Slow is the New Fast

As I was thinking about this post, I Googled, “Slow and Steady”, which brought up “Slow is the New Fast”. There is nothing about designing our bedroom that has been fast. It has been, and continues to be, a slow evolution where inspiration seems to change along the way. Good news though – it’s getting there.

It started here…

The original layout…

Master Bedroom, I


And then we had to make room for Baby #2 and a bassinet. This was a big improvement…better floor plan (thank you, Andris), matching bed frame AND dresser and what felt like infinitely more space. Oh, and no more plastic storage table.

The Plan…

Rethinking the Master

The reality…



With a better layout came some much needed inspiration…Slide1This became our jumping off point. At least now I had a direction. And after a small foot put a giant hole in our comforter, we had our next move. We decided to change up the palette completely and use white bedding to freshen up the entire room. It made a big difference.

It also provided a totally blank slate for our color scheme. I wanted something grown up, but fun; something sophisticated with a healthy dose of prep; but more than anything, something comfortable and calm and a room that we could really enjoy. Not surprisingly, the only thing I could settle on was navy blue, which led me to the next project – our nightstands.

After consolidating down to one dresser between the two of us, I finally had enough of using the space under the bed as extra drawer space and we called in our little builder to help with some new night stands that acted as some much needed extra storage. We lived with these unfinished night stands for at least 9 months.

Rast Dresser

My in-laws suggested Sherwin Williams paint and when I found out that I could complete this painting project with one sample can of SW Naval for $3.58 – I was sold. As is the theme here, I had the paint for a few weeks before being able to carve out the time to get started. This project lasted over two weekends, but the extra time was worth it.

SW Naval

DSC_1593 DSC_1601 DSC_1618 DSC_1602She thought it was hysterical to keep dipping her hand in the picture while watching a movie in our bed 🙂 It was worth the extra picture to remember the giggles.

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Still a long way to go, but it is a big step up from plastic storage tables. 

DSC_1640Sometimes I wish “Fast was the new fast.” We have been on Hillside Lane for over four years and I often look around wishing I could blink and finish every room. But what I have learned is that some of the best decisions take time. Often the time it takes to create an intentional home is the biggest blessing of all. I learn more about how I need our home to function and more about how I want our home to feel. The way we fill our space isn’t meant to be haphazard. It is meant to celebrate all those things that we love the most and to create a backdrop to our lives and all the moments and memories that we are so lucky to enjoy. So good news – “Slow is the New Fast”.




One comment

  1. […] Master Bedroom – Let’s say Phase 1 is done – new bedding, new painted nightstands, frames on the walls (don’t mind the fact that they aren’t filled), and a new bench at the end of the bed. It isn’t finished, but it is feeling like it is well on its way. (Slow is the New Fast) […]

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