Tuesday, March 27, 2012

House tour: Master bedroom

Many moons ago I promised you fine folks a tour of my master bedroom.  But it wasn’t quite ready.  Some people would be okay with an interim tour, but as a perfectionist, that just wouldn’t do for me.  Just when I thought I was ready again, there was another (and another … ) project I decided to take on, which kept pushing back my bedroom “completion” date.

Of course, I’ll never feel like my bedroom is complete and perfect.  Who does??  But it’s as done as it’s going to be for now, which calls for an official tour.  Now don’t get too excited.  If you’ve been around a while or explored my blog, you’ve probably seen all the parts – just not together at the same time.  But you can get a little excited.  If nothing else, you can be excited for me that I get to mark something off my to-blog list!

So … at long last … come on in!

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Rarely can you find our bed without at least one of our four kitties on it.  Domino was not phased that there was a photo shoot going on during her nap time.

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Our bedroom color palette is so soft and sweet that I decided to throw in a pop of color with the red pillow.

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Above is the wood stained nightstand my mom gave me, which I painted turquoise for The Mr.’s side of the bed.  I love the details as well as the glass knobs and pulls I added.  Below are the console table I turned into a writing desk, as well as the faux bamboo chair I recovered.  Both, obviously, I also painted turquoise.  Although the furniture pieces on either side of the bed are very different, the color and the glass hardware ties them together.

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The bedding I changed last summer and never shared with you.  It was one of those posts I started to write but never got back to it, and totally forgot about until too much time had passed.

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This is my sweet kitty Gypsy.  Doesn’t she look precious?  You’d never know she poops under our upstairs windows at least every other day.  TMI?
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Since the walls are so dark (Benjamin Moore’s Branchport Brown), and since we don’t get much light in this room on our wooded lot, I wanted the furniture to be light and bright.  The mirrors above the bed also help bounce light around.

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The linen-upholstered, nailhead-trimmed bed is a copycat of Crate & Barrel’s Colette Bed, which is a favorite of many.  This one is much better priced, and the quality is all there!  I have been so happy with it.  And I love that the whole bed frame is upholstered, rather than just the headboard.
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The mirrors above the bed are the Dubois Mirrors from Crate and Barrel.  They’re a #&%$@ to hang (and I notice now that one of them is slightly askew), but I love the look.

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Did you spy Sir Octopus above?  This is the room where he landed for good, after much debate.  I have a small dresser/chest that I've been considering sitting below Sir Octopus, but is that too much furniture for one room?

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Our back deck is outside those windows in the photo above.  Did you notice we don’t have any window treatments, by the way?  The Mr. and I disagree on that choice, just so you know.  We love our simple Shaker/Craftsman-style window trim, and he can’t bring himself to cover it.  Luckily we live on a wooded lot and nobody can see in our house unless they’re really trying.  As much as I love seeing right out to the trees when I wake up, especially on a snowy morning, I’d rather add window treatments to “finish out” the room.  We don’t have any window treatments in our house, if you can believe it!

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You may notice that while the nightstand, console table and bamboo chair, dresser, and side table are all painted, I chose to leave the chest of drawers as stained wood.  I think it’s important to balance the painted with the wood finish.  One thing that’s the same for all our bedroom furniture is that it’s up on legs.  I love furniture with legs!  My kitties like to hide under it, too.

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My glossy lipstick red side table is the second shot of red to jazz up the room.  And I love my pinwheel pillow on the blue chair.  The blue chair, however, I could do without.  Someday I’d like to have a big wingback chair I could sink down into.  Z Gallerie has an amazing turquoise leather-esque chair with nailheads that I drool over.
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I’m still so pleased with my ceiling medallions.  They really filled up the wall above, which used to be completely blank and boring.  I could even add more down the wall if I wanted to, but I like that there’s a bit of empty space.  Originally I planned on painting them various shades of soft blue/turquoise, but I like the way the current white color goes with the dresser, the door and the trim.  I think if they were blue, it may be too much blue in the room.

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My wish list item for this room is hardwood floors.  When we built the house, we put in hex tiles in our laundry room and master bath, carpet in our bedroom and closet, and hardwood everywhere else.  We thought carpet would be much more comfortable to walk on in our bedroom, especially on cold mornings.  However, as plush as the carpet looked when it first went in four years ago, it has not held up well.  It would be such a pain to clear out all the furniture from the room (where in the world would we put it?).  And I don’t think The Teen would appreciate getting booted from his bedroom so we could sleep in his queen bed and stick him with the twin bed in the guest room for a few days.  The inconveniences scare me more than the cost, to be honest!


If you want to learn more about specific projects in my room, here are some links with how-to’s, paint colors, and other info:

I hope you enjoyed the tour!


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  1. Beautiful, I love the brown walls and the turquoise furniture, I have turquoise walls and bed linen with turquoise and brown.

  2. What a beautiful cozy room! We also have an upholstered headboard (the same linen shade) and accents of soft blue. LOVE the dark brown walls and turquoise nightstands. Makes me want to start painting!!

  3. This is stunning! Love the dark walls with light bedding and accessories. Would you happen to know the name and brand of the bedding? You did a great job!!

