I cant believe we have made it to reveal week and I can’t wait to share our dark, moody Parisian inspired master bedroom.
It’s been a stressful six weeks and I can’t wait to jump head first into our bed and not leave the room for a week…kidding but not really!
If your new here’s a brief summary of our home and this project overall. My husband and I purchased a 100 year old lake home a few years ago not to far outside New York City. Its filled with tons of old charm and quirky details but what old home isn’t. Slowly we have been doing simple yet impactful updates to make the home more modern and more us, all while being budget friendly. This means I do most of the DIY work while driving my husband nuts but now we have a home that is ties in classic and modern elements and is much more “us”.
Now for the reveal and what everyone has been waiting for. Lets start with one more before photo:
Truthfully the room wasn’t bad before hand but it was bland, boring and for the year we lived in our home it was the dumping ground of old mis matched furniture. I always new this room has so much potential and I am happy I didn’t race to furnish this room when we moved in because I can happily say we LOVE every new detail and the design feels luxurious and intentional. And now here it is…
There are so many elements to the space that I love that I don’t even know where to begin with my favorite so lets dive right into all the details of the space.
Walls, Ceiling & Lighting
Deciding to go with Black Satin by Benjamin Moore on the walls was something I stressed over for weeks but its the main element that makes this room what it is. Its bold, dramatic but still soft and intimate. Adding the decorative moldings to the space really makes the room feel so much bigger. The molding gives the illusion of a ceiling that is much taller than eight feet and with the ceiling molding detail the “tray ceiling” inspired look further adds to that illusion. I’ve always loved the look of Serge Mouille style lighting for its simple modern look and thinks its the perfect contrast against the classic style ceiling medallion and bed frame.
edallion and bed frame.
It’s no secret I love a good neutral color palette in contrasting tones but again with the dark walls I didn’t want the space to come off as too dark or masculine. Mixing blacks, browns and tans was another risk that I was not sure how it was going to read in the space but I truly love the outcome.
When working with a neutral color palette I always love to add color in small doses when it comes to accessorizing. Too many times certain colors can be too “trendy” so adding accessories like decorative objects, artwork or flowers are all inexpensive ways to bring in accents of color without committing to something for the long haul. One of my favorite pieces in the room was this half moon marble console, it was something that I found two days before the reveal. It’s the perfect scale for entry way of the room and has such a luxe feel while being super budget friendly.
I have always loved the look of mix and matched nightstands when done in a way that seems intentional. The wall that our bed is on is rather long but has two windows and on the left side of the bed there is a closet door that opens into this wall. A standard size nightstand looked lost in the space due to the extra spacing that was left on both sides. While I could of done extra wide chest of drawer style nightstands on both sides something that was to wide posed a problem on the left side of the bed with the closet door. I came up with the idea of a round bistro style accent table on the left side of the bed and a desk / vanity on the right side. The end result is different but still feels intentional and complimentary. Both the desk and chair were Facebook marketplace finds and the chair; an a custom Ethan Allen piece is another favorite detail in the space. I loved the classic lines on the writing desk that I refinished in a high gloss paint and upgraded the hardware for a modern glam touch.
Fireplace & Custom Built-ins
Another area of the room where I racked by brain was the wall across from the bed. This wall posed a problem for a few reasons it was super long, the room isn’t that wide which meant there was not a ton of extra space from the foot of the bed to the wall. Previously we had a dresser on this wall since we needed storage but it looked bulky and lost and left so much extra space on each side. I really wanted to add a fireplace to the room and after landing the perfect carved mantle off Facebook market place I knew I had to have it and make it work. After searching for ideas and options for each side of the fireplace that was not deeper then 15 inches but offered storage…this seemed impossible the stars aligned and I landed on the IKEA Ivar cabinet. I love IKEA for so many reasons and the number one reason is they usually have something any diy’er needs to complete a project. The Ivar cabinet was the perfect height and depth but the width was an issue. I ended up buying three cabinets and cutting one in half. I then installed one and a half cabinets on each side of the fireplace and added trim details and vintage style hardware for a custom look. I plan on doing a full post just on this ikea hack as its super simple and the customization is endless. I finished the tops off with marble and it adds the perfect spot for housing jewelry and accessories.
I went back and fourth over what to put over the fireplace and just about when I was going to settle on a mirror a custom piece of artwork came into the design plan. Long story short I fell in love with a piece of art a fellow designer on instagram, Sam Cram created for her home. It was her the lyrics to her first dance song at her wedding. The art was simple, elegant and timeless and had such a personal meaning. I screen shot the photo when she posted it in her home to use as inspiration later. Then one day she decided to sell custom pieces but was only taking a limited amount of orders. I messaged her right away…crossing my fingers she still had availability and purchased one of her prints. It truly is the perfect piece to finish off the mantle and I love how personal it is for the bedroom. Since then Sam and her husband opened up there own print shop and can create any custom lyrics piece for you!
Below are a few more photographs of our bedroom; I am sure I will continue to tweak and style the space but I really love where the space ended up at the end of the challenge. Taking on this project was something that was on my list of things to accomplish but it kept getting put on the bottom of my list but now that its complete its the perfect serene and relaxing space that I cant believe we went this long without.
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