Friday, October 1, 2010

32 September Featured Space: Bedroom - Final Reveal

Well, the month is over and I have completely finished our Master Bedroom update!  I however, have not finished our kid's bedroom switcharoo projects, so there will definitely be more to update on those!

But anyways, back to my excitement!  Our bedroom is DONE!  W A H O O!

To me, the Master Bedroom is really one of the most important room's in the house, however, it is typically placed on the back-burner or forgotten, in terms of making it a sanctuary.  We as parents tend to put our kid's WAY before  ourselves, which is why our bedroom's also seem to lack in any kind of style, and more frequently seem to be dumping grounds for laundry.  In fact, our previous Master Bedroom was one of the last rooms in the house to ever be worked on or finished, but once it was done, I questioned, "Why did we wait SO long?"  You see, because we are so busy with our kids, jobs and other activities all day, a peaceful place to unwind is actually an EXTREMELY important thing.  Sleep quality drives our moods and our health, and going to sleep in a chaotic setting can really impose upon good sleep!

That's why when we had our little flood disaster, we decided to really place our efforts on our new Master Bedroom.  We knew that there would be loads of stresses coming with re-doing our lower level, on top of living our already chaotic life with three little men and school activities and sports and all other things that come with being a parent.  We would definitely need a place to unwind, peacefully, together.  Something that would help reduce our daily stresses, vs. adding to them.

On that note, as I have mentioned, because we are hoping to get back to our old Master Bedroom someday, this move is somewhat temporary, and all projects I have been doing to our former guest bedroom turned temporary master bedroom, were either be free, or to be utilized as part of the guest room when we move back downstairs, or have to be able to move with us back downstairs to our next master.

And it's pretty funny that I didn't whip out the paint can and give the stark room a new coat of paint, when that's exactly what I really wanted to do.  But not knowing what our future guest room will look like yet, I just couldn't do it.  But I could paint pretty much everything else I came in touch with, because I knew that I could always take it with me to my new space in our lower level.

Here is how the whole thing went down!

We started out with this:


And this:


Which was already a nice peaceful space, however, the bed was only a full size and we really prefer our queen.  So we placed all our guest furniture into storage and starting moving ourselves in.

My first focus was our closet.  We lost both a walk-in and a huge office area off of our previous Master Bedroom, so I wanted to re-invent those spaces in our new home.

The dual closet started out looking like this:



It's current setup was not ideal for clothes storage for two individuals along with a built in office, so we ripped everything out, painted the trim white, the sidewalls a blue gray, and wallpapered the back wall!  {snag all those details here}



Then, we installed a desk and closet storage:



Which now brought the closet from drab to fab!

And then I prettied up the desk with all my accessories from our old desk space, which really brought in some major organized functionality!

 


However, as gorgeous as we felt our new closet was, there are times when we knew it would need to be closed off, out of site.  And because our previous bi-folds wouldn't open when we brought in our nightstands, we installed two cheapo curtain panels instead!




From there, I started to accessorize the space with a pretty tray that I painted:


Along with some updated frames and a mirror I stole from other parts of the home:



So once all of the pretty stuff was in place, I had to finish things up by ensuring that the space was not only easy on our eyes, but functional as well.

I spent 15 minutes to give my nightstand a quick overhaul, inside and out:



And purged down boatloads of clothing and accessories to get them all to fit into our new itty bitty closet space!



And then we said, "HOORAY!  We are DONE!"  It felt great!  So great to know that we were able to create a sanctuary to retreat to each day, that is easy to maintain and pleasing to be in!

So what once was this:



Is now this!



And this:


Is now this:



We also added in a storage bench that once held a bunch of random toys:



Which is perfect for holding all of our bed linens!


And behind the scenes, I made some teeny tiny updates to the bathroom as well!  Here is the before:



After some trim paint and switching out the hand towels and tossing in a little white vase to corral some beauty supplies, it turned into this:




Which brings a cohesive feeling between the two spaces!

Now, you must be wondering, what did ALL of this cost me?

Honestly, the only investment made was in the closet.  We spent $25 on a piece of MDF for the desk {and had a lot of extra wood for future projects}, and $40 for the closet storage cubes and splurged on the wallpaper which was $120 {and worth every cent!}  Because the desk is our new forever office, even once we move back downstairs, we felt comfortable with each penny we spent.  And of course, closet storage is always essential, no matter what space it belongs to.

We really reused SO many things we already had, and just updated them with fresh coats of paint, that again, we already had.  Like the black shelf turned white for the desk space.  And the frames and mirror and tray turned blue.  And steeling old toy storage for linen storage.  And hounding spaces for baskets and bins galore.  That is why I always say, your home can be the best store to visit!  And paint can always work wonders!

Anyone else tackle their bedroom's this month?  Does this motivate any of you mommy's, to spoil yourselves a little too, because you really deserve a relaxing retreat to call your own!  And as you can see, it can be done for next to nothing with a little imagination and creativity!  

32 comments:

  1. I love the new bed! I think it looks so appropriate in the space - much more of a statement! Nice work!

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  2. Wow! you did an amazing job and definitely motivated me to finish our master bedroom!

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  3. Very pretty. My favorite is the closet and I do like your hanging light. My bath is off our bedroom in the hall. It's teeny tiny. I am looking at ways to spruce it up. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  4. Your room is absolutely beautiful --You put a lot of hard work into the many projects and it was fun to follow along -you are very inspiring -I wanted to tell you that I have been taking the simplify workkshops per your recommendation -I am so pleased it is really wonderful with instant support . I will continue with these workshops until my home looks like yours :-)

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  5. GORGEOUS! Where did you get those white, textured throw pillows on your bed? I've been looking for some like that.

