Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

It’s not very often that I come on here to talk about making UNDER a room, but that’s exactly what I’m going to share with you today. It’s a bittersweet tale, to be honest, but I promise that it’s all for the best. To cut to the chase, we got rid of all the décor, furniture, and accent lighting in our beloved sunroom.

You might be asking yourself why on earth we would do this, especially since I’ve talked at length about how the sunroom has always been one of my favorite rooms in the house. The truth requires some winding explanation, but before we get to that, let’s revisit what the sunroom looked like up until a week ago.

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Practically since the day we moved into our house, we had the sunroom laid out to act as something like a combination sitting and dining room. We had a full size sofa arranged under the windows along the side of the room, an antique hanging basket chair near the front door, and the vintage record player that John’s parents gave us set up beside the basket chair. On the opposite side of the room, we kept a round pedestal table surrounded by a set of mid-century swivel chairs scored on Craigslist.

The room was intended to be a bonus living space that we could use in addition to our slightly more formal living room upstairs and lounge-like family room downstairs whenever the mood struck. I loved it more than I can say. Every time I went into the sunroom (or even just remembered that we had the space!), it felt like Christmas morning. Before owning a home, I had always dreamed of someday having a sunroom where I could sneak off to enjoy a good book and heavy dose of natural light.

The problem was that I had always imagined air conditioning in those daydreams. The fact of the matter is that, after four years of living here and living with the uninsulated room as-is, we realized that we would never be able to use the space on a regular basis.

The sunroom must have originally been a covered porch before the previous homeowners “finished it off,” so there was no heating or cooling to speak of, and the thin windows and brick walls just barely kept out the elements. There were maybe two realistic times during the year when we could actually sit out in the room comfortably: late spring, and early fall. That was it.

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Even despite coming to that sad conclusion a couple years ago, I stuck to my guns and kept the room fully outfitted with décor. I would tell myself that I could sit out there a few weeks during the year, and it was “absolutely worth keeping it all decorated for Instagram photos,” so the sunroom became something like a museum display. It was place for me to smile at every now and then when I felt like sticking my head out the door to look before retreating back inside to the cool A.C. or warm gas heat. As you can see from those photos above, though, I finally decided to own up to the reality of the situation.

Lately, John has been talking about getting into guided fly fishing, something I know he’d be really good at and would love to do part-time in addition to his day job. Taking on this new role means he’d need to add quite a bit of outdoor gear to his collection, so, a few weeks ago, he and I were brainstorming where on earth we were going to put it all.

Out of nowhere during our conversation, it came to me: the sunroom. I sat there internally weighing my options before making the suggestion out loud because I knew that I needed to be 100% on board with the change before even putting it on the table. I wish I was joking when I said that I almost had tears in my eyes when I finally spoke up, but it’s the truth. Anyway, I finally did tell him that I would be willing to sacrifice the sunroom to his fishing storage, and it was ultimately the option we went with.

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

I clearly have a little ways to go with the clear-out—namely the hanging basket chair, some art, and rugs—but the room is pretty much empty at this point, ready for him to start filling it with gear. I can’t decide if I should relocate those few lingering items in our own house, or sell them. If you have suggestions or ideas, by all means, leave them in the comments at the end of this post! I could use a little push, I think.

At any rate, you might now be wondering what happened to the rest of the décor and furniture. Well, the table and chairs actually ended up in our lower level family room so we can still have a secondary place to eat dinner when the mood strikes. The rest of the stuff, though, went over to my parents’ new house.

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

If you’ve been following along since their move back in April, you may remember that a water pipe burst in the finished basement of the house right before they moved. Since the house had been vacant at the time, the water was left unchecked, so the damage was pretty extensive. The entire finished basement flooded, so the drywall, ceiling, and floors all needed to be replaced.

The restoration work was finished a month or so ago, but my parents hadn’t gotten around to furnishing or decorating the room. They went back and forth over a final function for the space, but (after a little enthusiastic pushing from us) they decided to turn part of the basement into a cozy rec room. Luckily, we had an entire room’s worth of furniture that we could give them to bring the look to life for free, so that’s exactly what we did.

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

We brought the sunroom couch over, along with a ton of throw pillows, the rug, side table, and even some lighting and art. My parents already had a desk they wanted to use for painting and drawing, so we set that up right behind our old sunroom couch so that people could hang out together—whether they’re watching a movie or working on art.

