my summer bedroom



hello everyone.
  i've sorta been missing in action.
my allergies have really taken a toll on me.  they keep me up pretty much throughout the night, which makes daytime quite dreary.  i have SO much gardening to do but i can only look at it right now.
i can't wait for all this pollen to die down.
thank you EVERYONE for your great suggestions.
so far the xclear and neti-pot are helping the most.






i've been bored so i cleaned out more junk and got rid of 1/2 of my jewelry.






i've been washing the sheets every 2 days seeing if that helps with the sneezing. 






the roses are just for these photos.
just looking at them makes my eyes itch!






this is opposite the bed.  this is where larry stores his clothing and some of mine too.:)
those silhouettes are of me when i was about 12.  i paid for them myself at disneyland of all places!
my friends all bought mickey mouse ears and i bought these.


we are heading to los angeles in a couple of hours to see jack white perform at the wiltern.
i am so grateful that we got tickets.  it's a small theatre and sold out quickly.


i hope you are all doing well and i hope to be back to myself soon.

xo
janet


78 comments

  1. I love your bedroom. So clean and serene. Do you know what color you painted the walls- I am always looking for the perfect white. Feel better and have fun with Jack White. ~sarah

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    1. hi sarah, thank you. the whole interior of the house is painted in benjamin moore simply white.

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  2. I love your bedroom too. I really love that cupboard especially. Such a shame you can't enjoy your gorgeous roses. I hope you're better soon and enjoy the concert!
    xo

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  3. Even at 12 your taste was impeccable. I love silhouettes and have a beautiful collection from my grandmother. Your bedroom is so beautiful, elegant, and serene. About your allergies ~ I'm having quite a time of it too, and have resorted (after trying every homeopathic remedy available) to Benedryl.
    It's a very benign medication, with zero serious side effects. I think it's bad to be up all night, way worse for your overall health than taking Benedryl.
    Have a great time tonight - wish we were going!

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    1. thanks kathy. i am one of those people that benedryl doesn't work for. it kind of has a re-bound type effect on me. but thanks for your suggestion!

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  4. your home is so beautiful! love the simplicity of every room. hope you feel better soon and have a blast tonight!!!!!

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  5. Janet, I love your bedroom...very elegant and peaceful.

    Do you wash your hair before you go to bed. A lot of pollen gets in the hair and right onto your newly washed linens.

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  6. sweetie, I feel so bad for you. I've not felt well either but I think we have mold. ugh.

    I hope you have THE BEST time ever tonight!!! Then you get to come home and sleep in that lovely bedroom...sounds like a heavenly night. xo

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  7. Oh I empathize with you Janet.
    Non drowsy formulas seem to take the edge off for me but staying out of the garden when the pollen counts are high is torture.

    Those miniatures are so stylish and to think you were 12 at the time...
    no wonder you are light years ahead when it comes to good taste you started early honing those talents.

    Hope you feel well soon...
    love your white bedroom.

    One day we'll tackle ours and I plan to paint it white too.

    Hostess
    XO

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  8. Thank you for the lovely, calm and pretty whiteness of your bedroom.
    I absolutey love the silhouettes - I always equate them with good, refined taste.
    Especially after reading The Next-to-Nothing House by Alice Van Leer Carrick (do you know this little gem?) She had a love and appreciation of silhouettes. You might like to check it out.
    Here's to your better health, dear Janet - and to more sleep!!

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    1. I looked up The Next-to-Nothing House and you can download it free here:
      http://archive.org/details/nexttonothinghou00carrrich

      I love old books about housekeeping. You can also search google images for "Webster Cottage Hanover New Hampshire" which is the next-to-nothing house the author lived in and doesn't it look familiar! Sweet cottages rule!

      Queen Lucia

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  9. i will second kathy's advice about benadryl.
    it will make a huge difference if allergies are keeping you up at night.
    {maybe just take it at night because it will make you sleepy}
    really hoping you feel better soon, janet.

    love the simplicity of your bedroom ~

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  10. I am so sorry. How sucky to have the allergies esp. when you love to garden! Your room is so calming and summery, and I love the wall with all the pictures! Nice contrast! You know what I do when I'm bored? I cut my own hair!!! (not recommended) :>)

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  11. First, I love your bedroom. So simple, elegant and bright. Second, I have been an allergy sufferer most of my life until the past few years. I believe allergies are cyclical and I've either adapted to the allergens that once triggered sneezing fits or something about my chemistry has changed. Anyway, when I am bothered by allergies I take Loratadine (generic Claritin). I've found it to be very helpful. It is more effective when you take it for a while rather than every now and then. I don't have any side effects from it. Hope you find some relief soon. Enjoy the concert!
    Claudia

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    1. thanks claudia. last year claritin worked wonders on me but not the case this year. and i have no idea why!

