Master Bedroom Update

By Kate Riley August 22, 2011

Hey all, hope you had a great weekend!  We did a lot of lounging around, but I also took the time to snap a few photos of some of the changes I’ve made to our master bedroom over the last few months.  How about a quick tour?

Me and my mister have gone around and around in our master bedroom, him always representing in the left corner Mr. Traditional Lover of Dark Wood Antiques with me in the right corner as Mrs. Classic White Meets Touches of Modern.  The tricky part has always been how do we find a happy compromise ?  The agreement finally came to this:  If he gets to keep the dark wood antique dressers he’s so fond of, I get to pick the paint colors, fabrics and accessories.  Deal!

We both agree on one thing, we prefer soothing colors in our master. It’s a place to withdraw from the world, catch up on our reading, and on much needed zzzzzs.  I like to keep it in the neutral zone, but then play around with patterns. This year, I added a little bit of graphic, a touch of zebra, and a hint of Ikat in the sophisticated blue grays, taupes, and champagne tones I find so appealing. 

centsational girl bed linens

Yes, you can see, I did paint over the trellis wall!  Long story short, I wanted something less olive, much lighter and more gray, plus this Devon mirror and the linens were competing, so we said goodbye to the stenciled trellis wall and replaced it with the focal point mirror over the bed!  You like?

Under the window next to the bed, I tucked the little loveseat that I slipcovered last year in linen.  I found the Worlds Away gold leaf end table at One Kings Lane, and earlier this year wrote about the golden thrift store coffee tableIkat pillow from Pottery Barn, lattice accent rug from World Market.  

kates bedroom ikat pillow


Across from the bed is the antique Drexel Heritage dresser the mister is so fond of.  That beautiful print in the middle is by Richard Franklin ~ we bought over over a decade ago, it’s called ‘To Go Beyond’.  He proposed in Italy in front of Michaelangelo’s ‘David’ so call us sentimental, but it reminds us of that amazing sculpture in the heart of Florence.  The framed black and white images of the flowers from our yard used to hang in my office a long time ago, but now balance the Franklin print. 

cg richard franklin print

cg branches and coral


That’s me in my wedding dress, much much younger!  I still love that classic shot so I keep it on display.

centsational girl wedding photo


This bronze chandy is from Home Depot ~ we found it five years ago, I have no idea if they still carry it.  I’d like to replace it someday with something really modern and completely amazing, but for now, the simplicity and Old World vibe work fine.  

master chandelier


Pair of Avington slipper chairs from Tar-jay, chunky knit throw by Pine Cone Hill, blue pillow from Pier One, lacy coral sculpture from Pottery Barn.

centsational girl slipper chair and dresser


On his side of the room is the other dresser he loves and also his closet (to the right).

centsational girl mister side


I found this blanched driftwood bowl and hung it on the wall instead to create some textural and sculptural art ~ it’s a nice contrast with the traditional dresser.  On top is the sweetheart tray I made from sheet music earlier this year.

centsational girl branch sculpture above dresser


His side is the room has his nightstand, complete with reading material and an ampersand I spotted at Restoration Hardware.  Another subtle but significant change is the woven shade blinds ~ they are Levolor cut to fit at Lowes and much less expensive than custom. 

his nighstand

centsational girl mirror over bed


On my side is the Draper knockoff dresser I found at a thrift store two years ago.  I’ve repainted it twice, and now it’s my nightstand where I keep all my books, my journal, and a notebook for when creativity strikes.  The pair of gourd lamps are from Marshalls, I spray painted them gloss white last year. 

centsational girl nightstand


Tray from West Elm, bowl from Anthropologie.

centsational girl anthropologie bowl


The fabulous gray Kenya accent pillows are from Z Gallerie.  I’ve never bought anything in zebra print in my entire life, but these two called my name very loudly when I spied them in the store. 

centsational girl bed linens


Graphic floral bedding is the classic ‘Poetical’ by Barbara Barry, which I scored on sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond. 

centsational girl bedroom


I do miss my trellis wall, but I love these new fabrics even more!  Some of you may be wondering, what the heck is that paint color?   I wish I could tell you it’s one specific color, but in fact, it’s two blended together: ½ Ben Moore ‘Camouflage’ and ½ Ben Moore ‘Misted Green’ (which I originally tried on the wall, but it didn’t look quite right). I blended my leftover ‘Camouflage’ with the ‘Misted Green’ for the perfect grayish bluish greenish (depending on the light) wall color and I’ve promised my hub I won’t be painting in here ever again!  I know better than to commit like that. . but this month time I really mean it!

How do you compromise your design style with your spouse?




  1. G-o-r-g-e-o-u-s!!! Oh my gosh, I think the darker woods really bring balance to all the light ethereal-like fixtures. Perfect blend of modern and antique. I’m so inspired! It looks amazing.

  2. Kate,

    Love, love, LOVE your bedroom! I especially like how you combined the dark and light furniture. It is rare you see this combination and it truly works. :) My eyes were drawn to the mismatched side tables. This is another thing that isn’t too often seen but works beautifully.

    As for compromise with me and my hubby, we don’t. I’m lucky in that regard. It could be that my taste is already in the middle between feminine and masculine. I’m thinking if our room was done in pinks and ruffles, he then might have an opinion. Lol.

