Category Archives: Bedroom Design

5 Uniquely Cozy Bedrooms (and how to get them)

Post by Jessica Schoenenberger

As it (finally!) starts to feel like fall outside, I like everything around me to be as cozy as possible. I break out a ton of blankets, candles, and warm lighting in my house to really get me in the mood for changing seasons. We tend to keep our house very maximalist, with texture, color and pattern everywhere, so cozy is easy to achieve. But that is far from the only way to warm your house up for the colder months. I went looking for inspiration on the coziest bedrooms out there of many styles to help you hunker down. All links open in new tab so you can view and read.

 

https://www.houzz.com/photo/1443931-tracie-ellis-home-midcentury-bedroom-melbourne

 

Simple and modern, the dark tones in this bedroom are warm and inviting. Start with the rustic wooden bed with metal accents, like our Mies. Keep it modest and clean, but bring in richness and texture in the few accents you choose. Instead of layering, they chose a luxe, heavy duvet, and decidedly cold weather throw pillows (the faux fur trend is everywhere). Finish off with a lavish rug to tie in the design and give that extra level of coziness from top to bottom.

 

https://www.houzz.com/photo/52714873-john-lewis-boutique-hotel-bedroom-contemporary-bedroom-london

 

A frosty, shiny take on a cold weather room. To get this look, use a rich upholstered bed as a base- our Linen Hampton would work well here. Choose a few bold, lustrous pieces for bedding, and leave them casually draped. Stick to a lighter, blush palette and metallic accents to keep things feeling elegant. Keep the bedding fluffy for ultimate luxury.

 

https://www.houzz.com/photo/59222861-kilburn-park-scandinavian-bedroom-london

 

A softer look, with just enough heavy accents to take it away from spring and summer. If you don’t like the classic warm tones of fall, this more accessible look is just right for you. Start with a simple platform bed, like our Madera. Accent the bedding with soft, light colors. Fill in the headboard void with a small abstract gallery, keeping the the color tones complimenting to the bedding. Add a faux fur throw and some knit elements for a transition into fall.

 

https://www.houzz.com/photo/28112396-monarch-mediterranean-bedroom-orange-county

 

This classic bedroom pairs bright white linens with a few accents that makes it just cozy enough for autumn. Use a bed that is simple and white. Our Newhouse headboard in Belgian linen would perfectly compliment the soft neutral tones here. The oversized pillows and puffy feel of the linens make it perfect for snuggling. Our striped duvet cover would enhance the traditional feel of this space. The central piece of artwork is great to carry over many seasons, and the area rug warms up the floor for chilly mornings.

 

https://www.houzz.com/photo/95203965-miami-eclectic-ranch-house-midcentury-bedroom-miami

 

I had to throw in one with the classic warm colors of fall and a BoHo look that is totally my taste. Starting with a mid-century looking bed (our Alana with the upholstered headboard would be a great addition), simple textured linen patterns are layered for the perfect warm look. The rug combo feels eclectic, and the autumn florals on the nightstand are the perfect touch.

It’s a great time of year to cozy up and spend some quality time with the cool Autumn air gently blowing into your bedroom. Enjoy it now before you have to get the heater going and your windows closed tight!

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Hanging Nightstands

Post by Jessica Schoenenberger

Spend any time looking at bedrooms on Pinterest, and you’ll encounter the ever popular hanging nightstand. Predominantly featuring reclaimed wood hung from the ceiling with sisal rope, it’s an exotic look that is catching everyone’s eye.

The allure of the hanging night stand lies in its utility for a small space. Considering you can see more of the floor, and the rope above is ordinarily unassuming, your space feels bigger. Plus, combining the unfinished look of the wood with the simplicity of the cord evokes a minimalistic yet cozy quality. There’s something incredibly peaceful about a piece of furniture that lazily floats in the air.

They can be done in a single slab natural wood, or planks for a more finished, less rugged look. Crystal over at the Weathered Fox blog has an impressive DIY for one made from painted planks. The natural wood versions offer up a rugged, outdoor or even vaguely southwest look. The planks, on the other hand look quite beachy, depending on how you choose to handle the rope.

There are countless DIY’s out there for this. The only drawback is that, well, it’s hanging. While some say its slight sway is nice, I’ll admit it would make me nervous. It is especially something to consider if you have pets or children that might bump into it. If you’re not someone that tends to keep a glass of water or other fragile items on your nightstand, it might work. But if you are, I would think about how the weight of the system affects how much it moves.

Have any readers tried this trend? I would love to hear how it went!

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Builder Upgrades for Your Master Bedroom

Post by Tracy Kaler.


Photo by LMK Interiors

Building your dream home? If you fear that your master bedroom could end up looking a little too cookie cutter and would like your space to feel more personalized, implementing even one or two of these upgrades might be worth the splurge.

