Design Story of a Primary Bedroom

The only Design story of our Primary Bedroom was next to none. And this space had to be non-existent for much activity beyond reading, sleep, and dressing up. The aspiration was for a relaxing, peaceful, and mood-filled space with minimal essential furniture. We imagined our sleep sanctuary with rugged, wrinkled bedding and light filtering through the mauve drapes, bringing in a sense of jubilation as a new season approaches. 

Design Story of a Primary Bedroom

Let us digress a little from this thought. Recently, we visited Frank Llyod Wright’s designed Pope-Leighey house in Virginia. A modest 1,200 SF “Usonian” house on a humble budget, we were mesmerized by the vision and character emanating from FLW’s work. Our fantastic tour guide mentioned an exciting thing about this mid-century design. There is a cleverness that the Primary bedrooms are very frugal in elements. The Bed has an Overbed Shelf almost placed at a height that a person can only read for a limited time, rendering it uncomfortable for extended use. Tactfully, FLW strived to encourage and conglomerate the users of the house into the Living and Dining areas.  

And, just like this line of thinking here, we hoped to imbue the mundane yet meaningful.


Staying true to the overall design language of the house, we aspired for an intentionally muted design language that exuded Brutalist and Scandinavian.

The existing bedroom was large with closets, but the gigantic proportion rendered it ineffectual. So, we carved out a small office/walk-in closet space separated by a free-standing partition wall that doubled as a book storage for the office. We added this volume yet kept open space all around. We chose a crisp, white backdrop for our walls. However, we picked an exposed concrete accent for the free-standing wall for blemished texture and tactility. This emphasis on one surface adds a layer to the space by mixing material and texture.

Home Workspace

On the other side of this Concrete dividing wall is our Ensuite Wardrobe and a small Work office desk. Here, we kept everything straightforward, blank, and orderly to blend into the larger space. 

Home Workspace

The earthy metallic color and coarse character of the bed frame and side tables introduce a contrasting tone and depth to an otherwise muted palette. The wall sconces in black matte add more play and detail to this larger composition for a more modernist touch.  

Design Story of a Primary Bedroom

So, here we have crafted a space that doesn’t ask anything of us. It only invites us to unwind, lie down, laze, slip between the sheets of a freshly made bed, let ourselves go, and feel at home! 

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Just a little bit more …

~ In case you have missed it, here is some background on our home in my previous post and a Reveal of the Kitchen, Powder Room, Master Bath, Guest Bath, and Living Room.

~ Every Stamp has a Story, and so does Love.

~ Yes, I can and will. Let me eat Cake.

~ Marvelous Girl’s School in an economically challenged, geographically remote community.

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Step inside! Enter our Living Space! The inception of this space was a desire for a positive, peaceful, and light-filled space. We believed in intentionally understated architecture with a minimalist design language. We drew inspiration from Brutalist and Scandinavian styles or even, say, waiting to be transported to Marfa, Texas. We chose a crisp, white backdrop for our wall with accents of mid-toned hues for warmth, texture, and tactility.

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