A Serene Master Bedroom

Today I'm following up with the second half of the Bold, Eclectic Family project I shared a few weeks back - this time with the master bedroom.  This was one of the first bedrooms I had the pleasure to design and I just love how it turned out.  

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom

True to my design aesthetic, I wanted this room to be colorful, yet serene enough to work in a bedroom space. As parents of a young child, a relaxing and inviting master was super important to create.  I opted to paint the walls a light blue and accented it with olive green and a bright yellow.

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom

The bed has channel tufting in an olive green fabric (which was a tough sell at first), but it turned out beautifully. I see so many neutral headboards in grays and creams, but this green is still muted enough to act as a neutral yet is more unexpected.  The roman shades were constructed using a Duralee fabric and the bedding is from West Elm, one of my favorite affordable spots for organic cotton bedding.  The throw pillows were designed by my client.

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom

I opted to use a matching walnut dresser and nightstand set to bring warmth into the room. We also replaced the old wall-to-wall carpeting with a new wool carpet which feels soft underfoot.

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom

Last but not least the artwork!  The art really finished off the space in here.  My client actually found the artist Gretchen Warsen of Toddy Pond Designs on Instagram and commissioned her to create the two black & white works on paper above the bed.  I love how they stand out against the light walls and add a bold pop.  The other large work on canvas is by the lovely Carolyn Mackin and part of her Magical Places series.  Carolyn has such a way with color and I like how this piece ties in the yellows and blues already in the room, but also brings in some warmth with the pink tones.  I love supporting local artists and both of these women are local to Massachusetts. Please check out their work and reach out to them if you are interested in any of their pieces!

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom


The Bright and Happy Great Room

Well hello! It's been QUITE some time since I posted here (eek!) but I hope to get back on track by sharing some projects I've worked on recently. First up is this bright and happy great room for a fun family in Lexington! 


I was approached by my client after she made a few purchases for the room. She worried she was heading down the wrong path and asked me to take over.  Instead of starting from scratch, we incorporated the pieces she already bought and filled it out with additional furniture and accessories.  She asked for modern, fun, family friendly, and pops of color.

The room was very big, so it called for different zones.  Matching sofas face one another to create the main hangout zone while two chairs help form a U for conversation and TV viewing.  We added a reading nook adjacent to the built-in bookcase.  Opposite that is a spot for the kids to lounge around, play games, or read books on bean bags.

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The room was already painted gray and my client had modern white window treatments from Hunter Douglas installed. While she liked the the modernity of the paint color and shades, she asked to warm it up a bit. I immediately thought that bringing in a caramel leather would be perfect.  Instead I chose two sofas covered in a faux velvet in a caramel color that almost looks like leather from afar, but at a much lower price point (and super kid friendly - did I mention they have 7 year old twins?) The sofas and lilac colored side tables are from Lekker Home.  The blue armchairs and rug are from Crate & Barrel and the marble coffee table is from Room & Board.  Pillows are custom using Scion fabric and accessories are from HomeGoods and CB2.

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It's always hard to see a beautiful room with bare walls, especially a room of this size, so I was excited when she asked me to recommend artwork for the room.  I knew I wanted to use art to bring in the pops of color she requested since most of the furnishings were neutral.  I chose a large giclée print on canvas from Lola Donoghue via Etsy to anchor the largest wall behind the sofa.  Opposite it we paired two Stephanie Henderson works on paper to balance the space.  Behind the chair in the reading nook, we added an original painting on canvas by Logan Ledford.  I love how these three pieces work together. They're all colorful, but have varying saturation and structure.  A HUGE thanks to art consultant Libby Silvia for her help with this project - she always has such awesome pieces to choose from!


I added a cowhide rug in the reading nook to ground the space and warm it up a bit and mirrored it with faux pony hair bean bags in the kids corner. A shout out to a good friend of mine for bringing these bean bags to my attention - they are super comfy and as they're from PB Teen, a good size for both kids and grown-ups to lounge in.


It was a wonderful project to work on as my client had a great sense of humor and trusted me completely to bring this together.  I'm so glad they love the finish product and hope you do too!


Photos by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photo