Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Moodboard: Bedroom

Bedroom Moodboard: An American in Paris (or Virginia)

When we moved into our house a couple of years ago, I focused most of my efforts on reviving and furnishing the main level because I figured it was the level everyone who came into our home would see, so I wanted to get it just right. We're still working on it, but are beginning the wrap up the efforts (thankfully). So I've started to think a lot more about our bedroom.

We live in a townhome and have just about the tiniest master bedroom you will ever see. And I've had a lot of trouble finding furniture that could not only fit our small space but also have whatever style I was looking for.

Piece by piece my ideal bedroom was coming together in my brain. Last year I fell hard for dark brown toile bedding. In early 2008 I discovered a tufted upholstered headboard. And a couple of months ago I found the most amazing dresser... So today I put together a moodboard to help sort out my ideas for the room.

I think I'm going to call it Parisian Art Deco Boudoir with an American Tradition twist :-)

Paint: Benjamin Moore Cedar Key (#982) is s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g in person. We painted our master bath this color last spring and I have been itching to paint the bedroom ever since. It's gorgeous with white, porcelain blue, and espresso.

Headboard: I found this Camden Tufted Headboard at Ballard Designs and just ordered fabric swatches yesterday. Because it will be a custom piece, I'm hoping they'll have a sale on all custom furniture in the next few months. I really try hard not to pay full price for anything. I can wait, it will be worth it!

Bedding: The ONE time I've broken my full-price rule. But as any Pottery Barn followers will know, their staple bedding collections (like the classic toile colors) never go on sale. So, I bit the bullet and bought the Matine Toile in Espresso quilt and matching euro shams full price last year (2007).

Then last week I noticed Restoration Hardware had some great bedding on sale. I've always loved the Hotel duvet look (solid white with a satin stitch border) and noticed they had their Italian Contrast Stitch Bedding seriously discounted (half price!!) in chocolate and silver sage, which works perfectly in my bedroom. Half price sale minus another 20% off (thanks to a 10% off coupon code and another 10% off error courtesy of customer service), and I managed to buy over $400 worth of bedding for $170!

Tall chest: Grayson 10 Drawer Tall Chest by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. They have a store downtown (DC) that I hope to visit soon but I love the lines and mild Deco look of this dresser. And, the dimensions are perfect and actually fit the small space I need to fill in the bedroom! They're having a sale now until 2/1 on upholstery and floor samples. Because this piece is a bit pricey and new (unfortunately) I'm willing to wait (even a year) and see if I can get it on sale or as a floor sample.

Side table: Misha Tables also by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Love the pewter iron and glass and also love how it strongly contrasts with the super feminine headboard. I thought I'd cut the hubby a break and give him something more masculine. Wondering if I can find a knock-off of this elsewhere...or maybe get the original on sale...

Curtains and rod: We have a double window in the bedroom, and in lieu of a shade, I like the more feminine look of Ivory Silk Curtains in this room; and the panels are currently on sale at Pottery Barn. Country Curtains will be a great option for the curtain rod, too -- the rods pictured are from Restoration, but Country Curtains Bold Pole in pewter will work just fine...and is only $38.

Accessories: I found the Audrey Mirror while browsing my new Ballard Designs catalogue last night. I love the feminine curves of this mirror, and love how it compliments Crate and Barrel's Lorna vase, a bargain at under $50. Knowing Ballard, the Audrey mirror will either be on sale by summer, or they will offer 15-20% off all $200+ purchases (plus free shipping) in the next couple of months, so I can pick up the mirror then.

And the Paris Print -- gorgeous! I originally found it at Crate and Barrel but it was over $200. Once I saw the photographer's name, I looked for the print at art.com, and will probably buy the print solo and have it framed at Michael's when they offer 50% off framing (which is just about every week). This print may work above the headboard...we'll see...

Finally, this classic clock came from Pottery Barn's Sale pages at half price! This will definitely look better than my 1990s college alarm clock radio... :-)

So there you have it! I'll be sure to post pictures as progress is made.

Have you used a moodboard to rein in your design inspirations?

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