Our 70s Split Redo Part IV: The Master Bedroom

So I finally took pics of our bedroom! (a million!!- sorry!) Here's what it looked like when we first moved in. Scary, I know. The curtains were leftover from our old house & we had to hang them for privacy until I could get longer ones. (They were one of the last things we added to the room so anytime someone walked in I was so embarrassed! :) The limewashed paneling was pretty bad but appealed to me in a weird way... We stuck to our budget and spent just under $1000 in this room. We didn't replace the (new, clean-but-boring) carpet but have plans to do so. (Probably with a natural woven wall-to-wall carpet like seagrass or sisal.)



Here it is now:


I knew I wanted all-white because there's just nothing more relaxing to me & we really wanted to focus on the wooded views outside the windows. And I love getting into a clean white bed with fresh linens. Just love it!! (The duvet cover is from West Elm & I like the fact that it's pretty even when it's not made :) We keep our current books on the old step ladder (above) under the window that we found outside our house in the bushes. It keeps things neat.



What inspired the rest of the room was the antique brass headboard. (below) We found it on the side of the road set out trash when we first moved in. (One of my best trash-picks ever.) It's a double bed but works fine for our queen bed.



For our bedside tables we went with the Malm dressers from Ikea. (I think around $65 each?) We needed the storage space and I love having a big nightstand. I wanted modern & simple & I've always loved the lines of these. I chose an antique brass reading lamp by Robert Abbey suggested to me by Reichel of Copy Cat Chic (thank you!!! :) because it was such a better price than the Restoration Hardware one I was lusting after & had the same look. I love having the dimmer at night.



On the other nightstand we used the Chinoiserie ginger jar lamp I found on our first flea market with Eddie & Jaithan for only $20! I'd been searching for one of these for years as my grandmother had them when I was growing up at their house & I always loved them. (And she's not ready to part with them! ;)




I found the vintage crystal chandelier (below) at On a Whim (in Lucketts, VA ) last December and kept my fingers crossed that it would still be there when I realized how perfect it would be for our bedroom. I was lucky!!! I ripped the two fern prints above the bed out of a book we had & put them into $1 frames I found at a thrift shop. I love them against the paneling...


We have a semi-awkward wall on one side of the bedroom: not enough space for a piece of furniture but still a pretty substantial wall. I decided it would be a fun spot to hang some of my jewelry so I could enjoy it even when I'm not wearing it. (below)


I simply hammered in some large nails & had fun hanging the necklaces by color & size. It's one of those little things that just makes me really happy. I end up wearing it more instead of forgetting about it in my jewelry box. The chair was $13 at a thrift store & I painted it white.

The huge pillow on the bed is a cheap body pillow from Target that I had covered in a rich greeny-goldy ikat that I found at Calico Corners for 60% off.
I really wanted the room to have a simple & modern feeling with a touch of feminine & ornate detailing... This picture below kind of embodies the whole idea: ornate gilded sconces from my grandmother topped with a simple white vase from ikea. (We have one on either side of the window.)
And this seriously scrolly hand-carved bevelled mirror found at Lucketts was our splurge at $250. Its lines remind me a little of fern... I stare at it in bed & find lots of shapes & faces (there's an owl guy hidden in there) and I never tire of it.


And whenever I take pics of our house, I pretty much move these chemistry beakers into the room. (haha oh well.) Here I used fern from outside (where the Boston fern now lives :) and love them paired with the fern prints. Such a simple easy arrangement...
The white roman shades are off-the-rack from Sears & I swear by them. They're thermal-lined & if you can find the right size, they're awesome. The curtains are from Ikea. One last little look:
Thanks so much for reading & hope you enjoyed the tour! Have a great day!!!
xoxo,
lauren
ps- Just in case you missed the others:

87 comments:

Maria Killam said...

I love your aesthetic Lauren, your bedroom is beautiful and white (I love white bedding too).
xo
Maria

Susan said...

LOVE your idea of covering an inexpensive body pillow with a beautiful fabric for mega impact.
Frickin' brilliant!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a gorgeous room. It looks just lovely. I think the all white is just perfect. Hugs, Marty

Red Door Home said...

So beautiful and relaxing. You have really shown how fabulous a room can be on just a minimal budget. Great decorating doesn't have to be expensive, just well thought out.

Shannon said...

Your room looks amazing. I love the simplicity of it, and the chandelier! so pretty!

