I had so much fun making over my master bedroom and I totally didn’t break the bank. This space is 100% me and I was able to get a finished look that I loved without running all over town or stressing myself out. Here are my bedroom design resources in case you are looking to do a little refresh on your space.
This wall is the first thing you see when you step in my bedroom so I knew that I wanted it to be a bold look, but keep the bedding monochromatic and neutral. You can find more about the affordable furniture, like that new headboard, in my previous bedroom decorating ideas post. Today I want to focus on the accessories and things that helped me infuse my personal style in to the design.
•Urban Outfitters is my jam for bedding that has a little bit more style but is not as expensive as Anthro. I wanted to keep the bedding mostly one color but knew I needed something to break up the color between the bed and headboard. The over-dyed shams (about $49) I found at UO were the perfect transition. The tapestry ($49) is also from UO and was exactly what I was looking for to add tons of color in an easy way. I also love to use these tapestries as tablecloths! They are much more modern and boho than those you can find in the tablecloth section.
•Target is KILLING it in the throw pillow department. I found the little red and white pillow on clearance ($11) but they have so many great options online right now! It’s taking everything I have in me not to buy more. But I never know what to do with all those pillows when it’s time for bed! Pillows do not go on the floor in my house. On account of because that’s gross. Also, Target is where I got my nice white, pleated dust ruffle ($20) which really finished off the look of the bed. And I’m not nearly as irritated by having it as I thought I would be. I’ve always hated how they move around so much when you are making a bed, etc.
•Macy’s is my go-to for soft sheet sets that aren’t a gazillion dollars. I didn’t need to buy any for my room makeover but this is where I always turn when I need new sheets. Don’t even think about buying them full prize. Watch the sales and coupons and you can save some real money! Also, thread count doesn’t always have to be in the thousands to feel super soft. Sheet buying is best done in store so you can feel them for yourself. Also, the sales people can access reviews online on their point of sale computers to help you make your final decision! I did this last time I was in the store and it was really helpful! •Ikea seems like the place to go when you are making over a room but I only used one piece from there. When I was talking to my friend, Carole, about my room makeover, she mentioned the perfect comforter idea. I must have spent HOURS looking around for the perfect white bedspread and couldn’t find something that I loved and was willing to pay a lot for. So when she told me about this comforter ($30), made for warmer weather climates (which means it’s thin and won’t make us all sweaty in the night), it sounded perfect. And it is!!!
HOW stinking cool is that blanket with the eyes?! It was custom-made for me by a friend of my husband’s. My pal Megan sent me the file of this great eye print she designed and the next thing I knew, I had a one-of-a-kind blanket! If they ever start selling these, I’ll be sure to share that with you! Adding a rug to the room was EVERYTHING! It made such a huge difference in the room. It added so much warmth and a wonderful pop of color. I don’t even know how I went so long without one!
•Rugs USA is where I got this rug. Rugs can be SO expensive and I was really worried about that driving the makeover budget through the roof. Rugs USA has phenomenal sales and I found this rug, on sale, for ($70)! Seriously! With free shipping! I just about cried. You might not be looking for a rug right now but bookmark that site for when you are! And they have TONS of styles to choose from! My end tables need to be practical because I have a lot of stuff that is part of my night-time routine. I didn’t over style my side since it needs to be pretty easy for me to dust often (effing allergies). And when you have to work around a salt lamp, my tissue box and night-time sleep oils (high maintenance hippie, over here) you don’t have much space left for knick knacks.
•Homegoods is where the best picture frames are ($7-$20). They are usually much more interesting and decorative than those you find at the big box stores. I also found this pair of matching lamps there which was HUGE. Each were only ($40) which made my wallet so happy! I have started collecting decorative trays because they are so insanely versatile in a home. I use them for entertaining, of course, but they are also perfect for styling your home decor. Here I used trays found at Homegoods ($15) and Fishs Eddy ($9 for the one on the right which used to be on the site but I picked up on my last trip to NYC) for my bar cart/dressing area. I didn’t buy these specifically for this makeover but already had them around the house.
Another way I keep costs down is to use items that I already have. That cute little vintage ceramic owl belonged to my grandmother and had previously had a home in my kitchen. And in the case of jewelry display, I let the beauty of the pieces add to the decor.
Homegoods is also awesome for items that help you organize. I found the acrylic stand and small tray there which made keeping my jewelry and perfumes out in the open, look pretty and in order. There are a few different ways I was able to create a gallery wall that so that it reflected my personality. There are tons of pins about how to layout your art but I just used washi tape (which generally doesn’t rip paper and made it more temporary) so I could move them around to make them work.
•I pulled out our favorite family photos, that were large enough to work with the scale, and chose one of those. *I used to love to take the boys to the Target photo studio and get them to do funny faces and watch the poor photographers freak out about them not smiling nicely. They are so used to families coming in wanting the pictures to be prim and proper and they just don’t know what to do with us.
•That large heart picture is actually some art work that my youngest son brought home from school in preschool. While I have a friend that prints things for me for free, I could have had it printed in large format at FedEx for about $12).
•I printed out images I found online of things I love. The blurry skateboard print, the rock hands and the college age President Obama were all found online. My printer had started running out of ink when I printed these and made a really cool pink shadow on those three prints. It was a beautiful mistake.
•I made ‘Don’t Trip’ myself with Illustrator and a font. Boom. Cheap art. To add a DIY element I hung these large tassels made from mop heads that I wrapped in some yarn that matches the blues in the room. I also found this You Are Here cut out at Joann’s and I spray painted it black and hung it up. Each project took only a few minutes but added a cool feel to this area over by the desk. What’s cool about Homegoods is that the inventory changes all the time so every time you go you can find a treasure. The other places I like to shop, where you can find cool items that are ready to use or take just a tiny bit of modification are Cotton On, Hobby Lobby, Daiso and Aki Home.
Where are your go-to spots for affordable home decor?
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