The Treehouse: Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

Ready to see some before and after photos of our Master Bedroom remodel? We’ve been living in the finished space for over 5 months now, and I am happy to tell you that every single day I wake up and grin about the new space. Not exaggerating. I love it so much. I don’t know if you remember, but it was such a weird space before. Yes, the room had lots of potential — interesting angles, tons of windows + skylights, great views of our little forest, a big balcony and wonderful light — but the layout just didn’t make sense at all.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design MomMaster Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design MomMaster Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

The main problems: 1) There was no wall space for a queen size bed, so we couldn’t wake up facing the windows. 2) The ceiling was open to the hallway, and there was an odd upper wall opening to the bathroom too — so basically, there was no real privacy. 3) To get to the master bathroom, you had to walk through the hallway (there was no direct access from the bedroom). 4) The closet space was small and hard to access. 5) The bathroom was split into 3 different rooms — the toilet in one room, the sink in another, and the shower in a third room. Probably that made sense to someone, but it didn’t work for us. 6) The wall heater unit wasn’t adequate, plus it made the space less usable and was an eyesore. And 7) the whole space needed a surface overhaul. The texture on the walls was thick and heavy — and was nowhere else in the house, so totally inconsistent. The flooring was old and sad. It was definitely time for an upgrade.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

As I mentioned, I’m to the moon happy about the new remodel. It was the longest remodel project we’ve ever done, and the most expensive by far, but I don’t regret it for a minute. My favorite parts:

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

1) Privacy! We got rid of the random upper wall opening to bathroom, and we enclosed the hallway ceiling. Plus, we added a direct access door from the bedroom to bathroom. If you’re curious, take a look at the floorplan before and after.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design MomMaster Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

2) We extended a wall, making space for a bed. And now, I wake up facing the gorgeous views every single day. We’re surrounded by trees and it’s so dang beautiful. This morning it was foggy and romantic.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

3) Radiant under floor heating! So amazing. It goes through the whole bedroom, bathroom and hallway. It feels so luxurious. Plus, it freed up an unusable wall where we were able to add a bench and mirror. 

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

4) We got rid of the awful texture on the walls and ceilings. Gosh I hated it so much. Fresh paint, fresh flooring, fresh surfaces everywhere.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

5) What was my closet originally (next to the round window) became the linen closet. We installed double doors that are extra tall so we can access the full space. It’s amazing to have room for all the quilts, sheets and pillows. The bottom shelf is where we store our roller luggage too.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

6) The yellow chair. It’s has the best curves and profile. And it gives me a reason to be near that irresistible round window.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

7) New doorhandles. Such a simple, inexpensive change, but they make a huge improvement. I want to add these throughout the house.

There are also things I LOVE about the new walk-in closet and bathroom. But I’ll report on those, and showcase photos, in another post. Because I have too many photos in this post already. : )

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

Throughout the whole remodeled space, I tried to be really aware of the interesting angles and geometry of the rooms, and tried to carry the patterns and shapes throughout. I used circular mirrors in both bathrooms to mimic the circle window. I used grid patterned bedding and a grid patterned hamper to mimic the grid of the tile work in the bathroom.

I’ve been drawn to industrial looking design for over 20 years now and brought some of that into the space as well. The light fixtures are black metal wirework. The metals are all silver or black matte.  

The palette remains basically the same throughout the bedroom and bathrooms — whites and greys, with hits of blue and yellow and green. I wanted it to feel modern and clean and fresh, with industrial and mid-century touches that are true to the age of the house.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design MomMaster Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

I had a whole bunch of credit with Wayfair and did most of my shopping there. They really do have amazing prices, and delivery is super fast. Pro-tip: if you’re using Wayfair, shop fast, because their inventory goes often quickly! Here’s a quick guide to what you see in the space:

French seam bed. There are tons of versions of this in patterns and solids. Just do a search for “french seam platform bed” to see the options. I love the look so much. The seams and the color really do feel French to me. There’s something casual about it, but luxurious at the same time.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design MomMaster Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

Nightstands — Yellow metal nightstand. Mid-century nightstand. I didn’t originally set out to do non-matching night stands, but I fell in love with both of these and couldn’t resist either one. Both are quite affordable. Both are sturdy and high quality.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

Green chair. Such a great chair! It’s velvet, and has a big, comfy footprint. It’s wide enough to cozy up and read picture books with June.

