master bedroom blues



One of my favorite rooms in our home is the master bedroom. It sits at the west end of the house, and has a dormer on either side. I love the light that streams in from the three windows, and I love how cozy and warm it feels. These photos of our bedroom were taken almost two years ago. While I’d like to say there is more art on the walls, or that we’ve added some clever items of decor, it’s pretty much the same. The room has great bones, is functional enough, and is very spacious, but it lacks personality. It also doesn’t feel very cohesive to me. Lately, a flurry of ideas for ways to improve this room have been filling my head.

Now that I have a bit more time to take on home projects and such, I’ve decided to tackle the master bedroom head-on. My plan is to work on it over the next few months, as I have the energy and resources. My goal is to have it wrapped up by mid-November.

Here are a few of the things I’m thinking:
- paint walls
- paint all trim and doors white
- find and hang new window treatments
- add reading corner with cozy chair and lamp
- find new lighting solutions
- build headboard
- buy/make new bedding
- find/make/hang wall art

My plan is to take on a little bit of this project at a time. Today, painting is on the agenda! I’ll keep you all up to date on how things are coming along, and will post process photos along the way. Have a great weekend, my dears!

  1. What a cute space – I love the dormers! :)

  2. Kimberly says:

    What a great space! My bedroom is fairly big, like yours, and needs some decor attention. Can’t wait to follow along as you give this room some personality.

  3. Jamie says:

    Can’t wait to see it in progress! Our Master Bedroom was decorated a few years ago and is always the room in the house that gets forgotten when it comes to updates, re-decorating and intentional design.

  4. Hope says:

    I always love it when you post pictures of your cottage! The master bedroom is amazing the way it is, but I know you will have it looking darling. :) Have fun!

  5. Hey Bethany,

    Looks like there is a ton of potential! Funny you mention making a headboard. Just used a 20% of entire purchase at JoAnn’s this evening to buy foam, spray glue, button covers, and fabric for my own. We just inherited a king bed, and that size headboard is just too expensive for us to buy, and all of our old bedroom stuff went to the guest room (which now looks great – recently posted pics over on my blog). We’ll have to swap stories about our headboard building adventures. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Can’t wait to see the transformation! What colors are you using? (I know I have to wait) : )

  7. Tricia says:

    Love your bedroom! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    In our bedroom, I can’t figure out that to put on the wall above the bed. We have a headboard. I just get so afraid that something is going to fall on my head in the middle of the night.


    Can’t wait to see what you do!

    Are you a fan of any of the Martha Stewart paint colors?

  8. LauraC says:

    Awww, you shouldn’t (have) paint(ed)! Because the walls look very, very close to what we just painted in our bedroom. We have one dormer, not two, but two slanted walls as well. Anyway, I love the color, but I’m sure whatever you do will be great! One question, the way our room is structured, the only places for our dressers (2) are along the walls that are slanted. The dressers are just as tall as the flat part of wall, so you can’t hang anything above them, and I don’t know what to even put on the dressers for decoration/interest. They are completely bare right now and have been for over a year! Your dresser is at least not right up against the slanted wall, but any suggestions you have would be great /

    That’s what it looks like (above) from the side, if that helps any!

  9. LauraC says:

    Never mind, the “drawing” with characters on my keyboard didn’t work, just ignore them! Sorry!

  10. Bethany says:

    Thanks for the comments, ladies!

    Tricia, truth be told, I haven’t figured out what to put above our bed either. We purchased a vintage plane prop a couple years ago, thinking that it would look cool mounted above our bed. I love the piece, but it’s still sitting in the corner. Like you, I’m nervous that it could fall off the wall (onto my head). As soon as I figure out a solution, or come up with a new idea, I’ll write about it!

    Laura, styling a dresser is a tricky thing. For starters, I would flip through a Pottery Barn or West Elm catalog and see what types of things they are using on the tops of dressers. I don’t actually have anything hanging above our dresser. I have a mirror leaning against the wall, but nothing hanging. To keep things interesting, I have a couple trays which hold jewelry, watches and my favorite lotions. They keep things organized, and look nice too. I also have a vase of dried lavender, and a dark wood jewelery box. I sometimes have candles on the dresser as well. Playing with varying heights, textures and tones can make a boring table top really fun and interesting. It can be simple, but still make a statement. I hope that sort of helps!

  11. Hope says:

    Hanging things above the bed can be scary. When I still lived at home I had a good sized pine wood shelf which had double doors that I stored my cassete tapes in. (it was the 80′s!) By the grace of God, the weekend I went to stay at grandparents it came CRASHING down in the middle of the night. Micahel W. Smith and 80′s “one Hit Wonders” tapes everywhere!!!
    So SECURE whatever it is you hang, well! :)

  12. Hope says:

    That’s Cassette, Oops.

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