San Diego – Master Bedroom
Inspiration. I wanted to use the same fabric (Liz Claiborne’s Extrovert Peach Blossom) throughout the house for unity, but emphasize a different color in each room to make it unique. In the bedroom, I played up the salmon and orange because I stumbled upon yards and yards of this fabulous pink/orange check in the clearance section of JoAnns (man, I really lucked out with this house and fabrics!). I then found coordinating sheet sets on clearance at Linens’n’Things (during it’s “Going Out of Business Sale”) to use as accents.
Furniture. Our bed is a platform bed with attached side tables from West Elm (assembling this bed nearly ended our marriage!). All the drawers are under the bed eliminating a need for a dresser! The brown wing tip chair was an “oops” purchase in Okinawa that we can’t bring ourselves to throw away. What luck that the brown completely matched our taupe accents in this room! The pink tori stools were purchased in Okinawa. I bought them for a “someday” girl’s bedroom. We needed a place to put them, and I just loved the alternative to a bench at the end of the bed.
Curtains. I used the pink/orange check fabric to make simple curtain panels with a pocket for a rod. This fabric has a slight sheen to it, bringing a bit of formality to the casual master bedroom. I lined the curtains with the flat sheet of a king sheet set to help block out the light. (Want to know a secret? I never hemmed these curtains! I hung them up to see if they were long enough and never took them back down to actually hem them! Shhhh!!!!)
Wall. We painted the accent wall behind the bed a taupe color, which brought warmth to the space while picking up on the brown undertones in the sheets, pillows, and wing-tip chair.
Bedding. I bought salmon colored sheets, a taupe blanket, and this fantastic checked quilt from Crate&Barrel outlet store. I just love all the interplay of the checks on the curtains, coverlet, duvet, and blanket.
Pillows. The two small throw pillows were made by re-covering several of our old throw pillows with our new fabric. I custom made light pink piping to go around the edges. I made the pillow shams out of more of Liz Claiborne’s Soane fabric, this time in the Tawny color, using Simplicity XXXX. Lesson Learned: when making things with similar “ruffles” or “scallops,” use stiffer fabric. These were fun and easy to make, but I was disappointed at the “flop” of the fabric.
Art. Above the bed, I wanted something simple. I got this idea from this free pattern on Amy Butler’s website:
I didn’t love the shapes though, so I made my own using silhouette images from Google Images. I printed them and traced them on my orange/pink checkfabric. Before cutting out the sames, I ironed on some fusible webbing. I simply cut out the shapes and ironed them on to plain white fabric. Here they are before framing.
I then stained old frames a darker brown to match our bedroom furinure, removed the class and framed the images. Instead of hanging them, I just perched them along the headboard. The effect was clean and simple!
Shelf and Baskets. Lastly, across from our bed with this moster of a shelf we purchased at an auction in Okinawa (remember, it was in the back of our living room in Okinawa?). I took the baskets from our message center) and re-made the basket liners using my flowered fabric. These bins became catch-alls for small things like belts, scarves, and other
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