When we moved to our new home, we doubled our square footage. While this was super exciting for us, it meant that we needed additional furniture. We also had a lot of furniture that was ready to be replaced (because TODDLERS). Purchasing what we needed took priority over things we didn’t, like new bedroom furniture. We lived with the matching set we had for the next 5 years as we worked on the other rooms of our home. Last spring, we were finally ready to prioritize the space that we spend so much time in. I guess we saved the best for last! I’d had plenty of time to plan for our room makeover and knew that I wanted it to feel warm, cozy, and neutral with a few pops of color. I wanted it to have character and felt confident that I could achieve that by mixing modern and European styles and buying pieces that coordinated rather than ones that were part of a matching set. We ordered everything at the beginning of the summer and waited. And waited.
Meanwhile, we lived with what we had. There was nothing wrong with our 12 year old set. It was solid wood and extremely heavy and well made. It really was pretty, but it made our space feel so dark and heavy. Once I knew that our new bed was finally en route, I listed our set on Facebook Marketplace. I priced it to sell and it was gone that weekend.
I sold the entire set, including a chest of drawers and large mirror not pictured, to a single mom of two college boys. They showed up to load everything in a U-Haul for mom and were the most well-mannered, kind young men. Mom was so grateful that she texted me pictures of everything set up in her space. My heart was so happy that everything went to someone so deserving. I also sold our lamps the day I listed them.
We ended up downsizing to one dresser by making room in our closet for a small dresser (Ikea for the win). Our new dresser and bed were assembled for us and I put together the nightstands. I purchased a new Casper mattress from Costco based on a handful of recommendations on Instagram and we LOVE it. The whole family often ends up lounging around on our bed because it’s everyone’s favorite mattress in the house!
The nightstands came with very basic pulls. I decided to replace them with the same pulls that came on my dresser. This was an easy and inexpensive way to elevate the simple nightstands and coordinate them to the dresser without being matchy-matchy!
I knew that I eventually wanted to add a floor mirror and a bench to the foot of the bed. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stick with a neutral color, but I knew I wanted something velvet and large and sturdy enough to be functional. I came across the below pictures in one of my decorating books and fell in love with the combination of green, mustard and white. I thought maybe I’d find a mustard throw to pair with my green Euros to give me a similar look. Then I stumbled upon the mustard bench of my dreams at HomeGoods. There was only one and it was velvet and large! I wasted no time finding a worker to take it up front for me. It was meant to be!
My brother came over and mounted our tv. He even ran the cord through the wall. Brothers are seriously the best. Rather than centering the tv over the dresser, we decided to center it with the bed. We could always move the dresser down, but for now we like being able to leave both of the doors to the room wide open. Even if we left the door next to it partially open, I fear it would get swung open into the dresser a lot, damaging both the door and side of the dresser over time.
We’re so happy with the way our space turned out. I’m still on the lookout for a moody painting for above the bed, but I’m not in any rush. While the style of our room isn’t for everyone, I hope that it encourages you to take your time, and feel confident going against current trends to create something that’s just right for YOU. Do what will make you feel happy in your gut. And to answer the question I’m sure so many of you are wondering: No. Having a new bedroom didn’t change me. I still don’t make my bed most days!