Tuesday, August 7, 2012

comfy, cozy master bedroom reveal

We did it! No more awful master bedroom!  Just as a recap, here's where we started when we moved in.
Then, we painted the walls and trim (boy, do we hate that oak trim!)
Then, we moved our bed in front of the window.
Our room stayed like this for a little while, and then we took a trek down to Ikea, where our room transformation really started to take shape.  

Just a warning, because of the drapes and the placement of furniture, and the light from the window, and my extremely lame point and shoot, my pictures do not do this room justice.  It is so cozy and inviting in real life, and hopefully one day I will be able to capture that in a picture. 
There's that diy art project I did the other day.
Our drapes are from Ikea.  We achieved the layered look with Ritva in Gray, and Vivan
One of the hardest parts of designing this room was finding nightstands that weren't ridiculously expensive.  Have you noticed that one of the smallest pieces of furniture in a home typically comes in at $100 (for a cheap, small one) and upwards of $500 a pop?  That is ridiculous, and we refused to do that!

We found Ikea's Kullen Chest of Drawers.  These were only $40 each, and although they are lower quality than some of their more expensive cousins, we have had many pieces like this from Ikea that have lasted a long time.  I've seen a lot of great Rast Makeovers for nightstands, but they are SO small and for $5 more per nighstand, we were much happier with these.  We may get a piece of glass for the top of each of these in the future as well.
There's our ceiling fan that we installed!  Our duvet is also from Ikea (surprise!).  It is Alvine Stra in white.  

A quick Ikea bedding tip: if you buy your bedframe from Ikea, you will probably be good with the correct size bedding (ie. Queen Ikea Duvet will fit a Queen Ikea Bed).  However, if your bedframe is from somewhere else (other furniture store, or if you built it yourself, like we did) you will most likely need to buy a size up.  If you hadn't noticed already, Ikea furniture is SHORT; too short in my opinion (unless you are using what is supposed to be a dresser, as a nightstand for instance).  So, we actually purchased a King Size Duvet for our queen bed.

Isn't it so much better looking?  You can see how we made over the dresser to media center here.
It is wonderful to have wedding photos in our room.  We used cheap Ikea frames to get a clean, matching look.
We already had our sheets, and they will probably be updated at some point, but we're still determining where we will go with that.  I am going to make some throw pillows soon to add more color!
We got our lamps from Homegoods a few years ago, and I love the fake grass from Ikea on Matt's nightstand.  I like to think of it as a "manly plant".

And, here's a look at the room at night; hopefully you can see a little bit more of the comfort that we see when we are forced to stop in the hall when we walk by because it looks so nice. 
By the way, did I mention that I made the headboard.  Ya!  I spent about $30 bucks on it and will share the plans tomorrow.
Well, there it is.  It's amazing how much more comfortable we are in there, and how much better we've been sleeping!  I hope you love it as much as we do!  There are a few more things we want to do with the room, but we will keep you updated as we go!


  1. After purchasing several Ikea pieces over the years I highly recommend y'all get a piece of glass for each nightstand, just measure the top and call around to a few glass shops. Since the shape is square it shouldn't be too much but if you take your jewelry off, change, sit glasses, etc on them it will keep them looking brand new instead of scarred up! LOVE the headboard!!!

  2. Thank you, thank you! The headboard was probably the easiest project I've ever done!


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