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.  

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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


A Modern Bohemian Living Room

Hello everyone and Happy 2018!  I'm excited to share a project I worked on last year. This room was a true collaboration with my client who had a California cool vision for the room. My clients moved to the Boston area from San Francisco a few years back and wanted a Cali vibe - light and airy with lot of pattern and texture. It's their formal living room, but in no way did they want it to be formal and stuffy in an old school New England way. Instead they wanted a comfortable space where they could relax, listen to music, read books, and entertain friends. Here are a few photos of the final product.

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To bring her vision to life, we paired modern lines in the furnishings with colorful textiles and a variety of textures and finishes to create a beautiful, bohemian space. While key pieces were purchased for the room including the sofa, chair, end table, and bench, we were able to incorporate some of their existing furniture to keep the budget in line (plus I love using my client's existing pieces where possible).  Some of those items included the glass coffee table, bookcases, antique rug, and lots of interesting and unique accessories.

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My clients have a one year old and while they aren't fully in the toddler trenches just yet, they will be soon and I wanted to ensure the textiles would hold up to a growing family.  I opted for soil and stain resistant fabrics on their new sofa and chair. Whenever I do a cream colored sofa in a family space (or any space for that matter!), I try use a fabric that can stand up to the messiness of everyday life.  The sofa is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and is covered in a Crypton fabric by Robert Allen.  The chair is from Duralee and upholstered in a Pater Dunham Sunbrella fabric.

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My client found some mud cloth at the Brimfield antique show and we had it made into pillows and cushions for the sofa, leather bench, and Senufo stools (also found at Brimfield). These textiles, along with the rug, bring the red, purple, and blue color palette into the room, which is otherwise very neutral. Their antique rug was too small for the space, so I layered it over a jute rug to fill out the space.

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There's also no overhead lighting in the room, so the lamps and sconces played an important role in lighting the space. We added these tall sconces above the fireplace along with a new floor lamp on one side of the sofa and their existing glass table lamp on the other for ambient lighting.  A brass floor lamp from Target next to the blue chair provides task lighting for reading

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And last but certainly not least - as styling is super important to a room - are the bookshelves, also pieces they already owned. We styled them out using some of their own accessories, like this vintage camera along with pieces from West Elm and Homegoods that I found, including these marble bookends and faux succulents. 

I loved working on this room because my client was so lovely, fun, and laid back (in particular when we experienced a few bumps in the road). They love the final product and I hope you love it too!