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


My Favorite Finds from the ICFF

Hi everyone!  This week I'm sharing my favorite finds from the ICFF trade show that I attended a few weeks ago in NYC. This was my first trade show and I didn't really know what to expect.  And it was great!  I discovered a lot of great vendors with really unique, beautifully made pieces.  The furniture was pretty modern for the most part, which I love, but where I was most inspired was through some of the accessories I came across.  Here are some of my favorites.

Abnormals Anonymous is a wallpaper line by a husband and wife duo out of Washington State. They have some incredibly quirky (but cool) prints. I posted a shot of their "Mr. Blow" paper on Instagram during the event (see below) but they also some more "safe" options, like little blue anchors that would be cute in a boys room.

MissPrint is a mother daughter duo out of the UK. Their wallpaper had such fresh colors and lots of whimsical prints. I could definitely see using these in many rooms, from kitchens to nurseries. Here's a pic of their Little Trees paper that comes in a range of colors.

Keep is a lighting company out of Brooklyn dedicated to keeping the art of glassblowing alive by creating beautiful, one of a kind light fixtures.  You MUST check out this fixture they made for the Gotham Market in Fort Greene - incredible!  Here are a few of their pendant lights that would be great above a kitchen island.


Towards the end of the show I stumbled across these lamps from Stone and Sawyer, a maker out of upstate New York.  The owner was so thoughtful when speaking about his pieces. I think the colors are spot on for New England homes and the shapes are beautiful.

These plastic (yes plastic) rugs from Pappelina can be used indoors and out. I love the back story about how the company was formed. The founder came across some colorful, plastic ribbons used to make rugs in the 70's and was inspired to create her own modern line of rugs.  They come in such vibrant colors and prints.  LOVE.

And here's another company called Hidraulik also using non-traditional materials for rugs. These are made of a vinyl-like material and are designed to look like traditional tile floors in Barcelona, however, they are a rug!  And if you spill something on them it doesn't matter because it wipes right off. Super cool!

And finally this is clearly not an accessory, but I loved this emerald green, velvet sofa from Suite NYC.  I've never seen anything like it and love it.  It was paired with some caramel colored chairs and looked really sharp.

I hope to make this an annual thing and can't wait to use some of these in a future client's home.