Our "Boudoir Noir" Master Bedroom


We converted a first-floor office/guest room space into a luxurious and dramatic master suite over the span of three years. We didn't actually set out to have our bedroom on the first floor, but after having two kids 18 months apart we were running out of upstairs real estate.
We gutted the room down to the studs and removed peel-and-stick vinyl tiles to reveal hardwood underneath, refinishing the floor ourselves (as well has hanging drywall and such). We tore down some closets that blocked access to our eventual master bathroom and rebuilt some in a different location. We added trim and wallpapered an accent wall and painted our dresser all to coordinate.
We wanted this space to be a reprieve from our often chaotic lives as young parents to a special needs child, among the regular grind of family life. I wanted the space to feel luxurious and opulent while maintaining function and reflecting the calm and relaxation I hoped to enjoy in there.
The biggest issues we faced were building the new closets (they appear very small but actually aren't) and honestly, coordinating everything with the bathroom while still very much living in the space. So time and budget were always a factor, as were my two pregnancies and a broken leg last year. Luckily, we have friends and family who have lent us a helping hand more than once to help us have a space we love.
I know when many people see it they're put off by the all-black scheme. However, we love it (and an all-black room is super awesome to sleep in for sure) and it's honestly one of those things you have to see in person. I feel like every time I enter the room I'm travelling to a posh hotel somewhere that just happens to have all the amenities of home. ;)
The bed, wallpapered accent wall, and new closets.
The bed, wallpapered accent wall, and new closets.
The bedroom the day we did our inspection. The paneling was hiding rotten plaster walls.
The bedroom the day we did our inspection. The paneling was hiding rotten plaster walls.
The old closets, as well as the pass-though half bath that would become our master bath.
The old closets, as well as the pass-though half bath that would become our master bath.
A close-up of the wallpaper and mirror decor.
A close-up of the wallpaper and mirror decor.
The bedding.
The bedding.
The curtain and pelmut box we built from an old fireplace mantle over the closet opening.
The curtain and pelmut box we built from an old fireplace mantle over the closet opening.
The gallery wall of things that represent my husband and I.
The gallery wall of things that represent my husband and I.
The view from the far side of the bedroom.
The view from the far side of the bedroom.
The unfinished pine dresser we painted and added trim to the drawer fronts so it would coordinate with the room.
The unfinished pine dresser we painted and added trim to the drawer fronts so it would coordinate with the room.
Some sparkles and wedding stuffs to brighten up the corner.
Some sparkles and wedding stuffs to brighten up the corner.
The built-in bookcase we put in to help delineate between the bedroom and bathroom without sacrificing natural light.
The built-in bookcase we put in to help delineate between the bedroom and bathroom without sacrificing natural light.
Black Amethyst glass containers from our wedding serve as both interesting display pieces and practical storage for bathroom items like cotton balls and swabs.
Black Amethyst glass containers from our wedding serve as both interesting display pieces and practical storage for bathroom items like cotton balls and swabs.
Tabatha Muntzinger (Tabulous)

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  • Emma Saavedra
    on Oct 18, 2017

    This is so beautiful! I would like to do this to my room but instead of using black, I would like to use white. Any ideas?

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  • Lori
    on Oct 30, 2014

    Wow, you've got guts girl. This is so awesomely beautiful. Was there ever a moment that you doubted your choices along the way? How long did it take from start to finish?

  • Oliver Butler
    on Nov 10, 2014

    what do you have on the wall for the headboard

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