Lately I’ve been having a bit of trouble getting out of bed. Why’s that? Well, this boho glam master bedroom has got me all like, “Naaahhh–maste in bed today, mmkay?!” Needless to say, Hubby and I are practicing our morning coffee routine in bed on the reg.
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The Deets & Goals
Our master bedroom is relatively small, but for 1934 Craftsman Bungalow home it’s a great size at 12-ft. x 12.5-ft. A quaint and cozy almost-square, the bigger challenge was creating a small bedroom design accounting for two entryways, a closet doorway and two windows.
Three things were most pertinent: the light gray paint (pretty as it was) had to kick the bucket, a natural incorporation of the first furniture child (an early 1900s mirrored oak armoire Craigslist find we purchased three years ago) and creating a vibrant, energetic space balanced out with cozy, bohemian style vibes. I mean, we’re both Libras. We crave all the balance. ⚖️
You might be asking, “What the heck is a furniture child?!” A thrifty couple who makes an adult vintage furniture purchase – a term I coined from my talented, IRL home design bestie, Caitlin. It’s bound to happen to any thriftin’ addict seeking just the right piece.
How I Found My Color Scheme & Layout
I once read an article about finding design inspiration in your favorite clothing and I loved that. For the first time ever, I started designing with two colors mused from my own wardrobe in mind: gold and white. Finding a feng shui spot for your bed in a room full of entries and exits is limiting. We had our bed against the window wall until this past March, but I haven’t found a headboard solution I’m in love with to make that feel right. Also, working lengthwise makes our extra-large armoire’s mirror much more accessible and opened up the space. I focused on drawing attention to the high ceilings (one our home’s best assets!!) on the wall that presented the most available wall space. Behold the most amazing creation in an interior decorator’s land: removable wallpaper.
I sought a design that was foundationally a “solid” to avoid the frenetic feeling of a busier pattern in a slumbering space. When I laid my eyes on Wallshoppe’s “Best Fronds” in Yellow, I simply died and went to boho chic wallpaper heaven. Lovingly made in Los Angeles, I’m still drooling over the thick, durable feel and matte finish of their papers. The half-drop design and ¼” margin overlay made installation a breeze and, serendipitously, conserved on paper. Not to mention, the name of the design sealed the deal for me, you punny bastards. Fact: my statement wall is my new best frond.
The cherries on top of this cake: when I finally found a pair of vintage brass sconces on Craigslist for $30 the same week the wallpaper shipped out, I graciously thanked the thrifting gods for saving me the sheckles. I’m also obsessing over my first mudcloth pillow purchase from DK Renewal because the mustard is a dead-on match. 💛 Chyyaaaa, girl.
My Bohemian Bedding
Another must-go in the design was the bedskirt. With two cats and a dog, the amount of regularly accrued pet fur was, as my grandmother would say in Italian, “Schifotz!” My plan was to build a DIY platform bed with storage. However, our mattress and box spring are, in a word, gigantic. The platform could only be 3” to 4” tall to line up flush with our Porter Mid Century Modern Side Tables. I nixed the idea all together and put those bad boys right on the floor. Yep; my mattress and box spring now reside on the floor, and much to my own surprise, Chris and I totally love it. We’re calling it “college chic.” 😂 One day a modern slat bench will grace its bottom edge. One fine day.
In lieu of paying upwards of $100 for a box spring cover, I channeled my inner industriousness and found a handmade linen fitted sheet on Etsy for $55 with shipping included! It was a little bit on the loosely-fitted size upon arrival, but I trusted myself to give it a quick ol’ wash and dry, and poof! Perfect fit.
A glutton for punishment, I traded in cleaning pet fur for weekly white bedding washes. I’ve always dreamed in white, but let’s be real: my Hubby and I run freaking hot and you gotta stay on top of that sheet!! (I know you know what I did there.) Honestly, I’m not complaining ’cause the Ängslilja bedding from IKEA is comfy AF! Whaddyagunnado? Getovaaaittt. 🤷♀️
Art, Storage and More
My 15-drawer mid century dresser ($80 thrift score!!) is in desperate need for a good refinishing, but for now she’s shines with lots of thrift finds and what could be my favorite painting of all time. It reminds me so much of my upbringing – a crabby kid growing up with a single mom who looked at life with smiling eyes. What’s interesting is “Mom” is holding a stone with the indistinct face of a man. I was abandoned by my biological father when I was seven-years old and, upon first sight, this painting immediately encapsulated my early childhood experience in a beautiful way. Two strong ladies up against the world. Together we both came out stronger on the other side.
The painting came from my local MCM maven, Scuddy, at Mid Century Collective. In just a year’s time, Scuddy’s amassed an exceptional collection of rare and beautiful artwork as well as some damn fine mid century furniture, and most of it: thrifted!! There’s something special about coming into contact with people who’ve discovered what they’re meant to do in this life.
The Hallway Accent Wall
Inspired by Scuddy’s finds, I embarked on a small side project to deck out our “hallway of doors” – there’s six doorways in there. For someone rockin’ the neutral white and moody wall colors, I compelled myself to jump completely outside of the box. An accent wall to our master bedroom, I dedicated a day seeking out artwork from local thrift shops to vitalize this new, vibrant peachy-coral-pink hall space. I love it, but I’m still not sure if I’m crazy or not. 😜
I originally repainted the hallway a lovely and perfect shade of deep charcoal and promptly hated it. It lasted 48 hours and that was only because of time constraints. If you’ve seen my favorite romantic comedy of the 90s – Fools Rush In with Matthew Perry & Salma Hayek – when Chris came home to the new peachy-pink, it felt just like the moment when Alex returns to his rented Las Vegas condo only to find a freshly (and brightly!) painted household fiesta by Isabel … and a chihuahua. 😂 If you’ve seen it, you’ll know. If you haven’t, go watch it immediately!!
Like everything else, our boho glam master bedroom will always be a work in progress (‘cause who knows what thrifts this gal will come across!!). I just love how much bigger, brighter and cozier this room feels. The combination of a big, bold and beautiful antique; paired with the vim and vigor of a gold and glammy wallpaper; and all the earthy accessories make a vibrant statement in this room that was previously only in dreams. Murphy can feel it.
GET THE LOOK:
Wallpaper : Wallshoppe
Mudcloth Lumbar Pillow: DK Renewal
Natural Jute Rug: IKEA
Box Spring Cover: Etsy
Burlap Drum Shade: Pottery Barn
Large Painting: Mid Century Collective
Brass Switch Plates: House of Antique Hardware
Bamboo Blinds: Amazon
Woven Coasters: West Elm
Bedroom Color: Super White by Benjamin Moore
Hallway Color: Coral Glow by Benjamin Moore
Thrifted: Armoire / Brass Sconces / New Haven Lithographs / Mid Century Dresser / Ceramic Lamp / Art Books / Pottery
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