It's hard for me to believe, but it's been almost 2 years since I completed my Master Bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge. There was a lot of work accomplished in 6 weeks, but a few of the things I did were just "for now", and I knew there were still some small changes I'd want to make in the future that didn't allow for such a rushed deadline at the time, or I hadn't found quite the right piece. I made a few choices based on what was readily available and what I could finish quickly. I was still very happy with the finished room, but over these few years I've been changing small things here and there, so here's the refresh as of yesterday!
Although it's nothing really major, there are two main changes I made: the bedskirt and the accessories on the headboard wall. With all of the color I previously used white for the bedding and skirt, but it was a little too stark for me. I ended up ordering more of the same fabric I used on the headboard to make a new bedskirt. I love it SO much more than the white (see the before here). It really grounds the bed now, and makes the bed appear like one custom piece.
One other change that we recently made was a new set of sheets! Serena & Lily sent me their Cut Circle Sheet Set to try out. Talk about nice packaging, look at this adorable bag that the sheets were wrapped up in. I'm fairly sure that I'll never get the sheets folded that nicely again to store them in the bag, but it will be handy to have when traveling to stash small things in my suitcase.
Can you believe that I've NEVER had patterned sheets on this bed?!? #shocker They really are just the finishing touch that the bed needed, and these sheets are gorgeous. They're 100% cotton so they stay cool but cozy, and with a nice 300 thread count they look crisp while being so soft! I'll confess, I've never been a "fold back the top sheet" bed maker before, but these are just too pretty to hide away!
One other tiny change... I originally made the pink and orange pillows to fit a king size pillow, but it was a little too much, so I cut them down into throw pillows. With some extra fabric I made a few smaller lumbar pillows to match that I'll add to the living room for Spring (tour coming in 2 weeks!).
Housekeeping Tip: All of my throw pillows have down inserts. Occasionally, I'll throw the whole thing in the dryer for about 15 minutes. It fluffs them up beautifully, and also helps to remove the dust that builds up inside the cover. Try at your own risk, but I've even done it with my pricey designer fabrics and they came out perfectly.
On the wall, I changed everything that is hanging. You all have seen bits and pieces of these changes in some seasonal tours, but I haven't really addressed them specifically yet. When designing the room, I had always planned to have a pair of mirrors over the nightstands, but hadn't come across anything I loved yet. For a while I had this pair or mirrors there, but when I found the bamboo mirrors I wanted them here instead and moved the other pair to the dining room. The juju hat adds interest, height, and texture over the bed, while remaining neutral and allowing the headboard and pillows to be the focal point.
Here's the story on the mirrors (because there's always a story with second hand treasures, right?). I found one as I was browsing Craigslist about a year ago. It was about 45 minutes completely across town, but for FIVE dollars, I couldn't get there fast enough! I have admired this style of mirror for so long, but hadn't come across one yet. I also knew that I would want a pair of these mirrors. I like them so much that I wanted two. ;)
For the next several months, I put my family on the alert to keep their eyes open at the thrift store and at the vintage mall where my parents have a booth, and I kept scouring Craigslist and our local Facebook garage sale sites. In desperation, I posted a "wanted" ad on a few of those Facebook sites. I included a price limit that I would pay, a photo, and the measurements of the mirror, because I wanted an exact match and they can vary a little bit. Surprisingly, a few months after my wanted post, someone contacted me and said they had a match! Woo hoo! It was filthy (like it was in a barn for 30 years) and a little faded, but I used some Rub & Buff to restore the frame and after lots of scrubbing it was good as new.
That pink tassel on the lamp has been in 3 of my spaces lately, I love it so much I keep moving it around. I intended to use it clipped to a handbag, but it hasn't made it out of the house yet! I think it's time to buy another (it comes in blue and orange too, so cute!). The green lamps moved in here a few weeks ago when I put the white ones in the Entry.
This room is full of secondhand pieces and DIY projects. I think that's what I love about it the most. I don't think anything has changed in the sitting area, I can't tell you how much I love lying in bed looking at these faces and memories every day!
My tricky disguise to hide the tv cords...
So, proof that a "finished" space is never really finished around here. There's always room for improvement! Although many of my items are vintage or made by me, I'm including some products below to help you get a similar look. I tried to list sources and related tutorials below, but let me know if you have questions.