You might also recognize the houndstooth La-Z-Boy chair that used to be at our house, plus some faux plants and framed prints that came from our spaces, too! Letting go of my decorated sunroom sitting space was really hard for me, but seeing most of it end up in my parents’ new house really helped cushion the blow. (Oh, and don’t worry—I’m fully aware and ready to admit that I’m being a pitiful brat about this whole situation!)

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

So, what do you think? Would you have “made-under” your own sunroom to clear out space for your hubby’s new passion project? Or would have you found a different solution? We had thrown around the idea of renting a storage unit or buying a new shed to store the raft he planned to buy for fishing trips, but there was no turning back for me when I realized that we just didn’t use the sunroom often enough to justify keeping it as a living room year-round. I’m excited to shift my focus now to support John in his new fishing endeavor—and I’m also grateful to have photos of our old sunroom, like the one below, to look back on!

Why We Got Rid Of Our Sunroom Décor

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Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

I know you may not want to hear it, but summer is starting its gradual wind-down right about now. Have you felt the transition yet? It’s still blazing hot here in Virginia, but I’ve noticed that the nights, at least, are cooling down enough that I don’t have to blast our extra A.C. unit to keep on top of the heat during the day.

As a big fan of fall, I can’t help but be over-the-moon about the impending change, but one thing I do miss when the cooler months arrive is all that green life outside. I love full, leafy trees, so when fall and winter take over (taking those pretty leaves with them), I try to make up for it by filling our indoor spaces with as much plant décor as possible to compensate. Keep scrolling for a few of the green plant-themed things I’m considering.

Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

1. Wall Hanging Test Tube Planter ($16)

2. Unikko Reversible Comforter Set ($130)

3. Hand-Tufted Wool Blue/Brown Area Rug ($68)

4. Leaf Framed Wall Poster Print ($19)

5. Climbing Floral Light Filtering Window Curtain Panels ($25)

6. Floral Tapestry ($14)

7. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Basket ($58)

8. Removable Wall Mural ($335)

9. Succulent Framed Wall Canvas ($50)

10. Hand-Woven Monstera Leaf Door Mat ($20)

11. Hanging Planter Vase ($21)

12. Batik Forest Removable Wall Mural ($305)

The cool thing about most of the goodies on that list is that you don’t necessarily need to have a green thumb to make them work in your home. We have a pretty good mixture of faux plants and real ones in our own house, but I’m hoping to “branch out” (har, har) with some things that aren’t literal at all—things like a floral rug, wallpaper with vines printed on it, and even petal-patterned bedding. What’s your favorite item on the list? Do you have anything else to add? Leave a link in the comments below!

Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 70

Weekend Inspiration: No. 70

This week kind of kicked my butt, if I’m being honest. It was one of those times when nothing I did seemed to turn out right, and I questioned whether I was even cut out to call myself a “DIY designer.” I spent my precious décor budget on items that didn’t end up looking at all how I imagined, and no matter how many times I swapped out pillows and rearranged art, I never felt like I quite nailed it.

I know it happens to all of us, and that I was clearly overthinking things that aren’t really all that important in the grand scheme of things, but I think it was a wake-up call that I need to show myself some self-care this weekend. I’m thinking about kicking back with Netflix, reading a book, maybe even taking a bath, and definitely not stressing over work or home projects until Monday rolls around.

How about you? What do you have up your sleeve for the weekend? If you need it, I’ve rounded up my requisite list of creative inspiration below to help jumpstart your planning for the next two days off.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 70

1. This story, spotted on the New York Times website, about homes that have become “famous” because of social media was pretty eye-opening (and, on a small level, pretty familiar, too!).

2. My blogger pal, Amy, just launched a new ‘Happy Houseplants’ ebook that’s chock-full of helpful tips for keeping your greenery looking healthy and, well…green! Order your copy here.

3. Speaking of ebooks, another friend of mine (Caitlin, of The Mama Notes) just released a resource guide for moms that includes more than 20 busy bag ideas for toddlers. Check it out here if you could use a few new ideas for entertaining your little ones.

4. I’ve gotten some messages on Instagram about how we’re liking our Sven sectional from Article several months after getting it. I can safely say that we love it! The couch is a favorite in our household, and hasn’t worn down at all despite constant lounging by both humans and pets.

5. I had ordered a set of these plaid pillow covers for our living room ahead of the fall decorating season, and I can’t say enough good things about them. They seem really well-made for costing less than $10 a piece (and they’re 20% off right now!).

