I recently had the pleasure of working with one of my best friends on redoing her master bedroom. She and her husband live in Charlotte, North Carolina so we tackled this project via e-design sending ideas and sources over email and phone calls. It was such a pleasure to be able to work with one of my friends and share in her excitement as the room began to come together!
Kiley's style is a blend of modern and traditional. She also really loves color! When we started this project we knew that we wanted the master bedroom to be peaceful, but she wasn't going to love it unless we had some major pops of color. After our initial consultation I put together some ideas for her and came up with strategy for pulling off the vision while working with a fairly tight budget:
- We needed new bedding, a side chair, a new mirror, end tables and lamps to work with the existing bed and dressers
- The walls were a pale blue so we decided to add some coral and gold tones in the accents
- We wanted to keep the bedding simple and add color with a throw blanket and a few accent pillows. She inherited an AMAZING antique mantle from her parents to use as a headboard and we didn't want to take too much attention away from that piece by using too many colors and patterns on the bed. (More on that below)
This antique mantle made for the perfect headboard except that it was open in the center and showed the wall behind. We wanted to make it look a little more like a solid headboard without doing any damage to the mantle itself. I suggested that we "upholster" the center with a coral mohair. I knew that the coral color would pop really well against the dark wood and that the mohair velvet would add richness to the piece. We also opted for using a large print for the pillow fabric (one that would incorporate the coral, blue and gold color scheme) and finding a complimenting smaller printed fabric for the draperies.
This mirror is another antique piece that Kiley inherited. I love how the wood detail compliments the detail in the headboard and how the gold leaf pops against the walls. She did a great job executing our ideas for this space.
Here are the before images of the room right after they moved in. You can see what I mean about the mantle having an opening in the center that needed to be adjusted before it would really function well as a headboard.
When I got married and moved into my husband's house, I began to prioritize rooms for redecorating. The rooms that people saw the most were placed first on my list. Our living room, dining room and kitchen got immediate attention, but two years later our master bedroom still had a definite bachelor-pad look about it. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew that we had to get our bedroom done before we even thought about the nursery. Otherwise, it might be another several years before it saw any attention!
I knew that I wanted a calm and soothing bedroom to retreat to, but for me, that did not translate into a completely neutral space--I love color! I also knew that I wanted to incorporate the large Indian mantle my parents gave me to use as a headboard. Other than those two starting points, I was drawing a blank. Although I know what I like when I see it, I'm not one of those people who can visualize a space before it's created. Luckily for me, my lifelong friend Sarah also happens to be a talented interior designer, so of course I enlisted her help!
Since I live in Charlotte and Sarah's in Nashville, we collaborated mostly through emails, phone class and texts. She came up with the general vision for the room, then helped me with the specifics by sending me inspiration photos, sources, and products. Armed with that knowledge, I would set about finding pieces and fabrics that fit within my budget (and of course getting her approval before I made the purchases!). The pillows and headboard upholstery were the result of a weekend with my crafty aunt, so the only costs were for the materials themselves.
I am SO happy with the way the project turned out. It was exactly as I had envisioned it--peaceful but not boring, soft but not overly feminine. This project is proof that you don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to create a lovely space.
I am so thrilled with the way their bedroom turned out! Its always fun for me to see the spaces that I work on come to life... and its even more fun when I have the privilege of working with a dear friend. There is so much sourcing, measuring, planning and time that goes into designing a space that it makes the final outcome all the more rewarding. We are already starting on our plans for her nursery!