Lucy said...

It is so beautiful! I have been waiting to see these pictures, because I have the same West Elm bedspread. I love the body pillow - so much cleaner and easier than a bunch of smaller throw pillows.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

IN-credible!! I can't even believe it's the same room! It's like you breathed air into the space - sooo gorgeous!
Perfect, Lauren. Simply perfect!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Fabulous. Great budget, great look, fresh, restful and chic all at once. I love the bedspread, I used that in a client's master bedroom this past spring. And finally, your photos are absolutely beautiful. ENJOY!!!!!
Janell

Windlost said...

Lauren, it looks gorgeous. I love every element, especially the duvet cover, your bed frame, the chandelier!! You really pulled it together on a budget - I am so impressed. But if you spent as much time in a chemistry lab as I have over the years, those beakers would not look nearly so cute! haha. Much nicer with ferns in them, but sadly the only thing I am not feeling warm and fuzzy about haha. You have such great style!

P.S. The piece de resistance is that wall bracket from your Grandma. My fave piece in the room!!!!
xo Terri

Windlost said...

By the way, I just clicked on your living room again - that is the BEST room EVER!! xo

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Really pretty, Lauren! Love the contrast between the dark and light pieces. And that you did all this on such a tight budget is very impressive.

Sarah said...

Thanks again for sharing your beautiful home with us, Lauren! Love the color combo of white and green with all the brass/brown elements. Your befores and afters are always amazing:)

Natalie Catherine said...

i am LOVING this room. great job!!

Nishant said...

LOVE your idea of covering an inexpensive body pillow with a beautiful fabric for mega impact. Work from home India

Flavia @ Estilo Home said...

What a beautiful room! You have done such an incredible job with your home - it not only looks great but also comfortable and livable.

Erin said...

Another stunning transformation! What a peaceful place to unwind. Love the necklaces on the wall...such a great idea!

my favorite and my best said...

it's UH-bout ti me.
seriously!! and i love it. great job. it's all beautiful but my most favorite bits are the necklaces hanging!! i love that so very much and plan to copy cat it for certain!
you rock lauren!!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Beautiful! I am so glad that you went with that West Elm duvet. We love ours too. Makes me want to paint our bedroom white! :)

Living It At Home said...

Lauren, what an amazing transformation. You truly have a gift for staying on budget and creating such wonderful spaces. I wish I had the talent! I am trying though. I love your green pillow! Enjoy your new bedroom and I look forward to more inspiration from you!

thanks~jamilyn

Shannon www.OldWorldCharm.info said...

No need to apologize for the number of photos. I could look at this room all day. You did a wonderful job for a reasonable price! :-)

Shannon

DesignTies said...

Lauren, this looks FANTASTIC! You've done a simply wonderful job!!
Victoria @ DesignTies

h2urHome said...

So many great ideas and great finds my head is spinning! I love how you put Ikea side tables in your room and made them not look modern, love the chandelier and have coveted that bedspread for over a year! Your bedroom is divine!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

I just love your style! The white on white works perfecty in this space- beautiful!!

Greet said...

Lauren,
What a lucky girl you are to have found such a wonderful pieces! I so love the christal chandelier and the carved console!!
Beautiful!

Greet
PS I hope you have received your email. Because I tagged you!!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love this room. My favorite thing is the unexpected use of the necklaces as wall art. Brilliant idea.

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

You really have a great vision....the transformations from your "Befores" to "Afters" are remarkable. I, too, love the body pillow idea. The whole room looks so fresh and relaxing. Well done!

Copy Cat Chic said...

Absolutely FABULOUS Lauren! I love the body pillow idea. I have the same bedding too...I might have "copy" that. lol ;)

Dianne said...

Very fresh and pretty. love it!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

I love it! So pretty!

Olivia said...

What a dreamy bedroom! I love your mix of ornate and simple. I envy the crisp, white bedding. My doggy would ruin it in a heartbeat!

LindsB said...

I want to just jump right into that bed, it looks beyond comfortable!!!

I'm with you on the white sheets, I cant sleep in anything else- I just love going to bed on crisp white bedding.

You did an amazing job with the space, so beautiful!!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Lauren- so fabulous. I just love it. Makes me want to come visit! :)

Carolyn said...

