I think it’s time to bring back my “give & take” posts in the new year. In case you’re unfamiliar with them, here’s a general idea of how it works. A reader sends me a few photos of their room, and I give my immediate thoughts—what I would give to and take away from the space. I also try to provide an image of what I have in my mind, if there are specific pieces or accessories that I envision. (And, I list sources, in case you want them.)
When Mary (a faithful reader and commenter) emailed me with pictures of her master bedroom, I didn’t really think she needed my advice. I loved what she already had going:
But, I guess it’s always fun to have a fresh pair of eyes. So, when she had mentioned using her bedroom for a “give & take” post, I decided to take her up on it (mainly because this one should be really, really easy). She had specifically mentioned mirrors on each side of her bed (love that idea!) and new fabric for the accent chair, so I’ll start there:
Mirrors over the bedside would look great, but in order to not take away from the great headboard, I’d opt for something simple, in a rectangular shape. The ones pictured above are from here.
On the opposite wall, she has a dresser and a small chair:
I like her idea of phasing out the yellow. I’d go for something gray (like this) in a modern pattern on the accent chair.
I feel like this wall needs a little more “weight” to balance out this side of the room. I’d take away the smaller lamps and add some gold wall sconces (something with clean lines like these).
And, I’m always a fan of a gallery wall—especially in a bedroom—but I think the one ledge across the top is “cutting off” the space visually. I would actually like to see it continued down the wall on both sides of the TV.
Close your eyes and squint when you look at this little mock-up. You’ll get the idea :)
Also, Mary was kind enough to share sources for the other pieces in her room.
paint: Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore
rug: One Kings Lane
This is a fun idea. Instead of a ribbon or fabric trim on the curtains, she used brass buttons (hand-sewn) that she ordered from Oriental Trading. (Would never have thought about them for a button source!)
headboard/drapery fabric: Banks (Velvet Calypso) from Calico Corners
Euro sham fabric: P. Kaufmann Junoon Azur
coverlet: Pottery Barn
sheets/shams: Crane & Canopy
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