Wool striped rug. Though I wanted the floors to be mostly bare (love that radiant heat!), I like to have at least a little big of rug to add texture and coziness. This one is available in lots of sizes, and I went with a simple runner to keep at the end of the bed.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

Yellow chair. Another velvet option. I originally chose it for the closet, but decided it was too big in there, and found the perfect spot for it under the round window.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design MomMaster Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design MomMaster Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

As I mentioned, the lighting in the master bedroom is all matte black metal (in the closet too, but I’ll show you that later). There’s the overhead drum pendant, the swing-arm bedside lights, and over the linen closet doors, there’s a cage wall light.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design MomMaster Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

For bedding, I chose these 100% linen sheets in the same grey as the bed, paired with grid sheets from Brooklinen.

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design MomMaster Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

I found the bench at Homegoods. But I actually returned it because I wanted something longer. And I bought one from Ikea instead. 

Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Gabrielle of Design Mom

Remember the outlets and wall switches I used in the living room? Well, I chose the same ones for the master bed and bath remodel too. They’re from the Adorne Collection by Legrand.

Still with me? Here are some before photos of the bedroom:

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Back in January, I did a Facebook Live broadcast giving a tour of the finished space. So if you’d prefer a video tour, you got it! It’s in two parts. Part 1 & Part 2.


Okay. That’s the tour! Now off to work on the post about the bathrooms and closet. Do you have a favorite item in the room? I’d love to hear. And have you ever tried radiant heat?

P.S. — More posts about our home, which we lovingly call The Treehouse.

P.P.S. — Some other changes. Since the photo shoot, I’ve hung artwork above the bed, changed up the plants, and a few other details. It’s funny for me to see these photos and realize how often I make little changes in a space.

 


Credits: Photos by Kristen Loken for Design Mom. Additional shots by Gabrielle Blair. Disclosure: This post is not sponsored, but I do have a working relationship with Wayfair, and I did receive store credit from Wayfair at the beginning of this project, and used it to purchase certain items throughout.

39 thoughts on “The Treehouse: Master Bedroom Remodel with Before & After Photos”

  1. Room is nice. But those shoes!!! Do they really have toe shapes mounded into the leather? 😳😳

  2. I love the green velvet chair – looks like you could totally curl up into it – like a big velvet hug :-) – and I love the switch plates as well – it’s amazing how small details can really give a space a ‘feel’ – bravo!

  3. I love how simple and clean everything looks! I would love learn more about your radiant floors. Thinking of doing that for our bedroom when we replace the floors. Maybe an additional post to your bathroom and closet reveal?

      1. I am super curious about radiant heating under a wooden floor. Is your floor solid wood? Wood veneer? I love radiant heating but didn’t think you could put it under wood? I am in the process of building a house and have been agonising about heating.

        1. The flooring is solid bamboo. I did a ton of research and there are definitely wood options that allow for radiant heating. Some of the factors involved are how the radiant flooring is installed, and what the building codes are in your area.

      2. Oh I’d love a post about that too! That technology seems to have developed rapidly over the past few years and I’d love to hear what you learned.

  4. I love it! I’m curious about two things. 1.) How do you use your bedroom space? Does the family gather there much? Is it just for you and Ben? Is it where you go to read? 2.) I’m curious about the no-curtains. Our house opens up to trees in several rooms and I’ve skipped curtains but it seems to bother people.

    1. We use it for reading and sleeping. Sometimes I work from the green chair (that area gets the best phone reception in the house). On the weekends, the kids will gather in the room to watch movies with us or hang out.

