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Behind The Design: A Romantic & Zen Master Bedroom

JUNE 12, 2016

The Project: A soft, romantic zen-like master bedroom with touches of glam

The Designer: Audrey Dyer, Classic Designer

The Client: Liz L, co-founder of the , and one of our favorite mom bloggers

Client’s Style: Classic elegance, updated with touches of modern glam

Budget: $1,500 (lean budget - baby expenses!) 

Client’s Requests:

  • Make the bedroom, which is a big space (13' x 20') with a few awkward angles, feel more like a romantic zen retreat
  • Keep most of the existing furniture due to budget reasons but help make the dark traditional-style pieces feel fresher and lighter
  • Include favorite colors in the design: greys, taupes... and purple. Didn't think purple and zen could go in the same design? See for yourself...

"I know what I love, but I have such a hard time putting it all together"


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Liz's bedroom before was too dark and didn't give the romantic zen feel

Photo credit: Liz L, Little List

Design Diary:

  • With Liz's lean budget, designer Audrey focused on a few key items that would make an impact and pulled together accessories to help finish the look
  • Audrey presented Liz with 2 different concepts, each presenting a different take on the elegant romantic and zen look Liz was after:
    • Concept 1: Dusty Purple + Soft Ivories, a muted palette with layers of texture, gorgeous art and a modern elegant teardrop chandelier
    • Concept 2: Cool, Bright + Graphic , a clean white and plum palette with graphic elements to play against the traditional curved lines of the dark furniture
  • Liz loved both concepts but in the end selected concept 1 - she loved how everything looked cohesive without being "matchy-matchy" (her own words)


Concept boards for Liz's new bedroom

Liz's cozy bed with wingback headboard


Designer Audrey’s Top Design Tips:

  • I love the room's natural light and high ceilings - the challenge was to make it cozy. Using a wingback headboard and layering a rug on top of the carpet both help to make the large space feel more intimate
  • Using a glitzy mirror above the bed and gorgeous teardrop chandelier in front helps to brighten up the whole space by reflecting light throughout the room
  • Art in a variety of sizes looks great gallery-style on the wall or stacked in layers on a table to add depth and dimension to the space


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Shop This Room:

Overstock Nail Button Wingback Headboard / $500

Overstock Antique Copper Crystal Drop Chandelier / $255

Overstock Safavieh Vintage Stone Viscose Rug / $380

Overstock Renate Coffee Table Ottoman / $275

Z Gallerie Portico Mirror / $299 (mirror in the design is no longer available; this one is similar)

Etsy Plum Velvet Pillow / $80

"Winter Bask" from Minted / $80

"Trickle" from Minted / $80

*Prices and availability subject to change



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