Good morning, friends! Today I’m taking a break from fashion to share an update on my master bedroom. I still have a ways to go, but I’ve come so far in such a short time, I thought I’d share a mid-way progress report/update with you.
I could actually do this type of post for just about every room in my house; I feel like I’m about halfway there with most of them at this point! I had planned to focus on one room at a time, but I can’t operate that way. I keep bouncing around, depending on whatever is annoying me at any given moment. Ha!
But the bedroom is at a good mid-way point right now. I’ve done the major stuff, and now it’s time to pull it all together with curtains, wall hangings, and accessories.
This is where I usually fall part when putting a room together. I can get to a certain point, but then I get overwhelmed by the choices when it comes to curtains and decorative touches.
I like EV-ER-Y-THING, that’s my problem. But I want to keep the look cohesive — both with what I’ve already done in the room and with the rest of the house.
My designer is coming today to help with a few things downstairs, so I’m going to have her take a look at the bedroom and give me some direction on finishing it up.
Meanwhile, let me remind you where we started.
Master Bedroom: Before
Here’s what it looked like on settlement day, before we did anything. This is the view from the doorway.
And here’s the sitting area. As you can see, the carpet was old and the paint was a warm yellow-beige.
Also, my walk-in closet had only a single wire shelf.
Master Bedroom: With Furniture
Before we moved in, we had the entire 2nd floor re-carpeted. In my perfect world, we would have put in hardwood floors, but that was waaaaay out of our budget so we opted for a plush wall to wall carpet. The new carpet is thick and soft, and I think it’s the perfect neutral color to provide a foundation for whatever we want to do in each room.
Our master bedroom has great space, but I struggled with what to do with it all.
When we first moved in, we had the movers put both of our dressers on the end of the room with the bed. Paul’s fits well on the wall to the left of the bed, but mine was covering part of the windows where we placed it on the wall to the right of the bed.
The previous owners used the other end of the room as a sitting area with a TV, but I had other plans. I could see that “sitting area” being a fashion blogger’s paradise with my clothing rack, steamer, and mirror for try-on sessions. I also envisioned a small chair where I could sit for Facebook Lives and things.
But for the first few weeks, that area just housed all our unpacked boxes. In my defense, we were waiting to have our closet systems installed before completely unpacking.
I only hung the bare minimum in my closet to use for those first few weeks. You can see how that closet set-up was not going to work for me longterm.
Master Bedroom: Now
When my family was visiting a few weeks ago, my brother-in-law painted our master bedroom to match the rest of the house — Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Grey with White Dove on the trim.
We decided having my big dresser on that wall between the windows was too crowded, so we moved it to the other side of the room, where I also have my clothing rack and steamer, as planned. I placed my jewelry armoire in that spot instead. It definitely needs something decorative to set on top.
(And the boards on the floor need to be put back up on the blinds.)
I’ve propped my selfie mirror in the corner for now, but I want to get a free-standing one eventually. I’m also planning to get a chair and a small table to place right there by that big window, where the room kind of juts out. Hopefully it will help define that space a little more and provide some separation.
I know there are more creative things I could do with that area, I’m just not sure what they are! I’m open to ideas.
I’m planning to move my dresser to the left a bit to allow for more “breathing room” in this crowded corner.
For those wondering, I keep clothes for the blog on this rack so they’re separated from my personal wardrobe in my closet. These are things I’m planning to try on and/or style for the blog.
Here’s a view of the other side of the bed — that’s Paul’s dresser, and the door to the left leads to our closets and bathroom.
I’ve changed out all the doorknobs and hinges to matte black, and I chose a bench for the end of the bed with black legs to tie in with that. I also plan to use matte black curtain rods when I get around to hanging curtains.
Here’s a better view of the knobs — this is the door that leads to the hallway. Pardon the crap on the floor. That all needs to go downstairs. That window on the landing overlooks our backyard.
The other thing we did is replace the white and gold ceiling fan with a fan in matte black. This one is a little smaller than ideal for this size room, but it actually gives us quite a lot of air.
I also shared some pictures of my closet on Sunday, but if you missed it, here’s how it looks now! Quite an improvement… yes???
These are the hangers I’m using — they look like wood, but they’re plastic, so they’re thinner and also less expensive than the wood ones I was using before. I also like how the white hangers and white shelves keep everything light and bright. I relocated the wood-tone ones I was using before into the various coat closets and guestroom closets throughout the house, so they aren’t going to waste.
Also, you may want to see how Paul’s closet turned out…
As you can see, he has plenty of clothes, but he still can’t quite fill his closet! He will have more sweaters on those center shelves this fall, but I have “borrowed” the shelves over his shirts for my OTK boots. He said he didn’t mind.
Also, the big “drawer” on the bottom is a hamper. We each have one — SO handy!
This room clearly needs curtains, but with 5 windows, I’m trying to find something budget-friendly. I love the ones I got for the guest room at Macy’s, but I don’t really want to do the same in here, so I’m still looking. I was looking at these, but I’m not sure I want to commit to blue.
The pillows on my bed are from the old house, but they actually work really well with this room; they have the taupe that’s in the walls, carpet, and bench. So I guess I’ll keep them for now, although I was itching for something new. Maybe I’ll find something fall-themed for the next few months. I also want to get something for the wall over the bed.
I’m actually noticing in these pictures that the bench looks warmer than it seems in person. I wanted it to work in with the pinkish beige in the carpet and walls, but it seems to have more of a yellow undertone? I kept the packaging in case I decide the color doesn’t go — it’s hard to match neutrals!
We haven’t done a thing to the master bathroom yet, but it needs some paint, and eventually new lights and vanities, but that’s a project for another time. Right now it is spacious and has everything we need.
So that’s where things stand with the master bedroom! I can’t wait to find curtains for the windows and something for the wall over the bed, and I’m excited to see my fashion blogger’s nook come to life once I find a mirror and chair and a few other things to fill out the space. I’ll be sure to update with a final reveal once everything comes together!
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