san francisco master bedroom

July 16, 2015

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Sorry, guys, no landscaping reveal yet!  I can’t wait until it’s done so I can take a million pictures, but for now, I thought I’d share this completed project from my side gig in the city.  WARNING:  we are not in post-and-beam land anymore.

Since I haven’t shared in a while, let me catch you up first.  Over the past two years, I’ve been working with a client to decorate their historic home in San Francisco.  It’s so different from the style of my own home and I really enjoy how cozy it is compared to our Eichler.

We’re working our way through all the rooms in their home, with the living room, dining room, and entry hall all finished.  A few months back I got to install their master bedroom and am quite pleased with how it turned out.

This was our original inspiration board for the room:

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 5.21.55 PM sf_mbr_inspiration_2The ‘before’ included the bed and night tables, which they wanted to keep, but otherwise the space needed to be unified.  I brought in new lighting, bedding, art, a new dresser for more functional storage and a bench for some extra seating.  They were looking for something quiet but a bit on the luxe side, and I think we achieved that.

We continued the dark blue and gold from other spaces in their home.  I had fun using textures and patterns I don’t typically use, like the Moroccan trellis pattern on the pillows and velvet for the blue bench by the window.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Here’s more of the bedroom!

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These succulent terrariums were a bit nerve wracking to assemble and to transport, but they survived the trip just fine and I love how they turned out.  Here’s the wall opposite the bed for some more context.  The print adds some drama and mystery.

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Here’s the one wide shot I managed of the room.  (I find that I’m trying to become one with the walls when I shoot rooms… how do people do it?  Even with a wider angle lens I’m having trouble… Anyway.)

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Perhaps I could stand to be more bold with my choices (and do more styling), but in a small space I didn’t want to overwhelm the room with stuff.  It’s been tricky working in this house:  even though the high ceilings make the rooms feel quite substantial, they are actually on the small side.  I ended up scaling down a few things like the bench and leaning mirror after measuring the space carefully.

Sources:  blue velvet bench from Zincdoor; dresser, bedding, sheepskin pillow cover, mirror and small accent lamp all from West Elm; bedside lamps from Target; terarrium stands from Shop Pigment; owl dish from Jonathan Adler; capiz shell chandelier from Serena & Lily; ‘Chasm’ and ‘Collectors’ prints by Jeremy Miranda; ‘Merge’ print by Meghan Howland via Tappan Collective; small gold pillow cover from Chanee Vijay Textiles; huge blue trellis pillow covers from Yiasyias.

Bonus:  self-portrait with my clients’ sweet pug.

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This may be my only decent picture of it, but that bench is probably my favourite thing in the room.  So fun.  Just like my clients.

I’ll be back with more of my usual Eichler updates next.  Cheers!


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  • Reply Karen July 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Beautiful Karolina! Love the pops of color, but still maintains such a serene feel. The succulents are a nice touch (you know I love succulents!) Your clients must love the new space!

    • Reply Karolina July 18, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you, Karen! I was just up visiting there this week and they seem to be quite happy with it! And it was fun to see the room in person again after putting this post up.

  • Reply Laura July 21, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Ahh..such a serene bedroom. You are so good with all these small personal touches, I think that really makes this space feel unique. That artwork- so cool and unexpected!

    • Reply Karolina July 21, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Laura– that’s what I was going for. I really like the Jeremy Miranda prints we used beside the bed too. My pictures don’t capture them well, but they’re these surreal little scenes with super vivid colours. Discovering new artists’ work has been a very cool part of this project.

  • Reply Annie February 12, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Beautiful room! You’ve done a wonderful job of bringing out the light in this room. I love the cozy yet modern feel. And where did you find those 2 glass terrariums? Love their shapes!

    • Reply Karolina February 21, 2016 at 5:22 am

      Hi Annie, and thanks for stopping by! The glass terrariums are by Roost. I found them at a local shop, but you can find them online too. Modish seems to have them right here. Cheers!

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