Redecorating Our Master Bedroom: It’s a Start!

by hookedonhouses on June 6, 2012

Here’s something that, frankly, I hoped I’d never have to show you–my bedroom. Ugh. I’m imagining horror-movie music playing in the background right now.I have been so embarrassed about how undecorated our bedroom has been since we moved into our house that I routinely close the door on it whenever we have guests over and break out into a sweat when they ask for a house tour.

I have made a couple of half-hearted attempts to spruce things up, but nothing really worked. I’d get frustrated and give up. For instance, a few years ago I tried the dark plum thing with curtains and pillows…

Didn’t like that. Decided to lighten things up, so I tried white curtains…

Those old chairs were so comfy I was determined to try to use them. So I bought slipcovers…

Um, yeah. That didn’t go so well, either.

I finally gave up on making them work and got two Ektorp armchairs from IKEA. After all, I love the Ektorp sofa in my sunroom! Sadly, the chairs aren’t nearly as comfortable as the sofa for some reason, but they look better than the old ones that were there, and the slipcovers on them work better than the one-size-fits-all kind:

Also got rid of the curtains and installed bamboo shades. And painted our old iron bed black. And tried a million other little fixes.

No matter what I did, though, I hated this room, from the outdated lamps to the blah Camel color on the walls. Nothing was working. I felt totally stuck. I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Have you ever had a room that totally stumped you like that?

I finally realized that the problem was that I kept trying to make small changes to fix the room, when it really needed a total overhaul. I thought new pillows, new curtains, new chairs, or whatever, would magically transform it.

I was going to have to GO BOLD. Just choose a color scheme, stop trying to make the old stuff work, and go for it. I was inspired by this guest bedroom that John and Sherry painted Martha Stewart’s Plumage over at Young House Love:

I loved that dark peacock-blue color and how dramatic it was, but how they were able to keep the room light and bright with colors like yellow and lime green.

Everyone I showed it to, though, seemed dubious. For one thing, our bedroom has vaulted ceilings. So there would be a whole lotta that color to look at. Not to mention the fact that the wall goes right into the bathroom, so whatever we painted our bedroom would be in there, too (which is one of the reasons I’ve gotten hung up on this for so long!). So I got stuck again.

Until one day I was at Lowe’s, looking through their paint swatches, and came across something similar, but a little softer, that I liked: Valspar’s Ocean Voyage:

On a whim, I ordered a gallon of it and brought it home to give it a try. It didn’t seem to be too much of a commitment to paint one wall.

We liked it. So we kept painting. For days, we painted. It wasn’t easy, and I swear that I will never have vaulted ceilings in a house again! It takes forever to cut in along the ceiling line when you have to climb to the top of the later, paint a little, climb back down, move the ladder a foot to the left, and then climb again.

And of course a color like this needed more than one coat!

When we finished the bedroom, we had to paint the bathroom–but that’s a post for another day. It’s the only room in the house I hated more than this one.

We love the Ocean Voyage in the room (which is really hard to photograph–it looks so much richer in person), but it became even more obvious that we needed a new bed, window treatments, you name it, to pull it all together.

So I’ve been doing a lot of online shopping. A few of the things I’ve ordered so far include a new King bed. I found this “Kayla Bed” with a velvet headboard in “Buckwheat” and brass nailhead trim:

I thought I’d be using yellows and lime greens in the bedroom like in my inspiration photo, but when I brought some pillows in those colors into the room, they just didn’t look right. Bummer. Then I tried some yellows that were more gold in tone and voila! Perfect with the teal.

I found these Alessandra window treatments that had just the color I needed:

I got several new lamps. I can’t find pics of the exact ones I got online, but they’re similar to this:

Oh, and some fun accessories for my bookshelves, including these blue textured glass vases from Target (luckily for me, their colors seem to be gold and teal this summer–found lots of good accessories there):


I also got new pillows like these “Medallion” pillows for the bed:

You get the idea. Lots of gold and blue and white.

Now all of these things I ordered are arriving in the mail and we’re slowly putting the room together. It’s been kind of chaotic lately. As proof, here’s a snapshot that shows the state of my bedroom one day recently when we were in the middle of moving everything around:

Yikes. There sure has been a lot of reality in this post. Maybe more than you wanted to see (definitely more than I should probably show!).

