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


Little Explorer Boys Room

I wanted to share a project I've been working on in my own home for quite some time that's FINALLY finished.  My son's big boy room!  When I was pregnant with my daughter, we decided to move my son into the larger guest bedroom that would give him more space to play (actually they both play in here now!)  At first, he stayed in his crib - since he wasn't climbing out, I was not going to mess around there - but eventually we moved him into a twin bed and really finished off the room. This was done on a shoestring budget as we had just had a second child AND I had just started my business.

My son loves the outdoors and is a curious kid so I went with a "Little Explorer" theme for the room (I say theme loosely as there are certainly items in here that aren't 100% on board with it.)  I love using color, especially in kids rooms so I painted the walls a blue green (Flora by Benjamin Moore) and added accent colors of navy blue, black, and cherry red (his favorite color).

Initially I was going to get a basic bed at Ikea, but then I started nosing around on Craigslist to see what I could find.  I came across this antique twin bed and immediately knew it would be perfect.  It was a natural wood color when I bought it, which was fine but not too exciting, so I painted it a glossy black (Black Beauty by Benjamin Moore). I added some outdoorsy themed sheets, a navy blue quilt, and this plaid, wool blanket that I found on eBay for some additional warmth and a pop of color.

The valances and throw pillow were made using this adorable "Happy Camper" fabric from Tonic Living.  I used the Stockholm rug from Ikea to add some stripes (because I can't do a room without stripes). I like that it's a flatwoven, wool rug so it doesn't shed, and, you can even reverse it should you get a massive stain.  A great value at only $199!  The vintage globe was found on eBay and the gorilla figurine is from Jonathan Adler.

The dresser is vintage as well (actually a hand me down that's made it's way through many rooms in our house). I may swap out the hardware or even paint it someday when I have more time...whenever that may be! The vintage ceramic buses were found by his uncle on eBay and the red bubble gum lamp is from Land of Nod (now sadly, discontinued.). The bear photograph is from The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose.

I really wanted to do a fully wallpapered accent wall with vintage maps, but that was more than I could take on with a baby at home (and very little sleep), so I opted for this little map banner that I found on Etsy.  Super cute.  The barn on the kids table can be moved if they want to draw at the table and the little Ikea planters were repurposed as holders for markers and crayons. The chairs are from Land of Nod and the table Wayfair.

It was so much fun to put this room together for my son who is a happy, energetic, little boy.  I think it will grow well with him over the years to come.

Photos by Jourieh Alicia.