In the last house I never finished our master bedroom, the entire time we lived there it was an unfinished catch-all for everything in the house that didn’t have a place. We basically slept in a storage unit. Adam and I would crawl into bed night after a long day, and instead of feeling relaxed we would just look around and think “Ugh…there is so much stuff we didn’t get done today” (even if we had each rocked the socks off our to-do list).
I know I’m not alone in this. I know the master bedroom is usually the forgotten room of the house, because no one sees it. But dang it, I see it. Adam sees it. We work hard, and having a bedroom that doesn’t stress us out isn’t too much to ask. So today I want to share the plan I have in my head for the master bedroom in the new house.
We designed this bedroom to be further away from the action than our old bedroom. That one was right in the middle of the house and never really felt private, mostly because the kids were always in it. To remedy that situation we have implemented a rule around here- No kids in mom and dads room. That is not super strict of course…the baby sleeps in there, and the three other boys are welcome to come in when they need something or if mom is requesting snuggle time. But no, they may not jump on my bed, or spread their legos and dinosaur toys all over the floor like they did in the last house. And no, boys, you may not use my bathroom. There are two other toilets in this house and 2.5 acre as outside for you to pee all over…stay the heck away from my toilet.
And so, with that rule firmly in place, I am looking forward to creating a real bedroom for Adam and I. Our sanctuary. Our kid free (ish) zone that is totally relaxing and serene and all things that aren’t stressful or loud or messy.
So here is what I have in mind…
Forgive the absolutely horrendous rendering (I’m an olioboard newbie), but you get the gist.
Adam is big on our new bedroom not having any crazy prints or colors…he says he wants a bedroom that looks like adults sleep there. So I plan to keep it extremely neutral and bring in interest with texture instead, using a lot natural materials like wood, leather, metal, linen, etc. Here is what we have so far…basically, we have walls, a mattress, and two queen blankets on our king sized bed.
It’s a solid start (besides that whole two blankets thing). That limestone wall is quite a stunner and I smile every time I see it…it was definitely $1,000 I have zero retreats about spending. The walls are already painted “Silvermist” by Sherwin Williams and I think the color is perfect, it is subtle and neutral without being too boring or bland. The floor will be a rustic wood…one day. This is years down the road though, so until then it will be concrete like the rest of the house.
Then there’s the whole issue of the ceiling.
Right now it is covered in temporary drop cloths so that we could close on our construction loan, and we had planned to skin the beams with wood and do a rusty metal ceiling. I think we changed our mind though and will do a wood ceiling, since wood is easier to find and easier to install (and we already did metal in the living room). I’m not quite sure about the colors yet though…we could do wood ceiling and beams, white ceiling and beams, wood ceiling and white beams, or white ceiling and wood beams. I think I’m leaning toward all wood or wood ceiling and white beams, but we will see. I’m sure we will come back to this subject in the future.
For window treatments I plan to do plain white roman shades for the windows beside the bed. As much as I love a good full length curtain I refuse to drill into the stone or cover the wood headers.
The french doors will get fully functioning full length curtains though. As much as I love being able to see across the yard and into the living room and kitchen from my bed, I don’t so much love that it also goes the other way.
The opposite wall just has baby supplies on it now, but we have big plans for the future.
We went ahead and stubbed out a gas line in the wall for a future gas fireplace, which is why we went with small square windows instead of full length ones. The left side with get a cozy chair, and the doorway to the bathroom will get a big wooden barn door.
The wall opposite the bed now holds our old TV. I was always a ‘no TV in the bedroom” girl, but we went ahead and put one in here and it is the best thing ever. Seriously, I could not have been more wrong about the TV in the bedroom thing…if we had put one in our room years ago we probably wouldn’t have four kids, haha. Anyway, eventually we will hide all the cords and get a media center, likely the one from our living room once we complete the built-in in there.
Alright, now back to that main wall…
First, the bed. Originally I planned on an old iron bed because it feels like it the bedroom wants it, but then we went to a bed and breakfast and actually slept in one and I hated it. You cannot comfortably sit up and lean against an iron headboard, its uncomfortable no matter how you adjust the pillows. Adam wants to build the bed anyway, and after much back and forth we decided that the headboard should be leather.
I already bought a set of paisley sheets from Pottery Barn (my one peekaboo of pattern in the room) and I am now hunting a linen duvet cover and shams.
I never would have considered linen before, but while shopping at a Pottery Barn outlet months ago I stumbled upon one of their Belgian flax linen duvets. My hand grazed it while digging for other goodies, and I immediately snatched it up because it was SO SOFT. It didn’t have any tags or labels on it, so I found an employee and was like “What is this material and how much does it cost?!” Turns out is was a queen (we need a king) and it was over $200, which I gawked at and walked away. I can’t stop thinking about it though…now nothing else is good enough.
For the nightstands, I know I want them to be white, and I want mine to be a dual purpose writing desk/nightstand. I’m also kinda in love the spool/bobbin leg/spindle/whatever you want to call it furniture at the moment, so I am on the hunt for something like the photo below (but white and not $1,300).
Add in a big textured rug, some decor and some greenery, and a do believe we will have ourselves a pretty amazing bedroom. Let’s see that sweet mood board one more time…