Those of you who know me know that I am a serial redecorator! I went to interior design school a while back and ever since then if I see a style I love, I usually obsess over it until I have to do something about it... redecorate! Thankfully my husband is supportive, and he is always happy with the way our home looks and feels.
When we first moved to Portland and started fixing up our house, there was a lot that we changed. Some was merely cosmetic and some things are still in progress, but that is for another blog. One of the first tasks was redoing what would become the master bedroom (Even thought there isn't such a thing as a "master" bedroom in our 99 year old home.) Fresh carpet and paint was the majority of what needed to happen in the bedroom.
When we first fixed up this room we chose a dark, moody blue-green for the heck of it. We got a new light fixture and curtains and called it good.
Fast forward to 3 weeks ago…
I was looking at Pinterest and Instagram and decided that I wanted a complete bedroom do-over! It is winter here in Portland and it's dark, being from sunny AZ it can really get me down. So, I wanted something light, bright and airy and maybe a bit reminiscent of the desert. By that weekend, I had a paint color chosen, new curtains and a good idea where this was headed and how to get there.
My husband, Blake, used to paint houses for a living so he can bust out a couple of coats of paint like nobody’s business. Luck me!
Well, the color we chose looked like a very light lavender when it was on the wall, not on the sample, mind you. We hated it and it was not at all what I was going for. So, the next day we got a new color and, Viola!
I moved my curtain rods up to just below the ceiling and hung new airy curtains. Hanging your curtain rods to ceiling height gives the room a more dramatic effect, makes the ceilings look higher and, honestly, changes the feeling of the whole room.
While looking through Pinterest I spotted a lot of linen bedding and I loved the way it looked. I love linen anyway, as it is so natural and has such a rustic, yet cozy, feel. I ordered white linen sheets off of Amazon and they arrived 2 days later! The sheets were pricey, not gonna lie, so I was reluctant to spend a ton on a new duvet cover too. One day, I was at goodwill dropping off a load of stuff and I ran across a brand new linen duvet and pillow cases that was handed down from Target after it didn’t sell there. (It's awesome, in Portland, Target takes damaged goods or items that don't sell on clearance to Goodwill's around town and you can get some great stuff for cheap!) The set was a beautiful natural light linen color.
Meanwhile, my husband was busy building new frames for our mirrors out of reclaimed wood we found, for next to nothing, at the Rebuilding Center. We love reclaimed wood. It has so much character. You never quite know what it will look like when you get past the surface level. We love the rusty old nail holes and the texture of old wood. Plus, it is eco friendly!
Our side tables that we had before were cute but they were old news for us and didn’t go with the new look, so I sold them on Craigslist and used some of that money to purchase these cute tray tables from IKEA. While I was at it I bought these hanging pendants and a new cord to use for the main bedroom light once I found the right shade for it.
It took me all week to find a nice natural woven basket to turn into the pendant shade in the bedroom but I finally found it, busted off the handles and hung it upside down in the middle of the room. I threw up some accent pieces and now this room is stealing first from my previous favorite room, the kitchen!!
This bedroom makeover cost about $258 and would have been cheaper had we chosen the right paint color the first time around. (Also important to note that $140 of the expense came from the linen bedding.) It is a complete 180 from how this room looked before, we did it in 2 weekends and for minimal dough.
Id love to hear what rooms you are making over for the new year? (Can we still call it the new year? It is only January 31st!) If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
I am bound to have more posts like this as we have a lot of big projects coming. Are you wondering weather you should paint all that dark historic trim in your house? I am finally painting mine and it is changing everything. Stay tuned for that before and after. Also in the near future, a complete guest bathroom remodel, after our old shower was leaking all over the place.
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