House Reveal: Master Bedroom

Let’s kick off this week with a peek into the master bedroom.

The room looked like this when we started:

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The bulk of the work in this room was simple decorations.  We added a door for the closet, new flooring and a few electrical outlets for sconces/chandelier but the rest is just paint, fabric, and furniture.

Master3 Master2 The walls a painted a deep navy blue.  Add the gorgeous new headboard, some purple (radiant orchid) and teal accents, and great antique walnut furniture and you have a room that I’m loving.

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I’m so obsessed with this bed!

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Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  The folks at Pantone must have gotten a sneak peek into my room before making their determination :).

All photos taken by the wonderful Katrin Auch.

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Space Planning: Home Office

I’ve been working on my home office for quite a while.  The biggest issue was that the room was our temporary living space for a month or two and then it was sort of a catch-all.  Therefore, there was only so much I could do to the room until recently.  I thought it would be great to discuss this particular space because this is a great example of how proper space planning helps with ensuring proper scale and fit of furniture but after the items are loaded in the room, it becomes clear that a better space plan would work.

So here’s the space before we bought the house:

MLS21It’s the smallest room in the house and the only bedroom with a view so perfect for my office.  I originally planned to have a large desk in the middle of the room with a smaller desktop in the closet to house the larger monitor and computer that I use when drawing floorplans.  This would leave the desk in the middle of the room free for design projects (and the smaller laptop).  I also would have a nice area to lounge…you know just in case work was just so overwhelming :-).

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Initially, I wanted to make this a very feminine space and planned to use the wallpaper that I used in the nursery.  But then I realized that I would sometimes need to share the office with the hubby so I decided to tone it down.  More importantly, I decided to add an additional work station and more storage to account for the hubby’s papers, etc.

Office2 (wo dimensions)I wasn’t sure about the chair off the corner but knew I really wanted a place to sit and relax.  There was also third iteration of the space plan that included two desktops on the wall and changed the closet to simple storage.

Ultimately, after buying all the furniture and placing it in the room, I realized that I didn’t love the way the room felt.  Luckily, all the furniture was properly sized but I just had too much storage and more than enough work space for the both of us.  I wanted to lighten up the room…workload wise.  So I made the decision to remove some of the storage and make enough space for a proper lounging area.  This is the final floorplan:

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As of November 1(ish), we will have been in the house for one year! To commemorate this (and make me feel better about how much work we still have to do), I’m finally having a few spaces professionally photographed.  I’ll be sure to share the final office photos soon.

 

 

Early Arrival and Nursery Sneak Peek

We had an early arrival of the little diva and have spent the last few weeks trying to figure out what we’re doing. Luckily she’s pretty awesome (and chill) plus we have help for the next month. So hopefully, I’ll be back to regular posting soon but wanted to drop in and share sneak peek photos of the nursery. It’s practically finished except for artwork and a few pillows that need to be sewn. However, the parents will be sleeping in that room for the next few weeks and I won’t be able to get the room properly photographed until mid-summer. So until then…

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Built in cabinets and fabulous wallpaper

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Custom glider and pom pom curtains

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Custom fuschia daybed

Needless to say I’m in love with the space. When I’m sleep deprived and rocking in the glider at 3am it makes me smile. Hopefully, the little diva will feel the same way when she gets older 🙂

Before & After: Glider

If I thought I wanted to marry the wallpaper in the nursery, I must be ready to commit polygamy with the new glider. It’s so pretty and perfect!

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Isn’t it great? As I was planning the nursery, I started researching gliders and realized that all the non-ugly ones costs upwards of $1200-1500 (including shipping, etc.) and that was without customization. So one day, right before ordering an expensive glider, I decided to search Craigslist. I got lucky in my first search and discovered this beauty:

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The dimensions were a little off but I liked that it was a recliner and the cost was only $300!! I knew with a little love and upholstery care, it could be everything I wanted.
Fast forward a few weeks, agonizing decisions on whether to splurge on the fabric (totally worth it), and time at the upholsterer and this is what I have now:

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It’s a custom piece with Schumacher fabric and orange linen piping and works perfectly in the nursery. AND after all was said and done, I only spent approximately $900 to get it exactly the way I wanted. While I know that’s not cheap, I think it’s totally worth it. This baby better be one who enjoys a good glide 🙂

Progress Progress Progress

Sorry I’ve been away so long. You look up one day and its been over two weeks since a post. I could blame it on a lot of things but let’s just say that I’m pooped. I’m surprised at how tired I am on most days and coupled with trying to get the house in working order and finishing up client work, pregnancy is kicking my arse. But good things are happening on the home and nursery front. Here’s a few sneak peeks:

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Can I just say that I want to marry this wallpaper? It’s so luxurious and special. There will be a daybed in the room and I might choose to sleep in there to stare at the wallpaper all the time (or just take care of the baby). 🙂

The bulk of the work is done: the glider is at the upholsterer, the custom blackout shades have been ordered, and we’re waiting on a few final design touches over the next couple weeks. The countdown has begun so let’s hope its finished before our new arrival.

Have a great weekend!

Master Bedroom Progress

We’ve actually made progress in many of the room in the house and I now can start thinking more about the design process.  I mentioned before that I really wanted a purple bedroom and was in the process of purchasing this purple grasscloth to get the room started.

Purple Grasscloth from Design Your Wall

But two things happened before I was able to make the purchase.  First, this amazing headboard was on a crazy sale right after Christmas.

Bristol Headboard with mirrored frame

I’ve been eyeing this bed on Pinterest and Houzz for months and when it was almost 55% off, I couldn’t pass it up.  With such an amazing headboard (it’s 7′ high!!), I decided that maybe I should simply paint the room a deep color and let the bed shine.  So I needed to rethink the design.

And second, I became obsessed with two color schemes for a room in our house.  When I finally made the choice (with the help of friends and hubby) about which color scheme would win out, I was devastated not to be able to use the other scheme in the house.  So I’ve now decided to scrap the purple and go with the losing color scheme – navy and coral/pink/red!

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I may tone down the use of pink and coral since the bed is feminine and will likely go a little darker on the navy blue rendering it almost black.  But I’m so excited about this change and hope to put together a board and fabrics to show you!  Plus, I’m so damn excited about the headboard that I just can’t wait to see it in a few weeks.