Our poor neglected master bedroom. She's a dump zone and she knows it. Is yours a dump zone too? Is it brimming with piles and clutter and randomness? Can you just ignore it or does it drive you nuts?
I'm not jumping on a soap box about how our bedrooms should be a serene sanctuary or how we should put ourselves first by making our bedroom a retreat. I mean that all sounds nice, but in reality I'm just tired of bumping into things. And not knowing if the piles of laundry are clean or dirty or a rare mixed breed.
A couple weeks ago I also started to feel like a bit of a hypocrite for requiring our kids to maintain their spaces when ours was the pits. Then I thought it might be nice to actually crawl into bed at the end of the night and be able to breath in a sigh of relief, instead of looking around at more things to add to my to-do list before closing my eyes for the night.
So, here we are scheming about a little refresh for our much neglected space. I'm calling this a refresh instead of a makeover because most of the pieces are already there....just buried.
I've gathered a few things for this space over the past year that will finally get the dust blown off them. I had forgotten about some, but was pleasantly surprised to rediscover these old treasures in looking at what I could use that I already had on hand.
The first was this Deuteronomy 6 print from Naptime Diaries.
I grabbed a poster size of this beauty a few months ago and it has sat in the shipping tube like a trapped genie ever since. I was so excited to find this hiding next to my desk, because it's now driving the train for this whole project - the colors, the significance, all of it.
James' only input for the room is that he wants some color. Taking that feedback and using the print as a jumping off point, I came up with this:
The base of the room (walls/furniture) will be mostly neutral, but there's plenty of color coming in via the headboard and other accents. The best part is that I already had everything here except for the duvet/comforter.....and thanks to a clearance sale, I can now check that off the list too.
Here's the breakdown....
1. This jute rug from H&M was such a fun find (and H&M has become one of my favorite online stores for affordable home stuff - check out their pillow covers!). I got it months ago intending to use it in another room, but I think its going to help add a great natural/textural element. I'm thinking on the wall above the headboard.
2. Obviously this piece is central to the room. I love the saturated colors and versatility. We can pull some blues/greens into the accents for a cool feel or pull some of those pinks and oranges if we want to warm things up.
3. I've been e-stalking this upholstered headboard for over a year. I was hesitant to go with such a bold color and it seemed a little too teal online. I was going for more of a peacock blue or navy. But I just never found anything else that was the right style/color at the right price point. The reviews mentioned the color was darker in person, so I finally pulled the trigger during Wayfair's last headboard sale. It did not disappoint!
4. Anthropologie is like a dream. A dream way beyond my budget...BUT! They can have decent sale prices and occasionally run an extra 40% off sale items. I jumped on the last one and snagged this duvet. It has some pattern and subtle gold hand stitching but the black and white allows it to act as a neutral.
5. Even though I ended up finding two bigger items at deep discounts I didn't want to sink much more cash into the room, so we're using a left over can of paint from the family room. At first I wanted dark and moody but for free I think I'll be fine with light and airy. It's a great light neutral grey with warm undertones (Silver Drop by Behr).
6. You know you've found a kindred spirit when your friend calls to inform you that they've cut down a tree in her yard and wants to know if she should save some stumps for you to use as side tables. Free and rustic and just the right size: WIN-NING.
I think the biggest challenge is going to be keeping the room from feeling too feminine. The florals, the delicate details in the jute rug....I'm hoping some of the more rustic elements like the stump tables and some black accents will help dude things up a bit. We also brought in two bookcases from other rooms in the house to flank the headboard. We'll mount some reading lights (which I already have) and then we just need to find some curtains. I do have an extra white set but I'm not sure if that will meet the color quota from the hubs. Maybe some fun trim details? We'll see. For now, we're starting by digging our way through the piles of books and clothes and then we'll hit those walls with some fresh paint!