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 Bathroom Renovation: Day 10

Hi everyone!  

I wanted to share a quick update on my own bathroom renovation. The good, bad, and ugly.  We finally have walls and the floor should be done tomorrow - yippie! Then the tile goes in, vanity, final plumb and electric and we'll be golden.  A reminder of the before.


 And here's what it looked like post-demo.


And here is what it looks like now. I've never been so happy to see walls!


First the good - the subcontractors I'm working with have been flexible and have done a great job so far.  I've never project managed a bathroom before, so I'm learning as I go, and they've been kind and helpful with my (many) questions.

The bad.  The tile is going to take 5 days vs. the 3 they originally had estimated. BUT we're still going to be done with this in 3 weeks total - a week longer than I had hoped, but let's be honest. Two weeks was just not realistic.

The ugly.  Man when the walls come down you really see the guts of the house. This house was built in the 20's and so the demo was pretty messy.  Plaster and lath walls do not make for an easy demo.  I spent a lot of time vacuuming up plaster and what not.  Word to the wise - wear a mask when you're doing any demo. The dust really bothered me at the start!

I plan on sharing my tips if you're going to manage a renovation like this yourself once the project is officially done.  Until then, we'll be continuing our tour of showers in the greater Arlington area.

Have a great weekend!