Hooray! I'm finally getting my act together and posting the completed Bohemian Meets Luxe Master Bedroom Makeover. I decided to split the bedroom and bathroom into two posts because there are just too many good photos (thanks, Bethany!). So check back in a few days for the finished bathroom.
But for now, here's a refresher on how the bedroom started out:
If you've been following the process (here and here) you know the goal was to create a master bedroom retreat that felt both tranquil and a bit regal while still maintaining that whimsical bohemian quirkiness my clients love. Yes! My wheelhouse.
I'd also already designed the en suite master bathroom – which features the lushest vibrant blue – so I needed to ensure the bedroom felt cohesive. Thus: The Hartwell Upholstered Panel Bed, because what's more regal than a royal blue velvet tufted headboard?
To help brighten the moderately dim bedroom the walls were painted Comet Dust by Valspar. It's a perfect pale grey that almost reads white, but has just enough color to keep it from feeling cold and stark. And then I went to town layering soft and subtle patterns for that collected look we were after. You're probably familiar with the diamond printed sheets, as they're one of the best bedding options Target's put out recently. Super soft and affordable, I love the way they pair with the more traditional blue and white hotel duvet and pillow shams.
For a little more punch, I draped a striped tasseled throw at the foot of the bed and made a colorful long lumbar pillow. Yeah, I've completely bought into the beautiful throw blanket at end of bed plus single statement pillow trend. It truly is the easiest way to add just enough interest to an otherwise tame setup – and removes the annoying nightly ritual of where to put the 100 extra decorative throw pillows before bed.
My clients love to read, and though I reined it in for these photos, both bedside tables are most often piled high with an amalgam of the week's literary exploits. Thus, incorporating good bedside reading light was a must. These ridiculously charming long swing arm sconces from West Elm were the perfect solution! Practical and beautiful doesn't happen all the time, but when it does it's a really good thing.
In the corner stands their existing stunner of an antique dresser and we knew from the beginning it was one of the elements we'd incorporate in the redesign. My only goal was to corral and highlight my client's extensive collection of jewels and baubles a-plenty in a more streamlined, but still inspiring and delightful way.
I chose the large round mirror above the dresser for its frameless design which harkens back to delicate vintage vanity mirrors. On a whim I picked up the diamond shaped mirror/jewelry hanger at World Market and was thrilled and completely surprised when my client showed me the oblong mirror/jewelry hanger she'd ordered from Urban Outfitters. I mean they look like they belong together, don't they?
On the opposite side of the room I set out to create a cute little reading nook. Sure reading is most often done in bed, but when you've got the chance to incorporate a petite pink armchair paired with an ooh la la vintage fringed lampshade, you take it. I'd actually been hoarding that lampshade for years, but never found the perfect spot for it at our house. I'm so happy it now has a forever home where it can truly shine!
Integrating it with the miniature gallery wall behind makes for a charming vignette and was also a perfect way to feature my client's assortment of blush hued art prints. In fact, that Un Deux Trois print and abstract floral in the square frame were the inspiration for the room's blue and soft pink color scheme.
Originally, they had two smaller bookcases in this corner that were overflowing and in need of an overhaul. To tackle the problem I chose the tall Hemnes cabinet from Ikea for a couple of reasons. Not only does it provide extra book storing capacity, but as a cabinet with glass paneled doors (instead of a typical open front bookcase) it felt more fitting for a cozy bedroom.
What a fun project this was! I love the challenge of finding practical, but beautiful solutions for decorating a master bedroom. Though most people won't ever see it, it is the space you see the most so putting in the effort to create an inspiring and relaxing room that you love will always be worth it!
I'll leave you with this image which shows a little peek at the upcoming bathroom post:
...and a before and after is always satisfying:
Photography: Bethany Gilbert