Way back at the beginning of May, I started the One Room Challenge with the goal of renovating Justin and my bedroom. It took a lot longer than I anticipated, but I’m actually really ok with that. A slow and steady pace helped me from feeling too overwhelmed and allowed me to make sure I loved every decision rather than make snap decisions just for the sake of a timeline. It was all worth it because I love the room so much now!
As a reminder, here’s where we started in early May:
And here’s where we are now:
I finished up the bed side of the room during the One Room Challenge, and my time since then has been spent on the other side. Our bedroom is very large and a bit of an awkward shape, so it took a little while for me to figure out a layout that worked and felt right.
My mom generously offered me this antique library table that has been in her family for years and years. Paired with an antique chair (it used to be my great-aunt’s sewing table chair!) it creates a nice little vanity area for me to do my makeup. I love the natural light streaming in while I sit there!
There is an awkward little corner in the room sandwiched in between a window and the door to our en suite bathroom. There was just enough room to fit a gorgeous rust chair and paired with a small black table and a soft throw blanket, it now is a cozy little reading spot!
The long stretch of wall between the bedroom door and the bathroom door was the perfect place to create some visual interest. I upgraded a simple Ikea dresser for a fun modern look and added a gallery wall above.
The gallery wall was the most recent project I tackled. I chose a mixture of digital downloads, professionally framed prints, and personal mementos to create a special wall that feels beautiful and uniquely us.
When I first started this project, Justin asked why I wanted to put effort into a space that “no one sees” verses a more public space (like, why put the time, money, and effort into a room that only the two of us use instead of a room that more people see and use, like our living room?) I do understand his logic, but my answer has always been “because I want us to have a little haven that feels rejuvenating and restful.” The whole house is for sharing with others, but this room is all ours. The fact that I renovated it just for our enjoyment actually makes it feel that much more special. And truly, starting and ending our days in this room has made a big difference. It makes us happy, it feels fresh and relaxing, and it functions so well for our specific needs now. I can confidently say the time, money, and effort was 100% worth it.
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Foggy Day
Ceiling Color: Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Window Color: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
Floral Sheets + Throw, both from Target (no link available)
Elbow Connectors (used to make the rods work for a bay window)
Curtains (out of stock – similar here)
Dresser: Ikea Hemnes (upgrade tutorial here)
Gallery Wall Sources:
Bottom Row (left to right): Cliffs framed and mounted print, museum ticket, I Like You digital download, Flight digital download, Parisian Apartments digital download, Oia digital download, personal photo
All frames are either from Target or were thrifted