You guys! It’s been so long since I shared an update in this space! It’s long overdue, but here goes… I present to you, my khaki and gold “loft” bedroom space:
Even though our suburban north-Dallas home is pretty far from a “loft”, that word just kept coming to mind as I was working on this room and editing these photos. The combination of tall ceilings, oddly-shaped space, and room dividing curtains just felt very loft-like to me, so that’s how I’ve mentally dubbed the space.
The room really is a very strange shape. It’s shallow and wide and the bed is located on the only wall it could possibly occupy. If you place it in from of the window, or inside the alcove where the dresser currently sits, there’s absolutely no room for bedside tables, so it must be placed in the middle of the longest wall in the room.
At the same time, this angled wall containing the doors the bathroom juts into the room and ends just about two feet from the foot of the bed.
Let’s just say this floorpan was definitely not what I would have chosen if I were drafting a master bedroom from scratch! The strange angle and shallow space presented a little bit of a challenge to me as I was trying to make the vintage kilim rug of my dreams that Unique Rug Store so generously sent me work in the space!
If you remember the first post where I shared my plans for this room, then you’ll remember how integral this beautiful rug was to deciding the color scheme.
That’s one of my favorite starting points for a room design – finding one incredible, multi-colored element and pulling different accent colors from it!
The earthy olive-brown background of the rug is a perfect compliment to the khaki olive walls (Clark+Kensington “Green Tea”); the mustard yellow echoes the throw pillows and the brass canopy bed (a lucky Craigslist find); the corals, pinks, and reds speak to the art and DIY glossy red tassel mirrors.
The challenge came as I tried to run this gorgeous rug lengthwise in the room, parallel with the floor boards. Most of the rug ended up hidden underneath the bed in order to fit. I finished staging the room and actually got through an entire photoshoot before acknowledging that I just wasn’t feeling it.
I gave myself some time live with the look for a little while and try to figure out what the room needed.
Thankfully, we went to a friend’s house for brunch soon after, and their beautiful living room rug was floated on the diagonal in the space. I spent the whole rest of the morning planning to re-orient the rug in our bedroom as soon as I got home!
Now you can see so much more of the beautiful floral pattern, and it helps tie the diagonal wall into the rest of the space, instead of creating a weird junction:
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You’ll notice that the ceiling fan did not get replaced with this sculptural beauty from my wishlist, because it just wasn’t in the budget. I’ll keep drooling, and until then, I’ll just be thankful for the welcome air-movement on hot Texas summer nights, because a fan is absolutely non-negotiable here!
I’ve already shared the details of our bedside tables in previous blog posts, but here’s a closer look plus sources below:
This is Bryan’s side of the bed, and trust me when I say it never looks like this in real life. The first thing to go is the little piece of art on top of the tin box, because that’s where I stash his phone charger and other clutter when I’m taking pictures!
Truthfully though, there’s also usually several night’s worth of water cups on both of our nightstands, and definitely more laundry scattered around the floor in real life.
The alligator-upholstered dresser alcove sits to the right of the bed, between the door into the room and the door to Bryan’s seldom-used closet. What felt like such a bold and daring decision before has now gently faded into the background!
White lacquer dresser: vintage, via Craigslist
Burl frames: thrifted, via the Habitat for Humanity Restore
Art (left to right): “Me, In Stitches” by J. Wink and “Slopes” by Melanie Severin via Minted
Leopard statue: thrifted, via Goodwill
Mini card catalog jewelry box: DIY, tutorial here
Across from the bed, this vintage glass-side case holds my shoes. Once upon a time I had a huge weakness for stylish heels, and while I may not wear them very often these days, I do still love to look at them!
Glass-side case: thrifted, Salvation Army
Vintage trunk: thrifted, Habitat for Humanity Restore
Framed knight brass rubbing: thrifted, Salvation Army
Eyes art: Mayhem Supply Co
Chinoiserie lamp: thrifted
Brass leaf tree: vintage shop in Austin, TX
I shared this little detail earlier, but I’m still in awe of this 100-year-old steamer trunk that just so happened to belong to someone in New Haven, Connecticut, the town where I was born! What are the odds that it would end up in Dallas, TX?
