I’ve been living in our house for almost five years now. This master bedroom was amazing to move into because it is really large. I mean, it could really be turned into two rooms. For a long time, I had a lot of mismatched furniture in here including a hand me down ottoman, a dresser that I have had since I was 16, an old shabby chic black king bed with posters, matching black nightstands and curtains that were just a tad too short. I never liked how it was decorated, but due to the fact that it was a rental and I really didn’t want to invest in redecorating my whole room, I never really tackled it. I did manage to give it a paint job when I moved in, so it was no longer dusty blue (which I really couldn’t have lived in long) but other than that, it didn’t change much. I also never could really figure out a good floor plan either. The room is so big, I was able to fit an old family room couch in there, but I had it shoved against a wall where it sat for almost 4 years.
Fast forward to last May with Sean and I were engaged and we decided that with four kids, we really needed an oasis to retreat to, we decided that a room redo was in order to start our new life off together. The first thing we did was get rid of anything that I had left-over from my previous marriage and my childhood. I think you could guess the reasons why! We then picked up some new Ralph Lauren bedding and we also were able to order a new upholstered bed, dresser, and nightstands. Immediately our room was revamped and looked 80% better. My sister-in-law who is a home stager, then told us she would like to put finishing touches on it as a wedding present. We were so excited since this was the week before our wedding and it was going to be so nice to come home from our honeymoon to a terrific finished bedroom.
Our new dresser has tons of storage. Even though we have two closets, they are small 1950’s versions, so having extra storage helps. That chair on the right above I had found at a garage sale years ago for $10. I had it reupholstered in that cute gray zebra stripe and it goes perfectly with the new room.
The new upholstered headboard is so much more comfortable than my hard wood bed that I used to have. Also, having a light linen fabric on it really lightens the room. And, once again, more storage in our nightstands!
Most men don’t like so many pillows, but thankfully Sean doesn’t mind. He loves having a well-decorated room, so the inconvenience of the pillows doesn’t really matter.
Because we only have one living space in the rest of the house, we use our bedroom as a secondary living space when we need to retreat away from the kids and watch something we like. You know, like the latest episode of the Bachelorette. If you’ve been around long enough, you know that the hanging feather prints are one of the first projects I put on this blog.
I probably should have taken the laundry basket out of the photos, but it’s life. We all need somewhere to put our laundry, right?!?
It has been fabulous having a room this large to hang out in. Since Sean works from home, he spends the afternoons hanging out on this couch working while the kids are in the other room. The curtains from Ikea, are such an inexpensive way to frame the french doors and block out the late afternoon sun.
This is the closest I have felt to this room being “done” since I moved in. It feels more like us and functions the way we want it to. But since this is a rental–let’s check back in in a year or two. You never know how this will evolve!