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Sourcebook: The 11th Street Retreat Main Bedroom & Bathroom
The world of main bedroom and bathroom design ideas is vast, so I was admittedly daunted when it came time to design my own main bedroom and bathroom at the 11th Street Retreat. If you’ve been following along on our house tour, we’ve now made it upstairs to the second level in this three-story California Cape Cod house. And in case you missed the beginning part of this room-by-room tour of the first house I ever built, here’s the exterior, the living & dining room, the dog cave & stairwell, and the kitchen.
The 11th Street Retreat Sourcebook, Part 4:
The Main Bedroom & Bathroom
Now let’s talk about the BEST ROOM OF THE HOUSE! For so many of my clients, the main bedroom and bathroom get pushed to the back burner so they can complete other, more “important” parts of their project. And you know what? I get it. The kitchen, the curb appeal, the kids’ rooms – these are all important spaces that the whole family uses on a regular basis. But I wanted to make sure that I didn’t forget about the room where Brett and I would spend a lot of our time, so I forced myself to finish it before we moved in.
The most important thing we wanted for this room was a lot of natural light. I think it’s safe to say we blew our budget on windows! Once the windows were in, I added a fireplace and built-in cabinets on either side.
All of the design choices made for this room are consistent with other areas of the house to keep the whole home feeling cohesive. The color of the cloth that I used to wrap the fireplace is very similar to Sherwin-Williams “Thunder Gray,” which is what I used on my kitchen cabinets and the main bathroom cabinets. The walls are painted “Faded Gray” (DEW382) by Dunn-Edwards and the ceiling is “Colonnade Gray” (SW 7641) by Sherwin-Williams.
The Bed Area
For the furniture, I didn’t have a huge budget so I dug pretty much everything out of the trash or bought it at the Long Beach Vintage Antique Market. The bed frame is from World Market, but my mother-in-law stained it gray. The nightstands are both vintage and the stadium seating is from our friends at Ripe Designs.
My favorite is the vintage pendant light I found in an old, dusty box buried in a bin at the Long Beach Antique Market.
My big DIY for this room?! Well, I wrapped the wall around the fireplace in cloth. I also added wood tongue and groove paneling to the entire ceiling and painted it “Colonnade Gray” by Sherwin Williams (SW 7641).
I had the cloth “backed,” which essentially turned it into wallpaper. There are a lot more cloth-textured wallpaper options now, which would probably be easier.
And lastly, I added a wall mural printed by Astek to complete the look. The mural was a “selfie” that Brett and I took on vacation in Switzerland in 2006 (shown two photos above). He set the camera on a rock and ran across a ravine before the timer went off. It still makes me smile every time I look at it. When we moved out and turned the 11th Street Retreat into a rental, we added this mural of the Huntington Beach Pier instead. I love both of them! This epic mural photo was taken by my friend John Lucarelli.
The Sitting Area
One of my favorite parts of this room is that we designed it to be big enough to have extra seating. I found a vintage leather couch on Craigslist and paired it with an ottoman from Crate and Barrel.
The ‘Take It Easy’ silk screen is also from my friends at Ripe Designs and it makes me smile every time I see it!
I’ll never forget those first nights right after Hazel was born, when Brett and I sat on this couch to feed and hold her. ???
The Window Seat
I also built in some window seating to add some storage and another place to relax in the room.
I can’t say that I actually used this space that much (because that would mean that I actually need to sit still for more than 5 minutes), but my friends certainly thought it was fun to sleep there when they’d spend the night. Ha!
The Main Bathroom
For the main bathroom, the challenge was to build a bathroom that felt big and luxurious, but was actually quite small. One of the ways we achieved this was by having the shower glass sit on the tub deck, which gives the illusion of more space.
Also, by raising the middle of the vanity we gained storage.
The giant mirror was custom and created by local artist and craftsperson Heather Roth.
I only used Calacatta gold marble (that’s right, a main bathroom with ONE MATERIAL, folks!) in this bathroom, but had it cut in different ways for a really timeless and clean look.