Simple and Serene Master Bedroom
October 9, 2009
Our master bedroom hasn’t changed much over the years. The linens and accessories get rotated over time, but the colors, textures, and wood tones have remained the same. While I swoon over so many designer rooms, for my personal bedroom, I retreat to the comfort I find in timeless and traditional style. This is the room where we retire at the end of the day and while I may take design risks in other areas, in this particular space, I seek only two things: simplicity and serenity. There’s something soothing about the fact that in the midst of remodeling our home, expanding our family, and changing jobs, this room has remained a constant in our lives.
I’ve always sought to balance the masculine feel of the dark wood tones and olive green rug with the femininity that comes with crystal accents and soft textured linens. After all, this master bedroom is hers and his. I’ve never wanted anything too trendy, bright, or jarring here. Simple creams, bronzes, and pale gray/greens dominate the space. The wall color is ‘Pueblo’ by Ralph Lauren.
We purchased the antique Drexel Heritage furniture the first year we were married. It was previously owned by a couple married for fifty years, so we considered that a great omen when we bought it. In fact, it was Mr. CG who found these pieces and brought them home. Here is the highboy on my hub’s side. Our old master bath beveled vanity mirror didn’t fit the new master bathroom, so I just turned it on its side and put it behind the highboy to pull more light into the room. Then I hung some framed wedding photos with ribbons.
You long time readers have seen this fabric covered headboard with nailhead trim before. I made earlier this year.
I special ordered the chandelier from Home Depot last year.
The damask duvet is Ralph Lauren, from our wedding registry. It’s held up all these years. I bring it out every summer.
I’m sentimental, so I recently framed our wedding picture above our bed. Sconces are from Pier One.
I bought an inexpensive 24” x 36” frame from Aaron Brothers, and a large thick linen textured poster board. Then I painted and cut some balsam wood, and mounted it to the poster board like I did with this key art project.
DIY framing up close:
On my side of the bed is the Ballard Terrific Trio table I found on Craigslist.
On the table are some favorite reads, a thrift store lamp that I wired myself, and deep purple roses from my garden.
I found this rose bush at a local nursery two years ago, and it thrives in my back yard under a lemon tree.
The crystal vase was a wedding present.
On his side of the bed is this side table Mr. CG found at an antique fair. We used to have a pair of narrow nightstands flanking the bed, that matched the highboy and dresser as part of a set, but was all too matchy matchy for me, so I switched them out with his side table and my Ballard table. There is the other thrift store crystal lamp I wired earlier this year.
Some of my favorite colored accents are this sequined celadon accent pillow.
This aubergine urn and colored glass bottles.
And this original painting by Ernesto Treccani we found at a gallery on our trip to Bellagio, Italy many many years ago. It’s called “Maternita” and it reminds me of all three of my children. I have only three pieces of original art in my home. This is one of them.
The store bought window panels I’ve had for over eight years. They are a pale grayish celadon color with a subtle floral pattern in cream and bronze. I’ve never ever lined them on purpose because I like how the light comes through them by day.
Pattern up close:
In front of the fireplace is a reading chair I ordered from Calico Corners seven or eight years ago in a bronze lattice patterned fabric. The olive colored silk pillow pulls the colors from the rug. But quite frankly, it’s not really a reading chair. It’s a “collector of all the unfolded laundry” chair. The pile climbs high very quickly.
Then there’s the area of the room I call the “south side” because it’s just not right. Not yet.
It’s way too many wood pieces right up next to each other. I love the antique dresser, the mirror, and the inlaid wood armoire in the corner. What I don’t love are the (temporary) dining room chairs. I’m definitely on the hunt for a pair of fabulous upholstered chairs on either side of this dresser which will make the “south side” look less like an antique store. With a pair of upholstered chairs, this side will feel much fresher and more modern.
But this mirror and this Lladro I do like very much.
My grandfather used to buy Lladro pieces for my grandmother years ago, and as a girl, I always admired them. This particular Lladro was a present from my hub when the babies were born. How sweet is that ? But he’s no fool. Whenever I’m upset, he just points his finger at it. Smartypants.
The aubergine and green accent colors are repeated with these garden hydrangeas.
My bedroom is certainly traditional, but to me, it is also classic and timeless. It brings me comfort at day’s end. It’s where I cuddle up with my family and read my favorite magazines. Oh sure, it could use some new upholstered chairs, but if I start to complain about that, then there’s something wrong with me.
It’s simple, soft, serene, and it’s mine.
I mean, it’s ours.
And perhaps you’ve noticed, but there is no television in my bedroom. Not judging – that’s cool if you do. I’ve just never had one in my sleep space. We’ve been tempted to get one before, especially for Saturday mornings when the kids wake up way too early and want their cartoons and we want our sleep. But we’ve just never brought one into the space. And I doubt I ever will. In here, I personally prefer the quiet solitude.
So tell me, what is your most favorite decorative piece in your bedroom?
And how do you feel about having a TV in your bedroom? Love it ? Hate it ? Can’t live without it ? Do share.
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