Master Bedroom

so far


Our bedroom had been neglected for far too long.  I was ready for change and my requirements were:

  • neutral colors
  • a pretty bed
  • drapes
  • masculine and feminine feel
  • places to sit
  • an 8 x 10 rug
  • surfaces to place books and tums and snoring medicine and my other old lady paraphernalia
  • better lighting
  • pay cash for everything

Neutral Backdrop

This is what the room looks like without any embellishments.  Actually, it looked like this until today when I grabbed the brocade shams from the playroom, blue chevron pillow from the downstairs sofa and a pretty throw from my office.  Photos look better with a little color in them.  The walls are Martha Stewart Flagstone, a nice gray color.  Our en suite bathroom has browns and grays and this room gets tons of light so a dark gray was a good choice for us.   From this point, I can add in yellow accents with a vase and a pillow and a throw, or some fun greens or a big graphic pillow shams in orange, I guess I don’t have to list every possible color combination, you get the idea, right?  I love that I can add in any color or pattern and instantly change the room.

Currently I don’t have anything covering the box spring.  Once I get a feel for what direction I’ll go for the accent fabrics and colors, I’ll add some fabric or a printed sheet that will offset all the white.

The Bed


If I could pick any bed, I would want something like this from Z Gallerie

Or this from Lindsay Harper’s apartment.

I had a yard sale back in October and made a good amount of cash to put towards a new bed.   But for whatever reason, I wanted to wait and see if we could work in what we had.  And what we had was a super sturdy 5 year old sleigh bed from Big Lots.  Not nice wood but not falling apart at all. Rats. {Do people still say “rats”?  My dad says it all the time so it sounds normal to me.}

The walls are gray so for contrast we painted the bed white.  My husband helped on this one, he encouraged me to try this bed and see and with my aversion to spending money, that was all I needed.  But, I told him if we were going to keep the sleigh, I wanted him to help me paint it.  He rolled, I brushed and it took about two hours using leftover paint we had from the dresser.  BEHR paint plus primer in Hushed White~it’s actually more yellowy than I would like for the bed, you can tell when it’s up against my super white sheets, but it’s not bothersome enough to paint it again.  If you want further instructions on how to paint your furniture, I’m not a professional, but I did read my friend Mandie’s ebook and learned all of her secrets.  It’s not the bed I wanted but, it was free and I like much it better than before.


I agonized over drapes for a LONG time.  I love long drapes, I think they have magical powers to soften and transform a room from blah to cozy. I really wanted a neutral graphic print.  The drapes were the VERY first thing I looked for for this room.  Long before I knew what we were going to do with the room, I knew if i could find the right fabric everything could springboard off that.

I love this DwellStudio Gate print by Robert Allen. That would have added in some masculine feel.  However, we are renting this house and there are 4 windows in this room which means 8 panels that each need almost 3 yards of fabric. This fabric would have cost me over $1000. Just for the fabric. Eight panels at even $10 a yard fabric would have cost $240 just for fabric for me to mistreat. That was the most I was willing to spend but, as I looked around, I realized that finding $10 per yard discount fabric I like was difficult but I did find a few however, I could never find 24 YARDS of the fabric I liked.  At such an inexpensive price, the fabric was usually on sale or discontinued and every time I found something that would work, I was faced with not enough fabric on the bolt.  Plus, I knew I didn’t want to sew and the thought of paying $250 just so I could hang fabric pieces kind of bothered me.  Finally, I called off the search and decided to go with white panels.

I went to the least expensive store in town, Ollie’s, and bought 8 full sized flat sheets for $3.99 each.  And then I bought 4 rods from Home Depot for about $13.00 each.  I dressed 4 windows for less than $100.  I just realized that I accidentally put a queen sized sheet for the left panel of that window, see how it puddles on the floor? One day, maybe I’ll switch that out with the couple of extra full sized that I bought.

Masculine and Feminine

It’s my tendency to be overly girly.  I guess it comes naturally since you know, I’m a girl and all.  But, I wanted to make sure our room looked like it belonged to both a man and a woman.  Not the owner of hello kitty.

For us that meant no toile, no floral {ok so there are a few flowers on that throw but remember, that actually goes in my office, I just brought it in here so my photos wouldn’t look like black and whites} no pinks.  I decided to balance the white with wood.  We happened to find this clearance sunburst mirror back in October at Pier 1 for $80.  Sold.

Plus, we had this armiore in our room that is wooden and I wanted to balance the wood and white.  I thought I was going to witness the death of a 120 pound mover when they moved this solid wood armiore up our stair well and dropped it and it left huge gashes in the walls {didn’t damage the armiore one little bit though, solid wood and all}.  Those little boys got so mad at me telling me I packed too much stuff in it.  I made them open it once they got it into our room so I could prove it was empty.  All that to say this armiore is staying in our room until we move.  Try to ignore the pile of clothes and lamp and wall stuff. This room isn’t quite done yet and even if it was, my favorite hobby is piling clothes.

