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Master Bedroom Built-ins and the perfect brass sconce

bedroom built-ins

When Barn Light Electric approached me a couple months ago about collaborating on a project our master bedroom need some serious love. But I had a vision of what the room could be and knew that with their beautiful lighting we could pull it off. If you are not familiar with Barn Light Electric then you are seriously missing out.  I detailed them way back here when I first started blogging; and I designed the entire kitchen around their school house pendant lights.

For the master bedroom I really wanted some brass wall sconces for either side of the bookcases to act as reading lights. I knew the brass would pop against the amazing wall color we picked (more details below). Here were my favs that I narrowed it down to:

reading lights

Clockwise from top left:  Alston Wall SconceBowie Brass Wall Sconce, the Getty Brass Dome Shade, Garden City Wall SconceCentral Park Swing Arm Sconce, the Lovell Brass Plug-In Wall Sconcethe Fargo Brass Wall Sconce, the Downtown Minimalist Brass Adjustable Sconce

It was a hard choice but in the end we choose the Downtown Minimalist Brass Plug-In Sconce.  I loved the traditional brass finish combined with a more modern design.

brass reading light

One thing I love about Barn Light Electric is that most of their lights are semi-customizable.  We choose the raw brass finish (it comes in 29 colors!) with the gold and white cord and the 25W Victorian Edison bulb.  They also sell this sconce hardwired, but we choose the cord so that we would have an on/off switch accessible while laying in bed.  The Victorian Edison bulb puts out the perfect romantic glow without blinding you if you switch it on in the middle of the night.

bedroom built-ins

Overall we couldn’t be more pleased with the lights or how amazing they look against the paint. And since I know you are dying to ask: the paint color is blue echo by Benjamin Moore. And if you’re new here you can see how we built the bookcases and wainscoting here.

tarva bookcase

I seriously heart brass. I can’t believe I once thought brushed nickel was superior to it’s warmth.  Silly me!

bedroom wainscotting

The wall color couldn’t be more perfect. I wanted something dark and moody and this blue/green is just perfect. It changes color depending on the light coming from the windows.

teal bedroom

I just can’t get enough of how the brass looks against the teal.

teal built-ins

We have some super fancy ideas for the ceiling as well as plans for a new floor and headboard. Obviously the shelves need styling, but considering how bad I am at that I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for a picture.

For now can we all just take a sigh of relief that the room no longer looks like this:

master before

This project and post was kindly sponsored by Barn Light Electric. As always all ideas and opinions are my own. 

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Mood Board: Shabby Chic Girl’s Room

It’s the final day of my mood board bedroom series. To catch-up: I’ve designed inspiration for a bohemian guest room, a romantic master retreat, and a new traditional bedroom with pops of teal. For this, my last day of mood board creating, (well at least for a while) I’ve designed a shabby chic girl’s room for Lizzie. I’ve been mulling over this plan for at least a year now. I have no plans to move her to a big girl bed for at least another year, but I love this look so much that I can’t help but begin to plan it. The inspiration for this room really came from the art already hanging in Lizzie’s nursery.  The art in her room is my favorite aspect of the design, and I don’t want to get rid of it, so I decided to design around it. I plan on keeping the original color scheme of aqua, red, and white and add in a little bit of pink to soften the room and obtain the shabby chic look I want.


Shabby Chic Bedroom
  1. I love the distressed finish on these book ends from Joss & Main and the bird motif works perfectly with the art I already own.
  2. What little girl wouldn’t love these ruffled curtains from Amazon.
  3. Land of Nod’s teal ruffled lamp shade picks up the texture from the curtains perfectly.
  4. This distressed clock is much more chic than the traditional digital version. From Joss & Main .
  5. I actually had a pretty hard time finding a rug that had all the colors I wanted for this room but when I saw the Better Floors and Garden rug from Land of Nod I knew I had hit the jackpot!
  6. The aged wax finish over the aqua paint on this Pottery Barn armoire is simply beautiful!
  7. When I saw these moose hooks in red and aqua I thought I had died and gone to shabby chic heaven!  Available on Wanelo.
  8. The soft colors in this photography from Etsy are so perfect for a little girl’s room and no  shabby chic room would be complete without a chandelier like this one from Pottery Barn Kids.
  9. The flea market table from Anthropologie is the epitome of shabby chic.
  10. I love that the dark pink in the Savannah floral duvet from pottery barn kids almost looks red in the right light.

So now I guess I just have to wait until Lizzie (and by Lizzie and I mean me) is ready to transition to a big girl bed.

Check out all the bedroom mood boards in this series:

Day 1: Bohemian guest room

Day 2: Calming and romantic retreat

Day 3: New Traditional Master

Or check out all my mood boards here.

Mood Board: New Traditional Bedroom with pops of teal

It’s day 3 of my mood board bedroom series. I’ve already shown you a bohemian inspired guest room and a romantic master, but today I am going to share with you what I  think defines my style the best: New Traditional.  For me new traditional is leaning on historical design concepts but mixing them with something a little unexpected and more contemporary. In the picture below you can see I anchored the room with very European wood paneled furniture in an ebony glaze. What keeps the room for feeling stuffy is the simple patterns on the linens and the clean lines of the accessories. Also note that while the two major colors in the room, gray and teal, are historical in nature they are also very contemporary when used together.

