Today, I want to share with you a sweet blue and white makeover we gave one of the bedrooms at Bliss Barracks this past weekend.
Lately, a good portion of the clients we’ve been working with have asked us to help them give the rooms in their home a bit of a refresh as opposed to a total floor to ceiling makeover. Most of them are just like us in that they already have pieces of furniture they treasure or they’re trying mix heirloom items with finds from their favorite big box stores.
We’ve completed several rooms in our home combining vintage elements with new ones so this concept is something we’re always excited about. At the end of the summer my mom asked me to help her update one of the bedrooms at Bliss Barracks. This bedroom had good bones and beautiful pieces of furniture in it already so it felt like more of a passion project than taking on a design challenge.
When I asked my mom what she liked about the room she said three things: ”I like the furniture,”
“I like most of the bedding”
and “I like this area.”
See what I mean? When you like that much stuff you’re already off to a great start, the room just needs a little tweaking. When I asked my mom what she didn’t like, she said: “I think that shelf is cluttered”
and “I think the top of the dresser is cluttered too.”
Hello, totally fixable without a lot of fuss! During our planning sessions, we talked about how the room should function given it needed to be comfortable enough for the littles without looking like a “kids room.” We also decided to keep the blue and white color scheme because it already provided a pretty backdrop for her antique furniture. I suggested my mom buy a rug, a statement piece of art and a few new accessories so we could keep the feel of the room without turning it into something completely different than what we knew she already loved. Here’s a look at how the details came together with just those simple changes…
We kept the existing white bedding and most of the pillows, then we added a softer bed skirt, gingham sheets and a thicker duvet.
You can also see how adding a durable but printed rug helped to make the space between the twin beds feel more cohesive.
Next, we added a statement piece of art to the shelf and streamlined the accessories. The picture, “Isabella” and the books are all thrifted finds. I found the horse trophy at Scotts Antique Market in Atlanta several years ago and the silver water pitcher is also a trophy.
Bringing these elements together really helped to enhance the vintage feel of the bed linens.
Once the beds and the rug were in place, we set about trying to unify the room with a few things on the dresser.
We added thrifted books,
an equestrian inspired tray.
and tarnished silver filled with moss.
Across from the twin beds and dresser area, is a small reading area which my mom already liked so we kept that completely in tact.
The lamp was an easy way to help repeat touches of silver in the room while the artwork is a nod to one of our favorite courthouses.
On a side note, there may or may not be a small “C” on a piece of tape underneath this chair he he.
I think sometimes we assume we have to make major changes like paint or flooring or furniture in order to make a space to feel fresh but that’s not always the case.
Sometimes, all it takes is a few simple tweaks to make you fall in love with your favorite finds all over again.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share scenes from our week and all of our favorite things from around the web.