Woah! Calm down…this is a family friendly place. Shame on you. 😉
But in all seriousness, this bedroom needs some spice.
Do you see what I mean? It’s pretty sad. At least the munchkin and little furball are cute. The only spice this room says to me is vanilla, and I don’t think that’s technically in the spice category.
pouring our heart and soul paying the majority of our attention to the downstairs while the upstairs just cries to us, “Can I get some love up here?” After feeling like the living room and kitchen are at least presentable for company for now, we are ready to venture to the other areas of the house that are without any exaggeration whatsoever, completely blank.
This past weekend, the Shaver three (and the Gentry two) dove headfirst into the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show. By the end of the day, my brain was swirling with ideas. After trying my hand at some really bad Photoshop visualization, I’ve come up with a mood board that will hopefully inspire Robert and I to wave our DIY wand in the master.
Master Bedroom Mood Board:
Can you tell I had a style identity crisis with this one? It’s rustic meets transitional meets modern meets traditional meets…okay whoever said I knew what I was doing? I don’t. At all. But if I like it, that’s good enough for me. (By the way, we will not be using that bedding. Ours will be plain white with textured gray and light teal throws.)
Here is the breakdown of the room:
- Bed- Larimer by Ashley We bought this bed from a direct supplier of Ashley Furniture (MMFurniture.com) and since we eliminated the middle man, we got a decent discount. The downside was it took over a month to have it delivered. Granted, those poor delivery guys had to maneuver our delivery during our psychotic icy winter weather (to which we sent them back on the road with ginormous cups of coffee at least). The bed itself is awesome though, and a pretty good compromise considering I wanted a tufted upholstered headboard and Robert wanted a traditional wood. Voila! Panel bed. And the handy dandy drawers in the footboard are great for holding extra linens since we don’t have a linen closet.
- Dresser- Craigslist Find I am not one for the matchy-matchy look, and this dresser certainly doesn’t match any other piece of furniture I’ve seen. My mother found this one at a consignment shop advertising this piece on Craigslist. It was $300 already chalk painted in a color that I thought was romantic but still masculine. I like being able to balance the two since after all, it’s Robert’s bedroom too. The only change I made was painting the hardware since it needed a little love. It also came with a mirror, but since like I said I don’t like too much matchy-matchy, I’m putting that big guy somewhere else.
- Nightstands- Pier 1 I’ve had my eye on these puppies for a few weeks now waiting on them to go on sale before I pounce. The only problem with being a deal-junkie though, I sometimes wait too long since I usually think, “Oh well they’re on sale now but maaaaybe they will mark it down even more.” And then the store sells out of them never to be restocked again, and I kick myself and it’s back to square one with the furniture plan. Still, we’ve had other expenses to deal with and this one isn’t at the top of the priority list. I do like how they have the espresso wood finish that matches our bed, but they don’t look too much like part of a set with the mirrored detail that also punches up the room a notch with a little hint of glam.
- Lamps- HomeGoods “I can never find anything I like in HomeGoods”…said no person ever. Before Robert and I even moved into this house, we were shopping one day browsing and dreaming about home stuff when these two lamps caught our attention. In general, men don’t get excited about lamps, but when even Robert was intrigued by them, I snatched them up. They are shaped like tree branches (yay for rustic touches) but still have a more transitional look with the brushed nickel finish. Done. Bought. No regrets.
- Mirror- Big Lots Okay, okay this isn’t our exact mirror, but ours looks quite a bit like it. Way back in college when I was moving into my first apartment, I found this mirror in Big Lots of all places where I hardly ever shop. Somehow I always forget about it, but there are some good finds in there. I think it was something like $30 and in perfect shape. The design in the frame even mimics the metal work of our light fixture in our bedroom ceiling fan…and that wasn’t on purpose. It’s fate, I tell ya.
- Curtains- Gray Linen I’m still on the hunt for some reasonably priced gray thermal linen window panels. If I have to, I might even buy gray linen fabric to make some no-sew curtains. We’ll see how that works out.
- Ceramic Deer Head- Kirkland’s Boy I never thought I’d see the day where I wanted a ceramic deer head AND over my bed of all places. I know this has been a bit of a trend lately too, but I can’t help but think of the stellar antler chandeliers that hung in our honeymoon suite a few years ago. And, hey, it’s rustic with a modern twist which is exactly the look I’m going for.
- Rug- Pottery Barn/DIY Yep, my Pottery Barn infatuation had to creep into this post somewhere. But even if I had the dough to pay the Pottery Barn prices, this particular rug is only available in 3′ x 5′. I’m hoping to find a plain blue/gray rug and print it with a stencil and ivory paint.
- Wall Art- Ansel Adams Prints No one can do landscape photography like Ansel Adams. Not to mention, the guy managed to do it without Photoshop back in the pioneer days of photography. A little trick I learned in college was to frame and mat calendar prints. So guess what I bought? A big ol’ Ansel Adams wall calendar that I plan to cut up and recycle into art. 12 prints for $10 isn’t a bad solution. And even dollar store frames can look good with a thick mat.
- Air Stone- Lowe’s This is where I might be crazy, but I love me some wall texture. I have been itching to do a focal wall, and it seems like a must-have for the master bedroom. Nothing says rustic like stone, and in case you’ve never heard of it, there is this new type of stone called Air Stone that is very light and super easy to install. AND it’s only $50 per 8 square feet. It makes a huge statement too. Do I dare with this one?
- Paint Color- Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray I really wanted a cool gray for this room since the shade feels so tranquil and spa-like. After an entire day of chasing a toddler, tranquility will be very much needed.
Original Inspiration: When Robert and I went on our honeymoon in Asheville, North Carolina nearly three years ago, we stayed at the Grand Bohemian Hotel and it was DA BOMB…so much so that it makes me tap into my nineties slang vocabulary. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to recreate our honeymoon suite in my own keyed-down way.
So what do you think? Does it work? Are there any places you’ve been that inspired you to recreate it?