Tropical Oasis Master Bedroom: Design Plan

Introducing our next project at The Riverside Retreat: the master bedroom! Here’s how it looked when we moved in (July 2018):

The only thing it had going for it is the 9′ ceilings, and it’s a decent size at just over 13×13′.

Originally there was a closet in the corner that was added on at some point.

We added a few pieces of furniture to make it livable, but moved into one of the other bedrooms a few months later during the new floor install.

I ordered green velvet curtains and temporarily put them up—they were the first thing purchased and inspiration for the future room design…

And now I finally get to bring this design to life! The concept is a luxurious, rustic resort somewhere in the jungle of Bali…

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The style is more sophisticated (compared to our Rainforest Room and the “In the Clouds” theme I have planned for the third bedroom), appropriate for the master suite of the house. Like every room design, I made sure there was a mix of textures and tones, using new and vintage pieces. Earthy colors, natural fibers, cozy linens and varied materials will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical oasis. It’s going to be unlike any room I’ve designed before! (Check out my inspiration for the entire home via my Pinterest)

Here’s what I chose: the deep green velvet curtains, which have been sitting in storage all year. I ordered four 6’x9′ panels in green, and you can see more photos and my review of them in this post (the coupon code LC15 still works!)

I already had the 8×10′ natural jute rug from a while back (it’s one of the most affordable ones I’ve found!) and I’ll be using a vintage trunk as a nightstand (similar to the one pictured above—still deciding if I want to use another chest for the second night stand).

Since the curtains are not 100% blackout and I love the look of layered window treatments, I partnered with BlindsGalore once again for custom shades. The plan was to bring in another woven wood texture, so I requested a handful of samples from their Natural Bamboo Shades line:

In the photo above they’re displayed on the bedroom floor, which was important to see how they’d complement each other. It was a really tough call between the bottom two and middle swatch and in the end it was a toss up, but I was drawn to the black accents and threading in the Hana Garden, so that was the lucky winner!

There’s many customization options with these but the biggest decision was inside or outside mount. Inside mount installations look custom and tailored, and normally I would use this on an encased window with trim. I almost went that route, but in the end decided to go with an outside mount, to make the windows look larger and prevent light from coming through the sides. I also chose a blackout liner and continuous cord, which is recommended for larger/heavier shades. The final size of these is 76″w x 68″h, so they’re pretty massive!

They’ll take a couple weeks to arrive as they are custom made to order, but I’m excited to see how they look in the finished room!

Another update we made was swapping out the outdated fan with this sleeker 44″ model. The wood blades give it tropical, resort style vibe and the dark trim fits in with the rest of the black accents. It’s also the perfect size for our room, and the price is right at $102!

In a perfect world, there would be a large mural covering the entire empty wall on the left when you walk in. Unfortunately, because these walls are so obnoxiously textured and we didn’t have the budget to skim coat or add new drywall, wallpaper was not an option. The next best thing? Framing a wall mural in a large gallery wall to disguise the texture! This Botanical Bliss wall mural from Rocky Mountain Decals caught my eye, and the width works out so that I can just cut four panels in half and frame the 8 sections. I’ll be using these inexpensive 24×36″ Ikea frames to fill the wall.

Next up, the centerpiece of the room—the bed! I spent so many hours hunting for the perfect tall dark metal canopy bed (that was budget friendly) and this one ended up at the top of my list. I haven’t pulled the trigger quite yet, but I’m 99% sure I’m going for it.

I picked up some inexpensive gauze, which I’ll be cutting into two panels and draping over the canopy like so:

So romantic, isn’t it?! Atop the antique chest night stand will sit these textured wood lamps (I’ve had them for a few years) and faux palms in a vase (can’t use real greens in a vacation rental!)

The walls and trim will match the rest of the house—SW Pure White on the walls, and SW Loggia on the doors/trim. Valspar’s Cracked Pepper will be used for the black accents (windows and closet doors). Ready to see the progress so far?

Last summer the old closet was removed, and we stole a couple feet of space from another wall to create a new closet and a small master bathroom:

The room became a junk/tool/dust collector for months, until we finally got our act together just recently.

We recovered the sagging, cracking plaster ceiling with fresh drywall:

Then cleaned up and patched the walls (painted SW Pure White), painted the trim and baseboards, and used Loggia at 50% strength on the ceiling.

Originally we had planned to do an intricate wood/bamboo treatment on the ceiling, but we ran out of time and have to get this house finished! I’m hoping we’ll get a chance one day to execute my plan when we have a free weekend. For now, a little color to keep things interesting is good enough.

Lucas also just finished painting the windows black, and here’s how it looks right this minute:

We still have a few paint touchups to do, and of course a very deep cleaning before we start bringing in the furniture and accessories.

Fortunately the hardest part is over—now I just need to get everything ordered and assembled. I think the green velvet curtains and artwork will really make it come alive!

Can you picture the “After”?

Soon, my friends! In the meantime, we have a downstairs bonus room to work on, a third bedroom to start on and a mile long punch list to get this house finished. I’ll be sharing updates on Instagram so make sure you’re following me there!



10 thoughts on “Tropical Oasis Master Bedroom: Design Plan

  1. Looks great! I’m on a green kick too. I bought a dark green necklace for myself and green shirts for my kids.
    You’ve flipped so many homes. Do you know or keep in touch with the prior home owner (or maybe they read the blog)? What do they think about the changes you’ve made?

    1. We’re actually in touch with the previous owners of the Riverside Retreat and they’ve come over a couple times to see the progress! We plan on having them over for dinner once the house is finished. They think it’s pretty awesome 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness! That bed! I’ve been on the hunt for a delicate canopy bed. Can you make a post about other bed your were considering?

  3. Jenna Sue, this is going to look beautiful! I love how it is all coming together.
    Can you share where the white bedspread is from? I am in love with how delicate, simple yet elegant it looks. Thanks!

  4. Hey Jenna,

    Thanks for the interesting article. Huge work has been done, and it is always interesting for me to see the process completely from beginning to end, in order to emphasize something useful and for myself. Keep it up!

    Ira Perez

  5. Wow, the green really ties everything together! You wouldn’t think it’s such a bold color, but it really does make a statement. It may look cool to paint the french doors a dark green color too! Thank you for sharing your beautiful plans!

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