Genny and Steve love their busy family life, but when things get a bit too hectic, they can now retreat to their bedroom sanctuary. (Brandon Barre / SHNS)
Genny and Steve have a bustling household. With seven people coming and going, the couple dreamed of a master bedroom retreat where they could chill out at the end of the day, maybe with a movie and a glass of wine.
Their bedroom was huge but sparsely decorated, with a waterbed taking center stage. The bed was flanked by TV trays functioning as bedside tables, and the rest of the furnishings consisted of a pair of dated dressers and an old armchair.
Genny and Steve absolutely love their waterbed, so it had to stay. However, I was determined to give this 1980s relic a facelift. I designed a tall custom headboard upholstered in contrasting neutral fabrics, and finished it off with nailhead trim. Waterbed sheets are nonexistent these days, so we had to make our own, along with a custom bed skirt to conceal the bed frame. Two stylish nightstands with beautiful wood-tiled inlay flank the bed, replacing those old TV trays.
And, instead of table lamps, elegant pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling above each nightstand. We added a cozy duvet and some patterned pillows. Voila! You’d never even know this was a waterbed — until you sat down, that is.
The old dressers were also staying. They were a wedding present, so they have sentimental value.
We refaced them with a veneer of new contrasting wood laminates and some snazzy new hardware. These dated dressers became stylish pieces that will last for decades more.
The master bedroom was huge, so we applied molding across the vast expanse of ceiling for an inexpensive coffered look. We also dressed up the walls with some thin batten molding to add visual interest.
Over by the window, we created the cozy retreat that Genny and Steve craved. A comfy beige sofa and patterned armchair, both perfect for curling up with a book or magazine, sit atop a beautiful area rug.
A wall-mounted TV is positioned above one of the refinished dressers, and an oval coffee table with an antiqued mirror top adds a touch of elegance to the lounge area.
Privacy sheers cover the smallish bedroom window, which seems much larger with the addition of custom-made dummy panels. Although most of the fabrics are neutral, I added a big punch of color with varying shades of blue in cushions, draperies and accessories. The overall effect is one of calm serenity.
Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTV’s “Candice Tells All.” For more ideas, information and show times, visit www.hgtv.com/candice-tells-all/ show/index.html. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.