As promised, I will be sharing details, behind-the-scenes and resources of my master bedroom makeover. After moving to Illinois from North Carolina more than two years ago, I had a chance to redesign our master bedroom recently. It all started with this inexpensive pillow from Target.
With a design blog with literally thousands of gorgeous room inspirations, you would think I designed my master bedroom around an inspirational picture or two from my blog. Surprisingly, I drew inspiration from the above simple navy striped pillow instead.
For me, blue hasn't been my favorite color but when I saw this navy pillow, it was love at first sight. I thought the color looked very fresh and has a relaxed quality about it. I knew I wanted my bedroom to feel the same way.
Then, I started to look for bedding. I have had the same striped beige bedding for 7 years and it's time for a change. I have always wanted to have a crisp, white hotel style bedding with gray stripes stitching. Fortunately, I found them at Target at a fraction of the price (compared to over $200 at other big box stores) after spending a few hours looking online. The wall color in my master bedroom was inspired by those gray stripes. I decided to go with a very light gray so the bedroom wouldn't look so cave-like considering that I will be keeping all my dark furniture.
In keeping with our small budget, we kept most of our bedroom furniture. To freshen them up, I have added bright and modern accessories to update the look. I wanted our master bedroom to feel relaxing but still look fresh, chic and visually interesting, thus the eclectic touches.
Let's revisit some of my master bedroom pictures that I shared previously.
Evening shots of my bedroom:
I bought these chairs seven years ago for my living room. The color is not ideal for this room and has a lot of visible water stains. I am planning to get them reupholstered in a white fabric or perhaps get two new ones. It will depends on what I will be finding along the way.
If you have been a long time reader of this blog, you might remember the same chair and acrylic coffee table that I used in my living room. I am planning to get a new coffee table for my living room soon. Now, I just need to find something I like that is also within my budget.
I actually had bright pink peonies or bluish purple hydrangeas on my mind for this installation but unfortunately, my local Whole Food (that's known for pretty fresh flowers) did not have any gorgeous flowers that day. After checking out a few other stores for fresh flowers, I found these pretty flowers at Jewel Osco. These flowers were not sold in a bouquet but rather in individual packages. I picked these four and thought the colors would looked beautiful together.
Did you notice the ceiling beam? This used to be one room but one of the previous owners enlarged the room and added an attached bathroom, making it a spacious master bedroom suite.
A close-up of the hardwood floor installation that hubby had been working so hard in the past few months. You may read more about the hardwood floor drama here.
You might remember our wedding canvas from here. I thought the area above our nightstand was a little bare so I added a small vase and some green foliage that I picked from our yard.
I bought this bedroom set 7 years ago because I really wanted to have a canopy bed. The color is not ideal but for the price, it was well worth it.
I intended to put two king sized pillow shams behind my standard pillows but they were missing during our move. The bed would definitely looked better with those shams, in my opinion.
Since all the furniture in my bedroom is so dark and heavy, I wanted to lighten the space up by using mirrors and glass table lamps.
I do not want my bedroom to look too serious so I added a whale pillow for a little bit of fun and whimsy. I have wanted to get the pillow for a while but I decided to wait for a sale before I made the plunge.
I bought this clock when I was in NC. It used to live in my living room. I thought it would look wonderful against the light gray wall in my bedroom. Those table lamps were bought during a silent charity auction (that benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) during one of our regular Parade of Homes tour.
This miniature hutch was a gift from hubby for my birthday. I saw this during one of our window shopping trip and hinted that it be would be a lovely birthday gift. So, my hubby bought it on the spot for me. :) I really like that all the doors and drawers can be opened. I think this adorable mini hutch would be perfect to display little trinkets in the future.
Morning shots of my bedroom:
As you can see, my bedroom doesn't receive a lot of natural lighting during the day although there are four windows in the room.
I wanted to show you my cowhide rug because I really love it. I have been wanting one for years but can't find one below $350 until I stumbled upon this one at Ikea. I was so thrilled with this purchase because first of all, Ikea's cowhide rug is the least expensive compared to what's on the market. Secondly, on top of that, it was on sale. And thirdly, it looked gorgeous! I took my time and sorted all the cowhide rugs while I was at the store but none looked as beautiful as this one. The best way to shop for cowhide rugs, in my opinion is to check them out in person before buying because the patterns on every cowhide rugs can be so random and different.
I bought those green geometric pillows earlier this year. A few months later, I stumbled upon the table lamp and bought it as well. At first, I didn't realize they were so eerily similar in terms of color and pattern (I put all my purchases in my closet and never took them out) until installation day. I was running out of time for the reveal on Wednesday so there is no way I could replace the pillows or the table lamp. It's quite insane if you think about it but I guess we are all attracted to the same thing again and again, don't we? I am planning to change out the pillows or the table lamp in the future to avoid the matchy-matchy look.
