Monday, July 20, 2015

Master Suite

Of course now that we’ve lived in the house for several years, it’s easy to look back and think about what we would have done differently.  What's the saying - hindsight is 20/20?  It's easy to think about what you would have done, after it has happened.  And at the top of the list is to change the master bedroom.

Not that it’s a bad room!  We really only spend time in there to sleep, so we didn’t want one of those giant master suites.  But if we had known that a new foundation was required under that part of the house anyway, we would have extended the house by 3 feet.  That would have given us a bigger closet and a full master bath.  (although to Richard’s way of thinking, it’s actually a good thing we have a small walk in closet – because it means I’ve had to purge a lot of clothes!)

And the room is great.  It's got plenty of space for our needs.  We installed 3 awning windows above the bed, which bring in the sun and provide nice ventilation on summer nights.  We also have a balcony off of the bedroom – with a French door that brings in lots of light – and water views.

I wanted to play up the room with bright, beachy colors.  So we just left the walls white and added brightly colored artwork.  I found this patchwork quilt that I love and added some accent pillows.  I’ve been in search of the perfect fabric for window treatments for years…..but I have to confess I haven’t found anything that’s quite what I want, so I have just left the white cellular shades.   And by the time I find something, I'll probably be ready to redecorate!

Our half bath is small, but also simple.  We installed a marble basketweave floor, beadboard paneling and very traditional fixtures.  The retro style medicine cabinet was on clearance at Restoration Hardware and I found the sconces at Pottery Barn.  The pedestal sink is from Kohler and I really like the fact that it has lots of space to with soap, cosmetics, etc. while you're getting ready in the morning.

Again, we left the walls white, but punctuated with lots of bright color.  And when I get tired of it, it’s easy to change to a whole new color palette.

But my favorite touch?  The Summer Cruising wood plaque in the bathroom (HomeGoods - $19.99) and these fish plaques I found at Dwellings in Falmouth.  I just love the pops of color!  

So while a bigger closet and bath would have been nice - this actually works very nicely for us!

Rug - Dash and Albert
Sink - Kohler Bancroft
Faucet & Mirrors - Restoration Hardware
Bed, tables, blanket storage - Crate & Barrel
Dresser - Pottery Barn
Fish - Dwellings
Striped Lamp - Simply Home

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