But everything’s looking a lot better now. Here’s a peek at my reading corner today:

Stay tuned to see the final reveal when I get the whole room pulled together with the new bed and everything else. We’re getting there, slowly but surely! Wish me luck. :-)

*UPDATE: Want to see how it turned out? My Boring Bedroom Gets a Wake-Up Call.*

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Casey @ wafflingdesign June 6, 2012 at 8:29 am

Love it!! Ive always admired that room from YHL too and Im glad you took the bold move to try and copy their technique. Your place is looking fantastic!! Have you ever thought of doing something fun with your vaulted ceiling? Like a stencil or stripes or something??

Cant wait for the after photos! If only my condo HAD a bedroom, I would try this too…

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

We have gone ’round and ’round with ideas for the vaulted ceiling. I’d love to “plank it” with wood someday, but it’s huge. I think we’d have to hire someone to do that for us, and it would probably cost a fortune. Haven’t ruled it out, though! First priority when we save some more money to put toward the room will be new flooring.

Angela June 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Maybe you could try the product that Layla (at letteredcottage.net) has used on her dining room ceiling? It’s not too expensive. I intend to use it on my master ceiling which is also vaulted, though a little more manageable than yours as it’s a gambrel roof.

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I’ll check it out–thanks, Angela!

Angela June 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

No problem! I look forward to seeing more pics in the future! :)

cbean June 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Hi Julia. Thanks for sharing your decorating journey. (:
Have you given any thought to painting the ceiling a warmer tone? Perhaps a deeper shade of cream to minimize the sharp contrast between it and the walls? It’d sure be cheaper than paneling!

Janice June 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

You tease! I was scrolling through, thinking you needed trim on your windows, then I saw you have added it! That one teaser shot looks great. I know, based on the other lovely rooms in your home, that you’ve pulled this one together as well. Can’t wait to see it.

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

Oh, yes, I forgot to mention we trimmed the windows, too. Full before and after of that project to come soon! :-)

Erin @ DIY On the Cheap June 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

I love this color scheme! I am using these colors in our office too. It looks great so far! And I have those Target pillows too and LOVE them! Great choice!

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

And you can’t beat the price at Target, especially when you’re buying as many as we had to for the room! :-)

Jen June 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

I LOVE the blue you chose! I too am embarrassed by my bedroom. You have inspired me to take action! Step one: Take control of The Laundry Graveyard: The place where clean laundry goes to die.

Tiffany June 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

Thank goodness I am not the only person that this happens to!

kemper June 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

I am SOOOOOOOOOO glad I am not the only one. I swore I would get control when school was out for the summer but now I find myself thinking of fun things to do just to avoid dealing with the laundry. So that means it is like a big huge monster staring at me every tiem I walk in the room and I am pretty sure it tried to tip over and smother me in my sleep the other night.

Tiffany R June 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Same boat here! I have a long antique daybed (more like a skinny bench) in our master that I envisioned with pillows, a cozy throw and maybe a mirrored tray, never happened. It has become a moutain of clean laundry as well:( AND unpacked bags from dance recital and vacation. Pitiful I know. I too just shut the door BUT I think of what I need to do to it all the time as I have a dang Bachelors in interior design. I’m ashamed. LOL

Julia June 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

It’s lovely Julia. I can’t wait to see the rest. How courageous you are to use a bold color. And it works beautifully.

LadyVerbena June 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

I do the same with my bedroom… tiny changes that are never enough :S
Yours on the other side is making perfect sense! I’m looking forward seeing the rest of it!
Best wishes from Argentina; LV

Tracy French June 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

Wow, it looks great so far! I’m glad you kept trying and listening to that voice that you weren’t happy with it the way it was. The new colors enhance the room so much!

Casey June 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

Ahh, I can’t wait to see the finished product! Looks great so far! I love those colors together – and as far as the beige…I feel like it’s similar to what I had in my house. Way too much….yellow, maybe? For my taste anyway. The contrast you have now looks lovely :)

Courtney June 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

I have those blue vases! But I didn’t find them at target… I got them at bambeco.com. Have you heard of it? They have lots of cool accessories. But they were kind of pricey. Oh well, I get lots of compliments on them. We had a friend and his wife over for dinner and they were sitting in my dining room and without thinking our friend said, “Nice jugs, Courtney!” We all laughed hysterically. Just thought I’d share that with you. Love your blog btw. I read it all the time. Love your posts about movie houses!!!

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

Now I’m going to think “nice jugs” every time I look at those vases. Ha!

