We knew, even before we moved, that we might be switching some things around when it came to the bed/sleeping situation in our house. We wanted to get through the move and some projects that were a priority before we made any decisions on it, though.
Now that we have some of those priorities behind us, like paint and climate control for the studio, kitchen appliances, etc., we are ready to do some furniture shuffling and make decisions about the master bedroom.
I’m going to share more about this in a couple of days, but Jeff and I have been talking about getting a new mattress for a while. We have a very nice mattress, but it’s too soft for Jeff and too hard for me, so this compromise results in neither of sleeping as comfortably as we’d like. So, we have found a solution for that and, while we have the space, we decided to upsize to a king bed. This bedroom is huge and a king will be much better suited size-wise for it.
The moment we started talking about a king bed, though, I knew that meant my beloved Vienne bed frame from Restoration Hardware (it isn’t available any longer) would be sent to the guest room.
I will admit that I am a bed frame snob. I believe that, if at all possible, once you pass 30, you should have a proper bed frame. Not just a metal frame, but an actual bed frame that declares to the world that you are no longer living in a dorm and can have a piece of furniture as the centerpiece of your bedroom. Just my opinion.
So, I reminded Jeff of this opinion. He gave me the green light to do some window shopping, so we knew what we’d be getting into.
First, I checked my credit card points. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I buy most of my furniture second-hand, but when we do buy a new piece, we use our credit card points for that splurge. We don’t use credit cards personally, since we work on a cash-only basis, but I do use one for my big business purchases for the specific reason of redeeming the points for cash for special purchases, like this one.
I had enough points to cover most of a bed frame, so I started browsing. I checked right away to see if the Vienne bed was still available, but it wasn’t. I wanted a similar, French-style bed with a wood frame and upholstered headboard that was less than $1,500. A tall order, I came to discover. Most beds that fit that description were in the $3,000-4,000 range, which was way over my set budget.
I thought I would check out Arhaus. I had worked with them as a sponsor a couple of months ago and was pleased with the quality of everything I ordered through them. As it would work out, they had exactly what I was looking for and it was marked down from $4,000 to $1,200 on final clearance. It ended up being $1,450 with taxes and white glove delivery.
As a bonus, there is a curved footboard! I’ve always wanted one!!
The bed is the Genevieve, but the king-size is now sold out. Here’s the link to the queen bed, though.
The new frame will be delivered tomorrow, so we had to shuffle things around.
We moved our bed frame to the basement guest room. The frame that was in the basement guest room was in Calvin’s room in our last house (and it really is more boy-ish than guest-room-ish), so we moved that back to his room. We moved his twin bed into Marshall’s room and bunked it on his twin. Calvin will get our mattress when our new one arrives. Are you following me? What all of this bed-shuffling means is that we can have several family members visiting at the same time, which is important, since we live at least a 16 hour drive from all of our family. We can host family holidays without having to break out the sleeping bags.
So, we’re sleeping on our mattress on the floor until the new frame and mattress arrive. The boys are having a “sleepover” in the bunkbeds, which they are stoked about.
And, because decorating is like dominoes, I realized I should probably at least paint the wall behind the bed, so we don’t have to move a big, heavy, king bed out of the way to paint.
This meant I needed to quit delaying and pick a color for the walls.
I already have the fabric selected and purchased for the room, Aviary Toile by French General, so I had a starting point. Painting the walls an off-white, would be an easy choice, but the room is large and gets lots of sunlight, since it’s south-facing, so I feel like it needs a color. Also, this house needs more color! It’s a beautiful home, but it feels very vanilla right now with all of the beige carpeting, beige tiles, and beige and peachy off-white walls and trim. It doesn’t need big, bold, color, but it needs some color and contrast.
So, I scoured my paint decks for the perfect bluish gray to match the fabric. I thought Yarmouth Blue was it. The one.
I bought a sample, but as soon as I brushed it on, it was too green and way too bright for the fabric.
I hit the paint decks again, went back to the paint store again, and came back with a more varied selection.
I got Brittany Blue, Santorini Blue (mixed at 50% strength), and Kentucky Haze (also mixed at 50% strength.) I also brushed on a sample I already had, Stonington Gray.
(From left to right: Stonington Gray, Brittany Blue, Santorini 50%, Kentucky Haze 50%, Yarmouth Blue.)
I painted swatches everywhere, so I could see how the colors looked on different walls and against different key pieces in the room.
In the end, I think the winner is the sample I already had, Stonington Gray. It has the least amount of blue of any of the colors, but it reads as a pale blue in the light in my room. It really is a gorgeous color and one I’ve already use on my kitchen island and was planning to use on all of my interior doors (although I might go with the darker Coventry Gray for those now).
Here is an inspiration picture for Stonington Gray from House Beautiful.
It’s definitely a chameleon color, in that sometimes it looks more blue and other times more gray, but it seems to lean blue in my house, like it does in the photo above.
I am going to wait to pull the trigger until the bed is delivered tomorrow, though. While I can always paint and upholster the bed, so it matches, I’d rather not have to do that! Since the bed frame is gray, I want to make sure it plays nicely with Stonington. If all goes well, I’ll be painting on Thursday to get ready for the mattress delivery on Friday.
Getting paint on the wall and the bed in place will be a huge step towards getting this room together.