Thursday, May 7, 2015

one room challenge // bedroom reveal!


I started this series of posts 6 weeks ago, and opened with an inspiration photo that looked very much like the one above. Today, that inspiration is reality and -- I am still pinching myself to say it-- that photo above was taken in MY new bedroom! 

I can't thank Linda from Calling It Home enough for creating this challenge, opening it up to the blogosphere, and being a cheerleader along the way (as were all the incredibly sweet bloggers sweating this one with me)! I know without the motivation of posting weekly and having a deadline, our bedroom would not be a fraction as finished as it is today.

Should we have one more look at the "before" picture before jumping in to the reveal??


That sad dumping ground for leftover furniture was where we started. Here's how it looks now!




Pretty big improvement right?!!! Seriously, I feel like I'm in a dream when I walk in here now. I never gave much thought or consideration to how much having a really grown up space would feel- one that's clean, and minimal, and relaxing, and luxurious...I can't say enough good things. (And thankfully we've just turned the corner where the baby hands no longer pull down your glass vases full of branches).

Here's a before of the window...yikes, it was so bad!!


Those blinds have been sent to their permanent resting place! Here's that window now:


Painting the trim white and hanging neutral curtains far outside the frame make it look even bigger than it already is. The window is the feature now that it deserves to be. And without the broken dark old blinds covering it up now, it allows the light to flood the room.




Can I pain you with a couple more before photos? I do like that they were so bad, because it makes the reveal that much better, right?



OK, enough of those!



The leaner mirror has found a new wall to call home, one where it reflects the entire room and bounces the light from the window back around the whole space. I love this view!



I'm beyond thrilled to report that my quest for a vintage nightstand was successful! Last week on Thursday, I walked into Jubilee Furniture with high hopes and I'm not kidding, this night stand was the EXACT thing in my head. I wanted a three-drawer MCM nightstand with waterfall drawer fronts. It was there. With the original legs in the bottom drawer. Beat to heck wood finish. For $20.25. YES!!! I spent more than that on the chalk paint! I couldn't believe it. I am over the moon for how it looks with the painted creamy finish. It's the perfect touch of femininity in a room that could easily have gone over to the boy side and never come back.



It just so happened that the pear tree in our backyard burst into bloom this week AND also needed a little pruning, so I couldn't help but bring a few branches in for this reveal. (I am the yard forager out of the Found & Foraged girls, after all). I did catch a few photos of how I'm styling the nightstands when it's not pear blossom season:


And my foraging has been passed to the next generation! My daughter pulled up this rock from the backyard the other day, and insisted we keep it. When I washed it off to reveal a gorgeous green-veined gem-like thing, I was all too happy to grant her request. (Luckily she let me "keep it safe" in my room for her).



My copy of the Chronicles of Narnia is the one thing that doesn't leave my nightstand. I've been reading it to the kids and we are so addicted! (Also Trouve pretty much bombs all my photos- it's so perfectly gorgeous).


I like the simple look as much as the drama of the branches. It also lets those pendants we built be the stars of the show! (And believe it or not, those silver dollar eucalyptus are left over from Christmas! I saved a few stems from the mantle garland, and they looks as beautiful dried as they did fresh).



For now, as long as I have the branches on my side, Ryan needs a little height on his. So I have pulled out his collection of geek comics and nerd lore, and propped a botanical print on a book stack for some balance. (True confessions: His nightstand is normally pretty barren except for a late-90's digital alarm clock he can't bear to part with and I can't bear to have in blog photos).


Here's the view from our adjoining master bathroom, a room which of course is now the giant zit on my prom queen's face. ;)




Lastly, I thought it would be fun to show you how the kids and the fur-baby like to use the new room:


The Tuft & Needle has passed the jump test...


...and the puppy nap test. (Dyson posed just for you, Linda).


As much as I love this room during the day, my favorite time to hang there is at night now. I never used to go to my room except to stumble into bed for a few hours of sleep (or to dump laundry), but at night the glow of the Edison bulbs is so soft and lovely, and the room is so relaxing, it's the only place I want to be. Not a night has gone by where I am not filled with gratitude and an overwhelming sense about how very blessed I am to have this spot to lay my head.

