If you’re a slow decorator like me, it may seem like no room in your house is ever truly “finished.” We gatherers like to take our time, picking perfect pieces as they come, trying and tweaking, adapting as serendipity dictates.
That’s why I always hesitate to declare my work finished in any space. Who knows what I may stumble across in the coming weeks that could set off a spark of inspiration and take me in a completely different direction?
However, when it comes to our bedroom in this house, I’m feeling far more confident than usual that this space is by and large complete.
It’s come an extremely long way since I first began work on the space this spring! To recap, here’s what the journey has been so far.
- The room started out as a completely blank slate – beige walls, beige carpet.
- I started by pulling up the carpet and painting the walls a controversial shade of khaki/light olive green.
- Next, I leveled the concrete, and laid laminate flooring – all by myself!
- Then, I “upholstered” the funky dresser nook in textured alligator faux leather.
- I hung some beautiful art in thrifted burl frames.
- And DIYed glossy red mirrors for each side of the bed, to pair with thrifted burl nightstands.
- I solved our blackout dilemma by hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains to separate the window nook from the rest of the bedroom.
- I replaced the ceiling fan with a new, sculptural beauty from Build.com.
Main Master Bedroom Sources
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Wall Color: Green Tea from Clark+Kensington.
Vintage brass canopy bed: Craigslist. Every time I share a photo of our bedroom, I get asked about this bed, and I get to tell the crazy story of how I found it on Craigslist for $100. It’s not a very helpful answer, to be sure.
That’s why I was so excited when I spotted this brass canopy bed on Overstock.com that’s almost a dead ringer for mine, except that it also has a comfy-looking tufted headboard!
Kilim rug: Vintage, via Unique Rug Store.
Ceiling fan: Artemis by MinkaAire, via Build.com.
Curtains: 120″ Bellino Drapes in Cottage White from Half Price Drapes via Amazon.
This vintage cabinet with glass sides was thrifted from the Salvation Army for $49 and the vintage trunk was a $30 Habitat for Humanity Restore find. I love having my shoes out within easy reach – I store out-of-season and seldom-worn pairs of shoes inside the trunk. It sits on felt pads so I can easily slide it out from under the cabinet.
After seeing so many fantastic ideas for vintage accordion peg racks in #thriftscorethursday submissions and features, I just had to pick this one up when I found it out thrifting. We aren’t particularly good at picking up after ourselves, to be honest, so my hope was that this rack would help capture some of those not-quite-dirty articles of clothing that usually end up on the floor.
Full disclosure: it hasn’t magically made us tidy, but it does look pretty good hanging up there!
This vintage burl nightstand is one of a pair that I found at The Salvation Army for around $40/each. I swapped out the [non-original] handles for these brass and glass ones found at Hobby Lobby.
This petite piece of art is from Minted – it’s “passage” by Kelly Ventura in the 5×7″ size. It sits on a rusted tin box I found at a thrift store, where all of Bryan’s bedside paraphernalia gets stashed for photos. (The box is basically black hole for guitar picks, as well. Those seem to spontaneously appear on every surface of the house!)
Here’s a wide angle view of the bedroom so you can see how each aspect of the space (with its funky floorplan) fits together:
I stood in the bedroom doorway to take this shot. The alligator-upholstered dresser nook is to the right; that door leads to the closet; the shoe cabinet is behind me on the left; the angled bathroom doors are just to the left of the hanging bags.
Crane and Canopy sent me the Linden Black Border bedding to review several years ago, and I love it as much today as I did then. I’d say they definitely got their money’s worth from this blogger 😉
I stitched the leopard pillows myself from fabric leftover from covering my dining room chairs, but you can buy similar leopard velvet pillows here from my friend Hollie’s Etsy store! I found the mudcloth-esque throw pillow on clearance at Target (similar here).
Dresser Nook Sources
Dresser: vintage Lane cream lacquer & brass trim dresser, found on Craigslist for $60 several years ago.
Left piece of art: “Me, In Stitches” by J. Wink via Minted
Right piece of art: “Slopes” by Melanie Severin via Minted
Burl frames: thrifted from the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $20 each.
Leopard statue: thrifted – $4.99 at Goodwill!
Books: vintage, collected over the years. (Love vintage books? Here are my best tips for where to find and how to decorate with vintage books!)
Jewelry Box: DIY! Get the tutorial here – Mini Card Catalog
The Gallery Nook
On the other side of the bedroom, light pours in relentlessly from the lone arched window, and the pitched ceiling made it impossible to hang anything at the window itself that could grant us a true blackout situation.
You might remember that my solution to this problem was to install a long rod (made out of electrical conduit) from one side of the window nook to the other and hang ten foot blackout curtains I ordered on Amazon.
This helped section off the window nook from the rest of the room, creating the perfect space for a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall full of vintage and thrifted art in gilded frames.
Art: almost entirely thrifted over the course of the last 6 years.
Pedestal + bust: Both thrifted, something like $15 each.
Jute curtain tassel tieback: Hobby Lobby, similar here.
This is your first closer look at this other side of the gallery wall. It took me the last several months to pull together all the right elements, but I finally reached a composition I’m happy with!
Every last piece was found at a thrift store, so I’d say this entire side of the gallery nook came together for under $50. To be honest, I was growing pretty impatient towards the end with a few gaps left to fill, but that’s the nature of the beast with thrifted collections. You definitely can’t rush them!
And here’s a peek at my side of the bed:
My nightstand styling really hasn’t changed at all, because I love the Himalayan sea salt candle holder (similar here) and the Greek vase I found at Goodwill!
I can categorically tell you that there’s usually at least 2 glasses of water, a hairbrush, face cream, and several elastic hair bands strewn on the top of the nightstand and not pictured here. What can I say? I like to keep it real, but not too real.
And we definitely won’t talk about the times I forget a coffee mug in here for way too long…
And that about wraps it up, everyone! You can find links to all the related bedroom posts below, but if you have any questions about any sources or projects for this space, just let me know. With so many thrifted and secondhand components, it can be difficult to share exact sources, but I did my best to pull some similar pieces.
Ultimately, my best advice is to gather visual inspiration from different places, certainly, but I think it usually turns out far better to keep your eyes open for unusual finds and high-quality vintage pieces than to set out with an exact plan. That’s the whole fun of a gathered home, right?