Places to Sit

One of the few requests that my husband has for our room is a place to sit.  I found this classy and slightly masculine chair at One Kings Lane {that’s my referral link thankyouverymuch}.  One Kings Lane is a website that has 72 hour sales posted every day from all sorts of great sources.  I’ve got a post coming up in the next week where I’ll explain how I use OKL so hold on for that.  But, just like any store, you need to be patient and wait for a great deal that works for you.  This chair was about $400~about half what it retails for.

My chair was a $35 thrift store find that I painted and distressed {lazy girl’s way to paint} last year.  I found the garden stool at Ollie’s for $25.  I had my eye on them for awhile and saw them one blogs and in high end shops, even One Kings Lane had them but they were all over $100.  Of course, I didn’t buy the $25 one when I saw it.  Lucky for me, my trusty mom found one for me at her local store.  Thanks Mom!

The Rug

Our entire house has wood floors which is absolutely wonderful and simultaneously absolutely cold on morning toes fresh from the bed.  We needed an 8 x 10 rug to go under the bed so we could step onto cush.  I think this rug fits the cush factor and the fun factor. It was $400 from One Kings Lane and it made the whole room come together.


We needed side tables.  Since we had long drapes, I wanted tables that were leggy so the drapes would show through under the top.  Plus, I know that we won’t be in this home forever so I wanted tables that I could use in other rooms later if I needed to.  I found these crescent tables at One Kings Lane for $170 each.


The pair of lamps are from Hobby Lobby $100 each but of course, Hobby Lobby has a sale rotation with lamps 50% off about once a month so I got them for $50 each.  The extra large lantern commands attention.  You can’t tell from the photos but it’s the first thing you look at when you walk in to the room.   I had originally thought I would find an old chandelier and wrap twigs around it but when I saw this lantern at the Habitat ReStore for $30 I knew it would be a nice centerpiece for the room.

All I had to do was dust it off and hit it with a little spray paint.  I should probably adjust that chain a little bit.

Pay Cash

I just moved three paragraphs from this topic to a new post.  Does anyone really want to read me go on and on about why it’s not worth it to put furniture on a credit card?  We paid surprisingly little for this makeover. We used all cash and I had some referral credits from One King’s Lane that I put to good use. I’ll share more about how to use One King’s Lane later this week.

All in all, we LOVE our room.  And that was the overall goal.  It didn’t turn out anything like I had originally planned, it never does but the plan is just a guide, the goal is to like it.  Maybe one day I’ll figure out what I want to do with the tray ceiling but, I’m not in a hurry to make it happen.  We still want a bookshelf next to my husband’s chair and there’s one wall in this room that you are going to laugh at that I’ll show you very soon. If anyone is wondering, we have our dressers in our closet. I’ve got my eye on Etsy for the perfect graphic pillows in a fun color.  You’ll be the first to know when I find them.

I’m so happy to finally have a bedroom that I don’t dread walking into.  Creating a welcoming master bedroom is one of the best investments we’ve made.

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  1. Nester, you have inspired me! Thank you!

    Bev ;)

  2. I love what you’ve done to this bed, and would like to do the same to mine!

    I love a distressed look, but I also like the crispness of a freshly painted surface, which is how your bed looks in the pic. Did it stay that way, or did it become distressed over time? Did you sand it down first and use a primer? Did you use a flat or gloss paint?

    I was also wondering if you usually seal your painted furniture with a wax or polyurethane to keep it from distressing more? It seems that when I’ve used polyurethane on painted furniture, it seems to yellow over time, and I don’t know how to avoid that!

    Thanks for any suggestions. I’d appreciate it!

  3. Your picture of your master motivated me to make my master not so masculine with all the dark wood. I have been dying to paint my chest and dresser white but I felt it would make the other side fo the room feel lopsided. My hubby would freak if I painted my bed so I think I am gonna paint the night stands white to even it out.. thanks for the inspiration. I love your site and check it daily (online blog Your house is beautiful and I wish I was half as creative as you are!!

  4. What a terrific job on this bedroom makeover! The room looks splendid- warm and cozy, but also bright and chic. I’m particularly coveting the wooly looking coverlet with the little flowers stitched on… Where did you find that???

    I hope you’ll check out our blog when you get a chance!


  5. ok, i am DYING to have a room that’s all neutrals like this. our problem is, everything gets so darn dirty so fast. we had a cream shag rug in our living room and had to throw it away after 1 year because even after multiple cleanings, it was ruined. do you have any suggestions on how to live in a neutral palate and keep it all clean?? we already implement a “no shoes in the house” rule. maybe we need to be more careful about when we let our 2 small dogs inside??

  6. This Bedroom has inspired me for a bedroom makeover in our next home, it has been 7 yrs!! I particularly liked the wool blanket with the flowers…no listing on where that came from;-) I also fancied the garden stool. Since this blog was written sometime ago, I figured the odds of Ollies still having one was slim to none! Then I went on the search and found they still have a few…however, they are blue! Ugh! Then remembering paint is cheap I did a little research and the past two days have been in the process of sanding and repainting the garden stool white! It is coming along well.

