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I need your help and first giveaway!!

January 4, 2011

So, our bedroom is my favorite room and yet needs a lot of work.  Our budget just hasn’t allowed us to be able to buy drapes, etc, for any room of the house, but this month I am going to start my first decorating project- the master bedroom! I will have to go in phases so it might not be done for a while, but I can’t wait to get started.

Here’s where you come in. I need some ideas! Let me give you a rundown of this room. It’s a square and has three huge windows on the back wall with a view of the backyard. The floor is dark hardwood and Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewood Gray is on the walls. We have had our Sumatra bedroom furniture forever and will keep it, and we just bought new white, fluffy bedding. We both really like the hotel look, so that’s what I’m going for.

There are a few things that I don’t like about this room. First of all, the SCONCES. They came with the house and I can’t say ugly fast enough. They are going to go pretty quickly, but I need some help finding something {relatively inexpensive} to take their place. I also hate the fan, but that may stay for a while because I’d rather spend money on other stuff.

I really want to find something special to go above our bed. I don’t want to do photographs of us because we have them around the rest of the room and house. Do y’all have other ideas for this space?

Then there’s the windows- they are screaming “Cover me, please!”. I’m just not sure what to do. I want to make them myself to save money but need to know what style, color, etc.

So, I need help with mainly three things- the sconces, what to put above the bed, and window treatments. If I do these three things, I think our bedroom will be totally transformed!

Submit your ideas in a comment (family and friends are welcome, even if I talk to you on a daily basis!) and include links if you have pictures/ideas from a website. I will randomly draw a winner from all submitted ideas at the end of the month! What’s up for grabs? A $25 gift card to Pottery Barn. I love, love, love that store and know most of you do, too!

I’ll (of course) share “after” pictures once the room is completed! I’m excited to hear your fun ideas. Here’s to decorating!

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2011 11:02 am

    For above the bed you could do some ironwork stuff. Do a
    larger one in the middle and then 2 smaller ones on the sides to
    replace the sconces. I am imagining something like this for the
    middle one:
    http://www.lampsplus.com/products/Iron-Scroll-41-and-one-half-inch-Wide-Wall-Decor__M4014.html
    Or you could do a vintage clock. Or you could hang up a big frame
    with the glass taken out and then hang old plates or something else
    in the openning (where the glass would be). Hope that helps spark
    some ideas!

    And I forgot about this website yesterday, but here is one
    where she shows you how to do curtains without sewing and for
    cheap:
    http://www.thenester.com/2010/01/window-treatment-makeover.html

  2. January 4, 2011 11:36 am

    Fun! Can’t wait until we have extra $$ so I can redo our
    bedroom. I can’t find anything that I love for over the bed, but I
    do love these curtains. You definitely need some color in there.
    You could hang one long curtain rod across the 3 windows and do 3
    of these panels covering each, and each tied in the middle.
    http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4004486

  3. Eve Farris permalink
    January 4, 2011 2:27 pm

    Sherry, you could get a large canvas and have the kids
    finger paint with soft blues and whites and khaki~ just an idea:) I
    love the wall color and your bedding!

  4. AmyD permalink
    January 4, 2011 3:57 pm

    I stink in decorating, you know this. BUT, if you want to
    make a simple beautiful window treatment I think you should just
    make 4 simple panels out of beautiful shimmery fabric…and you
    should hang the curtain rod up high and make the panels a little
    too long so they bunch up on the floor (dramatic effect). BTW, did
    you know I sewed my own panels? wh-wh-what?? Yes, it is true. I am
    thinking a wedding-gown type fabric for your windows….shimmery
    satiny. Does this qualify me for the giveaway? If so, I shall quote
    the ever wise Ignacio: “I want to weeeeeeen!!!!!!”

