Are any of you fans of Sarah Richardson? If you’re not familiar, she’s a Canadian designer and has had several decorating shows on HGTV. This summer I’ve been watching her makeover her cottage on YouTube.
None of that is really relevant to this post except to explain that she always calls the master bedroom the ‘principle bedroom’ instead. And the feminist in me rather likes that idea. I googled it, and apparently this is a Canadian thing. How about it my Canadian readers, have you always called it the ‘principle bedroom’ too?
Well, today I’m sharing our principle bedroom as we continue the tour of our home.
If you’re new to my blog, you may not know that we totally revamped this room back in the summer of 2017 from the floors on up. We started by hiring some college guys to refinish the floors. I chose to go with a matte finish and I absolutely love how they turned out.
They aren’t perfect, but then again they are over 100 years old so how could they be? Matte finishes are always better at minimizing flaws than shinier ones. The same is true for walls and painted furniture too.
Next up we painted the room in Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray. I’d seen so many people raving about this color online so I went with it. In hindsight I wish I’d tried a few more colors and found a better choice for my room. This color tends to turn a sort of pinky beige in both early morning and late evening light. It just goes to show that you really can’t pick wall colors based on pictures you’ve seen. You need to get samples and try them on your own walls in your own lighting conditions.
After painting, we added a faux ship lap wall (which is painted in Dutch Boy’s Cotton Blossom) behind the bed with the help of handyman/neighbor Ken.
We modified a full size antique Eastlake style headboard to fit a queen sized bed, and I painted it using Homestead House milk paint in Coal Black.
I also painted a pair of mismatched pieces to use as nightstands, but for them I chose Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Grain Sack.
The bench at the foot of the bed is one of the rare instances when I chose not to paint something.
I used some of my non-collection of vintage advertisement hangers to hang a few of our travel photos on the wall next to the closet.
And in case you are wondering, yes, that is the only closet in the room and it’s pretty small. It just contains my current season’s wardrobe. Mr. Q has a closet in his study for his clothes, and we both use the guest room closet for our off-season clothes. I just moved the summer clothes into the guest room. Yep, it’s that time of year.
I keep my non-hanging clothes in an old jelly cupboard that is also painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Grain Sack. I added a couple of Prima Marketing transfers to the doors.
These are an old design called French Pots III. Unfortunately this design is discontinued. You may be able to find it online, but no promises.
I’ve made a couple of tweaks to this side of the room since we originally finished it. I brought in a companion for Lulu (the black manikin).
Collette, the dress form, has been stripped of her original covering and then dressed back up with another Prima Marketing transfer called Catalogue (sorry, also discontinued).
I also hung the vintage laundry drying rack that I found at a garage sale this summer on the other side of the cupboard.
I find that I’m often adding things to a room, or moving things around from room to room so that a space just keeps evolving. I’ll never be one of those people who decorates and room and then considers it ‘done’, never to be touched again. How about you?