Sue Mello June 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

This is so funny!!! My room already is that color blue, and I’m looking to paint it the color you previously had….hmmm…

Rachel June 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

Love that color! I”ve been considering that headboard for our new place. Can’t wait to hear if you love it!

Michele June 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

Wow, I didn’t think your room looked that bad before – I was expecting the worst as I scrolled down! I guess because I have a buff/gold color on my walls with a bronze metal bed from Bombay Company, a white PB bedspread and pale blue, white and yellow/gold accents (beach colors!) I love it – so peaceful.

However, I can’t believe what a difference your new paint made – WOW. The room really pops now – and so chic. Can’t wait to see the end result!

PS – I have the exact same floral mirror – I had in my foyer for years and it’s now in our guest bedroom.

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

Funny you have the same mirror! I’ve had it for at least 10 years and it’s moved around to all sorts of different rooms in our houses over time. I originally bought it for a dark green powder room in our old house. I can’t remember where I originally found it.

I thought I’d have to replace it when we repainted, but it actually looks perfect with all the gold tones in it. Saved a little money there, at least!

(Nice of you to say the “before” wasn’t so bad–I was actually sick to my stomach about showing it to you guys today!)

Elizabeth June 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

I’m a HUGE fan of color and love that you went so bold in your bedroom. Can’t wait to see more of this room. And, all of our houses look like that when we’re redecorating, so no shame in sharing!

erlfisher June 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

Looks great so far! Can’t wait to see it all finished!

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

I’ll try to have it all pulled together for you in the next week or two. It won’t be 100% finished, but at least 80%. :-)

Middle Sister June 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

When you are so close to the project it takes a ton of fussing and trying in order to get it to where you know it should be. I am contaantly struggling in areas of my own home but have no problem making decisions for others in theirs. Why does it work that way?!

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

So true!

shabbychick June 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

It’s absolutely true!!

Judy June 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

It is just gorgeous Julia. Love the direction your taking it and love the bright happy colors. You will be amazed the difference in your mood when you wake up in such a cheery space. It sets the whole, have fun :)

Judy June 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

lol that was suppose to say…it sets your whole day ;)

Sarah @ housecrazy June 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

LOVE that color Julia – your bedroom will now be known as the “Ocean Voyage” room! Can’t wait to see it finished – the reading corner looks phenomenal!!

Kelly @ JAX does design June 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

I love, love, LOVE your new wall colour! Sometimes you’ve just gotta be brave and go for it if you really want to make a dramatic change. Can’t wait to see your room all done :-)

Our bedroom redos are done – the next big project is a complete makeover of the basement. Just cleaning out the space is going to be a major ordeal – so not looking forward to that!

Ranell Morris June 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

Julia, Looooove your bedroom. The color is awesome. The chairs and pillows are perfect too. On the plank ceiling, we have our ceiling planked in the living ,dining,
kitchen area and the only thing is every year it gets darker and darker. I have went to sheer curtains in my living room for more light and took down my kitchen and dining area curtains. It is pretty, but I would opt for white.

rachel June 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

i loved reading about your journey to recreate your bedroom. It was just enough reality! :)

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle June 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

I’m loving it!! I say go big or go home!! I think the light and bright accents that you’re adding going to balance the rich color on the walls perfectly. I can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s all pulled together!!

ange June 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

Love Love Love it! I am a big fan of blue to begin with and the color you picked is just fabulous! Those pillows on the ecktorp are great, I think they are from Target? Anyways, it’s coming together beautifully! Way to go!

Margaret June 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

Love how it is turning out. I don’t do blue at all. Our bedroom was based on a quilt and shams that I love and some inspirations from Williamsburg. Unfortunately, the quilt is wearing out and I can’t find anything that I love as much since I don’t want to paint again. Looking forward to seeing your whole room.

Laura @ cookiecrumbsandsawdust.blogspot.com June 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

Julia,

It’s looking great. My most of my home is a blue/white/yellow/gold palette. And in our previous home we had vaulted ceilings. It tooks us a weekend to paint the walls, but was well worth it, because it was a mucho improvement over the builder beige.

Can’t wait to see more!

Thanks for sharing,
Laura

Sally June 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

Julia, I love the colors you’ve chosen. That last photo is AWESOME. Hope you’ll show us more when it’s all done! ~Sally

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

I will, I promise! The next post about my bedroom will be a lot prettier… :-)

Junia June 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

Looks great! I *love* teal, and I can’t wait to see the final result. You’re giving me ideas…

I wonder though why didn’t you send your chairs to be renovated, I mean by a professional.

