I may or may not have told you this yet, but Husband is a total surprise junkie. He’s like a bubbly Christmas elf — 24/7 (and yes — to the point where you sometimes need to smack him so he comes back down to reality). Either way, it makes for a super fun relationship, as there’s always a surprise up his sleeve (and I’ve been known to rock some serious surprised right back at him!).
Anyway, this weekend, Husband shared the BEST. SURPRISE. EVER. with me. I think I told you we’re converting the former kid’s bathroom into a master suite with sauna and bathroom, yes? If not, that’s what we’re doing. (Pics to come, as it’s a pretty amazing space). And although I loved the idea, I couldn’t figure out exactly how I wanted to decorate the bedroom in order to integrate the cedar sauna in the master bath (secret: I hate the color red and anything red-toned in the bedroom is a serious peeve in my home — so cedar? Problem.).
Anyway, I’ve been at a loss when it comes to decorating the bedroom, and I’m one of those people that needs a jumping off point to get started. In other words, I like my rooms to have a great architectural element to showcase, and the bedroom didn’t have one — except for the cedar sauna that featured a color I hated.
My solution? Put off my virtual decorating of the bedroom until the last minute. Husband’s solution? Make an awesome architectural element to inspire me to think of innovative decorating ideas. (He’s a gem, yes?)
So what was this big surprise? EXPOSED BEAMS. For the longest time, I’ve wanted exposed beams in my home and just never really found the right space to work them. But the bedroom? You guys, it’s perfect. A rustic charmer with exposed beams. I couldn’t be more excited.
So in honor of my new awesome ceiling, I’m spending the morning sifting through inspiration where I can highlight my new lovey architectural elements in the bedroom. Eeek! Want to see what I’ve come up with?:
[image credit: mimmi o’connell]
[image credit: house to home]
[image credit: alkemie]
[image credit: inspiring interiors]
None of these are 100% right on (some too French, others too decorated), but I think I’m loving the third in a big way. One caveat? We’ll be carpeting, because Husband thinks wood floors are too stark in the bedroom. BUT — I’m thinking I’ll place a giant vintage Suzani area rug in the space so the carpet won’t be quite as… boring.
Oh, the excitement is brewing!
p.s. I’ve dog-eared some serious gorgeous exposed beams inspiration in a back issue of Elle Decor UK that I’ll be sharing later!!!
p.p.s. I’m adapting a new rule to our bedroom, starting today. There will be no space for technology and I’m coining it a wire-free zone… completely. No wires allowed. Except, you know, lighting. Who wants to join me in a technology-free bedroom? (Vic — I’m looking at you, my fellow laptop-in-bed-junkie!). ;)