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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.


My House- Girls Bedroom

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I have just recently updated my two daughter’s (ages 6&8) room.  I kept the walls Revere Pewter because I’m too tired and cheap to paint…let’s be real folks.  I separated the white bunk beds to be parallel to each other and got excited for my kids to actually make their beds now (making your bed and bunk beds does not go well together, unless you can afford Bedeez).  I fortunately live near a West Elm outlet and bought most of the bedding there.  I love color, and I love florals, so I had fun by purchasing the duvet and coverlet for a steal. To personalize it more for each daughter, Jane has Flamingo sheets, and Paisley (of course) has Zebra sheets.  The sheet sets were found at Macy’s in the Martha Stewart Collection.  The Flamingo is still available here, along with so many other cute novelty print choices.  Have fun with your sheets!

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I painted an old $60 craigslist mid century dresser about 5 years a nasty yellow I never liked. Now I look back and LOVE the original stain dang it, why did I have to paint it???  To get rid of the nasty yellow I decided to paint it a more neutral color, Affordable Gray, by Sherwinn Williams.  I polished the brass handles and it felt fresh again.

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Thanks to the new Pillowfort and Threshold line at Target, I accesorized, bringing in the modern feel it was needing.

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I love the way the gallery turned out.  I found this darling print of the girl laying in the grass at an Etsy boutique in Dallas.  It reminded me of Jane.  The Zebra watercolor was done by my artistic sister but you can purchase one at Land if Nod. “Oh the Places You’ll Go” gold foil print was purchased from this Etsy shop.  The lamp on the dresser was purchased at JC Penny years ago and was part of the Jonathan Adler Collection.

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The oversized basket is from Home Goods and holds all the stuffed animals and blankies.  Above the basket are hooks from Target and a print found here.

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I’m tempted to get a rug to lighted up and ground the space, but financially it was low priority.  It really is a small space, so I don’t allow any toys in the room, just stuffed animals.  The toys stay in the toy room.  Overall I think the updated girls room turned out happy and complete.

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