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My Bedroom: A Work In Progress

Decorating a room can be a process. It can also take time to build the look you want. I’ve been working on my bedroom for 4 years and it’s still not done. 

First, please excuse my grammatical errors today. I told my Editor Jo to not worry about reading over this post because it was getting late and Nate could do it for me instead. Well, when I got home late last night, Nate was already sound asleep in bed and I figured it wasn’t worth waking him up. Sorry, my writing and spelling may get messy. 😉

I don’t know about you, but I want my room to feel like an escape. I purposely want my bedroom to look like a nice hotel room. I don’t have endless money so that means I need to save more and settle with temporary items until I can afford the look I’m going for. So let me walk you through my room and ideas.

I LOVE shades of plum. This color always grabs my attention. When I told Nate I wanted to apply purple tones in our bedroom, he got a little nervous. But, after seeing how I used the shade, he eased into the idea more. We both find this room very tranquil.

I have a lot of personal antiques in this room (that are very special to me), so it’s a balance of traditional, victorian and a sliver of modern. I have to have a touch (or more) of modern in each room I live in. I really love linear designs so I made (in mixed media) the abstract art above each night stand. FYI- the large frames are from IKEA and I spray painted them gold.

My night stands (I painted), lamps, area rug and baskets are from Home Goods. I always look for the damaged ones to get the extra discount. 😉

The little candle lantern and the blue striped frame are from Anthropologie. I found them 3 years ago, but visit the link to check out other cute frames. The white milk glass vase came from my Great Grandmother.

I still need to put a photo of Nate and I in that frame.

My plum pillow shams (against the headboard), the gray lumbar pillow and quilt are from Pottery Barn. The plum colors are out of stock, but they still have lavender tones. Be sure to click on the pink links. The white sweater knit blanket is from West Elm. The bedskirt is 14 years old from Target and my headboard is from Pier1. Again, I found a damaged headboard and only paid $99 for it. You can’t beat that!

Here are some links to similar items: Bedskirt, White Blanket and Headboard.

The curtains are from Home Goods. They always have gray curtains there. The trunk is from World Market. The vintage chair and gold frames are from an antique show called the Elko Flee Market. It’s amazing! You have to make time to check it out. Check out this link for more trunk options.

My dear friend Amy made that beautiful bud vase. Nate and I love it!

When Nate and I were first married, I painted this iris painting for him as a birthday present. I found that little plaque at Patina in Minneapolis.

Both of my dressers belonged to my Great Grandmother. They were painted white when they were given to me, so I stripped them and refinished them.

All the items on this dresser are an antique, except the mirror.

The little silver jewelry box and tray with framed lace belonged to my Grandmother. The lace was a piece from her mother’s (my Great Grandmother) wedding dress.

There is still a lot of things I want to adjust and do to this room. I’m not even sure what the final color will be yet. But, below are some of my ideas.

My To-do’s for Master Bedroom:

1- Remove popcorn texture from ceiling. Yuck! Maybe paint ceiling?

2- Add more trim on walls. This is a must!

Image via West Elm

Replace lamps and ceiling light. Here are some ideas below.

These lamp examples are from Chairish.

Image via West Elm

Replace headboard.

  • Not sure what the bed will look like yet.

Replace mirror.

  • I might want a mirror that’s thicker and has more weight to it.

Image via Anthropologie

Adjust room color???

I would love to have hardwood floors upstairs, but that might get too spendy. I’ll keep dreaming! 😉

Well, that’s what I have so far.

What do you guys think? I’d love to hear from you!




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  • Reply
    February 9, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I like the plum colors! It makes me think of royalty.

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    February 9, 2018 at 8:33 am

    It looks amazing! Thanks for putting so much effort into making our room look fantastic!

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    February 9, 2018 at 8:33 am

    ask jesse Hawes who the de-popcorn person was that he hired for my house. I really like the orange peel look we picked.

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    Brandi Cook
    February 10, 2018 at 12:32 am

    I love it! I love the refinished dressers. So cool to have heirloom pieces in your room and have it look so fresh and new!

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    February 10, 2018 at 7:34 am

    I really love your theory of making your bedroom as cozy as a hotel room. My bedroom is the least decorated and cared for room in my house so after I finish putting up the art in the living room I am setting my sights on finally making my bedroom something I will love! It’s only been 7.5 years after all… 😬

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