Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, and Bedroom Progress

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!   We are fortunate to have our family just a few minutes away; we look forward to celebrating all that we have been blessed with today.   This morning, I asked my three year old what he was thankful for.  His first response was food (boy, this is the right holiday for you) and his second response was his brother! 

We aren't hosting Thanksgiving this year so my older son and his dad are taking advantage of this 60 degree weather and they are working on our Christmas lights right now.  While my youngest naps, I thought I would quickly post some progress pics of our master bedroom:

Here is a picture of the room when we moved in:

And here it is now:

I assure you, this is the least dramatic transformation in our house.  We are only the second owners of our 1925 year old bungalow.  We bought it out of the estate of an elderly woman who was born here and eventually inherited the house.  We bought the house from her brother who, until a few months ago, lived here on the block in his own bungalow!  Needless to say, the house needed a lot of work when we moved in, and I will share more before and afters as we go alone. 

Here is another picture of the room last spring:

And here it is with a few updates based on the inspiration board I shared here:

As a recap of my previous post, I want my room to feel simple yet luxourious, cozy, and romantic.  I reviewed my Pinterest boards to look for some common themes of the images that I am drawn to:

white on white
light and airy
textured pillows and textiles
touches of simple patterns
touches of gold
architectural windows
glass and all things sparkly

I updated the bedding to a white blanket and a simply patterned white and grey duvet.  The pillows bring in a touch more of a pattern and a bit of color.  The frames bring in the gold elements - and I have a few more updates to bring more touches of gold in elsewhere.  Our new curtains are white and we plan to paint the walls a creamy white.   

I feel like hanging the pictures frames and adding the curtains help pull the eyes upward a bit.  I already had the curtains on hand, as I purchased them years ago from Bed Bath and Beyond on clearance and we never hung them.  I always debated going with panels that had a simple pattern on them, but in the end stuck with the white because I like to change my bedding and pillows often.  However, I would like to add some sort of shades to (1) help set off the white panels and add a textural element, and (2) for darkness to help me sleep!

Also, I have an addition planned for above the panels and a few other projects for this area of the bedroom, including an update to the bench and the bed.  So far I'm happy, but we have still have a lot more to work on in this area as well as some changes for the dressing/sitting area I shared here.


  1. As always, gorgeous photos and styling! That bed looks so inviting to curl up on. I just wanted to drop by and to say you have been nominated for a Liebster Award for your amazing blog, you can drop by to see what it is all about Congratulations!

    1. Bethany - Thanks for the nomination! I will have to look into this a little more. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments. I really appreciate it.

  2. It's looking lovely. I bet you are enjoying the calm, peaceful space.

  3. Hi Dawn, What a beautiful design! I love those pillows!
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back at last week's Humble Brag. Hope to see you back today to link up more great projects and maybe win ad space. Also, you were featured, so grab a button - you earned it!

    We are also starting a giveaway today for a SILHOUETTE CAMEO!! Hope to see you there!

    1. Thanks for the feature! I will head over and check out the Silhouette Cameo!