Monday, April 20, 2009

Creating a Master Bedroom Retreat

With the busy lives most of us lead, creating a master bedroom retreat that welcomes you at the end of the day is certainly a worthwhile endeavor. The room doesn't have to be large or grand, but should contain elements that will relax and recharge you for another day.

I recently began working on a client's master bedroom. The words the client gave me to describe the desired look and feel for the finished space were: Modern, Crisp, White, Serene, Spa/Zen-like and...Indonesian. A clean space with warm organic elements to balance the cool and modern selections. This is a somewhat tricky balance, but we are working together diligently to bring about the transformation! Below is the before picture, a very nice room...but our aim is create something a bit more special and inspiring.

The various planned projects and changes are:

1)Paint, wrapping up to the crown molding to bring a sense of height to the room. After considering many good choices we selected this rich mid-tone brown with beautiful grey undertones. Mocha Accent by Behr.

2)Add a junction box to the ceiling for an overhead chandelier or light fixture...we have considered so many options I could open a store with all the great finds! Here is one possibility, by Jonathan Adler at

3)Bring in this beautifully simplistic and modern bed frame, (the Kubix by Lazar Industries, found at in a rich dark chocolate fabric with wooden feet.

4)Bedding. West Elm has some wonderful bedding, including the chosen white pin-tuck duvet and shams. The design is very simple, yet textural with its lines and shadows.

5)Dresser. By Brownstone Furniture, the Townsend dresser is stunning with its sculptural organic lines, at www.brownstonefurniture. com.

And all the rest that is yet to be determined...artwork above the bed, an accent chair, night stands, a rug, accessories and color through pillows or a coverlet. This is a project that will evolve and probably change with each step of the most projects do!! I'll keep you posted...Janell


  1. Very nice! I especially like the bedding and the pillows together. Together they really seem to achieve a nice balance. Look forward to seeing it all come together...

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