the valley house: master bedroom retreat
another day, another design! if you're just joining in to the valley house series, let me get you up to speed - my husband bradley and i embarked on a journey to purchase a home back in october of last year for our growing family. we initially were looking for a "fixer upper" in the river valley. after a handful of home views in our desired neighbourhood, we quickly realized we couldn't afford a home and all of the renovations to make it what we wanted. it was defeating, but all we could do was go back to drawing board and come up with a new plan -- looking at new home builds. so on our way we went, driving in the south-west direction of Edmonton, not really sure where we would end up. we went through a few neighbourhoods, walked through some show homes but weren't sold, and then we found Keswick on the River. when we first drove into the neighbourhood, we were in absolute awe -- the area, although new, has this old world charm and style that has you feeling like it's always been there. on top of that, endless green space and walking paths along the North Saskatchewan River, parks, wetlands...we knew we stumbled across something very special. Keswick on the River is divided into two areas, the Estates and the Valleyside. we were excited to know homes in the Valleyside were in our price range! fast forward, we found a builder that worked best for us, Kimberley Homes, and the rest is history.
so now that you're caught up on the backstory of what led us to this point, lets talk master bedrooms! i initially started this series for my love of design. it's an absolute passion of mine and being able to fuel my love of art and design and share it with all of you to take your own inspiration from, makes me feel absolutely fulfilled. if you're just tuning in now, check out the rest of the series here.
in the meantime, let's get back to the most important room in the house: a chaos-free totally serene master bedroom retreat. bradley and i both knew we wanted a master bedroom that functions like a retreat space. this will be our very first house, and our very first master bedroom! we both work long days, and don't have a lot of downtime; so a place to come at the end of the day, unwind and let go of all of life stresses is exactly what we need and what i hope to achieve with the design.
so how do you achieve a master bedroom retreat? balance. always counter your cool tones with warm, your hard materials with soft and choose a clean colour palette that will stand the test of time with designs and trends. i always start out with my base and design around that. here our base is a crisp white wall (chantilly lace - benjamin moore), warm natural oak hardwood floors, and black framed windows. we've chosen a warm walnut bed frame, that will be draped in soft white linen bedding, and a cream throw adorning the end of the bed. to anchor the bed and room, i've chosen a neutral low pile carpet to rest under the bed. the black metal dresser has the material of a modern/industrial piece but resembles more of a traditional design; the gold hardware add warmth and pair well with the brushed gold sputnik chandelier. we chose a cream chair and gold legs that will be placed in the corner of our bedroom, that mimic the tones of the bed linens and hardware, balancing out this room perfectly. i really do believe this will be the retreat bradley and i are looking for. we are looking forward to many nights relaxing in this bedroom. what do you think of the design? what do you dream of when you think master retreat?
if you're following along with the Valleyside house series, you can also check out our #keswickdesigninspo on insta for an inside peek into some of the amazing design in the showhomes! as always, thanks for reading! xo