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Last year Arhaus invited me to a local store to scout out my favorite items for a giveaway. I had so much fun working with them and hooking up a lucky reader with a sweet chair. This year I’ve partnered with Arhaus once again to bring some much needed luxe to a client’s bedroom. Here’s what we’re working with:

arhaus bedroom before 1

The room itself is well-proportioned but it’s suffering from a bad case of the matchy-matchies. The bed matches the nightstands matches the chest matches the dresser. (It’s okay. We’ve all been there.) The alternating olive and tan walls are distracting.

arhaus bedroom before 2

This is the view from the bed. My client enjoys watching television from the comfort of her bed, but the location of the TV on the tall chest of drawers is awkward and slightly precarious. An adjoining sitting area is empty – save for a lone dresser.

My goal for the space is to make it feel less choppy, less empty, less generic, more refined but not stuffy. Per my client’s request, the TV, carpet, columns, blinds and king mattress will stay. My client prefers muted hues and luxurious touches like tufted upholstery, nailhead trim and linen. She even asked for a few sequins! Here are my plans for the space:

Moody Luxe master bedroom


1 – To capitalize on the room’s innate moodiness, I chose Benjamin Moore kendall charcoal for the walls. The cream trim and molding and light-covered carpet will contrast nicely with the charcoal. To break up the dark walls, I’ll hang white curtains and oversized art with lots of movement.

2 – The bed will be turned 90º and placed against a blank wall instead of blocking the two windows. Arhaus’s Mariah headboard in taft pewter will make the bed a grand focal point. I’ll dress up a simple, white linen duvet with a vintage (sequined!) Moroccan wedding blanket and euro shams with a contrasting border. White campaign-style nightstands and cog-like table lamps will flank the bed providing symmetry, contrast, texture, storage and light.

3 – A midcentury dresser and chest will add warm wood tones and clean lines to the space. Brand-new dressers aren’t in the budget so I will be revamping a vintage set. A low dresser will hold the TV and be placed opposite the bed in the far corner near the window so it isn’t as obtrusive. (The dark walls will also help camouflage the screen.) A taller chest of drawers will reside in the sitting area.

4 – My client chose the Audrey chaise in tumble natural as the main piece for the sitting area. A bronze side table will provide a surface for books, magazines or a glass of wine. A kilim pillow in rose and sage will break up all the tufting and add muted color. Black and white abstract art is a modern touch and a large wall mirror will bounce light around from the windows.

That’s the overall plan! Even though I’m mainly dealing with the wife during meetings, I want her husband to enjoy the space, too. So I’m balancing out the feminine details (sequins, curves) with more masculine elements (charcoal paint, straight lines). I checked in on the room’s progress recently and things are slowly shaping up. I can’t wait to share the finished space in a few weeks!

*This post is NOT sponsored but I would like to thank Arhaus for providing the two pieces mentioned above. I am grateful to be in a unique position to pass along quality products to my readers and clients to help stretch their budgets.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking



That’s going to be beautiful, can’t wait to see the result!


Clients?! Does this mean your amazing sense of style and function is available for consultations? (please say yes please say yes…)


I wish she would let you get rid of those columns – but your choices look fantastic. Can’t wait to see you work your magic on this space!


Have you seen how Alison @ Deuce Cities Henhouse ingeniouslyhid her tv in a low chest of drawers? I love the idea and could be a nice solution in this room too. Looking forward to seeing this space when it’s done!


The palette is fantastic for a bedroom – can’t wait to see more (speaking of, clicked over to the Greenhaus blog – yes, impatient!! ;) – and the link wasn’t found. any ideas?). And thanks for pointing out Alison’s hack, Becky. Genius!!


It’s going to be pretty, but only one chair in the sitting area? For a master bedroom, I think you really need two!

What a beautiful, big space for a master! I’m totally petting that headboard through my screen right now. Will you be doing a large rug in the space or keeping with the carpet?


Love the mood board! Can’t wait to see the finished room.

And yes, I clicked the “sneak peek” link and it’s not working. Help! We need our sneak peek! :)


So sorry! Arhaus decided to wait for the full reveal before showing any progress. More anticipation??


Due to budget constraints, we won’t be using a rug near the bed but will place one in the sitting area.


The angled walls and awkward placement of the double doors make the layout tricky. My client wanted to do a single chaise vs a loveseat or chairs. We will be incorporating another bench near the bed so two people can sit down to pull on clothes / shoes at the same time. I think it just came down to personal preference. Two chairs in a sitting area would be lovely!


So sorry for the confusion! Arhaus decided to wait for the full reveal before sharing any images. You have to wait a little longer :( I edited the post to reflect that as well.


Yes, I love the hidden TV in Alison’s bedroom! Genius.


Love the plan Dana. Coincidentally i JUST got some new goodies from Arhaus today. What lucky clients to have you friend. This space is going to be beautiful!


I don’t comment often, but I just had to on this. As I looked at the pieces, I actually felt “calm” settle over me. It’s going to be beautiful. I love the Claire Elsaesser painting…I’ve never seen that one. Congratulations on your “new” career.


OBSESSED with Moroccan wedding blankets…just scored one from a thrift store..MINT condish…for 60 bucks. I havent put it out yet because the hubs is a dirty tree cuttn, mechanical guru and DOES NOT CARE about anything precious! How do other wives deal with their very macho guys and NICE furnishings? I dream of an all white space but my reality is i should buy all dirt colored objects!!! HELP!


I totally agree about the matchie-matchies, and btw I think it’s a really common mistake, many people think that design is all about choosing some subtle similar colors. Big mistake.


No worries, I’ll be patient ;)


Great score!


really love the strong wall color you picked…i can’t wait to see that headboard in front of it. beautiful plan!


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