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Simply Summer Bedroom Tour

I’m calling this the “catch-our-breath” summer. The summer with family reunions and road trips and yard work and home improvement projects galore. It’s so exciting and fun and totally worth the work, but there are evenings when I flop down on our bed and realize it’s the first time I’ve sat down all day. Whew!

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Today, I’m joining in with Nina Hendrick again this year for her Simply Summer Home Tour with a group of insanely talented blogger friends. (You can see last year’s Simply Summer Tour here and this year’s summer tour of our current living room and breakfast room here, if you want more decorating ideas for the season.)

Welcome to our catch-our-breath space, our master bedroom.

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

It’s unexpectedly come together and practically decorated itself thanks to a lot of lucky finds.

In addition to the list of summer chaos, my camera and computer are having a fight, so my photos are a little wonky today.

(Affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

Two months ago, this room looked like this…

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

Pretty crazy, huh?

Robert and I scored our bed, chest of drawers, and dresser on a major closeout at a local home decor shop, and everything else sort of fell into place.

We painted the walls in Benjamin Moore Moonshine, the ceiling and trim in Benjamin Moore Simply White, and the doors in Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron to flow with the rest of the house. The paint alone never fails to make a ginormous difference.

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

I did a little victory booty dance in the aisles of TJ Maxx when I found our bedding on clearance. And maybe I’m still doing a jig over here.

I scored the rug at HomeGoods the other day too and could not wait to get it home to gracefully slide it under our big bed (ahem… wrestle with it until red in the face and sweating like a pig).

This space really felt disconnected until that magical rug came along, and suddenly the room made sense.

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

To contrast with our light bedding, I snagged two pairs of charcoal IKEA curtains and hung them just below our crown molding to make the room feel larger.

This bedroom is much smaller than the bedroom in our old house, so hanging curtains high and wide trick the eye and make the ceiling look taller.

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

I love balancing out feminine and masculine details, so this pair of suitcases on top of our chest are rockstars at adding some rough, handsome texture while still providing storage, if we need it.

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

That top suitcase once belonged to my grandparents, who took it on their honeymoon over 60 years ago. Be still my sentimental lovin’ heart!

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

To trick the eyes a little more in making the room feel larger, I stuck this big mirror on top of our dresser to bounce some light around on this window-less wall. We brought it from our last master bedroom in our old house along with the rest of this decor I already had in my stash.

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

Fake flowers for the win, y’all! I forgot all about these little guys that were stuffed into a storage bin.

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

Robert and I are not bedroom chandelier people. We’re both hot-natured and love white noise in the room, so with this Channelside fan from Hunter Fan that we just hung up last week, we’ve been sleeping like rocks ever since. (Because really, how accurate is the term “sleeping like babies”?)

I love that the blades have that rugged texture to balance out the florals in the room and the lace on our bedding.

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

This Shakespearean Botanical book (that my former English teacher self is completely geeking out about) might end up by the pool with me this summer. Sleep is all I care about when I hit this bed at the end of every day.

Simply Summer Bedroom Tour | blesserhouse.com - A drab bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover using clearance items and thrift finds for a masculine / feminine balance styled for summer.

If you want to know any of the sources in this space, you can find all of them here:

Be sure to check out all of the stunning Simply Summer Home Tours throughout the week below too:

MONDAY
Nina Hendrick | The Happy Housie | Finding Silver Pennies | TIDBITS | So Much Better With Age

TUESDAY
Zevy Joy | A Burst of Beautiful | House by Hoff | Migonis Home | Just a Girl and Her Blog

WEDNESDAY
Nesting with Grace | Design, Dining, and Diapers | Bless’er House | The Wicker House

THURSDAY
Life on Virginia Street | Craftberry Bush | The Blissful Bee | Boxwood Avenue | The Chronicles of Home

FRIDAY
Love Grows Wild | The Wood Grain Cottage | Cherished Bliss | Making Home BaseThe Turquoise Home

Happy summer, friends! I hope you take some time for yourself to catch your breath in the midst of the fun in the sun.

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37 Comments

  1. I was wondering how big was that rug under your ‘queen’ bed? AND how tall are the bedside lamps, there were two sizes available on that link – short and tall.

    1. The rug is an 8×10, but it’s a king sized bed. And we used the short lamps since our bedside tables are on the smaller side.

  2. I love love your style, it’s exactly how I envision our builder grade to look like one day….. slowly but surely working on it. I’m starting with baby steps so paint it is, and I was wondering if you used a specific sheen on your paints? and does it vary from to room? Thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. Thank you so much! For bathrooms, I usually stick to satin sheen to help in humid conditions. For trim and cabinets, I use semigloss. And for the rest of our rooms, I use eggshell.

  3. So gorgeous, Lauren! I absolutely love the vintage suitcase, especially the one that your grandparents had – so special! Everything works so nicely together in this space! I love it.

  4. I would love to know the name of the local home decor store where you purchased your bed. I live in the charlotte area ?

  5. Love the bed! Finding good bedding at great prices definitely warrants a “victory booty dance” haha And that rug totally makes the room come together! Are you feeling like this room is complete or are there more additions to come? (Didn’t know if you were thinking of pictures/art on the walls or …real plants?)

  6. Love your bedroom … perfect!! The wooden tray in your picture has handles … wooden tray on Walmart site does not. Wondering if tray comes with handles??

  7. I think your home is beautiful. I love the neutrals and the new rug. Would you possibly know the name or brand of the manufacturer? I know you posted it is from HomeGoods, but maybe I can find something similar. Also, do you like having your doors painted dark? I have a black desk and it seems to always attract all the dust in the room! My doors are stained right now and debating on whether to leave them and just paint the trim white. Thank you for sharing your new home and the ideas!

  8. Lauren — just found your blog from the home tours! Just love your style! In fact, I recently found a “colour” blog by Candian Maria Killam who is color specialist. Based on the colors you used, it absolutely makes sense and everything works. Not easy to do. Her system is about the undertones of colors and making them work. Big success in what you have done — just lovely! Glad I found this blog!

  9. Wow, just have to say I absolutely love your style and amazing energy and elbow-grease! A treat to watch this peaceful bedroom transformation come together. I am appreciating every detail.

  10. I love all the color hues you are using and you’ve done a great job of balancing them! I’m curious about the IKEA curtains..they have tabs in the link you sent but not in your pictures? Enjoy your new space 🙂

    1. Thank you! Oh, meant to mention that! I’m not a fan of tabbed curtains, so I cut the tabs off and hung them up with clip rings. I plan to hem and iron them soon, so it’ll be really easy to just unclip them when I’m ready to do that.

  11. You said you got the bedding at TJ Maxx. Did you also get the grey quilt at TJ Maxx. If not, where did you get it? I love it!

    1. Yes, both the white and gray quilts came from TJ Maxx. They were Cynthia Rowley brand. I tried to find them online, but I only dug up the gray one on eBay, and it was priced way more than what I paid.

  12. You are so right Lauren, it makes no sense to sleep like a baby. Love how the bedroom has come together. You really did luck out with the bedroom set from that furniture store. Beautiful, calming and relaxing, that is what a bedroom should look like.

    1. Right?! Anyone who has ever had a baby knows sleeping like a baby isn’t a good thing. Haha! Those midnight feedings are rough! Thank you, Mary! Your sweet compliments always brighten my day.

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