When Anna asked us to help spruce up her master bedroom, we got right to work. Here’s her letter:
Looking forward to working with you! Our house is a 100 year old Victorian with a lot of character, which we love. Our style was more modern until we moved in and none of our furniture fit with the style of the house. Now we’re leaning more towards traditional, but not stuffy. Pottery Barn is my favorite store for sure. I’d like to keep the bed and the dresser and end tables. I’m thinking about moving the chair to another room, so that can go. We have the Calvin Klein “bamboo flowers” bedding in our guest room and we’d love to have that in our room, but couldn’t figure out how to make it work with paint, etc. So if you could work things around that bedding, it’d be great. Open to most other things being changed- especially the wall color! We generally choose more “natural” colors, nothing too bold. Thanks so much! – Anna
This bedroom is primed for a major makeover, so here’s the plan:
And now for the mood board breakdown.
1. Our color palette will be warm, welcoming and neutral with some deep chocolates in the existing furniture, some soothing tan tones to keep things airy, some periwinkle blue (in the bedding that Anna already owns) and just a dash of violet to keep things interesting. For the walls we’d love to see a nice neutral tan color (try Benjamin Moore’s Huntington Beige HC-21) which is not too dark and not too light so it will really make that great white trim and woodwork pop without closing in the space.
2. Here’s the gorgeous that Anna already has on hand for the space. We love the moody almost-periwinkle tone, which is sweet but not too childlike for a master bedroom.
3. This will make the entire space, while adding traditional elegance and even mimicking the tan floral shapes in the bedding. And while the chandy looks a bit gilded, it’s really a weathered beige finish, so it will feel beautiful and timeworn, just like Anna’s 100 year old home.
4. We were immediately drawn to that amazing built-in window seat, and we couldn’t help but imagine some seat cushions for added function and comfort. We dug up this , which is traditional and super memorable (at just $12 a yard!) and we’d love to see it on some seat cushions to create a warm and inviting little reading nook. A few tossed on top will be the icing on the cake (enter C10 at checkout to get 20% off each pillow).
5. We also found this great set of that will work perfectly with the bedding in case Anna is in need of a toss pillow or two for the bed (two of them are just $29).
6. We’d love to see this hung over the dresser to bounce around light and reflect that gorgeous view out the window (it’s 50% off!).
7. When it comes to bedrooms, we always love to see two matching table lamps on each night table that flanks the bed. It’s an easy way to add instant ambiance and balance to the room (not to mention tons of function since you can click off the lights without getting out of bed). These will work seamlessly with the delicate chandelier overhead and add to the traditional and classic look that works so well with Anna’s home.
8. We looked far and wide to find a that would work seamlessly with Anna’s existing dresser and night table, and couldn’t believe our luck when we finally stumbled upon this beauty (which could seriously be made by the same people). The clean lines, coffee tone, and wooden drawer knobs closely mimic the existing pieces, and positioned in the place of the chair (which will be moving to another room) Anna will have a functional and gorgeous TV stand that looks far more balanced and deliberate than placing it on the end of her dresser ( it will face the bed for a better view). The added bonus: four more drawers for storage!
9. Contemporary abstract art and that stunning chandelier wouldn’t mix, and due to the pattern in the bedding and the bench seat upholstery, we wanted something soft and subdued for above the bed. Two of repeated next to each other and centered above the bed will be neutral and soothing. We’d love to see them in larger dark wood frames with a big white mat to give each of them a bit of presence so they work with the scale of the bed.
10. Anna already has a very nice area rug in her space, and although it’s a neutral tan tone, we wonder if the pattern will be a bit busy when paired with the floral bedding. We definitely think she should try adding the bedding to the room with the rug in place and living with it for about a week or so (it always takes a few days for your eyes to adjust). Then she’ll be able to decide whether she would like to keep the rug or trade it out for something with a bit less going on. And just in case she decides to do just that, we found this that will add a rich hue and a subtle and oh-so-classic pattern for that luxe layered look.
11. These open weave will frame the gorgeous window beautifully without blocking any of the light or obstructing the view. We’d love to see them hung high and wide outside of the window nook (on the main wall) to add an inviting, breezy, and serene feel to an area that will soon be full of h pillows and cushions. These curtains + the chandelier = heaven. It will be a whole new space!
12. Here’s our splash of violet that can be used sparingly for a luxurious and elegant effect without overwhelming the neutral palette. These orchid colored would look lovely on a stack of large hardcover books in the center of the dresser (especially since the TV will relocate to the corner with the chair).
So there you have it. An inviting and traditional bedroom for Anna to enjoy. We cant’t wait to hear what you think!
Update: We sadly can no longer find the time to take on client commissioned mood boards (we now whip up general inspiration boards instead) but if we ever reinstate them we’ll make a big announcement!