Well, I finally got a bed, or should I say a PROPER bed at Cedar Hill Ranch.
Let me tell you a sad story… a story of childhood deprivation. Well my childhood wasn’t so bad, except that everyone in the house had a headboard… that is… except me.
I always wanted one, and one glorious, miraculous day, I was allowed to select whatever bed I wanted so long as it was in the Sears catalog, ha, ha. I was so excited and didn’t take long to select the canopy bed (what a romantic even back then!) My parents ordered the bed, and I waited, and waited, and waited for it to arrive. It never did. My dad finally called the store only to determine that it was being discontinued. So he unceremoniously told me that they didn’t carry the bed any more and it wasn’t coming, end of story.
They (my parents whom I thought loved me) never offered to get me another bed, and I didn’t feel that I could ask, so that was that. Oh sure, I got on with my life, but I never forgot my bed. I decided then and there that I WOULD one day have a headboard. It was like that scene from Gone with the Wind, when Scarlet lifts up her hand full of dirt and defiantly shouts, “I’ll never go hungry again,” except that it wasn’t the Civil War, and I wasn’t starving, but otherwise, the same.
When I got married, I was determined that all of the beds in our house would have headboards. It took awhile but they finally did. But when we furnished the ranch, it seemed like a luxury item, so I held off on buying them… until now.
A few weeks ago I found this Ingrid bed from the Martha Stewart Collection at Home Decorators Collection and the King size which regularly was $999 was on sale that week for under $400. I ordered it right away. I thought it had great details and what the right color for my room.
But now came the hard part. How was I going to get it to the house? Oh yes I told the company to deliver to the ranch rather than our city house, since I didn’t think it would fit in my car, but here’s the problem. Our ranch is in a secluded area, so everytime something is delivered out here, it comes by eighteen wheeler. To get to our house, you have to go down a fairly narrow dirt road, and then turn into a gate to access our even smaller private road, then cross a very small but darling bridge, take a sharp left turn, round a hill, take another sharp turn right and finally arrive at our house. There are only three houses on this road, and we are the last one, so even if a truck miraculously made it back to our house, ha, ha, there’s no place to tun around.
So you can see that I might be concerned about how I would get it to the house. The driver agreed to drive out the dirt road and meet me at the gate. I drove down with my SUV, praying it would fit. The driver shook his head as he looked at my vehicle. “It will fit I told him.” It did with a bungee cord to keep the back gate closed. I drove slowly all the way to the house. Not having anyone there to help me unload, I did it myself. The next day Mr. CH helped me to carry the headboard into the house and assemble the bed. To his credit, there was only minimal complaining.
I love the simple but elegant Swedish design of the bed. I also got a new rucked quilt for the bed. Remember I wanted to go more neutral? This one is from Stein Mart for those of you that asked.
The pillow shams are simply vintage feed sacks I just happened to have sitting in a drawer. Can you believe they fit our king-sized pillows perfectly so I decided not to do any sewing but just use them as is.
I kept my old green quilt in the closet, so I can change out the bedding when I like.
The matrress is so tall, that you can barely see the headboard above the pillows.
I bought a fitted sheet to cover the box springs since the dust ruffle I was using doesn’t work so well with this bed, but I don’t have any photos of that yet.
Here’s some more photos of the rest of our room.
I think I need a nap now…
Korrie Bastian says
So glad your dream finally came true 😉 It’s a very pretty bed, and I love the new quilt!
Coastal Cottage Dreams says
I am so glad that you found the headboard that you have always wanted. Also glad to hear the the delivery was possible to your ranch.
Love the pillows and coverlet!
Have a great weekend!
It’s a lovely bed! Now you can cross that one off your bucket list. 🙂 I love it that the feed sacks made pillow cases with no sewing! They look great with your new coverlet.
Betsy@ coastal-colors says
Anita, so glad you have a headboard! I love this bed! It’s perfect for your ranch bedroom. The new bedding is gorgeous! Glad you can cross this off your list!
Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers says
It looks wonderful. Can you tell me where you got the fabulous quilt? It is just what I have been looking for.
Didn’t you used to love looking thru that sears catalog when you were a kid? All the possibilities! LOL! I think this beauty makes up for the canopy bed.:)
Great job! I have to ask where you got your quilt? It is amazing! And, is it washable or must it be dry cleaned? It has that look that makes you want to jump right into it.
I always wanted a canopy bed from the Sears catalog too. My parents never even considered getting me one, but my BFF, who was a tomboy and lived next door – HER parents got her one. I was so jealous.
Love the new ruched cover and got a funny visual of the mattress getting to the house.
LOVE your new bed.Looks so pretty especially topped with that lovely bedding.WOW you must feel like a princess.After reading your story about your childhood makes me appreciate what I have even more.I guess we forget that.To really be thankful.
Yay for you! Your new headboard looks great! I’m guilty of not having one for all of my beds. Although, I’m working on it. 🙂
Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says
You now have one very pretty bed and I love the grainsacks. Great that they fit your king pillows so well.
I’ve been visiting, but not commenting – love seeing your things – but just had to say “bravo”!!! What a lovely choice! I love the pillow cases – might just have to get some for me!!
Are you dry down your way? We could sure use a rain here in Central Texas!
