Tag: Master Bedroom

Updated Traditional Master Bedroom

I am very excited to share this master bedroom makeover.  Louann, my client, had a husband who unexpectedly passed away last summer.  At Christmas time she had a big cookie decorating get together at her house and snuck me back to her room and asked if I was willing to help transform the space.  I could tell this was really needed for her mentally so amongst my busy mom and school life, I was happy to take on the challenge.

A few months later we had our initial meeting where I get an idea of the direction she wanted to go.  I strongly encouraged her to remove the red and she agreed.  She imagined white and gray but still traditional, nothing modern.  Out of respect for my clients, I do not share budgets, but I will say I liked the budget she gave me.  It was enough to complete the vision yet still needed to be creative on where to save and where to splurge.  Pretty much everything in the room she wanted removed.  The bed she had since she was first married (I’m guessing 30+ years), the nightstands and dresser were only 3 years old, but picked out by her husband.  She needed all new.  She needed a space that reflected her…the new her.    This is what I came up with:
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I am never right on my first try, but at least it’s a jumping off point.  I soon found out that she had already purchased a bed.  I wasn’t a fan of the bed, and threw a hissy fit at first (I’m so embarrassed), but then realized that she loved the bed and I needed to “make it work” (Louann, if you are reading this, again, I am so sorry!).  I could also tell she wasn’t loving the vision board.  I knew I needed to add just a hint of red back in and make it more traditional. So after a few revisions, this is what we ending up with and we both love it:


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Here are some before and after pictures of the space.  Such a great transformation. Enjoy!


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We took the existing curtain rods, raised them, and added connectors at the angles in the bay window.  This area of the room was begging for some pattern, so we went with these semi shear panels from Pottery Barn.  The chair is a glider that swivels, if she wanted to face toward the windows and read a book or turn and face the TV.

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The tall dresser wasn’t needed anymore so I thought a decorative sofa table would look good under the TV.  I am going to leave it up to Louann to style it, because I’m not a fan of clutter or decor with no meaning.  I suggested a plant, baskets for underneath, and a picture or two on top.  The TV is huge, but important to my client, so I had it installed on a swivel so she could watch it from her chair.

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Most Texans love their ceiling fans, but Louann said she could never feel this one when in bed, so it was pointless.  This aloud us to find a pretty chandelier.  This one is a perfect scale for this big room and gives her the light she wanted.

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The picture below is the first view when you walk in the room and it’s such a welcomed one!

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And for some finishing touches…

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Lastly, I want to talk about my favorite part of the room and that is the wall treatment.  The Picture molding is gorgeous and painted SW Monorail Silver.  The rest of the room and ceiling was painted SW Pure White.  This really helped lighten up the room.  Any time I can add custom woodworking to a space, it completely elevates it to a whole new level.

I hope you enjoyed the transformation.  Louann loves it and that makes me so happy for her.

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The white bedding and pillows are from Pottery Barn

The Sofa Table, Blue Lamp, Clue Coral pictures, Chair and Ottoman are from Home Goods

Side Table by chair and Mercury Lamps are from Overstock.com (the room needed a little contemporary)

Rug is from RugsUSA and absolutely beautiful and soft.  Highly recommend!

Nightstands are from Ashley Furniture

Upholstered Bench is from Wayfair


150 is a Magic Number and Cash is King

MOST of us have very little expendable cash. We get by every month paying the bills like a good American, with very little left over, if any. How people afford lavish vacations seriously boggles me. I’ve always been under the impression that budgets are great, yet realistically they can be super difficult to stick by. I’ve learned that in every relationship there is usually a spender and a saver. I bet you can guess which one I am.

When it comes to furnishing your home, for most it falls near the bottom of the priority list OR it just seems to expensive. I have a solution for you. I know it works, because I’ve tried it, and I am currently doing it.

My husband asked me, how much is a reasonable amount for home furnishings per month? Knowing that we are a modest one income family, I said my magic number is $150. Now, this is what is doable for us (everyone is different). He actually smiled and was happy I didn’t go too overboard. My thoughts…You mean I get $150 a month to spend on home furnishings without you questioning???!!! Sweet!!! So this is what we have been doing, and it works well for us so far. I have been wanting to update my master bedding for a while now, so here is the progress:

Month 1:  3 new Euros from Anthropologie.  It just so happened to be my birthday month and they give a discount on your birthday month, so that is why I bought these first. But for you, they are now on sale, so yippee! They are a beautiful, crisp white, in person.

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Month 2:  Organic Blanket from West Elm.  I mentioned how much I love it in this post. I got the white as well (much needed after 10 years with cream colored bedding).

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Month 3: Belgian Linen Duvet Cover. Because I had a little left over from the previous month, I saved it for this bigger purchase and of course, as always, bought it during a sale. I went for the color “platinum”. Contrasts with the white well and looks worn-in comfy, yet luxurious, triple folded at the end of my bed. If I was more daring I would get the blush color.

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Month 4:  I had to take a break from the master bedroom. I re-stuffed my 2 back couch cushions. This was not a fun purchase, but definitely needed. I have a cool story about this….why I called this post “Cash is King”.

