We say this every time for every room, but we’ll say it again, bedroom, you’ve come a long way! We’ve been using and loving this room with our whole hearts for the last several months, but over the past few weeks, we’ve been dialing it in just so. It’s funny, because we thought our bedroom would be the easiest of the three room trio we began last winter, but shouldn’t we have known better? A simple chimney tear down turned into a full blown re-venting of our first floor furnace (new water heaters, too!), but the effort and floor space gained was worth it. We removed a back door in exchange for a wall of windows (a pre-cursor to our now-in-progress backyard plans), painted the room almost black and carved out a little retreat that we consider to be the coziest room in the house.
We couldn’t be happier with our decision to paint the walls dark, and we’re glad we really went for this bold choice, Benjamin Moore’s Raccoon Fur. It’s a step down from a pure black, and there’s the smallest hint of blue. Our friends have asked, Is it gray? Or Navy? Or…? It’s all those things! We dropped the color 16″ down from the ceiling to hide the fact that the ceiling itself isn’t perfectly straight, and although I feared it could make the room look more squat, instead it keeps the room from feeling too heavy and highlights the bright white trim work we’ve installed.
Our freshly re-wired vintage sconces flank our rescued 80s-esque headboard, and we took your advice and kept the wall above free of any art prints or decor of any kind. Instead, we each hung a framed photo on our respective bedsides that makes us happy. At first, Scott was at a loss of The Perfect Thing, but when I told him we’ve yet to hang his Parisian cobra-battling-mongoose in our current home (so much art still in storage!), he was all, yup!
On my side, I chose a shot taken of us on the beach in Santa Monica, just an hour after reaching the finish line of last fall’s Route 66 trip. I also included the teeniest framed photo of our Maddie girl wrapped in a blanket burrito. We miss her every day, but seeing her before we fall asleep – well, it helps.
Our closets were – and still are! – a game changer. We worked with IKEA from start to finish on the perfect PAX wardrobes for our space, and our friend Meg of MegMade helped out by spraying the doors pure white to match our ceiling and trim (Behr’s Ultra Pure White). We topped them off with the hunkiest, most handsome 18″ brass pulls provided by Rejuvenation. They’ve begun to lightly patina with our daily use, which we absolutely love. Side note: The same patina can be said for our DIY kitchen island, which only adds to the charm and beauty of natural brass!
Tucked in the corner under our windows is Grandma’s chair, and we’ve crowned her with the sweetest black and brass sconce from TripleSevenHome. Long time readers might remember when this chair used to be peachy-coral, but we’ve since recovered her in an emerald velvet. She’s so pretty! You know that question about what’s the one thing you’d save from your home in a fire? (Besides the obvious – Scott, Jack, CC and Libby, of course.) For me, it’d be this chair. It was a gift to my grandparents on their wedding day, and after my Pap Pap passed, my grandma gifted it to me. We always say that no inanimate object in our home is too previous, but this one might break that rule.
Across from the bed is our IKEA floating vanity hack, and we’ve leaned a tall mirror against the wall, close enough to our closet for the final dress-check before facing the day. The constellation print above the vanity was found at a thrift store, and due to its odd size, we had it nicely framed by the team at Framebridge. And finally, the snake plant is the same one from the studio shipping room, but it continued to grow (grow, grow!), and so we repotted it in a larger simple black planter and moved it into here. (In its place is Ron!)
When digging through my hard drive for the proper ‘before’ photos, I had a hard time deciding what could really be considered the starting point! When we first moved into this house, we ripped out a kitchen and plopped down our bed (these floor plans should help make sense of that!). We proceeded by putting no effort whatsoever into the space, instead counting down the days to any future travel where we could count on a clean hotel room; for years, it was simply a hodge podge of clothing racks and dressers to tide us over for the big overhaul. Before demolition began, we cleared out the room, and so I thought, maybe these will work as a ‘before’? The following photos are pre-demolition but post-kitchen. Makes sense, right? Man, looking at these before + afters never, ever gets old.
THE BED WALL, BEFORE|AFTER:
THE WINDOW (FORMERLY DOOR) WALL, BEFORE|AFTER:
THE VANITY WALL, BEFORE|AFTER:
THE CLOSET WALL, BEFORE|AFTER:
The room feels like our own private sanctuary, which, shouldn’t a bedroom always feel that way? This room has been 3 years in the making, but it was worth the wait. All sources are listed below, but please let us know if we’ve forgotten anything!
wall color: Benjamin Moore Racoon Fur | pendant light | grey rug | vintage runner (similar) | linen duvet | coverlet | dash sheets | pebble sheets | mint lumbar pillow | navy velvet pillow| grey velvet pillow | vintage sconces | bunny alarm clock | Pit Bull book | white nightstand | marble nightstand | built-in closets | closet hardware | Grandma’s chair | black + brass sconce | cat bed | pocket door | pocket door hardware | floating vanity | dip legged stool | chrome fan | animal planter | matte black planter | kitty jewelry dish | small mirror | floor mirror | constellation print + frame | brass frame | roman shades
PS! To follow the play-by-play from the very beginning, click on any thumbnail below. We can’t say it enough – thank you for always encouraging us as we figure out what this old lady of a house wants.