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  12. Your bedroom looks so soothing and elegant. If you are in L.A., try to get to the beach to clear your sinus problems. It's all those negative ions - makes everything better! Have fun.
    Sincerely,
    Miranda
    SF Bay Area

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  13. so much beauty. the bedroom's so lovely with the light coming in between the bamboo blinds. hope you feel betta! donna

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  14. Even with allergies, you are so chic!!! Feel better. :)

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  15. I enjoy your blog so much. You are an inspiration. Your house looks so calm and peaceful. I'm sorry you have allergies. A friend of my daughter's gets acupuncture for his allergies. I hope you were able to enjoy the concert.

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  16. This sounds weird but I smear a little bit of white Tiger Balm on my upper lip under my nostrils and it stops my nose from dripping. Sometimes the skins a little flakey the next day, but it's worth it. Love the white bedroom

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  17. LOVE the bedroom. You are my idol.

    Hope you have a blast at Jack White. I saw Radiohead last night and still can't hear well. Got home at 2:00 and up at 6:00 for work. I look like shit but I feel like a teenager.

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    1. hahha. i think we got to bed a 2 also. i'm so lucky - no work today! and i look awful but i'm walking on air right now.

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  18. JANET!!!!

    I recently bought a magazine with Jack White on the cover to post to you!!!!!!! Can you email me yr address so I can send it?

    I LOVE your home it is so fresh and crisp. I do adore your commitment to a Jolly Good Declutter. I personally need more storage. Love to Larry xxxxx

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  19. PS whenever I hear Jack White sing Doorbell I think of you. Because one day you will have to fly here and ring mine. And then we can bond over vegan food (for you) and wine x

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    1. it's so funny you say this b/c he played doorbell last night (AMAZING) and i thought of you immediately!

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  20. So glad to see a new post; you were missed!!

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  21. Janet I love your bedroom like this. Whenever I see these photos of your gorgeous interiors I want to throw out most of my junk!
    How super exciting that you are at Jack White! I hope you and Larry are having a fabulous time!
    xo

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  22. Sorry the allergies have you . . . love your bedroom, pillows, crisp, quiet, serene white, lovely . . .

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  23. Your bedroom is lovely! I hope you are feeling better when you travel of LA. Bonnie

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  24. So sorry you're suffering. Maybe an air-conditioned movie theater would help too.

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  25. Sorry about those pesky allergies. When I can't stand my itchy, runny nose and constant sneezing, I finally succumb to taking Claritin. I detest taking pills but it really helps when I get desperate. One thing, take a nightly shower washing your hair to get the pollen off your head. When a friend offered this advice, I did that and it really helps, too. Sometimes, though, I am just too lazy...Twice the hair care the next am...to fix the bed head...
    But the good news? I, too, bought silhouettes at Disneyland, for my 11th birthday, and I still have them!
    Sweet memories of times gone by.
    xoxo, Chris

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  26. Hi Janet, sorry to hear about your allergies. I can really relate--mine were debilitating for 7 years. Then my dr prescribed Beconase, an inhalant, and it changed my life. I just had to take it daily for one season and that was it. I know most of us don't like to do dodgy pharmaceutical stuff like this, but I was desperate and it worked. I've been hay fever free for 23 years now. KNOCK ON WOOD!!! Allegra

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    1. thanks allegra. if they don't clear up soon i may have to go that route.

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  27. I love the bamboo shade and silhouettes from Disneyland - I so remember doing those too! I just love your blog - I am new to it and I am really enjoying reading your entries from the beginning - so enlightening. Have fun at Jack White - I'm in love with Blunderbuss.

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  28. I have the same silhouette of myself from Disneyland too (and in the same frame! I always thought my mom bought the frame later on -- but I'm thinking now it must have come with the silhouette)...

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  29. Janet, so nice to see your post! Your bedroom is lovely, seeing pictures of your house always makes me want to get rid of a bunch of stuff. I love when you share about things you're decluttering. Hope you kick the allergies soon and are back to your old self.

