A navy headboard + neutral rug for the win!

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More bedroom updates! Like I mentioned last week, I was waiting on the arrival of our new bed and rug to take the next steps in our bedroom refresh. Both items arrived on my doorstep last week, and I’m super excited to share the latest updates.

bedroom_nightstand_headboard_flowersLet me first say that I can’t believe I waited this long to finally splurge on a headboard and bed frame. I feel like it makes our room look so much more “grown-up” and put together. When I look back at our pictures of this space before the “refresh”, I can’t believe we went so long without one. Check it out…

bedroom masterDon’t get me wrong, I didn’t mind not having one for the three years we lived without it, but now that I see what our bed looks like with a headboard and a bed frame, I can’t imagine going back! bedroom_nightstand_headboard_flowers-001I ended up going for this navy headboard from Wayfair. (Update: It looks like my exact headboard is currently sold out, but here’s one that looks JUST like it). I bought Maggie’s headboard from Wayfair last year (as a new homeowner gift). She really liked it and I really liked the quality, so I was ready to take the plunge for my own. I know it’s a bit outside of my comfort zone to go so bold with a large piece of furniture, but I was ready to try something new (and all of the color options were so fun). Plus the navy seemed like a good design compromise for a space that needs to reflect both Matt’s style and my style. navy_headboard_wayfairHe TOTALLY approves and even helped me put together the whole frame and install the headboard right after it arrived. (P.S. It was actually easier than we anticipated. We did the whole thing in about an hour.)bedroom_headboardWay more grown up looking, right? The headboard came with side “wings” but in this small, casual space the sides of the headboard seemed a little too rich looking. We ended up ditching those wings to make the space feel more open and relaxed, but I’m going to keep them around just in case we want to add them in a future space. You never know, right?
bed_frame_navyThe next big staple was a bigger and more neutral rug. Like I mentioned in the planning post, we didn’t splurge on the right sized rug when we first moved in (rookie mistake) because I felt like we were bleeding money and didn’t think the expense of a large rug was worth it at the time. Fast forward 3 years, and we were ready to get a larger rug for this space… one that was a bit more cushy and versatile than our last one. This 8×10 jute rug from Wayfair covers a lot more of the room and makes the space feel so much warmer and more cozy.
Wayfair_rug_converse_shoesEven Matt, who never really comments on the decor, said, “wow, I love this rug! It makes the room feel so different!”  without me even asking <— I’ll take that as a HUGE compliment!

Side note: I’ve bought jute rugs in the past, but have found that some shed their fibers all over the house, which really bothers me. This one hasn’t shed yet and for that I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a jute rug without the shedding mess. 

bedroom_nightstand_coffee_mug_lampThe other addition to the room are the new gold lamps I scored on sale at Target recently. Adding a few hints of gold was on my original “wish list” and these $24 lamps seemed like a fun, affordable way to do just that…minted_bedroom_gallery_wall…especially since they match the hint of gold finish in the gallery wall without feeling like the room is too matchy-matchy. nightstand_Bedroom_accessoriesThe accessories I added were ones I already had around the house. I didn’t want to buy anything new without seeing how different the space looked with the headboard and rug. Now that I see the overall “look” of the room, I have a better idea of what I should keep my eyes open for. minted_lumbar_pillow_bedroomSimilar situation with the pillows as well. I stuck with all neutral pillows for now, but I’m not sure if this exact look will stick. You know we’re all about the whites, grays, and blues around here so when I got the bold navy headboard, I wasn’t sure how many other colors I wanted to incorporate right from the start. Baby steps. frames_gallery_wall_bedroomflowers_vase_bedroombuilt_in_art_palm_mintedbedroom_board_batten_hooksOur room has definitely come A LONG way during this mini refresh. Although there are still items on the bedroom to-do list, I’m super excited to slow down the pace and let the rest of it come together a bit more naturally.

bedroom_pillows_nightstandHere’s what’s left on the bedroom to-do list:

