Our primary bedroom had honestly seen better days. We haven’t touched the space since moving in (other than swapping the ceiling fan), and we won’t get around to renovating this room for awhile. Eventually this space will get new millwork, updated carpet, more character, probably a new set of doors and windows, and a bunch of other details I’m very excited about… but not this year. Things were looking pretty bleak in this space, as it had turned into a hodgepodge and mismatched collection of furniture and textiles these past six months. Emmett & I couldn’t seem to agree on bedding, he decided to swap his bedside lamp, and we had to shuffle furniture. The result was a bedroom that didn’t feel cohesive and it was bringing down my mood. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day last weekend, I decided to give the space a tiny textile makeover. Click through to read about it, see how the room has evolved, and get the sources. Our bedroom is looking better for the time being! I’m a happy gal.
First, this is where the bedroom started when we moved in… we basically picked up our entire bedroom from our previous home and placed it in our current home– same furniture, same bedding, same lighting, etc.
This room probably looked its best last summer (pictured below)… we swapped the ceiling fan, the bedding was nice, and I felt happy with this space (without renovating or even painting).
Eventually, this room morphed into a catchall for furniture and mismatched bedding we weren’t using elsewhere in our home… somehow it made its way into this space (pictured below). It’s not terrible, but it wasn’t a bedroom that felt cozy, inviting, or inspiring to me… which is not exactly the goal in a primary bedroom that we spend a lot of time in.
My plan for the quick makeover in this space? FINALLY get rid of the clunky plantation shutters, let some light in, and replace them with drapery panels and woven wood shades. I also wanted to get new bedding- sheets, a duvet cover, and a new matelassé (because clearly the dogs lounge on our bed). I brought our vintage brass lamps back into the space for a cohesive element (since the vintage nightstands are mismatched), and I’m happy to report- this room is once again feeling happy to me.
In addition to swapping textiles and restyling this space, I also gave it a much needed deep clean. Sometimes that’s all you need to make a space “feel good” again. Have you ever fallen out of love with a room in your home? I really wanted to like our bedroom again. Between cleaning and updating textiles, I’m feeling optimistic about our bedroom again. It’s pretty amazing how small changes can drastically impact a room.
This is my side of the bed, if you hadn’t guessed. You’re getting some sneak peeks at a handful of new Tuesday Made arrivals. They’re hitting the shop later this week, so I’m not able to link them yet. Soon though!
My bedside dresser is vintage and I really wish I could find a second one for Emmett’s side. If anyone sees one floating around, please let me know! I crave balance and symmetry, so having two matching nightstands would be ideal. It kind of drives me crazy that ours don’t match for the time being, but at least they’re similar in scale.
Does the french door and window situation look familiar? It should because it’s the same layout and design we have in our formal living room. Removing the plantation shutters made this room look so much lighter. They just weren’t working well with our setup and existing windows. The drapery panels also help to soften the space.
I still have my vintage enamel desk in this space. It sits below our frame TV on the opposite side of the room- across from the bed.
If you’re curious about any of the sources, I’m gathering them up below. Click directly on the items to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: ceiling fan // 02: clawfoot pedestal dish // 03: warmth candle // 04: ticking stripe lumbar pillow // 05: marble bijou bowl // 06: curtain rings clips // 07: white curtain rod // 08: leather bed (similar) // 09: linen drapery panels // 10: frame tv // 11: sheet set // 12: duvet cover // 13: animal print pillow // 14: magnolia branch // 15: upholstered bench // 16: pleated desk chair // 17: matelassé coverlet // 18: runner
I have to say- my most favorite new thing in this room is our sheet set. They’re tencel sheets and they feel super silky and cool to the touch That was a big disagreement Emmett and I had about bedding. I love our flannel sheets, but he sleeps hot. If I’m going to do regular sheets, I want them to be silky, smooth, and soft. These feel the most luxurious and we’re both really enjoying them.
Someday it’s going to be really fun to renovate our primary suite! Our bathroom is totally stuck in the 90’s (think racing stripes, bad brass, and a distressed vanity), the walk-in closet isn’t very functional, and I have big plans for the entire thing. However, while we’re saving, I feel good about this room right now. It’s comfortable, functional, and now I’m feeling happier with the aesthetic. What do you think? Is there a version you prefer?
I’ve got a detailed window treatment tutorial coming to the blog for you on Friday, so please save any window treatment, drapery panel, or woven shade questions for that post. Other questions or random thoughts? I can’t wait to hear them in the comment section below!