Our Bedroom Before + Decorating Progress & Plans

Our bedroom is finally starting to take shape! For the longest time it looked like this (even though it had been a good while since we moved in):

Yea, not so pretty.  The wall color actually doesn’t look too horrible in the photo (probably because it was a sunny day when I took it and the light was streaming in through the sliding doors) but my husband and I both didn’t like it, to say the least. We usually keep the curtains in that room closed most of the time and so the wall color made the room look dark and depressing. Definitely not us.  We used extra dining chairs as nightstands. The headboard you see to the right we brought in from my mom’s house to re-upholster it in a different fabric.

I wasn’t expecting it to take so long to get it looking decent, but other unexpected things kept taking precedence of our time and financial resources.  We have finally made some progress though. So far we’ve changed out the duvet cover, painted the walls, brought in “nightstands”, recovered the headboard and installed it, and selected fabrics for the pillows.

We went with this duvet cover from Ikea:

My husband is (sadly) not a fan of white duvet covers and we wanted something inexpensive since we eventually plan on upgrading our Full size mattress to a Queen or King, so it’s not worth investing in something nicer just yet.

This dining space from an old issue of domino inspired the wall colors: We didn’t go with as much contrast but still chose two different blues (Olympic Zero VOC Paint):

Our current bed frame is from Ikea and is the same one we’ve had for a while.  It served us well when we were very tight on space.

Though we’re not as short on space anymore and we’d love to change it, we’re waiting to do so until we can also afford the larger mattress mentioned above.  Since it’s staying and it has drawers, we went with shelves as nightstands so they won’t get in the way of being able to open the drawers.

We recovered the headboard in a greige linen (below right) and finalized fabrics for the pillows: The chintz fabric I’ve loved since seeing it in Michelle’s Lonny office:

It works perfectly with the colors of the duvet and the headboard. (Update: I found out the fabric is on backorder til late December :-( I guess I’ll have to wait – booo)  The blue velvet will add richness, and the Kelly Wearstler fabric with the diagonal lines is a nice contrast to the floral in terms of style and pattern.

Up next to do:

  • make the pillows
  • get a new alarm clock -I’m thinking maybe this one
  • on the nightstands add black frames with black and white photos of us
  • buy and install grouping of white square frames on opposite wall

What do you think? Can you start to picture it? Can’t wait to share more progress!

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*For those who are interested in pillows out of the fabrics mentioned above, please email shop@ariannabelle.com for a quote

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  • Tiffany Leigh

    You are changing pretty much everything! It’s going to look so good once you’ve reinvented the space. Good luck xo

  • Samantha Penner

    Love the blue paint colors you chose! Yum.

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar

    I love the Freshwater paint colour you chose – fab!

  • abrunettesbeautyblog

    Love the colours you have chosen, im sure it will look great when its finished :)

  • Myrna Dobbin

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • http://cerrissa.blogspot.com/ Cerrissa

    I’ve been in love with that Hollyhock fabric since I saw it in Lonny, too! I especially love the combination of all the pillow fabrics and paint colors and can’t wait to see them all come together!

  • leanne

    looking forward to seeing it all come together!