    Barbara

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  30. Hello Janet:
    We are so very sorry to learn that your allergies are still causing you a great deal of distress. We very much hope that, with the approach of June, the pollen will lessen and you will, as a result, feel more yourself.

    Your bedroom, as we should expect, is absolutely lovely. And all the whites make it appear so cool and welcoming.

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  31. Hope you feel better real soon Janet. Your bedroom is darling as always! Enjoy the concert.

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  32. Dear Janet,

    Eating 7-8 tulsi (holy basil)leaves a day along with your other interventions is good too.This is a home remedy we try in India for allergic sneezing.

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  33. Hi Janet,
    I've been wondering where you were. I hope you feel better soon. I know you'll have a great time with your boyfriend Jack--so nice of him to make sure you got in to his show. Nice of Larry to support you in your "affairs" too.

    You really make living with less so chic and comfortable.

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    1. i know julie. and to think larry arranged the whole date! how did i get so lucky?

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  34. Oh Janet, I hope you feel better soon!
    We took the dogs for a walk on Sunday and let them off the leashes in a big quiet field and as a result, I spent the rest of the day with watery eyes and sneezing my head off! Plus I have this awful dry, raspy cough that I think is allergy triggered as well.
    Your bedroom is stunning btw, and I chuckled because at 16 with purple hair that stood up in the air, I had MY silhouettes done at Disneyland too! I spent part of that summer in California and that is the Disney souvenir I chose to bring home with me.

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  35. Ugg...allergies...my grandma used to say,”What can’t be cured must be endured.” Your white bedroom looks stunning. I do the same thing at allergy time, wash, white, no flowers etc. I think just looking at this beautiful restful white space helps me to feel better.
    PS silhouetes at Disnelyland may be a right of passage. :)

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  36. The neti pot. God's gift. Hope you had the best time ever. Next time you leave town let me know, I'll come and stay. Your bedroom looks like a perfect getaway.

    xo Jane

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  37. Hello Janet!

    My name is Jessica and, while I've been reading your blog regularly for the last couple of months, this is my first time commenting. I absolutely love your house and style, I covet your kitchen and have been influenced by your wardrobe as I cull my own. Thank you so much for sharing all this!

    The reason I'm finally commenting is because I read an article about Jack White I thought you might like. Even if you've already seen it, it's a good excuse to say hello!

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/05/30/jack_white_is_a_feminist.html

    Thanks again and I hope you're feeling better!

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    1. thank you jessica. i thought i had read everything about jack but i had not read this article. i couldn't agree more with it. thanks for sharing it with me.

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  38. Sorry to hear about those allergies, Janet! You've certainly used your time constructively. Your bedroom is stunning, I love the eclectic mix of pictures and that beautiful ceramic bird lamp. I love how you were a woman of discerning taste even as a tween, eschewing the Disney tat for those beautiful silhouettes.
    Hope you had a brilliant time seeing the lovely Mr White. I don't think he's playing any of the festivals I'm off to this summer although his favourite band, Alabama Shakes, will be.xxx

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    1. i'm so jealous that you will be spending the summer knee deep in mud and festivals. the AS are so good!

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  39. I so understand the misery this weather causes, I suffered from hayfever for many years, it's eased up these last 2 years. Enjoy Jack, and hope it ease up for you soon

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  40. Have fun at Jack White! I took hubby to the M Grill on Sunday and when I saw the marque at the Wiltern I hoped you'd be going!

    PS didn't read the previous allergy comments but local honey taken daily is fabulous for allergies. My boss's life has changed dramatically but it took me TWO years to convince him. He started late last year and this spring-no allergies! He was the loudest sneezer I've ever heard so I'm thrilled :)

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    1. thanks for thinking of me! i am taking a bit of local honey now and it does seem to help some. i will keep it up.

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  41. Hi Janet, your bedroom is so calm and pretty. I love your Disneyland silhouette too. Isn't it funny all of the cool things you can do at Disneyland? Knotts Berry Farm used to be the same way!

