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The Master Bedroom

A master bedroom is supposed to be your escape from the chaos, a place that can be a relaxing place to unwind after a crazy day. When we first looked at our house, this was NOT the vibe in our master. We looked at lots of houses. I really wanted a nice master and the ones we looked at were horrible. This house actually wasn’t as bad – yes I know, I see the mauve. It’s terrible.

The Good News

But… it was a nice size, it had TONS of outlets (and they all worked), it did not have popcorn ceilings like a lot of the houses we looked at, it had 2 closets, 2 windows – I LOVE natural light, it had an almost private bathroom of decent size, and it could easily fit our furniture especially king size bed… something that a lot of the houses from this era were lacking.


Our projects

  • Remove border
  • Paint with better color
  • Flooring
  • Re-do furniture layout
  • Add crown molding

This room was honestly not that much work. The mauve was just a poor choice in paint color (I’m sure it was cool at the time… maybe) and it was not wallpaper (thank goodness). The wallpaper border was SO easy to remove. So much better than the rest of the house. My husband actually knocked out ripping the border down while a team was continuing to tackle the disaster of wallpaper removal in the kitchen.

After the wallpaper border was removed, my aunt and uncle came over and helped me paint. This room was easy, thank goodness! And it made SUCH a difference. We originally painted it green but I eventually changed it to this color to match our new floors better and to go with the new bedding I fell in love with from Pottery Barn (discontinued unfortunately, I would love to replace it with the same exact thing – it has faded a bit over time/washing).

The flooring was the same we used throughout the rest of the downstairs, an easy install and so pretty! Plus, so much easier to clean with dogs & a baby. We also replaced the fan with something more modern, the darker finish looked great in the room.

This house was SO over-furnished when we saw it. It was hard to picture our furniture looking ok in the space honestly. I pictured the bed moved onto the wall directly when you walked in and knew it would make the space have so much more natural light. I think this layout suited our style and furniture so much better and made the room look so much larger!

We had the same guy install crown molding when he did our master bathroom – I don’t source out projects often but when I do, I never regret it! He was affordable and quick, much better than we could’ve done ourselves in that amount of time. So glad we used him! Crown molding makes a room look so complete.

For decor, we used lots of mercury glass from pottery barn and some personalized pottery barn pillows. I also threw in some palm printed throw pillows that I seriously use year round, I love them! One of my favorite monogram suppliers did our custom diamond monogram – I linked her below & cannot recommend her enough for all of your wooden monogram needs. She also did a custom ADORABLE one for our dude’s nursery… I will be sharing that soon šŸ™‚

Isn’t it so much better? It was a relief to me that our master looked so much more welcoming when we listed the house. We loved this room! I’ve linked some of the decor below for your reference.

Bedding (similar) & (similar) | Monogram | Headboard (similar) (but LOVE this one) | Seagrass Mirror (Similar) & (similar, round) | Mercury Glass Candlesticks | Palm Pillows

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