  5. January 4, 2011 7:46 pm

    I am definitely not a decorating expert, but here’s my two
    cents. On the sconces, there are many good options out there. From
    time to time, I look in the home section at Kohl’s. They have
    excellent deals, and if you hit it on the right day, you can find
    some nice-looking items at very affordable prices. I’d also look at
    Home Goods. They, too, are hit or miss, but well-priced. Behind
    your bed, why not go with a vinyl decal monogram of some sort? They
    are super affordable and easy to change out if you get tired of
    them (and since they are affordable, you don’t feel so bad when you
    do get sick of them). There are lots on etsy.com — a simple one:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/65047941/monogram-vinyl-wall-decal?ref=sr_gallery_20&ga_search_query=wall+monograms&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=14&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade
    OR something slightly different:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/65032318/large-vinyl-initials-with-sign?ref=sr_gallery_40&ga_search_query=wall+monograms&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=14&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade
    Good luck. Can’t wait to see the after pics!!

  6. Abbey permalink
    January 6, 2011 10:22 am

    Have you seen this for above your bed?
    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/rose-window-mirror/?pkey=cwall-mirrors
    I will be excited to see what you do with your bedroom!

  7. January 9, 2011 2:29 pm

    You said you don’t want to use photographs of you above the
    bed but how about photographs of scenery of the places you have
    been. You have expressed your love for travel and places like
    Hawaii in your blog so you could do sunsets, sunrises, scenery
    pictures from places you have been in a collage above your bed. I
    have photographs of family all over my house but when I redo my
    master bedroom that is what I hope to do.

  8. amanda permalink
    January 11, 2011 8:55 pm

    I love your room already .. now lets make it what you want
    it! Here are some ideas: Not sure if you can buy a third pillow of
    the large off white pillows, but if you can I would and stack them
    three-wide across the back of your bed. Then I would take 2 of
    these pillows and place them infront of your white pillow cases
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/65216700/pillow-throw-pillow-cover-cushion-cover
    or
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/61963737/pillow-throw-pillow-cover-cushion-cover
    Then I would have the small white pillow mongrammed in a light blue
    and if you are not a monogramm kind of girl then I could see this
    pillow working at the front of the bed:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/65680181/pillow-throw-pillow-cover-cushion-cover
    I would add this throw at the end of the bed in light blue or
    white:
    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/organic-essential-blanket/?pkey=cthrow-blankets
    * I know it seems like a lot of pillows, but that is how a hotel
    gets that look is all those pillows * For over the bed I would hang
    chucky mirror like this one – http://tinyurl.com/4rn6vlg For the
    scones I would replace them with three frames with mats (that stack
    vertical with the right space in between)on each side. In those
    frames I would have a sketch of your childhoom homes, your house
    you just moved from, a sketch of your wedding dress,black and white
    photos of your favorite vacation spot, etc. Simple things that make
    a big impact. For the windows I would either use white or off-white
    long drapes (at least 4 panels) – like the peyton linen cotton ones
    from PB. Most of these items I really do think you could find at
    your local Homegoods or TJ Maxx. Hope that helps!

  9. Jennifer t permalink
    January 12, 2011 11:06 pm

    Okay…I know I am belated, but you know I had to weigh in!
    I like the mirror idea, but there is too much wall for only one. I
    think an eclectic mix of round ones would look good. White, silver,
    and gold. Some shabby, some contemporary. It would blend the styles
    in your house well. White silk drapes for sure. Light blue and gold
    rug eventually… No gift card needed, but I want to go shopping
    with you!

  10. January 19, 2011 8:25 pm

    I actually love the simplicity of the room. I think if you got dark brown drapery and then added a couple cute throw pillows to the bed…I’m thinking a green….would be cute to add some color! I also am in love with your hardwood floors, they are a beautiful color! For behind the bed, an affordable option is to get some canvas and staple fabric to it. This would also add some color! This is what I did in place of a headboard and it looks great. Good luck!!! You have some great bones there, that is for sure!
    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

  11. Mary Lawrence permalink
    February 27, 2011 9:04 pm

    Are you going to post some after pictures?

    • March 1, 2011 8:13 am

      It’s not quite finished! We are getting the rug and changing the sconces soon. Then I’ll be ready to share :)

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