    Hope your sneezes go away....gardening is good for you!

    xo kelley

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  42. Hi Janet, love the look of your bedroom. Your a lucky gal to live in an area where you can see the wonderful Mr. Jack White! We used to have a place called Konocti Harbor that put on concerts all summer long but it closed down two years ago. Blunderbuss is played constantly in our home~I can't get enough of Trash Tongue Talker! Hope you had a wonderful time! P.S.~I bought a promo poster for blunderbuss on e-bay now the hubs wants to decorate an entire wall in our hallway with rock posters and old album covers!
    April

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  43. i am lucky beyond words. he played trash tongue last night and it was amazing. but everything was really. i think the hallway decor sounds fabulous!!!

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  44. I've been looking for bamboo/wood shades just like yours. Where did you get them?

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    1. Drat..I just sold mine on CRAIGSLIST...would have given 'em to y'all.

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  45. Have you tried the nasal irrigation? My son has horrible allergies and reacts poorly to the medications available. The doctor suggested nasal irrigation and the improvement has been great.

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  46. In the midst of moving from 3100 square feet to 1400. The adjective that comes to my mind when looking at these pictures....peaceful.

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  47. Janet,

    So sorry about those darn allergies...thankfully, I don't get them often but when I do I'm miserable. The worst is when my eyes feel too big for the sockets and the itching of my eyes/nose. I use a Neti Pot but sometimes the only thing that gets the nasal stuff to stop is to lie down so I'm horizontal!

    Love the pics!

    Linda
    xo

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  48. Janet--love your bedroom. Keep on keeping on with the neti pot and the xlear. Over time things are bound to improve! You can wash your nose up to 5 times each day. I do it 3-4 times a day if we have those nasty santa ana winds blowing. ugh. I often will take a benadryl at night to help me sleep.
    xo
    shell

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  49. Dear Janet, I do hope that you will be feeling fine very soon. Your bedroom looks so serene and surely a good place to be, even on a sleepless night! With love, Rosemary.

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  50. You've created a beautiful and restful home, Janet. Your charming abode is visual relief and the phrase "less is More" always comes to mind. So smart to exercise creative energy in seasonal changes rather than adding more. Many rooms fall victim to one's lack of contentment. Admire your restraint!

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  51. Janet, I live in the pollen capital of the world here in southwest Georgia and I have found that locally harvested honey - taken within 50 miles of home - very helpful in managing sinus problems. I drink it in my tea daily. Feel better!
    Lisa

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  52. have fun seeing jack. your room is sublime, peaceful, how i wish my whole house looked right now. the silhouettes are really great. so sorry about the allergies. i have them bad also and take pills and use my neti pot religiously and live with a month of eyes on fire, running nose, sneezing, etc. i have them year-round but worse right now. i had gone off my pills for 6 mos but had to start them again for a while...

    ugh.

    xo terri

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  53. Your summer bedroom looks amazing. I'm sure you feel so peaceful and relaxed in there. I'm so glad that I found your wonderful blog. It's very inspiring:)

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  54. What a gorgeous room! Brava! Feel better soon!

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  55. I have a Disney world silhouette too!

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  56. Your summer bedroom looks so relaxing:)

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  57. What a peaceful room. Have you done a post before on the wall of pictures? Would be interested to see more of that.

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  58. I know others mentioned the local honey but thought I'd add my agreement. Not sure how quickly it will help if you're already in the midst of the season, but definitely taking it before the season has helped me and my husband. He used to have an awful time and this year his allergies have been non existent after taking the local bee pollen all winter. I'd love to see a front on view of your picture wall in the bedroom. I love when people put together great collages of pictures.

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  59. Love your summer bedroom! And LOVE your sweet silhouettes- how smart were you to buy them! I hope your alergies are better. I love fresh sheets and try to change them twice a week, but never thought about that helping with alergies.
    xojoan

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  60. HI Janet,

    Love your all white bed with layers of white...perfect for summer. And I adore your collage wall. Even at 12 you had it all figured out and went with silhouettes over mouse ears...very smart! Hope your allergies are better!
    xo
    annie

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  61. I've got one word for your allergy problems - homeopathy. Homeopathy is an all natural way of healing. It polietly and gently cures any ills. The best thing about homeopahty is that the remedies work. The next best thing about homeopathy remedies is there are NO side affects. Homeopathy remedies can be found in your health food store. Just ask for one that is best for allergies. A favorite website to learn more about homeopathy is Joette Calabrese's, www.homeopathyworks.net Check it out. Hope this helps.

    Best regards,
    Maggie
    Springfield, VA

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