Thanks for joining me on this crazy project! I am absolutely giddy to head over to Linda's and see how everyone else's spaces turned out...I know they're going to be stunning!

I'm also sharing this at my favorite Saturday night hang out over at House of Hipsters!

54 comments :

  1. Wow! So so good friend and totally YOU! Doesn't it fell SO good to be finished!

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  2. This is such a wonderful makeover! That bed looks so comfortable, and I LOVE the mirror! Great job!

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  3. This is so calming and cozy! Congrats on a gorgeous space. And I love Trouve! <3

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  4. I love how your room came together & that rug is just beautiful!! Congrats on a perfect room!

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  5. LOVE your style and everything about this space. fabulous job.

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  6. Gorgeous! Luxurious simplicity mastered in that perfect Laura way. Right after I read your post, I read this "Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent." (‭Psalm‬ ‭104‬:‭1-2‬ ESV) It made me think of your room and of how light is refreshing, comforting, and awesome just like our God!

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  7. That rug is amazing. Looks like a cozy beautiful room! Way to go!

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  8. It turned out SO pretty! Perfectly edited. Such a calm and soothing vibe. Great work!!

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  9. What a beautiful space! I'm fairly certain that if I laid down in that bed, I'd never get up. I looks so cozy. The room just looks so inviting and relaxing. Great job!

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  10. So inviting and beautiful, like one of those rooms you don’t want to leave on Sunday!!

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  11. Looks so pretty and cozy! Great job!

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  12. So bright and relaxing! What a gorgeous room to wake up to! Congrats on another job well done!

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  13. I love how welcoming this room is. Gorgeous.

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  14. What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the color palette you selected. It feels fresh and calm. The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. SUCH a dreamy space Laura! I absolutely love how light and airy it feels! Gorgeous!

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  16. I am so tired so seeing pictures of this dreamy bed are not helping!! How do you ever get out?! I love how soft and airy the room feels and your DIY light is my favorite!

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  17. Love this - I'm pinning for a future guest room makeover!

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  18. Such a dreamy space. So restful and inviting...and those lights steal the show. Love it all.

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  19. Your bedding looks heavenly and I LOVE the rug!!

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  20. I'm so jealous! I think next time I"ll tackle my master. I also have a huge curved window in my room and I'm not sure how to dress it... does it get too bright without covering the top of it?

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    1. Hi Amy!! It's sooo worth it to do the master- it was literally the last thing on my list (aren't us moms always the last on our own lists?!) but I'm so glad we stumbled into the project. It's a dream! As for the window- yes, it is bright without the top covered. But we haven't slept late enough to be woken up by the sun in 8 years since becoming parents, lol, so it's not a big deal for us. In our last house we had a similar window and I hung the rod across the very top with 108" drapes, so that when you closed them it would cover the entire thing. In this house though, the slope of the ceiling didn't allow enough room to hang a rod that high. Good luck!!

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  21. Yep, you did it! Beautiful! So glad you shared the before and after pictures to inspire the rest of us. Of course, I would have to have a Ryan in my life to even start a project like this - haha!

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  22. So so stunningly perfect! I love the perfectly unmade bed to the reference of the 90s alarm clock which my hubs totally has too! The mirror and window just knocked it out of the park!!!!

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  23. Love the calm and simple beauty your room exudes, those lighting are still my fave feature in the space!

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  24. So fresh and serene! This is the definition of #goodminimal. Fabulous work!

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  25. Ha, your before were just about as bad as mine! ;) What an absolutely gorgeous room... retreat... for your family! Beautiful job!

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  26. It looks soooooo good Laura! And all in 6 weeks. A-mazing!!!

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  27. WOWZERS! Awesome transformation Laura! That window! I would die for a window like that! It's looks HUGE now and the light....the light! Love this room now......you did an incredible job in such a short time. Huge round of applause.

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  28. I like how calm the space feels now. Great job.