6. Instead of sharing another link, I just wanted to put this out there in case you also had a rough week that had you questioning your worth…YOU ARE AMAZING!! Take a deep breath, spend some quiet time with yourself this weekend, and know that this, too, shall pass. Now, I’m off to go take my own advice! Have a great weekend, my friends.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 70

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Pet Stuff You Won’t Mind Leaving Out

Pet Stuff You Won't Mind Leaving Out

To be honest, this roundup was a whole heck of a lot easier to put together than I thought it would be. For some reason, I anticipated that it would be really hard to find pet accessories that I wouldn’t mind having out amongst the rest of our modern, sleek décor, but I actually ended up finding more than I needed when it came time to compile this list! I think that’s because brands are finally catching on that people want to get style and functionality out of the pet bedding, litter boxes, toys, and bowls they buy. Can I just say: it’s about time!

Pet Stuff You Won’t Mind Leaving Out:

1. Ceramic Dog Bowl with Carved Pattern ($10)

2. Cat Condo ($80)

3. Rustic Lodge Style Dog House ($161)

4. Cat Scratcher Lounge & Bed ($48)

5. Litter Scoop Set ($28)

6. Oreo Cat House ($54)

7. Pet Blanket ($48)

8. Cat Litter Box with Lid ($140)

9. Natural Sphere Cat Tower ($210)

10. Vertical Stripe Rectangle Dog Bed ($58)

11. Furbo Dog Camera ($199)

12. Hooded Dog Bed ($177)

Do you have a favorite item from that list? I thought that Oreo Cat House was especially cute (and a great place to hide a litter box), and I’m also considering that Hooded Dog Bed, too. I know our four furry kiddos would get a big kick out of this collection…If only I could buy each and every item in the list! Let me know your top pick (or picks!) in the comments below.

Pet Stuff You Won't Mind Leaving Out

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DIY Black And White Abstract Art

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

Have you ever gone to an art museum and muttered to yourself something along the lines of, “Well, I could do that!” while standing in front of an abstract painting? Today, I’m challenging you to finally make good on your claim!

One of the most-asked requests after revealing our master bedroom makeover was source information for the black and white painting I hung over the dresser. The truth is that I whipped it up myself in 10 minutes, and I 100% believe that you can do the same thing—even if you have little to no painting experience.

I didn’t actually take any pictures of the process while I was doing the painting because I never imagined that it would turn out to be such a popular piece with you guys! That said, the step-by-step method I used can easily be explained in words, as you’ll find out below.

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

But before we get to all that, I thought I’d talk through my inspiration for the piece. It actually came from this photo that I spotted on the @chrislovesjulia Instagram feed. They had hung an abstract painting over the bed in their own master bedroom, and I loved the neutral, sophisticated tone of the framed piece. It didn’t take away from the pretty greenery, colorful rug, and bedding they had in the rest of the room, and that was exactly what I was hoping to achieve in our own space.

The only problem was price. I had used up most of my makeover budget on things like a new lumbar pillow for the bed and the new thrifted dresser, so I couldn’t justify spending almost $600 on the exact same piece that the Marcums’ used over their bed. But I already had plenty of black paint in my craft closet, the brushes I needed, and I could also reuse the large gold frame that was already hanging in our bedroom (I had planned on switching out the art in that frame anyway).

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

Not wanting to have an exact replica of Chris and Julia’s art print, I took to the web to find a different piece to “copy.” A quick Google search of “Black and white abstract art” yielded hundreds of options, so I just picked the one that looked easiest to mimic, and went from there.

The one thing I did buy for this project was a large piece of white drawing paper. It cost about $5 at Michaels, so definitely not a budget-buster. Once I had that home, I grabbed my black acrylic paint and a 1-inch foam paintbrush, then laid the drawing paper out on our kitchen floor over a drop cloth.

Next, I went at the paper with my paint and brush, making sure to have my inspiration painting pulled up on my phone to reference. Since this is your own handmade creation, feel free to take artistic liberties with the shapes and design you end up doing on your own paper, but having an image of your inspiration painting handy will help guide you as you work.

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

This project really is so easy to do, but just in case you’re feeling trepidation about doing it for the first time, here are a couple of small things I would suggest when doing this on your own.

1. Buy more than one piece of drawing paper at the store so you have a backup. That way, if you mess up or don’t like your first piece, you can start fresh.

