This is our master bedroom. Between a short timeline, a limited budget, and the awkward layout of the room (read more about it on this post) this was probably one of my most challenging design projects to date–and maybe the most rewarding, too. The first thing that we committed to was opening up the back of the room to the back yard. Even though the room was small, we believed creating that indoor/outdoor flow would make the master bedroom feel a lot bigger, brighter and more airy. We found reclaimed doors (that ended up being a total expensive pain in my butt — read about the French Door debacle here) and once they were installed, that alone had completely changed the flow, the airiness and the natural light in the room.
Our kitty was pleased about the whole French door situation too. But opening up the back wall was easy compared to figuring out the layout of everything else. We needed to maximize the space in the bedroom and master bathroom, while also leaving at least 4’X5′ for my first ever walk-in-closet that I really (really!!) wanted. Finally after many long nights drawing on graph paper with Jason, and with the help of our contractor, we came up with the following layout:
The catch? If we wanted to keep our king sized bed (which we did) there’s not really any room for furniture at all besides some very slim bedside tables. Storage would be an issue. Plus, we would need use pocket doors for the entrances into the bathroom and closet to maximize space (which meant there could be nothing drilled into either side of the pocket door walls). Also, the bed frame that we had would not work because the headboard was just too thick and so the bed would come out too far making it almost impossible to traverse the room without having to hop over the bed to do so.
When I realized just how slim the walkway between the bed and the wall would be, I had the idea to put in a window garden. It was another way to make the room feel way bigger, brighter and more open — plus, we could fill it with plants! Duh! Total no-brainer. It would also mean that broad shoulders wouldn’t brush against the window while crossing the room since the garden window is in-set. Our contractor ordered us the garden window from Milgard and when the guy came out to take the measurements he said two things that pleased me 1.) He’d never put one in a bedroom before and 2.) He’d never ordered one quite this large (6 ft long!). I knew that the garden window would be a game changer.
So now we had a layout and a plan to maximize space. I still hadn’t totally wrapped my head around the idea that no real furniture pieces would fit in the bedroom besides a bed, so I created this rendering with all of the finishes etc. to wrap my brain around what the space would really look like.
I like to do these renderings (even just for myself) so I can kinda see what everything looks like together. I swapped in and out pretty much every single wallpaper pattern and rug option until we decided which suited the space the best.
Next up, we needed to order some custom-made pieces. We would have the bed and pocket doors custom made by Treeline Woodworks (the same guys who made our reclaimed wood kitchen shelves). We ended up choosing Cosmic Desert wallpaper from my collection with Hygge and West. We’d hang the vintage pendants that I already owned, and, to polish off the cosmic desert look of the room, we’d add a flush mount star lamp to the ceiling. Oh and a tree. A big tree in the corner.
One of the biggest investments in the room remodel (besides the labor) was getting the hard wood floors. We wanted the floors to match the ones that were original to the front of the house and under that mousy brown carpet there was just plywood. As soon as the hardwood was installed the room looked and felt 10oX more legit.
We had these arched niches added to the only wall that had no visual interest. It took us about three weeks to decide on the height and placement of these guys. We tried about 5 other configurations before getting to this. The arches mirror a lot of the arches in home which is Spanish-Style. These niches make me unreasonably happy…actually the whole room does.
I chose to go (mostly) all white with the plant pots after it came to me a dream. Yes, I’m a weirdo. I also love that the garden window opens on the sides so our planties can get a little bit of fresh air.
Here’s a little get the look:
Garden Window / Milgard
Custom made bed and reclaimed wood pocket doors: Treeline Woodworks
Cosmic Desert Wallpaper / Justina Blakeney x Hygge and West
Folklore Rug / Justina Blakeney for Loloi
Moravian Star Lamp / Ballard Designs
Roost Pierced Pendant lamps (similar to my vintage ones)
Pillow / Justina Blakeney for Loloi
The tree is a Ficus Alli from Mickey’s Plants
It’s hard for me to cost this project out for you all because my contractor bundled the costs of the bathroom remodel with this. Together with the bathroom remodel we spent around $25,000 creating our dream master bedroom/bathroom situation. Now, when I wake up in the morning and when I go to bed at night I just look around and smile. I love our home so much. Also, I LOVE having no furniture in here other than our built-in bedside tables. The bedroom is super easy to keep clean and it really feels like a respite from the chaos of the day. The maximal jungalow vibes come out in the wallpaper and the plants and I don’t really think we need a ton of furniture in here to make it functional.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more room reveals–including the master bath and the dining room, and in the mean time — you can do the tour of our whole home over on House Beautiful.
Have a great weekend jungalistas!
Photos by Justina Blakeney