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!
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... ;-)
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