our bedroom

Why is it that the master bedroom the last to be finished? Experts always say that you should create a bedroom space that is comfortable and private to honor your marriage. But oftentimes the master bedroom consists of a hodge-podge of furniture, a dumping zone for laundry and a very undesirable place to relax.

Here is what our room looked like two years ago:

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It wasn’t horrible, but never came together as I had hoped. The walls looked too fleshy, I stole the gray curtains to use in Audrey’s room and furniture was moved in and out until we just had a random assortment of things that didn’t work.

When Holly came to visit in February, I took full advantage of her decorating brain and she helped us design our new master bedroom.

We don’t spend much awake time in our room, but still really wanted a space that felt peaceful, sophisticated and a little bit sexy where we could, you know, sleep.  So here is what we now have:

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I am not typically an accent wall kind of girl, but I loved the idea of adding in a deep blue/gray/green {Marine Magic by Behr} to set the tone for the room . The other three walls are painted Bedford Gray {Martha Stewart}. I’d love to add crown molding to the ceiling and we definitely need a new light fixture … still thinking on that one.

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All of the bedding is from Target. The sheets are Thomas O’Brien Fretwork – online it says they are khaki, but they are brown. The duvet, shams & euro shams are Fieldcrest.

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Our nightstands are from Target too. And so are those lamps. And the curtain rods. So pretty much all of the room is Target. But when you find a good deal, you just have to go with it! I added a white grosgrain ribbon to the linen shade – an easy way to customize a plain lampshade.

Above the bed is the woven pin board with mementos special to just me & Ryan.

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And just to be honest, here is the wall opposite the bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clearly, we still have some finishing touches to do. Holly suggested a gallery wall of art – love the idea and those frames to the right of the dresser have been collected to use on it.

We rarely watch tv in our room, but on the occasion when the kids crawl in bed too early for me, it is nice to click on pbskids for them. Not sure if the dresser will stay or go, but we needed a spot for it and so it ended up in our room.

I hate to leave you with that ugly image, so I’ll finish with one more from the pretty side instead.

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{Do you see me in the reflection?}

 

 

 

SOURCES

paint: Marine Magic {behr} & Bedford Gray {martha stewart}

bed: Restoration Hardware

nightstands, lamps, bedding: Target

curtains: IKEA

damask pillow: walmart a few years ago

I’ll keep you posted when we *finish* the room

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62 Responses to our bedroom

  1. Michele June 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    It looks great! I love the outside the lens photo at the end. It makes me remember that you are a real girl like the rest of us and there are still things that are a work in progress.

  2. Melanie Clark September 1, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Thank you for being so real! I honestly found your website thru Ann Voskamps “A Holy Experience” and am enjoying every moment of reading your blog. I also have a house full of boys and share so many of the same interest as you, it is so fun to see all of your beautiful creations and photos, thank you for sharing!

  3. Taylor January 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    I absolutely love your blog…very inspiring:) I was just wondering, is the accent color on your duvet and shams aqua or gray?

  4. Rebecca March 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi, Emily! I love your bedroom – it’s the perfect blend of sophistication, simple, and sexy. Also… your blog is a complete time suck. I saw an image on Pintrist around 9:00 this morning that brought me here, and I have literally not moved from the couch one time since. Thank goodness for days off and long iPad charger cords!

    Anyway, I’m wondering if you have a tutorial for the little heart that’s hanging on the handle of your dresser? I’ve seen something similar in a few of your other pictures, and I absolutely love it. Either a tutorial or link? Maybe I’m just being hopeful :)

    • emily March 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      That was a gift from miss Holly Mathis. I’m guessing you could just decoupage some book pages onto a cardboard heart from the craft store and hot glue a string to hang. I’ll see what I can do about a good tutorial …

  5. Tina February 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Hi! Love the look of your bedroom. Was wondering where you purchased the blue euro shams? Been looking everywhere for them. Thanks!

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