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  6. Fabulous! I love it - it looks great! You guys did an awesome job on a budget! I must say, that tray is the perfect touch... it's like the cherry on top of all the other goodness! :)

    ~Chelsea

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  7. Jen - It's beautiful! What a great job!!
    I love the artwork above your storage bench, can you share the source? Or did you DIY it?

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  8. Hello. I found you via little yellow treehouse's blog. Um... would it be weird if I told you that you NEED to come to my house and decorate it upon just "meeting" you? lol. I love your style! It looks great. I'm following you now.

    Please stop by my blog and follow if you'd like.
    http://thedirtroaddiva.blogspot.com

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  9. Hi Stacia,
    I had snagged those white pillows at Crate & Barrel, I just heart them because they are versatile enough to go in just about any space!

    http://www.crateandbarrel.com/decorating-and-accessories/decorative-pillows/remy-orange-18%22x12%22-pillow/s656154

    I don't see them in white online any longer, however, not sure if they are still in the stores?

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  10. Hi melarse!

    I snagged the floral cutout off of Etsy by a super talented seller, and then just painted it to match the bedroom and popped it into a frame.

    Here is a link to her store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/OurHumbleABoweD She does a lot of custom work, and I highly recommend her! {she also has a great blog: http://ourhumbleabowed.wordpress.com/}

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  11. You have inspired me. I am going to go after my room tomorrow! I am not sure where to start though. :)

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous! Very inspiring!

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  13. Where do you get the time??? Heart everything you do!

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  14. I love your bedspread...please share your secret.

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  15. Beautiful room Jen! Where do you keep your clothes hamper? That is an area of my bedroom that always looks messy- clothes hanging over the side or next too. Thanks for all of your inspiration!

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  16. Hi Kristen!

    The bed is a mix and match of bedding from Pottery Barn {http://www.potterybarn.com/products/paisley-400-thread-count-duvet-cover-sham-porcelain-blue/?pkey=cpatterned-duvet-covers-shams}, which was my splurge, and a quilt from Ikea and throw pillows from Crate & Barrel. I really like to mix & match colors and textures to give it less of a "matchy matchy bed-in-a-bag" feeling.

    Hope that helps!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  17. Hi Anonymous,

    I actually stashed a hamper in the attached bathroom, in the cabinet under the sink. We are fortunate enough to have a lot of cabinet storage built into the wall in that bathroom, allowing extra room under the sink for the hamper. Keeping a hamper out of site creates much less room clutter, I prefer to keep them in closets or cabinets if possible.

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  18. Jen - I love your shower curtain - where is it from!?

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  19. Hi Jana!

    Shower curtain is from PBTeen: http://www.pbteen.com/products/ruffle-shower-curtain/?pkey=x|4|1||6|shower%20curtain||0&cm_src=SCH

    I also have a similar one on another shower that I found cheaper from Target that IHeart equally: http://www.pbteen.com/products/ruffle-shower-curtain/?pkey=x|4|1||6|shower%20curtain||0&cm_src=SCH

    I have also seen similar styles at Anthro and Urban Outfitters.

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  20. Hey Jen, the room looks fantastic! I love all the little touches you've added to create an inviting and personal space. I hope you love the artwork, too. It looks great in your space, if I do say so myself. Keep up the good work!

    Amanda
    Our Humble A{Bowe}d

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  21. The makeover looks amazing. So inspiring. I love the paint color in the bathroom. Can you tell me what it is? I was thinking of painting my powder room a similar inky blue color. I really like your color choice.

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  22. Hi Sima!

    Thanks so much for the sweet comments! The bathroom is painted in Dutch Boy Cathedral Glass. It's a great color, it seems to have a slightly gray undertone that I just adore.

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  23. Absolutely stunning! You are so talented. I've been wanting to tackle our bedroom for ages, but keep second-guessing myself. I need to just do it already!!!

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  24. Your bedroom looks amazing and...organized of course! I always have trouble sleeping when my bedroom is a mess, so it's organized but I just have to focus on the design now. Thanks for the inspiration! I think it's so important to have a room where you can retreat.

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  25. Looks great Jen! Where are the lamps in your bedroom from?

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  26. Absolutely LOVE all your ideas. I have a question? What color is that on your bathroom wall? It looks a bit glittery!!?!?

    Thank you so much!!!
    Tina

    P.S. I just discovered chalkboard Vinyl Stickers. They are amazing. You should give it a try.

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  27. Hi Tina!

    The bedroom walls are actually a very slight shade of light green, I don't recall the color any longer, it's about 8 years old... it's almost an off white.. the glimmer you may notice is most likely from the orange peel wall texture.

    And thanks for the tip on the vinyl chalkboard stickers! I will make sure to keep them on my radar!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  28. Jen I really love your style! You have a way of making your home look fresh, organized and so welcoming.

    I'm writing to ask where you got the 2 frames above your bed? They are just what I'm looking for for a nook in our home.

    Thanks!

    Sharon

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  29. Hi Sharon!

    Thanks for your sweet comments! Here is the link to the frames: http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/HomeAccentsD%C3%A9cor/HomeAccentsDecor/tabid/508/CategoryID/142/List/0/catpageindex/4/catpagesize/25/Level/a/ProductID/6307/ProductName/White-Wall-Frame--Set-of-2/Default.aspx

    I had just painted them out to have them match the decor!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  30. I was curious where you got your bed? Did you make it?

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  31. @Anonymous, we had found the bed through Ashley Furniture Home Store a couple of years ago, but I bet with some MDF, a ton of batting and a lot of energy, one could totally be DIYed!!

    xoxo!
    Jen

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