Project Reveal: Sanctuary Master Bedroom

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When my bestie (who lives in Utah) asked me to transform her master bedroom, I jumped at the opportunity. I had already done her sister’s bedroom (see the project reveal here), and I knew I could design from afar, help source locally and together, we could bring our vision to life.

But what really got me excited is that Natalie and I have very different tastes when it comes to interiors:  I am a Modern Victorian convert, and she likes trendy, cool, eclectic with a touch of bohemian.

The Brief

The brief for the room was one of the best ones I ever had: “I want our master to feel like we don’t have two small children”. Natalie and her husband Alek wanted a retreat, a sanctuary, a place that would feel theirs and theirs only once the door was closed. The room scheme had to work for both of them as a place to relax and disconnect after a long day (Alek is a professional firefighter so I tried to imagine him getting home after a long, hard shift…).

The room needed some serious understated cool factor and had to offer epic levels of coziness. I concentrated on the words “cozy”, “moody” and “earthy” to create the concept board and mood board:

The Scheme

I told Natalie from the start that we were going with dark walls. Very dark walls, in fact (good old Farrow & Ball railings to the rescue). Most people would have gone “Sorry… you want to paint our bedroom BLACK?? Erm, no, thanks!” But they bought into it straight away. We did keep the wall with the window white for contrast.

The plan was to remove the carpet and put down some dark wood floors, have a gallery wall opposite the bed with a corner chair, and layer many different textures to really soften the space with boho vibes. Soft furnishings included washed linen bedding in dark tones, sheepskins, a Kelim rug and some Benni Morrocan style cushions.


The sourcing

Nat and I worked together to source as many items as we could; some were sourced in the UK like the sheepskins and one of the pillows. Other items were purchased during a trip to Mexico and matched the mood board perfectly. Bedside tables I had found were used as inspiration and Alek made them to measure from black walnut (the man is talented, I tell you!!). The bed and carved skull were heirlooms that worked perfectly with the scheme, as was the gilded mirror which injected some eclectic vibes as part of the gallery wall.


The Reveal

Here are some before and after pictures to show you the transformation – the room is literally unrecognisable!

Nothing makes me happier than to help friends make their house work for them. In Natalie’s words: “Our room feels very US and is so unique and I am truly happy whenever I am in there”. Mission accomplished!



Like the look? Here is our source list for reference:

Photographer: Heather Mildenstein
Carved Skulls  | Vintage purchased at Cowboy Christmas
Benni Cushion from Rockett St. George
All other pillows were sourced at Evoke The Spirit in Sayulita, Mexico
Baskets are from XinhandcoGoods 
Tiffany Rosenhan @tiffrosenhan
Clinton Whiting @clint_whiting
Jaron McCloy @jaronmccloy

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