Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Evolution of a Bedroom

Bedroom. overhaul. is. finished!

Sincerest apologies it's taken me so long to get these photos up on the blog! I have been working on a few exciting things that I can't wait to share with you, but I must keep mum for now. So, let's dive into what was once a vision and how I brought it to life, shall we?!

First off, let me just say that this project was 2 years in the making. I honestly couldn't wait to get my hands on this room and really deep dive into full decorating mode. But I needed to get our dining room and family room (and part of our kitchen) up to par for entertaining and dining purposes before I tackled the more intimate rooms of our home. So our bedroom sat with old furniture, cream walls and limited details for 2 years! Mind you, I was plotting it's makeover from the very minute I moved in, but patience is everything when it comes to good design and I had to take it one room at a time and really save up my pennies for the perfect execution.

To say this room was no retreat is an understatement. Here is a snapshot of what the bedroom looked like when I first moved into my husband's bachelor pad:

Hubbie and I knew we'd tackle this room the minute the holidays were over this year. First things first, the furniture had to go. It was my husband's bedroom set since he was a boy and it just wasn't translating into the new millennium, nor into the married chapter of our adult life, so we donated it. And then we set out to find the perfect furniture for our room. We knew this would take a while...Jon and I have slightly different tastes. This was our first step in the room overhaul and I'm quite happy with what we eventually compromised on ;-) 

Secondly, the crown molding in the bedroom, and throughout the entire house, needed some major TLC. The previous owner of our unit did not make this his priority and unfortunately it showed. Cracking wood and flaky paint just didn't bring out the beautiful charm and elegance of the wood work. It's one of my favorite features of our home and it needed some serious loving.

Third, we needed a major paint overhaul. Not just in the bedroom and en suite but throughout the whole house. Touch ups were necessary.

Lastly, I wanted to make our master bedroom a complete retreat. A place where we could come home from work, kick off our shoes, open a good book or dive right into a beautiful bed. I wanted this space to inspire us when we woke up, comfort us when we got sick and relax us after a long day. These were my absolute must haves:
  1. Tiny recess and accent lighting were mandatory to create atmosphere and mood. My husband is an electrician and also works for a lighting design company, so I put him to work immediately. Lighting is everything and can truly transform a room.
  2.  A beautiful accent wall. I love the look of exposed brick but unfortunately in our 1970's built condo, I wasn't getting that. So I turned to wallpaper for inspiration!
  3. A cohesive paint color that could be translated from bedroom to en suite.
  4. A beautiful, elegant upholstered bed. I wanted a foot board as well but that silly husband of mine can't seem to make up a bed that has a foot board. We needed to find a compromise we both loved.
  5. New chest and dresser.
  6. A mounted television...without a clunky DVD player and cable box in sight! Hubbie had his work cut out for him!
Once we settled on a color-scheme and a design plan, we tore the room apart....

A messy overhaul! 
Fixing the crown molding
Serious painting going on.

And now, for the big reveal!!

Upholstered bed & bedside cabinets: Presido Collection from Bassett Furniture
Wallpaper: Feather design in Bone from Serena & Lily
Dresser with mirror and chest: Emporium Collection from Bassett Furniture
Corner Accent Chair: Colette Armchair in Flax from Pier 1
Decorative bed pillows and bedding: ABC Home, Arianna Belle, Pier 1 Imports, West Elm
Window panels:
Lamps: Dorset Collection from Feiss Lighting via Lamps Unlimited in McLean, VA
Moroccan-style Rug:
Moroccan Wedding Blanket: Calypso St. Barth 
Bed throw: Nate Berkus for Target 
Decorative details: Target, Anthropologie, Z-Gallerie, Waiting on Martha & West Elm
For-Like-Ever print: Super-Rural 
Not shown, Prada Marfa Cowboy Photograph: Gray Malin Photography

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