Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Price My Space: Master Bedroom

The Nester's having another Price My Space party and I decided, very last-minute-like, to join in. On a whim I tidied up my bedroom today, dusting and all. This was because I was so depressed by the general state of affairs regarding the rest of the house. Sometimes I just pick the easiest task to complete, simply to feel better. Sort of like writing stuff on your to-do list that you've already done just so you can cross it off and feel productive. Not that I'd know about that.

I won't go into great detail on my bedroom. If you want the low-down on this room's Nester-inspired makeover, go here.

Picture 1: Bed & Bedding, Night-Stands, Decor

TOTAL: $290-ish for everything you see in that picture (including a headboard, but excluding the mattress) and accumulated over 9 years.

King-size headboard: $59 at Pottery Barn outlet 4 or 5 years ago. No lie.
Bedding: $50 king comforter 8 years ago; $20 king duvet 2 years ago (plus 2 shams not shown); king chenille shams $1.50 each at Old Time Pottery; mattelasse coverlet and shams ($20 - $25 at K-Mart 8 or 9 years ago and swiped from Cupcake's nursery); throw pillows: square one free from my mom; bolster pillow $7-ish 8 or 9 years ago at T.J. Maxx...also swiped from the nursery.
Above-bed decor: $5 for all the plates (shopped the house and thrift stores); $2 shelf at a garage sale 8 years ago; $5 or less for candle holders, candle, and starfish.
Night-stands / Bookshelves: $50 each at Wal-Mart 2 years ago (not the best quality but what we needed and could afford.)
Lamps: $5 each 4 years ago at Target on clearance.
Botanical prints: Free (crazy-old frames I spray-painted; botanical prints free from The Vintage Moth.)
Bridal portrait: a sweet and generous gift from my parents.
Other Accessories on night-stands: $5 or less.


Picture 2: LOVE Wall

TOTAL: $80-ish

I scored everything you see here from a clearance rack, thrift store, Hobby Lobby, or my own personal stash.


Picture 3: Pottery Barn Sumatra Chifferobe

TOTAL: less than $400 at Pottery Barn outlet and the love of my life.

I dreamed of this perfect piece for a good 3 years before the outlet had one (a little scratched) at just the right price. Lucky for me, we just happened to have the money for it at the time. Those days are long gone but I'm sure glad I have this piece. It will last forever and is super-functional and versatile...

Plus it hides our 1990 T.V.


Picture 4: Office Nook

TOTAL: $65-ish (not including very old computer...which we already had.)

Diploma Frames: $5, mats included, from Dollar General (of all places); $10-ish memo board from 8 years ago; set of 3 prints FREE from The Vintage Moth; IKEA frames also free (from my sister.)


Picture 5: Random Wall


$2 shelves from PB outlet years ago and spray-painted black; candle holder /vases free from my sister's wedding; free prints ripped out of a thrift store art book I had sitting around; $1 frames; 50-cent pears from thrift store; trunk was The Man's from college.


Picture 6: The Nester's Bird Cage

TOTAL: Free!

Yep, I scored that sweet little bird cage from her swap-meet a week-and-a-half ago...and I didn't even know it was hers until after I got it. It's the perfect memento.

And there you have it. This room comes in at around $850, including all furniture except our mattress. Oh, and I forgot to talk about my mistreatments but you can read about those here. They were nearly free.

I'd just like to mention something before I go. If you have builder beige walls and little to no decorating budget, a monochromatic look may be the way to go. In my case, I simply layered whites, creams, and taupes. You don't have to worry about matching everything up. You can paint existing or thrift-store furniture black or white and it will all look great together. It wouldn't have been my first choice but it's what I had.

As it turned out, I LOVE IT! It's soothing and restful and quiet...all of which this crazy mom could use a bit more of.

And ya'll, just to keep it real...the rest of my house is so trashed right now, you would just die if you saw it. And this is why I'm going to march directly into that serene master bedroom and shut the door.


  1. What a beautiful room! I would be locking myself in there regularly too!

  2. Awwww!

    I love seeing that cage in your house. My boys have even used it for their playmobil toys. It was the jail.

    You room looks super cozy!

  3. I love the feel of your bedroom! It's the same style/ feel that I'm trying to do in our own room. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Ooooh, this is gorgeous....I love your style.


  5. I love the bird and bird cage, the room looks very very inviting...and I had to laugh at the tv shot, I have a identical tv hiding in the armoire in my bedroom!

  6. Beautiful! Very warm and comfortable. My master is a hot mess right now. I'm slowly working on it, but without much success. Maybe because I spend too much time on the computer? ;)
    If I had Nester's birdcage (well, anything really) I'd have it in a glass display case surrounded by lights and a security system and I'd charge people to see it.

  7. Such a great coziness to your bedroom. No wonder it feels like a retreat. I especially like your collection of linens and wall vignettes. Your advice about getting such a serene look on a budget with the whites and creams is great advice too. I think most of us have days, or weeks..., when most parts of our home are trashed.

  8. Don't you just love Pottery Barn outlet?!! It was wonderful to move here and find that it available and less than an hours drive to Gaffney!! Your room is gorgeous and inspiring. Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

  9. My favorite is your random wall...I love the bottom shelf! It all looks fabulous Scooper.

    As for the rest of the house...been there felt like that! LOL..what mom who has little ones running around hasn't felt like that? :)


  10. Wow - I love cozy and inviting. Can we trade masters? Mine is the laundry exaggeration. :)

  11. How Beautiful! I love Picture #5 - that Random Wall is fabulous! The whole bedroom is very pretty! :)

  12. Nice Blog!! Spacify is one of the Bedroom Furniture Stores which has huge collections of Bedroom furniture

  13. Your MBR looks so peaceful and romantic.
    Thanks for sharing what you swapped at the Nester's party, too. It is a perfect momento!
    Your suggestions of what to do with builder beige walls is excellent.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. I'm not participating in this, but I'm glad to have peeked into your bedroom. Mine is the disaster zone of the house, laundry piles, old tv etc. I am envious of the better deals available in the States, as things are much pricier here in Canada, but nevertheless, you have an eye for good design. I am going to steal your bookshelf as nightstand idea okay. The piles of stuff on the floor will thank you.

  15. What a room - it looks like a great Master Bedroom, one that you could retreat to!

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