The time has come for a new bedroom. The beige walls, carpet, and mini-blinds are taunting me. Even though I must keep them all, I can at least try to camouflage or distract myself from noticing them. I live in an apartment, which on the whole is pretty good. It has high ceilings, no grass to cut, and no design projects for me to conquer. Therein lies the problem, I can’t go too long without a project. Although I like the convenience of apartment living, I do on occasion miss the interior projects from my old house. Therefore to alleviate my need for color and decorating, I am redesigning the master bedroom.
It’s not really a redesign because it was never designed in the first place, but basically it’s time to whip it into shape. The three main furniture pieces are from three different rooms in the previous house. The king size bed, a tufted leather chair and ottoman, and my mint green vanity all found a home in this room, along with a mirrored nightstand and a floor length silver mirror. The bed, chair, and mirror are staying.
Functionally the room will be used for sleeping, reading at night (the lack of lamps makes this a little hard to do and I am not a fan of those little clip-on lights), and it needs a place for me to get ready. I don’t really need clothes storage because the closet is big enough, and I have a strict no TV in the bedroom policy. Adopt this policy; it makes for a much better night’s sleep. The vanity will take up the space traditionally used by a media console or dresser.
The centerpiece of the room is my existing bed in an upholstered headboard and frame with narrow legs. The fabric is a linen weave in a golden color with nail heads around the perimeter, and it has a pretty low headboard. In the previous house the bed was located in front of windows so I wanted the headboard to be low. In this place it’s just empty wall, so I’ll have to cook something up to extend the eye upward. The chair and ottoman will find a home in front of the large window, along with the floor mirror. My new vanity will be across from the bed.
New bedding is top priority. We are very hard on bedding and my previous purchases didn't hold up. I need something that wears and washes well in neutral colors, and I most definitely want to get rid of the duvet. The duvet never stays in place, and I dread putting it back in its cover after washings. I think I’ve settled on white sheets and a linen quilt and shams. I also need an inexpensive throw to put at the end of the bed for the dog to sleep on. I will attempt to keep those paws off of my new bedding. For the center of the bed, I would prefer one long pillow that coordinates with the rug. Below are a few that are making it to round two.
Speaking of the rug, I had a few options I was pondering when a lovely colorful gem of a rug crossed my path. It was a great price and I was feeling like the direction of the room was going a little too mature for me, so I purchased it on a whim. I have it down now and I really love it, but it forced me rethink the whole scheme of the room. I was looking at single color rugs as an accent to the space and to break up the beige carpet. The one I purchased is lively and fun and brings some life into the space. As I described to a friend, it’s similar to a chunky Loren Hope necklace and just adding it to the room brought youth and energy to a very neutral space. Below are a few of the other rugs I was considering and my progression to the final choice.
I am struggling and still on the hunt for the perfect nightstand. On one side of the bed will be some sort of drum table, floor lamp, and chair, and on the other will be a nightstand to hold a lamp, books, and water carafe at least. Since the room will only have one, I feel like it needs to be bigger than the normal nightstand. I want something with at least one drawer with a wide top. A small dresser would work, but most of the ones I’m sourcing are a little too high for my bed or budget. The table also needs to be a darker color to balance the leather chair on the other end of the room. The hunt continues, but here are a few of my favorites.
The plan and design is moving along and I’ll keep you updated on the progress. I still need to think about art, my vanity, lighting, and window panels. (the fun stuff in my opinion) Oh the joys of being a designer.