You spend an average of 30% of your life in bed! You read correctly. A full third of your life happens in this one room. Since your eyes are closed most of that time, you might try to convince yourself it doesn’t matter how your bedroom looks. Newsflash! Your bedroom is the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see every morning. Lackluster bedrooms are just unacceptable in our book! That’s why we enjoy helping clients transform their sleeping space into one they’ll LOVE waking up in.
This fall, we’ve been working on two primary bedroom projects. Both projects involved new furniture. Of course, new furniture is a great foundation for any bedroom update. In the end, however, a bed is just a bed and a dresser just a dresser until you add the layers (art, accessories, window treatments etc…) that truly give a space its unique personality.
The first project is a continuation of work we’ve been doing for a wonderful, Crystal Lake couple. These newlyweds had been reusing furniture from previous homes and marriages. Moving on from the past, they wanted to create a space styled especially for their exciting future together.
The couple fell in love with an upholstered bed and case goods from the French Contemporary Bedroom Collection at Restoration Hardware. We paired a burnished gray, upholstered king bed and matching, oversized nightstands with a media stand in black oak.
(Tip: For a more designer look, avoid matchy-matchy! Mix & match creates a more bespoke, custom look in any space. Afraid of mismatched? Try mixing finishes from the same collection. It still creates a more custom look while staying true to the overall match-y look you might expect in a bedroom.)
While we waited for the furniture, we worked on the layers. We paired a couple West Elm’s Bacall swivel chairs with a William D. Scott “Stix” side table in the bay sitting area. We added custom drapery panels and motorized TDBU blinds. Both soften and frame the bay and compliment the bedding new Crate & Barrel bedding. Adding a faux fur rug, new lighting, ceiling fan, mirrors, artwork and accents finish the space.
Their updated bedroom is inviting and cozy where anyone would like to finish their day. Layered neutrals and updated, classic furnishings are timeless and we know our news friends will enjoy this space for years to come.
Our second, primary bedroom project was with another couple of repeat clients in Cary. As with the Crystal Lake couple, these folks hadn’t updated bedroom furniture in quite some time. A mixture of inherited and other dated pieces were keeping them from fully enjoying the potential of their bedroom sanctuary. As much as we try to repurpose and restyle, sometimes you have no choice but start from scratch. So, as difficult as it felt to say goodbye to their beloved waterbed, they reluctantly agreed it was time.
(Tip: Sentimental pieces are important and reusing decor is a great way to save $$$. Sometimes, however, updating only a few items can actually make the ones you don’t change look worse. In order to enjoy your update to the fullest and if the budget allows, make the most of your update by being open to replacing your furniture especially if it makes sense.)
After bouncing around several ideas, we settled on pieces from the Grand Louie Collection at Steinhafels Furniture. In this instance, with a two-tone finish, we chose matching everything. Other than bed, dressers and nightstands, the only other pieces we needed were a chair and side table. We found a fun wood-frame bucket chair at Chicago Design Center and added a cute side table from HomeGoods.
Before we could pull it all together, the owners updated their room color using Sherwin Williams “Kestrel White”. They also painted the window trim espresso to match the other trim in the home.
After everything was ready and the new furniture was delivered, we added new artwork, a mirror, lamps and accessories, styling the room in just a few hours. We also added cellular blinds framed with Elowen drapery panels from Ballard Designs. The casual, sophisticated treatments soften the room and lead the eye up to the tray ceiling where our clients had already installed the coordinating new ceiling fan we selected.
The transformation is plain to see. Our clients finally had a restful space, customized especially for them and they couldn’t be happier with their amazing, new sanctuary.
A beautiful bedroom sets the tone for your day and welcomes you back after a hard one. Updating your bedroom is the best way to pamper yourself. So, if you need help with your own bedroom, give us a call. We’ll have you surrounded by restful beauty in no time.
Jeff is a Certified Interior Decorator & Redesigner, Real Estate Stager & Color Specifier.
His award-winning work has been featured in publications including From House to Home™, Home Improvement™ and Crystal Lake City Lifestyle™ magazines as well as other local and online media sources.
Jeff is a nine-time recipient of the Houzz.com 'Best in Service' Award as well a three-time winner as One of the Best Interior Designers in McHenry County in the Northwest Herald's "Best of the Fox" Reader's Choice.
He lives in Crystal Lake, IL and has been serving the greater Chicago area since 2004.