But, the thing is, the fact that it IS so deeply personal is exactly why this is my favorite room. This space captures my style like no other room in my home. It's a mix of traditional and french country with a touch of bargain basement. And it holds some of my most cherished possessions. Like the armoire we purchased for our first home 15 years ago. When we moved to this house 5 years ago it found the perfect new spot here. And I had to promise that I would never make my husband (and our friends!) haul it up a winding flight of stairs again! On my side of the room, an over-sized round table with a fringed no-sew drop cloth skirt makes the perfect nightstand. Our bed was hand-carved for us by my amazingly talented father-in-law as a wedding gift. Aren't those details incredible? It even has our monogram in the foot board. And yes, we do sleep on the same side as our initials! I firmly believe that a master bedroom should provide you a place to retreat from the world. It should be the place you feel the most relaxed, the most safe. Oh sure, there are days when the bed is piled high with laundry waiting to be folded. And the settee (which I found on Craigslist!) at the foot of the bed is often covered with drawings that a certain little miss likes to leave for us as 'surprises'. And the chair in the corner has seen it's fair share of dirty socks. But, my version of a retreat allows room for piles of laundry and little drawings from my favorite girl and dirty socks...as long as they find their way into the hamper at some point! My version of a retreat has a hand-me-down desk covered in favorite photos and a framed poem written by my grandmother to two little girls who had moved all the way across the country leaving behind lonely swings in her backyard. It has a big basket filled with blankets ready and waiting for a Sunday afternoon nap. My retreat has details that I see every single day of my life and have become like old friends. Comfortable. Comforting. It might not be for everyone. It might not be your taste or your color palette or your style. But, that's ok.
It doesn't have to be. Because this is MY retreat. And it's definitely my favorite room!
Thank you again for allowing me to share my heart and my home with you today. I had the privilege of meeting Kim in person last summer and she is every bit the beautiful, warm, welcoming and talented woman you get a glimpse of each day here. It's an honor and blessing to call her my friend!
Thank you, Vanessa, for sharing your beautiful favorite room with us. You and I actually met two summers ago and then again last summer at the Haven conference. I am so glad we have been able to meet in person. I love meeting bloggers face to face. Vanessa and Heather are two of the sweetest bloggers out there. I hope y'all will take the time to visit At The Picket Fence as most of you probably already have, but maybe there are some new ones who haven't yet.
Miss any past favorite rooms? You can catch up here.
Have a super weekend!