Bedroom Makeover

We were so excited about the transformation in the bathroom we decided to give the bedroom a makeover too. Unfortunately, this space was just as neglected as the bathroom. Sure it got a new coat of paint in 2013,

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a new bed in 2014

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but my mom pretty much summed it up as soon as she walked in the door. “What’s with the no one lives here look?” I couldn’t have said it better myself. We searched the house for a little inspiration and found these natural history bird posters. You may remember I previously used them for the spring dining room.

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To give them a fresh look, my dad split an old tobacco stick in half, stapled the poster to the back of the sticks and then helped me hang them with a piece of jute.

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We hung up the bird posters above each nightstand and it immediately made a huge difference. We placed a gourd, books, water pitcher, drinking glass and vintage lamp on one nighstand

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and a piece of salvage, set of books and the matching vintage lamp on the other nightstand. Ironically, I haven’t found any Edison style bulbs that will fit the lamps yet but I’m hoping to order some soon.

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The bedding is layered with pet friendly white, which means muddy paw prints are no problem. I have plans to add striped bedding from IKEA in here too.

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I wanted to keep things as simple as possible so the dresser is accessorized with a vintage globe I picked up at a local thrift store, mason jars found at a yard sale and a basket of cotton picked up on a trip to the cabin.

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The overstuffed chair is something I could donate tomorrow but I totally lost the battle on this one. It’s hard to argue with “it’s so comfortable…I use it every day…how could you not love this chair…” you get the idea. Draping both the chair and the ottoman were the best compromise I could come up with but I’m hoping in time there will be a chance to create a lounge inspired seating area. The room is plenty big enough to make that happen. I have to admit Jelly Bean does look really comfortable.

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Beside the chair we paired a trophy stein with wild flowers from the yard, favorite books, dragonfly lamp and wooden shore bird. All of these items sit on a vintage game table. The chippy frame in the background was used on the spring inspired mantel. One of my aunts picked it up for me in my hometown last year.

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I bleached the canvas drop cloth curtains, washed and dried them last week. My dad installed two curtain rods in the bedroom and hung them up while he was here visiting. We had a long list for him but he was a really good sport about it all.

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I still need to find a rug for this room but I’m going to take my time finding one. It feels so nice to give attention to this space. It’s definitely feels like a retreat space to relax after long day of work.

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I hope each of you have a weekend full of rest and joy.

Many blessings,



    • says

      Thank you bunches, Robin! My sweet little Jelly Bean is a daily treasure. I still can’t believe we found her on the side of the road. She’s definitely my favorite part of the space 🙂 Hope your weekend is a happy one, Coco

    • says

      Thanks so much ladies! As you know tobacco sticks are sentimental to me given my extended family had a tobacco farm for so many years. I was really excited my dad was able to help repurpose them. Hugs for a happy weekend, CoCo

  1. liz lichenstein says

    Love all of the changes you have been making – sometimes it really helps to see your spaces through another persons eyes. Your mom knows her stuff, it’s all looking very calming and refreshed.

    • says

      I appreciate that Liz, thank you! You are so right sometimes it’s hard to see a fresh perspective when you see the same stuff every day. My mom is a great lady. I’m so glad she was able to come and help. Hope your weekend is restful and relaxing, CoCo

    • says

      Thank you Lori, this is a great shade of gray. It’s warm during the day and takes on a cooler shade as the sun goes down. My dad had such a long list when he got here but he handled it like a champ. I was really glad to be able to spend some extra time with both of my parents. They’re great people.

  2. says

    Coco, your bedroom looks so dreamy and relaxing. I love all the shabby n chic white and the big comfy chair too. When you talk about your dad helping you it makes me so happy, I think those are wonderful memories you’ll always have of him and the bird prints was such a brilliant idea too. Love it all, Lisa
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    • says

      You’re so sweet, Lisa, thank you! It has definitely been nice to get to work with him on more projects since he’s been retired. I feel like we could have our own family series on HGTV rehabbing houses because we’ve worked on each others places for almost a year now. The list is finally getting manageable 🙂

    • says

      Thanks so much! I love them too and I thought finding the Edison style bulbs would be so easy but so far we haven’t been able to find any that will fit. I didn’t think to look on Amazon but will check it out for sure. Thanks for the great suggestion! CoCo