One of my favorite rooms in the house, although it’s hard to choose, is the master bedroom. It’s quiet and overlooks a hill, which by summer’s end will be terraced, and next year blooming with flowers and herbs. A worthy view of this favored space. It’s a room that will have an incredible view, it’s where I’ll be spending many lazy mornings enjoying a cup of coffee, my design magazines and working on my book.
Making the cottage our own has been a process. Over the years, I’ve learned that design is a journey and creating a meaningful home takes time. And while Sweet Pond Cottage was a new build, I wanted to add my own personal touches. From the paint to the architectural details.
“Design is a journey and creating a meaningful home takes time.“
The kitchen and the living room are an open floor plan, and in the past month I’ve added some additional work to our already full plate (like a built-in banquette in the breakfast area), but after this weekend we will have the Master Bedroom almost complete and over the next few weeks the wallpaper installation begins (I’m positively obsessed with the Thibaut wallpaper and I can’t wait to share the pictures after it’s installed). And then the furniture…
I wanted the Cottage to feel different than any other home I’ve designed or lived in. And having the opportunity to work with Bernhardt, Currey & Co., Thibaut and Bellacor in the Master Bedroom truly has been a dream come true. You have to live in a home for a while before a design plan can be created it really allows you to get a feel for your home, and how it should be decorated.
The cottage is nestled in the woods by the lake, and I wanted to go with a “cottage chic” look in the Master Bedroom. In the end, I chose pieces from the Auberge Collection from Bernhardt, which was “inspired by the feeling of a French Inn.” Bernhardt has updated cottage style with sophisticated pieces that feel “time-worn, elegant and collected.” The perfect choice for Sweet Pond Cottage.
Pieces from the Auberge Collection & chair back detail from the Cabot Chair (available from Bernhardt). And just some of the pieces being used at the Cottage…
The next layer was the wallpaper, a few years ago I saw the “Birding” wallpaper from Thibaut at a Showhouse. And waited for the perfect opportunity to use it. The pretty all over feather design is the perfect homage to our fine feathered friends that live around the Cottage. I had a coffered ceiling installed, and inside the “coffers” will be Thibaut Grasscloth in Akoya Pearl. Using Grasscloth on the ceiling will highlight the architectural detail on the “fifth wall,” while adding another layer of organic warmth to the room.
Since the rooms are smaller, and the natural light diffused by a canopy of trees, I wanted to use mirrors to reflect light back into the room. So I chose oversized mirrors from Bellacor which help give the illusion of space. And I’ll be bringing in more light through lamps and overhead lighting, such as the Cachet Ceiling Mount, from Currey & Co. with “it’s classic and uncomplicated shape” it will add “softness to the overall look” of the room.
Some of the pieces that will bring more light into the room, I love to layer lighting for warmth and ambiance and have always considered mirrors a source of light. Clockwise from the left; Bellacor Seymour Mirror, Currey and Co.-Cachet Semi Flush Pendant/ Bellacor-Ferro Table Lamp.
Photo/ JJ Media
There are more details I’ll be adding to the room, such as drapery and rugs. I love the idea of dip dyed drapery in the Master bedroom, the soft gradient of color in tones of gray would pair perfectly with the “Birding” wallpaper. And as I can’t find anything online that I love, you just might see this as my very first DIY project!
Design is about the journey. And I look forward to sharing ours with you every week. A home can be created from the smallest of spaces, it just takes time for it’s the story to unfold.
Until next time…
Let your home tell the story…
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