabinet for linen storage, so it seemed appropriate for it to serve a similar purpose. Out of plastic bags came more quilts to line the shelves. They are such treasures, and I love having them where I can see them and be reminded of the women who made them.
In another time, they would have been much used, but because of their age, I hesitate to do more than display them.
Still another quilt lays atop cabinets and is the background for a couple of birdhouses that are too tall for the space where others are displayed.
So there you have it, a simple do over project that becomes a display for much loved pieces that create a very warm and friendly room and trigger a multitude of memories.
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Bed linens: Soft Surroundings
Wall colors: Independence Red and Fresco Gray from Benjamin Moore
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