Monday, January 19, 2009


For those that stopped by on the 18th, when this post first published, I thank you, but you probably noticed the page was distorted and off the background with no side bar. I think blogspot was glitching, so I had to delete everything and start over today. Oh~~ that is so aggravating, but had to be done. I am sorry that I could not publish the comments last night. So I tried again to post and thanks so much if you are stopping back by. The writing, I was lucky enough to copy from the draft. Now to replace the pictures. The following is my original post. Let's try this again. LOL!

I know, I have been MIA for a few weeks working on 2 rooms and a bathroom for redesign. Finally, I can share what I have been doing. It seems each year after Christmas, I catch the bug to redo some area of my home before I start back to painting in the studio. So usually the first few weeks in January I take the time to do just that. It also seems, I can never really get done. LOL!!

As a Decorative Painter/Designer, I always have something I want to change or refresh. This year I changed 2 guest rooms and a bathroom. You may remember a blue room with coordinating bathroom from past pictures, well, this is one room that I changed to reflect a vintage villa style retreat and the bathroom that goes with this room. This room is located on the first floor of our two story home and right off the entry. Making this change keeps the rooms flowing throughout the first level with color and style.
I also did another bedroom on the second floor in a pink rose shabby cottage tea room and I know that one will probably be more interesting to most, so I saved it for later this week. I hope you will stop back to view that room especially if you love pink and pink roses and all things old, vintage and collectible.

So before that post, I will share the following pictures of the Vintage Villa Chic Bedroom and Bath.

The wall color was transformed from a coastal blue to a Mediterranean Caramel painted by my DH, with rustic roses, shades of sage, terra cotta, warm ivory, aged copper, and an anchor of black in the fabrics and accents around the room.
The sconces on the wall above the bed where white in their old life. They light up with a soft glow and dim from a light switch on the wall, that DH installed. I painted the sconces an aged copper to look old and I used that same paint on the headboard which was a great find for $19.99 at the thrift shop in my area. This headboard was white and brass in it's original form. The furniture is hand painted a warm ivory and I added aged copper drawer pulls. The spread is a vintage style chenille in a soft warm rusty tone with lots of details all monochromatic. It is so yummy. I had this for years.

The window is a double large floor to ceiling style and requires 95" long for the panels. There is a narrow wall between the two windows which I covered over to give a feeling of one window.

Lastly I painted and decorated the closets making them stocked and ready for our guests.
By the door, I painted a rock from my garden for a door stop. Inside the long closet is a guest greeting on the wall painted by Gail Brown and written by Ken Brown.

Now on to the bathroom, which is part of this guest room. I also used the same wall color in here and brought the accents to reflect an aged style. All the hardware and accessories were white which I also used the same paint in aged copper. They look like old metal now and saved a ton of money in replacements. The sink faucet was installed by DH in an old world antique finish. He also installed the decorative molding near the ceiling in white to coordinate with the finish on the sink and cupboards. The door and drawer pulls are the same aged copper like the furniture in the bedroom. I used a shower curtain to soften the shower doors, that had to stay. Not fond of those, so the curtain did the trick to conceal and soften the hard edges of the doors. I raised the cutain rod for the window to give height to the room and bring in lots of light. Just as the bedroom furniture, the mirror cabinet over the sink and toliet area are old pieces that I had for years.

These re-decorated rooms were so much fun. I am so happy to be finished with everything and get on to new projects in the studio. I hope you can visit again when I share the shabby rose room. I hope it will be worth your time to view, as this one was the most work and took the longest to complete. I have so missed visiting everyone and please forgive my absence the last few weeks. I look forward to getting around blogland this week and seeing what everyone has been up to as well. As always, thank you for stopping by and see you again soon with 88 steps to shabby cottage rose tea and retreat. Till then blessings and blue skies be yours. Celestina Marie


Unknown said...

Oh, too bad about the glitch! What is with blogger sometimes, anyway. Oops maybe I shouldn't say that...

NICE, blogger, nice!!!
Your decorating is very nice. I love the shower curtain holders with the flowers. Very pretty!

Unknown said...

Okay, can I come over for a stay? What a gorgeous job you did with this, down to the broach on the robe. You are such a wonderful decorator.

Celeste, stop by to leave a comment on my giveaway. Today begins the One World One Heart global event hosted by A Whimsical Bohemian.

So, glad you posted, I missed you.

Amanda said...

Happy New Year Aunt Celeste! Everything looks fabulous as always- I love the color of the walls and your headboard find is fantastic! My friend just found one for $20 at the Habitat for Humanity outlet, and I still need one, so you two have inspired me to find some thrift stores in my area and get looking for a bargain! I'm going to give you a call soon, as Brian would like to refinish his kitchen cabinets in a darker color (as well as do some painting, tiling, and granite- quite the project!) and I thought you may have some advice for the cupboards...

Heart to Heart,

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Celeste! What a glorious make-over!! This is stunning. And you are sooo about the little details, that is what I love about you!

