Prioritizing the Master Bedroom

What is it about master bedrooms that make people want to decorate them last? We are so guilty of that ourselves with ours! But ignoring them, while the rest of the house gets beautified, seems so counter-intuitive. It seems like such a sacred space. And let’s be honest, it would be nice to have a little calm retreat after all the crazy that is our days. And by calm retreat I mean a nice place to collapse into bed after a 15-hour day.

Right now, our bedroom is anything but a calm retreat. Think more IKEA graveyard/storage facility. Not exactly the rejuvenating/inspiring space I’d like to wake up to every day. We are in here a lot—Otto is still in our room most of the time, I often work from the bed while pumping and Aaron watches movies on his laptop here.

So, we’re prioritizing it. It went from last on our 2017 house goals list, to at least second place. We’ve signed up to review an all-new mattress (more on that soon) and it was the push we needed to get this space looking a little more pretty.

The overall plan is very calm, very grown up and very rejuvenating (hopefully). It is tricky to do a “grown up” space for a couple who are decidedly not grown up (ha!), so I will be throwing in some quirky things too. Lots of neutral colors with hits of black. We’ve challenged ourselves to do this on a mega budget—it will be a mix of “use what we have” and scouring our favorite online auction site to get things for cheap. There is expensive stuff in this plan (like that $500 black bench), so our goal will be to find cheaper versions of some of the pricier picks.

There is one huge project in this space that has been holding me back from getting started, and that is painting the walls and floors. The walls absolutely need to be done (the current color is too dark, and too green), but the thought of picking up a paint brush again so soon after the kitchen/dining 5-day painting marathon two weeks ago has me in a sweat.

The other thing I would love to do in this space is paint the floors. If you follow me on IG (@gohausgo), you know I’ve had a bee in my bonnet about changing our floors throughout the house. I need to do a post on that soon, but essentially, the floors in the house have to go. Maybe not this year, but soon. They are driving us crazy. The plan now is to re-do the downstairs floors and paint the upstairs floors to save some cash (and lucky for our wallets, I absolutely love the look of painted floors and have been wanting to experiment with those somewhere), but again, another story for another day. The point here is that the project of painting walls and floors in the master bedroom has my head spinning. I’ve been trying to convince myself to skip it, that it will be fine, but I know it’s what this space needs to take it to the next level.

This space is very cottage-y, but I love the white walls and the gray floors. Yes.

Anyways, once that’s done, it’s just a matter of layering in some of the things I’ve laid out in the plan above. Easy peasy, right?

What I Already Own


Accent Chair

3-Legged Accent Table

108″ White Velvet Blackout Drapes

Black 1″ Curtain Hardware

Double-Headed Lamp (Target Olson Collection-sold out)

Artwork – The prints are by Aaron (Mayhem Supply), and I’d love to remove the generic art that came with these frames I used for the Holman staging. The frames are amazing quality (and of course, I love that light oak wood tone).

Antique Enamel Sign (from Chairish)

What I Need To Buy

Black Bench

Tall Dresser – This is the one from PBTeen that was on mega sale as a part of their Premier Event last week. I am kicking myself for not jumping on that deal, because now it’s $600 more. Dangit. No worries—it should be relatively easy to track down something similar for under $300.

Headboard and Frame – I’m not sold on this one per se, but I do love the shape of the headboard. Luckily, this style is a dime a dozen. I love that it matches the angles on the chair

Ceiling Fan

Black Pillow

Lumbar Pillow

Fringed Throw

What would a design plan post be without an official “before” picture? It’s essentially a blank slate… I can’t believe we’ve made it three years without window coverings! And on the south side of the house! A testament to how easily we can fall (and stay) asleep. Haha!

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

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Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • Maggie says:

    I’m jealous!! I want to prioritize my master. The kids have nice rooms… why don’t I? Haha… anyway, good luck with yours! I love following along. Your style is so fun.

    • Emily May says:

      Thanks so much Maggie! I know, we are supposed to be working on our basement right now (another kid space), but I was tired of spending money on their spaces. Aaron and I needed a little space love too.

  • Shelia says:

    Must be the season. I want to update the look in our bedroom by replacing pleated shades and verticle shades on a patio door. Where to buy is the hard part. I like your article and how you provide helpful links. Any links to your favorite place to buy bamboo type shades as an option?

    • Emily May says:

      I buy all of my bamboo shades from Overstock! They come in one-inch increments, so it’s really easy to get the size you need without the cost of going custom. I like the Arlo Blinds from Overstock. The color I get is called “Tuscan Bamboo”

  • Diana Lopes says:

    I really can’t wait to see what you’ll do to the room. I’m so excited to start seeing the updates!

  • Amanda says:

    I had to come back and thank you for the call out on Fast Track. How did I not know this existed here?!? I found the rug I’ve been eyeing on Overstock and our patio furniture there since your post. Savings = $950! I’m watching out for some bathroom items so we hopefully we can save on our basement addition and complete it earlier. I’m looking forward to seeing the master bedroom updates and what you do with it. Thanks again!!

    • Emily May says:

      Oh my gosh. That is so great to hear! I know people who have completed entire renos with materials all from Fast Track! It can be awesome. So glad you found some awesome deals… I love hearing that!

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