Master suite makeover; a work in progress

Everyone needs a project in the middle of a pandemic if for no better reason than to distract from the apocalypse.  As an aside, is anyone besides me thinking this time is a bad mix of reality tv and dystopian fiction, the worst of each form you can find?  Thus, my need to do something to occupy myself.

Paint and Color Scheme

 

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Before this all started, I’d started to redesign my master suite.  Now I’m full tilt into the project.  First up was to paint.  I’m using Farrow and Ball pointing in estate eggshell.  I’ve used it throughout my house in different finishes.  It is my favorite creamy white.  I first saw it used in one of the Kips Bay decorator homes and it’s been my go to ever since.

Next up is the color scheme.  I went back and forth between blue, black, and white and green, black, and white before selecting the green combo.  For me green is restful and relaxing.  I’ve done a black and white room and a green room before.  This room combines both in a combination I’ve not previously used but am loving.  Even better, in selecting the green combo I can use things I already have at the house.

The Bed

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Working with Second Yard in Charlottesville (they are amazing), I selected Thibaut’s Oriental Toil in green for an upholstered headboard.  Alice helped me design the shape and suggested a contrasting black cording.  The result is amazing.  I’m pairing the custom headboard with black and white sheets and a duvet from my linen closet.  I love white bedding so I tend to grab sheet sets from Rue Lala when they go on sale.  Added benefit is that I tend to go with sheets with either green or black embroidery in all my bedrooms so laundry is easy.  For the duvet insert and pillows, my go to is the Yves Delorme outlet in Charlottesville.  They have an annual sale on bedding which is the time to stock up.

The bed skirt was inspired by a lace skirt I found on Pinterest.  I wanted something that contrasted with the headboard.  I selected a sheer fabric and used a box pleat design.  The creamy white color of the fabric ties in with the white in the headboard and furthers that green and white combo.

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For the finishing touch I’m considering a monogrammed bolster pillow from Leontine Lines.  They’ve done pillows for another bed that are to die for.  I’m also contemplating a quilt in either green or black.

Lighting

So far I’ve selected one lamp for the space.  I will need another but I’m still working on furniture and placement so more to come.  The one lamp I settled on is brass with a green and white shade by Fermoie.  The Shade Shop in Charlottesville has an amazing selection.

 

Furniture

I’m still selecting furniture.  At a minimum, I’m going to be searching for a night stand and chest. My plan is to take my time and find pieces I love.  I am repurposing a vanity bench that I already have.  I also found an antique love seat at the local antique barn.  I’m having both the bench and the love seat painted with a black mirror finish using Fine Paints of Europe paint for that mirror finish. Palette Home out of Richmond/Charlottesville is my go to for paint.  I’m using a Thibaut green and white print to upholster the love seat and make a pillow for the bench.

Stay tuned .  .  .

 

 

Project Bedroom

 

 

7C1C0672-2BAA-4D9C-91DC-64CC5CCA67A9I’m in the process of decorating a bedroom.  As the only girl for multiple generations, I am fortunate to possess a number of family pieces.  Also, growing up in the piedmont of North Carolina, or furniture country, there was access to wonderful pieces and a great selection of furniture.  This time, however, I decided to start with an empty room and see where it leads me.

Thus far I painted the room in my favorite color, pointing, by Farrow and Ball.  I’ve used this color previously and love it.  There is something I love about Farrow and Ball paint and this color is the perfect “white”.  It is more of a cream than a dead white.  It has just enough color to have “body”.  Cameron at Palette in Charlottesville, is amazingly helpful with the paint.  With her help I selected the finish and the color.

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My inspiration piece is a blanket I found during a recent trip to Scotland.  It is this beautiful white, black and pink Scottish plaid.  Even better, it will pick up on the black I painted the sunroom/office walls.

I discovered this beautiful black floral fabric at The Second Yard.  With their help, I’ve designed an upholstered headboard.  It is perfect with the blanket.

I love repurposing what I have.  It is my version of shopping my closet.  By chance I discovered that the lamps in my sunroom are perfect with the headboard fabric  I swapped out the shades from white drum to black oval.  I wanted a slightly smaller shade/ footprint for the lamp in this room.

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I’m also focusing on small details to pull the room together and update it.  For under five dollars, I replaced the pulls on the radiator cover.  Now they look “today” and will fit with the overall look I want for the room.  They also pick up the metal in the fun new fire screen I purchased.

 

I love a living plant in a room.  I tend to have a black thumb.  My Dad used to say a funeral prayer everytime my Mom or I purchased a plant.  I seem to be able to keep orchids alive so I opt for orchids.  Ivy Nursery is wonderful and a great collaborator.

I’m currently debating furniture.  I have one chair and a desk in there now.  I’m debating both.  Stay tuned, this is the fun part.

 

 

My Blue Room

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For the past few months I’ve been rearranging two rooms in my house.  Both bedrooms, I decided to repurpose the one on the front of the house as a sitting and tv room and the other as a guest room.  The guest room was easily set up but the new sitting room I tackled as a new project.  I scoured decorating magazines and design books and toured every show home within driving distance before settling on a plan.

I decided on a blue and white color scheme.  Inspired by the master en suite at the Raleigh, NC show home, I contacted Palette Paint on Ivy Road in Charlottesville palettepaint.com.

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They are wonderful!  They carry Farrow & Ball and Fine Paints of Europe paints.   The room I’d seen in Raleigh had a lacquer finish that I wanted to copy.  My twist was that I wanted to give the ceiling that high gloss finish.  A decorator in New York who did one of the rooms in the 2016 Kips Bay Show Home first clued me into Fine Paints of Europe.  If you are looking for that lacquer or very high gloss finish, then you want Fine Paints of Europe paint.  It gives a mirror like finish that does not disappoint.  They can also custom mix the color to your specifications.  I wanted to match a blue in a fabric I planned to use in the room.

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I used a high gloss white on the ceiling and a Farrow & Ball blue color in the Fine Paints satin finish.  One caution, the paint quantities differ from the usual gallon or pint you get at Home Depot and I recommend using their primer, especially for a deep color.

I also recommend working with your paint specialist. Palette was absolutely amazing.  They worked with me to select and customize my colors to come up with the perfect solution.  As an added plus they were fun to work with.

Since the room had a window seat perfect for reading I wanted an upholstered seat cushion.  Second Yard, also in Charlottesville, was my go to for fabric (thesecondyard.com).  After multiple fabric swatches, I found the perfect fabric for the window seat and the desk chair.  Once I had the fabric for the desk chair that was the color I took to Palette to match for the walls.

A white egg chair and Meis van der Rohe daybed make up the large pieces in the room.  The daybed is great for a nap or stretching out with the quadraped and, since it is the same size as a twin bed, can be used for an overnight guest.  I tapped CB2 for acrylic tables and scooped up lamps, a rug, and sideboard from Palette. The desk table is a family antique and the bookcase made by my Grandfather for my parent’s first home.

I completed the room with a painting by my great-grandmother, an illustration by Inslee Farris at insleebydesingn.com, photographs I’ve taken on trips abroad and framed, and my special treasure – a piece of hand made paper that looks like lace that I found in a small shop in Paris in the Marias.  Last, but not least, two whimsical touches, a leather dachshund, named Rosemary, and a leather Kangaroo, named Roo, that serves as a magazine rack.

Now on to my home office, my current work in progress . . .