Okay, first things first. For those of you who read the article: I didn’t design the headboard. I had it made by my upholsterer. Yes, it is true that I selected the material, the color, and I decided the dimensions and depth that I wanted, but I feel there is a difference. There are dozens of manufacturers that make this design and I was certainly not taking credit for it, but the article made it sound like I did.I absolutely loved the article -don’t get me wrong- but it felt a little creepy (disingenuous?) to read that I “designed” it. I certain I said “I had it made.” in the phone interview. All along I have made it very clear in my blog posts that I was inspired by this photo and wanted to create that tone on tone look in our master bedroom.In my Mountain House Master Bedroom Design Scheme post I spoke again about the headboard, but also about the Romo Double Dutch pillows and Libeco linen duvet cover that I had made for the room, and the industrial nightstands that we had made by RT Facts. (I wrote about the Shandells lamps and custom lampshades here.) At that time I was also considering placing the botanical prints that I inherited from my mom in our room, but in the end they ended up being just the right thing for our Gustavian inspired Mudroom.When it became clear that the 18th century lithographs from my mother in law would land in the fireplace room, the David Valyou painting that my parents gave us for Christmas 2011 moved into the bedroom. This was an added bonus as I love the way it looks on the dark wall. Originally I thought this painting would go on the wall in the library, but once I got it in the room I found the blue clashed with the orange sofa in a way that I couldn’t see past. The muddy blues and greys in the painting look fantastic with linens on the bed – as if it was meant to be. It’s the first thing I see each morning and the last thing I see each night, which makes me happy. I absolutely love that painting.
As a matter of fact, the first Winter we had the painting David borrowed it back for a retrospective art show at the Hotchkiss Library. This may seem crazy but we really had to think twice about lending it out because we’d miss seeing it every day. He was so nice – to sweeten the request he gave us the sketches he did working up to creating the larger piece. I still need to get them framed.
While the George Nelson bubble lamp was okay in the room, it was merely a place holder. The O’lampia chandelier is so much better in that space. I love this light fixture so much – I’d be tempted to take it with me when I move, wherever that might be! The Mr however is much less enamored with it. He says “It looks like someone only half-opened our light fixture -you know- like an umbrella.” To each his own, I suppose. Luckily he spends most his time in that room asleep!
This one room used to be two separate rooms, and neither one had a closet in it. As you know, we removed the wall between the two bedrooms and created a closet where a hallway to the master bedroom once stood. While it is bad for resale to go from a 3 bedroom to a 2 bedroom, it didn’t make sense for us to have three tiny bedrooms and no closets. To resolve the closet issue, I had a local woodworker make up clothing armoires. One for each side of the bed. The one on my side is like Narnia of closets – it is double deep and allows me to switch out my Summer and Winter dresses according to the season.
I know I have said this on Twitter and it upset some folks, but I think it is important that antlers when incorporated in interior design should have some sort of tie-in to the actual environment. For a minute there, everyone had antlers – everywhere. And like other decorating memes, sometimes they were utilized in less successful manners than other times. Heck, for a short while the antler thing was so hyped up that the big box stores were selling resin antlers for mall shoppers to decorate their houses and apartments with. (In my book, not ok.) Mountain house? YES! In a NYC apartment, in an ironic way? Maybe, but for me that would take some serious convincing.So I definitely struggled over the decision to bring home Caribou antlers from a local vintage store. Truth be told, I knew they’d look great in our Master bedroom sitting upon the armoires that I had made for the room. They are architectural. The colors and patina on them are fantastic. Did it feel a little cliche considering my strong opinions on antlers in home decor? Yes. Did I do it anyway? Yes. I can’t imagine those armoires without them.Our room was shot in a very different way for Better Homes and Gardens. They brought in all the bedding and did a super tight shot on the bed – and while yes, that is our headboard and linen blanket on the bed – it was more of a product placement shot than an example of how our room was designed. You may have noticed they switched out the beautiful handmade custom Shandells lampshade for a plain white one – I am not convinced it looks better this way, but it suited their look.