the yellow house project : master bedroom

Hello sweet readers! We’re here again with the Yellow House Series. If you’re just tuning in, be sure to click on this page, start at the bottom, and read up. I think you’ll be glad you did.

I was excited to come up with a few ideas for Lindsey and Clay’s master bedroom. Because their home is such a shared and open place, one space that should be solely for their escape should be their bedroom. The innermost sanctum or innermost sanctums, as I like to call it. ;)

Here’s a few of the before shots, Lindsey sent me of the space. Basically a blank slate, I couldn’t wait to get started.

Lindsey and Clay already have this bedding from Pottery Barn. Its clean, crisp, preppy lines were a great starting point.

So, here’s what I came up with.

10. first things first, {and technically out of order} I gave them a few colors to choose from, and they went with Benjamin Moore’s Sweet Caroline. It will pair nicely with their sage bedding. However, because of the paneling on the walls, I’d love to see this room treated a bit differently, paired with some board and batten. I think the contrast of some clean board and batten in a crisp white with the green panels, would give the room a farmhouse kind of traditional feel, and a twist on eclectic. I think a nice, clean, white background will serve as a soothing backdrop when paired with the bedding.

I would keep the spaces in the board and batten broad, with actual board behind it, to provide a smooth contrast with the actual planks. I would also bring it to the height of the shelf currently residing inside their closet. Basically 2/3rds of the height of the wall would be covered in board and batten, for a cleaner, simple space, and a shot of color at the top of the room, to bring the eye upward. This will actually make the room seem bigger.

9. On the subject of bedding, the white is simple, subtle, and clean. I’d love to see a little personality brought into the space, because it’s also very versatile. A quilt at the foot of the bed in these fabrics, would liven up our color scheme. That, paired with the linen lined in a three inch border of these stripes with the windows for panels, and a swag for the ‘closet’ area, would give the space instant warmth and personality.

2. Paired with this rug, {via one king’s lane} (no longer available, but the idea of something similar in design and color would bring in the perfect touch for both male and female.}

3. Once again tying in the linen fabric chosen for the space, a headboard similar to this design, and finished off with some handsome nailhead trim finish, make the perfect statement piece for the room.

4. A little bit of glam without going too girly, these Ikea-hacked Rast nightstands are the perfect symmetrical addition to the space, and provide a little storage as well. I’d love for Lindsey and Clay to salvage some lamps similar to these {think homegoods or TJMaxx}

5. Every bedroom needs a dresser. It’s a rule ;). I think theirs should go on the wall next to the closet space, as a great fabulous garage sale re-finished type of find. The kind with a unique shape that will be well worth the wait once it’s found. Add some cool hardware and you have a timeless piece.

1. And it should house gigantimous pieces of art {anyone ever considered the simple movie poster frames for this kinda stuff?} or something like these: (see my own inspired version, here.)

6. I adore the look of this chandy, and if they can’t find one similar (in a vintage option) I think there’s a way to hack this one.

7. For their closet area, Lindsey and Clay are turning a former study into a walk in closet of their own. In the meantime, they have this space, which I think should serve as their makeshift entertainment center. Some simple white shelving would do-I would actually paint the entire area white, and then stock it full of shelves and baskets like these. A swag curtain in the same material flanking those windows would also be a great addition, to soften the lines and keep it fun.

This isn’t at all the same thing, but I feel like this gives a vague idea as to what I’m talking about. This concept, but simpler, with shelves and white and a place for their TV.

8. As you saw previously in their bathroom post, a gal certainly doesn’t have much space to get ready. Rather than the little girl approach to a vanity, I’d love to see Lindsay take an eclectic, “found” feel with it and create a space all her own, on that wall opposite the windows.

Whether its a salvaged, refinished desk, or something of an unexpected find, a great space like this is all I dream of, for sure, and brings a real feminine feel into the room.

So there you have it. A cozy, fun, eclectic retreat for the couple, with greens, blues, whites neutrals, and and a little DIY.

Are any of you working on sprucing your bedrooms this summer? What are you changing up?


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21 Responses to the yellow house project : master bedroom

  1. Love your thought process! it’s gonna be an awesome space. :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Paula Chaffin says:

    Do we ever get to see it finished?

    • why yes, Paula, you do! ;) i am planning on paying them a visit in the future, when their rooms are close to completed, {are rooms really ever done?} so we can take a look at some of these implemented designs. ;) {photoshoot galore, if they’ll put up with me! :)}

  3. Reyanna says:

    Some awesome inspiration! And yes, as a matter of fact, I *am* re-doing our bedroom right now! Our baby arrives in about four weeks, so I wanted it done before he/she arrives. It’s coming along! I think I should have it finished in the next week. YAY! Now if my curtains would just arrive in the mail… LOL. :-p

  4. Simone says:

    I am really enjoying this “Yellow House Project”! There is so much great inspiration on your design boards :) Can I ask what program you use to do your design boards??

    Can’t wait to see the finished look! :)

  5. Erin says:

    Great job (as always!). Love the colors and choices of furniture!

    {I’ve seen that living room christmas picture before….but I forget where it’s from??}

    • Erin says:

      hahaha! it’s killing me taht I can’t figure out where that Christmas Living room image came from! Let me know if you figure it out! I even have it saved to my computer back in december (before pinterest) but I didn’t source it in the file!! :o)

  6. Angie says:

    I am curious about your recommendation to a board and batten treatment on top of the paneling. Have you seen that done before? Can you show some examples? I currently have paneling, unpainted, in my family room, and am debating how to address it. I am currently leaning toward seagrass wallpaper, after filling in all of the gaps between the panels, but it will be very labor intensive. Thanks!

    • Hey Angie! Well, I can’t at the moment, off the top of my head think of how its been done before, but I know it wouldn’t be hard, to get the thinnest type of MDF, and put it on top, and then do the batten. It’s just one little addition, on top of what you would already do. I would treat it like a normal wall, but add in the actual board. Hope that helps!?

  7. Erin says:

    Gorgeous, Ashley, as always. I’m having fun drawing inspiration from your boards for our new beach cottage-you have a great eye for color! Any idea for a source on that big ol’ awesome scalloped mirror? I have several of them in smaller sizes but that big one in the last picture (vanity section) makes such a statement. just love it!

    • no, not for now. you’re calling me out on the two things I couldn’t find references for! haha sorry! pinterest! I couldn’t find them and it’s my pet peeve. It’s been a crazy week so this chica was slackin. Making a gal paranoid! ;) I would honestly purchase a mirror, and take it to a glass cutter, for your own custom shape. I think that would probably be the cheapest option anyway. ;) Mirrors can get pricey.

  8. Erin says:

    Oh, and had to ask about the vertical paneling that is already in the bedroom- is it bad painted a bright high gloss white???? Seems like it would look good, like a wainscotting? I have it in our new beach cottage and that is my plan for ours . . . please tell me that is going to work or I might have to pull out of the deal before we close next week, ha. S.O.S. Ashley!! S.O.S.

    • You’re cracking me up. I would TOTALLY do it in glossy white. GO for it! I honestly think the lighter and brighter and very anti-70′s that you paint those walls, the better. LOVE paneling, but PAINTED as white and bright and glossy as possible! Glossy sounds fabulous!

  9. Erin says:

    P.s. (ha sorry for the comment frenzy) here is a link to a DIY dollar store version of the white beaded chandelier.
    http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/05/make-a-beaded-chandelier/

  10. Sara says:

    This is my favorite design board yet! You have given me so much courage to try new things!