    1. Thanks! I got the bedding from HomeGoods last summer. The tag on the sham reads "Bella Lux Fine Linens."

    2. Thank you, I appreciate the info!

  4. Ohhhhhh Hollie, it looks FABULOUS. Yes, I've seen bits and pieces but they've come together so gorgeously and the touch of red is like a bit of fabulous red lipstick to finish off a stunning outfit. The painted furniture is gorgeous and I love that you left a piece unfinished too (I plan on doing the same in our bedroom in fact, once I find a chest of drawers I love for cheap!). The octopus print is PERFECT in there. I think every room should have a little bit of a sense of humour and it's so quirky and cool and ties in so nicely with the turquoise nightstand and desk (which I still drool over). Love love love.

    Also, your kitties are so gorgeous and yes, ours are little menaces as well!

    Fabulous job and so glad you decided to share! xxx

  5. I can't tell you how MUCH I LOVe this space! It's just gorgeous :) I love how you achieved this look that's really soft and serene but also deep and rich at the same time. Beautiful!

  6. Love your kitties and your bedroom. My 1927 house has the trim you used throughout yours and I agree with your husband, it's way too pretty to cover up with any kind of drapes. We have painted wood venetian blinds, hung inside the frames so no trim is obscured. I'd be perfectly happy with no window treatments at all!

  7. Your room looks great! So warm and inviting. I've been salivating over the Dubois mirrors myself, but they do look best when displayed in multiples like you did so I need to save for them :).

  8. I typically don't like dark walls but you did it just right! This looks lovely. I love how you brought in all the light elements and the mirrors are awesome!

  9. Hollie, your bedroom is stunning! Wow, I love how you've used various colors throughout the room to carry the eye around, really pretty!

  10. Your bedroom is beautiful! I adore the side tables and the colour they are! Such a pretty room!

  11. Girl...You're ROCKING it BIG TIME! I'm featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

  12. Sweet room, love the brown, white and aqua together. Congrats on your feature!!


  13. It's gorgeous!! You have such elegant taste! I painted our kitchen the same brown and I adore it with the crisp white accents but I really love the pop of blue you added! So pretty!

  14. So prettyyyy..so classy..I love it...my formal living and dining room are almost similar in color but I chose a darker shade of turquoise...after i saw your space I think I have to paint my accent wall your color ...visiting from it is overflowing blog

  15. What a beautiful room! I am your newest follower:) I also nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Go to my blog for the details.

    Rachel (absolutelylovingmylife.blogspot.com)

  16. Very bold to go dark on the walls but I love it because you balanced it with lighter pieces in the room. The medallions on the wall look great.

  17. I absolutely love this color palette! Its beautiful! And the honesty about your cat is pretty funny :)

    I would love for you to link this project up at my link party – Well Crafted Wednesdays! You can find it here:


  18. I featured your painted up tables today...they are perfection! As is everything else in the room. Great job...I love the whole space.

    Finding Fabulous

  19. I just love those turquoise pieces. Absolutely beautiful. I linked over to see what color you used and I couldn't find the name. Could you please tell me. It looks like the perfect turquoise.

  20. Oh wow, Hollie! So much beautiful eye candy. You did an amazing job. It's stunning! I'm going to include a link back in this week's highlights. Thanks so much for sharing your hard work!

  21. This Master bedroom is a wonderful inspiration. I have to ask, is Gypsy a tripod? My Gracie (also a kitty) is a tripod (missing left front leg. I immediately noticed that Gypsy seems to be missing a front leg too. She's very cute by the way!

    1. Interesting question ... no, I guess her other front leg is just hiding behind the other!

  22. Oh Hollie, it's gorgeous! Love the subtle pops of color. Don't get me started either on hanging Dubois mirrors. I have 4 in my dining room and it was quite the task to hang them.

  23. Oh, yes, I absolutely adore those ceiling medallions! And thanks now for giving us the full 360. It turned out fabulously! Well, except for that TMI. Haha!

    I can see why The DIY Showoff pulled you out for a feature this week!



  24. Just saw your bedroom on Remodelaholic and I have a question for you. I loooove upholstered bedframes these days and while my husband isn't against them, we have two cats and he's sure they would tear it the shreds. Have your cats attempted to use yours as a scratching post or have you taken measures to prevent scratching? We have one cat in particular who not only spends half her time on or below our bed but has been known to use the matress corners for scratching posts.

    1. My cats have not shown any interest in clawing the bed. They just like lying on it! They're all declawed in the front, so that helps too. I can imagine that if they use the mattress corners to scratch, they might tear up the upholstered frame. Bummer! I certainly have had to make concessions regarding furniture choices since they seem to puke on any horizontal surface -- most often the ones that aren't washable -- so I completely understand your dilemma.

  25. Love your bedroom and it makes me feel brave enough to take the plunge into painting our master bedroom brown. Also love the aisling bed. Just a couple of questions about the bed .. is the fabric linen or linen like? And do you just have a mattress on the frame and is it comfortable? Sorry such little detailed questions. I get nervous about buying things without actually seeing them and touching them in person. But this is so beautiful and such a great deal!

    1. Hi, Charlotte. I think you'll be happy with a chocolate brown bedroom. It's very soothing!

      Regarding the Aisling bed, I can't say for sure whether it's real linen. Either way, it has the linen look I was going for. As far as comfort of just having the mattress on the metal slat frame, I can't tell any difference from when we had the same mattress, paired with a box spring, on our old bed. I get questions about the Aisling bed all the time, and I always highly recommend it. It's a great value!


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