After two and a half years of living in the same place, I’m finally getting around to designing my bedroom. Mostly because I’m tired of it being a stylistically challenged mishmash of hand-me-down furniture, but also in part because maybe—just maybe—if I build it, he will come. And by “he,” I mean the man of my dreams, not Kevin Costner’s dad in Field of Dreams. That would be weird. I’m just thinking that if I finally execute the design of my bedroom, making it a warm and cozy, stylishly welcoming space, perhaps the universe will take note and suddenly grace me with the presence of a guy who I actually want to date for longer than three weeks. For more on the dating front, click here and here; otherwise, let’s talk design, shall we?
The shining star of this post is definitely the makeover of a vintage bowed-front highboy dresser that I scored off Craigslist for $100. After sanding the whole thing, including every visible nook and cranny, and applying wood filler where needed, I painted the piece with Andiron—a dark grayish-olivey-army-green shade by Sherwin Williams—in a matte finish.
I wanted a color that was neutral, but something other than black, grey, white or beige, and also more masculine, since I knew I’d be showcasing my very feminine and brightly colored jewelry on top.
Speaking of jewelry, in lieu of traditional accessory stands or boxes, I’m artfully displaying my statement necklaces in a raw wood bowl and draped over a large mercury glass jar (both of which are from HomeGoods). Then there’s the hexagonal shaped glass and copper catch-all (an Urban Outfitters find) that houses my bracelets, dainty necklaces and rings. The combination of metals (brass, copper and mercury) with clear glass and natural wood create the perfect balance and subtle backdrop to my rather eclectic collection of baubles and trinkets.
Not to be upstaged by the dapper dresser at its side, this gorgeous brass framed oval mirror was another Craigslist find for only $50 and is the perfect shape and scale for the space. It’s also ideal for when I’m accessorizing an outfit and want to see the final look before heading out the (bedroom) door.
And then there’s the bed—an area that is lacking magic in more ways than one—in its current, style-deprived state, along with my tired nightstand and old lamp (the shade for which I DIY’d a few years ago). Pretty much everything in this photo will be getting a makeover and the biggest impact will undoubtedly come from a custom upholstered headboard that I’m designing and building.
In my original plan for this feature, I was going to do a simple rectangular shape that was extra tall with wingbacks (upholstered side pieces), but then I figured out the dimensions and realized it would be too bulky for the space (I want an overall look that is bright and airy, not cluttered and heavy). Not only was the scale of the design all wrong, it turns out my initial fabric choice was, too. I had planned to use the ikat fabric you see below, but after spending two months with a four foot square swatch on the wall above my bed, the busyness of the pattern and bluish grey tone drove me nuts and eventually onto plan B. Side note, the insanity that is my current work/creative space will get a makeover in the near future, too, but for now, onto headboard design 2.0…
Back to the drawing board and fabric store I went in pursuit of both a design and fabric that would more appropriately fit the bill (or rather my bed and vision). I’m now doing a basic wall headboard (no sides), still extra tall (I have 12 foot ceilings, so I want to capitalize on that for more of an impact), but in a Belgrave shape (rectangle with scalloped corners) for a little bit of intrigue. I’ll be using the neutral colored striped fabric below, only instead of running the stripes horizontally or vertically, I’m playing around with doing a combination of both. The white and tan medallion fabric will be used for accent pillows and then I recently picked up a few amazing textured throw pillows from HomeGoods and TJ Maxx that will complete the look.
For the rug, I’ve decided to go with the super chic blue outline you see below. I just really love how minimalistic it feels, don’t you? Kidding. I’m still figuring out the direction in which I want to go with that element, but in the meantime, needed to determine the size (hence the painter’s tape). I’m also sewing a bed skirt—a bright white fabric, I think—to conceal all the under-bed clutter.
Lastly, see that chair in the corner? She’s moving out and in her place I’m planning to do floating white shelves, situated along the outer edge of the closet door frame (visible in the very top photo) that will display a few pairs of stylish shoes, like the ones pictured above. I’m adding this feature for two reasons: one, for a unique design element and a few pops of color, since my bedding and everything else in the space (besides my jewelry) is intentionally subdued and neutral; and, two, because I have very little storage inside the closet—there’s currently an insane shoe situation happening behind that door—and therefore need to be creative with my shoe organization.
There is A LOT of work to be done, but I love where the overall design is heading and I’m eager to get started on all my DIY plans for this space. Stay tuned for more progress posts soon!
— S A D Y E E V Y N R E I S H
P.S. For those who are curious, the leopard Sam Edelman’s and red BCBG pumps are from Nordstrom Rack (sold out; similar here and here, respectively); the floral Guess pumps (sold out; similar here) are from Marshalls; and the Via Spiga (old; similar here) and Nine West booties (old; similar here) are from TJ Maxx. And as for all the jewels, those are mostly from TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack, but with a few of my own designs (I used to make and sell jewelry) mixed in.
P.P.S. Since snapping these photos a few weeks ago, I’ve already made several updates (e.g. I replaced the wood framed mirror atop the dresser with an awesome photographic view of the Grand Canyon upon the wall; swapped out the black potted plant and small mercury glass jar for an extra large mercury glass bottle and cloche jewelry display piece; switched up the floor plant and pot; and added a few more pillows to the bed).