Last week I was at Jacksonville Beach for work and that was fun! This week Labor Day weekend I was at Jensen Beach for a last goodbye to summer trip! Regan and I stood on the fourth floor balcony with an expansive view of the rolling waves and beautiful beach sand. The sun had set and everything had taken on a cool blue glow making the beach seem fresh and other-worldly. A soft breeze replaced the heat of the day and the water beyond the breaks seems to swell into soft crashing waves that turn to white mist. The white curtains billowed out as we opened the large slider and stepped back into the room to check the tropical update and view the cone of uncertainty. “Maybe the storm will just go away!” Regan said hopefully. “I mean it looks so pretty outside it is weird to think that a hurricane is on the way.” She added with a shoulder shrug. We left the TV and went back to the balcony where I let my mind wonder to peaceful places, moonlit beaches, and decorating. Let’s take a look at a peaceful master bedroom of an Iris model that was inspired by the feeling of a moonlit beach walk somewhere in the Heart of the Villages.
• Communicating the look
This was a fun house to do but it was different than most homes because I did not meet the owner until the day of the reveal. I was hired through my website www.RuthDyer.com and we communicated through phone, text, and email. She let me know what she wanted with extensive pictures from www.houzz.com. The furniture was purchased in three days for the entire home via text, email and facetime too. It was a fun adventure and it worked for this client because she had a clear vison of what she wanted.
The main body of the home was already tiled. We choose a grey driftwood look for the engineered hardwood floor in the master and two bedrooms. I do suggest at the very least that the master bedroom have a solid surface flooring in the Iris, Lantana, Gardenia models, because the master bedroom will get a walk pattern to the bathroom very quickly. We chose to do engineered hardwood because we did not want thresholds. Engineered hardwood is glued down to the slab and can be installed to meet the tile without thresholds. This provides a smooth transition from tile to wood and no tripping hazards.
• Crown molding
We installed crown molding to finish the wall and bring the eye up in the space. Since this ceiling is lower we installed the 5 and ¼” crown molding. We did not install molding in the tray because although it is pretty when done, we wanted the ceiling to feel high so we left it white.
• Wall color
The most popular wall color for a soothing room is without question, Rain-washed SW6211. This color is a green based blue with a touch of grey. It is a true neutral and from the fundamentally neutral line. Always a hit!
• White window treatments
We added white window treatments. Simple white side panels hung at 84” high look soft and the white adds a clean bright pop! All the treatments are hung ten inches outside the window so that we still get lots of light.
• The furniture
All the furniture was purchase new and it is a grey wood that ties into the floor. The bed is wood with an upholstered insert in tan muslin and nail head on the head and footboard.
The homeowner wanted a bed that was easy to make. We used a white cotton bedspread as the cover. The bed did not need a bed skirt. We then purchased a duvet cover to fold at the end of the bed as the pop of color and it came with two king pillow covers. Everything is washable and easy to make and breakdown at bedtime.
We placed a bench between the windows to hold the extra bedding at night. Also, the bench is a great place to sit and put on shoes.
• The art
The art is a combination of coastal and floral. I like the combination because it is soothing and it meets the homeowner’s requirements of coastal but not completely. Above the bed sandpipers on shore are soothing and the stacked floral pictures provide a powerful and balanced look between the windows.
We placed a 5x8 rug at an angle for a grounding affect in the room. When you look into the room the angled rug is eye-catching.
The lamps are amazing and tall! They are a perfect robin’s egg blue and they tie the look together. They are truly the jewels of the space.
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