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

Because it was a cheaper to buy the IKEA slipcovered ones than fix up and reupholster those old ones (one was even sitting on bricks because a leg had broken off!). Not totally happy with the IKEA chairs, though, so it might not have been the best decision…

Cindy in Austin June 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

It’s looking so beautiful!! I loved this post. Thanks for posting and I can’t wait to see the full reveal!

Laura June 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

It’s amazing what paint can do to a room…it really makes the space pop and look less ordinary. Can’t wait for finished room.

shabbychick June 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

Looks like it’s going to be great, Julia! Loving the color on the walls…can’t wait to see it all pulled together! ;)

Liz (@violetposy) June 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

LOVE IT! I’m trying to convince my husband that the ‘meh’ pale blue I painted the room eight years ago needs an upgrade (does it ever!) You have inspired me to just go for it and ignore him LOL! it looks gorgeous x

Michele June 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

I’m loving that color! We’re currently staying in a guest room at family’s house and it has a beachy theme with the same color on the walls. It’s cheery and bright!

Western Warmth June 6, 2012 at 10:35 am

I’m loving that color! And I’m not even a fan of blue…but against the brown accents its amazing!

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet June 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love the blue, and the little reading nook looks great!

The house my husband and I are buying has huge vaulted ceilings in the bedroom…I am not looking forward to cutting in on those bad boys :-(

Kim Porter @ mylifeincolorblog June 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

I love the changes that you have made, the paint color is beautiful!!! I can totally relate to the master bedroom let down, I close the door when people come over too! Now you won’t have to :)

Kelly at Talk of the House June 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

Man that is making a BIG difference and looking good! You were right that it needed a big change. I did a post on that Target lampshade awhile back. http://www.talkofthehouse.com/?s=lampshade Let me know if it too dark for the room please. (No one commented about it on the post.)

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

They’re slightly different than the ones I posted (a little more white than gold on the ones I bought), but I love them! Not dark at all, which is important because I like to read in bed.

Bridgette @HouseElevenSeventeen June 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

It’s looking gorgeous. It’s amazing what a little paint and color change can do. I’ve always been told not to be afraid of going bold. You can always paint over it, if you decide you don’t like it later.

And in answer to your question, yes, I have been tackling a bedroom redo. Two in fact. I inherited my grandmother’s house last year and have been making changes to every room. It’s definitely more than just a little tiring to be living in a constant state of chaos.

Kymberly June 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

I love the color on the walls!!! I love the accent colors as well, it looks really great. I can’t wait for the big reveal and to see the bed, I like that color!

CottageGirl June 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

Ahhhhh … That reading corner looks so inviting. Now I want to see the rest of your bedroom!

Kelly Berg June 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

It’s coming together beautifully, Julia! Love your new wall color. I think it’s PERFECT that you are showing the reality of the project. Too many blogs, mags and TV shows focus just on the beautiful afters and try to pretend the process isn’t as much work as it really is. Bottom line – it’s WORK. And it’s a PROCESS. Much of design/decorating is finding out what doesn’t work first, which you clearly did. Then when you land on what’s “right”, you can be confident in your decisions. So, good job. :)

Kathy :) June 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

JULIA, it looks FABULOUS !!!! What a wonderful retreat you’ve created, great job !!!

All the best,
Kathy :)

Autumn June 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I have done the same thing; about to drive my husband nuts; only in is the familyroom/livingroom. That said I think you did a fatastic job with your room. I love the results and cannot wait to see the final product!!

Although I could have lived with some of your other ideas….ecept the droopy chair covers and that has happened to me. How do they make them look so perfect in the store?
Again great job!
Thx fo sharing!
Autumn :>)

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I wish I had a photo of how that slipcover looked in the catalog. Let’s just say they didn’t look like they came from the same planet!

Emily June 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Love your choice of curtains…I’ve been contemplating the same ones for about 2 years! (So long, in fact, that I think i have changed my color scheme to the blue version.) I need 8 long panels, so it would be quite the investment. I bought the pillows though, and have other PB curtains, so I know they would be great! Can’t wait to see the full reveal!

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The PB ones are great because they’re lined and nice and heavy. So many “off the rack” window treatments look flimsy or are see-through, and I didn’t want the blue walls showing through the fabric.

