Adding character to new construction

This is our master bedroom in our home.  When we were building, I struggled to find a way to give this room an architectural feature, something special (that didn’t cost a fortune).  I love the three big windows that let in tons of light, but the wall opposite the bed needed “something”.  (Apologies for the crappy pictures)

One day I was in a local antique store and found this old rusted out cast iron fireplace.  It had such beautiful details.

I had my contractor build out the fireplace wall to accomodate the insert.  I painted it gray and used a Romo wallpaper that I had been dying to use (it was too expensive to use in a large area) and used left over marble from the bathroom for the hearth.

This picture doesn’t do it justice, but the “faux” fireplace and wall paper give the room a focal point and something beautiful to look at from the bed (besides my husband’s “gorgeous” tv, of course).  I also used a vintage brass chandelier over the bed and changed out the hardware on the dresser to antique brass.

And someday I’m going to get around to putting pictures of my four crazy kids in those empty gold frames.  Priorities…

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Vintage side table

This little table is one of my favorite finds ever.  It was 20 bucks!  And I love it.  It is the perfect size, I love the brass details and the marble top is gorgeous.  I’ve gotten on the whole brass bandwagon this last year too, and have been replacing hardware here and there with antique brass.  After so many years of nickel and chrome (which I still love) it’s nice to have a mix and really warms the look up.