Sunday, August 11, 2013

Marblehead Coast Bedroom Dressed in Linen

Do you love Linen like I do?  This bedroom in Marblehead, MA, just steps from the beach, is shaping up to be one that is very close to my heart!  To see what I mean by "shaping up", just take a look at the "before" photo below.  This room had not been touched since the 1920's until just a few months ago. (Do you like antique homes? See a previous home also renovated by my clients here: Antique Home in Lynnfield Featured in Boston Globe )

Now you get it.  The owners of this home are industrious, talented and already had great taste.  As soon as these walls were stripped of wallpaper, a beautiful and serene painting was selected as the inspiration for the feeling of the entire room.

I used that painting to come up with several fabrics to choose from.  We collaborated and narrowed down to 3 that covered what I consider to be key elements in the design of any room; texture, pattern and color. They are very different, yet play off of each other in a subtle way, adding much more to this room than one would notice at first glance.

As you might guess, we selected Linen as the main fabric.  This one has two color tones visible in the threads, which make it irresistible, giving it depth and texture, visible even from across the room.  Pair this Linen, tailored bed skirt with a nubby, seagrass rug and we have now laid out the perfect foundation for our beachy bedroom.  This is no ordinary, store bought dust ruffle.  This is hand stitched (by "me") with double rolled hems that I didn't press with a hot iron.  I prefer to finger press and only use shots of steam, sparingly.

The softness now added to this room has given it a feeling that is SO inviting at the end of the day.

Flanged pillow shams repeat another Linen layer up on top of the bed as well.  What do you think about this gorgeous, long pillow that we decided to showcase our oh-so-special, paisley fabric on?

This "sweet", lovable Boston Terrier, Sophie just loves it and thinks this room was designed just for her!

Are you inspired?  If so, I hope you'll comment below and share my article!

This job is complete... and we are off to the beach ;-)  Until next time... happy decorating and enjoy this beautiful summer while it's still here!
Owner of Michelle Jamieson Interiors / Author of

P.S. This is the second home I've worked on with these clients. Here is a link to another room in another house I worked on with them: Custom Roman Shades Leather Banding

I'm sharing this article with these favorite blogs of mine:
A Stroll Through Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Southern Savvy Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Mod Vintage Life for Mod Mix Monday


  1. Beautiful job, Michelle and the dog just makes the room. Good hearing from you again.

  2. Thank you Kim! Coming from an expert such as yourself, that complement means a lot! I love dogs and try to make sure they get in the pictures whenever possible ;-) Good to hear from you too!

    Michelle /

  3. Nita@ModVintageLifeAugust 20, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    I featured this pretty bedroom today on Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life.

  4. Nita I just saw this! Thank you SO SO MUCH I will have to pop over to Monday's Mod Monday and take a look! That's SO SWEET OF YOU to "FEATURE" my post in your blog! I'm flattered beyond what you can imagine! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Michelle /


I LOVE your comments thanks so much!


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