It’s a little crazy to think that I’m showing you my master bedroom today. When I made my list of projects at the beginning of the year, I never thought it would be the first room added to my home tour in 2014. It sat for so long with mismatched furniture, a hodge podge of linens, just a mattress and box springs and no cohesive plan in place to change it. The master bedroom is an easy room to neglect… it’s a private space that not a lot of people see in your home (unless you put it out on the internet like I’m about to…). When budgets are limited and priorities have to be made, the master bedroom often falls to the bottom of a to-do list.
But no more… not in this house. I mentioned yesterday that this master bedroom makeover was made possible by the hoarding of my Christmas and birthday gift cards. They gave me the freedom to do something for myself… something selfish… and that something was to finally makeover our master bedroom. Like everything else in this house, I had a strict budget to stick to… the value of my gift cards. I always tell my friends that I have Dom Perignon taste on a Boone’s Farm budget… and that can get me into trouble when it comes to decorating the house. In order to get the look I wanted without breaking my bank, I had to do with what I do best… I had to work with what I had. Most of my budget went to the bed, meaning that I had to shop the house and work with the existing pieces in the room. In the end, a little creative spending, a little DIY, a little paint and a lot of working with what you’ve got gave me the look I wanted. My goal was to create a calm, inviting and warm space using neutral colors and simple fabrics. I didn’t want the room to feel too feminine and didn’t want it to feel fussy. I wanted it to be a space where we could sit back and relax without freaking out that someone would ruin something. I couldn’t be happier with the end result… and crave getting to “retreat” to our room at the end of a long day.
Today I’m posting pictures of the entire room… I’ll get into some of the details and where I splurged and saved in posts later this week. Check back tomorrow for details about the room’s biggest project and the one part I didn’t want to DIY (but had to nonetheless)… the headboard and bed! (Update: Bed details can be found here)
This is the view as you come into our room now… it makes me smile all the time. Such a huge difference from just a few short weeks ago!
I’ve already shared with you the stories of Mike’s and my bedside tables (if you want to catch up, you can find them here and here). But, this antique chair was passed down to me and sat, unused, for years. When I redid my vanity, I added a little liming wax to the wood frame and reupholstered the seat in a slubby linen.
The room is big enough for the small seating area that we love and use often, but door placement in the room makes the layout awkward and hard to work with. We went through several rounds of musical chairs before finding the perfect fit for the space with this love seat. (Update: Sitting area details can be found here)
Several years ago, I bought existing bookcases off of Craigs List and “built” them into the nooks in our room. One belongs to Mike and another belongs to me. I love that we have storage in the room for our unending supply of books. I also love the warmth and color that they lend to the space. The tops of the bookcases below each window are filled with personal photos, sentimental books and trinkets from my childhood. Master bedrooms, more than any other room of the house, should be a reflection of us and should be filled with the things that give us joy and happiness.
So, that’s just a quick look around the room. Tomorrow, I’ll share details about the headboard, bed and linens. The bed was by far my biggest project in the space, where I spent the bulk of my budget and where I refused to compromise the look I wanted with what I could afford. It’s also the story of the project I didn’t want to DIY… but didn’t have a choice. Thanks for reading friends and for indulging my excitement at completing Project Take Back My Master Bedroom… I hope to see you back here tomorrow!
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