    Thank You!!

  7. Hi there! In the process of moving into our first house! It’s a rental, but nonetheless I’m excited about settling in after years of apartment living and then living in my parents’ house for 7 months with two small babes while my husband and I looked for houses.

    We are trying to furnish the house on a budget, and I love love love the idea of the bed sheets as a cheap alternative to drapes. May I ask how you prepared them to be hung? Did you just open up the casing at the top and slip the rods through? Any hemming involved or did you just hang them up high enough to where they don’t drag? Do they need to be extra thin or do any old sheets do? I know it sounds silly, but we only have so much of a budget for furnishings and I don’t want to screw it up and waste money.

    Thank you! Love your blog and read it whenever there’s an update!

  8. Gorgeous bedroom. I loved reading about how it came to be… including things you wanted and ended up not getting, like the curtain fabric. Great advice and it turned out wonderfully.

  9. Nester, I love what you are doing with your bedroom. Your old bed is my current bed, I just started my bedroom deco, but don’t have the guts to paint my bed, even though I’m currently in love with white.
    YIKES! But it looks beautiful in your room, I wish I could have you over for advice… I’m in the same place you were, my colors are browns, tans, reds, and I’m trying to add some LIGHT but brown (my hubby’s favorite color) dominates right now (I love brown too)

  10. I love your wall color! In some pictures it looks tan, in others, more gray. What exactly is the shade/name of the color? I am looking at paint colors right now for our entire house and loving this shade!
    Thank you!!

  11. You don’t need to go ‘on and on’ about not putting stuff on a credit card. You COULD, and I’d be with you the whole way, but you don’t have to. You put it very well. Then again, I’ve got an aversion to spending cash, too.

  12. amazing job….its beautiful!!!

  13. Where did you get those great shams? I have looked at so many stores and online and cannot find any similar. I don’t know what to call them.

  14. Love your bedroom. It looks so light and airy. Where did you find the largest sunburst mirror that you removed from your room? I have been on a lookout to one for the longest.

  15. TheFrench Gypsy says

    I love your blog ~ Especially those paper flowers. Did you make the blanket on the end of your bed with the big flowers?I would love to make onelike it for my Sister.
    Thank you’Kathy

  16. I love how the room looks, but you have a dresser in the room before. Where did you put it? I have seen many sites and shows about redoing a bedroom and they look beautiful, but what did you do with your dressers? Where are you keeping your clothes? Do you have another room you can use to the dressers and clothes? It has always puzzled me.

  17. Anonymous says

    Hi! I just found your blog today and am LOVING it. Could you please tell me where you found that beautiful blanket on your bed? The pale aqua with the flowers…it is just GORGEOUS!!!!

  18. Hi Sweetie,

    I’m old enough to be your grandmother so for whatever it’s worth……I love your room! I have good taste and have been able to attend the furniture markets where sellers and decorators go four times a year. What you’ve accomplished shows you’re on target. In my opinion….what you’ve used for drapes is just fine. Had you spent a lot of money for fabric would have been a waste since, from what I can see, your looks room looks wonderful and….soothing. To have spent the kind of money that you mentioned would have been superfluous. Too bad you’re not near Atlanta where there’s a terrific store which just ended a sale where everything was $2.00 a yard and that includes Richlooms, Jay Yangs, Waverly and “decorator” fabrics. I bought loads of white denim and another white with a trupunto print for slipcovering a sofa and chair, and that’s only part of the goodies, even trims were the same price or even less. I love your attitude, like you, I can afford to pay more but it’s more fun seeing how cheap it can be done without spending more….and you’ve done it beautifully. Now near Atlanta, I’m Alice (and so tired I’ve had to correct a lot of mistakes)

  19. Hi,
    I just happened upon your website. I am trying to find easy ways of making slip covers for my couch and love seat. It looks like a victorian type, but was bought at Mors furniture about 7 years ago. I am on a tight budget but want to make them look nice. Is there an easy way for a beginner to do this without messing it up…LOL…After looking at all you have done, I think you are going to be my hero..

  20. Hello!

    I am in love with all of the colors in your home. Just wondering… are your bedroom walls still this color? The grey looks more intense (in a good way!) in your more recent photos.

  21. Hi!
    I love your home! But I’m specifically wondering about your master bedroom. You current bed? Is it the one from ZGallerie? (You may have posted that somewhere, but I’m having a hard time finding it?) If so, could you do a quick little review for me? I’m trying to narrow down a bed, and I’m seriously way to indecisive and hesitant to order something that we haven’t seen in person……THanks,

  22. Do you know what brand the chair with the riveting is from OKL? I love it!

  23. Whats your paint color on the walls?? I’ve been hunting forever for the right color!

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    did you DIY the sunburst mirror in this room – the dark stained one? wondering if you did if you have a tutorial for it? Love your curtains by the way! About to make curtains from white sheets and was doing some searching for ideas and found this old post of yours. :)

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    Thank you,

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