This is how the master was looking when the previous owners were still living there.
Their window treatments were blocking out a lot of needed light,
and their furniture layout was not the best use of the space.
This is how the room has been looking since we moved in.
Paint samples on the wall.
Hand me down furniture.
A napping husband and dog.
Here's the view from our bed.
Not exactly the prettiest set up going on.
(Side note: Jon just saw this picture and kinda sorta begged me
not to share this with the public. Sorry Hun, it's reality and bad befores
do make for better afters!)
What we like about the space: It features a great wood beam ceiling which gives some interest to the room. It also has three windows which seem to let in a fair share of light, and we get to wake up to views of our trees. The room is plenty spacious for us, and though its on the long and narrow side, we've got no complaints.
What we don't like about the space: It unfortunately has the same steely blue gray carpet that resides in the rest of the house. The light fixtures are screaming to be replaced. The wimpy baseboards were an afterthought and they never bothered with upper molding. And finally, the master bedroom was never closed off from the master bathroom (that's the opening you can see above on your right).
So want is the master plan?
1. For the walls, the top half will be covered in Benjamin Moore's Mount Saint Anne, while the bottom half will be dressed in white planks. As for other colors you'll see in the room there will be lots of navy, taupe, creams, and white. I had toyed a lot with the idea of navy walls, but because I don't want the space to read too dark, I think the blue gray that I've chosen will be a better pick.
2. I've been stalking these West Elm curtains for a while now. I need five panels to handle our three windows which gets a bit pricey. Each time I go back to see if they've been marked down (which is pretty much daily), I love them more and more. I'm happy to report that I just ordered them, as they were finally on sale! I'll be pairing them with bamboo blinds, as I plan to add to most windows in our house.
I finally settled on these antique bronze wall sconces by Crate and Barrel, to replace the very outdated wall sconces currently dressing our bedroom walls. Now I just need them to go on sale so that I can bring them home. Then there's the barn door. Jon's going to be building us one to cover up the open view to our master bath. Not exactly sure how we want to finish the piece (paint the wood? stain? El natural?, etc.), but we'll make that decision as the room comes together.
3. Against the far wall will be our sleeping area. We're going to re purpose our current wood bed frame into an upholstered head and foot board, and we'll be keeping my grandma's antique mirror above the bed. Originally I was set on a navy blue fabric, but this neutral linen reflects the calmer mood I am looking to achieve. I've been working on mixed bed linens to achieve a relaxed and layered bed- I just need to order a couple more items!
That antique bronze wall sconce is something that I've been dreaming about for a while now, and it's finish will speak to the wall sconces that I've chosen. I've been comparison shopping, and I think this is the one I've settled on. It will flank one side of the bed, while the other side will have a table lamp (I'm trying to balance out the window on the right side of our bed). Finally, handyman Jon's going to be building us custom night stands based on plans that I've found online.
4. Our room is long and spacious. Because we don't want to set up an office in our main living room and we're kinda tight on square footage in general, we determined that this would be the best spot in the house for an office nook (In this day and age, I think all home floor plans need to include a little space dedicated for an office) . Jon will be building a white built in desk with two work stations, and above that will be a functional and handsome bulletin board, a gallery wall of art and photos, and another one of my pretty little sconces.
Initially I was convinced that I wanted to paint the walls in a similar fashion
to this room done by Sarah Richardson.
Dark below, light above, with a nice neutral rail to break them up.
I had Jon on board as well.
But then I saw this image
of an in-progress room by Milk and Honey Home.
It sold me.
I've loved this look over and over again,
so why not make it mine.
Delish paint color above, and white planks below.
It looks clean, and crisp and sets a nice base
for layering in lots of textures and pattern.
This was done over at House Tweaking as well,
and I loved the impact that it had in their mudroom.
We've decided to wait a couple of weeks before we begin the painting/paneling process. After I've gone back to work, and we've gotten through the Fourth of July, my birthday, and Nolan's birthday, then we'll be getting the paint on the walls! In the meantime, I'm working on collecting lots of the layering elements that I'm hoping for in the room. Some other inspiration images that I've been drawing on for this space are below.
Barn door with oil rubbed bronze hardware.
To balance out the large window to the right of our bed (see image above),
I want to hang an art piece above the nightstand on the left.
I'm on the hunt for just the right piece
that will tie in all of the colors we're working with.
Mixed Bedding and Bamboo blinds.
Relaxed and welcoming.
(This image has been a very popular one over on pinterest, so you
very well have already seen it.)
Some other bedrooms that I've been ogling over for a while:
I'm thinking that with all of my calm choices,
an unexpected rug like below would be an awesome addition.
This makes me very much want a wicker trunk
as a sidetable somewhere in our house.
A great mix of textures and a refined casual feel.
Light and airy.
Are you tired yet? Yeah, me too. We'll call the above phase one, as the floors won't be tackled until further down the line along with the master bathroom. Putting everything together will certainly take some time and energy (both of which are very limited resources at our house), but I think that after the walls are all done, a lot of things will come together pretty easily. Just don't except a big ta-da moment anytime soon, because unfortunately this isn't a thirty minute tv show.
What do you like and dislike about your sleeping quarters?