Story by Lindsey Christie
Photography by Northern Stories
A few months ago the Stibbe family reached out to me to help pull together the remaining of their upstairs bedrooms, which included their master bedroom. Trisha Stibbe is a wife and mother of four littles, a talented writer and somehow also finds time to give back to several amazing causes. Her home is full of love and a little bit of chaos, which is highlighted on her blog 3mistersandasister.com. She also has great taste and a knack for design herself, which only made this project so much more fun.
The space itself had great bones, a natural sliding barn door, a gorgeous existing light fixture and tons of natural light. We started the process out by reviewing inspiration images, and I immediately knew we were on the same page aesthetic-wise. I dove into designing and presented the Stibbes with digital design boards that gave them a realistic idea of what their space would look like.
When designing, I took into account the Stibbe’s busy lifestyle. I didn’t want to sacrifice the bright and airy look that they were going for, but also knew it needed to hold up and be functional for cozy, family movie nights. I presented them with an upholstered bed frame in an ivory, outdoor-grade fabric; gorgeous, cozy and easy to clean.
To add in a bit of contrast, I went with a set of updated grey/blue end tables. The little brass accents on the feet are my favorite! Since the tables brought not only color but also texture to the space, I went with a pair of subtle, but classic table lamps. Stibbe had an existing leather bench she wanted to utilize in the space, and I love the natural tones in the area. We tied it in with a rattan and acrylic, painted accent chair.
From the start, one of the biggest goals was to make the space feel finished. Since the room was already carpeted, Stibbe and I decided that we would forgo a rug in the space. Instead, we dove into designing a set of custom draperies, and it really brought the room to a whole new level.
When it comes draperies, there are so many details that go into making them right. It starts with the selection of fabric and hardware. Stibbe fell in love with the color and texture of the fabric. We tied in the brass accents in the space with the hardware. Karen Anderson at Rose Creek Designs then set the panels into production and executed them perfectly within the space. We sourced artwork from Etsy, and I worked with Stibbe to select the bedding for the space. The final accessories to pull everything together are sourced locally from McNeal & Friends.
If you ask any designer, install day is like our super bowl. I love creating that magical HGTV moment for clients. I got the call from my receiving warehouse that the items for the Stibbe’s home had arrived sooner than expected, and I knew that they were away on an end-of-summer family vacation before school started. The Stibbes came home to not only their own beds after vacation, but an entirely new space. These are the projects that make what I do so worth it, I couldn’t be more grateful for the trust that the Stibbe’s gave me as a designer; it definitely shows in the outcome of their beautifully finished space.
For more information, contact:
Lindsey Christie of Lindsey Grace Interiors