2. Mix a little water into your black paint to make it easier to work with (think: 1 tablespoon of water to every 1/4-cup of acrylic paint you use).

3. Be long and quick with your paint strokes so you get more of a fluid look.

4. Make some of your paint strokes go all the way to the edge of the paper, and some that stop a few inches in from the sides to balance things out.

5. After you have your solid black paint strokes in place, and you’re happy with the look, wring some of the paint out of your brush and add some drier strokes along the sides of the solid ones. See how my painting has a few “see-through” strokes across the paper? Where it looks like I didn’t have enough paint on my brush? Those were intentional to help give the finished piece more of a free-form, painterly look.

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

The last thing I want to suggest before sending you along on your way is this: Sign your finished painting! If you’re going for a professional look, like I was, scrawl your name in cursive in the corner. This is a super fast way to take your painting from “DIY” to “masterpiece.” Trust me!

It might feel silly, but I promise that it makes a difference. And don’t forget to put the paper behind glass in a (matted!) frame. That also helps make your handy work look like you bought it from a high-end art store. Now, tell me in the comments below…Would you try this art craft at home? Or would you buy a ready-made version from the store?

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 69

Weekend Inspiration: No. 69

Confession: we’ve been in a little bit of a foodie rut lately…Not a fun place to be! The summer has been a fairly busy one, what with big projects here at our house (more on that soon!) and pulling together my parents’ new house, too, so John and I just keep defaulting to the easiest things we can throw together whenever dinnertime rolls around.

All that’s about to change, though, because summer’s slowly winding down, and so are our projects. With more time on our hands, I can feel myself wanting to get more out of dinner besides just a full stomach. I want to try new things, and revisit a few of our very favorite recipes as we transition to fall. In honor of this new food-themed motivation, I’m sharing a whole bunch of links below that hopefully will get you feeling excited to spend time in the kitchen this weekend—and beyond!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 69

1. Dinner isn’t the only meal I’m trying to reinvigorate. I’ve also been mixing things up for breakfast! Instead of defaulting to the same old breakfast sandwich, I’m now making these homemade pop tarts ahead of time to enjoy throughout the week. Now I actually look forward to getting out of my comfy bed everyday!

2. I just picked up everything from Trader Joe’s for this Simple Strip Steak & Sautéed Veggies recipe, and can’t wait to try it. Sounds like a pretty fast one to throw together, too.

3. Another TJ dinner we’re going to experiment with over the weekend is this Tikka Masala-inspired meal. I got a little burnt out on Indian food earlier this year, but I love the idea of trying the traditional flavors in a totally different form than the bowls I’m used it: burritos!

4. Okay, all of this food talk is making me hungry…I’m almost ready for a snack and it’s still pretty early in the morning! I love the idea of using this recipe for Peanut Butter Breakfast Parfaits as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

5. We can’t leave lunch out now, can we? I’m a sucker for those Pinterest posts promising a list of 20-some portable lunches, but find that they’re often just the same recipe with one or two tiny changes throughout the list. This mega lunch ideas compilation really does have some great variety, though. I want to try a new one every day for the next 30 days.

6. I’m making the promise right here, right now, to not let the season end without making a pitcher of this Summer Strawberry Lemonade Sangria. Who’s with me?!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 69

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Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved change. I’d switch rooms with my little sister just for fun, I painted and repainted the walls in my childhood bedroom more times than I can count, and I’ve been going to yard sales and thrift stores with my mom as far back as I can remember looking for new treasures. My love and passion for newness when it comes to home décor has always been deeply engrained in my process, and that is still going strong into my adulthood.

Case in point, the dresser my dad built for me a couple years ago. I’m obviously never going to get rid of this heirloom piece of furniture, but I was starting to feel the itch for something a little different in terms of the look. I’ll also never paint the piece because the stain my dad and I chose for it is just going to get prettier with age, but the hardware is something I feel totally validated in changing up as my mood inevitably swings around.

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

As you can see in that “Before” photo above (or if you remember the original post when I introduced the new dresser), I made the most of some cabinet door handles that we had taken down in the kitchen. I thought it would be really nice to repurpose the brass flower pulls for use on my new dresser, but after living with the look for a year or two, I decided that it wasn’t the best fit after all.

