I've been scrolling through a TON of pictures these past few weeks and keep stumbling across a lot of great pictures that I've never shown on the blog, so I thought I would take a minute to share a few photos of Cason's parents master bedroom.
I helped Cason's Mom pull some things together for this room over a year and a half ago. The reason that I wanted to show you these photos, besides the fact that the bedding and accessories are just really cute :)... is because I think this very simple bedroom restyle really touches well on a few points that I want to talk about today.
So often we're saturated in an internet world of amazing, magazine & Pinterest worthy, epic room remodels. For most of us it's not always possible to spend thousands of dollars and countless hours just to give our bedroom a little bit of a face lift, or updating when it needs it.
Am I right?
I know I sound a bit hypocritical, because I'm always trying to achieve that "perfect look" for our home, but to be honest, it's part of my "job" and also the reason why a LOT of you even come around these parts in the first place :)
...go on, you can admit it. lol.
All that being said, I get emails often from readers that say things like: "I don't have a huge budget, or the talent to put together an entire room, but I really want to makeover my _________. Do you have any advice for someone like me? I'm not sure where to start!"
I TOTALLY get it. I tend to feel the same way a lot of the time, hence the reason that it takes us SO LONG to finish projects! (lack of budget and design dilemmas/indecision). So today I thought I'd share just a few quick tips on how you can create a brand new look in your bedroom, with just a couple of simple, quick changes!
1. Bedding, Bedding, Bedding, BEDDING!
New bedding will change the entire look of your room faster then anything else. I know some people say it's backwards, but I ALWAYS pick my bedding first and my paint color second. I will admit, I'm quite the spender when it comes to bedding. I don't pinch pennies in this area. For most of us, a beautifully landscaped bed is the FIRST thing that people see when they enter a bedroom, so my advice is, GET WHAT YOU REALLY WANT AND LOVE. (whether it's $40 or $400) Budget for a bedspread, comforter, or quilt that you will be really happy with and that will last for a LONG time! Don't settle for something that you just "sorta" like, (because it was on sale or cheap). Your bedroom should be one of your most favorite spaces in your home. A place where you can relax, unwind and that also speaks volumes about your personal style. You can't put a monetary value on that.
If you're on a budget, but still want a high-end look with your bedding, try covering the main part of your bed with a less expensive solid colored quilt, and then use a smaller quilt or nice decorative blanket just on the end, to pop the whole look! Sometimes a smaller dose of pattern has a bigger effect :)
Pillows are also a great way to add drama and color, and in some cases, can even be made!
2. Accent with Color
This is especially important if you can't or don't want to paint your walls. Once you've picked your color scheme, find a few pieces for your room that you can use to bump up the visual interest of your space. This is where you can save money too. Re-pupose lamp bases and just buy a new shade, or if you sew... slipcover an old chair with new fabric and create a spot in your room that serves as a "relaxing zone".
I've noticed that rooms tend to feel more comfortable and inviting when there's actually specific spaces designated to just... hanging out! Cason's Mom told me that she couldn't believe how much more time she spent in her room after we bought this comfy red gingham chair, because now she actually had somewhere to sit, besides her bed!
Remember when accenting with color, that you don't have to go super crazy, if you don't want to. If committing to a red chair and yellow lamp base scares you, then pick neutrals, and accent with more "interchangeable" items, like we did in this corner below. If you take away the yellow and red, you're left with pretty much white furniture that can go with anything!
3. Keep YOUR Needs in Mind.
Have you ever tried to copy a room design, and in the end think... "This doesn't even really work for me!" I've had SO many people say... "I can't believe you have a white couch in your living room with 3 small kids in the house!" I just have to laugh, because to ME, this was never even a concern. I don't know if it's the fact that my kids are all girls, and therefor are more drama, than dirt... or that I've pretty much put the fear of God into them if they even THINK about bringing food outside of the kitchen (ha!)... but for whatever reason, our couch (besides some dingy spots that can just come out in the wash, because everything's slip-covered) has really stayed perfectly clean! My point?... Don't just decorate a room to make it pretty, remember that you STILL have to live there!
Cason's Mom wanted a spot where her and Cason's Dad could sit down quickly and put their shoes on in the morning, right by their closet, so we found this little chic white chair and created that space for them. For you, it might be the need for a bookshelf, a TV stand, or even just a cabinet for extra storage. I promise that there is a "cute/beautiful" solution for almost any type of need, if you just take the time to look around for ideas, GET CREATIVE and think outside the box!
I love these two bedroom storage ideas, and would totally utilize them in my own space.
Files and other important papers stored in a cute bench seat
or this re-purposed TV console, used to store extra girly accessories!
For Cason's parents bedroom, we didn't pull up carpet, repaint or even spend lots of money on new bedroom furniture. We just worked with what we had, and really pulled most of this room together in about a day.
You don't have to be a decorator or have tons of money to give your bedroom a quick pick-me-up, you just have to decide on a style theme and colors that make you happy, give your bed a serious makeover with fresh bedding and accent with a few beautiful pieces that make sense, for YOU! All the perfect little accessories and pictures to hang on the walls can come later. Designing a space you truly love, takes time and patience. But you've GOT to start somewhere.
You CAN do this, now quit thinking about it, and go start!
So I have good news, bad news, but then REALLY good news!
Good news: I finally found an online store that sells the Dottie Quilt Collection from my last post on easy bedroom restyling.
Bad news: I can't find the YELLOW! grrrr. But if you go to this link here there is pink, blue and green... also VERY pretty :)
REALLY good News: The Dottie quilts that they DO carry are RIDICULOUSLY inexpensive. I may or may not have paid like twice the price for mine. ugh. lol.
UPDATE UPDATE: (yup, I can do that) hee heeYou can find the BUTTER (yellow) Dottie quilt here at this link, but it's about twice the price as the other shop.