About 5 years ago Phillip and I took the Financial Peace University course and learned so much. I’ll go into more detail about that in another post. One of the classes taught us the Power of Cash, so I decided to use that power.  I was nervous that when I took my couch cushions in to be re-stuffed that it would exceed my $150 limit. So I decided to go to the bank and withdraw $150 in cash and walk in the upholsterers with confidence. I have used a very trustworthy upholsterer that is very reasonable several times. As I was watching him measure my cushions and plinking in some numbers on his calculator he said each cushion would be $85. I also knew that did NOT include tax. So that would be $170 +$15ish for tax. That’s $185, or in my current calculation, $35 too much. So I pulled out of my wallet $150 Cash and placed it on the table. I said with pure confidence, How about $150 Cash? Without even hesitating he said YES, counted the cash, rolled it up and put it in his pocket. I smiled and said great, but, give me a receipt saying “Paid” on it. I was out of there in less than 5 minutes with a paid receipt and smile on my face. He was so nice to me, had my cushions done in 4 days, and kept asking me to come back. Don’t worry, I will. Cash is King. Try it.

Month 5:  This is the month I am currently in. Since I have all the bedding basics, it’s time for the statement pillow(s).

Here is my current, lucious, comfy, white, relaxed, bedding (the picture doesn’t do it justice)…

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Here is what I’m currently trying to decide for the statement pillow(s)…

A// Group of Danielle Oakey Pillows

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B// Group of Studio McGee Pillows

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C// One Large Lumbar Pillow- Keeping it Simple with a big splashy art piece above the bed
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What do you think?  A, B or C?

So…did this post help you? Are you going to figure out your current Magic Number? I’m just glad I came up with one to start the ball rolling. It requires a little patience, because we want it NOW. I remember watching my design crush, Nate Berkus, teach a lady on how to transform her master bedroom for $35 a month over 8 months. It’s totally doable. You can do it. 




My House- Master Bedroom

Master bedrooms are important to me.  They are supposed to be a sanctuary.  Yet, I find that many people put the master bedroom as low priority, a storage room, and last to decorate.  So sad.  If that’s you…change it right now!  If your bedroom is pulling dual duty, and also an office, that’s okay, it can still be relaxing and beautiful.

Here are some pictures of my Master Bedroom in it’s current state.  It’s been this way for a while and I think I may be ready for some updates.  

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One of the first things I would purchase is a bed/headboard.  It grounds the space (usually a rug does this, but a bed does this for me in a bedroom) and sets the stage for the rest.  A bed also looks official, like your staying awhile and you’re an adult.  I recommend an upholstered headboard.  They are comfortable to lean on and have become quite affordable these days.  Here is my favorite upholstered bed.screen shot 2016 05 16 at 11.08.45 amI know that in my room I have a wooden bed.  It’s the Pottery Barn Farmhouse bed and I absolutely love the look of it.  I eyed it in the catalog for years then saw it at an outlet and didn’t even think twice and bought it.  As far as comfort level, its terrible.  I have a huge stack of pillows to lean against every night and that can be annoying.  So this is why I recommend an upholstered headboard.  If you are worried about it getting dirty, then get one with a slipcover or one made out of a more durable fabric like leather, tweed or grasscloth.

Bedding.  Bedding can be expensive.  I say go affordable on your duvet cover.  IKEA, West Elm, and Target have great choices that are under $100.  I bought my cloud duvet over 8 years ago from Anthropologie (similar) and I still love it, but I am ready for a new one.  That was when it only came in the off-white color, but since then so many other companies have copied the look for less.  I love a solid color or something simple for the duvet to serve as the backdrop for the pillows.  This quilt from West Elm has especially caught my attention lately.quilt

Pillows.  I love pillows.  I want you all to realize that this is where I think you should spend some money or even better, learn to sew, because pillows are the centerpiece and make the biggest statement in the room.  Twin=one Euro, Queen= two Euros, King=three Euros.  Euros are those giant square pillows near the back of your headboard.  Group a few pillows in front, or my favorite, one long lumbar.  Here are a few looks I love lately as I redesign my room. Blue Batik Pillows and Mongolian Lumbar.

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From My Room: I bought the blue and cream Ikat fabric at Home Fabrics discount store and sewed the two Euros in the back.  I bought one Euro from Anthro to match the duvet.  The floral lumbar I made from IKEA fabric.  I took the stuffing from two cheap standard pillows and made the lumbar insert.

Art.  Keep it simple above the bed or don’t do anything at all.  I also love art flanking the bed behind lamps. If you do this, skip the art above the bed, negative space is okay.  I am so done with these boring lamps I have.  I have my eye on some sweet swing arm lamps right now.

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Window Treatments. Again, IKEA, Target, and West Elm are affordable places for these.  If you have the means, splurge for my favorite curtain rod…the oversized polished nickel rod from WE.  It seriously makes a difference in a room and is so much better looking than the cheap $20 ones.

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Other.  Keep it simple and classy.  Edit your chochsky’s.  Only have 1-3 displayed.  Nightstands should be different…don’t get sucked into sets.  Keep them clean and clutter free.  Add a live or fake plant.  Dust often.  Vacuum frequently.  Have enough lighting/lamps that you never have to use the ceiling light (unless it’s amazing).  If you have your computer in your room, buy an attractive desk, one with storage.  Keep it clean and organized.  Nate Berkus for Target has wonderful desk accessories to keep it good looking yet functional.  If you have a TV in the room, it’s not a big deal, I have one so no judgement here.  Just keep the electronics dusted often and try not to have the TV be a focal point in the room.  Paint.  Keep it light, do not go dark.  screen shot 2016 05 16 at 12.25.29 pm

Any questions?  I know that was quick.  I love designing rooms and helping people get their sanctuary in order.  Hopefully you are inspired to update yours.

This post is not sponsored.  All opinions are my own.