Last week as I was putting the finishing touches on our last room makeover, I was already brainstorming how to tackle the next one on the list, the master bedroom!
When we first moved in here less than two years ago, we slept with our mattress right on the floor and that was it. It was all we had.
Eventually, Robert and I saved up enough for our bed that we purchased during a Christmas sale at Ashley Furniture. After searching for months for the perfect nightstands, I finally found a pair at Nadeau. And we picked up our dresser from Craigslist. Then the progress stopped.
We were determined to focus on mostly the downstairs first because this room that’s rarely seen by anyone else felt more like an indulgence. But I’m SO ready to make this space our own.
This is really a room that left me stumped for a long time, and if you’d asked me to decorate this room when we first moved in, it would have looked completely different from what I’m about to show you guys.
That’s the great thing about discovering your decor style. It’s empowering to finally know who you are and what is “you” and not second guess a million different design directions. And while I’ve never taken an interior design class in my entire life, I’ve definitely learned a lot in this new homeowning adventure of ours.
So for this space, the idea that started it all was our bathroom and closet doors. Our bathroom door opens up smack into our shower door, and it sometimes creates a traffic jam in there.
Robert was actually the one to say to me one day, “Hey, let’s take these doors out and build sliding barn doors instead.” Oh my goodness…like I didn’t love that man enough already. He knows me so well.
So do you see those two doors in that picture there below? Those are going buh-bye if we have anything to do with it.
It’s rare that Robert has an opinion on any room I decorate, but this is his bedroom too, and I wanted his input.
His requests this go-round: blue/gray walls, a deer mount, and no floral print fabrics. Done. No worries, babe. I’ve got this.
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You ready for it? Here’s the whole breakdown.
1. Plank Wall
I’m starting to develop a board and batten / shiplap addiction, and I plan to create a focal wall behind our bed. I love how Jenna from Jenna Sue Design Blog came up with this one (below). The wall color is very similar to the one I’m thinking of using too- Benjamin Moore Moonshine. Paint and plywood strips can do magical things, don’t you think?
2. The Bed
Our current bed is very dark, and I’ve been going back and forth on the idea to brighten up the wood with a lime wash and paint the fabric with a lighter color to resemble this one from Restoration Hardware. We’ll see if I can work up the nerve.
3. Barn Doors
I love the color and design of these barn doors from Unskinny Boppy, and we’re pretty confident we can build a pair for our bathroom and closet doors for fairly inexpensively.
I want to keep the windows simple but still with plenty of texture and character. We’ll definitely frame them out with our DIY window trim and hang these white Ikea curtains similar to the ones I used in our breakfast area. If there is room in the budget, I would love to switch out our white blinds for bamboo shades as a way to balance out the wood on the barn doors on the other side of the room.
5. Ticking Stripes
I’ve had a thing for stripes lately, so I would love to add some ticking stripe pillows and maybe a duvet on our bed to go with the crisp white linens that are always a must-have for me.
If there is one home decor item I have a love/hate relationship in shopping for it’s rugs. (I rounded up my no-brainer faves because I wanted an easy go-to list.) The choices out there are overwhelming, and they are not cheap. But oh my stars they make a HUGE impact in a room!
It’s taken me weeks to decide on this one. Although, by the time this room is finished who knows…I might have changed my mind again. Isn’t it beautiful though? And you better believe I’ll be watching this thing like a hawk until it goes on sale.
We already have a mirror over our dresser, but it’s one of those hung up just for function. I think I found it for $20 at some point in college. I’m ready to replace it with something that has a little more charm like a window mirror.
8. Faux Taxidermy
This is one of the few requests from Robert that I’m happy to embrace because deer antlers remind me so much of our honeymoon suite.
Maybe it’s the trendy thing right now (or maybe it’s going out of style…I don’t even know where that stands right now with any design gurus out there), but for our honeymoon we stayed in the gorgeous Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, NC to visit the Biltmore Estates. It was the first time I really started to understand what styles spoke to me, and I remember walking into our hotel room and thinking, I want our bedroom to look like this one day. This was our hotel suite:
And because we’re ultra classy people, we immediately did this when we walked through the door:
Come on. You know you want to do it too when you walk into a nice hotel room.
Whew! This was a way longer post than I’d originally thought. What do you think? Am I starting off in the right direction?