Sunday, January 25, 2009

Switching My Mom's Bedroom Around

I am so happy to participate in this week's Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ If you have not visited Susan's blog, you really should. I promise you won't be sorry because her blogs are always interesting. Please go and check out the other participants' postings too. We can always pick up good ideas from them.


My mom rotates among us 5 brothers and sisters in 4 states. Last summer and fall, she stayed with us in MS but moved to my sister's in IL for the winter ( you might wonder why she would stay there when it is cold, but dh and I had to go away on a trip and we could not leave her alone at home. She will be 91 in July). I picked this particular room for her to occupy because it is the second room in the house that has its own bathroom. After she left, I switched her bedroom around.


From this

To this

From this

To this

From this

To these
Please click on this picture to display full size. Take a look at the plates on the wall. They are Norman Rockwell plates showing mothers caring for a child.


From this


To this

That's my mom's picture when she was 18.


I think either way works but what do you think? Which furniture arrangement do you like better?


Thanks for visiting.







34 comments:

Susan said...

I like the bed on the long wall better than in between the two windows...but that is just my opinion...


I do love that your Mom shares time with each of you. I am sure there are some tough times...but the memories are priceless!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Christine! I like what you have done! I keep telling you people would pay big bucks to have someone come in and do what you do. I think your title should be life coordinator. You come in, rearrange their spaces, teach them how to cook, help them set the table...including fresh flowers, and help them host a dinner party. Hey...this could be a TV show!! For real! Have a great week...Debbie

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Christine...great change! The room feels a lot larger now to me with the bed in the new position! What did your Mom think? Did she like it, too? Most of my rooms only work one way for my furniture...it's so nice to be able to try different ways like this. Thanks for this MM post...love seeing the changes! :-) Susan

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Oh, Christine...you did your link perfectly! Exactly the right way...girl, you are getting all of this down so fast! :-) Susan

marty39 said...

Wow Christine, you do have a lot of options. I think I like the last picture best. How wonderful that your mom stays with all of you from time to time. What a blessing for her that you all want to have time visiting and what sweet wonderful memories for you. Love the post. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

victoria ~ auction girl vintage said...

I like the bed in the new position, with the chair centered between the windows. It looks much brighter and more spacious. You're very blessed to still have your mom, and to have her take turns staying with each of you and your sibs.

Victoria :o)

Shelia said...

Oh, Christene! You're so fantastic at decorating. Everything looks marvelous and when your Mom comes back, I'll bet she'll love it too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ma'dame French said...

I think it looks great! What a wonderful thing to do for your mom;) French

mbkatc230 said...

I like the new arrangement best. I love the fact that this room is large enough that you can arrange it so many ways! And how lucky that your mom gets to spend time with all of you. Kathy

Linda said...

Your mom is so fortunate to have such wonderful children to welcome her. I know she feels loved. I really, really like the wall treatment over the new arrangement of the bed - lovely!

Tomarie said...

Christine~I love everything you've done to your mom's room, especially the decorations above the bed! Just love that arrangement..and I know she will too! :-) L~

Happy To Be said...

GM Christine..You know girl I like it both ways..I just love the fact that you have your sweet Mama there with you..but the second way does look like her bed is closer to the bathroom...which we all need...Your Mama is a beauty girl and I always told you that and how lucky you are to still have her..great job...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Glenda said...

I like the chair out of the corner much better. I also like the way you brought the picture arrangement closer together when you moved the bed. That dust ruffle is a perfect match to the quilt and other bed linens.

This is a wonderful and spacious room. You're not only a wonderful Mother, but a loving and caring Daughter as well.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Christine, your mothers room turned out great. Has she seen it since the change? I think it's wonderful that she can "float" between you and your siblings. Thanks for the visit and kind words... I'm off to work have a super day.. hugs ~lynne~

Momovthree said...

How nice that you get to spend that time with your mom. I like what you did with the room, the furniture arrangement looks great where it is now.
~Michelle

Wendy said...

I agree with the other posters. I like the bed on the long wall and the chair between the 2 windows. Great job.

That is so nice that your mother has a chance to stay with all of the siblings.

Wendy

ann said...

Christine,you are such a natural.I'm so glad you joined us.You are bursting with talent and knowledge.Let alone the trips you take.Now all the others can travel with "us"...Ann

Susan said...

Your mothers bedroom is beautiful!

PAT said...

It's a beautiful room either way, Christine. I think it seems to add space with the bed against the wall.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

What a beautiful room for your mother. I'm sure she feels very welcome and at home at your house.

ellen b said...

I do like that switch! How very nice that you have a room that your mother can stay in and call her own when she visits...

niartist said...

Christine! So happy you joined blog land, welcome to the jungle! :) I much prefer the bed along the wall than between the two windows - seems to make more sense that way, and it flows nicely.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, this looks so pretty. Your mom is going to love it! She's raised some good children. How wonderful that you all take care of her! And who wonderful that she has such a pretty room at your house. laurie

Bo said...

Hi Christine...I did enlarge the picture of the NR plates...how perfect for your art in your dear mom's room. Wow, she is 91 and still able to travel among her childrens' homes...that's awesome. The way the furniture is arranged now, she can see out of the windows...I'll bet she;ll like that! ;-) Bo

Chari said...

Good Mornin' Girlfriend...

So happy to see that you stopped by this morning...thank you for all of your sweet compliments! And in answer to your question...I caught Russell (but don't tell him...he thinks he was the one doing all of the catching...hehe!)

Girlfriend, I remember seeing your Mom's room on RMS and I fell in love with it the moment I saw it!!! I love the pretty green and lavender together! Love how you changed the bedroom around...and honestly? I think it looks great either way but it's always nice to make a change once in awhile!!! Those pretty plates look fabulous above the bed though...love that change!!!

Have a great Monday, Sweetie...
Love ya,
Chari

Melissa Miller said...

~Gorgeous Christine!
It's so welcoming and lovely. :)

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Your placement of things looks much better I think...good job!

What does your mother think of it? Has she seen the pics?

kbbryant said...

Either way looks inviting. How nice of you to have a room just forher stays. Hope you had help moving that furniture!

Kathy b

Dixie's Whimsey said...

Christine... I like the new way of the room arrangement. I like to wake up and be able to look out the window from my bed... Mom will really enjoy the room upon her return. It also makes it a little closer to the restroom for her at night... which at any age over 50 is great! (I should know!)

I love the color in the room too, glad you didn't change that. It's so warm and inviting. I think I'll just forward your post to my adult children.. what a great idea... wonder if they'd go for it? ;)

warm hugs! Dixie

ps... I'm for Mississippi... my sister still lives near Jackson in Forest... Just visited her in December... beautiful state!

Dixie's Whimsey said...

oops! that was suppose to read "I'm FROM MS... hehehe... Dix

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I like the bed on the wall adjacent to the two windows! There is something about rearranging the furniture that makes you feel like you have something brand new!
Diane

Helen said...

Christine, I am very pleased to make your acquaintance ... I've read everything you have posted thus far and especially loved the wedding story and photos ... I like your mother's bed on the wall so that she can awaken to the beginning of a new day when she looks out the windows.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love the new arrangement. It seems so much lighter and cheerful now. I am not sure why. But, you've done a wonderful job.
Hugs, Terrie

The Muse said...

great eye in placing the items in the arrangement...form and function...! :)

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