So now that the kitchen is looking good (pending some artwork decisions), it’s time to move down the long hall to our master bedroom. Our big challenge right now is furniture – although we’re fairly content with the quantity of storage our current dressers provide, they leave quite a bit to be desired in the quality and aesthetics arenas. And now that I have my rich, wood-toned nightstand, we’re anxious to get the rest of our room up to snuff.
Here’s what it’s looking like these days (excuse all poor iPhone photos – its the first time I felt up to blogging in a while and i was motivated to get it DONE!):
The first piece we’re focusing on is a new nightstand with storage for Jefe. His side of the bed is currently rocking the matchy-matchy black Hemnes I purchased 7 years ago when I moved to LA.
Since I got so lucky finding my nightstand at the Rose Bowl, we’ve been focusing our search at the flea market. So far we’ve struck out twice there and once at the Long Beach Flea Market where we ventured for the first time last week. Frustrated, I started branching out to the usual suspects to see what new pieces retailers like Pottery Barn, West Elm and World Market had to offer.
Pottery Barn has this great Branford Bedside Table in Mahogany that would be perfect, but at $529 ON SALE, it’s not really in the budget.
The next option I found was from World Market – the Sara Double-Wide Nightstand in a beautiful shade of grey blue. With a price of $119 and by adding some more sophisticated hardware, I could totally make this work. Then I remembered it would be sitting in front of NAVY curtains, next to NAVY and white striped duvet, and I’m planning to lay down an INDIGO rug….. Just too much blue (I didn’t know there was such a thing!) But the minute they sell this table in a wood tone, it’s MINE.
Target had some interesting pieces including this more rustic accent table, but there was nothing I liked that was tall enough. I really hate the low-sitting bed trend.
For now, I’m just going to keep looking. We live 1 block from the Melrose Trading Post and have yet to venture over, so I think that’s where I’ll be headed this Sunday to continue the hunt.
The other pieces we’re looking to replace are our 2 existing Hemnes dressers and eventually our Hemnes bed frame. Out with the matching bedroom suit, hello perfectly-curated eclectic mix. We’re definitely looking to go vintage on the dressers so we can get something of real quality which is so much more important for those types of larger pieces. I’d love to just pick up an antique back in Pennsylvania next time I’m home, but the shipping alone would break any budget we set.
For the bed frame, I’ve had my eye on a variety of slightly curved, nailhead trimmed headboards and Crate & Barrel just released the bed of my dreams. I was lusting after the similarly styled Colette, but it wouldn’t allow for a box spring and sat too low. But the Curve Queen Bed in Napa Camel is absolute perfection. Now if I could just scrounge up enough change from the couch cushions to actually afford it….
To soften things up, I’m dying to lay down this indigo Empire Scroll Rug from Pottery Barn over our hardwood floor.
In terms of accessories, I’m still toying with that, but I think we’re going to stick with black and white photos for artwork. We already have two great pieces hung, but we really need something for over the bed. As we’re in earthquake country, there is very little Jefe will let me hang over our heads, but he has agreed to a lightweight canvas of some sort. I’d like to find an image one of us has taken and get it blown up and printed on canvas by Shutterfly. Hats off to Brooklyn Limestone for turning me on to the plethora of new home decor options they offer!
Now that I’ve racked up the costs for this “little” redo, I think we’ll stick with our current bedding, which I think will fit in quite nicely. Here’s a quick recap of the plan:
I can’t wait to get started! Now excuse me while I go rob a bank.