Making a Dreamy Master Bedroom

- Thursday, January 01, 2015

I did some shopping for beds over the weekend for my absolute most difficult client. Myself.

You see, I decided it was time to take a good look at my house and make a list of the things that needed attention and freshening. My list was rather long and included all sorts of issues ranging from a new faucet for the kitchen sink to a complete remodel of the laundry room. Some of the tasks to be addressed were relatively easy and inexpensive, some much more involved and costly. But none, I felt, would be more greatly appreciated than an overhaul of the master bedroom. As I have said before, it is where you begin and end your day. It needs to be special.

The master bedroom in my old house is actually the largest room in the house. Located on the second floor, it boasts several interesting features including twelve-foot high ceilings, 125 year-old heart of pine floors, a bay window and a fireplace. So, architecturally, it is not lacking any charm or detail. As the saying goes, it has good bones.

However, having lived there for thirteen years now, I’ve grown tired of the wall color, window treatments, the rug, and, especially, the bed. The décor needs a re-vamp to freshen it up a bit and make me fall in love with the space again. I am simply bored with it. And, I am not alone.

I recently completed a master suite renovation for my clients Linda and Joe. You may remember I wrote about their wonderful master bath transformation in this column at Thanksgiving. Well, that extensive bath remodel included a complete redo of the adjoining master bedroom too.

Linda was feeling the same way about her bedroom as I now do about mine. She and Joe had lived in the house for quite some time and she was sick of the golden-yellow walls - remember our Tuscan fascination of the 1990’s? The triple window overlooked a very private and park-like back yard but was obscured by utilitarian venetian blinds. The carpet, a typical builder-spec, contributed wall-to-wall blah-ness. Her red mahogany bedroom furniture was a matchy-matchy suit of very dark, traditionally styled pieces that moved with them from their former home up north. The bedding was a heavy and formal looking damask-patterned coverlet hovered over an ill-fitting bedskirt. “I can’t stand bedskirts! That thing has got to go,” Linda declared.

Except for one piece of art, we got rid of everything within the four walls and started from scratch. The art, a fabulously vibrant watercolor, served as the inspiration for the color palette and I knew I would prominently feature it over the headboard of the new bed. And since the bed is truly the key piece in a bedroom, we began there. Linda wanted something soft and light, which lead to our selection of a fully upholstered king bed in a textured, off-white woven fabric. Upholstered side rails and a low-profile footboard keep it tidy and eliminated the need for a bedskirt. Topped with a crisp matelasse coverlet and slightly decadent accent pillows, the bed sets the tone for luxury and comfort.

A warm blue hue, borrowed from the watercolor over the bed, became our choice for the walls. Nightstands painted in a distressed ivory keep the mood relaxed and were paired with a non-matching fruitwood dresser. A comfy reading chair, stolen from Joe’s office where it was never used, beckons you to bring a book. Gauzy, semi-sheer drapery panels hang from grommets on a satin nickel rod and fold back to let the light and view in. A linear textured wall-to-wall carpet now anchors the space and is about as far away from boring beige as you can get.

Linda and Joe love the new space. You can just tell by the way she lights up when asked about it. Will I do the same? I'll let you know. Sweet dreams!

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