Linen bedding with ruffle edge natural neutral color French country bedroom makeover gel pillows Sleep Number bed wrought iron headboard painted white with chalk paint and all in one paint
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Creating a Cozy French Country Bedroom

Welcome back for Episode 9 of my French country bedroom makeover! The plan didn't start out as a "French country" makeover, but it ended up that way!

It started innocently enough with a desire to brighten my bedroom!

In this episode I wanted to share with you some of the French touches I added to the bedroom.

Like I said, I didn't really "plan" to do a "French country bedroom makeover"....it just sort of evolved.

it was a happy little accident...we don't make mistakes...

The French country just started to come to life and it sort of took over...and that's the way with me, once I get an idea, I got BIG or GO Home!

After I got the major painting makeover part of the bedroom done (see the early episodes for the transformation from that dark wood), my attentions turned to the bed. It is the focal point after all.

As you can imagine, this project did take some time; I worked hard and long on it! You’ll see the bed and the decorations in the room change, and change, and change…

Being a lover of versatile decor items I tend to gravitate toward items that I can move around easily from one room to the next. 

You’ll see things that started in my family room end up in my bedroom, then living room, office….well, you get the drill. My decor choices, like me, need to be flexible and enjoy travel! 🙂

You may or may not know this about me yet, but I am a “make my bed every single morning” kind of girl! Imagine, I make it a bit, or a LOT different every single day! 

When I'm moving around my bedding every day, if I find a particular look I love, then I usually maintain that same theme for a bit! Throw pillows and blankets subject to change at any time! LOL

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One of the early stages right after I painted the nightstands and bed.

Another thing, if you haven’t noticed already about me, is that I LOVE bedding! Pillows, blankets, more pillows, layered bedding, luxuriously soft cuddly things! 

When shopping for bedding items I look for Soft, Cuddly, Snuggle up styles and fabrics!

You’ll see my bedding that I got several years ago still popping around, though the comforter comes and goes as it is very heavy! 

This set is what I have tried to work so hard to keep integrated because I built a massive matching cornice to go over my sliding doors (it is all removable and built from recycled packaging material I had), and frankly, I am not ready to let that hard work and innovation go to waste! So it stays! 

This bedding set is a beautiful damask floral print, I love it so much…but after I painted the bedroom furniture, and added the French rub on transfers..I was nervous I couldn’t make it work.

Luckily, given that I had put so much work into my Big cornice, I was not about to go down without a fight! I was going to find a way to make this all work and jive! 

Minimal bedding - easier to take off during DIY projects!

During my painting process I kept minimal bedding on. This made it much easier when painting again the next day!

Once the bed was “as done as it was getting while the other pieces were still in process”, I kept working with the bedding in different ways…trying to find the look and feeling I wanted! 

Starting to add some of my Damask bedding set in....
French country bedroom adding damask bedding
Just got the new white linen sheets!

The first stage was white linen sheets! This was a must do, and a must find for me.

Some people, I have now found my daughter included, do not like the feeling of linen sheets. Who knew? Me…I LOVE Linen! Linen pants, shirts, sheets! Love you Linen! 

If you don’t like linen, never will, and that’s that, that’s ok, we still love you! 

For the linen lovers, I do love the white linen sheets I found on Amazon. That said, after several washes now, I did recently see a tiny little hole in one spot, but I love the feel of these! Ironed is best, but fresh out of the dryer is great too! 

French country linen bedding bedroom white linen sheets freshly ironed
White linen sheets
french bedroom white linen sheets freshly ironed
Freshly ironed
French country linen bedding bedroom white linen sheets freshly ironed
Yes, Ironing them makes a difference!

Imagine, once I fell in love with the linen sheets, I needed MORE LINEN! More FRENCH feeling...that's what I was wanting!

What else screams French country - ruffles! Yes, ruffles!

Now while ruffles may seem “girly”, take a look at the French princes in history and the endless ruffles on their sleeves, shirts, collars! So, I’ll argue ruffles are not in fact “girly”! LOL 

That said, I do what I want, and I started looking for Linen & Ruffles! 

Ding – found it! A lovely duvet set, linen, natural color, ruffles! 

