Welcome back to my Master Bedroom Makeover! Can you believe we’re onto week 5 already? If you’d like to catch up and read, click on the following weeks to see the progress: week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4. So much has been done and we’ve discussed so many steps and important details and decisions such as paint, paint finish, organic mattresses, how to measure drapery and the right size rug for a bedroom. This week we’re going to talk about the fun stuff! Decor and accessories.
As you may have remembered (especially if you’re following me on Instagram @creekwoodhill) we’ve had this bed for YEARS! It’s from Restoration Hardware and in polished nickel. I don’t believe they sell it any longer but it was such a classic style that I knew long ago we needed something like this. I am a HUGE advocate for going with classic shapes and aesthetics on pieces that you won’t change out often. Unlike the brass version, I thought the polished nickel here kicked it up a notch and gave it a bit more of a modern personality and equally unlike the black finish you see on many farmhouse beds of this style I thought the polished nickel gave it more glam and presence. (ignore the fact that I still need to steam or iron the bedding, they’re quite wrinkly but I wanted to get them on the bed).
Remember we talked about rugs last week? Here’s a little view from the side of our bed (standard king size) so you can see what I was referring to. Let’s talk bedding a little bit, I chose very, very simple linens. I consider my style to be wabi-sabi (perfectly imperfect) and I love mixing old and new. The sheets on the bed are organic sheets by Target’s Threshold line.
I thought that these would give a subtle pattern next to the blanket at the foot of our bed. I had my eye on another pattern but thought the scale of the print would be too large and too busy next to the main print (the blanket).
Here you can see the two patterns next to one another and if I would’ve gone with a larger print on the sheet I think it would’ve called for too much attention. The blanket here is my favorite piece, absolutely heirloom quality. This is from Schoolhouse Electric and to me, there’s nothing they do wrong. Anything I’ve purchased from them I know will last for years and generations, so while some of their things may be a bit of a splurge on the pocketbook, in my mind I know they’ll last and I won’t have to replace them. Quality over quantity, it’s the wabi-sabi way. I love mixing patterns. It’s become one of my favorite elements of design. I’m definitely not a textile expert but I do love how the ticking stripes of the draperies, the geometric design on the rug, the bold graphic pattern on the blanket and the small delicate print on the sheets all play together cohesively.
Adding the decor pieces into a room to me isn’t about always running to some store to grab mass produced things off the shelves that are probably on “sale” for 50% or more, or I need some ridiculous coupon to get the “discount”. For me, when I look for decor pieces for our home, I enjoy the hunt of a good vintage, antique or past loved piece. Again, something that was made to last, maybe handcrafted (usually USA made) or even utilitarian by design. The downside to scouring through those musty thrift stores or antique shops? You don’t always find what you need or are looking for. And yet, that is still part of the fun for me.
Here I found some old/used books at the thrift store and grouped together in the same color family of “blue” they sort of neutralize. I also found this vintage-inspired lamp on clearance at Target (because the metal base echoes the cool tone of the metal on the bed) – see, I don’t always shop thrifted or handmade, here’s evidence of a mass produced lamp in my house! Gah! However, while I don’t expect this will last generations, it was a nice modern contrast to this vignette against the books and the vintage brass swan.
While I have you here. Let’s talk mixing metals (since we talked a little about mixing textiles up top). I believe it’s OK to mix metals too! But I do have a little guideline:
- Start with a dominant metal – in my case, it’s the large polished nickel bed, which also makes a little cameo in the silver finish on the lamp (above). Your dominant metal should be the focal metal in the room.
- Layer in a secondary metal – in our room it’s the ebony hardware on the doors, the French rods and accent on the ceiling fixture.
- The cherry on top – this is your accent metal – in this room, it’s the vintage brass swan and the bedside table lamps and the brass candlesticks and even an old brass clock which doubles as a compass too (one of my favorite thrifted finds).
This is the lamp I chose for the bedside tables but they haven’t been delivered yet and TBH I’m getting a little nervous. Photographers will be here tomorrow and so my deadline is closing in on me.
Since our bed is metal, it’s not like it would have matching metal dressers (like a wood set would have), but that’s ok with me. I tend to steer clear of matching sets of anything anyways. This is a vintage mid-century dresser I found on Craigslist last summer that I knew would one day go in our bedroom. Could I clean up the hardware? Sure. Will I? I’m not so certain but time will tell. With the exception of that lamp and print, everything here has been thrifted. (which obviously takes time). And what’s one thing the One Room Challenge doesn’t give? Time. While I planned on adding more to this wall, it’s just not going to happen. Not by tomorrow anyway.
All prints were framed by Art to Frames out of Brooklyn, NY. What I love most about Art to Frames? They’re handcrafted, right in the USA out of Brooklyn by their team of artisans using quality materials like mine (which are solid oak). The ordering process is SO easy and they ship quickly, well packed and right to your door! Another detail I love about Art to Frames? I don’t have to send my beloved artwork, print or vintage painting to them in order to have it framed. Unlike another direct to mail framing company that made me a nervous wreck when I sent off a vintage charcoal drawing of my daughter when she was 1 year old to have custom framed. (yes, it did arrive back in excellent condition but the process was not that fast). With Art to Frames, the frame comes to YOU!
Ok, let’s take a look at the other side of the room.
Every home needs a full-length mirror, it’s a necessity. While I had my eye on a pricier mirror…this one from Ikea did just the trick and as with all Ikea wonders this offers hidden storage behind the mirror. Now, if I had loads and loads of jewelry, that would be where my stash is but alas, I do not. I only own a couple pieces and you guessed it, most are vintage and passed down to me from family. But that doesn’t keep me from loving the modern, minimalistic style of this mirror and the black frame nods to the secondary metals in the room. Next to the mirror, however, are these lovely, handcrafted (made in Portland, OR) wall hooks.
I love the leather detail on the front and the wood blocks on the back, I love the simplistic design of them and how they look like wall art on their own. These are crafted by Grovemade and I’ve linked them here for you.
Well, that’s all I have for you this week friends! Decor and accessorizing don’t need to be costly if you have the time to invest in hunting for special pieces. Sometimes all you need is a trip to grandma’s house or a great aunt! And sometimes, it’s all about tag sales, thrift stores, antique shops and flea markets. Whichever it is for you, happy hunting!
All my best,
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And a very special thank you to the hosts of the One Room Challenge.
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