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Master Bedroom: Almost Complete

You might remember the master bedroom project I was helping my friends with a few months back. We took a fairly large bedroom, awkward sitting area and a messy walk-in closet and turned it all in to a true retreat complete with an open dressing area. I finally got a few moments to take some photos now that the construction crew is gone.

We are still working on decor and finish details but you get the idea of how this all shook out.

My friends and I worked on the mantel and fireplace surround together. I knew we needed a “book nook” to occupy that space to the right of the fireplace surround and they knew that they wanted glass front cabinets on the bottom of the built-ins. The sconces are Visual Comfort and the picture lights mounted above the shelves are the Merrick from Hudson Valley. We wanted to create many different levels of lighting, between the directional recessed lighting, lamps, sconces and picture lights I think we’ve got it covered. The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Pale Smoke. It is more subtle and a bit smokier in real life.

retreat built-in

The bed is the Turner and the duvet, sheets and bolster are from Matteo. The blue quilt is just temporary until we find the right textile, my friend saw a great antique suzani textile at ABC Carpet but decided at the last minute it wasn’t the right thing.

retreat master sheets

A closer look at those beautiful custom closet doors that my carpenter Joseph made. The closet holds the bulk of the lady’s stuff. There are custom shoe racks, cubes and hanging racks galore in there.

retreat closet door

The corbels under the mantel were purchased from Pro Wood Market. My friends knew they wanted the TV to be recessed and there was a bit of a snafu in the building process but everything turned out great in the end.

retreat mantle TV

A lot of this project was centered around creating a dressing room that would be open to the bedroom and would accommodate some of his and mostly hers. This space was created out of what was a porch in the 1970s, a nursery in the 80s and then most recently a cramped TV room/junk room.

retreat dressing

retreat dressing3

retreat dressing2

I called in Quality Cabinet Company to work up the plan and make it a reality. The cabinets are shaker style, painted Benjamin Moore’s Simply White–which by the way is my new favorite trim color. The hardware was my friend’s choice and it is from Restoration Hardware.

retreat hardware

We purchased that beautiful vanity mirror from a local antiques consignor in Southern Pines called Page Furniture. We wanted to warm the space and I think the mirror helped us achieve part of that goal.

retreat vanity mirror

You can sit in this area, fold clothes on the carrera marble counter and take in all of the light that comes in through those windows.

We’re continuing to search for just the right art and some more accessories to complete the space. Overall the room turned out to be pretty fantastic. It truly is a retreat for them. When I visit I kind of wish we could hang out in there.


Master Bedroom: Renovation Progress

I’m helping a friend remodel their master bedroom. The regular crew and I are taking a break from the Grout Cottage and lending a hand to this transformation from ho hum bedroom to master and commander with a dressing room and super organized closet.

This is the only true before image that I have.

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Before it was a regular bedroom with a cathedral popcorn ceiling, a walk-in closet that was packed to the gills with not only clothing but also a huge water filter, two unnecessary windows and a boob light. Another tiny early 1900s closet and an adjoining closed in porch that was being used as a small junk room rounded out this space.

First order of business was to blow out that old 1900’s tiny closet and the wall separating the bedroom from the small junk room. Here’s a list of how the rest of the demo went down:

  • Demo cathedral ceiling to reveal 11′ original ceilings
  • Demo original yellow pine flooring, made floor system structurally sound
  • Demo fireplace mantel
  • Remove water filter and strip out closet
  • Eliminate two windows in walk-in closet
  • Eliminate existing window and move higher
  • Remove old windows in junk room
  • Remove old bi-fold closet doors to walk-in
  • Remove old builder’s best brass door hardware
  • Remove & discard two ceiling fans
  • Remove baseboard and shoe molding

The space in the before image above now looks like this,


Here’s what else is happening in this room, custom closet doors


book nook,


Brand new fireplace with spot to recess the flat screen, the mantle is just up there temporarily on closet brackets. We ordered brackets from Vintage Woodworks. Sconces ordered from here to flank flat screen.


Brand new casement windows from Jeldwen flood our soon to be dressing area with sunlight,


I’m trying to get a feel for what size pendant we need in the dressing area,


Here’s a snapshot of the inside of the walk-in closet, you can still see the old boob light hanging on,


Larger view of sleeping area,


Flooring is scheduled to arrive late this week, my friends selected hand scraped, hard as nails Hickory. We are in deep on paint color selection so stay tuned for that.






Assembling a Master Bedroom for

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Check out the latest ideabook over at, where Sarah pulls together a list of must-haves to create a soothing space in your Master Bedroom.


Sarah’s (old) house: Paint Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Paint

These paint samples were up for two weeks in the master bedroom and in the downstairs hall. The colors are all Benjamin Moore. The image below shows the samples in the hall. Moving left to right,

Paper White,  Wickham Gray,  Moonshine


I was pretty frustrated with the light when I was taking these pictures but the end result turned out to be an accurate representation of the colors.  The same set of colors are again sampled this time in the master bedroom.


Here’s how the decision making process went-

Moonshine looked great on the color chip but it has too much of a lilac tone at different times during the day. Paper white is way too stark so it was excluded quickly. Wickham Gray is the clear front runner at this point. I intended to sample Ben Moore’s Gray Owl but I never got around to it.

DSC_0224A lot of you commented that you liked Wickham Gray and so did I and so that was the choice. Here is the result,

sarah master bedroomI’m happy, what do you think?