Tell Larry he did a wonderful paint job for you & you saved him a bundle by "re-inventing" so many pieces. That headboard is just gorgeous! Love the plumbing fixtures you chose, too.

I'll email you later today!

Angelic Accents

Anonymous said...

So pretty, Celeste. And all of the accessories you have in your home just make it look so warm and friendly.
I am SO tired of seeing these cold, half empty looking rooms on HGTV lately. I wish they'd do some shows that feature how people really live with all of their treasured finds displayed.
The headboard - oh my! Only $19.99!

The Muse said...

You may have more adoptions than guests! LOL what a fantastic spot :)

A Hint of Home said...

Simply beautiful. I knew it would be. So glad it turned out great for you. What type of paint did you use for the copper finish. Would it adhere to brass knobs?
I also wanted ask what you did with the President's Christmas card. I was thinking of having mine mounted so both inside and out would be visible. That would mean spliting it, of course. Just wondered if you had an idea.

Always enjoy my visits. Can't wait to see the vintage room.
Have a happy week.

Kris said...

Hello Celeste, Love your new decor. The colors on the wall are very warm and cozy. The decor is lovely and the bed is to die for. I'm sure all of your guest will enjoy their stay.

Looking forward to seeing the shabby room.

Have a wonderful day,


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

When can I come to visit? The vintage villa guest room is so lovely! I would feel so welcomed if I were a guest in your home! Beautiful touches everywhere.

Unknown said...

Hi Dear Celestina Marie! I stopped back over again to tell you a few things! First of all thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on the giveaway! Good luck to you!
Also, YOU inspired me today! I was with a friend today out shopping and I got the most exquisite burgundy shower curtain with the loveliest design in it and some gold cherubic shower curtain hooks! Oh, I can't wait to get it hung up! I'm so caught up in this OWOH gypsy caravan thing I'm having too much fun blogging to go get it taken care of, but when I do I will have you to thank for the inspiration to pretty up my Bathroom! :)

Connie said...

I wondered what happened, sweetpea!! I think it is all beautiful......

Shirl said...

Hi Celeste, I have been waiting to see your newly decorated rooms. THis one came out so pretty. The walls are a beautiful color and the bed looks so nice. I love the linens. I can't wait to see your cottage tea room. I'm doing a guest bedroom in that look right now. I plan to get some cupcake things from you when it's done!
Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!
Love you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Ronda said...

Your guest room is so pretty, and serene.
Love & Prayers,

randi K design said...

Wow, you hav e been busy!! Your front room looks great!!!
I gave you an award. Check out my blog!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh Celeste!!! I t is MORE beautiful than a bed and breakfast!! I would LOVE to be a guest in your home! I would feel like a princess. You did such a fabulous job on this! The curtains are gorgeous, I love the pattern! And the roses, the brooch on the robe even!! WOW! I LOVE little details, it is my favorite thing to do in decor and you always have the best special touches!! The closet is gorgeous! You have inspired me to clean out my bedroom closet and do this!! Oh Celeste, I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, beautiful gifts, prayers for my grandma and most of all your wonderful friendship that I value with all of my heart.

I love you!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Celeste, it's beautiful. Love the wall color with the black.

Cathy said...

Hi Celeste,

I have been waiting patiently to see the finished decorating project. OMG!!!! 2DIE4. Everything is absolutely stunning, rich and elegant. What a great job. You must feel so good inside now that it's all done and looks so stunning.

Can I be the first Guest?

xo Cathy

Anonymous said...

Great job, Celeste! Thanks for giving us so many lovely pics! I'm the same way after Christmas- gotta re-do!

~ Hearts ~

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Well, let's try this again. I am soooo glad you are back. I adore the painted rock! and thank you for you well wishes for Lacee...she is precious and I am pooped!

Gone said...

Oh...I love your make-over!! Everything is so restful and cozy looking!

Is the room available...ummm...let's spring sometime! LOL!!!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

The new year gave me a fresh start and hopefully time to catch up on posting and visiting more blogs....

I really liked the warm colors you chose. I'm partial to many of the same colors.
Computer glitches are a pain so are the errors I make that causes them, which are many!
Thanks for letting us have a peek at the redo.

Sweet Wishes,

A Southern Rose said...

Oh, Celeste, It is all so beautiful! I would love to visit! When can I come? LOL I love all of it. The colors are gorgeous and so warm and comfy feeling. I can't wait to see the shabby chic room! I know that I'm gonna love it too!
Lee Laurie

Angela said...

I love everything about everything you did! Ok, my suitcase is packed and I'm ready to go..thanks for getting the room ready for me,,LOL...That pillow, is it 'chenille' material I think? oh I love both did an amazing beautiful job!! Your guests will feel SO pampered and loved...

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

I can see why you have been MIA.

Just adore the guest rooms, the colours, so tranquil and welcoming.
Great job and so pretty.
Your guests will feel like Kings and Queens, when they visit you.

