Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Some of you have been asking me how I'm coming along with the Gypsy Room...well, honestly, I've been really busy with other things and haven't worked very much on it at all- until yesterday.  

If you remember my last post on the subject, I had painted a bed that turned out to be the wrong size (that post here) and so I had been sort of thinking on the bed possibilities.  I just can't make myself go to a furniture store to buy a bed.  I would never be happy with it...it has to be different...really different.  A few days ago I remembered some narrow doors that we had in storage that had been given to me a couple of years ago.  I went to the storage building, measured them, and decided they could work...and could be amazing and dramatic...so, I brought them home, cleaned them and put them in place temporarily (just in case they didn't work!) and took pics.  

I thought this was perfect, so we attached them and then I started doing the fun part- Gypsi-fying!  (Is that a word? Yes, it turns out it is!)  I pulled out some of the things I had been hoarding for this decorating project-fragments of handmade lace, a crocheted and fringed shawl, coins on a chain (a belt?), scarves, feathers, etc.  I also had this wonderful carved ornate furniture fragment that I thought would look nice hanging on the top...I envisioned layers and layers of "stuff", you know, like what Gypsies had in their vardo. So I started adding layers...

...and then, before I got a shot from the distance to show the entire thing, the cats figured out what I was doing, and this happened.

Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking.  Bird feathers and fringe...well, of course they thought I was creating a Kitty Disneyland!  

I threw the camera down when they actually got pieces of my decor in their teeth.  

So, that all came down, and I decided to sleep on it.

Back to this:

It's funny how I figure things out in my sleep...it's something I've always done...I decided that it needed a more "simplified Gypsified" look-that the cats couldn't reach.  

I pulled out an oval shaped mirror that's been moved all around the house for years.  Hung it on the center door, and then draped the green scarf from a vintage drapery tie back bracket attached to the top.  Like this: 

I just noticed that I forgot to put the white sparkly pillow back in the center!!!  Oh well...

It's not as funky as I would like, but it's also not going to be destroyed by the cats, and I think it still has the Gypsy, Bohemian feel.  So far, the cats haven't figured out how to reach the green scarf...keeping my fingers crossed, but even if they do, this is not some vintage piece that I'm worried about.

Here are a couple of close-up shots of the pillows that are now layered on the bed...

Once I was satisfied with the bed, I moved on to the top of my chifferobe that once belonged to my grandmother.  I brought in a variety of things to include candles, mirrors, empty frames, bottles, the things that I had removed from the bed headboard, etc.  I also used the remaining drapery tie back bracket.  I have a pair and don't want them to get too far apart from one another...

This wall art is actually a cheap paper print attached to some sort of MDF board and chipped on the edges so that it appears sort of fake-old.  I found it in a second-hand store for $10 and fell in love with the look and colors and thought it could work in my Gypsy room. I brought it home and added glitter glue and beads to funk it up a bit.  I am loving it in the room!

Here's another piece I found at a local antiques mall, Antiques at the Loop, in Mobile.  This piece is also not old, just a piece of wall decor, but it's also perfect for my Gypsy room!  ...and I love bees.

I'm still working in the room, and I'll show another feature in a couple of days- a wall of layered mirrors in a variety of fabulous frames!  Can't wait to get them up and share them with you.  I probably should have waited for the project to be finished before I shared any of it...I could have done a "proper" reveal, but I'm impatient, so I had to go ahead and show you now...It's just who I am...can't help it.

See you again in a few days!

Update....Approximately 24 hours after writing this post, and living in the newly decorated room, I began to see sparkles on the floor.  Sequins and beads from that gorgeous white pillow on the bed...Well, that didn't work either......Life with cats...


  1. The bed looks pretty. I love the doors as a headboard. What a great idea! That bee is pretty cool too. I like the simple second look, but I think your kitties like the lace and feathers more. lol.

    1. Thank you! I'm still tweaking, and the cats are still being cats...lol

    2. Thank you! I'm still tweaking, and the cats are still being cats...lol