Thanks to some very mischievous kitties, this twinkly brass-leaf tree always has to live somewhere high up and out of reach. It’s moved around the house from the mantel to the top of the refrigerator before landing here. The ceiling fan may not be pretty, but it does make these little leaves dance!
When I visited Jessica from House Homemade to shoot her Greenery-filled Gathered Home Tour, we went to several thrift stores together and I found this funky little hand-painted green plastic plaque with hooks. I don’t know where it came from, but I absolutely love it! It’s perfect for hanging my more-delicate necklaces that get tangled in my jewelry box.
I wish I had angled the photo frame a little more, so you could get a good look at me and Bryan and what babies we were when this engagement photo was taken! I found the bone-inlay frame at a thrift store during a recent trip my sister and I took to Colorado and brought it home as a souvenir.
The three-foot-tall gentleman in shining armor is an original brass-rubbing from the tomb of Sir Robert Wilson in Westminster Abbey that I found at the Salvation Army. It was originally $30, but that was too rich for my blood. Thankfully, I lucked back into the place on a 50% off day and stood in line for half an hour to snag this quirky fellow.
Do you remember placing paper over something textured, like a leaf, and then rubbed over it with crayon to reveal the shape as a child? This is very similar, except the textured original was a grave marker, and this one is done in several different colors of metallic wax. I love the rusty red accents!
Turning back around to the bed, which is seldom made in any fashion remotely resembling this photo:
I’ve had this duvet cover for almost two years now, and I still adore it! It’s the black-bordered Linden bedding Crane and Canopy sent me to review. (You can see it in our pink bedroom in our old home here.) If you ever wonder whether bloggers just take free stuff, say something nice, and then move on to the next thing… Well, that’s definitely not the case over here!
This duvet set has lived life in sickness (and red wine) and in health with us and I’m still an enormous fan.
I made the leopard pillow covers myself, but you can buy the same velvet leopard print ready-made here on Etsy from my friend Hollie! I had some fabric leftover from recovering my kitchen chairs, so I whipped that up into a little lumbar pillow cover as well.
I found the palm leaf print pillowcases in the back at my favorite local thrift store, and the soft beige polka dot throw was a HomeGoods clearance find.
A few weeks ago I shared this little gallery wall nook with you. It’s definitely one of my favorite elements in the room, although I haven’t always been such a fan of that end of the room!
The arched window-top paired with the peaked ceiling has been a source of frustration to me for the entire year that we’ve lived in this house. Blinding light floods through the arch in the morning, reflecting off the neighbor’s roof. And none of the traditional solutions for arched windows would work with the accompanying lines of the ceiling.
For most of the year, we had foam core cut to fit the arch, taped together, and shoved up inside the window frame to block out the light.
Thankfully, an extremely exasperating journey ended with a DIY room divider created with some 10′ tall curtains found on Amazon and a room-spanning curtain rod made out of electrical. And binder rings. Never fear, I plan to share more details on this solution soon!
Suffice it to say, I slept in until 8:00 this past weekend thanks to this room-darkening magic.
Vintage lacquered pedestal: thrifted, Salvation Army
White bust: thrifted, Goodwill
Iris Apfel-inspired rhinestone glasses: DIY, tutorial here
Art: thrifted, various
Gilded insect taxidermy plaques: DIY, tutorial here
Polka dot pillow cover: Ikea Sommar 2017
Tiger pillow: thrifted
Kilim pillow: gift from Kilim Pillow Store
(P.S. That greyhound art was a free printable! Get it here!)
I’m loving this mix of pillows on the window seat! There’s not too much sitting actually happening here, but it sure is fun and colorful!
Aaaaand my side of the bed, sans hand cream and face cream and an empty wine glass or two 😉 I do love the gallery wall reflected in this mirror!
And that’s a wrap, you guys!
A huge HUGE thank you to Select Surfaces (the laminate floors), Unique Rug Store, Ace Hardware (the paint), Minted (the art over the dresser) and Fabric.com (the alligator fabric) for partnering with me on this space! I cannot imagine the final result without those crucial elements!
It’s hard to believe that this is where it all began just a few months ago, isn’t it?!
If you’d like to catch up on all the bedroom posts, here they are!