Before I begin this post, I want to make one thing clear… I am no designer and I do not design rooms for others. I thoroughly love decorating, but I recognize that I am not and will never try calling myself a designer. That being said, I do have a fun new design project to share with you! Earlier this year my sister-in-law mentioned that she and her husband (Chris’ little brother) wanted to redo their bedroom and she was planning to hire someone to help her. I said, “Jill, you realize that I am not working at the moment and could do it for you for FREE because I love you and would be happy to help, right? It may not go as smoothly as working with a real designer, but I will do my best to create a beautiful bedroom on a budget.” She took me up on my offer, and we immediately started sharing ideas and I took a look at her pinterest board. From there, I created stage one of a mood board of her budget-friendly serene traditional-eclectic master bedroom. This past weekend I took the kids to Charlotte to visit their toddler cousin and aunt and uncle as well as work on this space and design a bit more in person. I’ll be sharing the progress later in the post, but for now, here’s where we started.
As you can see, plan 1 is very peaceful with a soft white and gray palette with touches of a soft blue-gray and silver metallics. One of the things Jill truly wanted and needed was a king sized bed, and she absolutely loved the Horchow Edgewood, but at over 2k I was certain we could find something more affordable. I found one that had a similar vibe on Overstock for less than half the price (it was on sale when we ordered and I believe is now as well!). I saw it in person this past weekend and it’s absolutely gorgeous with a lovely white finish… totally happy with that purchase!
Jill had also fallen in love with the bamboo Hollywood Regency style of dressers in white with gold hardware. We searched craigslist here as well as the Charlotte craigslist and came up empty. She pointed me in the direction of a girl in Winston-Salem who owns an online shop called Winston’s Collection. I started stalking her instagram feed and loved her work. Catherine (that’s her name!) posts her unpainted available inventory as well, and I spotted the perfect dresser. I reached out and Catherine did indeed have the perfect piece available and we had it finished in a white lacquer finish with gold hardware. I snapped a photo of it this past weekend. Isn’t it gorgeous?
The finish on this piece is glamorous perfection. It was delivered a few weeks ago, and I was so excited to get to see it.
Saturday morning we headed to a small aquarium followed by Dave & Buster’s. Uncle Travis took all the kids back to the house while Jill and I headed to Ikea and Homegoods to shop for the bedroom. We had major success at Ikea finding pillows, duvet and duvet cover, and lamps that brought together silver and gold. At Homegoods we found the perfect large full length mirror for just $80. While we’d been out shopping, Jill realized she definitely wanted a little more color in the space. That evening Uncle Travis took my kids to a minor league baseball game while Jill and I stayed home, put all of the bedding on the bed, and I worked up a new plan while she put her toddler to bed.
Here is the new plan, complete with sources below, and all of the bedding minus the quilt and velvet pillow are already in place.
Art / Framed Photos / Dresser / Rug / Sunburst Mirror (Not sure we will use this one as reviews are not great!) / Nightstands / Lamps / Gray Pillows / Duvet Set with Shams / Bed / Quilt / Bench / Basket /Mirror (Similar)
The only things that are “to be ordered” are the artwork, the framed photos, the sunburst mirror, and the walls need to be painted in Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. The TV will also be mounted on the wall. All of these things will happen over the next few months or so, and then eventually I’ll get back to Charlotte to photograph and share the final result.
One other thing you may have noticed missing from the second plan is the curtains. The ceilings of the room are angled and the windows feature plantation shutters… We decided to forgo drapes to save money and also to avoid drawing attention to the ceiling pitch. The sunburst mirror was added to soften that angle a bit.
Anyhow, there you have it! This was my first design plan that wasn’t for my own house and not in my own style, so it was a stretch for me, but it felt really good to use my creative brain for someone else. 🙂