I’ve been making MAJOR progress on the Master Bedroom Makeover lately, and it is doing wonders for my mental wellbeing. There’s just something about having a space that you actually want to retire into at the end of the day – instead of a just place with a bed where you sleep. blah. I knew our Master could be more, and little by little we are finally getting there!
Let’s review: we moved into this house in August. Not long after, I realized I needed help designing the new Master Bedroom. The nice people at Havenly helped me land on a design, providing a mock-up and product sourcing. (The Havenly team is great! I definitely recommend them – see our process here in Part 1 and Part 2).
Problem was, then I stalled out. The room was live-able, other things came up, and suddenly it had been 6 months since our move and I hadn’t implemented Havenly’s design at all.
Then fate stepped in, the shelf in the 2nd bedroom closet that I’d been using flat-out collapsed, and I was finally forced into action.
I’m going to share our closet solution here soon, since it is now 90% complete, but in the meantime I need your help, Mes Amies, with the next step: The Curtain Decision.
We have this wall of huge windows:
There are actually three windows, the center one being above the radiator and window A/C unit (I know, such a great design choice, right? but the air conditioner is oh-so-necessary for muggy DC summers).
My favorite part of this whole room, aside from the mantle, is the molding and trim detail. Huge chunky baseboards, and what I can only assume is original trim around each of these 80″ windows. So any window treatments can’t hide the window trim altogether.
For privacy, I’m thinking white or linen roman shades to replace the current Venetian slatted blinds. (I’m guessing at 80″ high I’ll need to DIY the shades, unless you can recommend a source?) I’d mount the roman shades inside the frames.
Then the far left window and far right window would be framed by a panel. These would usually be pulled back to reveal the window and trim. And the center window wouldn’t have any covering beyond the roman shade bc of the radiator below. That way the window trim is still visible, but we get some of the warmth of curtains.
I’m between this Velvet Pole Pocket Curtain in Dove Gray from West Elm:
Havenly had suggested velvet in their original design, and I love it. I think it will add great depth and warmth to this cavernous white room. Plus, velvet is just luxurious with that hint of girly glam.
OR this Thermal Tweed Back Tab Curtain in Zinc by Martha Stewart for Home Depot:
I picked up these grey storage boxes at Ikea for the new closet solution and was inspired to do this whole menswear-inspired look for the Master Bedroom. Still mostly white and neutrals, but with suiting fabrics and a really tailored look. Hence, the tweed curtains. I think they still add warmth, and texture, but are a different feel than the velvet.
Both of the sizes will work, and the cost is comparable since the West Elm version is on a fantastic sale at the moment. It really just comes down to fabric choice.
So, what’s your vote, Mes Amies? Let me know in the comments below, or tweet me @msamyemae with your vote! I’m hoping to decide by the end of the weekend, so get your votes in now!
PS While I was curtain-seeking, I came across these lovelies at Target: Ribbon Curtain Panels. They come in 4 different ribbon trim colors, and seem like SUCH a steal! I’m desperately trying to figure out where I can use them – hope one of Mes Amies can too!