Last time I shared pictures of our master bedroom I had just conquered the problem of how to deal with the burgundy carpet and had settled on a paint color that both myself and the Chief were happy with.  You got a sneak peak of the finished closet but last saw the room looking like this:


As it turns out, the secret to dealing with burgundy carpeting is to completely stuff the room with furniture as this will cover almost every square foot of the offending carpet and you will barely notice it’s there because what’s visible is so dark it just recedes into space.  (I’m only partly kidding.)

This to say, there is a lot of stuff in our bedroom.

Here’s what we managed to fit onto the floor of our 11×10 master bedroom and nursery, not including anything hanging on walls or stashed on shelves:

  • California King platform bed
  • mini crib
  • medium sized dresser
  • large dresser
  • small nightstand
  • diapering basket
  • 2 laundry baskets

Besides figuring out a workable floorplan, the other big challenge was to come up with a color scheme that made the burgundy carpet seem intentional.  For a while my plan was to use cream, white, yellow, and brown for a neutral look with perhaps a touch of green for color, but I was not entirely happy about ignoring the carpet color in that plan.  It’s not what professionals do.  One day I had a brainstorm.  One of my favorite shirts is a striped tee in… burgundy and orange!  I decided to make those my accent colors for the room.  I could pull in the carpet color and still have the serenity of warm neutrals – something like this.

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The room still has plenty of tweaking to be done, but here are some in-progress shots.

This is the crib corner.

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Although you can’t see it super well, I got the idea for a crib skirt from View Along The Way but I was even lazier more creative than Kelly.  Instead of sewing three panels and thumbtacking them to the crib’s mattress base at the correct height, I used a shawl I already owned and upholstery-stapled it to the mattress platform.  The three bins on the wall shelf hold cloth diapering stuff, onesies, and other clothes.  The awesome pink-to-orange ombre box is from Target and has random small baby items in it.  I just couldn’t turn the whole top of my dresser into a changing table.  I need someplace for my perfumes and pretty boxes, you know?  Changing shall happen on the nearest flat surface.

To the left of that spot is the big dresser with the Chief’s clothes.  He’s had this dresser since childhood if I recall, and it’s been repainted a lot and acquired handles made out of bolts at some point.  Maybe some day we’ll find a nice antique to replace it but for now, hey, at least it’s brown and that works for me.

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I put my brass and black lamp on it and made a nice wall collage of two moody prints (free art from books) and my corkboard jewelry organizer.  I’ve kept my jewelry like this for years and I love it –  I mostly wear earrings and it’s really ideal.  It’s just a bunch of clear pushpins in an off the shelf corkboard.  Also, please note the white noise machine below the art.  Keeping it real!  I think this thing will be a lifesaver for sharing a room with Baby S.

Under the long side of the bed I have three large bins that are easy to access: one for my most frequently worn shoes, and two for baby clothes in bigger sizes and baby blankets/bibs/whatnot.  The Chief keeps his shoes lined up in a row under the end of the bed.

Here’s our bed with the closet, nightstand, and laundry baskets beyond.

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You can see the pillow on the bed and the flowerpot with ivy are bringing in some more of that orange accent color.  The pillow has burgundy in it as well – you can see it better in the next photos.  The throw at the end of the bed is the highly textured Ofelia throw from Ikea.  Texture is important to me for this room and I’m trying to include as much as possible to add interest to a mostly neutral color scheme and to create that nest-y, cozy, inviting feel in this low-sunlight bedroom.

The cat loves that textured throw.

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In fact all the cats do.

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How considerate of them to match the color scheme ;-)

Here’s a shot from a little farther back to give you the context for everything.

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My next plans for the bedroom are to keep bringing in color and texture. I’ve got a great orange and burgundy polka dot print that I’ll make a mobile out of and hang over the crib.  I have a piece of cream-and-gold cloth to make an upholstered headboard, probably tufted, and I’d like to add some wall sconces around the bed.  Here’s a quick mockup.

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The closet may get curtains hung over it at some point, and there definitely needs to be some more wall art.  The plain white curtains will get some colored ribbon trim.  I’m sure I’ll think of other tweaks as I move forward!

I’m so happy with the foundations of our bedroom.  It is a great relief to have an idea about colors that I can move forward with, and I’m looking forward to lots of fun bringing in the details.  How do you like the progress so far?