My Master Bedroom

**Due to technical difficulty with Blogger this post ended up back in the draft folder, so I am reposting it again!***

I am having a really busy week thus far {took a teaching job for a few days}, so sewing has been set aside. I did finish one pillow that took 3 days of patience! Another one is almost done, using some of my chiang mai dragon fabric - such juicy fabric! Hopefully I can have something to share mid-week. 

Here is a post I am sharing that I wrote a few weeks ago for Adventures In Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone about my favourite nook in my house: my master bedroom.

 We have moved many times, but every time I try to create a space for just for my husband and I. There is a little bit of me and a little bit of my husband in our room. He thinks knows feng shui so he has his ideas on how and what should be in a room. So it takes some compromise.

Since we are renting and still hunting for our perfect home, I can't change carpets, etc but the room has good bones, an arched window with plantation shutters and crown moulding. This is what the room looked like when we moved in:

This is what is looks now:

Come on in, I'll show you around...

I have tweaked things along the way. The furniture is all from Ikea, the bed was an As-Is find about 7 years ago for $110. The rest my husband went out and bought after he was frustrated waiting for me to choose furniture! I do regret the "matchy-matchy" look and hope to change it one day.  The walls are painted a soothing blue-green by Benjamin Moore called Gray Whisp. My husband was a bit skeptical of the colour since we live on the west coast of Canada where it can rain, a lot. But the colour is so refreshing and calming, perfect for our oasis away from the hustle and bustle of parenthood and life.

My latest  purchase for this room is the white organic cotton pin-tuck duvet cover from West Elm. We don't have a West Elm here in Vancouver and they don't ship to Canada, so I had to order online, have it shipped to my US mailbox, drive across the border, and ended up paying taxes because of a grumpy border guard but now it sits on my bed, making me happy every time I crawl under the covers. I love the crumply, smooched in, lived-in look of the duvet cover. It is one of my favourite items in this room. A few weeks ago I was sick in bed all day, the snow was falling and my kids brought me breakfast in bed.
It was pure heaven laying under such a wonderful duvet.

Another favourite in our room are the photos on our walls. The black and white photos on the wall by our bed were taken by my college friend. They are our engagement photos and wedding photos. They remind me of how far we have come from our college days{almost 20 years and 3 kids later!}

The others photos are family photos and my favourite from our wedding. Propped on the wall is a chart of the Napoleonic War by Charles Joseph Minard I bought for my husband. Behind is a framed poster he bought of one the first Tour de France races, as a die-hard cyclist who competes himself, it is his added touch to our room. Well, sometimes his racing bike resides in our room as well! Better that than his stinky hockey gear :)

Hope you enjoyed the tour of my favourite nook. 
Y a w n.....I'm suddenly feeling a bit sleepy. 

XO Barbara


  1. Great room!! Love the colour palette - so crisp and fresh.

  2. Love the feel of the room. Calming. Perfect after a busy day. I love the mirror over the bed. Do you remember where you bought it? have a great day.

  3. I admire you for making your master bedroom a priority. It is ALWAYS the last room in the house to get decorated over here.

  4. Your bedroom looks so peaceful and inviting Barbara! My favorite part might just be all the beautiful b&w family photos. So Mr. hodge:podge knows feng shui? Gotta love that!

  5. Your bedroom looks so pretty and peaceful! I love your duvet Barbara, it's perfect!!
    Nancy xo

  6. Love the wall colour and the duvet cover :-) You've created a really relaxing room for your and your hubby :-)

  7. Lovely! I'm in the middle of redo-ing my bedroom a bit so any and all posts on bedrooms are on my radar lately haha

  8. Love Gray Wisp and the pintuck bedding - love the whole room really!

  9. barbara, your room is lovely! i love how you dress simple ikea dressers... fabulous!!!

  10. Absolutely lovely! You're right about the colour - it looks so inviting. And is that a beautiful dwell bird pillow on your bed?? Great job with the room in all!

  11. IT looks really relaxing and calm. The bed does look cozy. I know that's how I feel when I crawl into ours!
    Good luck with the rest of your craft projects, sewing, etc.

    The Simply Inspired home

  12. Love the black mirror - It adds a lot of personality to the room.

  13. Looks so pretty and inspiring! I found your blog through Funky Junk, and I'm also a Canadian blogger! I joined your Western Canadian Blog Network!

  14. I was so annoyed when Blogger stopped me from leaving a comment on your lovely master bedroom post! The wall colour is just wonderul and peaceful and beautiful and makes me want to paint something that colour!


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