I love my canopy curtains. I like that they were crisp white and very well-made but I would prefer if they were a little longer. What do you think? Do you think the length is right?
I forgot to turn on the table lamp on the left but I think this is a nice picture overall. The lighting and colors represented the room well.
The door on the far right leads to the attached master bathroom. It's a tiny bathroom but it works for us.
There are a few things you didn't know about this bedroom. I thought it would be fun to share with you some of those things!
1. I haven't show you one wall in our master bedroom and that's the closet wall. It's not pretty because it's a wall of mirrors. I am planning to use either screens, curtains or Overlays to hide them some day.
2. Trying to spend as little as I can, I didn't get a duvet insert. I figured I could just put my old comforter inside my duvet cover and guess what, it worked!
3. My husband already hung double curtain rods in our bedroom because I was planning to get some sheers for the windows. We haven't had a chance to get the sheers so I took the rods (for the sheers) down.
4. Many of the picture frames were empty. We didn't have a chance to select pictures and have them developed. I am planning to do that soon.
5. Hubby unknowingly missed a row of wood floor installation near the closet area. I don't blame him, it wasn't obvious. He will get that done when he gets a chance.
6. I changed the lamp shade of my mint green table lamp (the one from the sitting area) from a darker linen shade to a white shade (from another table lamp).
7. I bought 2 packs of faux lemons to accessorize the area above my dresser. Unfortunately, the fruit bowl is too deep and I didn't have enough lemons. I didn't have the time to run to the store again to get more so I stuffed some bubble wrap at the bottom of the bowl so the faux lemons are still visible from afar. Necessity is definitely the mother of invention! :)
This room is not completed yet but I am "done" for now. New pieces will be added and old pieces will be replaced in the future for sure. As with all rooms in my home, our bedroom will continue to evolve according to my taste and budget.
Wall paint: 780E- 3 Sterling from Behr
Curtains: $19.99 each, on sale from PB Teen
Acrylic coffee table: $249 from CB2
Nesting tables: $199, (discontinued) from West Elm
Chair: $350 each, from Bombay Company (now closed)
Mint green table lamp: $20, on clearance from HomeGoods
Green geometric pillows: $20 each, on sale from CB2
Cowhide rug: $200, on sale from Ikea
White vase: $9.99 from Ikea
Fresh flowers: $4.99 each bundle from Jewel-Osco
Picture frame: $3.25, on clearance (discontinued) from Target
Faux coral: $16.99 from Homegoods
Small yellow lacquer box: $8.99 from The Container Store
Medium yellow lacquer box: $12.99 from The Container Store
Tray: Free (I used my design dollars) from West Elm
Sphere: Free (I used my design dollars), (discontinued) on clearance from West Elm
Gold ashtray: Gifted (giveaway win), (discontinued) from H & M Home
House tealight holder: $2.39, on clearance from Meijer
Round mirrors: $29.90 each, on sale (discontinued) from Crate & Barrel
Chevron rug (8' x 10'): almost $500, on sale from West Elm
Square mirrors: $39.90 each from HomeGoods
Table glass lamps: $59.90 each, from HomeGoods
Alarm clock: (I used my design dollars), (discontinued) from West Elm
Small cream vase: $3.99 from Michael's
Canvas: Free (In exchange for a review) from Reflections On Canvas
Bedroom furniture set (King size four poster bed, dresser, mirror (not used in this room), a pair of nightstands): $2,000, (discontinued) from Rooms To Go
King size sheet set: $49.99, (discontinued) from Target
King size duvet set: $89.99, (discontinued) from Target
Blue navy pillows: $19.90 each, got another one on clearance for $5 (discontinued) from Target
Whale pillow: $22/ $24 (discontinued) from West Elm
Canopy curtains: $29.90 each from Amazon
Ikat picture frame: $3.25, on clearance from Target
Silver picture frame: Free (I used my TJX rewards) from Marshalls
Small bowl: Free (I used my design dollars), (discontinued) from West Elm
Clock: $199, from Bombay Company (now closed)
Rectangular glass table lamps: $80/ $90 each, from a silent charity auction during one of the Parade of Homes in North Carolina
Miniature hutch: Free (birthday present from hubby), from George Lowell
Medium white picture frame: $4.99, from Ikea
Large white picture frame: $6.99 each, from Ikea
Fruit bowl: Free (I used my TJX rewards), from Marshalls
Fruit bowl: Free (I used my TJX rewards), from Marshalls
Faux lemons: $12.99 each pack, from Michael's
Gold tone apple and pear set: $9, from Home Accents
I hope you enjoy my master bedroom tour. Thanks for all your wonderful comments last Wednesday! I really appreciate it.
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