When we moved in back in October the curtains in our master bedroom left much to be desired.
See…I wasn’t kidding. The previous owners left these little gems for us – 2 flimsy curtains and a wooden rod. They were so hard to pull shut, and even when drawn they barely covered the entire window.
These bad boys didn’t provide much privacy, let in way too much light, and were a terrible length…too long for the window sill and too short for the ground. Yuck. These babies had to go.
We quickly came up with a game plan for new window treatments that would be affordable, light blocking, and would match our current decor and style.
The first order of business was to block out the light. Since we live in the city, the lights from the buildings around us are incredibly bright. Also, our bedroom windows face east so the sun comes right into bedroom. Blackout shades were high on our shopping list.
We found the above shades at Home Depot and got 2 cut right then to fit the width of our windows. We installed the blackout roller shades immediately and quickly found out that they were effective…but terribly ugly.
So I ordered some gorgeous bamboo shades off of Overstock to install in front of the roller shades.
Most of the time we keep the bamboo shades about 1/3 of the way up and don’t even move them up and down.
Then we just roll the blackout shades down at night, and up during the day. It works out pretty wonderfully and we’ve gotten much more shut eye because of this setup.
Personally, I think we’ve come a long way from those initial flimsy curtains, don’t you? I’m sleeping like a baby knowing that I now have good lookin’ windows.
So you guys remember my big plans for our master bedroom, right? (Read about it in this post)
Well, I’ve tackled the first step for our bedroom makeover. New Bedding!
Yep, I took the plunge and decided to go ahead and purchase a fabulous new duvet and pillows.
If you follow us on Instagram (@diyplaybook) you may have seen my overly excited pic about a package arriving from West Elm. That was my new bedroom set!
When choosing a duvet, my top priority is comfort. I really wanted a high-quality duvet that was soft and comfy! I also knew that a crisp white would work best (easy to clean!), because then I could easily change up the pillows and give our bed an entirely new look.
After some hardcore research, I ended up going with this duvet from West Elm. Was it cheap? No. But, I figure if you spend 1/3 of your life in bed then you might has well invest in high-quality stuff that makes you feel good!
Finn loves it. Not just because the floral comforter is gone (bye bye!), but because it is so comfortable. He calls it our “hotel bed” now.
The only bad thing about duvet covers is you have to also buy the insert, which means more money out of my pocket.
Speaking of the insert, don’t you guys HATE when the insert gets all lost and out of place within the duvet cover? That is literally the worst. Luckily, West Elm has some crafty strings inside the duvet that hold the insert in place! You just tie them at each corner and it stays perfect in place. Genius!
I ended up finding some great pillows too. They add a punch of pattern, and a punch of color. The gray geometric ones are a Home Goods find. The long green one is from TJ Maxx.
So far, I’m a fan of the look.
I also have the most comfortable blanket ever draping the end of our bed. It’s gray, fuzzy, and from Pottery barn. (We’re always fighting over who gets to use it. Spoiler Alert: I usually win)
Next on the master bedroom to-do list…counting my pennies to buy THIS headboard.
Sigh. For now, I’ll go dream about it in my “hotel bed.”
P.S. As mentioned this morning, our thoughts and prayers are with all of the tornado victims in Oklahoma. Donate what you can to the American Red Cross right here.
To me it should be a place to relax after a long day. A place to put your feet up and kick back. A calm, tranquil spot that is your own space away from the rest of the world.
Well…I‘m not sure if our master bedroom has hit everything on that checklist.
Okay, it isn’t terrible. But, it just doesn’t scream “Mike & Casey”. It doesn’t give me the relaxing, calm feeling I’m trying to attain.
Instead it is a little dark and a little too green.
We purchased the flowery green/white/black comforter long before I really cared for home decor. I figured the colors were masculine enough to make the man of the house happy. The comforter iscomfy, but I’ve never really looooved it.
The entire room has been fine. Just fine, for all of these years.
But, I want our room to be better than fine. That’s why we are slowly but surely changing up our master bedroom.
The canvas quote that I showed you guys on Tuesday is one of the first pieces of the room puzzle that I have figured out. I’m really loving that little nook in our room with the muted tones of green, white, and gray. But I’m clueless when it comes to the rest of the room. So I decided to put a mood board together to get the ideas flowing for this mini-makeover.
If I could start on this entire room from scratch, I’m not sure if I would go with the green, black, white, gray color combo. But, we’re working on limited funds here people. So I’m going to try and keep the color scheme similar, just more subdued. 1.Like I said, I’m going to keep many of the core elements of the room the same. So that means the current black night stands, white table lamp, and greenery will all still be a part of the room. Maybe I’ll spruce them up a bit though??
2. I’m obsessed with this headboard and bed frame. It hits everything on my checklist.Upholstered (Check!), Nailhead Trim (Check!) Buttons (Check!) Wingback (Check!) I could attempt to DIY a similar version...but I don’t think I could attain the same high-end look that this bad boy has going on. For now, I’ll just save my pennies and hopefully purchase it someday…
3.I’m all about neutrals with a pop of pattern and color. I think this bed setup does just that. I’m looking for a high-quality comfy duvet cover in crisp white, and then I can jazz it up with pillows.Finding bedding & pillows similar to this, is #1 on my bedroom to-do list.
4. This striped rug has just the right amount of “preppy-ness” going on and I like the soft green color.
5. I’ve always wanted to create a reading nook in our bedroom, and for that it is all about finding the right chair. This gray one is gorgeous & glamorous. I could definitely picture myself curled up in the greenblanket, sitting on this chair, reading a novel.
Let me know if you have any suggestionsfor us as we slowly (but surely!) transform this space into something we both love. Happy weekend!!
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