As I predict is the case for most people, our master bedroom is one of the most neglected rooms in the house when it comes to decorating. The door can be closed and not too many other people ever go in there, so it’s less of a priority. Not only does it not get decorative updates, but it also usually becomes a dumping ground. My hubby often has a pile of (folded) laundry on his side of the bed (which happens to be hidden from view behind the bed), and when I’m too tired (also often), my dresser becomes a catch-all for whatever I decided to put off putting away.
I know that a bedroom should be a retreat, so when Brad was ready for a change in there, I was all for it. The paint and duvet were a neutral (kind of a sandy color for lack of a better description) and, like most of the house, we had turquoise/teal accents. I was tired of the sand, Brad was tired of blue.
The accessory pics are pretty old…I don’t use lotion anymore I make my own body butter! But not a lot had changed otherwise. While I still love that DIY tray I made (which I talked about here and here), the paint had started to get mucked up from my essential oil and massage oil bottles sitting on it. (Yep, he gives me massages. And they’re amazing.) Brad wanted to bring in red like we had in our first bedroom together. I used to have red all over our house and it’s still a prevalent accent color. It’s one of my favorites and was going to be a nice change from the blues and greens that were starting to take over, so I was all for it!
I was just certain I’d shared when we repainted our bedroom but I can’t find it! I guess since I wasn’t blogging much last year that’s not really a surprise. Anyway, we took the sandy color to gray…I believe Sherwin Williams Functional Gray. And nothing else changed…for months.
Finally this last December I got to work making changes to the decor. I found several accessories at Hobby Lobby and brought them home. Some stayed, some didn’t work and went back. I found it was better to buy more than I needed just in case something didn’t work. I was able to play with the arrangement before it got up on the wall or try out a variety of accessories on the shelf before committing. While I was working on some DIY art (more on that in a minute), I started with this wall…
The corrugated metal “Love” sign was a craft fair purchase, and I knew when I saw the “Don’t wake the bear” sign at Hobby Lobby that it was going to be a perfect jumping off point for everything else. (Whether you’re waking Brad from a nap or me in the morning, it fits.)
I quickly found the shelf at Hobby Lobby, too, but the accessories took a bit more trial-and-error. I liked the texture and shape of the balls, and wanted to add more ambient lighting with non-candle-candles, so that birch-looking LED one was perfect. A picture of our honeymoon for some personalization, and voila!
Brad’s dresser still needs
some lots of work. That lamp needs to go (I’ve had it forEVER), and things just need reorganized in general. But I did get that mirror at, you guessed it, Hobby Lobby, to bring some of the red over, and I relocated the bottle of sand from our honeymoon in Cabo to the bedroom. I figured it would be more noticed and appreciated here than tucked in with my office and craft supplies.
My dresser was an easy fix. I spray-painted the frame that was teal to make it match the red accents, and replaced the DIY tray with this basket one I had elsewhere. I may switch to something larger, but for now it’s working well. (I intended to repaint the DIY tray but it wasn’t cooperating and just wasn’t going to be worth it.) I’ve had those LED candles on my dresser for about a year now (think I got them a year-ago Christmas), and of course my diffuser is a staple!
The clear acrylic box I got as a gift from my Container Store tour holds lip balm and hard lotion and fits in that tray perfectly with some books that I’m working on and this cute little ring dish The Bestie got me for Christmas!
I also pulled these lighted branches from the living room and they have been used way more in here in a few months than they have in the living room in a year! They give off a relaxing, romantic light and soften the edge of the dresser. (Like most things in my room, they also really need dusted.)
These DIY canvases took way too long to finish but except for a 2nd coat on the one with the verse, they’re finally done and hung! The verse on the left is from our wedding, and the numbers on the right is our wedding date. I printed the words/numbers from Word, and used carbon paper to transfer to the canvas before painting with acrylic paint.
One of my most favorite changes was the duvet cover I bought with gift cards from Christmas! This duvet was on sale at Target and I just love it! It was the perfect taupey-gray like the walls. I was also able to get coordinating sheets…and it just so happens that they have a grey and taupe pattern that ties in the curtains. I will eventually change those out as well but for now they are staying.
I’m used to the room now but when we first added the new accessories I couldn’t help but smile every time I walked in the room. I still really love it and it’s become a place I want to hang out in more than just for sleep. Brad and I enjoy reading before bed and the soft light makes for some nice romantic time, too. ? It’s become the retreat that it should have always been!