Monday, July 20, 2020

Summer Bedroom

Hello everyone!! Here we are in the dog days of summer, and a cool bedroom is seriously inviting at the end of a hot, humid day. I'm excited to join 15 amazing bloggers as we share our summer bedrooms. Thanks so much to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for putting this fun tour together. Welcome to everyone coming over from Laura's beautiful home at Decor to Adore.

It gets hot - even here in the mountains, and I don't want my bedroom to be light and bright, I seriously want it to feel like a cool, dark cave.  I remember as a kid visiting caverns nearby in the summer, and the joy I felt at getting out of the hot sun into those cool, dark caverns is exactly the joy I find in this room. 

For summer, I brought back the red floral draperies my mother made in the 1970s, and they really are the star of this show. I've added some texture and pattern with kilim pillows and a woven Thunderbird-pattern blanket.

I made the ticking stripe pillow shams several years ago and love the subtle bit of color added to the white chenille spread.

A quilt made by my great grandmother, and a granny square afghan from a family friend add more coordinating colors.

I found the iron bed on the property and restored it about 7 years ago.

After moving my great grandmother's chaise into the living room for summer, the Victorian chairs came to live here, and I love the pop of yellow they give this room, and love how they look with the gray walls.

Grandmother's hat box adds some green to the red, yellow and gray.

The inherited Eastlake dresser is missing its original mirror, but this antique mirror works nicely.

I just loved this fancy pincushion that belonged to my grandmother, and she rests on great grandmother's table I restored. 

On the other side of the room is an antique medicine cabinet I finally restored. It still has medicine, etc., exactly as my grandparents left it. 


This Victorian era dresser was also inherited, and I've added a white crocheted runner my grandmother made to the top.

The handmade lace handkerchief is inherited from a relative and dates to 1872. 

These are some of the 14 doors I restored and hung that were saved out of the old house.

My great aunt Nannie's hand-made nightgown hangs by a baby gown my grandfather wore.

This room is certainly a welcome respite -- not only after a long, hot day, but also in the uncertain and scary times unfolding before us. I find myself trying to do everything I can to at least have a peaceful home where my family feels safe and loved. 

It's something. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!! 

Be sure to start at the beginning, using the links below, and visit all these talented bloggers throughout the week for lots of summer bedroom inspiration!!

Be sure to follow me at Whispering Pines Homestead on instagram for more realtime fun and on facebook as well!

Monday Lineup - July 20
A Stroll Thru Life , 11 Magnolia Lane , Remodelando La Casa 

Tuesday Lineup - July 21
Clean & Scentsible , Hymns & Verses , Decor To Adore , Far Above Rubies 

Wednesday Lineup - July 22
Fox Hollow Cottage , Inspiration For Moms , Life On Cedar Lane , Pink Peppermint Design 

Thursday Lineup - July 23 
Our Southern Home , White Arrows Home , Stone Gable 

Friday - July 24
CitrineLiving , Thrifty Decor Chic , Follow The Yellow Brick Home 


  1. Marty@A Stroll Thru LifeJuly 21, 2020 at 5:34 AM

    Such a delight to see your home and another one of your rooms filled with such beautiful family history and treasures. You always manage to make your antiques look new and fresh in your decor, that's a talent. Thanks for joining the tour.

    1. Thank you so much Marty and thanks for all the hard work you do hosting!!

  • Love your house because you have wonderful memories everywhere you look from your family. Your grandmother’s hat box reminds me of the old Barkcloth fabric. Love that fabric. Your ticking pillow cases with the various cotton lace bring back wonderful memories too. My 150 year old house that I had to give up due to husband’s health was named Whispering Pines. Love old houses and yours if so neat too.

    1. Thank you so much Connie!! Yes, I believe it is barkcloth and such a beautiful print!!

  • Oh, Anita - you do heirloom so so well.

    First - your bed. It's gorgeous. And that trunk at its foot? Swoon worthy. I adore the Victorian dresser=- and what a hoot you display your grandparent's drugs - lol - I wonder how they'd feel about that? However, you did a remarkable job on that unique gorgeous medicine cabinet.

    1. Thank you Michele!! I know, I looked at the photos making sure there wasn't anything that might be embarrassing:-)

  • I'm interested in the medicine cabinet. I've never seen one like it. It appears to have drop down glass doors? Do you think it was purchased or was it made by your grandparents? Love how you continue to display their medicines. Thanks for the tour!

    1. Yes, the doors do drop down, and it looks to be a purchased piece. My grandfather owned a store here, so he would have had access to buy things more than most here.

  • I always love "strolling" through your home, I just really love all the old, dark woods. Those doors! I don't remember seeing the medicine cabinet before - what a fun piece of family history. And your sweet pin cushion - she's a beauty. Thanks for sharing your summer bedroom - dreamy!

    1. Thank you so much Lisa!! I am still in awe of those amazing doors, and the medicine cabinet was a recent restoration:-)

  • Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble ChristmasJuly 24, 2020 at 5:47 AM

    Absolutely LOVE your stunning bedroom!! I too love the deep rich jewel tone colors and I applaud you for following your heart with your decorating!! I too , in this heat, want my bedroom to feel like a cool cave!! Your bedroom stands out above all the rest with originality and beautiful colors!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

    1. Thank you so much Debbie!!

  • Christy @ Our Southern HomeJuly 27, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Oh, Anita! I am in love with your gorgeous summer bedroom. I love how the white linens look so fresh against all the jewel tones for summer. That trunk in front of the bed is so pretty.

  • Hi Anita, I love your bedroom. I too like a dark and cool bedroom in the summer, I need that reprieve from the hot summer days. Your floors are gorgeous and I think that medicine cabinet is just so unique and what a great conversation starter! I hope you continue to enjoy your garden, these dog days of summer, and then nestle into the cool sheets of your beautiful bed in the evening.

  • Practical ParsimonyAugust 1, 2020 at 9:41 PM

    I love that you have not painted the antiques. Brown furniture is my favorite. You have great style.


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