Home Decor: Master Bedroom

Before I begin:  I’m writing this post in Blogger since we changed to a mac and I haven’t learned a new program comparable or better than Windows LiveWriter. Blogger is terrible….please excuse all formatting errors. It’s not my fault.


This post has been a long time coming. I started working on my bedroom almost a year ago. I think you can guess I’m considered a slow decorator (def. Do you take your time and hunt down the absolute perfect item for each nook and cranny? Do you have the time and energy to wait and buy or re-create the things you can’t yet afford? Can you live in a semi-finished space?) But the real reason I’m so slow is that we are just too busy and it costs too much to do it all at once. 

On to the before:


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Here’s a picture midway through the process. 


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I had decided to put this shelf next to the bed since it’s the same color and it fit. I filled it with knick-knacks from Rob’s mission and other meaningful things. But to be honest, I don’t like being surrounded by stuff. Every time I walked into the space it felt heavy and all those things collected dust and I didn’t want to deal with that either. My personality is to have open spaces which relax my brain. Since my bedroom of all places should be relaxing I went with “calm” as my scheme, I moved everything out, and started over.



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For the bed…I wanted it to be relaxing and inviting for naps. I love napping (it’s genetic) and when you have a bed that is too formal it doesn’t make me want to climb in and mess it up. I wanted my bed to say, “Oh, look how soft I am. Come. Rest your weary head.” 🙂 And it does! We have a 4-inch memory foam mattress topper (Christmas gift from Rob’s parents years ago) that you just sink into. I also bought two down feather pillows (Costco) and a down comforter (Ikea) to cover me. Then I topped it all with a sheet (Ross) and a cotton throw (Ikea) at the end of the bed. When I’m stressed or overwhelmed, as I tend to get, all I have to do is retreat to my bed for a few minutes and then I can go into the world again. I gaze out the window. This is the view from my pillow. You can’t see very well in the snow but there are two windmills on the hill and I watch them go around and around until I’m calmer. I sound crazy, don’t I…

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Rob wrote me this poem for our anniversary a couple of years ago. As soon as I read it I knew I wanted to incorporate it into our bedroom somehow. At first I wanted to freehand it huge directly on the wall but I got intimidated so I decided to freehand it on canvas instead. It’s not a perfect job but that’s part of the charm.Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug




Hanging on the back of the bed are shell necklaces from New Caledonia.Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug



A friend of mine “pinned” these Ikea lights and I immediately knew I had to have them. At only $20 a piece it was very doable. I love the style so much! I guess many other people do as well since they were out of stock for a month before I could get them. I also got the matching desk lamp for $30.

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The piece of pottery next to my bed is named “The Tree of Life”. It was made and signed in 1973 by the well-known sculptor Max D. Weaver. I may be wrong but I think he gifted it to my dad who then gifted it to us last year. It’s not only beautiful, but functional. Not only does it hide an electrical outlet and cords but it’s the perfect resting place for Rob’s charging phone 🙂


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I love Rob’s guitar hanging out here. Having it out in the open entices him to play it more. Plus it just looks really nice.

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I got these wooden pics for him last Christmas. They’re supposed to produce warmer tones. I’m not sure they do but they look much prettier than the ugly plastic kind.
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I knew I really wanted a living thing in the room, you know, besides humans, so I bought a plant. The hanger and pot are from the townhome and since this is the only variety of leafy greens that I’ve ever been able to keep alive I went with that.


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The drapes came from our family room. I just needed to hem them. I went with a simple rod with no decorative details. With the fabric motif it was perfect to keep some of the island mementos we had to create an easy-going vibe.


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This desk is special to me. My grandfather built it for my grandmother as a sewing table. I don’t know the proper term, but she was a master at her craft. I seem to remember that she sewed wedding dresses among other things. There is a top that swings up but the hinge is broken. Maybe we’ll fix that someday. I love that the heavy top is supported by more delicate legs. My grandmother passed it on to my brother and after he passed away, I rescued it from his garage. It’s now the perfect sewing desk for me. Rob also sits here when he works from home.


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I like this chair but it really bothers me that it doesn’t tuck in under the desk. However, Rob loves this chair and since he sits here for long periods of time he’s asked me not to replace it. I gave in.


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The masks on the wall are from our long-ago vacation to Hawaii. My sister gave me the clock one Christmas. I bought the mirror second-hand. it was gold and gaudy and not in a good way so I painted it white and now it’s wonderful.

I almost left this wall bare but Rob talked me in to hanging something on it to finish the space. We chose three views of the beach from our vacation in Bucerias, Mexico when Nate was a baby. We had the most wonderful condo overlooking the bay and it is the most relaxing place I have ever been. These were just taken with a small Nikon digital camera so we were happy to see that they enlarged nicely. 


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I didn’t want the formal look of frames so I came up with the idea of gluing some of the kids’ collected rocks onto push pins. They helped me decide which of their treasured rocks would look good. It was a fun little project.

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I love coming into my room at any time but at night when the lights are on is especially my favorite. With that, good night.

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