  • Find something to hang above the bed (I’m thinking something round, maybe a mirror like Casey’s. I’m struggling a tad because my ceilings aren’t as high as hers and my window is closer to my bed than hers is. Any ideas or suggestions?)
  • Change the light fixture (long-term idea… maybe incorporate more gold or a more natural look. I’m not in a rush just keeping my eyes peeled for options that inspire me). 
  • DIY a bench for the end of the bed (Summer project or thrift sale find? Has anyone seen a cute DIY bench in the blogosphere? I have to look into some inspiration and get to work when I have more time and the weather is nicer so I can work out in the garage)
  • Add a plant/accessories

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  • Zan Turner

    I love that you finally took the plunge on the headboard. It makes the room more grown up. I have never had a headboard in my room but I have anew one in my garage waiting to be installed. I love your choice of rug, too. Makes a whole of difference!!!

    • I agree that it makes the room feel more grown up and a bit more finished. Thanks Zan!

  • Summer Hogan

    It’s SO pretty Bridget! I’m in love with the navy. I remember when I bought my first “big girl bed” and it really does make a huge difference! I still have the same one lol! Enjoy!

    • Like what have I been waiting for?! Now looking back I don’t know how I waited this long to purchase a “big girl bed”.

  • This looks amazing! And I’m in love with that rug…adding it to my never ending wish list 🙂

    • Yay!! It’s amazing. I instantly feel like our room is more “finished”.

  • Heather

    I just love it!! And I love the bedding! What I would give to have all neutral bedding

  • Austin Schneider

    EEEEE! — that’s my obnoxious, “I LOVE IT” sound! Ha ha. It looks fantastic, Bridget! I think navy was such a bold choice, but it still acts as a neutral really well. And those gold lamps – swoon. The room just has such a fresh, “clean” feel. Can’t wait to see how it continues to evolve, but I already love it as is.

    • Haha thanks Austin!! You are too darn sweet. I do love the simple, CLEAN feel… very refreshing to wake up to.

  • Trang

    Hi Bridget! I love the new look and feel your bedroom. The pop of blue beautiful.
    When I click on the navy headboard link, it gives me all the Wayfair headboards though; which is the name of yours?
    Idea for the above the bed – maybe 3 or 4 candle holders that looks like sconces?

    • Sorry Trang! I just updated the post with a similar link — it looks like the link to my exact bedframe/headboard is currently sold out. However, the new link I added in is verryyyy similar looking. Thanks for bringing my attention to that. And love the suggestion for above the bed, I need all the help I can get!

  • Looking great so far! I especially love the rug!

  • Thank you so much for sharing that link! The tutorial seems so thorough and I LOVEEE the legs of that bench — thank you, Connie!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl love the post! The bedroom looks so good ! My husband and I are in the same boat you are in, we need to do some stuff to our room to! Headboard, rug, more pics on the wall! And we have been here almost 2 years now!

  • katie c.

    I’m curious how that jute rug feels underfoot! Is it soft or scratchy or somewhere in between? Thanks!

    • Jute is definitely the softest natural fiber rug…compared to seagrass and sisal. So this one is pretty soft! I’d say in between soft & scratchy. You can walk barefoot on it and it feels fine.

  • On the subject of DIY benches… Have you seen this site? http://www.ana-white.com/category/plans/

    There’s plans and how to’s for lots of different projects – including benches. We’re using some plans to make a dining room table. 😀

    • Thank YOU!! The link won’t work for me BUT I do love everything Ana White makes so I will definitely be looking into that further. Thanks for the head’s up!! DIY-ing a dining room table sounds amazing, we can’t wait to see it! Good luck =)

  • Melise

    Just in case it comes back in stock, would you mind sharing the name of the bed you purchased? You did an amazing job and the bed is gorgeous! I’m hoping to get a full bed and not just a headboard ideally

    • Thank you Melise and of course I don’t mind sharing, I wish it was still in stock for those looking for something similar. The name of the bed was: Skyline Furniture’s Velvet Wingback Bed (Navy)

      Hope that helps!!

    • Melise

      thanks so much 🙂