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17 December 2014

A Red and Green Bedroom for Christmas (Yes, green carpeting...)

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Welcome to our master bedroom.
There are 1,2,3,4,maybe 5 things I love about this space.
There are 2 things I kind of hate.  Can you guess what they are?

Many thanks to Martha Stewart at Macy's Collection for providing bedding for editorial use.


Let's start out with the positives, shall we??

1.  I love our mattress and mattress topper.  It is super duper soft (and fairly cheap...a memory foam from Costco) and gets firm when the bedroom is cold.  Lovely.  In fact, we invested in good mattresses at the expense of actual BEDS.  For about 6-7 years, we have had a box spring, mattress and topper on the floor with a headboard screwed onto the wall (you can see it at our old house HERE).

2. ...which leads us to the BED.  That 4 poster was a Craigslist find.  It is an IKEA bed that IKEA no longer sells and it is EXACTLY what I wanted.  It may change colors in the future, but for now, it is the perfect shape for this large room and anchors the middle section of the room perfectly.

3. Let's dive into the bedding, shall we?  ...because we all know it matters not whether the walls are lime green or puke yellow at night, but it DOES matter how soft the blanket is you are sleeping under.  THIS blanket, dear friends, could make the ugliest room on Earth divine.


The top side is knit sweater material and the flip side is the softest, warmest plush ever.
 I want one of these throws in every room of the house.  EVERY room.
 (PS They have Fair Isle sweater PILLOWS too!)  Aren't they pretty?

Martha Stewart Macy Fair Isle Sweater Pillow

Check out the plush back -- SO soft!

Martha Stewart Macy Fair Isle Sweater Pillow

4. See that sunlight over in the corner (below)?  That is "like" #4.  This bedroom has little french doors that open onto balconies. 
 I can't wait until spring when they are open ALL the time.  For now, they are sealed shut for winter, but frame the bed visually quite nicely.


5.  THE SPACE.  This bedroom is huge.  In fact, it is far larger than we need, so I am thinking of ways to properly utilize the space.  A kid's bed for when they get scared at night?  A sewing table?  Desk for writing?  Planting station for those balconies?

The Negatives:


1.  THE SPACE.  While the space is a definite luxury, it is also a challenge design wise.

2.  THE GREEN CARPET.  You saw it right?  Yes, it is GREEN.  GREEN green.

3.  THE RED WALLS.  Red walls + green carpeting.  Hello Christmas! 
 Since neither the walls nor the carpeting was going to be swapped out before Christmas,
 I decided to jump on the holiday festive wagon and go whole hog with red and green bedding, anchored by neutrals.


The sheets are from the  Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's and are called 'Aracdia Stripe'. The adorable pine pattern pillowcase is called 'Pine Branch'.  They are currently on sale and have a 15% discount on them, so now is the time to jump on that price!  If you have purchased flannel sheets before, you know that sometimes they can be scratchy before they are washed.  By the time you wash them enough to get them soft, they start to get "pilly".  Not so with these luxury sheets.  Soft out of the package and super soft after the first wash.  They warm up the bed all winter long and serve as a beautiful base for more colorful linens on top of the bed.


 NOW.  The bed is decked out for Christmas, warm and cozy for long winter nights and there is all that space to work with.  What are the next steps for this room?  Well, the carpet is a much bigger investment to tackle than painting the walls, so the paint can will come first and I am thinking a nice fresh slate of WHITE will be the direction I go in.  (NOTE:  Our home was a Bed and Breakfast previously and the red and green worked perfectly with the classic furnishings and Victorian stylings -- just not for our style).

The carpet will stay for awhile and perhaps a rug with greens, whites and other neutrals will break up the sea of forest floor.  The windows already have new bamboo blinds that will go up shortly and there are many choices about how the room functions and what furniture will be needed to meet those functions.  Stay tuned!

Until then, grab a warm throw and a cup of hot chocolate and get ready for Christmas. 
 It is only 8 days away!  EIGHT DAYS!

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