I thought I would share my sources and design inspirations that helped take my master bedroom from “Hand Me Down Newlywed” to a “Refined and Photo Shoot Ready” bedroom.
My inspiration for this room came from my first Mother’s Day gift from my husband. I loved all the bright colors in this Michelle Armas painting and wanted to incorporate them into the room so that it would feel more vibrant and youthful.
So after deciding on the color palette I started looking for drapery fabric. It took several months as there are limitless options online. I went down EVER SINGLE fabric rabbit hole. I eventually decided on this Nicolette Day fabric by Domesticate on Spoonflower with the help of a fabulous designer that I’m lucky enough to call a friend, Kimber (she’s a must follow on Instagram). I knew it was perfect when I saw the PARROT!!!! I love to add a touch of whimsy in all of my designs. The affordable price tag was a huge plus because I knew I would also have to pay someone to make them. Since the fabric wasn’t as heavy as what I prefer for drapes, I had my seamstress add interlining AND blackout lining. Adding both of these linings gives the drapes more weight which in turn makes them look more expensive!
I found this stunning vintage marble top chest of drawers on Everything But The House for under $60! On this website you can search local estate sales, bid on items (similar to eBay) and if the item you “win” is local you can simply pick it up and avoid shipping charges. I love this website because you can be set up search criteria and when items are listed that match your criteria they send you an email.
I took our existing silver drapery hardware (I’m actually mortified to admit that to ya’ll) and spray painted them gold. Eventually, I plan on replacing them with lucite rods from Nationwide Plastics (thanks to Grace at A Storied Style another MUST follow on Instagram).
I saved this wingback chair from the dumpster during a law firm office renovation years ago (that’s right folks in a former life I was an attorney). I had it recovered in a white cotton duck fabric, and I used the same navy velvet from my headboard for the contrasting welt.
I found the chinoiserie faux bamboo mirror on Craigslist (one of my go to daily searches). I originally thought I would paint it but decided to keep it in its original condition. I’m so glad that I did.
Speaking of Craigslist, I needed a dresser and THIS dresser popped up in my daily search…literally the clouds parted and angel’s began to sing! The paint was an exact match to the Michelle Armas artwork! I’m telling you if you’re patient enough Craigslist will always provide.
Ok let’s talk about this stunning piece of artwork. Fortunately for me, I’m best friends with the artist. After I had seen her emerald green masterpiece (below), I called her to see if she would create a blue version for my master bedroom. Ya’ll this picture does NOT do it justice. The texture and depth of color are breathtaking! Make sure you follow The Headboard Studio on Instagram so you can see her newest artwork and custom upholstery.
I had Kimber make this dramatically tall navy velvet headboard (unfortunately, she no longer makes headboards but The Headboard Studio does and her’s are just as fantastic). I found the Dorothy Draper Espana look-alike chests (similar here) and ginger jar lamps on you guessed it Craigslist.
I hope that sharing my sources and design inspirations with you gave you some ideas of places/websites you can go to find inspiration and affordable quality pieces for your own home. If you’re stuck on a design scheme or have a question and want an objective opinion send me an email. I’d be more than happy to help.