Years of living in "cozy" NYC apartments shaped me as a person. 

I became adaptable, creative, resourceful...and completely frustrated with the lack of space. For a few years, I had three little ones running around a tiny two bedroom!

So, moving to our fixer-upper in the burbs was an absolute dream.

 Our Suburban Fixer Upper brimming with rustic curb appeal and shabby chic charm, DIY Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green Door, black rubber front mat, barrel planters, brass mail slot, original wood door with circular window, Design by Beam&Bloom

Our Suburban Fixer Upper brimming with rustic curb appeal and shabby chic charm, DIY Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green Door, black rubber front mat, barrel planters, brass mail slot, original wood door with circular window, Design by Beam&Bloom

We finally had (indoor AND outdoor) space to breathe!!!

 Back patio, reclaimed (west elm) coffee table, Target vintage floral pillows, neutral poufs and blue and white indoor/outdoor rug, solar string lights from Amazon, Design by Beam&Bloom

Back patio, reclaimed (west elm) coffee table, Target vintage floral pillows, neutral poufs and blue and white indoor/outdoor rug, solar string lights from Amazon, Design by Beam&Bloom

We started with the oh-so-necessary gut renovation/restoration of our kitchen, which hadn't been touched since 1941. And, trust me, that's a blog for anther day.

Yet, one massively luxurious comfort was missing.

We sought the elusive MASTER SUITE!!! What a dream THAT would be! I knew when we bought our home that it could happen. I saw the potential to steal a large closet in our boys' room adjacent to the shower of a relatively large main bath. So, we saved and planned, and started the massive project.

We were able to utilize the closet space and the original standing shower to their maximum potential.

 Dark Blue and white master bath, "Gentlemans Gray" paint color by Benjamin Moore, white porcelain herringbone tile, brushed nickel finishes, wire baskets from Cost Plus World Market, from IKEA. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Dark Blue and white master bath, "Gentlemans Gray" paint color by Benjamin Moore, white porcelain herringbone tile, brushed nickel finishes, wire baskets from Cost Plus World Market, from IKEA. Design by Beam&Bloom.

 Dark Blue and white master bath,"Gentlemans Gray" paint color by Benjamin Moore, white porcelain herringbone tile, brushed nickel finishes, wire baskets from Cost Plus World Market, from IKEA. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Dark Blue and white master bath,"Gentlemans Gray" paint color by Benjamin Moore, white porcelain herringbone tile, brushed nickel finishes, wire baskets from Cost Plus World Market, from IKEA. Design by Beam&Bloom.

 Blue and white bathroom, blue mix penny tile from Floor & Decor, white porcelain herringbone tile from Floor & Decor, brushed nickel finishes, teak wood corner shower bench from Houzz. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Blue and white bathroom, blue mix penny tile from Floor & Decor, white porcelain herringbone tile from Floor & Decor, brushed nickel finishes, teak wood corner shower bench from Houzz. Design by Beam&Bloom.

We used a kit, and built and stained a barn door for the bathroom so we didn't lose any precious square footage in the room.

 "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White Hemnes dresser from IKEA, rustic farmhouse Barn Door kit from Overstock with 50/50 weathered oak and special walnut stain, Blue mix penny tile from Floor & Decor, white porcelain herringbone tile from Floor & Decor, brushed nickel finishes, teak bench from Houzz. Deign by Beam&Bloom.

"Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White Hemnes dresser from IKEA, rustic farmhouse Barn Door kit from Overstock with 50/50 weathered oak and special walnut stain, Blue mix penny tile from Floor & Decor, white porcelain herringbone tile from Floor & Decor, brushed nickel finishes, teak bench from Houzz. Deign by Beam&Bloom.

The extreme bonus is that the barn door adds so much character, warmth and rustic charm. With lots of lighting and added ventilation, the new Master bathroom feels roomy, and functions perfectly.

 Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White Hemnes dresser from IKEA, rustic farmhouse Barn Door kit from Overstock and floor with 50/50 weathered oak and special walnut stain. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White Hemnes dresser from IKEA, rustic farmhouse Barn Door kit from Overstock and floor with 50/50 weathered oak and special walnut stain. Design by Beam&Bloom.

We knew we'd need to replace lost closet space, so we utilized the incredible functionality of the IKEA Pax systems! I did tons of measuring, and concluded that our Hemnes dresser (with a few minor alterations) would fit snugly between two Pax units and under our central window.