    We are moving this Saturday into the historic district of town. Our home was built in 1847 and has a bit of work to be done on it. My blog is new with not much on it at all, but as soon as the projects begin I’m certain I’ll have a lot to post.

    Thanks for sharing. I love your blog, your talent, and the inspiration you give me. :)


  3. Love that mirror above the bed-amazing! Compromising with your spouse is always a little tricky. We usually do what you did. Give a little, take a little :)

  4. I do love the Devon mirror! I used it when I helped my hubby’s coworker redo their dining room, and it really adds sparkle to the room, brings it up a notch! Great job!

  5. Your master bedroom is beautiful! My husband and I don’t have to compromise too much because my style isn’t overly feminine. Every once in awhile he informs me he thinks the house has too many flowers, but that’s only when his buddies are about to come over. :)

  6. Love the combination of the dark woods against the beautiful wall color! This is such a soothing and glamorous room. You’ve done a phenomenal job! What I like about the furniture from Drexel is that it’s something I don’t see on every single decorating blog… they all seem to have the exact same furnishings. It’s good to see something different for a change.

  7. I think you did a wonderful job of blending your styles! We have very large, heavy, dark wood furniture in our bedroom. And while it is excellent quality, it’s not what I would choose today if I had the option. But the hubby loves it. I really like the compromise you all came too…seems fair to me! And I like the hints of zebra. I like zebra print in small doses. I bought a pair of zebra print flats with hot pink trim a few years ago, and they are my favorite shoes. :)

  8. Could you please share the shade of grey that is painted on the walls. I just love the white crown moulding as well. There are so many shades of white as well…what color did you choose? We are thinking about putting up crown moulding in the bedrooms and I am shocked by all the shade of “white”! I also love the mix of light at dark furniture.

  9. Wow! This is so pretty =) I love that wedding pic of you, and the wall of framed art. We are slowly trying to merge styles in our Master Bedroom (and entire house) also…it’s hard sometimes! You have done a great job here =)

  10. Ohhhhhh my, that doesn’t look like a compromise to me at all!! It’s beautiful! I absolutely love the warmth that the antique wood brings to the otherwise cool palate. Those are my dream dressers…if you ever convince hubs to give them up please let me know :).

  11. I love this , I was wondering where you got the paint and what the color is called
    thank-you for posting you are very talented

  12. This is so awesomely beautiful but if I make this in my house my cats will dirty is so fast , but very stylish and totally graceful .

  13. Great use of textures and colors – very soothing – but I am in shock SHOCK that the walls are gone. I don’t disagree at all with the end result. Just still in shock ;)

  14. This is beautiful and very soothing. I loooove his dressers! It could be worse. My husband refuses to give up his childhood dressers… which are from the 80s and horrendous. He won’t even let me paint them! *sniffle* My husband and I don’t decorate together. The main rule is nothing overly feminine. Other than that, it’s my choice! :)

  15. What a frickin’ GORGEOUS bedroom. wowzers, for real. I love it – metallics, totally serene, totally my style! Great job =)

  16. Beautiful! I have been wanting to paint my bedroom gray. I have black distressed furniture and white bedding. Thinking about a dropcloth bedskirt and white curtains. Would a white or deeper gray piece look off? Also would like some bamboo blinds. I have the lighter ones in my living room from Overstock. Thinking about a french blue as accent color. Ack! Help!

  17. I was just wondering where you got the gorgeous light grey with white design pillows and comforter?

  18. Lovely Kate! You’ve done a gorgeous job. The zebra pillows are great. I’ve been toying with bringing one from our basement into our bedroom. It’s black and white though. The gray and white would look much better. But after seeing yours, I may have to give it a try. : )

  19. Stunning. Just so. amazingly. stunning. Perfect marriage, the dark antiques, classic white and a touch of modern.

  20. I love the finished room! I have a question about the Devon mirror. In your pictures, it appears more silver but on Z Gallerie’s site it shows more gold. Would you mind sharing a quick note about which of the shades it leans toward (silver or gold). Thank you so much!

  21. Hey Jennifer, it’s definitely a champagne color, in between silver and gold. The color on the website is more golden than in ‘real’ life!
    And for the other Jenifer, all of the white trim in our house is ‘Swiss Coffee’ !

  22. Oh and to answer your question: as long as I do it myself and it doesn’t cost too much my husband let’s me do what I want!

  23. Just beautiful! You’re compromise turned out wonderful. The dark dressers look great with the rest of the room. Our house is a jumbled up mess of decorating and projects that need to be completed. We compromise by price and my husband’s comfort. As long as he has a comfortable chair and TV, he is pretty much set. I am not too fond of his chair, but I let it go.

  24. LOVE this! So pretty, calm, clean and peaceful. It makes me want to lie down and take a nap. How did you anchor that mirror above the bed? I’m scared of things falling on me in the middle of the night especially since I live in So. Cal, earthquake city.

  25. Outstanding! Makes me want to take a nap. Peaceful, without being boring. Serene, without being bland. Just lovely.

  26. Kate, isn’t life always a compromise! I adore the ambiance you have created to include the Drexel Heritage pieces and I like the way they break up the light palette.

    We sure like shopping the same stores for accessories!!


    Art by Karena

  27. Gorgeous! So inviting and restful. (Sigh) I hate to break it to the hubby, but I’m getting the urge to repaint ours as well. Now I’m truely inspired. Thanks!

