A Warmly Minimal Bedroom with Modern Preppy Touches

A Warmly Minimal Bedroom with Modern Preppy Touches

Nora Taylor
Dec 1, 2015

Project by: Natasha Jansz
Location: Los Angeles, California

This is a bedroom I designed and installed in just a couple of weeks. My clients were a recently transplanted East Coast couple, reluctant to commit to their new West Coast life in a rented house. They wanted to furnish this room quickly with inexpensive pieces that they wouldn't mind parting with in the event of another cross-country move. But they also wanted their room to feel like a quiet, uncluttered haven that reflected them personally. I hit the flea market and my favorite accessible retailers and gave them a bedroom that is a bit modern, a bit Swedish and a bit preppy. There are splashes of happy color, cozy texture and romance in the details.

Our starting point was the walls, which went from beige to a very light and subtly celestial blue (Ralph Lauren Paint's Ephemera).

IKEA’s ever-practical Hemnes dresser is a clean-lined chameleon, changing according to the hardware you put on it. We upgraded this one using gorgeous china knobs with a gold pattern from Anthropologie.

After trying out four different table lamps, we went with a wood one to break up all the glossy white with something organic.

We scouted a pair of vintage bedside chests to give the room more unique character. They had a chalky finish, so we painted them in a semi-gloss for a cleaner look and feel.

Unable to find a very simple, low-profile upholstered white headboard for the bed that fit our budget and time-frame, my team made one.

Key here is the industrial styling of the bedside lamps. Along with the straight lines of the furniture, they lend the space a modern and masculine edge to balance the pastels and prettiness.

The bench was slated for the foot of the bed, until we found these brass and marble hooks from Anthropologie. Teamed with a fuzzy sheepskin and a pair of eye-catching laundry baskets, all the pieces make up a dressing area vignette - and my client's chicest handbags and pretty floral robe became art!

My favorite thing in the room is the print, which sets a playful and romantic tone. This couple got married in Bermuda! So I sourced reproduction vintage travel posters featuring the destination, and asked them to pick the one that most resonated with them. Their choice gave me some pretty colors to play with, and when I found the Vera Bradley-esque quilt and shams, it all clicked against the quiet backdrop of pale blue and white.

Sources:

  • Melrose Trading Post flea market: Vintage bedside chests (painted Behr Swiss Coffee)
  • IKEA: Hemnes 8-drawer dresser, Ranarp bedside lamps, Omvaxlande tray, Rens faux sheepskin, Ensidig vase
  • Anthropologie: Byzantine knobs (dresser hardware), Circlet brass and marble wall hooks
  • Target: Table lamp and shade, bench, rug, throw pillow (none still available)
  • World Market: Watercolor Ogee quilt and shams, Valeria frame, cloche candle
  • Allposters.com: Bermuda reproduction vintage poster, framed
  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Bed-skirt
  • Joann Fabrics: Headboard foam and fabric
  • Home Depot: Headboard frame materials
  • Clients' own bed, linens and drapes

Thanks, Natasha!

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