Jocie@TheBetterHalf June 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I LOVE the teal and gold combo! I felt similarly ashamed of my old bedroom and have been doing a dramatic redo in the last year and now i love it.

We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered this awesome bedroom transformation! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Fun! I hadn’t heard about that. Thanks, Jocie!

Kim June 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Beautiful room Julia! You have a great eye for decorating. I can’t wait to see the finished transformation. It’s going to look amazing!

Erin June 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

So exciting! I too suffer from “under-decorated-slightly-ignored-master-bedroom-syndrome”, so it is inspiring to see your bold move pay off with a beautiful room. I can’t wait to see it all put together, but the tease is fantastic! BTW, would you share the source for the lumbar pillows in your chairs? I love that fabric!

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

The “teardrop” pillows were another find from Target’s summer collection!

Baileywife June 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

oh PLEASE! My whole house is constantly a work site! :) But I do love what you are doing to your bedroom, that should be your favorite room in your home, not a nightmare for you! Have you thought of a big plant/tree in your corner by the windows?? just a thought….can’t wait to see the end result!!!
~Kim

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Love the idea of a tree in the corner, but since that’s our only source of light in the room, and the windows overlook the woods, it’s can feel really dark in here. I’m scared to block any of the sun that might try to come in… :-)

Christina from Dallas June 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I think your bedroom before looked fine . At least it was clean. Can’t say the same for mine. Your new color scheme is lovely and you are headed in the right direction. Love those pillows and those vases!

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Well, to be totally honest, I usually only take photos of rooms when they’re clean. Which may explain why I had so few “before” photos of it to show you! Ha.

Amanda @ Serenity Now June 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Great color choices!! It looks so much better already, Julia. Our bedroom is a total lost cause right now. :s I’ll admit it would help if I got the laundry under control. ;)

Anne B-P June 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

You’ve done a great job! Thank you for sharing with us!

Lisa June 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Love, love, love your blog. Got a hundred percent on the hooked quiz. :)

Your color choices are bold but they seem to work! The most important thing is if you are happy with them.

Can’t tell you how much I relate to the trying different things to spruce up a room. I’m guilty of that very thing. In fact, an entire set of curtains and throw pillows that I was *sure* were THEE thing for our family room now sit bagged up and for sale on Craigslist. (blush) Can’t wait to see the whole thing finished!

Side note: I am IN LOVE with the toile curtains and easy chairs I saw in your living area! Where did you get them? These are on my wish list now. They are so me.

Thanks for such a great blog, btw! Now I know I’m not alone in my house hooked-ness!

Lisa June 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Why is it that master bedrooms seem to always be the LAST room that gets decorated? I’ve seen it over and over again – go to someone’s home and the WHOLE house is brimming with style but the master bedroom – if you even get to glimpse it – is bedecked like charlie brown’s xmas tree! ha.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) June 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Julia, your bedroom is going to be gorgeous! Love the Ocean Voyage blue paint you chose. Worth all that trouble to paint! Easy for me to say, right? ;) I can’t wait to see the bedding you choose and see how it all comes together. Just take your time…no pressure. It’s going to be fabulous!

Carol Hake June 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I guess it’s the voyeur in all of us that wants to see how people live! Nice to know you’re human just like the rest of us! Looks beautiful … can’t wait for the full reveal!

Pat June 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Oh Julia, it looks wonderful! I’m not a color person, but I love the colors you’ve used! Actually the only reason I’m not a color person is if I get tired of it..to bad! I have to live with it for a long time, LOL!
I think your new bed is gorgeous! I may have to look into one like that for myself. Does it have just a headboard and no foot board? I prefer just a headboard.
Yes, I have a room i can’t seem to get right. My living room! I think it to need a complete overhaul, not bits and pieces.
Enjoy your reading corner, it’s fantastic!

hookedonhouses June 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm

It is just a headboard on a frame. Thanks, Pat!

ellie June 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Love the bed too! And what a great deal! Have you received it yet? Let us know how you like it and if you feel that it’s good quality! Checked the website and I love the color options it comes in.

hookedonhouses June 7, 2012 at 7:26 am

I have and we love it! Very happy so far.

Screendoorgirl 3 June 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hi Julia . The reading corner looks great . I love the Ektorp pieces –so classic. I also noticed your book Patina Style. I almost bought it , but I’m always afraid I’ll spend all that money and it’s just so-so. Maybe I’ll wait and buy it used on Amazon. Is that rude? Anyway , I look forward to the bedroom reveal. It’s always a treat to get a peek inside your house ! Thanks… Jodi

Jill June 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm

This is an incredible change! I love the colors you used. Very inspiring.

