Master Bedroom Design Plan

As most of you know, we moved to our new house a couple of months ago. We've been working on it pretty much non-stop. Usually when I move to a new place, the bedroom is the one place I get feeling good right away... not so this time:

Above is our bedroom when we first moved in. Clearly I added in some functional things like blankets on the bed & a lamp but we pretty much lived like this for a while. About a month ago we painted the paneling white and I got to planning it out on a super-tight budget. I'd had designs on a homemade upholstered white linen headboard... until we found an antique brass bed for trash on the side of the road: (It's not exactly like the pic below... it has no porcelain knobs & is a bit thicker.) I LOVE free things. Really love them. And it's just so old & beautiful & has the perfect patina.
I know we all got sick of brass a bunch of years ago, but to be honest, I'm actually starting to love it again in the right context and when it's a bit burnished... (hahah should I be allowed to write a design blog??!! ;) ;) I want the whole house to feel like a fusion of modern & antique with a serious nod to the outdoors... SO, in this room I went with the antique bed and paired it with these (really cheap!!) ikea "MALM" dressers as nightstands:

I love having a dresser as a nightstand. No knocking off my water (I really used to do that a LOT) and I get to have fun with vignettes (flowers don't get in the way) and now on top of of my closet, I finally have a dresser too!! (There's so much room and I feel so much more organized!!! hahah I know it's such a normal thing to have, but when you're without one for long enough, you really appreciate it!!)
Anyway, since we're going with major color shots in every room of the house, I really wanted this room to be my white haven. I want to be able to add in color (with accents) or take it away on a whim. Below is the duvet cover I ordered from West Elm... I ordered it specifically because it looks good even when unmade. And with baby #2 on the way, I know this bed will rarely be made for a good 3-6 months.

For now we have these ikea curtains and I'm adding in white roman shades from Sears. (wish me luck!- I'll let you know how they do.) (The curtains are super-light and are really summery-feeling but the price was right! ;) hahahah PS- IS IT WRONG TO BE JEALOUS OF CLIENTS??!! "custom shades, custom curtains, custom bedding.." hahah ;)
I've been using my Chinoiserie ginger jar lamp that I found on the flea market trip with Eddie & Jaithan last year. (I had been searching for one for SO LONG!!) I paired with with a modern linen drum shade from Target and it's not the perfect fit, but it's gotten me functional for now...
On the other nightstand, I ordered this beauty from Arteriors Home. It's about the same size and I love its modern juxtaposition against the Chinoiserie one.

It perfectly pulls the warm brown out of the wooden mirror I found at the Old Lucketts Store. (Sadly, no pic but this mirror is CRAZY.) It was the one splurge in the room (okay $250 but for me that's a splurge) and I'd had my eye on it for months. It's huge and hand-carved and really ornate--- again, I'm loving it against the modern lines of the ikea dressers.
Above the bed, I hung 2 of my botanical prints. At $1 each, they added the touch of nature I wanted in the room. (Found the frames for $1 each with bad art on them, and ripped pages out of a book I had for the prints.)
I found a yard of the PERFECT greeny-goldy ikat in the clearance section at Calico Corners. I'm having a large rectangular bolster pillow made out of it. (I 'd been stalking this fabric for a while... When I saw it in the clearance section for a few weeks, one day I finally carried it around the store with me- haha more like clutched it protectively to my chest- until it hit me that it would work in the master bedroom. yay!!!)
And finally on my list is this chandelier (below) with the same burnished brass as the bed. As you probably remember, I've been also stalking this one since last December. (oh please cross your fingers it's still there... I check on it every couple of months!!)

Anyway, when we get home from our trip, everything should be in & I'll take some after pics!!
I also wanted to say thank you again for all your kind comments & wishes--- Christian is doing great & we're off to his check-up right now!! He's healing so quickly!! (I'll do a little trip recap soon with some pics soon)


My Notting Hill said...

Looks like it's going to be terrific! Also happy to hear that Christian is healing fast. Somehow I missed the news you were expecting - congratulations! Michele

yvonne said...

I can't wait to see the finished product!

Jennifer said...

how did I miss that #2 is on the way? I read your posts SO carefully, haha. or maybe it's because it's Monday and my brain isn't working yet :) congrats anyway! on the baby AND the free bed :)

Rachel said...

This sounds wonderful! I have the same duvet, but have yet to put it on our bed. How sad?? Our bedroom is seriously lacking our attention!


I love seeing your process. Genius at work! We have the same Ikea dresser - the double wide one. (Hee, hee, a double wide!) We have our tv on it in our bedroom and it works great because it just blends right into all the white. Glad to hear the little guy is doing well. xoxo, alek

Tracy Watier said...

