Welcome to my sanctuary. It’s been 2 years since we moved into our house — in September of 2018, we drove across the country from our old tiny 1 bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, to our new (old) house here in the Bay Area. The primary bedroom was the first room we focused on, and the first room we “finished.” The primary bedroom was a 90s addition made by the previous owners and it was one of the biggest selling points of the house. The vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, and proper primary bath really modernized the 1940s home. I’ve been meaning to publish a proper post with links and such, so here it is!
(For anyone curious why I’m using the term “primary bedroom” rather than the traditional term “master bedroom” — many folks in the real estate and home design industry are making the switch due to negative implications and perceptions involving the word, “master.” Both consumers and real estate professionals alike feel that the term “master” can have both racist and sexist implications. Alternately, “principle” or “main” bedroom are also used.)
Gender Neutral Midcentury Modern Bedroom
We kept the overall vibe of our bedroom more simple and understated than the rest of the house. Because I share the room with my husband, I wanted it to feel light and gender neutral — not overly feminine, luxe or elaborate. Also, I am personally not a fan of an overly frilly and plush bedroom style, regardless of who sleeps in it. We chose mostly midcentury modern pieces, with a few funky post-modern elements sprinkled in.
The bed (the Bolig bed from Scandinavian Designs) was the first furniture piece we purchased, and we continued to hunt down pieces that complimented it. I’d always wanted a midcentury dresser and a HUGE leaning mirror — neither of which were possible in our old shoebox New York apartment. Although, truth be told, I think the hero piece of the room is the DIY hanging globe lamp above my reading chair. I was inspired by the lighting designers Trueing Studio, and assembled our version from an antique globe lamp and acrylic chains found on Etsy.
Parachute Home Linen Bedding
My final favorite bedroom find has been our Parachute Home linen sheets and duvet. I first tried them out through a partnership last year, and have since accumulated 3 sheet sets, bathroom towels, and their cloud bathrobe. I am officially hooked, there’s no going back. I’m now a proud Parachute affiliate — I genuinely cannot recommend their products highly enough. If you ever want help picking out Parachute products, hit me uppppp.
Alright, that’s enough blabbing, on to the details:
Ceiling fan is the Ronan from Hunter Fan Co.
Antique “Siesta Chair” by Ingmar Relling via Chairish. Lamp is a DIY from an antique globe lamp and acrylic chains found on Etsy.
Sonos I Smart Speaker (hooked up to our Google Home). I use this in the morning to listen to the news, “Hey Google, play the news from the New York Times,” and we also play Spotify through it on weekend mornings.
Wine bottle art print by NYC-based artist, Matthew Brannon. Nightstands were a craigslist find.
Throw pillows via Etsy. Brass bin pulls from Rejuvenation, in unlacquered brass. Roman shades from Smith & Noble (they’re remote!!). Vintage Hudson Bay blanket. Hanging planters are old CB2. Basket planter is from Ikea.
Drawing by Alfie Ljuljdjuraj. Necklace storage/shelf made by my husband.
Antique rug from 68 Home.
While the bedroom may look “finished,” if you’re a home decor enthusiast like I am, you know no room is ever actually done-done. What home decor pieces are you searching for right now? I’m neck deep in sectionals for our soon-to-be-new living room… more to come on our home reno project soon, promise!