Have a blessed weekend!
reFresh reStyle says
Anita, I love it! What a great deal, and it’s perfect. Love your decor and those grain sacks!
Love your new bed and bedding. You are my kind of girl, where there is a will there is a way, and you made sure that bed was getting into your house. LOL I love the print over your bed of the hay bale. You do possibly know where it came from??
Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes says
Anita, dreams really can come true and I’m glad yours finally did. The bed and bedding are gorgeous. What luck that the grain sacks fit without having to be sewn! I like the clean uncluttered look of the room. Have a wonderful weekend. ———- Shannon
Little Bit says
Pretty, love the neutral look.
Ha, do I know that ‘no’ nod the truck driver gave you… don’t you just love to prove you can do it? Why such negativity? of course I can make this work!
Designs By Pinky says
Anita, I am so glad that you finally got what you want and got it to the house!!!! YOu are like me: where there’s a will, there’s a way!!!! Your room is so pretty. XO, Pinky
On Crooked Creek says
I adore your new bed…where there’s a will there’s a way, I say!!! Your linens are so soft and comforting…Sweet dreams, dear friend!
It’s just lovely Anita! I need to keep an eye out for Home Dec. Collection sales. Wow!
Have a wonderful weekend.
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Ginger Zuck says
Your new bed is beautiful and looks so comfy and cozy! Love the pillow shams also. I can imagine the plan of the delivery! Been there! Isn’t it fun!!?? You did good girl.
Anita, that’s determination! Love the bed! 😉
What a great story. Funny how something so simple can stick with us for life. Congrats on the beautiful headboard
Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door says
It’s beautiful Anita! Loved your story as well. And thanks for the tip on your quilt. That is gorgeous. I may have to make a trip to Stein Mart myself. I knew the Ranch was secluded but I didn’t know it was that secluded!
Debra @ Common Ground says
It’s perfect for your room, Anita. I had a few of those “defining moments” as a child myself. glad you finally saw that to completion. Great choice!!
Tracey Steele says
Everything comes to he who waits!
It looks great, and you must be so pleased with yourself taking it the final stretch of the journey.
Maria at inredningsvis.se says
Great post:) Thank you for sweet words on my blog, and come back to visit soon..I have more swedish decor inspiration for you:)
Have a awsome weekend.
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Pretty room! I really love your quilt too. I had one of those white canopy beds from Sears back in the 70’s, along with the multi-colored pastel patchwork bedding, and a matching desk and dresser. My best friend got the same set and even the matching wallpaper. It was pretty back then but the furniture was particle board and plastic and did not hold up at all!
Can I just tell you how much I love your blog. I always, always, always find inspiration here (like I didn’t even know HDC was selling Martha Stewart beds)!
Thanks for the inspiration today.
Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made says
Oh that is such a sweet, sad, funny story! I’m glad you finally got the bed of your dreams . . . proof positive we should NEVER give up on our dreams, right? Love the bed, linens and that rug under the bed!
Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says
Your headboard looks fabulous in your room, and I love the art work above the bed. I am fascinated with those round bales of hay and have taken photos of some. I love that ruffled quilt and I’m glad you told us where you got it. Hope you’re having a great weekend!
Your new bed is beautiful and your whole room is really pretty! I love the soft neutrals and the fabulous feed sack pillows. The best thing though is the wonderful picture above your bed! That hay roll against the blue sky is fabulous!!!
Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says
Anita, The bed looks wonderful and I love your new bedding!
Anita, A girl has to do what she’s determined to do, right?Your neutral look is very pretty and I like what you used for the pillow cases. I have the same issue with my rails and foundation showing- a dust ruffle does not work with my posters at all, even the split ones. LOL Guess who saw the perfect bed while at market last week? We’ll see…..
Meaningful Nest says
Your room looks great! I especially love the bedding. I had to have an antique bed growing up that belonged to my great, great aunt that was so high you needed a step stool to get up on it. I despised it then, but now think I want it back!
Katherines Corner says
Anita a dream fulfilled. So happy for you. I am impressed you were able to maneuver it yourself. It sounds as if the drive to your home even with all of its challenges is truly wonderful. I would love a bed like yours in my art room ( I have a twin bed in
there, it is where our oldest granddaughter sleeps). Smooches and hugs my friend!
Good things do come to those who wait, and Lady, you sure did have to wait.
Denise Z. says
Good things come to those who wait! I loved your story–so happy you finally got your bed. In fact, I was SO happy for you that I celebrated by running to SteinMart and looking for that ruched quilt. Found one! ONE! King size, just what I needed. What are the chances that the only one they had was the one I NEEDED?!? I LOVE IT! Thanks for enabling me 🙂
Very happy to know you have your headboard! I will never ever take mine for granted again either! Thank you for sharing!
Cristina Garay says
I’m happy you finally fulfilled your dream! Love the bed and your decor!
THE FARMHOUSE PORCH says
Anita, it looks just beautiful! You know I have a “thang” for white!
Your Gone with the Wind analogy had me laughing. So glad you finally got your dream headboard.
Lynn @ UpCountry Olio says
You have finally arrived! Such a beautiful bedroom all the way around.
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Great bed, even better story. I’m happy for you. The room looks wonderful.
Jena @ Involving Color and Home says
Anita, the new bed looks fantastic! Your whole bedroom is beautiful and I especially love the warm wall color. Beautiful job!