Nita June 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I had that headboard and want it again!!!!

Brenda June 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I love the color scheme you are using, Julia. I’m curious about the wall that continues into the bathroom. Does that mean there is no door? Can’t wait to see the finished room. Great job.

Anne C. June 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Very pretty- I had to laugh, we have very similar taste- we also just purchased the white Ektorp sofa. Was a little nervous about it (we have 3 kids under the age of 6), but the salesguy assured us the slipcovers were very easy to wash.

Also, if that glass lamp is from Target then I have the same exact one in my living room :)

Mrs. Pear Tree June 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Wowzers! Julia, that looks so awesome! You’ve inspired me. I have the same problem with our bedroom. It’s like the dirty little secret of our otherwise lovely house. Bland, disorganized and functional. I’ve tried a few decorations here and there – easy upgrades, as you put it – but it’s always meh. Now I know where I really need to start. Gimme some colour on those walls!!!!!

Rebecca June 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Thanks for showing the dirty reality of real living. And really nice choice on the blue and gold. YAY! It looks super pretty, modern, bright, happy etc. And yes, I have been living in a construction site since January. We finally pulled it back together. It feels good when it is done. Can’t wait for the full reveal.

Janelle Wiens June 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I know EXACTLY what you mean! My bedroom has had me stumped for SO long! After reading this post I am inspired to get in there…plus your ideas always inspire me:) Can’t wait for your final reveal!:)

Rebecca C. June 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I could never get the hang of those slipcovers either. I did get one of those stretchy ones once, but it just wasn’t as soft. I think once you had that color on the walls, it helped the creative process. I’m amazed that one thing in a room can change it so much. I just love that color. The other color just didn’t work in your room. I am coveting those pillows! Can’t wait to see the room finished.

Kelly June 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

I hope my next house has two giant corner windows, that seems like a decorators dream. I thinks it’s so great to be able to shop on line, good finds! That room rocks.

Esther George June 7, 2012 at 5:49 am

Hi Julia hope you are doing well after so much stress and hardwork. I have never been good at choosing colour for the walls and reading your story terrified me but must say GREAT CHOICE and I’m sure when all is finished it will be beautiful. Thank you for sharing – great blog. Regards Esther from a very cold…..Sydney.

Jane June 7, 2012 at 6:52 am

You are working a miracle! I love it when you show your room makeovers. The paint is gorgeous and now I want to run to Target for accessories! Today. In the next few minutes. Okay, I found one sandal and a top to wear. Where is that other sandal and my jeans? Time is flying by!

When we redid our bedrooon we spent a modest amount to consult with a home stager, the person who helps people get their homes ready for sale quickly – on the cheap. We redid our bedroom for about $2000 and she even brought in new accessories. So much fun! .

I was surprised that she dd NOT advise us to use only neutrals or edit out our favorite things. And she had us paint our bedroom walls a gorgeous and slightly daring but bright, rich gold! We love it…and no, we ddn’t list our home because home sales tanked ( as we all know).

She had an eye for making the most of a space and adding impact. Her husband made an inexpensive but gorgeous padded headboard. Then she picked the perfect wall color, rearranged our furniture so we had a sitting room and mini library, etc.painted some old but still serviceable bedside tables black and they looked like new again . Elegant curtains. But mostly rearranging the space, arranging accessories, and using colors that pop.

Kelly in Memphis June 7, 2012 at 7:26 am

Great job! I’d LOVE to read in that corner!

Jane June 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

The picture reading corner just made my head pop off with excitement!!! Your bedroom is going to be so gorgeous!!!!

LOVING IT ALL!!!!!!!

laney June 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

…darlin…it is looking wonderful!…blessings laney

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs June 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

It looks like you’re on a roll! But as a decorator, the one thing that keeps “sticking out” and just doesn’t seem to fit any of your transformations, is that dresser.