Oh my goodness! That is one of the best makeovers I've seen. It looks magazine worthy. I love it and love your explanations on everything. Not too many pictures..that's what everyone loves. I bet you sleep quite well. I've always loved that duvet.

bagfashionista said...

absolutely breath-taking! love it all!!

and that gives me the idea to take my own body pillow out of storage (I've never even used it---bought it when i was pregnant because it was a "must have")

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Beautiful!! LOVE the chandelier, and the lamp is great!
You will have a wonderful retreat...

Danielle

Re:Fresh Design Studio said...

I absolutely love it, Lauren! You did an amazing job! I especially love the headboard against the white walls. I'm curious what type of camera you use to take your photos? They always turn out beautifully!

~Katie

pk said...

It's so fresh and pretty Luaren! Love it. Great job...
pk @ Room Remix

Mikael@starter home to dream home said...

I love the nice romantic feeling it gives. It reminds me of a queen or princess room way back when. so pretty

vignette design said...

What a lovely bedroom. I love the all white room because it is so soothing. With a toddler and a baby on the way, it must be a great romantic sanctuary. I can even visualize some vintage alabaster bedside lamps in the future, but love the brass lamps you have now. They look wonderful with the bed. Love your style! Delores at Vignette Design

fromtherightbank.com said...

It's LOVELY. There's nothing I love more than white bedrooms!

No.35style said...

love it!!! love the pillow! all of it...just so "cottage living" ;)

Julie said...

Love your bedroom... very inspiring!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

I really like the body pillow - that fabric is beautiful. The chandi is so beautiful too. Wonderful room!

Norma said...

I love your blog and your style. Could you just tell me how to start? I want to throw out all my old stuff and just keep what I like and start again. Would love to try the all white and neutral look but am afraid and don't know how to begin. Any words for people like me?

Leah said...

Lauren, you're FABULOUS! You must love waking up in that airy beautiful room. You're bedroom totally embodies what I think of as pure style. It's so refreshing! I'm just so impressed with the potential you've seen in your home from the start. It's so very inspiring!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oooh. White and fresh and green...with a touch of grandma (lamp)

Can't get much better

Kudos, girl...another great redo!

Vintage Junky said...

I love it all, but I have been lusting after a chandelier like that for awhile now. Great job! You are extremely talented!

Smiles~Michelle

Jenna said...

I love that you hung your jewelry on the wall. I actually just randomly did that with an awkward space in our bedroom on friday night! I was going though my closet and I thought, wouldn't it be awesome if I hung small purses and jewelry on the wall?? I love it! Thanks for making me not feel like I'm crazy for doing it!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

love it love it. girl you inspire me!

Wanderings of a Wannabe said...

so pretty and relaxing :)

ness lockyer said...

You know I love it Lauren! It looks so peaceful and that bed cover I have had my eye on for sometime...now I am going to get it - love it with the punch of green.
Well done you,
Ness xx

Viera said...

Lauren, you did an amazing job.
Peaceful sanctuary to relax.
X
V

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Beautiful :)

interiorblogging said...

I can not get over how beautiful this space is. Sooooo elegant. Great job. I am now lusting after the duvet cover now.

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Just so beautiful!! I always thought only a certain kind of house could look like this - not a normal one. Wow, so inspiring.

Gena D said...

Lauren, what a great job - the room looks exquisite!! Love the way you pulled it together with odds and ends - my kinda decor too!!! Hmmm ... now I want a white bedroom too!!!! :-)

tarheel said...

wow, you have done a fabulous job with your house. This room is peaceful and beautiful and comfortable- everything you want a bedroom to be!

Ruthie's Renewed Treasures said...

Looks so inviting Lauren. Comfortable, tells a story and looks collected over time!

Ruthie

Anne said...

Hi Lauren, your bedroom looks amazing! You did a fabulous job!! On a side note, last night I attended Eddie Ross' presentation in Richmond and Jaithan and I were talking about bloggers, and he agreed that you and I should meet sometime. We're the same age, both have little boys, and we get up to Northern Va pretty frequently b/c that's where my husband's from. It would be so fun to meet you sometime! Thanks for sharing your bedroom pics!

paula said...

It looks gorgeous! so fresh.

Mary said...

Holy Moly! Your room is wonderful!
I'm lovin' everything. You are very talented.
Was it difficult to paint the paneling?

Mary Pat said...