If this room seems somewhat familiar it’s because it looks a lot like the Master Bedroom in our first house. We hope in the new house to continue with this look; however, in a much more elegant and upgraded manner.

New Traditional Bedroom
  1. The medallion drapes in blue from Pottery Barn add a very traditional pattern to the room.
  2. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore is a fantastic neutral griege that will go with almost any decor.
  3. The Lucianna Medallion bedding picks up the pattern from the drapes and mixed with white linens makes the bed very inviting. From Pottery Barn.
  4. The white horse from Belle and June adds a layer of orientalism to the room. A popular motif in European design.
  5. Typographical art is very  modern and this one from Belle and June is also a little sentimental.
  6. I love this sphere because while it’s simple it’s also interesting and adds a layer of texture to the room.  From Pottery Barn.
  7. This throw from Anthropologie ups the sophistication of this room with its ombre dye job.
  8. I love the sturdy masculine lines of this ebony glazed dresser from Pottery Barn.
  9. The side table from Cymax has classic turned legs and balances out the heaviness of the dresser and bed while the teal lamp from Anthropologie adds a little edginess to the room.
  10. I love the raised panels on this bed from Cymax. I’m already brainstorming a DIY version.  The rug from Joss & Main has a traditional paisley pattern but in a large scale which keeps it looking fresh.

0. I always like to add something personal to a bedroom and this monogram artwork from Pottery Barn is just perfect,

See the rest of my Bedroom Mood board series:

Day1: Bohemian Guest Room

Day 2: Calming and Romantic Master

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Mood Board: Calming and Romantic Bedroom

It’s day 2 of my bedroom mood board series. Yesterday, I shared a fun and energetic Bohemian style bedroom that I think would be great for a guest room. Today I am sharing what could be the bohemian room’s complete opposite. It’s a calming and romantic bedroom in a monochromatic color scheme that would be the perfect master bedroom retreat at the end of a hectic day. Soft, distressed finishes on the furniture make the room easy on the eyes while the accessories exude a romantic vibe.

Calming and Romantic Bedroom
  1. My inspiration for this room was this amazing cream colored ruffled duvet set from Anthropologie. This set just screams romance to me.
  2. I love the shape and the nail head trim on this ottoman in granite from Joss & Main* .
  3. I’ve been loving me some ikat lately especially the subtle tonal colors on this rug from Joss & Main*  which adds just a subtle hint of color to the room.
  4. The aged look of the gold on the Artemis bow mirror from Anthropologie softens the look of this piece and would lo0k amazing flanking the bed.
  5. The Borghese dresser has the same soft distressed metallic finish as the mirror but in a soft gray patina from Joss & Main* .
  6. This armoire from Pottery Barn  could easily hide a TV or anything other non-romantic entities in the room.
  7. What screams romance better than a crystal chandelier? This one from Amazon* won’t break the bank either.
  8. I love the subtle soft color of this “Love” canvas art from Belle and June*.
  9. The soft shade of the lamp from Pottery Barn adds another hint of color to the room while the jeweled box from Belle and June* adds a little elegance.
  10. This white side table from Lamps Plus has plenty of drawers to stash candles, incense, and massage oil in for that special night.

So what do you think? Could you kick back and relax in this room? What makes a room feel romantic to you?

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Mood board bedroom series:

Day 1: Bohemian Guest Room

Mood Board: Bohemian Bedroom

Hopefully we will be closing on the new house in two weeks! Since we’ve been this close before only have it all blow-up in our faces, I’m not holding my breath. However, I am still cautiously optimistic.  A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the mood boards for our mid-century inspired family room and vintage white kitchen.  With the decor in the main rooms mostly picked out, I started dreaming up what to do with the 5 bedrooms in the house. You read that right. I have 5 different bedroom to decorate! So, this week I am going to share with you 4 different ideas I’ve come up with for bedrooms.  First up is a Bohemian bedroom inspired by Moroccan designs. Once upon a time I was actually quite bohemian in my decorating choices, and I was thinking it might be fun to get back to  those roots with the guest bedroom. Here’s what I have brainstormed up:


Bohemian Bedroom
My inspiration for this room really came from perusing the Anthropologie website which is really my favorite source for bohemian decor. I love the eclectic mix of colors balanced out by the rustic wood tones. I think my favorite accents in the room are that amazing beaded chandelier, the whale book ends which are just fun, and the ethnic reclaimed wood oars. I’m sort salivating over the thought of trying to make that chandelier myself.
So what do you think? As a guest would you find this room fun and energetic? Or would you find it too busy to relax?
Bedding, curtains, bed, rug, chandelier, side table, whale book ends, pillow, and yellow lantern are from Anthropologie.
Dresser and ethnic reclaimed oars are from Pottery Barn.
Purple ottoman, mirror, picture frame, and hanging lantern are from Joss & Main .*
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