Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bedroom Window Seat

My window seat!
Progress in the bedroom continues with the window seat getting completed.
I used a pale aqua matelasse coverlet for my cushion and skirt.
Matelasse is french for "to quilt, to pad"
 which is fabric woven with two warps
so a puckering and quilted effect is achieved.
The large border edging of the coverlet is what I used to upholster a pleated skirt
on the board platform that the cushion rests upon.
It was heavy to work with, 
but I thought it would be ideal for future machine washings.
A pattern with a finished edge makes this ideal for the skirt.
I stapled the skirt right onto the platform under the cushion.
A silk roman shade in aqua blue is paired with a small tablecloth
that I cut in half to use as a cafe curtain that swags across the bottom half.
I tacked this chantilly lace "cafe" on both edges for a simple and sweet effect.
This is one of the old table cloths I found at a consignment shop in NH.
Lots of ruffles on the white pillows make this an ethereal sitting spot.
The blue on the bench is the palest of shades. 
A small occasional table I painted white holds 
an old lamp on a marble base for intimate lighting.
This table may get an antique glaze someday.
My romantic window seat~
the perfect solution for this narrow dormer alcove.

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Pattie said...

Now that I am able to post comments on your blog, First I would like to say that I think your home is just beautiful... I love this window seat and the pleating on it. it look you could sit there all day and daydream. I know I sure would.

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Beautiful. I love the aqua roman shade! And the pillows are so gorgeous!!

Maureen @ Modecor said...

So pretty and feminine. I love is timeless and works in many applications and decors.

Cindy said...

What a great idea! Looks so elegant, comfy and did you pull off all those looks so nicely? Such talent!!!

Linda said...

Amy, your window seat is so beautiful and so inviting. Can I come and sit awhile?

Linda from Missouri

Serendipity Chic Design said...

This is stunning Amy...Makes me want to come over and get comfortable with a good book and cup of tea...

Take care,

Melody said...

Gorgeous! What a perfect place to curl up with a book. I love the cafe curtain & sweet pillows.

Blondie's Journal said...

It looks just beautiful, Amy! I love the Matelasse fabric, it looks so comfy! I really am in love with what you did with the window treatments. I just HAVE to try this somewhere! Nicely done!


Fishtail Cottage said...

Would love a cozy window seat like this to cozy up w/a book & a mocha! Fantastic spot! xoxo

Judy said...

The window seat is just gorgeous. I love the idea of using Matelasse fabric. It looks so elegant. The window treatments are out of this world beautiful.

Cindy said...

Your eye for color is so perfect, everything has a soft, romantic, dreamlike quality. I love the silky aqua shade..


mariondee-designs said...

It looks so romantic and inviting! I love window seats, even though I don't have one, I sometimes imagine how I would decorate it! What a lovely spot to sit and read.. just beautiful.. take care, Maryann

sissie said...

Hi Amy,
Your window seat fabric is so pretty and I just love your choice of colors. I love everything from the window treatment to the pillows, to the little table (which, by the way, I have one just like it but mine is green!)

You are an amazing decorator.


Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

This is beautiful! I bet that was thick to work with but it turned out beautifully! Such a sweet spot!

Tammy@InStitches said...

You did a great job, it looks so cozy !

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Amy, that is so pretty. Such a romantic look. Thanks for linking up.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...'s sooooo pretty! The perfect spot to sit on a snowy day and read a book. What a pretty little lamp too!

Marcy said...

What a luscious sitting area. I featured this post at

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

How dreamy! You are some kind of talented girlfriend!

Bridget @ The Rehab Boutique said...

I have always loved Matelasse, this looks so soft and pretty, perfect for your window seat! It all looks so pretty, can't wait to see the final reveal of your bedroom!

C'est Magnifique said...

Wow, that's so beautiful, I would love to sit there and read a magazine!! And thanks for the little lesson on Matelasse!!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG this is just beautiful, I love mattelesse, I just took some out to cover my next stool. I am your newest follower, just when I think I have found all of the good blogs out there....along comes another!


La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very pretty I really like the use of the matelasse ~ and you are so washes and wears beautifully. This is such a pretty and very romantic look. Have a happy weekend!

Claire said...

Love the window seat and the ruffled pillows! The fabric looks like a mattalese coverlet-so elegant looking-I'm your newest follower-Claire

...............Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

You have created a special getaway you will love for years to come!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Amy~ what a completely beautiful window seat!!! I love the gorgeous fabric you chose- it is perfect for your dreamy look and the ruffled pillows are gorgeous. Love it! Makes me miss the window seats I used to have! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Beautiful and oh so romantic, Amy. Great use of texture with the chantilly lace, ruffles and matelasse! :)

Counting Your Blessings said...

Oh how pretty! I love ruffles. The more the better. =)

Blessings... Polly
p.s. thank you so much for adding our French Cupboard Valentine button to your sidebar (hugs)

freckled laundry said...

It all looks gorgeous, Amy! Love your window seat and window treatments and all those ruffles on the pillows. I especially love the whispy cafe me. You are doing a beautiful job with that room, my friend!


Joelle Dolce Bebe said...

awwww Amy its so Dreamy!!!

I love it all! My favorite materials & colors.

You make everything beautiful!
Enjoy your new special space.
Joelle xoxo

The Zhush said...

Adore a cozy bedroom window seat, and yours is so completely charming!

Jodie said...

Thank you so much for stopping by & thank you for the sweet comment! Your window seat is gorgeous! Love your home, it has such a romantic feel! I'm a new follower, and can't wait to navigate through your blog (smiles)! Perfect!

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