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  29. Oh my gosh Laura!! This space is absolutely beautiful and is so YOU, it looks like something from a magazine. The rug is my favorite piece, it just makes the room. Way to go friend!!

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  30. What an amazing transformation! I love the simplicity, and those pendant lights are to die for!

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  31. This looks like a perfect place to relax and catch up on sleep now that you've reached the ORC finish line! I think those pendant lights are my favorite!

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  32. It looks GORGEOUS laura! So inviting! And I love that its Dyson approved ;)

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  33. That rug!!! It is such a beautiful peaceful space now!

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  34. This is the wrong place to start, but I had an alarm clock exactly like that and now I miss it. I love everything about this space. I have an idea of who you are, and how you live just by seeing your transformation. It's so pretty and peaceful. I love how you showed your dog and kids moving into the space. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda, and thank you again for opening this challenge up to us!

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  35. I think you are fooling us with that before picture....and I wouldn't believe you if the windows weren't the same:) It is a beautiful and peaceful space now! Great job pulling this space together so nicely.

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  36. Oh, I love this space! It's simple in all the right places. Those bedside lights, SERIOUSLY! What a fabulous balance of light and textures. We featured the room on our top ORC reveals today -- you deserve every bit of praise for this space!!! And well chosen on Chronicles of Narnia - it's the icing on the cake. ;)

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    1. Wow, Tera, thank you!! What an honor!!!

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  37. Love the clean simpleness of this space! And those young ones dancing on the bed. I miss those days ... revel in it my dear!! And can I just tell you how many times I backed up to look at that rug?? Fantastic! Well done, congratulations!

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  38. What a great space! I would love to spend a lazy Sunday morning there

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  39. Oh my goodness what an AMAZING space! It looks like a dream - can I come stay with you??

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  40. This is such an inviting room: the (hopefully-to-be) soft linen, the simple drapes and angular lines of the bed... I want to duplicate it. Props to the electrical engineer and you; what a team! May I ask if the bed is platform or does it need a box spring? I'm thinking of getting it but can't figure out the requirements from pictures or website.

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    1. Hi & Thank you so much! The bed does require a box spring. We actually made several modifications to it. It has three horizontal metal bars for supports within the frame, but they are spaced wide apart, so it does require a box spring or a bunky board or something more to support the mattress than what it comes with. What my husband did was buy wood slats from Home Depot and cut them to size to fit within the frame, then he laid them perpendicular to the metal bars for extra support. So we were able to not use a box spring, and keep the bed low. The second thing we did was buy 8" wood legs from Menards and stain them dark. They are much nicer than the black metal tube legs the bed came with. The last modification we made was to purchase cleats and mount the headboard directly to the wall, rather than using the metal support stand it came with. I didn't like that you could see the metal support stand when the bed is fully assembled, so we just decided to ditch it. I also wanted to hang the headboard a little lower than it otherwise would have been. I hope that all helps!!

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    2. Yes, it does help. Since I fulfill the role of the "electrical engineer" at home this detailed explanation is exactly what I need and was hoping for. I've modified every single bed I've ever owned to a platform version so what you've done makes perfect sense to me. Once again, spectacular outcome. The bed is such a find! I, of course, want the gray as well. Enjoy your room!

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  41. Hi Laura! I have to tell you, I just finished my first ORC (fall 2015), and have been coming back to your bedroom makeover and drooling over it for the past 6 weeks. Your color palette and the linen bedding is almost exactly what I was going for, and I just love how your room turned out! It's also crazy, we stumbled upon the color cord company in our search for lighting, before I had read your post and found that you also did your pendant lights with color cord! Anyhow, love your style, awesome blog, and I'm happy I was able to come back to this for inspiration!

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    1. Hi Kelly! What a SWEET comment- thank you so much for making my day! I can't wait to pop over and see your ORC!

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  42. The application really as a result manifested the fact that the pear forest individuals property first set of inside bloom it seven days Along with expected some trimming, so that i didn't allow though bring in just a few branches set for it tell you.

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  43. Have definitely bookmarked the Tonic Living Website-very inspirational- like you blog ! Thanks for sharing your project with us/ me – looks fantastic.

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