The design world calls it the “master suite” which I find incredibly pretentious. It’s also called the “principle bedroom” (slightly less pretentious but very important sounding as well). For me, our bedroom is the respite at the end of a long day that should be both super comfortable and incredibly pretty.
When we moved in to Echo Hall it was anything but that. Dark carpet and walls made it feel bland and cavernous, not pretty and inviting. So one morning while lolling in bed, I convinced Bob that we should just pull up a corner of the carpet to see what we would find. As you can imagine, it snowballed from there. He’s such a good sport. And he’s good at carrying stuff (like big rolls of dusty old carpet).
I was so excited I may have squealed! That corner of carpet came up to reveal the original pine floorboards from 1850 in pristine condition. Within an hour the carpet was gone and the day long process of removing the nails and staples began. Carpet removal is back-breaking, bloody work for those of you who have never done it before but man did it pay off!
Paint (“After the Rain” by Beauti-tone – my favourite neutral) and a fresh coat of bright white on the doors and trim were next. An old dining room table that had a leg broken ages ago was turned into a dressing table and a $20 Kijiji chair was updated using some fabric remnants from another project. I now have, for the first time in my life, a real grown up lady dressing table…..I’m not sure who I’m fooling but it sure is pretty!
Ikea curtain panels were customized with an absolutely beautiful embroidered detail that I think was worth the splurge and took only a couple of hours to sew in place. I also scored the bedside tables for a steal on Kijiji that are the perfect scale and have really pretty scalloped marble tops (I am still undecided if I should paint them). A little bit of new bedding (linen is the bomb…I am a total convert) and some woven blinds. The “master” now reflects the aesthetic of the rest of thekrousehouse – completely unpretentious and comfy. It is a now the place that I love coming home to at the end of a long day.
I am still on the lookout for a really beautiful rug and light fixture that doesn’t cost as much as my kids university tuition. I hope that the rug fairy shows up one night while I am sleeping and is preferrably from Morocco or Turkey. Bare floors are the thing though in the summer months right? Gives me some time…..
I’ll be heading outdoors now, so look for me on the porch with a cold glass of Pinot or in the garden chasing the chickens. Cheers!