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Cozy Neutral Master Bedroom

Cozy Neutral Master Bedroom design = shop this blog post to create a cozy retreat in your home for all year round.

 

As I was sitting here tonight between the busy week of holiday parties, getting the new store together, & just being busy with Christmas stuff I needed a break from it all & I went to my happy place which is designing rooms. I was craving a cozy retreat so I decided to throw together a design board filled with some of my favorite cozy items from one of my favorite splurge stores, Anthropologie. I had a few minutes sitting hear with my chai tea as I watched Holiday In Handcuffs [if you haven’t seen it, you really need to. One of my favorite holiday movies.. don’t laugh.] & window shopping online always relaxes me so I decided to share some of my finds with you guys & design a lovely master bedroom. I love window shopping at Anthropologie & find myself doing it more in the winter time on a snowy day with Starbucks so I thought that creating a cozy neutral master bedroom with all anthro items would be perfect for the week of Christmas. I hope you guys love this room I put together & it inspires you in some way to decorate this winter. Warm cozy spaces are a must for us in the winter with all of the snow we usually get in the winter here in Michigan. It’s all about cozy textures like this awesome bedding,  throwpillowgray pillow, &  rug. I also love these classic pieces like the Bedlight, nightstandchair. & of course I had to throw in a few of my favorites like the curtainscandle, & knobs.  Seriously, I could look at the Anthropologie website all day & just dream.  What’s your favorite bedroom item from Anthro? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. & as always THANK YOU for stopping by my blog, it means so much.

Shop all the items in this room design below by clicking on the photo of the item…

 

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See our cozy Christmas bedroom [here]

 

* Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, but of course all designs & opinions are mine.

Front Bedroom Reveal- September 2013

Our front bedroom has been many things since we have moved into our house 4 years ago. Ever since I moved my office desk into the living room from the front bedroom, the room has been a “catch all” for all of my projects, extra home decor, and my hoard of craft supplies. I wanted to give it a fresh feeling & make it a room of relaxation where I could go and read a good book, nap, & even blog. In fact I’m currently writing this post in the front bedroom & I’m obsessed with how cozy and relaxing this space is. I knew I wanted the walls to be a fresh and bright color, so I went with Glidden® paint’s Fresh Linen which is a beautiful creamy white that really made the space pop! For summer I wanted to add pops of mints, turquoise, & floral for a fresh and relaxing space. O, & did I mention I wanted to do this all on a budget? That’s right. I literally wanted to spend basically nothing on this makeover & just use things I already had. & I accomplished that with only purchasing a few goods for the space. I think to get a good grasp on this makeover we need to see the evolution of this room…

The bedroom before….

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& a few years later this happened with a fresh coat of paint…

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After painting the walls with the stripes a couple of years ago, I was a little nervous that it would be hard to hide the stripes with the white paint. Great news! Glidden paint makes paint with primer built right in. Sign me up! I used the Glidden High Endurance Plus™ in Fresh Linen. It took 2 full coats to cover the stripes properly with letting the layers dry in between. & because I’m ocd I put a 3rd coat on just that one wall because I wanted it to be perfect. One of the other main reasons we went with such a bright neutral color as well is because we are going to be putting our house on the market soon so we wanted to get our house ready to sell & I think these fresh white walls are the perfect step in selling our home!

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This DIY Fabric garland was so simple to make and really made a bold focal point above the bed. I wanted the room to feel fun & to inspire creativity with pops of color. You can go {here} to see how I made the garland.

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I created some art for a large empty wall by using wood planks, wire, & post cards from an etsy shop. This DIY wire art display was so easy to make & added another fun element to the space. You can go {here} to see how I made it .

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What do you think of the front bedroom makeover? Isn’t it crazy what a can of paint can do? I love how bright the space is now & how fresh and clean the room looks. Have you painted a room in your home lately?

 

This post is sponsored by Glidden paint, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

DIY Palette Headboard

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I’m finally posting about that awesome DIY palette headboard that my husband built us for our master bedroom {which you can see the entire roomHERE} He built this headboard all by himself while I was out of state visiting a friend. I literally can take no credit for it, except for the staining of it.

Of course since I wasn’t there the only photos he took were on his cell phone of the process of building the headboard, but the photos were lost after his cell phone crashed. Conclusion: a picture tutorial was never mean to be for this project I guess 😉 He did such a good job & it literally is the star of our master bedroom makeover & I wanted to show you how he built it.