If you scroll back up to that “Before” photo again (sorry), you’ll probably appreciate the soft gold color of the brass against the wood grain. The dainty flower shapes on the faces of the pulls also made me smile. What I didn’t end up liking after looking at them for so long was that the brass just sort of faded into the cherry wood color of the dresser. They didn’t quite POP like I wanted them to. So I decided to change them out for a new set of matte black pulls.

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Those new sleek dark handles really make a statement against the wood grain, and I love that they match the black pulls I added to our recently thrifted lowboy dresser, too. The other thing I appreciate so much about the new hardware (other than how affordable the swap was, of course!) is that they also helped modernize the more traditional, simple shape of the dresser. It feels very “me” now, and I don’t anticipate that I’ll feel the urge to change this look up for a long time to come.

What do you think? Would you have kept the classic brass flower drawer handles, or do you prefer the new modern matte black pulls? There’s no right or wrong answer here because I think both looks are beautiful—but it sure is fun to change things up for fun, isn’t it?!

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

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DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

One of my very favorite things about mid-century design is that the pieces from that era tend to be really sleek in shape. Their silhouettes are often made up of mostly straight lines, with tapered legs, simple stained finishes, and purely functional design accents (ex. scooped wooden drawer pulls integrated right into the construction of the piece rather than elaborate metal hardware meant to steal the show).

Because of that, it’s fairly simple for DIYers like you and me to get the look using pretty much nothing but store-bought wood! I proved the point over on Hunker last month with my homemade wood slat coffee table. I had seen these types of linear vintage tables all over my favorite mid-century-centric Instagram feeds, and finally decided to try my hand at building something similar for myself. SPOILER: It worked!

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

Hop over to Hunker now for the step-by-step tutorial, including my trick for getting the spacing juuuuuust right between those slats on top. If I had had more time, I think the only thing I might have changed about the design to make it a little more practical for everyday modern lifestyles is to add a plexiglass top. It would be a synch to attach a custom-cut clear piece of plastic sheeting over top of the slats, and that would help you avoid losing pens and other small items between the wood pieces.

I made sure to leave plenty of room to stick your fingers down into the table to retrieve whatever you might lose, and I think a nice tray—like the one you see pictured here—is the perfect way to avoid dropping things inside the table, but overall, I love the design. It’s the perfect homage to vintage pieces (like this!) that I’ve had my eye on for years. See the process for making your own this way.

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 68

Weekend Inspiration: No. 68

Who else is especially excited for the weekend?! I’m headed out of the office a little early this afternoon for a fun afternoon and happy hour event at my favorite art museum. I can’t wait to plop down on the bench in front of a piece by this artist. Years and years could have passed since I’d been to the museum in person, but I could still remember exactly which hallways and stairs to take in order to find that particular piece. Any other art lovers out there?

At any rate, that’s the biggest thing I’ve got on the docket for my weekend. Keep scrolling for a little more insight into what I plan to get up to, plus a few links to cool new home décor launches and creative projects to try during your time off, too.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 68

1. Since last weekend was such a whirlwind with two full days spent at the pottery studio for a workshop, I’m planning to lay lower this weekend to recover. I see lots of Netflix, wine, and time spent in my favorite pair of pjs in my future for these next two days off. What do you have planned for the weekend?

2. Even though I don’t think I’ll go into the pottery studio this weekend, I’m sure I’ll be doing at least a little research for my next clay project. This is my favorite YouTube channel for pottery inspiration.

3. Did you catch my pedestal table makeover for Hunker last week? It’s one of my favorite projects from the entire year.

4. If cleaning is on the agenda for your weekend, be sure to check out this handy tutorial (recipe included!) for cleaning your microwave with lemon. That said, we actually started using a microwave cover a year ago, and it has almost completely eliminated splatter messes. Couldn’t recommend that handy $9 tool more!

5. For those of you looking to get crafty this weekend, here’s a cool breakdown of the process for whitewashing wood surfaces. Could be a cool way to refinish a tired piece of furniture in your home!

6. Did you hear about the collection of pillows and rugs that Lulu & Georgia just launched with Sarah Sherman Samuel? Of course you did, but just in case you want the back story, click over to the SSS blog here. My favorites from the collection here and here.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 68

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Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

It was actually just a couple of minor initial changes in our master bedroom that prompted this latest room makeover. First, we upgraded our tired old white painted dresser to a nicer wood one that we found at an antique store. I also made the rather sad decision to cover up the DIY faux wood paneling feature wall that I had hand-painted last year. While I loved that rich wood-like texture, it was just a little too much for a bedroom that’s meant to be a relaxing space. So, I repainted the wall white to match the rest of the space.

