I stayed at Brazilian Court in Palm Beach, Florida in August, and even though it was my second time staying at the hotel, I was totally inspired to refresh my bedroom decor. I was absolutely in love with my bedroom at my first apartment here in Chicago… I had a vision for exactly what I wanted when I moved from New York, and had such an easy time bringing it all to life.
When I moved from the Gold Coast to Bucktown this summer, I moved my bedroom furniture and decor exactly as it was. And while it definitely fits the room and matches the paint colors, it just doesn’t feel completely styled. I think a big part of my issue is that my new bedroom has carpet. And I don’t know what else to say besides I’m just not a carpet person. Growing up, even though my mom assured me that typically people had carpet in upstairs bedrooms, I still insisted that we rip it out and install hardwood when we re-did my bedroom decor when I was in Jr. High. (Yes, apparently I’ve been high maintenance and had expensive taste from a young age. 😜 In the words of Gaga, I was born this way.)
Anyway, part of my affinity against carpet stems from the fact that I really don’t like the look of a rug on top of carpet because I cannot stand the way furniture makes the rug dimple. Does that make sense? For whatever reason, look at that is like hearing nails on a chalkboard, honestly. Makes my skin crawl! When I was moving, it was time to replace my bedroom rug anyway (four years; blush pink rug; enough said), but I haven’t gotten a new one because I really don’t want a rug on top of the carpet. Yet, I feel like the room doesn’t look done without a rug. So I can’t really figure out what to do!
Without a rug, I feel like all of my neutrals just look a little bit boring in my bedroom. I have a touch or two of blush pink with my art, linen curtains, and euro shams, but that’s it. You can see the carpet in some of my daily outfit snaps, and my bed and side chair almost blend right in. From there, I have white bedding, white nightstands, a white dresser, and white lamps.
Typically I love the look of creamy, textured neutrals, but I’ve just been feeling like my room needs a refresh. It’s hard, though, because I highly doubt I’ll be in this apartment for more than a year, which is why I’ve been slow to make any design decisions. And quite frankly, I just don’t really want to spend the money to re-do my bedroom when I know I won’t be in this place longterm.
BUT! If I do decide to switch up my bedroom decor, I’m pretty much sold on re-creating my guest room from Brazilian Court! I was obsessed with every last detail. From the emerald green velvet bed, the brassy gold accents, lilac-hued upholstery, and modern, wood furniture, I was googly-eyed over the design. The stand-out star of the room was most certainly the giant (and I mean GIANT) painted textile across an entire wall of the room. I legitimately want to call the hotel to see where they got these masterpieces… I scoured Etsy for some similar hand-painted finds, but I really didn’t find anything comparable. If you know of any great sites to find art, do let me know!
UPDATE: Brazilian Court got back to me with artist info!
The Wisteria panel in the guest rooms was a custom design specifically created for this project by The Brazilian Court. The artist who painted the original image for us – which was then enlarged and printed on fabric – was Austin Kerr.