  28. wow, i LOVE your room! this is exactly my style! i love the color scheme, the headboard, the bedding, the mirror, frames, love the photo of you in your wedding dress!

  29. Just wondering…where do you keep your alarm clocks? My bedside table is ugly with my alarm, lotion, retainers—sigh I still need to wear them!—and other junk! Yours is so magazine pretty perfect!

  30. This is beautiful! Love the neutral colors, the elegant patterns, the textures. Love the paint color, the mirror, the blanket at the foot of the bed, the &, the chandelier…. I seriously love it. Great mix of traditional with contemporary. Way to be a classy “grown up” lol…

  31. Oh man, I’m so jealous! I find myself in the same scenario as you are but I have been much less successful in pulling it all together. My husband likes everything dark…dark wood, dark walls, dark EVERYTHING! I’m so sick to death of brown right now I can’t stand it. I’ve recently redecorated my room and I pulled in this beautiful shade of blue but I can’t seem to get it the way I want it because there is still so much brown in the room. All of our furniture is a dark stained wood. Our floors…which I love by the way, are a very dark hand scraped hard wood. The walls are a lighter shade of…you guessed it…brown! I think I may show him this post and see what he thinks. I think if he would just let me paint over the walls in a soft subtle blue I would be happy with all the rest of the dark wood. I really love your room. It is perfect!

  32. This is beautiful! I love, love, love the wall color. The antique dresser is beautiful, and I think you were able to blend it in with your style quite nicely! Well done!

  33. Ha Sally, good eye! I keep our *hideous from the early 90s black with bright red digital numbers* alarm clock out of the pics, but it sits on my hubs side next to that ampersand. Perhaps I should “keep it real” but seriously, it’s so ugly and uninspiring I couldn’t take looking at it in the pictures so it was edited out at the last minute !!!

  34. Thankfully, my man lets me do whatever I want. He rolls his eyes on occasion when I mention I want to do something…but he lets me do it!
    I have tried to pull some sort of suggestion from him when I’m decorating. And we’ve gone to decorating stores to look at stuff and I’m pretty sure I can guess his style if I let him choose. He usually gravitates towards the old world…relaxed…darker colors. And he tends to like big chunky furniture…but then, what man doesn’t? LOL

    I love your soothing bedroom…*sigh*…wish mine were like that. I have teals, yellows, and browns. But they are very relaxing to us…and as long as I keep the comforter thin but warm…the man is happy.

  35. Hi! I’m new to this blog and am just amazed at your talent and creativity! You are a real inspiration! It’s a gorgeous room…I’m curious about the blanched driftwood bowl. I googled it and couldn’t find anything – do you know where it came from? Thanks!

  36. Love the room and the Franklin. Your night stand is such a find. The room is awesome!

  37. Looks AMAZING!! I happen to LOVE the natural wood mixed in with the neutral furniture, bedding & accessories. You did good!! I’m loving your mirror above the bed! Any chance you could share where you found it?

  38. So lovely~ I love the dark dresser and chest mixed with your more modern and light look. I think it blends beautifully! My husband doesn’t really care much about furniture, paint or anything… so no blending really- I get to have it my way with the decor and style! hehehe! I love your colors in your room too… I am debating painting my French Cottage inspired bedroom- which is right now pale yellow. Your room is very serene and calm in the gray- love it.

  39. My hubby lets me do whatever I want when it comes to decorating our bedroom. I always try to keep his taste in mind. Modern. When I painted my bedroom a pale pinkish lavender, I decided I needed to “man it up” a bit. so I accessorized with black. Painted 2 different bedside tables black lacquer. Put glass knob on mine. Black and white pillows and lots of reflective surfaces. He loves it.

  40. Your room is absolutely gorgeous and inspiring. It makes me want to run right into my own bedroom and start tweaking. I also love, love, love your blog.

  41. I love it! It is very soothing and I do like seeing the mix of light and dark. My husband pretty much lets me decide things around the house, with the exception of painting the solid wood furniture. I’m sure he would do it if I threw a fit, but I almost agree with him. While I love the painted look…I can’t bring myself to paint the darker wood furniture. So, we mix it up and live with what we love (or what we have)!

  42. Kate, Wow you are good girl. I wish I was your neighbor so I could bribe you to do my room. Your wedding picture is beautiful. Lisa

  43. “Blending” styles with my husband is actually more about waiting. I have to give him a LOT of time to get used to an idea. So, first I casually mention something I’ve been considering. Later, I may show him a photo of something similar on a blog or in a magazine. Then, much later, I’ll mention the idea again, showing him how economically it can be done compared to a designer version. Lots of time, lots of talking.


    Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s EVER going to come around on painting the piano turquoise like I saw on Pinterest!

  44. I love love love your new bedding! Your bedroom looks so sophisticated! I love that your husbands nightstand has open shelving…such a great idea with the shelves and baskets.

  45. I love everything about this Kate! Just lovely~and my favorite things is how you mixed up the bedding, still classic, but cool with the zebra pillows. Nice.

  46. Kate,
    Your room is gorgeous! I love the way you kept the dark furniture in the room, and I think you’ve blended it nicely with your style. Your master definitely looks like a place to relax. Love it! Can’t wait to decorate our new master bedroom, but I have a few months to wait. :(
    Love ya!

