This post is a loooong time coming, you guys! From scraping away 19 layers of wallpaper to restoring the original shiplap to breaking my leg… this bedroom has been a labor of love and sharing it with you guys is long overdue. I cannot wait to show you every little bit of this space… so, without further ado, here’s our bedroom makeover reveal (and the source list)!
Wow, I don’t even know where to start… well, actually I do: the wallpaper wall! I chose the Marbled Stripe in Navy wallpaper by Rebecca Atwood for soooo many reasons. Not only have I been a fan of hers for a long time, but also because this paper was supposed to be my pop wall in the dining room and I just couldn’t commit at the time. I knew I wanted it in my home and I am so glad that it’s in the bedroom. It’s the perfect backdrop for my beloved vintage lady painting, too, huh?
Let’s discuss the bedside situation next, shall we? As you may recall, I really struggled with the nightstands and seriously considered getting new ones — I just never could commit! I kept coming back to these vintage MCM ones I scored on Craigslist (for $150!). They are the perfect size and have all the storage capacity we need, so we decided to just go with it. Artifact Uprising gave us sweet prints and solid brass holders for small nightstand art, too.
I wanted to make the wallpaper wall pop even more by adding wall sconces… and I am sooooo glad we did. I’ve had quite a love affair with these sconces from Rejuvenation. If I had to choose one word to describe them, it would be ‘handsome.’ Something I worried about was making sure the bedroom felt good for Sean, too, and I think these sconces really help to do that. Plus, I feel so grown up now that I have bedside sconces!
Bedding was another consideration. I’m a huge fan of all white bedding, especially linen, so I splurged on Belgian linen sheets. They paired really nicely with our lightweight quilt from Parachute now that it’s summer. And I topped it with the coolest throw blanket EVER, a Moroccan pom pom blanket from AllModern. I felt like a pop of black was really important as a theme throughout the whole room, so the black lines of the blanket paired really nicely with the black curtain hardware and barn door track. And who can say no to pom poms?
We swapped out our boring Ikea bed for this sexy brass number from CB2 — and then paired it with the most gorgeous vintage rug I have ever found! If you are in the market for the perfect vintage rug, I highly recommend talking to Yesim from Wild Shaman. I drove down to Portland to shop their collection, but they post their new finds to Instagram frequently and are insanely helpful.
I added just a bit more pattern and texture to the space with pillows. I opted for a geometric kilim pillow and white shaggy lamb fur lumbar for a modern vibe… and of course, my custom Rebecca Atwood shibori euro shams. I am obsessed with the mix of all these patterns. UGH.
The restored shiplap ceiling is another focal point of the room. I was worried it would distract from the wallpaper, but I really love how the two juxtapose so nicely. Shiplap can look a bit too rustic sometimes, but painting it white really helped, especially when it was then paired with the wallpaper. Unearthing the original shiplap from 1908 was definitely a happy accident — and totally worth all the blood, sweat, and tears we put into restoring it. Also, I spent at least an hour in the hardware store picking out crown moulding to help blend the transition from wall to shiplap. Sometimes moulding can feel really stuffy and too traditional to me, but we needed it to cover up some ugly bits of the shiplap. The moulding we chose is actually one of my favorite details of the room and I think helps to make it feel taller.
For a little more storage, I tucked a seagrass basket under my nightstand, too. And I always make sure to keep a pretty floral arrangement by The Stemmery on my nightstand. Having real flowers in the house at all times has been a really nice way to feel like a grown up, too ;)
There is SO much good stuff happening in this photo, you guys…
First, note the roman shade. I desperately wanted roman shades in my home ever since I bought it because I adore how clean and sophisticated they look. I really struggled to find an affordable option that also felt high end (aka linen!), but then I found Barn & Willow and immediately fell in love. I ordered a set of free swatches and just knew. When it came time to order the roman shades, it was so easy and I was really pleased with the quality of the fabric itself. If you’d like to shop this exact look, we chose these features: flat, interlining (for the best light and sound blocking), stringcord, inside mount, and Belgian flax linen in option white. We’ve had them up for about 2 or 3 months now and I’m really, really happy with them.
