Creating a serene listening space comes down to capturing a feeling.

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One of the things that we love most about our house is our bedroom, which is actually a converted attic. With three kids, it’s often hard to find peace and quiet, so we really wanted to make our room a space where we can unwind after a long day. Despite it being the attic, our room actually has relatively high ceilings, windows all around, and two skylights, so it’s flooded with light, even on the dreariest of Seattle days (like yesterday!).

When we moved into the house, the room felt stuffy and the opposite of modern. We wanted to transform it into a space that was serene, perfect for spinning some tunes on the record player, relaxing with a book (one day!), or just catching up on the day’s events. It took us a while, but I finally feel like this space is “complete” — something I’ve realized is hard to achieve when you’re a homeowner!

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Essentials of a Serene Listening Space

The color palette / mood

Creating a serene listening space comes down to capturing a feeling. I love bright colors, but for our room, I imagined what it would be like to lie on the bed while listening to rain softly rapping on the skylight. Even though our room feels inviting, the color palette is actually pretty cool. We painted our entire room white, matching the walls to the ceiling to make it feel more spacious. We alternate between gray and white bedding, keeping with the neutral theme, and decorated with a few cozy essentials, mainly a rug and throw pillows.

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The views

As I mentioned, our room is surrounded by windows. When we first moved in, they were covered by the most hideous gray plastic blinds that have been one of my biggest eye sores. For months, though, I wasn’t really sure what to do about them. Should we get curtains? Should we simply upgrade the blinds? Try cellular shades? When I discovered Barn & Willow, I knew immediately. Their luxurious custom roman shades felt like they’d be the perfect fit for our room. Each shade is made to order, and literally took less than 5 minutes to install (I kid you not). We went with the blackout lining and a cool roman shade in “Oyster” and I seriously cannot tell you how many times a day I stare at them obsessively. In the afternoons, we roll them up about 1/3 of the way up the window to flood the room with light.

The setup

In our room, unlike the living room, we have a pretty minimalist turntable setup. We moved our Gramovox up here and usually grab 3-4 records from our downstairs collection to throw on. Some days, it’s a SOUNDS DELICIOUS release, others it’s a throwback; last week, we were listening to Feist’s debut album. Years ago, when Matt and I went to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, we stayed in a room with a turntable and a few records. I’m usually a go go go sort of person so it was an unusual vacation for me to just lounge, but it was amazing. I had always wanted to capture the feeling of ease I felt on that vacation, and this setup is definitely it.

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The plant life

Before I became a homeowner, I was really ambivalent towards plants. But my plant appreciation has really gone through the roof in the last couple of years. I’ve become mildly obsessed with not only outdoor, but indoor plants, especially after reading how good they are for the air inside your home. Bringing plants into our bedroom really added a lot of life, beauty, and serenity. And if you’re curious, that Monstera leaf plant has grown wildly out of control, without me having to do much to maintain it. A bonus is that I occasionally trim the leaves and display them in vases around the house.

The scents

I find that scents can evoke really powerful emotions and memories, and I have an uncontrollable habit of accumulating candles. Depending on the mood I’m trying to create, I typically opt for woodsy scents (particularly in the winter), or ones that bring me back to my memories of living in California (like eucalyptus!).

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Which shades or curtains would you choose? Also, what are some of your favorite rainy day albums to listen to?

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Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • What a beautiful space you’ve created! My living room is bright with white walls, but seeing images of your rooms showed me how the ugly curtains we we have make the room seem cluttered. Heading over to check out Barn & Willow now!

  • Josh Baez

    I love the Belgian Flax Linen – Optic White curtains from Barn and Willow. Once I move out of my current apartment, I can imagine these beauties hanging down, my collection of plants adjacent, and hardwood floors underneath. Ugh, what a dream.

  • Rosie

    I love the Washed Belgian Linen Roman Shade! I love how you can click on the colors and see how they look. My fav is mint

  • Mint would look gorgeous! It was so fun clicking through and going through all the swatches. I want to do it all over again 🙂

  • That sounds wonderful, Josh! I never realized how much window coverings could change a room, but now I am totally sold (and I want to outfit my whole house in roman shades!)

  • Thanks, Elizabeth! I honestly never realized just how much window coverings mattered, but they make a huge difference (much like a fresh coat of paint!). xx

  • Amanda W

    I have GIANT front windows, so I love that Barn and Willow will custom sew blinds. I would love some long flowy drapes in a dark color, maybe Stone Gray Belgian Flax

  • Yes! Our house was built in 1931, so nothing is the “standard size,” including our windows. Being able to choose custom dimensions was fantastic. Not to mention, the installation was ridiculously easy and fast. WAY better than other options we’d tried before.

  • christina

    Your room looks so relaxing. Nice work! These roman shades would look wonderful in our family room. I would love to get the cascade shade in shale.

  • Thanks, Christina! Love that shade / style, too!

  • Laura Sharp

    Great room set up! If I was fortunate to be able to choose such lovely shades I would go with the Three pleated shades in natural linen, that way it would match our duvet cover in the same kind of material!

  • Love it! Thanks, Laura 🙂

  • Carol Roberts clark

    Mist Gray
    Belgian Flax Linen Drapery

  • Lorelai

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying plants! They truly brighten up a home.
    I love the relaxed roman shade style in Mist Gray

  • Lovely choice, Lorelai!

  • Great picks!

  • ClickClick

    I like the Roman Shades.

  • 1porkchop

    I like the 3 pinch pleat design the most. The chocolate color is my top choice for the color scheme in our home.

  • BrendaHaines81

    The Cascade Roman shades in mist gray, they look perfect. Thanks for the chance!

  • Brittany Koelmel

    I really like the pleated Roman shades!

  • Elizabeth

    We are remodeling and considering no blinds of any kind because we have young children. The Roman shades seem the perfect idea! Thanks!

  • Soft top oatmeal belgian sheer linen. Gorgeous! Thanks, and CHEERS.

  • Good thinking!

  • Those are really pretty 🙂

  • Nice choice! Cheers to you, Heather!

  • Lovely!

  • Ohh, that would look really cool.

  • Kayte CookWatts

    I’d love the pleated style for our bedroom in brown. My fave music to listen to is Amos Lee– he has a beautiful voice.

  • Rosie

    This is a beautiful post, the concept and the theme, and the pictures, it really is special.

  • I love their Roman Shades!

  • Rust

    I like the Chocolate Belgian Flax Linen Drapery. Very pretty!

  • Tina W

    I like the Belgian Linen Roman Shade in Shale.

  • They’re gorgeous, right?

  • Thank you, Rosie! We really appreciate that!

  • Nice! Thanks so much for sharing, Kayte.

  • Yummy 🙂

  • Nice color choice!

  • Cindy Aiton

    I would choose the Cascade shade. *swoon*

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