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Master Bedroom Retreat

11 Nov

Our little oasis. I love this room. It calms me down at the end of the day and helps me wake up with energy. And the bed is SUPER comfy and cozy. Love, love, love it. This was the first room in our house where I thought, “oh good, I’m done.” The night stands (which you can’t really see all that well.. sorry) I got for $50 each from an antique mall. They were already painted black with glass tops and a rounded edge much like the mirror above the bed. The knobs actually match perfectly to the new ones I bought for my hubbys dresser. The lamps are from Home Goods that I got for a pretty good deal. They have a silver and black damask on the inside of the shade. Super cute. The pillows are from Target. They still have them there too.

With the exception of a change of linens on the occasion and the vintage wood dresser (above) that I keep my clothes in. I know that dresser would look STUNNING in a distressed white or even silver leaf… but it was my Grandparents (and I don’t have anything else that can remind me of them) and I can’t bring myself to do anything to it. Maybe some day. For now it’s just a unique focal point. I like to keep it simple and uncluttered on top our dressers. For my jewelry I have this:

I got this desert stand from an antique mall for around $10. I had seen a magazine a while back that recommended this for storage. Turns out they were right. Bracelets fit perfectly on top and then there’s a level for earrings and then necklaces. (Sorry it’s a little cluttered) The  milk glass lamp I also got from an antique mall when I was in college and paired it with a shade they used to sell at Target. Total they were like $25 a piece (I got 2).

On the other side I have  a faux orchid (from Home Goods) to bring a little color into the room along with a vintage frame I found at a garage sale for $1.

This little gem was my husband’s from when he was a little boy. It was just a medium wood finish with handles. So I filled in the holes, got new hardware and painted it black. When my mother-in-law saw it she said she wanted it back. Silly lady.  You can also see the new crown molding the hubby put up last summer. It really enhances the room. I love it! To the right there is our closet that I covered with curtains b/c I don’t like doors. Weird I know.

The last little piece of our room is this mirror I got off Craigslist.com for $10. It was a pretty gross mint green, then I had it painted a warm orange when those were my colors, and now it’s white and belongs in our bedroom.

The funny thing is that the top of this mirror shape-wise matches the mirror above our bed that I got at Home Goods. A very happy coincidence! Here are just a couple more pics of the room. The curtains were only $5.99/panel from Kmart. Gotta love it!

Click here to see step by step directions for the headboard I made.

Sleep tight!


Feminine Headboard

22 Aug

Hi! Usually after a long week (or weekend) the one place in your house that you love to go to relax is the bedroom. Often times I think it’s interesting that this is one of the last rooms decorated by people.  Usually, it’s left to the end when time, patience, and funds are usually running low. I don’t understand it! Treat yourself and make your bedroom your FIRST priority. I promise it will help you be more rested and able to tackle the rest of your house and life.

The focal point of most bedrooms is the bed; of course. So when I was piecing together my master bedroom and our bed was still just placed in front of a wall with nothing behind it, I knew I had to do something. So I got to work. I had seen a headboard from a designer  Rachel Ashwell that I loved, but realistically there was NO way I could afford it… [sigh]

So I decided to take a stab at it myself. Here were my materials/tools and here’s what I made.


  • Piece of plywood height and width desired (I used some leftover wood we had from the storage unit we torn down in our basement)
  • 3 to 4 yards upholstery fabric
  • 3 to 4 yards 2″ foam
  • Spray adhesive
  • 20+ buttons (mine were vintage from my grandmother that I spray painted glossy white)
  • Staple Gun
  • Drill and bits; Skillsaw
  • Upholstery needle and thread
  • Total Spent: Around $55 for the fabric and foam. Everything else was leftover.

Step 1: Use newspaper to create a template for the shape of the top that you’d like. Use a pencil to outline the newspaper and use the Skillsaw to cut the shape of the top. While this shape is amazing, it’s kind of hard to make it perfectly symmetrical, so keep this in mind when you are designing your shape.

Step 2: Measure how many rows of buttons you want, and measure and mark where all buttons will go. Use the drill with a slightly larger than needle size bit and drill all holes. Looking back, I probably should have made the spacing a little closer and the rows not as low since they get blocked by the pillows on the bed. Live and learn.

Step 3: Spray adhesive to front side of wood and lay down foam immediately. Use a kitchen knife and carve off the extra around the outside edges.

Step 4: Lay fabric across the  front and flip over (you may need help to do that). Then work around the edge pulling the fabric tight and staple around the entire edge.

Step 5: Standing the headboard up so it’s easier to work, tie a large knot (or use hot glue like I did) with the thread on the needle, and from the back sew through the wood, foam and fabric to hook the button. Then go back through the same hole in the wood and tie and glue the button tight.

Sorry I don’t have pictures for all this! But here’s the end product (the fabric is bright white but the yellow sheets are reflecting a little weird at the bottom.. FYI):


Maybe not perfect, but it works for us! Isn’t it pretty!?

Sleep tight!