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This headboard was very simple to build for a few reasons. First of all don’t take it so serious, even my husband who is a perfectionist through that all out the window. We wanted the headboard to be rustic & have some lovely natural flaws. Secondly you can use any measurements you want. My husband literally chose random measurements and variations for the boards. There is no exact pattern to this, it’s all custom to how you want it to look.. don’t stress it. Here are the measurements we used for our king size headboard.

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First of all we wanted the headboard to be longer than our actual bed so we measured a few extra inches on each side of the bed and came up with 83 1/2 inches total for our headboard. After we got the total measurement my husband randomly cut a few boards {we actually used fence boards from lowes with the fence points trimmed off the top} into different sizes. After having the random sizes, he deducted those numbers from the total headboard size to come up with the other board sizes needed. The fence post boards were all shorter than the total length of the headboard so there could not be a solid row on the headboard. You could use any wood you wanted, we wanted very rustic looking wood & that’s why we went with the fence post wood to replicate rustic palette wood.

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Here is the headboard from floor to ceiling. As you can see he added cut outs  for
our outlets. O, and my handsome husband working away… such a great guy!

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As far as attaching the boards to the wall: We decided since we were going all the way up the wall that we would attach the boards all to the wall. Our first plan was to attach two vertical boards on the wall & screw all the horizontal boards to the vertical boards. That plan went out the window when we started cutting the boards at shorter sizes & they all would not
reach the vertical boards we had picked out. So we got crazy with it and attached the boards to the wall with a drill making sure we used a level on each row before we secured them to the wall. The top board of the headboard is a piece of molding we had leftover from a previous project. If you were going to do a headboard like this, but not have it go all the way to the ceiling, you could easily attach vertical boards on the back to hold it all together, but for our ceiling high headboard we had to have it very sturdy and durable.

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The stain color I used for this bed is Minwax Special Walnut. I loved how dark and rustic the stain was, but wasn’t too opaque to hide the natural variations in all of the boards used on this headboard. I ended up staining the boards after they
were on the wall, I wouldn’t recommend that, but we hadn’t decided on a finish until the very last minute of re-doing our bedroom…

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So, there you have it! Our lovely little rustic headboard. I love that it doesn’t take up much space in our room, & yet is a major focal point of the space. What do you love about it?

 

Rustic Master Bedroom

Welcome to our rustic master bedroom! The time is finally here that I get to share with you our master bedroom re-do. I have been talking about re-doing our bedroom for quite some time now & at the beginning of November Mr.LMB & I finally decided to buckle down and really work on it. I wanted to create a cozy sanctuary that reminded me of an eclectic cottage nestled in the woods. I wanted a place where we could relax, hangout, & somewhere where we never wanted to leave. I think we have our cozy eclectic cottage room that we wanted, & we love it….

Are you ready to see some before photos? We never knew quite what we wanted in our bedroom, we always tossed it to the side & focused on the rest of our house. When all along I think that our room should have been put first, I think your bedroom is very important. You spend so much time in there, sleeping, unwinding from the day, spending time as a couple.. I mean, It makes sense! Here is a little trip down memory lane…

When we first moved in our house 3 years ago.. apparently I wanted purple walls. If executed correctly this could have been cute, but once again I never spent any time on our bedroom & tossed it aside. Moving right along to the next stage of our master bedroom…

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Exhibit B. My attempt at making our room not purple, but still not wanting to put much effort into our room & tossing it aside. On October 31st we decided that November was going to be the month that we focused on our master bedroom, easier said then done. Between both of us in school, him in the marine corps, friends, meetings, homework, & some more business later.. we actually accomplished our goal! I’m very proud to show off our handy work…

There you have it! Our cozy, eclectic, cottage bedroom. Thank you so much for visiting. We certainly have things to do yet in the room {I will be sharing our to do list with you soon, starting with that ceiling fan 😉 } I will be breaking down all the parts of the master bedroom re-do in separate blog posts. There was lots of painting, buying, making,  hanging, rearranging, & that all can not be possibly explained in one post. I hope you enjoyed the master bedroom reveal, share your thoughts in the comments or tweet, facebook, Instagram… you get the point…

Ps. A HUGE thank you to Rachael from Rach Lea photography for stopping by our casa to take these lovely photos of our room! I am so lucky to have such beautifully talented friends! Check her out at Rachleaphoto.com for more of her work.