  47. I think the traditional wooden dressers add the perfect finishing touch to the room. The timber tones bring in some warmth to balance all that cool grey and white. Gorgeous ideas!

  48. What a beautiful room. Love the bedding fabrics! Those dressers are gorgeous and they do add a lot of rich depth to your room. All my hubby cares about is if the furniture placement allows the best view of the tv. :(

  49. Don’t change a thing, Kate, for a long, long, long, l – o – n – g time. It is really beautiful and the dark wood furniture your hubby loves is perfect because it really grounds the space and gives it dimension and interest. And the zebra . . . icing on the cake!

  50. I am just amazed at your design and decorating talent. Your room is just gorgeous! I love the wall color and love that you incorporated the dark wood pieces. It gives me inspiration for what my master could look like. And your wedding photo is so pretty. Thank you for sharing it!!

  51. We have the exact same “argument” about our bedroom. We only had a bed frame and hand me down dressers until 4 years ago when my daughter was born. We put the white painted dressers in her room and started the hunt for our own furniture. I knew I wanted a wood high boy and dresser/mirror combo but also wanted mis-matched nightstands and a fabric headboard. The hubs did not agree. He wanted to get a whole bedroom set. We finally compromised (ok, I finally caved) and settled on matching dressers and headboard as long as I could choose different nightstands. But when we found something we liked it ended up costing only $50 more to get 2 matching nightstands as part of the set!!! I knew how practical that was and so now we have an entire room (5 pieces) of matching furniture. I know its a big decorating no-no but they are super practical storage and he’s happy with it. Its actually given me a little more freedom in the rest of the house because I can remind him “well, we did get the matching bedroom stuff YOU wanted.” And, someday I’ll switch it up. Probably when he’s out of town. :-)

  52. Hahaha – my husband and I have different tastes and he’s very fond of his photos that he has blown up and framed of his beloved black lab so I need to take that into consideration for any decorating. That and he’s got a really nice wooden chest from his mom and some driftwood art that his mom had made that also need to be in the room.

    I LOVE the colors! I’m thinking of doing our master in shades of grey with accents in black, silver and mirror but I’m not sure how it will work so I need to do some internet searching for what I’m looking for :)

  53. Very clever use of antique and modern to suit both your tastes. I love the soft greys – a truly beautiful bedroom!

  54. LOVE your bedroom!!

    I have a question.
    I have exact same devon mirror and I was wondering if you can tell me
    how you hung your mirror securely.
    This mirror is soooo heavy and I don’t know how to hang such a heavy mirror! :(

  55. I am glad the mister won out on the dressers…they are too pretty to paint such traditional Sheraton styled pieces and they lend warmth to what would be a very “cold” room if they were painted white as well. The balance is perfect. Love the wall color and new look. Beautiful space.

  56. Your bedroom is absolutely stunning. The simplicity in the details are amazing and completely balanced between masculine and feminine.
    Well done!

  57. Perfect timing! I have a beautiful cherry sleigh bed and tall dresser, but wanted to make the whole room lighter and more modern, and just couldn’t figure out how to do it. This is excellent, it is kick-starting my thinking! As for alarm clocks, I envision an old style would fit in beautifully – manual with bells on top.

  58. I have been looking for the perfect gray & you’ve found it! My luck is that it doesn’t come straight from the can! Perhaps I can give your blend a try – it is the perfect shade! P.S. – I love hubby’s fav. furniture pieces!!! The warm wood tones blended with your style give an eclectic look that is very put together.

  59. I really like the antique dressers. I’ve always loved the way antique wood just seems to “glow” in a way new wood doesn’t. It really grounds all of the white and adds a lot of warmth to the room.

  60. In my eyes you can do no decorating wrong. This is another one of your rooms that I’ve fallen in love with. Nice blend of the masculine and feminine sides; very relaxing. Who wouldn’t want to come home to this.

  61. I totally agree with Monique! As my grandma would say (and did about my master bedroom), “What an utterly delightful, welcoming room!” I don’t know what it is with husbands and dark, traditional furniture. Mine is the same way. I pretty much do the same thing you do, I work around them. Add flowers and pretty colors and it (usually) all works out.

  62. I dont compromise with him much. i am a designer, and he would have his place look like the set of star trek if left alone. I ask his advise on things like pick between these two paint colours I have pre selected and what do you think of this light fixture etc but with the full understanding his suggestions are taken under advisement not as law. Luckily for him I tend to have more moodern masculine taste so out place isnt really girly.
    However YOUR husband has GREAT taste in furniture. That dresser is gorgeous and I envy you. really pops in the room and gives it some needed grounding while still having feminine lines that play off the rest of the room.
    Also. I really love that chandelier. its kinda small but very pretty.

  63. Beautifullydone and you really scored some great bargains! And, oh, btw, I DONT compromise with my husband..he is so wonderfully uninterested and only tells me what he doesnt like and thats how we handle it. Getting compliments on our home all the time I think gives him confidence!

  64. Gorgeous! I think you just inspired me to keep my antique dressers in their native warm wood tones instead of painting them white as I planned. I also love the idea mixing paint colors! Might be worth a shot mixing my leftover Benjamin Moore “Manchester Tan” + “Crystalline”!