I could look at this room all day! Everything is perfect - Can you help find another chandelier? We've been looking for something for our master for 8 years and I just haven't been able to pull the trigger. This would be perfect! I just discovered your blog about 8 weeks ago - I'm totally addicted. I don't live far from you and I hope I don't become a stalker =)if you have someone behind you at Luckett's don't worry - I'm harmless!

Living It At Home said...

Hello Lauren, I am back again! I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my post today on Topiaries. Let me know what you think! Thanks~jamilyn

nannykim said...

Serene and simple / old and new/ nature too!! LOVE IT!!

http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com

thestamfordwife said...

I almost spit my coffee out when I scrolled down to the "after" photos...simply STUNNING! Awesome job and on a budget!?!? You'd never be able to tell you only spent $1000....looks fabulous!

Susan said...

In the words of Rachel Zoe, I die. I love. No, LOVE your house. So jealous. :)

Susan @ http://www.peanutpetunia.blogspot.com/

Bloggers Abode said...

How lovely!! I love the uniqueness in all your rooms. You really put yourself and the things YOU love (not trends alone) into your decor. So refreshing to see. Great job lady!!

Love Where You Live said...

One word: gorgeous!
(love the colorful necklaces hanging on the wall, too.)
-s

elisabeth bova said...

it is really lovely...as is the rest of your blog.

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

beautiful beautiful,no words for it.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Wow! That's a major transformation. I LOVE it! So pretty, refreshing, and serene. Makes me want to make everything in my bedroom white now... :-)

Eileen said...

Beautiful transformation!
You've created such a lovely home for yourself and your family!
Thanks for sharing it!
All the best,
Eileen

Janis said...

Beautiful! I can not believe you found that wonderful headboard in the trash, good for you for saving it!!!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Lauren it's beautiful! I love the soothing crispness of the white. And I love your gorgeous chandelier - what a joy to be able to look up at that while you're drifting off to sleep and waking up. The brass bed is a classic! xoxoTrina

Christine said...

What a beautiful, light filled bedroom!

Rachel said...

Your bedroom looks beautiful! I just did a post about our bedroom too! Thank you so much for posting about the Roman shades from Sears! I have been searching for reasonably priced white Roman shades and I never thought to look there. I ordering some ASAP!

Rachel
www.southernexposure1.squarespace.com

eddieross said...

You are so Talented!!!! your bedroom is out of this world BEAUTIFUL!!!!! You have the gift girl WORK IT!!!! much love to you and Dave
xo
Eddie & Jaithan

nkp said...

So I didn't think you could possibly top your kitchen. Perhaps I was wrong. Beautiful. And I just have to ask, what's up with the amazing sense of light? Does your house bask in some kind of ethereal heavenly glow? Secret? Do share! :0)

Your photography skills are really shining. Well
done, Lauren!

Deliciously Organized said...

WOW!!! you truly are so talented. gorgeous!!!!

prashant said...

Makes me want to make everything in my bedroom white now

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Lauren said...

Norma- The best thing to do is to purge the things you don't love & start fresh. Just go through your space & evaluate each & every piece & if you don't love it, donate or sell it. Once you're looking at a clean slate, it's much easier to decide where to head next.

Good luck!!!
xoxo,
lauren

Sara Baldwin said...

Lauren, your enthusiasm is contagious! You did wonders with that room--congrats and keep up the good work!
Warmly,
Sara Baldwin

ross said...

I got my most Fine Bedroom Furniture from spacify.com where prices seemed to very reasonable

pk @ Room Remix said...

Hi Lauren,
I couldn't find your e-mail on here, but just wanted to let you know that I'm including your fabulous bedroom in a bedroom inspiration post that I'm putting together. Hope all is going well with you...

The Bed Lady said...

Just came across your blog - Love it. I love your white Master Bedroom, I also enjoy the clean, fresh feel every time you get into a beautiful bed. I'm enjoying my Bamboo/Egyptian Cotton blend sheets right now, I'm surprised how fresh they stay even after a long sleep.
I have an online bedding store called The Trendy Bed, would love to have you check it out. I will enjoy your blog, hope you get to enjoy mine too.
Sincerely,
Cathy Campbell
The Trendy Bed

Marie said...

Hello sweet Lauren - I'm new to your blog and loving your transformations! Your bedroom is my fave. The duvet cover is gorgeous.

May I ask what color you went with on the walls?

Thank you for the fabulous inspiration!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Modish said...

WOW, I love this! I recently bought the same dresser and I too hope to get my room looking like this one day. So stunning!
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