When it came time to create the feel for our master bedroom, I knew I wanted to maintain the clean, streamlined, country house aesthetic we had used in the other spaces of our home. When reflecting back on previous bedrooms, I can recall an array of bold color choices and patterns that did not stand the test of time. Throughout this process, Jeff and I always said this was the house we planned to live in for the next thirty years, so I wanted our design and decor to be something I still loved many years from now.
To be honest, the inspiration for our bedroom came from a fellow mom I followed on instagram (seriously go and check out her page because I love what she has done with her historic home, and it serves as my daily inspiration when creating my own). You will notice that my bedroom shares one very important piece of furniture with the design of her own master bedroom: the bed frame. Check out the picture below:
All of the rooms in my house are painted white with a subtle trim color (Benjamin Moore's November Rain). I love how the black bed frame pops against the white walls and quilt. The quilt that adorns the bed is from Pottery Barn, and I absolute love its subtle stitching. Fair Warning: It is a very light-weight quilt, but I secretly love that because it allows me to have flannel sheets when normally my husband bans those from our bed! The quilt is also machine washable which is a must!
You will also notice that we added two new windows to this room (like the dining room and living room on the first floor). While adding those two windows was labor intensive, it was completely worthwhile because I love the additional natural light they provide. The two bed side tables nestled snugly beneath the new windows provide endless charm.
If you are interested in sourcing the other pieces of furniture in our master bedroom, head on over to our interior designer's shop, High Street Market, as the bed side tables, bench at the foot of our bed, and table lamps all came from her store. I think our bedroom achieves a nice balance of inspiration from our interior designer coupled with a few personal decor and furniture pieces Jeff and I have inherited from our families. Look below for some pictures that highlight some of the historical and sentimental pieces we've incorporated into our master bedroom.
While our bed side tables were a new purchase and not antiques, we balanced them with specific treasures that help to unite the historic with the modern. The antique luster pitchers on my bed side table belonged to Jeff's grandparents and were passed down to us from Jeff's mom. I love how the bright blue compliments the sheets we have here on our bed. The horse and buggy figurine on Jeff's bed side table celebrates the horse and carriage business that Jeff's great grandparents built and showcased at competitive horse shows in Pennsylvania.
When it came time to choose pieces to adorn our walls, we began with a sentimental piece given to us from the previous homeowners. At the closing of our house, the previous owner brought with her a painting she commissioned of the home. She had this painting on her wall for the thirty years she lived in the home, and she passed it along to us as she was excited to see another young family grow and create memories in a space that had been so meaningful to her and her family. You can see from the painting that there used to be a white, split rail fence and ornamental benches on the front porch that are no longer there. I would love to bring back those features!
Something else I love about the original 1874 part of the home is that we were able to restore the original doors and give them historically accurate hardware (as seen above). What's unique about the rooms in the original structure is that they each have two doors (one that opens to either side of the center staircase. The door pictured above opens to the staircase going up to the third floor and the door you see pictured below opens to the staircase going to the first floor.
On the opposite wall Jeff found an original painting from an artist on instagram. I love the subtle greens, creams, and blues present in this floral painting. They perfectly compliment the white and green patterned wallpaper and blue and white plates in the hallway. My hope is to one day use this color palette as the inspiration for a quilt my mom has offered to make for us. My mom is an accomplished crafter who quilts, needlepoints, upholsters, basketweaves, and knits. She passed along a few of these trades to me, and you will see some of my own creations in our master bedroom. Below, you can see one of my creations (a needlepoint brick door stopper!). These door stoppers are a "quick" project by needlepoint standards but a fun way to bring some charm to a space. My plan is to eventually create brick door stoppers for all of the bedrooms.
In addition to the door stoppers, you can see a needlepoint pillow I created on an antique rocker in our master bedroom. The rocker was another treasure passed down from Jeff's grandfather. I love its unassuming profile in our modest bedroom, and it serves as a wonderful piece to perch on as you tie your shoes in the morning.
This pillow is one of my favorite needlepoint pieces. You will continue to see some of my creations throughout the house. Most noticeably you will eventually see the needlepoint stockings I created for all of us at Christmas time! I love how my mom has passed down this skill to me and now we frequently share and discuss the projects we work on to make our homes feel warm and inviting.
I hope you enjoyed learning about the stories that accompany the pieces of my master bedroom and look forward to reading about the development of our master bath in the next blog post of "Mill House Musings." If you like what you see, head on over to my instagram page and see more photos documenting the renovation of our 1874 Pennsylvanian mill house.