  65. Peaceful, serene with a zing of personality. I love your space. Our MB is very similar in colour-scheme and I love it. I always add a pop of red somewhere in my rooms and in our MB, you can find it woven into a cozy throw and also accent pillows. May you have many restful and stress-free nights in your zen room. You certainly have an eye for a bargain as well! Lovely!

  66. Compromise? Well, it’s just that. I’m on a grey and yellow kick, but he doesn’t like yellow. I could force the issue and he would settle, but if he really dislikes it, I don’t feel right about it. I AM going to paint our bedroom grey, and your grey looks just about right. Not too much blue, not too much green.

    The pillows are perfect. Perfect. Every room needs an animal print.

  67. Ha! I had to laugh at your question because my mister doesn’t like ANYTHING. I mean, he’d totally be all for beige walls in every room, and nothing on the walls. We just built a new home and are butting heads over EVERYTHING. We went form a 2-bedroom to a 4-bedrrom, and don’t have stuff to fill it yet, so every purchase is a struggle, especially since we need so much on a budget. We’ll get thru it eventually, right?

    BTW, your room is just gorgeous!!! I especially love the wall with the low dresser. Wow. You wouldn’t by chance be making a trip to Ohio anytime soon would you? :D

  68. Beautiful room. I’m just getting ready to redo my bedroom, very much needed, and have picked up some great ideas.

  69. I have the same beloved Richard Franklin print with the same frame even (and I am from Belgium), but instead of behind glass it has been treated with some kind of glaze so it is both protrected and you can see the brush strokes, making it seem pretty much like a real painting :-)

  70. What a stunner! So many pretty details in every shot. My favorites: zebra pillows (ALWAYS a winner!), draper nightstands and the warmth from the wood pieces your mister likes. Now to be a total & complete suck-up….I have a bad case of photography-skills-envy. Your pictures are so pretty!

  71. Hi! First time here and talk about a great introduction and seeing something that wows me! Your bedroom is GORGEOUS! Love everything about it, great job! I love love love the colors..what color paint did you use? That is a perfect gray if I ever saw one! So happy to “meet” you I am your newest follower. Please stop by me too to say hi if you get a minute. Beautiful job here!

  72. I love your bedroom! I’m going to go out and blog-copy. Hope you don’t mind? I’m in LOVE with gray and white and while I have the white going on, I haven’t the gray. We live in a rented 70’s house (just for another year) – inside hasn’t moved into the current century as well, but am now tired of waiting to make it look like something. My beautiful grays and whites might not go with the wooden louvered cupboard doors, or the beige vertical blinds, but at least I’ll be in bed heaven.

  73. Looks gorgeous Kate! We are getting ready to start building our dream home and your style is such an inspiration to me. Love the look of your master bedroom!

  74. I absolutely love the way the traditional wood dressers ground the space. They play well with the bronze chandelier and baskets and blinds as well. If you had a modern chandelier the whole room would take off in a too-etherial way. in my opinion, and maybe look to “trendy-modern”. I like the classic pieces you have.

  75. Beautiful! You painted your West Elm tray or is this a different one from the Green one in your earlier post?

  76. I LOVE the zebra. I have a little zebra (or animal print) in almost every one of my rooms… always subtle though. I used to have some beige and ivory zebra pillows. They were my fav. Oddly enough, the greys, whites, browns, and more blacks are in my room with some punches of yellow and magenta. Grey is the best! Where did you get the throw and the other pillows on your bed? I’m loving the pattern.

  77. I was TOTALLY going to ask about the wall color! Love the bedroom, love the zebra pillows!
    In the middle of a master bedroom redo ourselves and going with a really neutral black, white and tons of grey scheme!! Thanks for making me insanely jealous:)

  78. I think you did such a beautiful job of mixing your design styles and have to agree with so many other viewers that the wood both warms and grounds the lighter, prettier elements in the room. So kudos to both your husband and you. I have sneaking suspicion that wood is going to be very back, very soon, if it isn’t already. But you know this. (I love that you didn’t paint your wood cabinets in the dining room!)

  79. your style is absolutely gorgeous! it mixes really well with your spouse’s.

    my husband and i definitely bump heads when it comes to decor. i like fresh, airy, coastal, country, pale woods, shades of white, little flowers, antique furniture.

    he likes chunky exotic furniture, deep rich colours, and imported goods to give things an ethnic flair.

    it’s very hard to mix the two styles.

    at first i thought, well, let’s just divide the rooms. you can decorate some rooms in the house, and i’ll decorate the others. then i realized that the house would look horribly mismatched and uneven.

    so, we’ve lived in our house for nearly a year and have made no progress in decorating. lol. i started a blog (linked) and i’m hoping to get the ball rolling. we’re starting to see eye to eye, at least somewhat.

  80. Your room is gorgeous. Looks like a perfect retreat. So many great things, but my favorite is your wedding dress picture. It’s beautiful and perfect for the master bedroom. I think it’s awesome that you have it on display. Thank you so much for sharing, it’s very inspirational!

  81. I love love love your room! In my master bedroom my Mr and I do not have matching nightstands either. Seriously love.

