Private Master Bedroom

Reclaiming Home's most recent overhaul was a master bedroom makeover.  The clients had just moved into a new home and wanted help to make their bedroom more functional and peaceful.  They had a wish list and a few challenges.  While they had a walk-in closet they needed more closet space as half of their clothes were living in a bookcase in the bedroom or out in the hallway.  The challenge was that it is a long and narrow room.  The only real place to put their king size bed was on one of the long walls.  This meant that the family thought they would have to put the closet space on the other long wall, as the narrow walls held the existing closet and the window area.  But this would make the room feel extremely cramped and closed in.  Mama also wanted a seating space where she could have a glass of wine, read a book and hide from her three kids.   The way they envisioned the space would make this feel quite cramped. They asked for my help and I came up with a plan!  The main feature of my idea was to create a custom clothes storage and seating area around the window.  This allowed for plenty of storage space, plus a window seat that anyone would want to curl up into.  The end result is a room that is extremely functional for the family and spacious at the same time.  My clients envisioned a current take on mid-century modern without looking like Mad Men threw up all over the bedroom (their words).  

Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties and lost a lot of the before pictures. Here is a picture of the room before my clients moved in.  Picture a crib where the little girl is and a lazy-boy where the dresser is.

And here is the after:

Here is another before shot which captures the real feel of the space before the makeover:

And after:

There are so many things I love about this space.  One of my favourite elements is the pottery we were able to incorporate.  Mama is a potter and she made the beautiful mirror and a lot of other pieces used in the room. 

The king sized bed they owned was no longer their style. Also the sleigh style of the bed took up valuable inches in the narrow room.  They showed me some pictures of beds they liked.  I came up with a design and had Solid Renovations build it for us.  It is so beautiful.  I designed the bed in such a way that the base was recessed.  It looks lovely and it prevents toe stubbing which happens so often in cramped quarters.  Solid Renovations' work on this was outstanding.  Here are some pictures of the bed:

The bedroom before had a pair of mismatched bedside tables and no reading lamps.  This couple loves to read in bed at the end of the day, so finding good light fixtures was a must.  The neat thing is that they didn't need storage for beside their bed. This allowed us to use tree stumps as a place for their current book and a glass of water.  The couple inherited a lot of tree stumps with their property, and were willing to do the hard work of stripping the bark off.  This freed up a lot of space on either side of the bed.  The Crate and Barrel swing arm lamps allowed us to use the stumps as bedside tables, and they give awesome light for reading.

Okay, let's talk about the window seat and clothes storage.  Solid Renovations and I hacked Ikea components to achieve the built in closet/window seat.  Both sides of the window seat hold a lot of clothes and the base of the window seat has six drawers for even more storage.  The window seat is 25 inches deep and five feet long.  We added four inches of foam and two feather pillows.  It is comfortable!  The family lives close to a ravine and the neighbourhood is full of trees.  The view out the window is so peaceful. 

It took us months to find the right fabric for the seat.  My clients really wanted a pure yellow.  I found the bird fabric in my search and Mama fell in love. To be honest, so did I.  Her husband, however, was not sure. When he saw the room he admitted he understood the birds with everything together.  I had enough fabric leftover to make the cushions on the bed as well.

The vent for the bedroom was under the window.  Solid Renovations built out the vent and custom cut baseboards for the vent.  

The other change we made was to the existing closet.  It was a double door closet that opened out into the bedroom.  Due to the space it made things cramped and awkward.  I suggested a sliding barn door.  However, a traditional barn door wouldn't work with the look of the room.  After some research we choose a flat white door and some sleek hardware.  We gained so much space by going this route!

We also switched out the fan in the room.  The old one was so big and it overwhelmed the space.  Since Edmonton's summer is so short and usually mild most homes do not have air conditioning so the clients really wanted a ceiling fan.  The new fan is quite sleek and has a low profile.  The accessories are family heirlooms and their own homemade pottery.  I brought in a tonne of accessories to play with and didn't end up needing any of it!  The day I finished, Mama locked herself in the room and sat and read for a couple of hours by herself.  I have to say that I was jealous. I wouldn't mind spending a few hours on that window seat myself. If you are interested in working with me or have any questions please feel free to email me at  One last look at the before and after: