Over the years, not much has changed in our main bedroom. The colors, textures, and wood tones have not changed, but the linens and furnishings have been switched out throughout time. While I fawn over so many creative spaces, I retreat to the solace I find in classic and conventional design for my own bedroom. We retire to this room at the end of the day, and while I might experiment with design in other places, I just want two things in this room: simplicity and serenity. There’s something comforting about the idea that this space has been a constant in our lives despite home renovations, family growth, and career changes.
I’ve always tried to strike a balance between the softness that comes with crystal accents and soft, textured linens and the macho vibe of the dark wood tones and olive green carpets. After all, they both share this master bedroom. In this place, I’ve never desired anything too trendy, vibrant, or outlandish. The room is dominated by plain creams, bronzes, and soft grays and greens. Pueblo by Ralph Lauren is the hue of the walls.
The first year we were married, we bought the vintage Drexel Heritage furniture. We saw the fact that it had been owned by a couple who had been married fifty years as a good omen when we acquired it. In actuality, these parts were discovered and taken home by Mr. CG. On my husband’s side, this is the highboy. The old beveled vanity mirror in our master bathroom didn’t fit the new master bathroom , so I flipped it over and placed it behind the highboy to let more light into the space. Then I strung some wedding photos frames from ribbons.
You regular readers have already seen this fabric covered headboard with nailhead trim. Earlier this year, I made.
Last year, I placed a special order for the chandelier at Home Depot.
From our wedding registry, the damask duvet is a Ralph Lauren product. It has endured through the years. Every summer, I bring it out.
I purchased a sizable, sturdy poster board with a linen texture from Aaron Brothers, along with a cheap 24 x 36 frame. Then, just like with this key art project , I painted and cut some balsam wood and attached it on the poster board.
This side table, which Mr. CG got at an antique show, sits on his side of the bed. We once had two slim nightstands on either side of the bed that matched the highboy and dresser as a set, but I decided that it was all too matchy-matchy, so I replaced them with his side table and my Ballard table. The other thrift shop, 8, opened earlier this year.
And on one of our many, many years ago trips to Bellagio, Italy, we came across an original Ernesto Treccani painting at a gallery. It has the name Maternita, and it makes me think of all three of my kids. There are just three original works of art in my house. One of them is this.
I’ve owned the store-bought window panels for more than eight years. They have a soft cream and golden flower pattern and are a light grayish celadon tint. Because I appreciate how the light shines through them during the day, I’ve never lined them intentionally.
A reading chair I got from Calico Corners in a fabric with a bronze lattice pattern has been placed in front of the fireplace for seven or eight years. The rug’s colors are reflected in the olive-colored silk pillow. However, it isn’t exactly a reading chair, to be honest. It serves as a collection point for all the laundered chairs. The mound quickly increases in height.
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Then there is the part of the room I refer to as the south side because it is obviously wrong. Still not.
There are much too many pieces of wood stacked closely together. I adore the antique dresser, the mirror, and the corner armoire made of inlaid wood. The (temporary) dining room chairs are what I dislike. The south side will look less like an antique store if I can find a pair of gorgeous upholstered chairs to sit on either side of this dresser. A pair of upholstered chairs will make this side feel more lighter and more contemporary.
But I really really adore this mirror and this Lladro.
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I’ve always adored the Lladro pieces because my grandfather used to buy them for my grandma years ago. My husband gave me this specific Lladro as a gift after the babies were born. How adorable is that? Yet he is not an idiot. He simply points his finger at it whenever I become angry. Smartypants.
Even though my bedroom is traditional, to me it also feels ageless and classic. At the end of the day, it comforts me. There, my family and I cuddle up while I read our favorite publications. Yes, the chairs need to be replaced with new ones that are upholstered, but if I start to whine about that, something is wrong with me.
It is mine and it is basic, gentle, and quiet.
We own it, after all.
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You may have also observed that my bedroom doesn’t have a television. I’m not judging, but it’s okay if you are. Simply put, I’ve never had one in my sleeping area. We have previously considered purchasing one, particularly on Saturday mornings when the kids wake up way too early and demand their TV while we like to sleep. But we’ve never actually brought one into the area. I don’t think I will, either. Personally, I like the peace and quiet in this place.
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What is your favorite ornamental item in your bedroom, please?
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