  82. I love the contrast of the cherry furniture with the pale fabrics and colors of your room. It’s uniquely beautiful!

  83. Lovely room. Can you give the dimensions, or a floor plan? Love the paint colour – we’ve just painted (second time in 3months) but I wish I’d seen this before committing to my second colour – I feel another painting marathon coming on …

  84. I love that you have a Richard Franklin. We have one as well and just adore it. Our painting looks as if it was painted on top of old love letters. So original!

    I typically snub zebra prints too, but those pillows work really well. Your ideas definitely help me “think outside the box”.

  85. Lovely. I must say although everything in the room is beautfiul, my favs are your husbands choices: Those dressers are to die for! Seriously. Some wood should NEVER be painted!

  86. I am in love! I like to comprimised with my boyfriend because I want him to love the space he lives in too. He could care less though and would let me paint the walls pink if it made me happy. We have been stalling on decorating our bedroom in our apartment because I just couldn’t decide on what to do. When I showed the BF the pictures of your bedroom, he said “I love it” when normally he would just say, “that’s nice”. Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  87. WHERE did you get that driftwood bowl?? I’ve been searching for something similar and I can’t find anything! It would be the PERFECT piece of art for our dining room!! PLEASE share! :)

    Where did you find your white quilt and pillow shams that you have on your bed?

  89. I just LOVE this room! Is your Barabara Berry bedding a duvet? I am debating if I want to purchase the comforter or the duvet…

  90. I absolutely love this room!! Where did you find your white quilt and pillow shams that you have on your bed? Also, is your barbara berry bedding a duvet or comforter?

  91. I am not into dark furniture but those dressers are absolutely divine! They are so beautiful and I think you did a fantastic job at combining both of your styles.

  92. Perfect in every way…what an inspiration! I’m in the process of updating my master bedroom and am exploring neutral color schemes. You are a master at styling and composition!

  93. Hi there! I have the same starburst mirror, but mine is much more gold than yours appears in the photo above. Yours looks more silver. Is it just the lighting of the pic, or did you somehow change the color? Just wondering because I’ve been thinking of repainting mine and wanted to know if you did repaint it, did you post a tutorial? Thanks!

  94. Kate , love love everything about this bedroom ! I really love the dressers . where did you buy them? Your wedding picture looks like a picture from a celebrity ‘s wedding ! Beautiful! thanks for sharing , Marcia

  95. Wow! You are so talented! I love your bedroom, so relaxing and inviting! I love the colors and the combination of old and new. Where in the world did you find your quilt, I love it!

  96. I love this and am in the process of copying aspects of your room. I am going to get the Barbara bary duvet, but do you think this will
    Work with white linen drapes and white sheets, it seems to be more of a cream color in the store? Also- do you have a comforter inside your duvet? It looks flat? I just started following you and love everything you write!

    • Hi Mary, thanks so much! You can always mix shades of white and cream. The color in the duvet is more of a cream but it works with our white comforter.

    • Hi Natalie, it’s a Drexel Heritage chest, part of a set my hub found for us in an antique shop about 10 or 12 years ago!

  97. Kate, your bedroom is gorgeous and inspiring!!! I really love your style and how much thought you put into each room. But the curtains just look off, and I couldn’t move on without commenting. I’ve been doing a look of research as I’m about to hang them in several rooms in my house. What I’ve learned is that with just a couple of changes you can make store-bought curtains look elegant and expensive. You need to get thicker rods, mount them just below the crown molding and further outside your windows, (probably) purchase another 2 panels for each window, and use rings or clips to hang the panels from the rod. I think this will make a big impact.

  98. Hi…your room is GORGEOUS!! I have been looking for that style headboard and possible tufted. Where did you get yours from???

  99. Hi!! Love, love, love the room. I have just convinced myself a few weeks ago to paint my room gray, but have been searching for the perfect shade. :) Will you clarify what you mixed again? Was it half camouflage and half misted green…Or just half on the misted green only? Thank you!!

  100. I WANT IT TO LOOK JUST LIKE YOURS!!!! LOVE IT!! I saw a chandelier on website from home depot. its looks like the same,,,you dont happen to know the name??? i just love it,,,all of it..

    • Hi Imelda, I found it somewhere online, I want to say Home Decorators? I needed something skinny to fit in that space that wouldn’t block his closet door… so i found that bookshelf and it works perfectly.

  101. Is this bed a queen or king? I am trying to determine if I would need 2 EURO shams or 3 like your picture?

    I am in love with your decorating style. Absolutely beautiful.


  102. So, you have inspired my first bedroom that I will ever share with my to-be husband :) Actually, I am seriously recreating your bedroom. same bedspread, same wall color, and same blue accent color. lol thanks for being such an inspiration. i was really struggling with how to make a nice, calm and relaxing bedroom.

  103. is the comforter still available,,,,i am single and i find this room soo peaceful,,,,please help with ‘the way to start this look’….i am trying for the paint color,,,,then the bedding pillows etc… it,,,i want to love my peaceful spot!……for ME

    • Hi Liz, it’s a custom combo of half ‘Camouflage’ half ‘Misted Green’ both by Ben Moore.

  104. Kate,

    One more question, where did you get the Zebra pillows? I just ordered one from West Elm…I hope it looks as good as yours.



  105. I just registered for the same duvet cover and shams earlier today, and knew it was the right choice when I saw your pictures. Your room looks awesome! I’ve always wanted to go with gray walls, but I have a question. When I saw the “Poetical” set online it said silver, but in the store it looked more of ivory/tan colors. Do you find that the gray walls, bring out the silver in the duvet cover? Thank you!

