You’ve earned a diploma…check! Said the “I Do’s”…check! You’re climbing the ladder of success…check! Having kids and adopting pets…check! Vacationing regularly…check! You’ve bought your first home…then your second…check! You’ve decorated the living areas “to a T” and tricked out your gourmet kitchen…check! You’ve created a beautiful and serene bedroom…________________. Wait, what?…You can’t check the box? (Silence…crickets…chirp, chirp.)
Does this sound familiar? Why do so many of us put the decorating of our master bedroom on the back burner? For my friends, Cathy and Doug, it was because of what I call “decorating burnout.” When they purchased their second home it was a new construction which meant having to make dozens of decisions regarding finishes, paint colors, tile choices, plumbing and light fixtures, appliances and on and on. They decorated the public spaces of their new home impeccably, but when it came time to put together the master bedroom, Cathy admits that she hit a decorating road block. That’s when she enlisted my help.
“I think I’ve hit a dead end,” she admitted while discussing her master bedroom and its unfinished state. “Every time I try to start putting ideas together about how I want this space to look, I feel overwhelmed and uninspired. Will you please take over the decorating duties for our master?”
…and my Master Bedroom Takeover began in earnest. Take a look at the before photos…
The bedroom was providing a place to sleep…but little else. While the rest of the home showcased charming new furniture and accents in fresh styles and light colors, the bedroom suffered from bland hand-me-downs and mis-matched furniture with no definable style.
- The gorgeous walls painted Conservative Grey by Sherwin Williams. This grey paint reflects a green tint which really informed many of my design decisions.
- The homeowners original art above the bed…fantastic!
- The bed
WHAT HAD TO GO:
- The side tables
- The mismatched lamps
WHAT WAS NEEDED:
- New Bedding
- Side Tables
- Window Treatments
- Artwork for 12 foot wall
The result is a restful retreat for a busy couple. The soft, organic palette includes bedding reminiscent of a luxury hotel, a Marrakesh inspired rug, mid-century tinged side tables, honey colored linen drapes, woven baskets and natural accents.
The bedding features organic white waffle weave duvet and bedskirt layered with a light grey comforter, dark grey standard shams, silk grey Euro shams and a modern ethnic throw pillow. None of these elements were “part of a set” so don’t be afraid to mix and match for color, texture and interest. Even the pets received new beds that match the bedroom! Orchids and birch branches bring natural outdoor elements inside…
I love, love, love the way this little art/craft project turned out! Artwork was needed for a blank 12 foot wall and this was my solution. I grabbed photos of the couple and their adventures from their social media pages and created a dimensional photo art exhibit that spanned the length of the wall. Super personal and unique decor!
Natural weave baskets create a footboard affect that mimic the headboard color and serve to bolster the length of the bed. They also add storage and texture to the room.
Roxanne and Eleanore Rigby approve!!!
Nap in Neutrals…anything but boring!
A big thank you to Cathy and Doug Phillips for entrusting me with their bedroom haven and allowing me to blog about their project! Xoxo!