Another favorite detail design is this freaking unbelievable Cedar & Moss 3-Arm Semi Flush Chandelier from Rejuvenation. It lends the perfect amount of luxe, modern vibes to the ceiling. I actually waffled back and forth trying to decide between the brushed satin brass finish or the oil-rubbed bronze finish. Ultimately, I decided that the darker finish would contrast too much — and the brass finish compliments my lady painting quite nicely.
And then, the barn door. OMG, you guys… talk about the ultimate way to save space in a really tiny house! By swapping out our terrible old swinging door for this sleek, modern one from Rejuvenation, we’ve saved SO much room. Before the renovation, the door swung into the room and blocked a large portion of where a closet should have been. We no longer have to do a crazy door dance to get dressed!
And how sexy is that matte black hardware?? As soon as I saw it, I had to have it for the room. It really takes the room up notch.
And now, onto something very important… our closet!
We lived for so long without a closet… so long. Well, not anymore! We converted the entire wall into a closet with the elfa system from The Container Store. That covered the shelving and rods, but I still wanted a dresser that would work for both me and Sean to share. After taking a lot of measurements, we found the Clara extra-wide dresser from Pottery Barn and it was a perfect fit. It’s funny that a dresser considered “extra-wide” would work for a tiny house, but it really does! Sean and I each have an equal number of drawers and it’s totally perfect. We also swapped out the hardware for these brass pulls and I really love how that turned out as well.
And then, the coolest part: instead of a closet door, we covered the entire wall with gooorgeous linen curtains from Barn & Willow. Going into the renovation, we knew there wasn’t room for closet doors, which left us with two options: keep the closet extra-tidy at all times or get creative. I decided to go with the latter because I really hated going to bed and seeing all of my clothes. After falling in love with the linen swatch from Barn & Willow, I dreamed of creating a wall of draped linen instead of closet doors. They helped me to design the curtains for maximum functionality and style. I’m OBSESSED.
We used lots of different types of containers for storing our various things. I’m planning a post all about the closet and our organization there, so be sure to stay tuned!
There is still one tinyyy unresolved element in our bedroom: which leaning mirror is the one for the room?? I got really indecisive and chose two: this white one from AllModern and the Berke narrow floor mirror from Pottery Barn. I honestly cannot make up my mind! I love how the white frame blends in, but I also love how the taller frame makes the room feel bigger. Every few days I ask Sean to swap them depending on my mood.
Honestly, this room is the culmination of all my favorite things into one room. It’s a sanctuary for me, my place to go at the end of a long day to unwind and take care of myself. The room is a little bit sexy and perfect for both me and Sean now that we live together. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and want to thank Creative Director at Decorist Jessica McCarthy for helping me make some serious design choices!
- Greek Villa paint c/o Sherwin-Williams
- Marbled Stripe in Navy wallpaper by Rebecca Atwood
- vintage artwork (similar)
- cylinder task telescoping wall lights c/o Rejuvenation
- vintage Lane nightstands (similar)
- Artifact Uprising photos and geo rail photo holders
- alchemy bronze bed c/o CB2
- essential quilt c/o Parachute
- white linen sheets from Pottery Barn
- Moroccan pom pom blanket
- custom shibori euro shams by Rebecca Atwood
- kelim wool pillow
- lamb fur lumbar pillow c/o AllModern
- vintage rug from Wild Shaman
- Cedar & Moss 3-Arm Semi Flush Chandelier c/o Rejuvenation
- Barn & Willow custom roman shades
- black Classic Barn Door track kit c/o Rejuvenation
- 4 panel wood barn door c/o Rejuvenation
- Norm floor mirror c/o AllModern
- Berke narrow floor mirror c/o Pottery Barn
- Barn & Willow custom curtains for closet door
- elfa custom closet from The Container Store
- Rejuvenation curtain hardware
- seagrass basket c/o AllModern (similar)
- large seagrass basket (similar)
- Tosca storage basket
- Clara extra-wide dresser c/o Pottery Barn with brass Boulevard Knobs
- tassel by WKNDLA
And in case you missed it, here are the before photos (brace yourself).
photography by Ellie Lillstrom, styling by Jojotastic.
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