We started a design project just before the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays last year, and have had great fun working with a client who had just purchased a new home and wanted some assistance making it special. She was relatively recently married and this was going to be the couple’s first “real” home together. Plus, she found out she was already a few months pregnant shortly after they closed on the house. Mama Mia! We were on a deadline!
After spending some time getting to know her and what she wanted her house to feel like, we got right to work. The main areas that needed to be primarily addressed were the husband’s office space, the family room, formal living & dining and the master bedroom; of course, there were the areas in between like the hallway, powder bath, and the eat in kitchen so the house was cohesive. Really our work was to make her house a home.
While the master bedroom wasn’t her highest priority, I believe everybody needs a sanctuary to come home to. Yes, the entire home should be a refuge, but the master bedroom especially should be a place where the adults can close the door to the rest of the world and just BE. Here is what my client and her hubs went to sleep in every night before we met:
Forgive me in advance, all of these photos were taken with my iPhone. And I think the shot above had me a little shaken up with the bumblebee yellow on the walls. NOT a peaceful environment! Plus, what to do with that weird window above the bed? This was the only position their king size could fit in so we had to make it work.
Contrary to popular belief and “reality” TV, a bedroom makeover can NOT be done in one weekend. I searched and searched for an upholstered headboard (and frame) that would fit under the window and finally found one with Stanley Furniture that was the right color and style – and was JUST the right height to fit under the window. Since the soon-to-be-Momma wasn’t sure what to expect with a new baby, we opted for simple white bedding that could be bleached easily, and a blanket that aded just enough interest, but would also be machine washable. You can’t really tell in this shot, but it’s a deep, delicious plum color.
We also had to find some narrow nightstands, because the closet door opens towards “this” side and swings wide. Plus she preferred something with drawers so her husband’s side didn’t collect stuff (“stuff” isn’t the word she used, but you know what I mean). Problem was how to fit a lamp + alarm clock + anything else on the top of a 30″ surface without it looking cluttered?
Brilliant! And you can’t see it, but there is a switch behind the light fixture so just a simple stretch of the arm and POOF there is light. Sorry for the tiny picture, I couldn’t get it right side up in it’s original size. Operator error, yes. I do design better than technology, thank you.
Back to the project, because that darned window above the bed is still an eyesore, right? I’ve got just the solution….
A wall of fabric behind the bed. YUM YUM. We sewed together 3 sheer panels and put them directly in front of the window so the room would still capture the natural sunlight when they wanted it, or they could close the blinds when they wanted a cozy little cave. We then put silk panels on either side of the window, all the way to either end of the wall. Be still my heart. I am in love.
Don’t forget, these are photos captured from my phone, so bear with me until the entire project is complete and we break out the fancy camera. Well, actually Lance’s fancy camera – he is the professional photographer dude.
Until then…drumroll, please….
TA DA!!!! It’s a quick, informal shot but I couldn’t wait any longer to share. Scroll back up and check out that first picture, remember the bold yellow walls? Yeah. I like this better too.
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