Bedroom

It took almost a year of brainstorming and painting a little at a time, but I’ve finally made our master bedroom better suit our space and my taste!

I painted the walls, ceiling, and trim white (Martha Stewart’s Tailor’s Chalk) and sold our old bedroom set that was too large for the space. A storage bed frame from Lovely Furnishings, was the perfect solution for our little bedroom. It has a much smaller footprint than our old sleigh bed and is visually smaller due to the lack of headboard and footboard. On top of that, there are four huge drawers built into the frame that hold all my clothes with room to spare, so I don’t need a dresser. We moved the mid-century dresser from my studio up to the bedroom for Daniel’s things. It’s much lower than our old dressers, so it doesn’t draw attention to the low sloping ceiling.

Now it’s just the way I like my interiors—bright and sunny with a couple houseplants and a few knickknacks. It’s so cozy that want to spend all day in there basking in the sunshine!

Before:

Here’s a panorama shot I snapped before painting the trim white. Too much dark wood!
Here’s what the old furniture looked like in our room. It was a tight fit!

After:

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

“Do you like the new bedroom, Mabel?” (tilts head and looks confused)

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

“Hey Oliver, let me get a shot of you pretending to be a throw pillow.” (gives me a patronizing look as I stack pillows on him)

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

30 comments

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks Chris! It was a vintage find on Etsy. I knew I wanted one like that, so I just kept searching for “wooden plant hanger” every few weeks until one popped up. :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      The secret is to buy them that tall, haha! My snake plants never die, but they never seem to grow either, so I try to find one the size I want at the garden shop.

  1. Sarah B

    I love how simple it seems, even though there are quite a few pieces that pull it all together. So nice and peaceful! I really like your photo editing, too. Maybe you could make a post with a few tips and pointers and maybe some examples of what you do.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks Sarah! I just adjust the levels of each image in Photoshop. Here’s a great walkthrough of that process: http://digital-photography-school.com/rescuing-poorly-exposed-photos-with-photoshop-levels Then I apply a customized Photoshop action to achieve a subtle warm, vintage-y feel. There are lots of free actions available if you search the web, or MCP Actions has some great ones for sale that are similar to the one I use. http://www.mcpactions.com

  2. adele

    It looks lovely Amanda! It’s gives off such a warm and welcoming vibe. Nice job!

    I just got a snake plant and I need to find a fab pot like yours.

  3. amy

    oh. my. gosh.
    this is beautiful.
    the white – the curtains – the green pops of color – the furniture!!! (that dresser!!!)

    i am LOVING the string lights – where did you find them!?

  4. Diana

    This is such a gorgeous space you’ve created! I absolutely love all the plants…would love to hear your advice on which ones make good house plants — I can never seem to keep mine alive!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      The three plants I have in this room are the easiest houseplants to care for and almost impossible to kill—snake plant, philodendron, and zz plant. All three do fine in either low or brighter light and are very forgiving if you forget to water on occasion. Just keep replacing your dead houseplants and eventually you’ll get the hang of keeping them alive. I killed a bunch before I figured things out! :)

  5. Eve

    I love the transformation. It looks like such an effortless transformation, even though I know you worked hard on it. It looks amazing. This really inspired me to redo my bedroom as well. I love reading your blog, and i think your house look amazing. I always wonder where and how do you store/ organize little belongings that doesn’t really have a home. Such as saved bills/ mail, or extra shoes, and clothing that’s not in season with the weather. Where does everything go? I’m having so much trouble organizing these little things. I hope you can shed some advice! Thank you!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks a lot Eve! Ummm, let’s see.. I try to either recycle, shred, or file mail as soon as I bring it inside so there aren’t piles around. I file all our papers in a filing box stored in a closet like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QVVJ4W/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 That keeps all our important paperwork organized and put away. Shoes that aren’t in season get thrown into a basket in the back of my closet, and I hang clothes that aren’t in season in a closet in our basement so they are out of the way. I think the key is to get rid of/donate the things you don’t use so you have plenty of room for the stuff you do use. I do have one guilty mess of a closet that is full of stuff I couldn’t find a home for. It’s a mess, but at least I can shut the door and hide it! :)

      I read “The Joy of Less” by Francine Jay a while back and enjoyed it. She’s an extreme minimalist, which is not my goal, but reading the book made me think differently about how much stuff I really need around the house and helped me get more organized. I need to read it again as a refresher!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks! It’s a piece of Rifle Paper Co’s wrapping paper that I framed.

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