A dreamy master bedroom is the sweet retreat every home needs. The best bedrooms go beyond basics and often are large enough to do so. While the bed is typically the focal point of the room, it is seating areas, dressing spaces and a spectacular bathroom that make a master bedroom above and beyond other bedrooms in a home. Whether traditional in design or inspired by modern décor, any bedroom can be a place of your dreams.
The mere mention of a master bedroom has us eager to crawl back into bed and sleep the day away, but one master bedroom in particular has us pining for a serene retreat. Tucked at the back of a two-story, 1920’s home in Belle Meade, this master suite makes it hard for the homeowners to leave each morning. Receiving renovations for the first time in 30 years, the 706-square-foot space was transformed to maximize its purpose and use. Ridley Wills and his team at The Wills Co. partnered with Alcott Interiors to reimagine the room and reconfigure the layout. “In a day and a half, we were able to make the master suite classic and timeless — a room where the couple can continue to live,” Ridley tells us.
The bedroom is accessed through a long hallway. “In the hallway, we added a console table and art to give interest and a skylight in the arched ceiling to bring in natural light,” Ridley explains. Once inside the room, you will be greeted by natural light welcomed into the space via large windows. The home itself has a traditional style, and the bedroom is no exception. Crown moulding, hardwood floors, painted cabinetry and marble countertops are details that lend themselves to an enduring design.
The bedroom offers space for more than just sleeping. A cozy sitting area is anchored by a fireplace and framed by four windows. A neutral color palette — always a popular choice for bedrooms — is offset by patterned curtains that add interest to the room. An area rug was added as an element of warmth. No matter the season, reading a book by the fireplace is the perfect way to spend an afternoon!
“We were able to maximize the space and make the room up-to-date,” Ridley says. “It is classic, good design. The bones of the room were good and always will be. We made it a functional, pretty space that anyone could enjoy.” Walls were removed and added to create the layout you see here. Windows were enlarged and thoughtful details were incorporated. Before, the room was dark and dated, a far cry from the bright, updated room we see today.
In addition to the bedroom, the master suite features dressing and storage areas and an updated bathroom. “There is a series of dressing areas leading to the bathroom: a hallway with a window seat, a dressing room and a dressing table opposite built-in shelves,” Ridley tells us. The enfilade of rooms separates the bedroom from the bathroom while providing a functional area for the homeowners. Traditional details, including hardwood floors and custom moulding, tie the two spaces together.
Before renovations, this was wasted space, but The Wills Co. was able to lighten the hallway and construct a sensible use of the area. It is as lovely as it is useful.
The bathroom sits at the end of the series of rooms. A large window brings natural light into the bathroom and light blues and creams create a calming atmosphere. Although a vanity is situated in front of the window, it does not limit the light that shines through. “We placed an open-console vanity and hung the mirror so you are able to retain all of the light, but still make use of the space. We also chose to hang lights, instead of mounting wall sconces,” Ridley explains. This thoughtful detail is one of our favorite features of the bathroom.
A second vanity is built into the back wall and framed by cabinetry made for storage. While it is not as common to see two vanities in different styles, it is a design detail we love. The white marble countertops create harmony between the two vanities. Custom crown moulding, marble flooring and high-end finishes boast a certain sophistication. Traditional elements exist in the room, but modern touches allow it to have a personality of its own.
What do you say we all spend the day in bed dreaming of calling this master suite our own?
Thanks to Quinn Ballard for the beautiful photos.
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