Loblolly Bedroom Makeover Reveal

As I shared yesterday we’ve been spending time completing projects at my childhood home, Loblolly Manor. My parents are spending more and more time there and what seemed totally doable as a retreat space no longer meets the needs of living there on a regular basis.

One of the biggest projects we’ve been working on is the bedroom. We were so excited to spend time there as a family at the holidays for the first time in 30 years we rushed to get everything finished. We tried to make do using furniture, linens and accessories we either already owned or found on the treasure trail. I painted the bedroom furniture, brought in my childhood dresser, added a great thrifted nightstand and bought new art…but there was something about the bedroom that felt like a room full of leftovers. Mind you, it didn’t actually look like a room full of leftovers but my mom felt like it did.

When you’re decorating a house knowing how you want it to feel is so vital. She wanted light, bright and airy…French Country with lots of whites, grays and pops of turquoise. It was close but just not quite there….

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If you ever find yourself in a situation where you currently dislike the direction the room/space is headed, you need to do a room reset. Review your Pinterest boards or magazine binders filled with clippings for inspiration again to decide what you truly love as opposed to what you like or are ok settling with.

Then if at all possible, take out everything in the room and start with a blank slate. I know it may not be easy to move certain items so remove what you can. Once the items have been removed, start adding back only the things you love that are in line with your vision for the space. These are the decorative items and pieces of furniture you’ve collected over time that will help tell your story and create a space you love.

When it was all said and done, we left the painted bed, the chair, the artwork, the curtains, the rug and a few accessories. Because it was so important to my mom the bed was focal point, I knew it needed to be a priority. I asked her to buy a new duvet and she found something she loved! She already had a set of sheets that had become her inspiration for the entire room. My mom mentioned she wanted a vintage chenille spread and I had one at home. She loves layers of linens and wanted something that had a feminine ruffle which I also had on hand at home.

Here’s a look at the bed linens before…

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and after…

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We switched out the previous nighstand and painted a $5 thrifted table using DIY Chalk like paint in a custom color with Glidden’s Bermuda Bay as the base. Here’s a look at the nighstand before…

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and after…

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We found these poster prints and frames at IKEA last summer. They’re really neutral and have French typography which made keeping them an easy decision.

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We tried three different dressers before we finally settled on an antique dresser. Here’s a peek at the different options we tried…

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There’s always been a shelf on the opposite wall but every time we tried to style it, it looked a bit cluttered. We decided to bring a mirror into the room to help bring in more light. It will also serve as a makeup mirror when the tiny bathroom is occupied during busy mornings.

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I’m always amazed at what a few small changes and a can of paint can do. It took what seemed like a room full of leftovers from this…

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to this…

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See you guys back here tomorrow. I don’t want to share too much of their business but wow, the kitchen pantry was so crazy cluttered. We gave it a full makeover too.

Many blessings,

CoCo

 

 

 

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