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.

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  • The room looks great! So calm and relaxing. I really like the color on the walls. How expensive is it to have custom closet doors made by a carpenter? I just removed my bifold doors and really want some regular opening doors instead. Any tips on how to select a carpenter for this kind of project? thanks!

    • Thanks Jenn. I don’t remember the exact cost of time & materials but I do remember discussion that my friends saw similar doors at a building supply that were $300 a door. A Reliabuilt door at Lowe’s is a single panel shaker style for $130 & that isn’t a custom size. My carpenter was definitely less than $300 a door, labor + material. I was thinking you lived close by? Send me an email and maybe I can put you in touch with my carpenter and get a price.

      • I do live nearby in Sanford. I couldn’t find a link to your email on the site.. am I missing it?!? thanks

        • No you’re not missing it, it used to be there. I have yours I’ll send you a message.

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