ORC Week 6: Eclectic California Master BEdroom Reveal
Over the past six weeks, I have been working steadily to create a Laid Back California Master Bedroom as a part of the Spring One Room Challenge, and now it's finally time for the big reveal!
In a perfect world, I would have preferred to photo shoot our new Master Bedroom in the morning before noon because that is when the natural light is softly filtering into the room. The afternoon sun light can appear harsh on this side of our place by 3 p.m. Nonetheless, the room just came together in the nick of time and I did a mini photo shoot. I plan to snap a few more pics of the place first thing in the morning to show how the wall color changes based on the light in the room.
One of my favorite aspects of our room is all of the greenery that is growing outside of our windows. I must say, that I love chilling in here in the afternoons.
For this photo shoot, I followed Linda's guest guidelines and I tried to shoot 10-15 photos of the room, which capture all the little details for you to see. When I started working on our Laid Back California Master Bedroom, we had a few anchor pieces of furniture already. I began with our less than 1 year old bed, our white vertical bookshelf and this antique dresser below. I discovered that the dresser, a score from Craigslist, turned out to be built in the 1890's. While, I refinished it's look, I tracked down the Michigan based furniture business on the metal name plate inside the drawer a few years back. The dresser with it's diamond veneer lends character and is the only antique piece in the room.
Read on to see all of the eclectic details that make this room, minimal, peaceful and unique, plus the list of resources for you!
DIY TASSEL BASKET AND SNEAK PEAK at our Walnut NIGHTSTANDS
So this week, I am going to share with you 2 DIY projects that I have going on! One was a relatively simple tassel basket, while the other is a much more complex pair of custom walnut nightstands. The tassel basket was a relatively simple project that started at the tassel market in Mumbai about 1 month back. It so much interesting to go an soak in all of the options that were out there.
As many of you might know, leading up to this Spring One Room Challenge, I had been traveling for 20 days throughout India and Japan. Although, for the most part it was a family trip, I gathered tons of artistic inspiration and even squeezed in some design work while abroad. This work led me to the launch of my capsule indigo pillow collection and eventually the tassel market. Check out the picture of the tassel market below!
For the pillows, I really wanted to use chunky ivory wool yarn. Ultimately, I chose to design some tassels of our own. After coming up with this simple ivory design, I started to notice all of the tassel work that is out there and all of the amazing details that make the perfect tassel. You can meet the artist that made all of the tassels that I used in this basket.
I started out by choosing this basket. I'm sure you might have seen it because it has been around for a while now. After looking at many amazing baskets, I decided to use this one, although there were so many others out there. I will be sharing a basket round-up on Monday. This one is affordable, collapsible and the right size to be stowed beneath the DIY nightstand.
To make it look a bit more unique an authentic, I decided to customize it with the handmade tassels. I have seen so many cute pom-pom and tassel baskets out there. I love the way it looks with the ivory tassel against the neutral basket. Next, came the simplest part, I pushed the tie through a small hole in the opening of the basket weave, then I tied a knot in the yarn.
California Eclectic Master Bedroom: WEEK 4 (AND 3!)
I can't believe that it is already Week 4 of the One Room Challenge. I am wondering how I am going to pull this room all together! I am focusing on all of the little details, and narrowing my scope. The biggest furniture change will be the custom floating nightstands, which I am DIYing (is that even a word?!)
I will be assembling and installing the nightstands over the weekend. Be sure to watch my Insta stories on Sunday to see how that goes! I needed to find something that would be the perfect balance to our modern wooden platform bed. I love this bed, and it is something that I enjoy looking at and sleeping in every day. It is fairly new as we purchased this year. I knew that I wanted the nightstands to feature some storage, be minimal and light architecturally so as to not compete with the bed.
The nightstands are inspired by this picture that I shared of the bedroom inspiration. The nightstand are a perfect fit, although I liked a few others too. I will share the final look and how I made them next week b/c it is probably something you can do too!
Here is proof that I was actually working during week 2 (haha!). I decided to use a lot of my wood scrap that I have left-over from woodworking to create custom walnut nightstands as seen in the inspiration photo above.
Below, you can see the walnut hardwood that I glued-up using a 24" bar clamp, that comes in handy for anything from repairing chairs to adhering strips of hardwood. For this portion of the project, I had my walnut scrap cut into 14.5" and 25.5" lengths. I am saving the whole tutorial for next week, when I can finally share all of the details!
DIY Walnut Nightstands
Keep reading to see where we will place the nightstands and what other updates are in store for our bedroom. My goal is to create a California eclectic sanctuary through details such as artwork, paint(?) and accessories.
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