Linen bedding with ruffle edge natural neutral color French country bedroom makeover gel pillows Sleep Number bed wrought iron headboard painted white with chalk paint and all in one paint
Ruffles, linen, lovely!
Linen bedding with ruffle edge natural neutral color French country bedroom makeover gel pillows Sleep Number bed wrought iron headboard painted white with chalk paint and all in one paint
The natural linen look is stunning!
Linen bedding with ruffle edge natural neutral color French country bedroom makeover gel pillows Sleep Number bed wrought iron headboard painted white with chalk paint and all in one paint
Ironed Duvet Set
Linen bedding with ruffle edge natural neutral color French country bedroom makeover gel pillows Sleep Number bed wrought iron headboard painted white with chalk paint and all in one paint
I love the look and the feel of this set!

After adding the ruffle linen duvet set, I could feel it all coming together. 

As I was researching for the perfect linen duvet set I stumbled on some cute ruffle sheets that I ordered as well. I had to try them at least! 

French country linen bedding bedroom white linen sheets freshly ironed

The ruffle sheets I got are super cute, but they are not the highest quality and not super soft, but I still like them.

French country linen bedding bedroom white linen sheets freshly ironed
I do love the piped edge of the fitted sheet in this set!
French country linen bedding bedroom white linen sheets freshly ironed
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That pretty much takes you through my bedding journey!

Now I use my main comforter, which is heavy tapestry like fabric with a gold chorded edge, folded up at the end of the bed, as an accent. It also gets moved to the attic from time to time. Like now, it is in the attic!

Getting ready for Christmas, so the bedding will be changing again! And the room for that matter! Stay tuned to see how I create a French country Christmas bedroom! Last year I created a Cozy Winter Lodge (ahh…I do miss the dark wood sometimes, but I love the change). You can see that blog post here and see the bedroom BEFORE the white makeover! 

With the bed finished, the rest of the room needed to come to the French side!

As part of my lightening and brightening process, I took down my dark red velvet drapery panels, and added in these soft satin linen ivory panels you see. I use those clip on hooks and they work great to swap out curtain panels! 

Take a look at some easy and elegant additions to the room to help create that French country feeling!

Look out for moving candlesticks! How many places can you find the candlesticks ?

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I did also change out curtain panels to lighten the look

Where the candlesticks stop, no one knows!

Nightstand Left

Nightstand with candlesticks, book boxes(see my Amazon idea board for Book Boxes I love), faux lavender plant! Easy enough and elegant! 

Hint: add in some real dried lavender sprigs to your faux lavender plant: 

  1. makes it look more realistic
  2. smells great
  3. relaxing aromatherapy
Stonebriar Decorative Table Top Clock books topiary

Stacked book boxes, a faux potted topiary, mini vintage clock, led candles. See my Amazon Board “French county Makeover” for my tools I used, bedding, and decor! 

FRENCH decor book boxes candlesticks bedroom
These are some of my favorite book boxes! So pretty!
Top of the Armoire
I changed some curtain panels to lighten up the look
I am really happy with the feeling of the room now
I am so proud of my cornice! I love it! I made it work!

Tassels - need i say more!

French country bedroom dresser mirror armoire furniture makeover dark antique walnut wrought iron accents home décor improvement chalk paint all in one wax glaze antique restoration before and after Provincial white cream gilding wax gold techniques tips Rae Dunn Disney Princess Mug Cinderella Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
Tassels add an elegant European flair anywhere! 😉
French country bedroom dresser with candlesticks flowers in pitcher vase
Flowers...candles - top of dresser

Thanks for coming by and joining me for this stage of the bedroom makeover! I am really excited to decorate for Christmas, so stay tuned to see how that comes out!

Check out the other Episodes in this Series
French country bedroom dresser mirror armoire furniture makeover dark antique walnut wrought iron accents home décor improvement chalk paint all in one wax glaze antique restoration before and after Provincial white cream gilding wax gold techniques tips Rae Dunn Disney Princess Mug Cinderella Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
I designed & built this HUGE custom cornice last year - $15 & garbage scraps! Best part - No sewing & no cutting my valances at all! I'll share how I did it coming soon!

Check out my linen bedding!

Here are the French bedding finds I have on my bed right now. 

These linens really helped create that soft French country feeling!

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