      As for window coverings, the room is very high up and has no neighbors, so we don’t need curtains for privacy. If we were light sensitive, we might consider them too. Maybe we will in the future. But we’ve lived here for almost 4 years now and so far, we’ve never had a need.

  5. So so pretty!
    I was wondering though: The space above the main entrance door of the bedroom still looks as if it is open. Is that an optical illusion?

    1. Hah! It’s not an optical illusion. The way we enclosed the hallway/landing was to add a ceiling over that space. I didn’t want to extend the wall over the door up to the ceiling, because then we’d lose the skylight in our bedroom. Does that make sense?

      So right now, there’s basically an unused loft space above the doorway, which is actually the ceiling of the hallway/landing. Perhaps someday we’ll make use of it for storage or a little hideaway nook. For now, it’s empty, but makes the bedroom feel more open.

  6. Really lovely! I like the blue doors and the different geometries of the windows, skylights, and doors.

  7. Gosh, I love everything about your renovation. So many great decisions (the blue doors!), and I think you NAILED the layout. Love the lighting and bedding, too.

  8. Gabby! Yes, yes, yes!! I love the results…what a beautiful space to wake up to every morning! I’d grin too! We completed a major renovation a year ago and I was amazed at how many decisions there were…feels so good to not have any regrets. I have to say that Pinterest was very helpful in the decision making and communication with our design/builder. I could send him pins to visually communicate my ideas. Pinterest is a great tool for anyone who is embarking on a renovation, I highly recommend it!

  9. Looks great! Thanks for sharing all the details. So, is there a duvet/comforter there under the Brooklinen sheet?
    And I’m curious – do you make your bed like that most days (almost wrapped like a package), or do you let the bed linens hang over the sides?
    I’m wondering, bc the French style bed is very attractive, and I might be interested in getting one, but I’m not sure about my commitment to making the bed so perfectly each day and wonder how it would look with the top layer “untucked”? Hmmm…

  10. Love the bed! Im going to order the same one but Im wondering if you have the cindersmoke or swedish blue color?

  11. What do you think about the quality of Wayfair products? Living in Australia means that returns are trickier and I have to purchase a minimum of $5000 worth of furniture for shipping in bulk. I could easily spend that given the pieces I have to buy but mistakes will be costly.

  12. How did I miss this?! First of all, I am so happy for you! What a difference that space makes. Let’s see: Like the colors you have chosen, from that (whitewashed?) floor to the absolutely gorgeous pops from the chairs, to the paint on your doors. I like, like, like the closet. We live in Manhattan, so a linen closet is a dream that dreamers dream. :) I really like the full-length mirror, and that green chair looks so comfortable! Do you sit and read in the yellow chair, or is it more of a put-your-shoes-on, check-a-couple-of -texts chair? I like how clean and simple everything is, while being cozy and inviting at the same time. I like the reading sconces. I could not possibly like the nightstands you have chosen more. They are perfect. I like how you’ve taken a nonsensical ¼ bath and turned it into a super functional powder room—can’t wait to see pics of all the additional spaces. I like the plant hanger, and the watering can, and the bench. And, of course, the view! That round window is just . . .
    (Then I went through my comment and changed all the “loves” to “likes.” This room is so great, but I thought, “Do I really love inanimate objects? Maybe I’ll stick with loving people.” There’s a little comment-thought-tangent for you.) xox

  13. My friend Stephany just pointed out to me that When I Was Small is among the books on the floor by your reading chair. We are both ridiculously excited about this!

  14. It looks amazing. I can’t stop looking at the blue doors and the yellow nightstand and chair. Would you mind sharing the paint color you used both on the white walls and the blue doors?

    Thanks!

  15. I just stumbled onto your site and I’m so glad I did! I love the choices you made for this room, both structurally and design-wise. I had heat radiant floors in my apartment in S. Korea and LOVED them. My husband and I live in the desert in Arizona now so we definitely don’t need them here. We are also renovating our home, and I’m attempting to document it on my blog. I love the photos you chose for this post. Very inspiring!

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