Monday, November 3, 2014

21 Master Bedroom Refresh - The Plan

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were scheming a little master bedroom refresh.  It was initially inspired by a pretty new piece of artwork my eyes landed on... and it has spiraled into a lot of delightful updates and mini projects.

As we put more and more heart into this mini makeover, Bryan and I decided that since we don't typically purchase gifts for one another during birthdays or holidays, that we would invest a little extra into the room to finally get it to a more grown up and sophisticated version of us.  Up until this point, the room was good.  A little hod podgy, but there was a lot we liked about it.  Ultimately, it just needed to be streamlined, decluttered and livened up with a modified color palette.

To keep me on track, I pulled everything together to create a plan for the space.


The artwork was the item that inspired it all.  I loved that it was calming and splashed with many of the colors we already use throughout our home.  I purchased it from Minted here.

The nightstands and bed were not changing, just some tweaks to the linens to pull everything together.  I pulled out our white comforter which instantly simplified and freshened up the entire room.  The color would come in through the pillows; some sewed with this fabric, some we already owned and this berry pillow to act as as the cherry on top.

We already had a set of four natural wood frames purchased from Target a few years ago.  They were definitely staying in the mix, but being moved to the area above the bed.  They would be filled with a little Mr. & Mrs. DIY art project.

The previous rug was always just a placeholder until we could find something that would make more of a statement.  I am so happy we waited for a few years before making a decision (there have been a lot I have fallen for over the years and by waiting I was able to narrow it down to one I continuously went back to).  Thank goodness for Rugs USA's recent Labor Day sale, I was able to score 70% off this navy block one.

We love using a dresser in our room to hold all of our bedroom and bathroom linens for the lower level, so that storage needed to remain.  In the spirit of using what we have, we planned on doing a dresser switcharoo by giving our oldest son's dresser a few fresh coats of glossy white paint.  His dresser had cleaner lines and deeper drawers, so it was a perfect solution.

I have always loved these beautiful high end gourd lamps, we created our version of those last year.  They were not going anywhere, just being shuffled a bit.

To mimic the wood toned frames above the bed, I wanted to bring in similar tones on the opposite side of the room.  Adding this beautiful mirror would not only bounce a lot of extra light around our lower level bedroom, it would bring in oodles of warmth at the same time.   And with great coupons floating around lately, I was able to get it for a steal of a deal.

And what girl wouldn't love these blingy, beautiful Kate Spade stacking boxes?  We began adding coral to our dressing room this past spring, and these boxes would help pull everything together.  And although I had whipped up some Kate Spade inspired boxes back here, this time I was able to DIY a pretty spot on look.

Our window always had some white blinds to block morning light and provide a little privacy, but to finally bring in some softness we planned to install a simple white roman shade (found on Amazon marketplace).

Funny thing is that the beaded chandelier was the first project we completed for this makeover and I really loved it.  Then, once everything started coming together, it was the one thing that wasn't working for me.  I continued to fight it up until the very last minute, at which point I was grateful that the project was easily reversible.  So for now the light fixture is going back to normal.  It's always hard to make those mistakes, especially in front of the entire internet world, but you never know unless you try.

Now that you can see my plan for the master bedroom refresh, tomorrow I am going to share how it all came together.  I know I always say that each new project is my favorite, but since finishing our room last week, I can't seem to stay out of it.


21 comments:

  1. Hi Jen! I really like your master bedroom plan. It feels very fresh and would definitely make me happy to wake up to every day. I'm feeling a little bedroom refresh of my own coming on...thanks for the inspiration! You are one brave woman to use a white comforter...you must not let your fluffy friends sleep on your bed with you. I can't wait to see the final project come together!
    Peggy...

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    1. Thanks Peggy! The fluffy kids sleep on their puppy bed in our adjoining dressing room. :)

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  2. I'm excited to see your room! We're using a similar color palette in our master and I've yet to finish it.

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  3. This is cute I cannot wait to see, I love makeovers!

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  4. I LOVE Emily Jefford's artwork! I can't wait to see it in your updated space :)

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  5. Where is the comforter from? I have tried two different white comforter sets with minimal luck.

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  6. I recently updated our master bedroom decor as well, and chose a similar color pallete of white and navy with some grey and pink accents.

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  7. It's going to be awesome! Love that comforter and the artwork..love it all!

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  8. The plan looks great! I am actually putting the finishing touches on our master bedroom refresh this afternoon so I was totally nodding along when you said you wanted the space to be a more grown up version of you!!

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  9. Looks very cheerful and colorful! Our comforter is from West Elm and is similar to that one. I have also seen them at Target for a little cheaper!

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  10. The artwork is amazing and inspired such a beautiful plan! Can't wait to see how it all came together!

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  11. Hi Jen - I love the plan - and the reveal! Fantastic job as always. Maybe I missed it, but can you tell me where you got the task lamp on your nightstand? I would love to buy one for my son's bedroom. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! The task lamp was purchased last year from Joss & Main. I have seen similar styles sold by their sister company, Wayfair, and also at HomeGoods. xoxo!

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  12. Your master bedroom, and your entire home for that matter, are beautiful! Your blog has inspired me to (with much convincing) talk my husband into painting our once oak cabinets and the result makes me smile every time I walk into our kitchen. One question: where did you purchase your area rugs? I love the one in your bedroom and the one in your office. Do you have a favorite retailer for area rugs? We also installed wood floors in our kitchen and livingroom, and I have yet to find an area rug that I love. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Andrea,

      Thank you so much! So happy you took the leap with the cabinets and they resulted in daily smiles. So great!!

      I have purchased two rugs from RugsUSA now and have been really happy with their selection, prices and quality. Quick shipping too! They do frequent sales so hold out for the deals. xoxo!

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  13. I love this. Can I ask what size rug you ordered. It's beautiful

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    1. I went with the 7'6" x 9'6". I like to be sure the rug is big enough to stick out all around the bed and still make a statement. xo!

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  14. I love your master bedroom. Brilliant! I have a question though. I hope no one has asked this. Did you create the Mr. and Mrs. art work yourself? If you did, what size and font did you use? I love that! Great idea!

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    1. I will be sure to share those details in an upcoming post detailing the DIY. :) xoxo!

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  15. This is so well done, subtle but bright. I love how the painting inspired you so much. Those stacking boxes and the navy lamp are adorable! I hope to see a before and after shot!
    xoxo
    A Little South (Janet
    www.alittlesouth.com

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