  106. Your designs are beautiful! Can you tell me is the Barbara Barry Poetical duvet gray or taupe? I am looking for something gray and just love this print. In some pictures I see it looks gray and in others it is definitely brown/taupe.

    • Hi Annette, it’s a cross between gray and taupe quite frankly! But they’re really nice, I still love them!

  107. I found an image of your room on Pinterest and had to come check it out. I’ve been to your blog before but somehow it’s been awhile. LOVE the pillows and mix of grayish colors. I’m slowly evolving my bedroom into a spot I really love, not just a place to sleep at night. Some day I hope to have some great pieces like you do! But it’s definitely a work in progress!!!

  108. Where did you get the driftwood bowl, and how did you get it to lay flat? I’ve been searching for driftwood wall art, and love what you did here!

  109. What size is your duvet? Same size as your bed or a size smaller?

    And now for the practical question… is the duvet purely for looks or do you guys use it or does it get kicked off every night? We are making the switch to a quilt with a duvet at the foot of the bed (or the other way around) and the hubs isn’t convinced!!

    LOVE! I have been eyeing this bedding for SOOO long and did a “poetical” search on pinterest and found you, which is strange bc I’ve been following you for so long and somehow missed this bedding post!

    • Hi Nina, the duvet is a King size and the white scroll coverlet is a Cal King. We use the duvet with down insert only on cold nights, then fold it up in the morning *if and when we make the bed* !

  110. Hi. I’ve been looking at the Devon Mirror at Z Gallerie forever now and keep debating because it looks more gold than silver on Z Gallerie’s website. I noticed yours looks very silver in these photos. Did you paint yours or is this the “real” color? I’m actually hoping it is because I’d prefer the mirror to be more silver than gold with my bedroom’s color scheme.

    • Hi Maggie, it’s a champagne color which crosses between gold and silver I think you’ll love it, I do, it’s a beautiful sheen!

  111. Love, Love Love what you did here. Very nice use of color & it looks very elegant. I love the use of the artwork & how you hung the bowl (art) piece off center to allow the candlesticks the symmetry. I just painted the walls in our master bedroom in our beach house a similar color & also have the dark dresser (which I love) to contend with. Originally I had creamy sand walls & all the dark pieces went so well with the tropical idea I had going. But once I put the gray blue paint color on the wall (which I love) I realized I was going to have to soften the darker pieces by adding in the creams & whites to balance everything out: very much like you did. I’m found your blog because I had googled bedrooms with this mix of colors. Just wanted to say you did a really lovely job!!

  112. Kate, I LOVE this bedroom color. I tried to get it matched using the 1/2 & 1/2 method (but went to another store not Benjamin Moore) and it turned into a minty green color :( I did find a Behr color that was almost as nice, Gentle Rain, but I REALLY wish you could get a deal with BM to create this color. It is GORGEOUS! Great job with your bedroom. It is absolutely stunning and so inspiring! I hope my Master bedroom turns out half this amazing. Love your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

  113. Hi, did u get your sunburst mirror from z gallerie or horchow? I love the color of the frame in the pix and want to get it exactly right! It’s the most beautiful bedroom I’ve ever seen!!!! You r amazing!

    • Hi Emily, mine is from Z Gallerie and it’s a nice champagne color!

  114. Hi!
    I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your bed. I’ve been looking for a bed frame for our new master bedroom for over a year and I think I might just have found one that I like. Thanks!

  115. Hi there I was just wondering what paint you used, i am trying to find a beatuiful grey and I LOVE yours! thanks

  116. I’ve tried over 7 colors of the gray and can’t get it right….. Do mind telling me what color that color is on the wall cause I think it’s gorgeous!

  117. Hi,

    I am also looking for the perfect color of gray to paint my master bedroom. What color did you use?

    • Hi Lori, that color is a blend of two Ben Moore Colors, more of a gray green in daylight. It’s a mix of 1/2 Camouflage and 1/2 Misted Green, the closest color match is ‘Comfort Gray’ by Sherwin Williams.

  118. Hi Kate,

    I know you have answered the question about your wall color a million times….what I would like to know is, does it give off a green hue or just the beautiful gray we are seeing in your pictures? Somehow or another you seem to have created the right mix and I wondered about a green or blue hue.

    I love your room by the way and your wedding picture is stunning!

    • Hi Susan, it gives off a slight green hue in really bright light. Our bedroom doesn’t get a lot of light, so it reads mostly as gray all day.

  119. Hi!! I’m wondering if you have a TV in your master and if so, how/where do you fit that in?

    • Hi Raquel, no TV in our master, but I think an armoire is a great place to hide one!

  120. GREAT JOB – your bedroom looks fantastic!! One quick question if you don’t mind (I read most of the previous questions, but didn’t see this one already)…. where did you find your bamboo shades? I’ve had the HARDEST time finding the right color / look!! Thanks in advance!!! :)

    • The bamboo shades are Levolor from Lowes – cut to fit the windows.