 Modern Urban farmhouse, Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. IKEA Pax system with Hemnes door, Hemnes dresser and grey french ticking duvet cover. Closet hardware oil rubbed bronze from Houzz. IKEA storage ottoman. Urban Outfitters floor pillow with tassels on bed. Faux fur throw from Wayfair. Rejuvenation rug. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Modern Urban farmhouse, Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. IKEA Pax system with Hemnes door, Hemnes dresser and grey french ticking duvet cover. Closet hardware oil rubbed bronze from Houzz. IKEA storage ottoman. Urban Outfitters floor pillow with tassels on bed. Faux fur throw from Wayfair. Rejuvenation rug. Design by Beam&Bloom.

It created some awesome clean lines and symmetry, and LOTS of much needed storage! In fact, it was more storage than we'd had in our master bedroom with the two very small closets.

We also knew we needed to save some coin with DIY projects. We painted and painted and painted. We installed cabinets, we installed lighting. I used our beloved Annie Sloan chalk paint to lovingly revitalize a headboard that my mother had upholstered years and years ago.

 Modern urban farmhouse bedroom, dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White tufted upholstered headboard painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white. Duvet by IKEA. Nightstand shelves DIY by Beam&Bloom. Antique brass plug in sconces by Build.com. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Modern urban farmhouse bedroom, dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White tufted upholstered headboard painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white. Duvet by IKEA. Nightstand shelves DIY by Beam&Bloom. Antique brass plug in sconces by Build.com. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Many hours of work and quite a few bundles of dough later, we had the master suite of our dreams. It's deep. rich blue walls with bright white trim and accents of warm wood feel like heaven. The antique brass and gold touches add some elegance and sophistication. It has the feel of a high end boutique hotel, and we feel like it melds our feminine and masculine sensibilities perfectly. 

 Modern farmhouse design, Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White tufted upholstered headboard painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white. Duvet by IKEA. Nightstand shelves DIY by Beam&Bloom. Antique brass plug in sconces by Build.com. Basket by Cost Plus World Market. Romantic farmhouse Design by Beam&Bloom.

Modern farmhouse design, Dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. White tufted upholstered headboard painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white. Duvet by IKEA. Nightstand shelves DIY by Beam&Bloom. Antique brass plug in sconces by Build.com. Basket by Cost Plus World Market. Romantic farmhouse Design by Beam&Bloom.

I happened upon a boho rug with the perfect hues of the perfect palette to tie everything together, and I knew that for the small cost of a runner, I could add multitudes of color and life! 

 Dark blue and white bedroom, orange and blue and multi rug with fringe by Rejuvenation, IKEA bedding, storage ottoman, closet system and dresser and Ballard Designs bed skirt. Design by Beam&Bloom.  Illuminating the color, calm and character in this room is a whitewashed, wood beaded chandelier from World Market. The price point was perfect, the light is bright and beautiful and the space is now complete!

Dark blue and white bedroom, orange and blue and multi rug with fringe by Rejuvenation, IKEA bedding, storage ottoman, closet system and dresser and Ballard Designs bed skirt. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Illuminating the color, calm and character in this room is a whitewashed, wood beaded chandelier from World Market. The price point was perfect, the light is bright and beautiful and the space is now complete!

 World Market Stunner. Farmhouse  style with a boho flair. White wood bead chandelier.   https://www.worldmarket.com/product/large-antique-whitewash-wood-bead-chandelier.do?sortby=ourPicks

World Market Stunner. Farmhouse  style with a boho flair. White wood bead chandelier.  https://www.worldmarket.com/product/large-antique-whitewash-wood-bead-chandelier.do?sortby=ourPicks

As with a high styled boutique hotel, we didn't need tons of space. But we did need adaptability, creativity, resourcefulness...and a bit of frustration... to realize that some wishes are attainable!

 Modern farmhouse bedroom, dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. IKEA grey ticking bedding, storage ottoman, closet system and dresser. Plug in antique brass sconces from build.com. Ballard Designs bed skirt. Rejuvenation rug. Design by Beam&Bloom.

Modern farmhouse bedroom, dark blue and white bedroom, "Gentlemans Gray" by Benjamin Moore. IKEA grey ticking bedding, storage ottoman, closet system and dresser. Plug in antique brass sconces from build.com. Ballard Designs bed skirt. Rejuvenation rug. Design by Beam&Bloom.

May all YOUR home dreams come true!