|How did we get from the Before to the After? Read on to find out!|
First things first, we needed a new bed. Well, need is a strong word. More like longed for. It turns out, while we'd just assumed we could never fit a King size bed in our smallish room, once we actually measured the space, the bigger bed was only going to take an extra 3 inches on each side.
For nights when our two dogs climb into bed while we sleep and then proceed to takeover the entire space, and now that baby makes three, I was definitely willing to sacrifice those three inches of walking space! It's not like I wake up and do jumping jacks by the bed each morning - what do I need the space for?
|Story of my life|
So here she is in all her glory... Cue the angel voices. Our brand new King-sized 100% natural latex foam mattress from Stearns & Foster. It's the ZenBody Pure Collection - check this out:
It's anti-microbial and resists dust mites, allergens and microbes. Free of CFC's and other ozone-depleting chemicals, its proprietary design allows for more breathability for a cooler, more comfortable rest.
|We slept so deeply the first night, we actually woke up disoriented.|
|Bedding and reversible blanket found @ Target. We heart Tar-jay.|
We'd been watching inordinate amounts of design shows, so we decided to build our own. Anything we hadn't pieced together from the TV shows, we supplemented at the mighty home-based University known as Youtube.
We found a wonderful decorator's store not far from our house, and they stock gorgeous fabrics. This is when I learned the hard way how expensive fabric is and it really burst my bubble. Luckily, I bounce back quickly.
We went through many sample books and settled in this one, because it's elegant and brings together lots of pretty colors to work with.
|We like its timelessness|
|It also pairs nicely with bold two-toned graphic prints like this one|
We didn't work from a pattern, we just calculated how wide we'd need it to be for the new King mattress, and how high up the wall we wanted it to go.
We also wanted to try some new crafty things, so we made three matching buttons for a tufted look and finished it with nailhead trim.
|Almost finished... We love it!|
For the full story on the headboard, check out this How-To post.
The Bedside Tables
Who could have guessed that the hardest part of this room redo would have been finding the right bedside tables.
We were hoping for something round, preferably with some drawer space, a matching set, and the right proportions for the tight space. We could have settled on a mismatch, as long as both the sizes/styles worked together. We planned to repaint anyway, so the color didn't matter.
Add to that our budget cap at $100 each (I mean come on, $300 for a nightstand? They're just so little!) and for a while we held out for eco-friendly choices like reclaimed wood... but we didn't have much luck on that front.
The search continued for weeks!
Finally, it was at Bed, Bath and Beyond that we stumbled upon this pair of roundies, at a 100 smackeroos for both! What a score!
|Sprayed to match the color scheme and enjoying a new drawer pull...|
Our his-and-hers dressers were recent purchases, so we were happy with them. We thought about repainting them, but settled on leaving them their rich mocha color.
We did decide to customize them with new Asian-style drawer pulls, which helps them be a little more unique and ties the space together.
|These are available through Richelieu Hardware.|
|New drawer pulls. Vintage chair used to belong to my parents.|
|Picture rail is a nice perch for sweet photos|
|His items corralled in a vintage silver tray from Value Village.|
|Her items corralled in a repainted mirror tray, also from Value Village.|
The Rug, Curtains and Lamps
We searched for a long time for something that could feel luxurious underfoot, with some kind of pattern, but also that would not compete with everything else going on. And damn, rugs are expensive!
We finally found this velvety little beauty at Winners/HomeSense for around two hunny. Not bad, not bad.
|Our room is above the garage, so this really helps warm the floors in winter|
The curtains are from Tar-jay. They're lovely to look at but quite stiff. I prefer flowy to buckle-y, but the colors all work together, so we're pretty happy.
The rod, with its lovely mother-of-pearl detailing, is from Lowe's.
|Curtains and rod work within the overall scheme but aren't too matchy.|
|Lamps are Debbie Travis @ Canadian Tire.|
When we brought the next one home, there was a part missing! Back to the store we went.
I'll spare you the rest because ultimately we decided to keep them, but I wonder if after all that we're the lucky ones with the only two complete, unbroken lamps in this model!
Faux Crown Moulding & Architectural Detail
|Shhh! Don't tell. This faux crown moulding is actually base moulding.|
We're going to post a full tutorial very soon on how we installed faux crown moulding using much-more-user-friendly base moulding (the kind that's flat in the back).
|A shot of our new "architectural detail"|
The Final Result
Lush, warm, inviting and supremely comfortable. What more can a girl ask for?
|The final result.|