CATEGORY: Bedroom

Blue or Red Lacquered Walls for the Bedroom Entry

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The master bedroom is one of my big projects for 2014 and I want to start with the entry leading into it. You’ve seen me tweaking that space for years now, trying to figure out what to do. Well I finally have a plan and it starts with lacquering the wall! (I’m so excited about it I had to use an exclamation point on that!) The only thing holding me up is I’m waffling between red and blue.

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Blue is soothing…..

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while red has such great impact…..

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This isn’t exactly lacquered but it gives you an idea of what the space would look like…..

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In case you need a refresher, here’s the space I’m talking about:

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(This was a while ago so of course it doesn’t look anything like this now.)

I had originally thought of red. But I think I want to carry over whatever I do there to this wall just outside of the doors. And this area leads to the hallway to the rest of the bedrooms and as much as I love red, I wouldn’t want that much of it. So I’m torn.

In cases like this, I like to consider separate spaces as a whole so there is flow and continuity. So, I’ll share some photos and ideas about the hallway in my next post and (hopefully) make a decision after that! (Another exclamation point! I told you I was excited!)

(Photos: 1.Miles Redd 2-3.Architectural Digest 4-6.Lonny 7.FROM THE RIGHT BANK)

Ceiling Mount Light Finalists and Winner

You know how I’ve been looking for a ceiling mount light for the entry to the master bedroom? After looking at about a bazillion of them, I can definitely state this category of lighting has more ugly choices than good ones. That’s why it’s taken me nearly three years to find one that 1) I like; and 2) Doesn’t cost and arm and a leg.

Well, this weekend, I finally pulled the trigger. Here are the five I finally narrowed my choices down to and how I came to my final decision.

1. Jonathan Adler Sputnik

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I love a good sputnik but this particular one doesn’t really work with the style of my house.

2. Ochre Arctic Pear Chandelier

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I still love this one. In fact, I went and drooled on it at the Ochre store when I was in New York last week. But it’s more than I want to spend on a space that is not very prominent.  (It’s also technically not a ceiling mount although I could have made it work.)

3. Robert Abbey Axis

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This one was a real contender for a while but over the past couple of years I’ve gotten a little tired of seeing similar lights. (It’s one of the perils of blogging.) It’s still a nice classic look though and the black trim is great.

4. Possini Double Drum

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At one point, I was so fed up with looking at lights, I thought I’d just default to a basic drum. You can never go wrong with a simple drum shade anything.

5. Lamps Plus Pewter Leaf

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This was the winner in the end. The style is right, it’s a nice size, got great reviews and the kicker? The price. It’s $249.99 (list $374.99) but currently on sale for $199.95. Plus no tax and free shipping made it hard to say no. Now, let’s just hope it’s not disappointing in person! I’ll let you know…..

Color Palette for the Master Bedroom

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I’m almost ready to start working on the poor neglected master bedroom. I surprised myself with the color palette I decided on: varying shades of blues and reds with a lot of white. How did I decide on this combination?

It started with a pair of D. Porthault shams that I bought in Paris this past summer. This is the pattern and it has a blue trim:

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I had actually bought these for one of the guest rooms but decided they had to go in the master!

You may remember the walls are painted Benjamin Moore “Bunny Gray” (like the dining room) which has a light blue undertone. Here’s a picture of the paint going on before we moved in:

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Here’s one more red and blue bedroom for inspiration:

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Every time I’ve ever put color in the bedroom I ended up taking it out but I’m in a colorful mood these days so it may just stick this time!

(Photos: 1.D. Porthault 2.Lonny 3.House Beautiful)

Beginnings of a Plan for the Master Bedroom

I’m really inspired by Whitewell from Designers Guild right now for the master bedroom:

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The background of this colorway is actually more white in person than it looks in the photo.

To recap, the bed and headboard are all white (so I think a couple of pillows in this pattern against the white would be really beautiful), the walls are painted Benjamin Moore “Bunny Gray” (second swatch from the left below) which I would describe as a Swedish blue gray; the trim is white, and I’m also still considering the black and white dotted fabric for the settee. So it would look like this all together:

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I’m kind of loving it.

The only holdup is the settee because I can’t decide if I want to go black and white with the wood painted white or if I want to leave the wood and just reupholster it in white like the settee in this room:

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So as usual, decisions need to be made and I plan on doing that soon!

Thanks for another fun week of blogging and all your comments. See you all Monday!

 

Bedroom Perfection

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I am positively in love with this room (and the entire house) from the May issue of Elle Decor. There was so much goodness in this issue, I think it may be my all time favorite issue of Elle Decor ever. Did anyone else feel the same way?

Just a short post today as I’m taking a three-day weekend. I know a lot of you are too so have a good one and happy Easter to those celebrating it. See you all Monday!

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