I thought you might like a little tour of one of my favorite spaces in my home – the master bedroom. I know sleep experts say you should only use the bedroom for sleep and sex, but I treat my bedroom as a living space. I enjoy spending time in my room sipping coffee, reading, watching television, studying, writing, and creating just like I do in other rooms in my home.
I recently enlisted the help of Sarah Calk with SadlsDesigns to make new pillow coverings to freshen up my space – since we are apparently going to be spending A LOT of time at home. I spied a beautiful antelope fabric on her Instagram feed and reached out to see if she could make some Euro shams and a long bolster pillow with leftover fabric from a reupholstery project. I am so happy with how it turned out. Sarah does great work – she learned all her sewing skills from her mother. Please contact Sarah at [email protected] for inquiries.
I love how the navy and light blue play together. It’s fun to mix patterns and colors. And yes, I have a lot of pillows (eight decorative pillows and four-bed pillows for sleeping; yes that equals twelve) on my bed – much to Mr. Bee’s dismay. Men will never understand the importance of pillows!
And, of course, I adore monograms. I got that from Mother. I had these linen Euro shams monogrammed in an oversized script font by Red Dog studios.
The nightstands belonged to Mother. After Daddy passed away she asked for my help in redecorating her bedroom. The French Provincial dressers were dark brown and lovely, but I asked her if I could paint them with Annie Sloan chalk paint to give them a feminine, shabby chic look. I love how they turned out. Every once in a while I think about painting them in cream, but I just love the blue.
On my last trip to visit my sister, I found the mid-century gold ball wall decor in an antique shop and thought it would be perfect above the bed between two small mirrors. I love the mix of the gold wall art and silver bedside lamps. It’s totally okay to mix your metals. Not everything has to be matchy-matchy.
I pulled together most of my blue and white collection and styled a lovely cream bookshelf. I gathered up all the books in the house in varying shades of blue – even cookbooks – and put them on the shelves among my collectibles. The effect is cohesive and inviting.
Here is a photo of Mother and Daddy from my niece’s wedding. Such a sweet photo of the two of them.
The stack of books belongs to Mr. Bee. They are a nod to his love of his English heritage. Nestled on top of the books are three vintage glass paperweights. Pro tip: A good rule of thumb in decorating is to cluster things together in odd numbers like three and five of something.
Every home needs a built-in. One of the projects I helped Mother with was to design a built-in desk and glass-front cabinets for all her treasures. We installed bubble glass in the doors and lighting so the inside illuminates to showcase the contents. Lots of storage and drawers for files and linens.
The desk is a perfect spot for writing notes, or writing on my laptop.
And lastly, every room needs a good chair for reading and watching television. I found this chair and ottoman at Pier-One several years ago. I love the tufting and feminine lines.
I hope you enjoyed the tour!