  121. I am also looking for bamboo shades for my kitchen. Which color of Levolor bamboo shades are yours? Thanks.

  122. I love your room!! It’s stunning. I bought the same duvet cover from BBB and have a few questions for you, if you don’t mind. What color/style bed skirt do you have? And do you know what type of comforter you have inside the Barbara Barry duvet? I’m impressed with how nicely it folds at the end of your bed. When I put mine inside the duvet and fold it at the end of the bed, it is too fluffy. Is the color on the duvet a cream/ivory color and your are your sheets and blanket white? I think it looks great in your pictures. The contrast between the duvet and white sheets looks more stark on my bed. thanks in advance for your answers!

    • Hi Anna, our comforter is white and the BB duvet is cream/taupe. I like the contrast though. I used a very light comforter for the decorative BB Poetical duvet so it’s not too fluffy. The bed skirt is a pale gold ruffle.

  123. Love everything you’ve done here!!!! Gal after my own heart! Been trying to find a comforter/duvet design similar to what I have (thread bare) and yours is amazing! Can you tell me where you found it?

    • Hi Lori, the duvet is Barbara Barry’s Poetical, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, the underlying white comforter is from Restoration Hardware.

  124. I absolutely love this bedroom! I went to Z gallarrie the other day and the pillows are 50% off!! The only problem was the pillows had this yellowish tint in some spots? NYSE lady who worked there said that they were sopossed to look like that but to me they looked stained. I was just wondering if your pillows had that same thing?

  125. Beautiful room! How do I compromise with DH? I don’t. He’s gone 5-6 days a week, so I get to do what I want with the house. LOL Seriously, as long as it isn’t pink or floral, he doesn’t care. This year I’m on a “burnt red/tan/sage” kick.

  126. What curtains did you use? Are they sheer, cotton textured or silk? I love the room!

    • Hi Tamara, the curtains are a linen like poly cotton fabric, they are not lined so the light filters through.

  127. Kate, I need heeeelllpppp!!! :( I purchased the new black and white chevron duvet from the Nate Berkus line for Target. I want to add pops of color so that things don’t look so drab, but I don’t know what prints to match w/ the comforter. Any guidance you can give up is greatly appreciated because I’m so lost…Thanks!

  128. Hi, Kate
    I came across this post when searching for a picture of the Poetical bedding. We are building a house, and I am beginning to pull all the rooms’ decor together. I picked out this bedding a few weeks ago, our wall color will be close to your gray, our headboard is upholstered with nail-heads, I love lighter colors, and we have a special place in our hearts for Italy after vacationing there a few years ago. All this to say thank you for providing a template for decorating our new master! I can’t wait to read more from you.

  129. Hi Kate,
    I love this bedroom! I’m trying to mimic this look in our new master bedroom. I have the poetical duvet cover but am running into a design dilemma. I feel that there is not enough grey in the duvet and against the grey walls it just looks off. From your pictures is looks as thought the duvet is grey and cream but once I got it, it looks more tan and cream. Does the tan duvet with the grey walls work in terms of design?? Or am I trying to be too matchy matchy with looking for grey bedding and grey walls? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Hi Kristen, don’t worry about being too matchy matchy, layers of neutral color are best! My walls have a greenish bluish gray tine to them and yes the Poetical bedding is a taupe gray not a true gray. Tan, gray, taupe, they all work together as long as the undertones (yellows, pinks) don’t compete!

  130. Kate,

    Thanks so much for you advice!! I put the whole room together over the weekend and I LOVE it!! The poetical bedding looks fantastic!! Thanks again for your blog!! You’ve given me some great ideas!!

  131. Where did you get that adorable “and” sign. I am engaged and we just bought a house – would love one for the master! Thanks

  132. I LOVE the antique heritage dresser! Do you know the exact name of it if I were to go on an antique hunt for it? It’s stunning! Your room looks fantastic by the way :)

    • I don’t Nikki, so sorry! If I ever do, I’ll update the post, and thank you!

  133. Hi Kate! I read your post about the headboard DIY project and am wondering how far from the floor your headboard is hung? If I wanted to make one for my king bed, how would you go about placing the fabric? Think it would look funky if there was a seam at the bottom? Found this site via Pinterest… Fabulous!!!!

    • Hi Marilee, mine is hung about 30″ above the bottom of the floor, and if your seam is covered by pillows you should be fine.

  134. Hi Kate,
    Can you tell me what size duvet you got for the end of your king size bed. I am wondering if i can get away with the queen to fold up at the bottom rather than the king.

  135. Can you tell me where you found the shelving unit you used for your husband’s nightstand? Thanks

    • Hi Dee Dee, it’s been years, I’m going to guess Home Decorators? They have a lot of selections for that style, also try Wayfair.

  136. Can you please tell me the height of your headboard from the ground to the top center and the top left/right lower sides? I love your room and am trying to find a headboard similar. Thanks in advance!

  137. I know this is an old post, but it cracked me up! I inherited the same furniture and serendipitously I just happened to paint my bedroom the same color as you did, unfortunately the similarities end there. I was trawling the internet hoping to find ideas to complete the effect and it was quite a shock to come across your room, you managed to rock it. Hopefully, by borrowing some of your stylish choices I can rock mine, too!

    • Thanks Elle, after five years I’m going to make a few changes, hope you love that paint color too!

  138. Room came out so NICE! Love the contrast and interest you put in!

  139. Hi, can you tell me where did you get the hanging white driftwood wall art? I saw It on a display (not for sale) at Macy’s and I love it. Thanks.

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