I love that puckery duvet cover... And you're right, it looks good unmade too! Can't wait to see the finished project.
Glad to hear your little guy is doing well. Aren't babies amazing? All those brand-new cells just working away to heal and grow.

Fargerike Dagny said...

Looks like it's going to be beautiful and serene :) When do you think you'll have it finished?

LindsB said...

all the pieces together look great- I cant wait for some after pics!! Oh and my fingers are crossed that the beautiful chandelier is still there for you :)

Poppy Buxom said...

I agree about the brass. And let's face it, after a decade of chrome/silver/white gold/platinum/pewter ... the gold will rise again!

I predict that in five years all the faucets and cabinet handles at Restoration Home will be brass.

Devon said...

So glad to hear the little guy is doing well. Can't wait to see the finished product. I can honestly say that I am always AMAZED at what you do with a room. You take nothing and make it an absolute something.

Vanya Wilkinson said...

YAY love free stuff, I'm such a skip diver!

Gorgeous duvet cover - go West Elm - good shopping.

Congrats on the baby, that is lovely news.

Best wishes

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh course I love the free bed! Amazing find. I can't wait to see it all come together.

So happy to hear that Christian is feeling better. I hope the appt goes well.

junkgarden said...

I can't wait to see the finished product!!

Windlost said...

Gosh, I cannot wait to see this room - it sounds positively divine. And I love that it is all budget - you make me feel more normal (I just ordered a cheap wool rug at Sears and hope it isn't total junk). I wish I could find some nice furniture in back alleys. Hasn't happened since my student days!

Good luck pulling it together - I'm sure it will lok perfect as your style is so clean and fresh and organic. Pure style, indeed!

Glad the little C. is doing ok. still thinking of y'all.

x Terri

Things That Inspire said...

Congratulations on baby #2!!!! How exciting. Are you going to find out the gender?

My kids (oldest is 11, youngest is 6) have been obsessed with watching old DVDs of their babyhood...I had forgotten how much work it was with little ones! There is no way I could have blogged back then!

I can't wait to see your finished room!

Tricia said...

Love that duvet!!
I'm also very happy to hear that your little man is doing well.

Sarah said...

Excited about the final product. So glad Christian is doing well, look forward to more updates.

Lauren said...

Lovely design. I cannot wait to see the end result!

Every sheet, comforter and towel is white in my home and I would do it all over again. White is so much easier than colors (hello dear friend bleach) and looks better! :)

Lauren said...
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Lauren said...

Lovely design. I cannot wait to see the end result!

Every sheet, comforter and towel is white in my home and I would do it all over again. White is so much easier than colors (hello dear friend bleach) and looks better! :)

Lauren said...

Lovely design. I cannot wait to see the end result!

Every sheet, comforter and towel is white in my home and I would do it all over again. White is so much easier than colors (hello dear friend bleach) and looks better! :)

Eileen said...

I love how resilient kids are! Wonderful!

All your plans for your bedroom sound wonderful, and I can't wait to see the pictures!
All the best,

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

The painted panelling will look gorgeous...LOVE the duvet (looked at it...but doesn't mix with big black dogs) and the clean lines of the Ikea drawers with the bed will be yummy. Can't wait to see the mirror too!

DesignTies said...

Everything sounds wonderful, Lauren... it'll look beautiful! And how fantastic that you found your new bedframe on the side of the road?! Now hurry up and get it all together so that you can share the final results!

Congratulations to you and your husband for baby #2 (exciting!)... and I'm so happy to hear that little Christian is on the mend. Children are so resiliant!!

All the best,

Jan Jessup said...

Dear Lauren,
Since I've worked at Calico Corners, I know that they track all their fabric inventory from store to store--so if you want any additional yardage of the ikat fabric purchased for the bolster, the stores can look it up on their search systems. How about big Euro shams so that you don't feel the headboard bars of the brass bed when sitting up in bed? Happy decorating!

Maria Killam said...

Wow I simply love those lamps! So beautiful, I can't wait to see the finished space!

down pillow said...

That ginger jar lamp is exquisite! I absolutely LOVE it!

Michelle said...

Very nice Lauren! I too love a dresser for a night stand. Love to see the result! Keep us posted won't you?

Hope your little guy is feeling better :)


Haven and Home said...

Oh I know it is going to be wonderful! You have the best taste! So glad to hear Christian is doing better!

Anonymous said...

Target has a knock-off of that comforter!! Is it too late to return the west elm one? It looks exactly the same!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

I love that West Elm comforter - we have the same one for our master in Ivory - you are going to love it!

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