I also loved your little cushion ~
Old friends are Dearest ~ so true.


kari and kijsa said...

So glad you are back!! Love the bedroom and all teh wonderful vintage details!!
kari & kijsa

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celestina!

I'm ready to make my reservation! I can just see myself relaxing in the chair, reading a magazine, in the soft white robe after a busy day site seeing and helping you prepare dinner in your beautiful kitchen!!

You did a fabulous job!! Love the color, love the fabrics, incredible headboard, gorgeous vintage bedspread, can you tell I really like it? And the painted rock door stop is a perfect touch!!

Big hugs, Sherry

Did you say my reservation request is complete? WONDERFUL!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Welcome back Celestina!!!,You have been missed.You did some awesome work here .Its just drop dead gorgeous.I love the rustic colors.Deep and warm.Even your rock door stop is beautiful.I was never much on decorating.So looking at your work is such a pleasure.I've not been blogging much eitherbut I'm glad you drop by.I will be haveing something new soon I hope.My daughter has to put my pictures up for me.So keep a look out.Hugs Marie Antionette

Just Between Us Girls said...

Dear Celeste,
You have out done yourself with all the decorating you have accomplished. It is wonderful and so clutter free and organized and beautiful. Pefection. Thank you for stopping in. I have missed you as well. I am anxious to see what you are creating which is always wonderful.
I want to get busy on my kitchen and laundry room. Just need to dive in but first cleaning the basement is a priority and no fun.
Love and hugs,


Ruth Welter said...

Absolutely fabulous Celestina...both rooms are simply gorgeous...have you ever though of hiring yourself out for interior design work?? You would get a lot of interested people let me tell you...just BEAUTIFUL>


Betzie said...

Elegantly warm and so inviting! I love the colors and everything is just so well coordinated down to the last detail!!!
Amazing is all I can say...and I'm DYING to see your new PINK room...oh my...will check back later! Not much into blogging these days either...just need a break I guess.

Anonymous said...

Visiting from Amy's. BEAUTIFUL rooms!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beauty! We just had our bedroom and bath painted Golden Fleece and it looks very much like yours. And I have a dark red comforter with a little gold thread through it. Need some of the special touches though! Love what you've done. I love to CHANGE things! I think these colors are so soothing and pleasant!

Unknown said...

I am so glad you are back! I have been meaning to touch base with you. I just love what you have done...those are such warm, rich colors. You attention to detail is just amazing! Maybe some day I will be stopping by for a visit and sleep over. Would that be fun?

Also, thank you to you and Larry. He is such a sweet guy. Gary appreciates his help in getting is resume around! I know they have had a few emails and he has appreciated them so much!

We are in the midst of Basketball season and I have little time to do much that I want. I am squeazing it all into less time right now. But am enjoying watching M play. Things are still not what they should be...but GOD knows and will take care of the rest.

Okay...I will be back again real soon! Thanks for visiting..glad you are back with us..can't wait to see your Shabby Rose room! I know it will above and beyond!!!

Hugs and love...Lorena

Anonymous said...

Oh My Celeste!!! I am drooling here sweets!!!! Everything is gorgeous & beautfuil! So much shows how much you love decorating! Your so talented..
& everyone who stays there will LOVE the feeling:)
Your awesome...

Mary said...

Hello Celeste, Your rooms are lovely. You and Hubby did a wonderful job! Love all the little extra touches. Hope there is a chocolate on the pillow:) Do you serve breakfast in bed to your guest? I do not think my house will ever be back to normal. I have half of a new floor:) Thank You for visiting. Hugs, Mary:)

vickie said...

Celeste, the bed/bath are just beautiful, so warm and inviting. I'll be right over!

bee'nme said...

Hi Celeste,

You've really outdone yourself with this transformation! I'm always amazed at the attention to detail that you exhibit in your decorating...particularly in your rooms that guests will enjoy - your gift of hospitality shows through in every sweet, thoughtful, beautiful detail! Like the sweet vintage pin on the lapel of the it!

Always a delight to come here my sweet friend! Can't wait to see the other transformation!

Hugs and blessings,
Becky S.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Beautiful blog and home! Such an inspiration! Enjoyed my visit!

Maryjane said...

Hi Celeste, what lucky guests to get to stay in that room, it is actually like a suite! I just love, love what you have done, and inside the closet with those lovely little touches , so special! Rachaelxo

Kris said...

Hi Celeste,

You have an award. Visit my blog to pick it up.

Happy Saturday


Linda said...

Hi Celestina,
Wow you have been busy, your guest bedroom and bathroom makeover looks amazing you have done a great job, I'm sure that your guests won't want to leave.
Cheers Linda

Unknown said...

I love your decorating. Your house looks so inviting. It's beautiful.

The Greeley Girls said...

I loved the vintage vibe I got when I entered your blog. The roses, and shabby chic decor mixed with a little vintage make for a really beautiful space.

-Taylor Greeley

The Greeley Girls

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..