I suspect it’s got some family history. It looks like a lovely piece. Possibly the mirror above it is what’s just not letting it “work” either. I’m thinking maybe it would work better in a different placement in the room? It just seems to look like it’s a “we’ll use this for now” item. Have you thought about painting it? Maybe the color of your headboard’s fabric? It needs “something” to tie it better into the room’s scheme, IMHO ;-)

Looking forward to seeing your reveal. I’m betting you’ve got quite a few ideas up your sleeve you haven’t shared yet :-)

Can’t wait to see your finished project.

hookedonhouses June 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

Yep, that’s an antique that’s been in my family a long time, and the nightstand next to the bed came with it. It has handpainted flowers on the front and details in the wood (you can’t see in the photos) that would keep me from painting over it. The idea was to give it to my daughter when we redecorated the room, but after I painted I found I actually love the wood tones with the blue color and am rethinking it. Ditto with the mirror, which was supposed to be temporary, but since it has gold in it, it now goes with the room much better.

Do you think a white dresser would be better? Gold? Hmmm…have to think about that!

Carla June 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

Thank you for this post! I’ve been trying little things and you may be right. Go bold!

Jessica June 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Love your reading corner! :-) New lamps are a great move. I have a thing for good lamps. ;-)

Gary June 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Courageous for you to post your trials and errors.

stephanie June 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Great job! I’ve had rooms, corners, hallways etc. like that – where you just don’t have any vision. Usually I just let it go until I get a vision. I find I have to stop looking at the space itself and go to the library and just look at decorating books to get my mo-jo back! It can be very frustrating.

I think what you’ve done here is fantastic. If you aren’t going to paint that dresser – then my 2-cents are that you take off the drawer pulls and either polish or gilt them or just paint them gold to blend with the room. You can also take a gold paint pen and draw in the molding of the dresser (like pin striping) to fancy it up and gold it up!

Can’t wait for the reveal!

Lisa Swifka June 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

OH to have a room where there is space for a reading area…..alas….that horror movie music would apply to our room. We have a wee house and our room barely has enough space for our queen bed and a dresser and is desperate for a makeover. I LOVE your color choices! You inspire me!

frank June 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I ove the colour you picked! im very excited to see the final result. what are your inspiration for your room?

Jenny June 7, 2012 at 11:41 pm

It looks great! I’ve been wanting to work on my master bedroom, but I can’t find bedding I like.

Sue Erneta June 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Great progress! The color and your inspiration pic from Young House Love reminded me a little of the bold palette we’re going for too. Don’t get me wrong – I love “serene” in a bedroom but I also love COLOR! Check out my Master Bedroom Inspiration board on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/sue_erneta/) for more colorful bedroom ideas. The pic I have as the board “cover” is Olatz Schnabel’s bedroom from House Beautiful. It’s the inspiration pic I’m using now as we re-do our master. (PS – Your blog is own of my favorites! I linked to it from my new blog sueathome.wordpress.com so that HUGE up-tick in page views – I think there have been a whopping 5! HA – are from me!!)

hookedonhouses June 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Ooh, love your MBR Inspiration on Pinterest–I’m following it now! I like all the blues and oranges. Good luck with your new blog, Sue! So nice of you to link to mine. :-)

Rachel Reeves June 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Oh that color is perfect! I love it!
I’m glad you shared, even if I laughed a bit at the whole “horror music” comment ;)

Amy Bridwell June 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Beautiful color. Thank you for sharing the “steps” and your thought process.

Sandy Malone June 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

As soon as I read the title of your article, I thought to myself, Finally I can maybe get some ideas! I have the same problem with the bathroom. I have chosen or want to go the way of purple and found paint by Martha Stewart which helps with trim color and ceiling color. Thank goodness because I would never have thought to paint my ceiling! My husband and I are also scraping the ceiling, or should I say my husband will, whoever thought of that “popcorn” stuff should have toothpicks driven into their eyes! Maybe not that bad but close. I have a decisionbetween Purple Agate or Eggplant. I may have to do like you and choose a wall and decide. Wish me luck!

Asia from OBX June 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

Very nice Julia! I love the Valspar color and pops of yellow!

how2home June 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

i think the room is coming in very nicely…its all about trial and error, right! I like the fact you used blue on the wall and yellow as accent, those are 2 banging color combinations! can’t wait to see the final reveal! Keep us posted!!

Laura June 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Looks great!! Love the rich color. I love a good before and after!! Totally appreciate your post with the “keeping it real” pictures of your before attempts at decorating.

elsmith June 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

wow! WOW! I love this room!
Your little reading nook is amazing. My hubby and I rent as of right now and probably won’t buy a house for a few years since he is in the military, but your posts inspire me and make me want to transform my home right away!
I love the curtains along with the blinds!

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