The Layered Bed, Baby Steps {Bedroom Refresh}

Back in the day, i.e. our old home in Chicago, I felt like we really had our master bedroom sorted out. It was a large, slightly awkward space with built in closets and vanity area. It took a long time to understand how the room worked best for us, but once we did, it really came together. We loved it.

Chicago bedroom

Then we moved to Charlotte and basically picked everything up from our old bedroom and put it in the new room. Not a lot of fanfare, but it worked. 2 years later and the change of seasons has me dreaming up new possibilities for this space. 
Nothing too drastic - the bed frame, storage, and layout will stay the same…speaking of, have I ever told you the story about this bed frame? In a nut shell: we found it in the basement of an antique shop in Chicago stuck behind several layers of furniture. It wasn't in the best shape, but after they told us it had been used in Playboy shoot, someone we had to have it. 
Clearly, any bed used in a Playboy shoot isn't going anywhere. 


Check out how I really feel about this space. It's so easy to turn a blind eye, then one day you really take a look and your true feeling come out…my bedroom is B.O.R.I.N.G!!
Time to update the bedding (at least for these cooler months), hang something on the walls and finish off the space. 


A couple of things we've already done since I brainstormed this whole project on Sunday night: we rotated our mattress, washed/fluffed all the covers/feather beds, and put on our flannel sheets. Can I just tell you, I slept like a log last night - first time in ages. I can only assume it's the changes we've made to the bed thus far. 
Another baby step to our bedroom refresh: a new down comforter,  our previous was relocated to the guest bedroom. I did a bit of research, really just read this article, and picked this one. Layer number 1, on its way. Can't wait.

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Master Bedroom Reveal

I think I have officially dragged this project on long enough. It's time to call a day on the revamp of the master bedroom.


I've shared a lot of the projects along the way. Showing little snippets of the room here and there, but it's totally different when it all comes together. Don't you think?


It all stared with my quest to add additional storage, which lead to the sourcing and painting of the two matching dressers turn nightstands.

Then, of course, I had to rearrange the furniture to make room for the two dressers. And switch closets with Mr. DD.



Finding a spot for the loveseat was an ongoing challenge in the layout of this room, but we finally came up with a location that works well. I miss having all that space to throw my clothes at the end of the day, but fortunately our little musical chair routine gave me a new spot to showcase my laziness. 




Anyway, the newly painted white dressers made me want to lighten the whole room, so I set about finding new bedding. Pottery Barn clearance shams, TJ Maxx duvet, and a homemade pillow rounded out the new look. 


And you can't forget my PB knock off lamps. Still loving those and the updated feel they bring to the room. 



The now infamous restoration of the Danish chairs will hold a special place in my heart. To date, the most commented on (not all nice, by the way) post on my blog. 


The vanity was another fun project. Glue gunning the vanity skirt - high class, all the way. Organizing my jewels and creating the hanging necklace board. And of course, creating my relaxed, faux roman blinds


The list seems to be going on and on - no wonder this project took so long! Funny how you can forget exactly all the work that went into something. Thankfully, I've got this blog to remind me. ha!


I have to say, as much as I enjoyed re-working our bedroom, I am super excited to have it done and finally be able to move on. 


Hope you enjoyed this transformation as much as I did. 
For before pictures, click here.

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Musical Chairs

"I thought of a new place for your chairs", my very excited Mom exclaimed when I picked up the phone a couple of days ago. 


I didn't even know I was looking for a new home for said chairs, but ok, I'm open to suggestions. Let's hear it. 

"In your bedroom, next to the bed", she says. 


Hmmm. Interesting. I do already have two chairs and a loveseat in my room, but I don't have anything next to the bed. And I do miss having that little spot to throw the 'I'm too lazy to put my clothes away at the end of the day' clothes. 


So, in one chair goes. Add a borrowed pillow from the loveseat...and we're giving it a try. 

Mr. DD walks in and says, "what's this doing in here?" His tone says, 'it looks ridiculous'. 


But, I kind of like it. A bit of an unexpected twist, which I really do believe every room needs. Otherwise, it just starts to look too designed. If you know what I mean. 


I also like how the chair acts like a mini divider from the bedroom and the dressing area. 

You guessed it - the chair is staying, at least for now. 
One never knows what the future will hold. 
Plus, with fall in the air, I've now got an excuse to update the front porch. Always love a good excuse. 

Thanks, Mom, for your chair brainstorm.

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Oh, the Wonders of Spray Paint

After completing my PB inspired, DIY, glass lamps, I had to find new homes for the old lamps. Who doesn't love a good game of lamp swithcher-oo! 


The more masculine of the two lamps {that's normal, right? to think of your lamps as female or male?} made its way to the antique dresser in the corner.

I really like the shape of this lamp and the white shade certainly goes a long way to lightening this corner of the room, but it still didn't feel quite right. 


Oh, the wonders of spray paint. A couple of quick, light coats of grey spray paint transformed the lamp. 

I choose grey because white seemed too predictable and I already have a lot of green in the room. Plus, it pulls some of the grey tones out of the bedding. Bonus. 


After the final coat, I sanded it lightly with 220 grit paper. I love how the details in the lamp really shine now - when it was dark on dark the details weren't quite as noticeable. 


So, much better. And all for the cost of a simple can of spray paint. 

I'm still working on the styling, but at least I got the picture hung. And on the first time, no less. I still need to go back and patch, sand and paint all my other nail holes. Boo. But, that does mean that the reveal is right around the corner.

Have a great weekend! 

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PB Knock Off Lighting

I was so excited last week when my long envisioned bedside lamp project finally came together. 


You see, I had been looking, and looking, and looking for just the perfect bedside lamp. My list of demands was long....I wanted it to make a statement, but still be light and airy, and it couldn't be white. 


What I really wanted was this beauty from Pottery Barn. But the $200 price tag had me looking for other options. 


That's when I decided to make my own. I found the recycled glass vase at HomeGoods for less than $10. When I saw that lovely textured, wavy, greenish glass and the tear drop shape I knew I had found my perfect solution. 


The best part? It was so simple. A DIY lamp kit, picked up at Home Depot for only $10 made it a cinch. Just follow the directions on the back and boom, you've got light!


The most expensive and time consuming part of this project was finding just the right lamp shade. I settled on these yellow flocked shades from Target. At $20 a shade, I think they make just the right statement.


Usually I'm not much of a joiner when it comes to the matchy-match game, but in this case, I caved. I love this lamp so much I put one together for Mr. DD too. 

The perfect addition to our bedroom makeover at just $40 each. Happiness. 

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