The bedroom is often lower on the priority list than the more public rooms in a house, and I for one think that is a mistake. Let’s be honest, you spend a vast majority of your time in your bedroom and it should be a haven that makes you happy every minute you are in there- awake, asleep and during all activities in between.
Like our former home, the master bedroom in this house is on the first floor, which I love. It gives us a modicum of privacy and some respite from the constant cacophony of the boys upstairs. As much as I love being with them, have you ever listened to a novice guitarist play the chorus to “Smoke in the Water” repeatedly at an elevated amp volume? It is highly recommended if you are trying to send someone to an asylum. And I know many of you will sympathize with me when I say the shouting and slamming of anything not nailed down due to a lost round in Fortnite or Overwatch is something I am happily oblivious to in my little first floor sanctuary. But I digress...
This is the Master Bedroom as it looked when we bought the house. Not bad at all, just an unfortunate paint color and floor stain. There was nice crown moulding, high ceilings, lots of windows, though the plantation shutters did obscure the lovely view. A few cosmetic touches and we would be off to the races.
But of course, in any renovation the best laid plans almost always go awry at some point. Our hiccup in this project was the dreaded mold infestation. We discovered it growing not only in the sheetrock, but under the hardwood on the sub floor. In some places it had actually rotted the floor joists to the point where Matt fell into the crawl space under the house while walking through the master bath!
So we resolved to replace all of the hardwood on the first floor and redo the sheetrock where needed. That put a ding in the budget for sure, but you don’t mess with mold….
Finally it was time to get to the fun stuff…. Originally I was going to go clean and minimal in the bedroom. Monochromatic neutral shades layered with texture. But after the floors were done and the room was painted, I couldn’t do it. I could not sleep in a white room. I needed some drama….
But still, I craved more drama, so we decided to forgo curtains on the windows and instead drape the bed. We used a full bolt of soft ivory wool crepe from FP Bellechasse, and drapery hardware from Lowcoutry Thread mounted to the ceiling. This took advantage of the high ceilings without cramping the relatively small footprint of the room. There, now we had drama.
Here you go! The room is very peaceful yet there is just enough drama to make it feel special. The bedside tables were originally sewing tables designed by Gio Ponti for the Singer Corp. They are a hot mess when I found them at a flea market, but with the help of Nietert Antique Restorations, they were returned to their former glory. The Gwenwood Wall sconces are from Urban Electric Co. and the linens are Matouk.
The bed hanging was everything I hoped it would be. it creates a nice cocoon without being too stuffy.
And surprising thing about this wallpaper is that artwork looked great on it. I was worried it might be too busy- but not at all. Shown below are a vintage watercolor found at a in Connecticut, and the painting that my uncle Fritz Janschka painted as a wedding gift for Matt and me. The chair is from our old house, and did not need to be recovered since the fabric was in good shape, but we gussied it up with an initial pillow from B. Viz. The gilt wood floor lamp is from Circa Lighting, and the mid century sideboard was a score from Brimfield last summer.
There you have it! Up next week will be the Master Bathroom, so stay tuned!