Select more expensive carpeting.
A simple carpet upgrade can make a bedroom look luxurious and feel much comfier underfoot.

Upgrade your carpet pad.
Speaking of comfy, a high-quality carpet pad can make all the difference in the look and feel of your wall to wall carpeting.

Raise the ceiling height.
Sure, ceilings that measure at 8’-0” might be standard, but a 9’-0” ceiling height (or higher) will instantly add character to a vanilla bedroom.

Select a fun paint color.
Rather than going with the standard ivory or beige on the walls, choose a tranquil blue, soft yellow, or even a bold color if you’re feeling adventurous.

Add decorative molding.
Crown molding or wainscoting will add an architectural element to even the dullest space. Talk with your builder about options that are within your budget.

Dress up your bedroom with a chandelier.
Let there be light! Yes, a chandelier (rather than a ceiling mount) will undoubtedly dress up your space.

Put the lights on switches and dimmers
Straightforward and inexpensive, dimmers give you the ability to control the amount of light in any room. They’re a luxury worth every penny.

Customize the closet.
Storage makes all the difference, and a customized closet will reap the rewards when you go to sell.



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5 Unique Beach House Bedrooms

Post by Tracy Kaler.

It’s that time of year again when we’re dreaming of sand between our toes and the sounds of the sea. I think most everyone I know fantasizes about spending summers on the beach. I know I do. These five unique beach house bedrooms would make for perfect days and nights along the coast.

This Charleston bedroom is decked out in traditional blue and white beach colors but with a hint of beige. A comfy club chair, desk, and a stunning view turn this room into a haven for sleeping, reading, working, and relaxing.


Photo by The Anderson Studio of Architecture & Design

A San Francisco beach house sports a mostly green bedroom but with blue walls. Bright white furniture and trim keep the room feeling fresh and clean. A starburst mirror adds an eclectic element to the space.


Photo by Viscusi Elson Interior Design – Gina Viscusi Elson

Designer Barclay Butera decorated this Ocean County bedroom. White bedding with an awning stripe at the food of the bed plus a ship above the bed create a nautical theme, ideal for a home along the California coast.


Photo by Barclay Butera Interiors

This gorgeous master bedroom designed by Tara Seawright doesn’t skip a beat. Located in Shelter Island, New York, the space feels undeniably coastal yet comfy.


Photo by Tara Seawright Interior Design

The pitched board and batten ceiling of this Seattle beach cottage takes center stage. The decor is no fuss, but subtle touches like the rustic pendant, porthole window, and French doors add interest to the otherwise simple design.






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Give Your Bedroom a Good Spring Cleaning

Post by Tracy Kaler.


Photo by Clean Design

Daylight is lingering, flowers are blooming, and robins are chirping. In case you didn’t know– we’re well into spring. If you haven’t given spring cleaning any thought, shame on you! Now is the time to refresh your bedroom before temperatures heat up. We still have a good two months left of the season, so get busy and start your spring cleaning with this list.

Edit first.
Find a place for any item that doesn’t have one yet (in a closet, in a drawer, stored under the bed), and donate all those items that you don’t need or wear any longer. A good edit will give you a great sense of accomplishment and prep the space to be cleaned.

Dust the walls.
I bet you’ve never cleaned your walls, have you? Take a dust mop and run it up and down the walls, including up at the ceiling line. Get on that ladder of you must.

Vacuum everywhere.
Sweep all those tough-to-reach places like corners and around door casings, lamp shades, and upholstery. After vacuuming, any upholstered furniture that still appears worn or dirty should be professionally cleaned, or perhaps recovered (see the next point).

Clean and spruce up fabrics.
Wash all bedding (that means the bedcovering, shams, and mattress pad too), and what you can’t launder, send it out to get professionally cleaned. If you have any other upholstered furniture, window treatments as well as area rugs or carpeting in the bedroom, now’s the time to call in a professional and get those cleaned too. Notice some tattered fabrics? Spring is an ideal season to recover those older pieces.

Wash down woodwork, floors, and all furnishings including lamps and accessories.
Opt for a mild cleaner like Murphy’s Oil Soap. Be sure to give your wood floors a deep cleaning and use a touch-up pen or Old English to cover scratches. If you have stone in the room, use a stone cleaner. An all-purpose cleaner from Method works wonders on many materials.

Don’t forget the mirrors, art, and windows.
Windex mirrors and art, as well as windows (inside and out) so the exterior looks brighter, which will, in turn, make the interior of your bedroom shine too.

Add a scent.
Light a candle, spray your favorite fragrance, or purchase potpourri. Lavender and sage work especially well in a bedroom.

Happy spring!



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