This Full Service Design of a master bedroom in Los Angeles gave us a completely blank slate to work with. The client wanted all new everything which meant we had a lot of shopping to do (tough life, huh?). The catch: furniture costs add up really quick and on top of that we knew she wanted to incorporate both new and mid-century modern ($) pieces into the room. We got right to it, with a $4000 budget to get the job done. We logged countless hours scouting Craigslist, put quite a few miles on the car, flexed our bargaining muscles and got really damn lucky finding the perfect vintage pieces to complete this look.
Our first consultation with client, Connie, took us to the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles. Perched along a palm-lined street sits her charming and unassuming 1930s bungalow. Connie greeted us looking every bit of LA cool- skinny jeans, low-cut booties, a loose fit sweater and a smile. She's a career woman, working in development and production, but has a laid back personality that instantly puts you at ease. Connie found us through work we'd done on a previous project (Santa Monica Bedroom Restyle). She loved the way we had incorporated mid-century nightstands into the design and wanted something similar for her master bedroom. She was hoping for a sophisticated and polished look, wanting the room to appear minimal and effortless. The keywords we took away from our consultation: sanctuary, modern, minimal.
Her home, like many gems from the 1920s era in Los Angeles, features arched doorways, original built-ins and art deco finishes. The bright white dining room is home to some of the most beautiful built-ins we've ever come across, a tulip table and Eames DKR style chairs- all offering up tons of design inspiration. That coupled with her personal style and desire for an easy-going but polished look got our design wheels turning.
First up, we purchased a queen platform bed in a linen weave with nailhead trim. We chose this tall headboard to fill out the wall space and make the room feel more grand. Because it is easily the most expensive addition to the room, we started here first to give us an idea of the money we'd have remaining in the budget. We discussed painting the walls white to brighten and give the room a more modern look. Luckily, Connie was on board and the linen upholstered bed adds a soft contrast against the Benjamin Moore Simply White paint (rather than blending into the previously beige walls). To keep things bright and minimal, we brought in linen window panels in the same color "natural" color and a bleached jute rug to add texture and bounce light off the hardwood floors.
Next up we began sourcing mid-century furniture items. From checking out some of our favorite vintage shops in LA, to Etsy and Craigslist, we painstakingly searched for the perfect pieces. One of the first purchases we made (and Connie's favorite element from the original mood board) was a vintage"safari" style chair. We found no markings indicating Kaare Klint or Arne Norell, so we guess the chair to be a 1960s replica, in great condition and worth a pretty penny.
If that wasn't enough, here's where the luck really started to find us...
Our initial mood boards are meant to serve as an example. Some items do make it into the final design but these are mostly used to give the client an idea of the direction we'd like to take the room: style, tone, color palette. Sometimes for a Full Service client, a month or longer can pass between conception and final approval (depending on client's timeline). We'd found a set of MCM nightstands on Craigslist for Connie's initial mood board - again, to serve as an example of what we were hoping to find. Lucky for us, by the time we started making purchases these glorious, perfect condition, American of Martinsville nightstands were still up for grabs. Unreal! We jumped at the opportunity to purchase. The clean lines and light walnut wood were exactly what we needed for the space. Now... to find a dresser. We knew it was highly unlikely to find a dresser that was an exact color match, style or even designer. We were wrong, and really damn lucky.
After exhausting our efforts at our favorite local vintage stores and in Los Angeles Craigslist searches we decided to expand our search to Orange County. As luck would have it, we found the most gorgeous MCM dresser with mirror... made by none other than American of Martinsville, with sleek lines and a light walnut finish. They couldn't have worked together any better. To top it off, the tall mirror adds height to the room (even more so than the extra tall headboard) and bounces light off the windows making the room feel bigger and brighter. It's hard to narrow down a favorite piece for this room, but lets say the dresser is a strong contender.
Next up we needed a statement art piece. Cue the amazing large scale framed piece from photographer Christine Flynn. The print, entitled Wild Horses II is eye catching while the soft colors and beautiful scenery keep with the serene feeling. For bedding, we stuck with her existing white linens (because, can't go wrong) and livened things up with pillows and a striped cotton throw. The blue linen Euros add height and color against the neutral headboard, while the toss pillows give texture and a hint of an eclectic look. We folded the striped blanket 3/4 of the way up and tucked it in all the way around to achieve that clean, polished look we were going for.
To keep things soft and minimal we stayed within our neutral palette when styling with accessories: a textured vase, books belonging to the client and additional art in a soft green-blue color. The lamps, in dusty blue, work perfectly with the art and pillows. We love the interesting shape of the bases and the crisp white shades. Bringing in easy to maintain plant life adds little bits of green to the room and the brass sphere gives just a touch of shine.
This room easily ranks amongst our top favorites. We're beyond happy with the overall look- it's laid back, lived-in California vibe gives a serene feeling while remaining chic and minimal. This is truly a master retreat!
Get the Look:
Bed: Tall Nailhead Tapered Leg Bed, Linen Weave
Euro Pillows: Linen Euro Sham Cover, Blue
Toss Pillows: 20 in Kilim Cover, Lumbar Pillow
Throw Blanket: Yarn Dye Stripe Ringspun Blanket, Threshold
Nightstands: Vintage American of Martinsville, Craigslist
Dresser: Vintage American of Martinsville, Craigslist
Lamps: Table Lamp Blue, Threshold
Window Panels: Linen Sheer Natural Curtains
Rug: Jute Blend Rug, Ivory
Chair: Vintage, Etsy
Art: Christine Flynn, Wild Horses II / Giclee Print "Him", In a Pale Place
Accessories: Thin Metal Sphere, Ceramic Air Plant Hanger, Vintage Indigo Mudcloth