An Inexpensive Master Bedroom Update

Now that our master bedroom is just about “done” in terms of decorating, I’ve been eyeing each and every piece in this space to make sure I absolutely love it. That’s the fun part about having a room that is done. You can really take a close look at all of the details, instead of being overwhelmed by the prospect of decorating an entire room!master-bedroom-bedding

I’ve never really loved the gray pillows on our bed. The gray & white certainly worked well for the space, and they were the perfect size. But the Greek key pattern never felt quite right. But it was never a big priority for me to change them up, so they stayed nicely fluffed on the bed. bedding-pillows-bedroom

Over the past few months, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for new pillows to replace them and nothing ever fit the bill. But then I saw these pillow covers online at a great price, and figure it was finally time to have pillows on my bed that I absolutely love.

Plus, the covers would fit the old pillows perfectly so I didn’t even need to buy new inserts. Success!

Black & White Striped Pillow Coversblack-white-striped-pillow

I found the pillows on Tonic Living which is a new-to-me site. My friend Courtney recently used them for curtains in her home, so I figured the site had to be pretty great. They have a great assortment of pillow covers, and these days finding quality covers for under $50 is a win in my book. Why are they sometimes so expensive? Craziness.zipper-pillow-cover

I decided to go with black and white stripes because I don’t have any other stripes in the room (not sure how that is possible…) and I think stripes can go with just about anything. Plus adding a hint more black to this room is on my agenda, so this would be a nice subtle way to add in more black details.put-on-pillow-cover

Once the covers came, I pulled them right over my old pillows and zipped up the pretty gold zipper.wide-shot-master-bedroom

Honestly I’m surprised by how much I love them! bedroom-pillows-4

I know this isn’t the most groundbreaking blog post of all time, but I think it’s important to call out a few things.

Small Tweaks Make a Big Difference

First, if you’re not obsessed with something in your space…change it! Every time I made my bed, I always thought about how I didn’t love the greek key pillows (they’re cute…just not totally my current style). So I’m happy I FINALLY did something about that.bedroom-pillows-11

And second, pillow covers can be a game changer! Find new ones you like and put them directly over your old pillows. Such a budget-friendly way to make a bed or couch look completely different. Oh and Tonic Living has some affordable & contemporary patterns. (Not sponsored at all…just love finding new resources for home accessories!) bedroom-pillows-8

For now, our master bedroom is feeling just right. But we will see how long that lasts…


  • Erin

    love tonic living! i have curtains in our dining room made by them years ago! their fabrics are really truly amazing. a bit pricey but i think it’s worth it!

    • I must have been living under a rock because I didn’t even know about them! Happy to know that their curtains are just as good!

  • Pam

    Had never heard of Tonic Living. Thanks for sharing. Your bedroom looks amazing.

    • Thanks Pam! It was new-to-me as well…so happy to have found it!

  • Love it! It’s amazing how a small change can have a big impact. I recently started sewing my own cushion covers and have been “renovating” pillows all around my house. It’s a pretty easy sewing project and the results are so gratifying I have found myself slightly obsessed!

    • Kerri, I am soooo impressed! Sewing your own pillows! Wow…that is awesome. And you’re right..makes such a big impact for not a lot of money.

    • I’ve done this too! I’ve sewed SO many (40+) pillow covers to replace all the ones in our house (some more than once). So fun to pick out fabric and easy to sew!

    • Okay you ladies are amazing! Teach us your skills!

  • Love when little changes make a big difference! And so nice to be at that point of decorating where the little stuff is all you need!

    • It is a fun time just making the little tweaks to get it just right!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl- love the change! so cool!

  • Marguerite Huber

    Pillow covers are ahhh-mazing. Like there is no space to be storing tons of pillows when you live in a tiny apartment. Pillow covers let you change it up without adding more to the pillow pile!

    • Agreed! Definitely helps with my throw pillow hoarding tendencies. haha!

  • Miss Penny Avenue

    Question! Love the total look of your bedroom! Just what I want to create in my new house. What is the paint color you used for the walls? Thanks!

    • The paint is Benjamin Moore “Gray Owl” (#2137-60)

    • Tori B

      I’m thinking of doing Gray Owl too! do you think it looks good in low light like a stairwell without windows? I’m so scared bc I’m hiring someone!

    • It’s a great color! We’ve loved it and have it throughout our entire home. If possible, try it on the wall first before you have it all painted. That way you know you love it!

  • Alison S.

    Casey, where is that beautiful piece of art from over your dresser? Thank you!

    • I got lucky and found it at HomeGoods about 6 years ago. We love it!