Thursday, August 4, 2011
By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
When I moved in to the old Shea House, my mother bought me a king-sized bed with a good mattress for one of the spare bedrooms. The bed came headboardless. That's a new word I just made up. I toyed around with various headboard ideas like old fencing or one of the old doors stored in my garage, but nothing seemed quite right.
At the same time, I had access to some Navy charts from the decommissioning of the USS McKee, a submarine tender. The charts were going to be discarded when they mothballed the McKee on the James River, but I knew that I could do something with them. I was particularly fond of this chart of the approach to New York and Long Island Sound. I spend many happy days as a child playing in Long Island Sound at Black Point (Niantic), Connecticut. The back of the chart has quartermaster notes in black Sharpie magic marker, which I think is very cool.
In July, I was riding my bike in West Park View and came across two 1940 twin bed headboards sitting at the curb for trash pick up. FINALLY I realized that I'd found the beginnings of my headboard arrangement. Two twins add up to a king. The whole idea still had to jell in my mind, but after 13 years, I was finally getting something together.
My first task was to spray paint the headboards red. The posts on the bed are missing something, but I'm still not quite sure what was there. A nautical theme made me consider using rope, so I ended up with this:
I looked at Cottage Syle magazine
and Waterside Cottages by Barbara Jacksier
for further inspiration. I saw a room in one of them with an old map hanging on the wall. The owner had mounted some shadow boxes on top of the map as if it was wallpaper. That's how I figured out how to mount the picture on the chart.
I had a coil of rope leftover from Lowes and I'm cheap, so that's how I decided on "framing" the chart with the rope. Contrary to what you read in high-end decorating magazines about "frugal" decorating, it isn't frugal if you pay $300 to custom mat and frame the cool chart you scored for free.
Can you do exactly this? Nope, because this is my frugal decorating life. But you can make your house you in the same way by keeping your eyes open for God's provision. I once just told God I needed a cool new coffee table and found it the next day while walking the dog.
Dear readers, anyone with money to throw away can pay a decorator to buy $2,000 club chairs that they read about in Elle Decor. But the home is the decorator's vision, not the owner's. Only you can make your home uniquely Debra
or Annie on a shoestring. And that, kidlets, is real talent.
Posted by JPG at 11:40 AM