The new all-white painted room inspired me to rethink some of the art, and we also rearranged the furniture so that our new-to-us mid-century dresser could be the focal point. In the end, I decided all of these smaller changes combined as the perfect excuse to go all out, so I changed up the bedding (mostly using linens we already had!), the framed prints, and also the surface styling throughout the space. Long story short, our bedroom is looking pretty different since the last time I shared it here on the blog, so here’s a quick look around the refreshed room!

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Large lumbar pillow: Target | Pillowcases: Cultiver | Table lamp: Target | Table Lamp Shade: Target | 2-drawer table: Galaxie Modern | Bed: Wayfair | Black Kinetic Pipe Sculpture: DIY

I honestly didn’t have to buy much at all for this makeover, which was a relief since I’m trying to be extra careful with my spending right now. Please don’t curse me for saying it, but Christmas will be here before we know it, and that’s usually the most expensive time of the year for me, so I’m keeping myself on a tight budget.

The bedding is actually just a plain white insert that I usually put inside a duvet, but this time around I left it uncovered to really shine. I have to wash it a lot because the dog gets in bed with me every morning after John goes to work, but I adore the bright white color, so it’s worth it to me.

I also layered two oatmeal-colored quilts at the foot of the bed to break up all the white, and stacked the headboard pillows in a sort of different way for me. They’re placed one on top of the other so that you can see the bottoms of the pillows. It was such a simple change, but I think the look adds something special and unexpected to the bed overall. The striped tassel throw pillow and side table lamp are the only new pieces I bought for the bed area.

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Yellow bud vase: Heath Ceramics | Colorful abstract art: Minted | Ceramics: DGD Pottery | Side chair: Galaxie Modern | Lumbar pillow: Cultiver | Black dresser knobs: Etsy

Oh, actually that’s a slight fib because I did also buy the new black frames for over the bed…In them I added art prints that were very kindly gifted to me from the artist Jan Skacelik. The modern geometric shapes and soft color palette were the real jumping-off points when I was trying to settle on an overall tone for the space. Because of the new art, I tried to go really minimalist and modern with the décor. The final look feels so refreshing whenever I walk into the space, so I’m considering it a win!

That said, I made plenty of mistakes while trying to nail the look I had in my head. Before settling on the plain white and oatmeal bedding, I bought a bright mint-colored bedding set from Target. It ended up going back to the store in the end, though, because it was just too bold for what I was going for. I also went through a couple of art options for that spot over our new dresser before finally deciding to paint my own abstract art piece. I’m planning to share more about that process in its own blog post, so stay tuned!

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Remodelista book: Amazon | Vintage Hanging Lamp: Circa | Slider table: Queen City Marketplace | Fan: Wayfair (similar) | Geometric Art: Jan Skacelik Art

As for the styling in the room, I tried to keep that pretty simple, too, choosing just a few favorite DIY projects to display (my kinetic pipe sculpture and wood mobile!), as well as a handful of my most nostalgic antique store scores—like the pair of wooden vases I found in Richmond four or five years ago, the tall ceramic vase I bought from a consignment store in North Carolina this past winter, and the hanging mid-century light my dad restored for me. Everything tells a story, and I love that.

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Rug: Home Depot | Rattan Bag: Amazon | Clock: Target | Painted Pot: DIY | Abstract Painting: DIY | Brass switch plate: Amazon | Wood mobile: DIY

I’ve actually already made a few tiny tweaks to the design since photographing this tour. For example, I decided to take down the DIY upholstered cornice that I had built to conceal our wall-mounted AC unit. Virginia has been sweltering hot this summer (like much of the world!), and I started to worry that my cornice board was limiting the flow of cool air coming from the AC, so I took it down.

I’m trying to be better about embracing functional imperfections throughout our house, like exposing the unsightly AC unit. It was kind of silly to try to hide such an important unit just for aesthetic reasons, so I’m letting it run freely out in the open. As dumb as it sounds, that’s kind of a big step for me since I’m usually willing to let design win over functionality and comfort.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the tour! I tried to link to most of the resources throughout the post, but let me know in the comments if you want more information on any one piece. Shout if you have master bedroom décor ideas of your own, too. I’m sure I’ll be feeling the itch to make this space over sooner rather than later. I can’t be stopped!

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

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