Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Master Bedroom Evolution

Rose from A Record of Rose brought to my attention that Kelly's Korner is hosting her "Show Us Your Life: Master Bedrooms". What perfect timing for me to link up over there! Go check out site to view some more fabulous Master Bedrooms!

Our master bedroom has probably been the most evolved room in our home ever since we built it three years ago. And it is still evolving! I love looking back at the before and after picture just to see all of our progress!

The Inspiration

First things first, let me show you the inspirational picture that I found when I first started envisioning how I wanted our Master Bedroom to look like. I loved Natalie's Master Bedroom over at One Pork Chop Blog.

I especially fell in love with her round mirror. It was such a statement piece, a stunning focal point for the room. I also loved the rich looking cherry wood of the bedroom set and the brown and blue color scheme.

I also wanted something similar to Jenna's lamps over at Hamlett Daily Dose.

My other inspiration to this room was the beautiful Italian Chocolate Edged Sateen Bedding from Restoration Hardware.

I drooled for months over this bedding. I loved the beautiful color combination of chocolate brown and silver sage. I had to have it.

With these two pictures in mind, this is how our master bedroom came together.

And how the Evolution began...

Stage I - Moving In

Here is our Master Bedroom a few weeks after we moved in. I found a similar looking round mirror at Target before our home was even finished. Hanging this mirror signified the first hole ever put into our newly built walls!!! This room was beyond a work in progress. We were still using hand me down furniture from Jeff's Grandma.

As you can see, Jeff and I used to sleep on a full sized bed. Oh my word, what were we thinking? At least we were still newlyweds and didn't mind a little extra cuddling! Seeing that small bed really makes the room look so small. The bedding is also dark and several years old. We were also using my comforter set from when I was single and living on my own. The lamps are from Target and are from the living room of our old house. Sadly, they are now in our current Great Room which is one of the next rooms in need of a make over. For the Master, I was really hoping for more of a crystal ball style lamp for the Master.
Stage II - The Target Quilt

My parents were kind enough to give us one of their King Size mattresses. The mattress was a barely used pillow top and it was heavenly to sleep on. Now that we had a bigger bed, I had to step up my bedding search! I looked everywhere for bedding that looked exactly like the Restoration Hardware set above. Leave it to Target to at least have one of the pieces of the bedding set. The Target Quilt. The Restoration Hardware bedding set above came with a beautiful modern style quilt and this chocolate brown and silver sage blue quilt was exactly what I needed. Luckily, it was the Summer and we didn't need any heavy bedding at the time so we just used this quilt as my search of the Restoration Hardware knockoff continued.
Stage III - The Bedding

I never thought I would find a bedding set as similar to the Restoration Hardware set that had the same look and quality. I was walking through Marshall's one day checking out their home section and I almost passed out in their bedding aisle. It was the exact style that I was looking for and they had it in a King!!!

Stage IV - Lamps

I found a set of these lamps at JCPenney's and tried them out in Great Room, however, I didn't like how they looked. I swapped out the wrought iron lamps we currently had in our bedroom at the time for these. I think they are much more suited for a Master Bedroom!

Stage V - Window Treatments

I found the window treatments for our bedroom at where else, but Target! Their faux silk panels in "Rocky River" matched the Silver Sage in the bedding perfectly. I couldn't have found a more perfect color match and for such a reasonable price too!
Stage VI - The Bedroom Set

When it came to finding our bedroom furniture, I looked everywhere. I searched expensive places like Crate and Barrel and budget friendly places like Value City Furniture. I couldn't find anything I liked regardless of the price or style. I was looking for a set that was modern, yet traditional. Then I came across the new Canopy Line from Wal-Mart.

It was exactly what I was looking for and the price was so reasonable! The best part about it is that I was able to order the pieces one at a time so we didn't get have to feel the financial pain of buying a whole bedroom set at once. I also wanted to see if the furniture was as nice as it looked on Wal-Mart's website so I ordered the night stands first to test the look and the quality. Wal-Mart also had a free 'Ship to Store' program so I didn't even have to pay for shipping if we had it shipped directly to our local store. Here are how the nightstands turned out. Loved them!
Once we agreed that this set was something that we could live with, we went to order the sleigh bed. It was sold out! So I waited for MONTHS for the bed to come back into stock. Apparently I wasn't the only one in love with this bedroom set! You can read more about my bed ordering saga here. Long story short, we finally received the bed over a year later. The bed was the only piece that we were not able to take advantage of the free shipping because the item was so large. It had to be shipped directly to our home. I am sure our neighbors were loving the sight of our bed sitting on the front porch all day long!

Here is how our bedroom looked once Jeff assembled our new King Sleigh Bed! The last piece of the puzzle were the dressers. Since we wanted to keep this budget friendly, we put off ordering the dressers. Fortunately the dressers were always in stock so we didn't end up ordering them until a month before my due date with Jillian! Probably not the best of ideas but we wanted to get it taken care of before she came. We had the dressers shipped to our local Wal-Mart store and we actually forgot about them after the baby was here! I receive an email from Wal-Mart sometime in mid-January that they were going to ship our dressers back if we didn't pick them up. Oops! So Jeff and his brother had to drive out to Wal-Mart in several inches of snow and pick up our dressers. Our dressers then sat in our guest bedroom for MONTHS waiting for Jeff to put them together. We have been slightly busy taking care of a baby that they were becoming less and less of a priority. I am now happy to say Jeff put the dressers together a few weeks ago and we FINALLY have our completed bedroom set!!!
The Dressers:

Stage VI - The Finished Product

I still need to find some wall accessories and we are also toying around with buying the bench that matches are bedroom set too. Stay tuned!


  1. I'll never sleep in anything smaller than a King!! I love the room. Everything is so pretty. It seems very calm & relaxing!

  2. i love your bedroom. i wish i could get a sleigh bed but my husband is to tall his feet always hang over the edge

  3. Looks great, love your bedroom!

  4. I think the best rooms have been decorated over time - you make sure you really get what you want, at a price you want, and that you do, indeed, really want it!

  5. please come decorate my house... It needs your vision! :)

  6. Love it! I really want to buy that canopy set also...maybe some day. I think Kelly's Korner is doing master bedrooms for show us your life tomorrow so you should link up! :o)

  7. It looks awesome, Karen! And thanks for the shout out :)

  8. I think I'm in love! Gorgeous room! Its awesome how you used the inspiration photos, but came up with your own beautiful version...on a realistic budget at the same time! Can't wait to see how that great room turns out!

  9. Love the before and afters! What a beautiful room, I love the colors you picked out! Great job!

  10. Love your room - definitely my kind of colors! I love the white - and want to add some white in my blue/brown room eventually! God job! :)

  11. Gorgeous! Karen can you please come decorate my house for me? :-) That bedroom is so beautiful!

  12. I love the whole thing!! Beautiful!

  13. Love seeing the transformation of your master bedroom - looks fantastic now!

  14. Oh my goodness!!! GORGEOUS!!! You picked out awesome colors!! Super job! ~Nancy~

  15. Found your blog when searching for real pictures of the canopy line from Wal-Mart. Do you like the dresser quality? I need a pretty dark brown/espresso. Are they dark in person?

  16. Oh my gosh, I am SO honored that you used my room as your inspiration! This just made my night!


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