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Master Bedroom Reveal

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After poses in her black, white, and brass master bedroom in Connecticut

“Hi, I’m Eva Amurri Martino, and welcome to my Crib! This is where the magic happens…”

Sorry.  Sadly I will never be on an episode of MTV’s Cribs (word up to all my fellow 90’s teens!) so I just had to type it out at least once to satisfy the urge!  In reality of course, a toddler and a newborn do not afford for a ton of “Magic” happening at all.  Unless you mean the magic of every member of our family piled in the bed watching Minions for the five-hundredth time! That kind of magic happens in this room A LOT.  Oh, and also a baby was born on this bed about a month ago.  No big deal.  Welcome to our Master Bedroom, folks!

This bedroom design was a direct gift for my husband, but turned in to a style of room that I realized I also needed more than I could have anticipated.  Let me explain:  our old Master Bedroom in Los Angeles was super fab, bright, energetic, and totally Me.  Lots of mixed patterns, fun colors, and great textures.  As usual, I had designed the space, and Kyle and I had enjoyed sleeping in there for four years…at least that’s what I had assumed.  Right before we were about to move, Kyle let me know (nicely, I swear) that he had actually HATED our old bedroom.  He finally admitted that what he craved in a Master Suite was a calming and neutral palette and that the energetic colors and patterns of our old room had never really allowed him to relax and feel calm in his sleeping space.  At first, I was super hurt (duh) but also dumbfounded that he had slept in a room for four years that he didn’t like! Then I realized that he loved me so much, and knew how much I loved the room, that he had  just endured it for way too long to please me! I actually found this romantic, in a twisted kind of way– but I also felt really guilty and vowed to design our next Master Bedroom to be the perfect space for he and I to both enjoy.  A great design challenge!

master-bedroom-before

My first order of business was to brighten up the space so that a neutral palette would really pop and not seem boring.  I love implementing lots of texture for this as well, since textures can add so much dimension to a room even when the color scheme is pretty muted.  After refinishing the floors to match the rest of the house, I painted everything a bright white (Benjamin Moore’s “Chantilly”).  To keep the space calm, I decided to go with a really simple color palette: Linen, Black, and White– with Brass accents.  I love this combo because it feels really masculine and “hubby friendly” while also feeling bright enough for my tastes.  PS- I highly recommend a white linen bedspread to anyone out there who loves taking pics of their kiddos.  Just plop them on there and you have the perfect comfy backdrop 100% of the time! But I digress….

To keep the room feeling exciting for me also, I added my signature print-mixing– but all within the restricted color palette! My finishing touch was a set of beautiful bedside tables in a pretty mint tone to give the room a bit of sass.  I replaced the knobs with brass ones to tie them in to the rest of the design concept.  Now we both feel so comfy in our sleeping space, and I am so appreciative of the restful and regenerative vibe that this room gives us.  I know it contributed big time to the zen atmosphere of Major’s birth when I labored in here last month!

Design Credits and a Shop The Look catalog can be found at the bottom of the post.

Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

A close up of the shelves in Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

 

A close up of the shelves in Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After poses in her black, white, and brass master bedroom in Connecticut

A close up of the shelves in Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

A close up of the shelves in Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

A close up of the shelves in Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's black, white, and linen Master Bedroom at her home in Connecticut

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Design Sources

 

Bed:  Restoration Hardware

Rug: West Elm

Chandelier: West Elm

Bedside Tables: West Elm

Wall Sconces: Schoolhouse Electric

Framed Art: West Elm

Bench:  Pottery Barn

Armchair: Anthropologie

Side Table: One King’s Lane (similar)

Window Treatments: Custom by The Beehive

Bedding: West Elm

Patterned Bed Pillows: Restoration Hardware

Black Mongolian Lamb Pillows: West Elm

Faux Fur Throw:  Lulu & Georgia (similar)

Picture Frames: Various, similar here and here and here

Potted Succulents: CB2, Target

Black Globe: CB2

Brass Terrariums: World Market

Brass Horse Box: CB2

 

Photographs by Stephanie Elliott Photography

 

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14 Comments

  1. Tai says:

    What a gorgeous, warm place to fall asleep and wake up (and watch Minions, apparently)! Where did you get that round birch-bark box? I feel like I need that box in my life!

    11.28.16Reply
    • Thanks, Tai! The box was actually in a gift basket filled with baby products from when Major was born! The box was my favorite part though haha!

      11.30.16Reply
  2. Alessan says:

    OHHHHHHH MYYYYY GODDDDD, Eva can you start up your own design show – you can call it “house hunting in Connecticut” where you fix up houses for people and put your beautiful, elegant designs into them. This room (besides the kitchen and the kiddies rooms) is hands down my fave. It’s like a spa! you made the room look endless with the white walls… love it!! you have a gift I’m telling ya. I cannot wait to see the master bath and closet 😀

    Alessan

    11.28.16Reply
    • Hahaha! Ok, deal! That would be really fun though…

      11.30.16Reply
  3. Glenda says:

    Love the calmness. Love the pop of color with the mint tables. Is the bed queen or king?

    11.28.16Reply
  4. Alexandra says:

    Oh my gosh, this room is so gorgeous.
    Please, come design my house when I have one. Two questions, one is from your post in your last master bedroom reveal but actually your master bathroom. Where did you get the plate (not sure what to call it) for your products? Or even for your most recent one? Also, how do you like West Elm in terms of your covers? I’ve been looking for something good since my duvet didn’t last for me. Love your home! ❤️

    11.28.16Reply
  5. Gabrielle says:

    Love this room! And love your candor, as always, about your relationship and family. It’s really refreshing to see your real life, and not just beautiful photos – though I always enjoy those so much, too!

    11.30.16Reply
  6. Julia says:

    It looks SO amazing!! Great work 🙂

    12.02.16Reply
  7. Martina says:

    I love all the brass elements in your bedroom, especially the alarm clock! Where is it from? I have been looking for a brass one for ages!

    01.19.17Reply
  8. Heidi says:

    I am a designer, and so of course I appreciate all things beautiful. You have such a well thought out aesthetic in your home, but it invokes comfort and livability. Your taste is fantastic and clean, and you utilize color like a pro. I could definitely live there. So gorgeous.

    02.13.17Reply
  9. Suzie says:

    Amazing what white paint can do! The rooms are SO much brighter! Love it. Totally doing that with my home. Currently, we have all off white, but what a difference it makes to have a true bright white!

    08.28.17Reply