Master Bedroom celebrated with Finishing Touches
Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was our master bedroom. While our main renovation/construction project was completed some time ago, many spaces here at the farm have been without their finishing touches. With that in mind, I set out to bring the magic to our master.
As many of you know, during construction we added a whole wing addition. For those who are new here, you can read all about why we added it HERE. The addition consists of an office, mechanical room, his and her closets, master bath, laundry closet, bedroom, and exercise room. Today, I'm showing you the bedroom. My husband and I love it, I hope you do too.
This post is all about the final result, but to give you a glimpse into the stress involved in getting to the finish line, below are a couple of "during construction" photos.
Luckily, now it's all just water under the bridge, so to speak.
I knew very early on in the architectural design process that I wanted the bedroom to have a high ceiling, lots of natural light, French doors to a future pool and spa, hardwood floors, plenty of millwork, and for it to be a soothing and restful space.
Like most of the other rooms in the house, I gathered inspiration photos to help guide me through my process of designing. The photo above was my leading inspiration for the master bedroom. I loved the neutral palette with black accents, the four poster bed, the element of gold as seen here in the mirror, and the accent wall with all the millwork.
With a budget way over where we had believed it would be, I limited the wall molding to the bed wall to create a focal point.
I feel like I am innately a person who loves color, so to design a whole home interior to be mostly neutral was a stretch for me. Although, that was exactly what I had planned to do. However, during the renovation process, I veered back once or twice to the colorful side.
Thus this beautiful shade of green on the master bed wall.
I also had a vision of having this wallpaper installed in the tray ceiling. However, when I went to order it, it was no longer available. I couldn't find a single other wallpaper I loved as much and that would compliment the green wall as I had envisioned.
Ultimately, I panicked and headed back to the neutral side. I knew if I stuck with my original vision it would be safer, and the room would coordinate nicely with the finishes I chose for the master bathroom.
It was such a relief when I walked into the space and found the painter had changed the wall color to BM White Dove. Once that was completed, I knew the first step in bringing this room to life was to find the right bed.
I searched high and low for the perfect bed. I found "Finnian's Four Poster Bed" at The Beautiful Bed Company. They give you the option of choosing a custom color, so I had it painted in BM Black Satin. All of their furniture is American Made and made to order.
The ceiling height in here is 10 1/2 ft. and almost 12 ft. in the tray ceiling, so the volume of space is grand. I knew, that just like the bed, I needed the chandelier at the center of the room to make a statement, and it had to be large for the scale of the room. As soon as I saw it, I knew this Brass Sixteen-Light J-Arm Chandelier would be the perfect choice. It's been fun to watch its unlacquered brass gain a rich patina almost from day one.
Putting these TOV benches at the foot of the bed complemented the chandelier and the frame on the artwork beautifully.
I chose these brass sconces with ivory shades for the reading nook. They coordinate beautifully with all the other brass accents in the room. And speaking of the nook, this space is multi functional. We all know it isn't always easy to get a great night's sleep as we age. For those restless nights, this little space affords me a place to retreat to away from the tossing and turning without having to leave the room. And, on a cold day, it's the perfect place to cozy up with a good book. If you can't find me, look here.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me designing and constructing this headboard, and selecting fabrics for the room, including this bed skirt. The main players in this room were on the expensive side, so like all the other rooms in Mrs. Colonial, I wanted to bring in some less expensive features as well. Making my own headboard and bed skirt were the perfect way to do this.
And speaking of the budget, these less expensive nightstands from HomeGoods are another example of where I was able to keep this room within budget.
I had a couple of different ideas for this empty wall: I was either going to DIY a large dressmaker's shadow box to display a beautiful garment I made, or bring in a large floor mirror.
I obviously decided to bring in a mirror, and I'm so glad I did. This Anthropologie "Gleaming Primrose" gold mirror completely transformed the room. It brought so much life to this side of the room, and its both beautiful and functional. I have the exact same mirrors at the vanities in the master bath, but in a much smaller size, so these two spaces coordinate beautifully.
In the main spaces original to the home, there is a very large crown molding. To try to marry this room with the rest of the house, I had our contractor get a custom made length of crown to match and I had it installed on this wall. I love how it gives greater importance to this accent wall.
I love bringing fun little features of decor into a room. This little guy's stare hints at the view through the French doors.
It had always been a dream to have a ground-floor master bedroom adjacent to a swimming pool and spa. This one has definitely brought that dream to reality.
I think part of what makes this space so special, are the views from every window and door. There is an essence of serenity, and this mirror helps to capture it and multiply it times two.
I can't end this reveal without mentioning the artwork. I went on the hunt this last week for the perfect painting to go over the bed. I visited a bunch of galleries, but I came up empty.
I had this cheap vintage art stuffed away in a storage locker. I had always appreciated the frame, so I decided to paint over the image. I just used craft paint along with paint left over from the remodel. I was able to bring all the colors of the room together in a single piece, and it was another budget friendly item. It cost exactly nothing to make, and I had fun doing it. It brings in a modern element to dance with the more traditional and transitional decor pieces. If you look closely at the painting on the wall, you can see the eyes from the original image. I titled it "Over The Line" for obvious reasons if you look close, and it also seemed appropriate for what's going on in the world today.
Just a few weeks ago, this room only had a bed, rug, nightstands, and lamps. When I published my 2022 "to do" list recently, this space was among the many, many projects I need to complete. I love how it came out, and I'm so happy to mark it off the list. Although, is a room ever really done? I would like to install wallpaper in the tray ceiling to really finish it off, however, for now it's done, and my husband loves it too!
Before I go . . .
We have had really cold temperatures here in Northern California lately, so this last week I made Mrs. Colonial's Unforgettable Chicken Noodle Soup. It really IS that good. To read about it, the tureen it's in, my fun find at the antique store, and to get the recipe, go HERE.
Thanks for joining me here today and taking a tour of one of our most favorite rooms here on the farm. Hopefully, I've given you some inspiration for your own rooms, or inspired you to get DIYing.
Always with love and creative passion,