Walk-in Closet+Imagination=Bedroom?

So I never thought my master bedroom would be the size of a closet…or an actual closet for that matter.  But now it is both.  Here is how I took a walk-in closet in our studio apartment and made it into our master bedroom.

First, I tried to envision the space as more than a closet (and had my husband take down the clothing rod).

Next I took some of my favorite pieces and used them to fill the white space.  The rustic ladder for example.  I wasn’t sure why I was bringing it to San Francisco when it was collecting dust in my garage in Florida, but it turned out to be a great way to punch up a white wall and add some soft candlelight.

Then I filled an empty corner with a beat up old table, one of my favorite flea market finds.  I added an antique styled fan on the corner table which drowns out the city noise at night.  Even though it’s an awkward angle, this photo gives a bit of perspective on how everything comes together in the space.

I added my beloved horse painting above the bed, a pair of white drapes that were once the shower curtains in my master bath, and a floor lamp beside the bed, perfect for reading at night.

Because of the angle of the door to the ‘closet’, it’s hard to capture the warmth of the space.  It’s definitely cozy, but I think I’ve slept better here over the last few nights than I have in months!


My First Client

This week I have been searching for fabrics for a master bedroom suite I am redesigning for a new client.  Ok, the ‘client’ is my mom, but you gotta start somewhere! She wants all new bedding, window treatments and accent furniture.  Her bedroom is painted a brilliant shade of copper and the domed ceiling is black with gold and silver accents, so those are the parameters I have to work within.  I suggested giving the room a resort vibe knowing she was leaning toward a color scheme with black, copper and possibly some green and since I start every design with fabric, I pulled a bunch of options as a jumping off point.

I showed her about twenty-five fabrics to start and once I had an idea of which ones she responded to the most, I was able to blend them together to give her some choices.  The first option has the black and copper she was going for and pulls in a little of the animal print I know she loves:

The second one is my favorite. It’s a little punchier with a bold graphic print, a floral pattern and a pop of bright green:

Another idea was to tone down the metallic elements in the room and go for something more muted like this option that layers stripes, neutral linens and a tropical black and tan print:

In the end we agreed on using a combination of the fabrics below.  Something that would bring in the green she originally wanted, plus compliment the copper she already has in the room, as well as bring in some stripes to give it more of the resort feeling I thought would work in the space.

Now it’s off to find some new nightstands while we wait for the fabrics to come in!

Putting the ‘Master’ in Master Bedroom

In the past I would rearrange our furniture so often my husband actually fell down a couple of times over something that “wasn’t there five minutes ago!”  Now that we’re in our new house, I vowed to give up my rearranging addiction, but that doesn’t change the fact that I need constant change in my home or I’ll go crazy with all that ‘sameness’.   It’s a disease I inherited from my Grandma Rose and considering she’s almost 80 and still rotating her furniture at lightning speed, I don’t think I’ll be recovering anytime soon.

For example, in our bedroom instead of moving the bed to the other wall like I had been itching to do, I just added a mirror I found at Ross (yep, the Dress for Less store), plus an already determined as temporary nightstand for Marshall (until we have the budget for a new one), and a striped throw pillow on the bed.  Those changes, coupled with the nightstand I set up last week and the light fixture Marshall installed a few weeks  ago and the room finally feels like it’s coming together.  With a few simple updates I think the room already feels more polished, but I’ll let you be the judge of that!



The Perfect Nightstand

There are few things in a home more important than having a soft, comfortable place to rest your head at night. We spend something like a third of our lives sleeping, so I say go ahead and invest in the most expensive mattress you can afford because you’re going to do two of the three most important things in life on that very bed. And aside from having a great place to sleep and ahem, you know, everyone needs the perfect nightstand next to their bed.

Here’s mine:

The three things I have to have on my nightstand are:
-a lamp for reading
-a notepad for when I remember we need milk or I need to jot down my dream because it will make most amazing series of tween books and turn me into a millionaire overnight
-fresh flowers just because I like them and to soothe the fact that I will never have a dream that will translate into one of the best selling series of books of all time

I also have a little basket next to the bed so the nightstand doesn’t get too cluttered with magazines, books or my trusty taser. Yes, I keep a taser next to the bed. We live in a gorgeous neighborhood in Orlando, FL and I dearly love where we live, but like many in-town neighborhoods we aren’t all that far away from some pretty sketchy places and I sleep a little better knowing I could zap someone from fifteen feet away.

But what I need next to the bed and what you need next to the bed are probably two very different things. For example you might suffer from horrible allergies in which case fresh flowers would be an absolute nightmare for you. Only you know what can help you fall asleep at night. A little bottle of lavender, a glass of wine, a white noise machine – whatever floats your boat. But if you want to sleep, I strongly recommend against keeping a computer, a cell phone or remote control within arms reach of your bed. One person who totally ignores this advice is my husband who would sleep with his phone between his butt cheeks if he thought it would help him avoid missing a mobile alert or a news update, but I think that’s a story for another blog altogether.