Sunday, July 25, 2010

master bedroom {the bedding}

I have decided rather than just show you the master bedroom when it's all done I'll show the process I've been going through.

ta da!!

We've lived here for 9 months now, and it's flown by, but in some ways I can't believe it's taken me this long to make our bedroom cozy.

We have two VERY active little boys, ages 2 and 3, our days are crazy and hectic, and we need a calm and serene space that is just for us.

I decided to start with the bedding.

Here's my before:

I knew I wanted to keep the basic white duvet, I love the simplicity of it, but I decided to go with a spa blue/ light aqua color to accent and a tiny bit of mustard yellow to set it off.

I have issues with bedding that looks too matchy, like a bed in a bag. I definately didn't want that, so I found the coverlet on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond, the poppy pillow is also from BBandB. I made the yellow pillow from place mats and cloth napkins I found at Target, just because the pattern was perfect. Seriously. Cloth napkins.

I felt that because the furniture sort of leans traditional and masculine I wanted the bedding to be soft, feminine and young. We are, after all, still in our 20's, but not for long! :) I just didn't want an old persons room when we are still young.

I found these great sheets at Target. They are Springmaid (Target has awesome bedding right now, by the way) They are all white with an aqua/polka dot border. I fell in love the minute I saw them! They are a bit unexpected, with the dark wood panel bed especially, but I love that about them. The first few nights I was literally giddy crawling into them.

I think we managed a nice balance between feminine and masculine, and it's a place where we can both relax and feel comfortable.

I made some simple white curtains out of the same fabric I used for my slipcover, 100% duck cotton.

And we trimmed the windows, which made a huge difference (to me).

The things left on the list are:
*paint (I'm thinking a gray toned neutral that will make the whites pop a bit more
*framing my salvaged mirror (you might be able to see it sitting on the dresser, we removed it from a bathroom wall in or old house during a remodel and I've had it all this time, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it.
*make prints for the frames above the bed
*find a small but comfortable chair (white or gray) I really want one like this beauty:

image via JustaGirl, via Freckles Chick.


Tricia said...

Your bedroom is looking fantastic! I really like the aqua/yellow/grey/white combo. Very nice. Can't wait to see more.

Cindy said...

Your bedroom is looking really great! It sounds like you have thought it through very carefully and it really looks good. I love the lamps! The bedding is lovely, it looks very fresh and restive.
Hugs, Cindy S

Jessica said...

I started to redo our bedroom a few months ago and gave up. I can't seem to settle on a color scheme. This room looks beautiful, serene and inviting. Great job!

Lindy said...

I'm dying!!! I just bought those exact yellow napkins from Target about two weeks ago for the exact same purpose! The fabric is just awesome and now that i've seen yours, I KNOW they will look great!! I love what you've done with your room so far- fabulous color choices. Can't wait to see the rest when you get to it. -Love your blog!

Amanda said...

It looks great so far. The colors you chose are so fresh. It really is a great balance between the feminine and masculine. Can't wait to see the finished project!

Tristen@blissfulchaos said...

Love the colors especially the yellow accent. Great job!

Mindy said...

thanks so much friends!

Lindy, come back and link your pillows when you get them done! It is great fabric, though! Even if it did come from napkins and place mats! I'm glad to meet someone who's brain works like mine!

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

Shaunna said...

It's beautiful!! I love using the leftover cotton duck and love the simple bedding with pops of color in the pillows. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for linking up to style feature saturday! -shaunna :)

jill said...

I LOVE your color choice. It is so so beautiful! Good work!

Erica said...

I love your bedroom, I think you can make anything! (and its amazing)

Mindy said...

Thank you, thank you! :) Erica, your comment made my day! :)

Holly said...

I really love how those pillows turned out! We just recently purchased ourselves a white comforter (after the destruction of our old bedspread via twin boys) and I desperately need to get some color going. I love the idea of using place mats to make pillowcase covers, CLEVER!

mle said...

Your room looks great!! Love the yellow placemat pillow - sometimes things made from placemats just look like... well, things made from placemats but your pillow is Amazing!

Kelli said...

Your room looks very cozy. I LOVE the yellow pillow (my favorite color) and the alarm clock.

Carry Grace said...

Your room looks so fresh and relaxing. I saw those placemats at Target last night and my first thought was pillows. Seeing them as pillows, I may have to go back and get them if I decide on adding some yellow in my LR.

Mindy said...

mle- I'm so glad to know it doesn't look "made from placemats"! cute comment!

Thanks so much friends!

Lady Kay said...

Hi! I love your room! May I ask where the furniture is from?

Mindy said...

Hi Kay! our bedroom furniture is made by a company called home elegance. here's a link to their site.

they have a tool you can use to find a retailer in your area. I first saw it at a store I loved and then found the list of stores in my area that sell it and called around to get the lowest price. We love it, it's held up really well and is well made. :)