3.31.2014

My Master Bedroom: the evolution of a room


Our master bedroom has very...slowly...come to life.  
We've lived here for almost three years and it's just now evolving into what I hoped.

This weekend, a friend I met just a few weeks ago, sent me a text saying I needed to meet her at an antique store because I would freak out, their pieces were so good.  Obviously I said "See ya!" to my hubby and jumped in the car. You just never know what the day will bring, because after years of searching for the perfect, affordable, just-my-style nightstands, I found them.  They were waiting for me!



But before I show you up to date photos, let's start at the beginning, when we first looked at our 70's ranch.
Overall, the home had more a Tuscan feel.  Our bedroom color was my least favorite color in the house.  It worked for them, just not for us.  Color is a personal choice; I get that.

I arranged our furniture a bit differently and centered the bed under the window, even though the window isn't centered on the wall.  (Why, builders--WHY?!)
But I didn't even want to tackle the walls until I had a plan.  I lived far too long with these gray samples on the wall.

Then it became glaringly obvious I needed a plan!  Am I right?
I chose black, green, and mixed metals.  Shocker.  I think this was the beginning of my love affair with black and green.  I even purchased the green pillows, but quickly realized I wanted them in our living room instead.  This is what happens when you buy what you love; it should work everywhere in your home.  
Only one slight problem.  These nightstands are not in my price range.  They are thousands of dollars a piece.  Yep.  My husband would never go for it.  So I've been waiting...and waiting...to find just the right piece.

Finally, I covered the walls with FOUR coats of paint.  I used Distant Gray by Benjamin Moore.  I highly recommend...it's not gray at all.  I have no idea why they gave it that name.  It's just a nice white without being so bright you want to gouge your eyes out.  The picture below is an obvious improvement from where we started, but far from finished.  Meanwhile, my kids had perfectly finished rooms loooooong before I ever painted our walls.  Why do we neglect our own rooms?  Priorities, I guess.

Then the heavens opened and my friend Carol from 6Wilson sent me a text of the most gorgeous, vintage Schumacher fabric.  She only had a few yards, but did I want them for my master bedroom?  YES!  I bought the fabric from Carol and had my drapery gal make me the drapes.  Carol made me two black Euro shams and the green bed pillow with black velvet trim.  Bam.  Massive improvement.  I painted the lamps glossy black and just recently added this gallery wall to the big empty space.  I'll be installing frames on both sides of the bed, and still need to fill them with family photos and art we love.
Can you see the nightstands above?  Brown. Gifted to us from friends who didn't want them years ago.  Place holders.  Too low.  Just not right.  Just waiting...

Cue the phone call to visit the antique store. Again, the heavens opened and the angels sang.  There sat a pair of Dorothy Draper style nightstands, the correct height and price.  Truly, I think I would have paid more for nightstands from Ikea.  The room still isn't "finished", but I was so excited about these nightstands that I had to snap a few photos.



I am constantly amazed by the power of paint and decor.  No structural changes have happened in this room, but it already looks so different from where we started.  Thanks for taking this trip back in time with me.  If you need me I'll be lounging in my bedroom while my kiddos bring me chocolate and champagne. Ha!  A girl can dream... ;-)

Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.


30 comments:

  1. your bedroom looks beautiful and I love the colors!! What is the name of the store that your friend discovered your night stands at? I want to check it out :)

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  2. Abby! The pictures of this transformation are amazing! I literally said "on my god!" out loud by myself in my kitchen when I saw the full bedroom shot. Crazy beautiful. Love your vision ;-)

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  3. Your bedroom is gorgeous Abby! I love the bright green and the nightstands are perfect.

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  4. You must be a truly good person for the heavens to open up & drop those nightstand in your lap. What a lucky find!
    I would love to see a black & white striped rug under the bed also. Too much?

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  5. Gorgeous! It sometimes takes such a long time to hunt down the perfect pieces. I also agree that if you love something it should fit elsewhere in your home. Makes for easy decorating and redecorating, too. ;)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  6. oh how I have wanted beautiful green drapes like that in our master bedroom. beyond perfection! going to look up that fabric :)

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  7. Im so thrilled for you that you found those. They are perfect! Your room is beautiful Abby! Best of luck in the ORC!
    xo Nancy

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  8. You have excellent furniture karma my friend. All of that waiting and restraint paid off. They are just perfect!!!

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  9. Beeeautiful, Abby! Your patience definitely paid off. Love, love it! I totally thought this was the room you'd be tackling in the ORC. Looking forward to more of your magic, friend.

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  10. Beautiful Abby! The room looks perfect!
    -Shelley

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  11. Abby, this is all so incredibly beautiful and fresh. I so happy for you on your nightstand score! I love when those perfect pieces to the puzzle come together. You are majorly inspiring me to get going on my bedroom!

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  12. The green and black are perfection, and I agree when you wait long enough the furniture God's will bless you ;-)

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  13. Those nightstands are so you and really make that room pop! I am impressed at how you held off until you found those perfect pieces. I love when a room has a story...don't you?! Kelly Green, black and white are so my weakness. Fabulous my friend! Can't wait to see more!

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  14. Fabulous, Abby! Those nightstands are amazing and I love the play of color and pattern you have going on.

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  15. Wow, that fabric and those nightstands!!!! Perfection! I love when the stars align perfectly. Can't wait to see what you have up your design sleeve for tmrw!!!! Good luck!

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  16. It looks so so great!!!! I've loved watching the transformation!

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  17. Your bedroom has evolved beautifully! So many fabulous details, those nightstands look amazing and the green is just gorgeous!

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  18. The evolution is beautiful! I love that paint color and fabric and the nightstands were such an amazing find! Can't wait to see what you do next. :)

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  19. Love the colors (green is my FAVE)! And those nightstands were the PERFECT find for that room.

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  20. Can I just say...I LOVE everything about this room!!!! Every. Single. Thing!!!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with for the ORC!

    XO,
    Krista

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  21. Looking so. very. good. I'm in loveeee!!

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  22. absolutely stunning! love the emerald with the black.

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  23. i just love the green. there's no way it can escape feeling FRESH in there. i love the pic of the new paint on the walls, it was like i could audibly hear a deep breath or sigh of relief being expelled!

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  24. What a transformation. Love the colors you used. I have those same green pillows in my family room for my Spring look. They look amazing in your master.
    Kathysue

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  25. What a great space! Love your blog!

    xo
    lexie
    http://alexandrainteriors.blogspot.com/

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  26. What a great friend you have! Those dressers are perfect.

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