Our Cozy Chicago Master Bedroom

the DIY PlaybookSeptember 26, 2014 Comments

It seems like our master bedroom is just about done and decorated. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll forever be tweaking things here and there…but for now, our cozy master bedroom is staying as is! To celebrate this mini success, I thought we could chat all about the space and how it has evolved since we moved in last year.

When we first found our apartment last October, this room was empty and in need of a good paint job. Before moving in we painted the room “Argos” by Sherwin Williams. Now a year later, and I’m still in love with the color. The bluish-gray is a gorgeous neutral and it really works well in this small space. When all of our belongings arrived from St. Louis, we got to work finding a layout for our furniture. Because this room is itty bitty…this is literally the only layout that made sense. One dresser on the right, one nightstand on the left, and our long black dresser across from the bed. It may seem wonky or unbalanced, but it is what it is. Of course I’d love to have a different setup, but when you’re a renter sometimes you just have to make due! Mirror-over-bedBedroom-DresserNIghstand-in-bedroomI have to admit that I do miss having two night stands, especially since the Mr. is terrible at hearing out alarm in the morning. There have been many a time when I get up, walk over to the other side of the bed, turn off the blaring alarm, and grunt at Finn who is blissfully unaware of any commotion. I would suggest that we just switch sides of the bed but the right side is my side. So perhaps I need to move the alarm clock to my side of the bed. (Side Note: That is definitely not our alarm clock in the picture. Ours is a humongous electronic thing that is hideous. That cute clock is my go-to stand in for blog pictures. #bloggersecrets But that is our white noise machine hiding behind the lamp. That thing is amazing and a total sleeping lifesaver)Casey-in-reflection

We get a good amount of natural light in this room, as our windows face the east. But, so as not to wake up at sunrise we have blackout shades that are usually drawn tight, with nice bamboo shades over the roller ones. Plus, the building across the way might get quite the peep show if we kept them open while getting ready each morning.

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I chose to keep most of our accessories and lighting very light and neutral, to go along with the calming atmosphere of the room. White accents, white lamps, and large-scale “art” help give the room a cohesive look. Feet-on-rugPouf-ShoesI’m still obsessed with our shag rug. It hasn’t shed much at all and it’s still just about the coziest spot in our home. I swear one of these days I’m going to come home to find Finn curled up like a ball napping peacefully on this bad boy. IMG_9728IMG_9762Like most spots in our home, our bedroom features lots of personal touches. Like our “His” & “Hers” signs, wedding date game pieces, and of course our large picture ledge wall. Dresser-Wide-Shot

JewelryMost of my jewelry still stays tucked away in our white jewelry cabinet. I think I’ll have that thing forever, it’s a total lifesaver. I also like to showcase a few extra sparkly things on this HomeGoods cake tray. It’s fun to add a little glitz and glam to the stark black dresser.

Picture-Ledge-Art

As for the picture ledge wall, it has been so fun switching out the frames and art on it. It changes quite frequently as we collect new mementos and print out new pictures. I still love the combo of the black and white frames up here. Picture-LedgesOur-First-HOmeReading-on-bedAll in all, I’m very happy with our cozy bedroom. We didn’t have much space to work with, yet we somehow managed to fit all of our clothes and bedroom belongings in here. It’s a fabulous place to rest our heads at the end of a very long day.casey_sig

If you have any questions about any of these items found in our bedroom, see below…

Bedroom Posts:

Bedroom Source List:

  • Wall Color: Sherwin Williams’ “Argos”
  • Tufted Headboard – Lowe’s
  • Convex Mirror – Home Decorators Collection
  • White Bedding – West Elm
  • Gray Quilt – Target
  • Lambskin Throw – Ikea
  • Gray & Green Pillows – HomeGoods
  • White Lamps – HomeGoods
  • White Dresser – Value City (from college!)
  • White Nightstand – Value City (from college!)
  • Black Dresser – Ashley Furniture
  • Jewelry Cabinet – QVC
  • Shag Rug – Rugs USA
  • Nailhead Bench – DIY project
  • His & Hers Frames – Pier 1
  • Large Art – DIY project
  • Gray Pouf – Goodwill <—what a score!
  • Clear Candle Stick Holder – World Market
  • Ampersand – Etsy
  • Frames – Mostly all Ikea
  • Bamboo Shades – Overstock

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  • I’m so in love with that headboard. I had no idea that Lowe’s sold furniture. I feel like you just opened up some weird, unknown universe to me…

    • hahaha that’s hilarious! Yes, isn’t it awesome they have furniture too. Love it.