If you’ve ever had the notion that every room in an interior designer’s home is perfectly decorated, let me just burst that bubble for you right now. In my home, some sad rooms end up like the ugly step children and get completely neglected.
Our poor master bedroom was about 4 years over due on some much needed love and attention, and recently I allowed myself a
limited tiny budget and about one week to give it a refresh. We already had all the furniture, so the things on my list were bedding, art, lamps, and a few accessories.
You might ask why the time limit. Here’s the thing…If I allowed myself, I could get so obsessed with all the details that I’d probably Pin no less than 500 images on Pinterest, change my mind a dozen times, and never make a single purchase.
It’s so natural for me to help other people, but when it comes to my own home I suffer from “But what if there’s something better?” syndrome. Then we sleep in a gray box for four years.
A couple years ago, I was on the hunt for mid century looking vanity to use. Our 1940’s home has a tiny “master bathroom”, so I needed a vanity that could store jewelry and hair accessories since I use it to get ready every morning.
Eventually I made an unconventional choice and bought a computer desk. I felt weird about it at first, but now I love it. Since the drawer was built to house a keyboard, it slides out and lets me easily pull out the trays I store inside.
The little white stool is the perfect size for a vanity. I love the unique shape of the seat cushion, which is what caught my eye in the first place. It ended up matching the vanity wood finish almost perfectly.
For a long time, there was NOTHING hanging on the walls except the mirror. A few months ago I styled our dresser with the oversized abstract art from Minted and the little quote I made.
For the refresh, I had one of our engagement pictures photocopied and blown up at FedEx. Granted it’s not picture quality and is pretty grainy close up, but I knew this wouldn’t be there long term. It only cost me $11 plus I spray painted a $12 thrift store frame that had been hanging out in my attic for years.
The black and white sketch of the girl might be one of my favorite little vintage treasures ever. I found it and the blue flower, which is actually vintage wallpaper that’s been framed, at one of my favorite vintage shops here in Springfield called Funtiques. I was worried that Stu might call it “creepy”,but surprisingly after I hung it up, he love it too. Bonus.
(Total honesty here, poor Stu really has no say in any decor decisions.) When we bought this home, the agreement was that he got the entire basement as a man cave, and the rest of the house was mine. Fair? Probably not.)
It’s amazing how much more time I spend in my bedroom now…with all 8 of my pillows and my “busty lady” to keep me company.
Pillows: white European shams and indigo ikat throw pillows from Home Goods, jade and navy lumbar from Motif Pillows on Etsy.
Abstract art: Minted
Mid century at of girl and flower: Vintage find, Funtiques
Vanity/Computer Desk: Target
Vanity stool: Home Decorators
Wall Lamps: Lamps Plus
Wall lamp shades: At Home (* I added ribbon trim.)
Dresser: Custom ordered
Side tables: Hobby Lobby
*The family picture and the one of Gemma’s cute little tootsies were taken by Janae Hardy.
I love this room! It looks awesome friend. I completely understand the ol “but what if theres something better syndrome” It happens to me all the time. This is half the reason why it takes me forever to get HALFWAY done with any one space in my home. Well, that and the pesky budget! I love your vanity area and I think its genius that you used a computer desk. That mirror is amazing. I have a question about the sconces though. I didnt see them mentioned in the source list, unless of course Im hella blind! Would you mind sharing where they are from? We have such a small area where our bed is in our “master bedroom” and I feel like wall sconces are are going to be the best option for lighting. I really love those. Oh and great art pics too babes!
So sorry! Yes, I just added them to the source list. Lamps Plus for the lamps (they’re plug in’s!) and At-Home for the little shades with a little DIY lovin’. We really like them because now we have SO much more room on our tables for books and such. I searched for plug-in sconces as opposed to wired in because we knew we wouldn’t be in this bed room long term. Lamps Plus had the best options for cost that I could find. Good luck on the hunt!
such gorgeous photos of a beautiful space!
Thanks so much, Cassie;)
Speaking of, I found the better white coverlet! I lover you comforter, where can I find one of my own?
It is actually from Tuesday Morning, but they don’t have a website:( If you have one in your town, they have lots of great discount bedding.
so pretty! I love the bold colors you used mixed with all that white. and my favorite detail is the vase holding your make up brushes..such a great idea to elevate the mundane!
Thanks, Emily;) The vase was a last minute call after I got tired of digging around my makeup bag for the brushes.
It looks beautiful! I’ve been meaning to finish my master bedroom all year…maybe a budget and deadline is the kick in the pants I need to make it happen. Thanks as always for the inspiration!
You know I love your style, but the most beautiful thing in that room is your precious daughter!
Thanks, Lisette:) She’s the best.
Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door says
You did a beautiful job. And I love the family pic – so sweet.
Absolutely LOVE it all. The bedding, the pillows, the artwork. It is all perfect! Our master gets ignored also–so you are definitely giving me some inspiration here. Also—We love the book Moo, Baa, LaLaLa over here. 🙂 It is definitely a favorite. 🙂
It has been a while since I have blogged–read blogs, etc…Your daughter is gorgeous!!
Happy New Year to you!
Thanks, Erika! Oh man, Gemma’s first “word” (a gurgly sound) was at the end of that book. I almost cried! Still love it. I hope your little one is doing well:))
Heather, it’s GORGEOUS!! It’s so nice to have a sanctuary to retreat to and feel inspired. I think many of us use our Master Bedroom as the dumping ground. So thrilling for you to finally get your room done, and I’m drooling over your photography as well. WTG!!
Thanks so much, Crystal! A dumping ground is exactly what it had become. Thanks so much for the sweet words and coming to “visit”:)
Just followed a link over here from DesignMom. What a lovely room! I especially love the wall color; do you mind sharing what paint color it is?
Hi Sarah! It was actually a custom mix and I don’t have the formula any longer. It is very close to Benjamin Moore’s “Herbal Escape” 1487. (Quick tip: remember to always buy samples and paint a nice large section on more than one wall in a room to really test it out.) Hope that helps!
Hello, I have been looking for a female bust for a long time. Where did you find yours?