Our “Master” Bedroom

Master is most definitely in quotes, because short of it being our room, it isn’t very master-y. That’s a word folks. If master bedroom brings up images of ample square footage, walk in closets and attached master baths, you are not thinking of our room. It is cozy, with a decent closet for a house built in 1939. The one and only bathroom is so close that we might actually have less steps to it then the folks with Master bedrooms/baths.

We are having a party for Quinn’s birthday at our house this weekend. I don’t know about you, but around here, that guarantees some cleaning is going to take place. Our room never ever gets cleaned. We save it for last and we never get around to it. It is the catch-all for everything, the laundry piles up and we just shut the door. It really is pathetic.

We were working hard last night and we got that room pretty tidy. In fact, Quinn came into our room this morning and I was woken up with, “Good job mom! You did a great job cleaning. Your room looks great!”. Hmm…shouldn’t the roles be reversed here?

I’m kind of tired of the eye-sore-catch-all, so we are working on it. The first step was cleaning, and we did that. Whew! And slowly but surely some other things have happened and I think I am having a vision.

Way back when, like when this pattern first hit the Target shelves and was on sale, I picked it up. This is a comforter. Prior to this we had a duvet, but as it turns out my husband cannot stand a duvet. I personally love them, but it drove him crazy how the comforter would shift within the duvet and he never seemed to be able to get things just so. I’m still planning on bringing the duvet/comforter back (shh!). A bed needs layers after all! Anyways, to please the husband, because that is the kind of wife I am, I bought a new comforter.

We brought the comforter home and threw it on the bed. Well one thing was clear, the wall color had to change. This wasn’t a big deal because we both were really over it and itching to paint the room anyways. The walls, a sand-like color, were the very first walls we EVER painted. We were ready for something new. So then we painted the walls a nice soft gray.

Not sure if that picture helps out a whole lot, but more or less, that color. Well our walls and our bedspread worked, but that was about all. There was/is a WHOLE lot of wrong going on here. I mean a whole lot. There is this light fixture.

Burnt out lights and all. I know, real winner right. Err! Must change light fixture! The other major issue were the gold curtains. Gray walls, gray and creme bedspread, gold curtains. Yikes! So we had a major curtain issue. This weekend I was walking through Target (who does that?) and I saw these curtain panels on clearance for $13. Shut the front door!

Ross was in my head saying walk away, but I didn’t listen. Besides, I was sick and tired of the light coming in. Besides being gorgeous, curtains in the bedroom serve a purpose folks. Well the strangest thing happened. I put the curtains up, and then I started to feel good about my room. Then I cleaned it, and I felt even better. It started to feel not so hopeless.

Y’all remember those pillows I had in my living room, before we got all crazy and colorful and painted the console orange? Well I’m thinking all those accessories will look great in my bedroom. What do you think?

Our nightstands, rummage sale finds we painted, need to be redone.

Yeah, that color goes with absolutely nothing now. Our dressers are mine from when I was a little girl. Since buying new furniture isn’t a possibility in the near future, I would love to refinish them. I’m thinking the dressers would look divine with some chalk paint on them, if I ever get my hands on any! The walls are bare and I dream of upholstering a headboard someday. Obviously, as previously discussed, the light fixture needs to be changed. Slowly though, it is becoming a room.

There is a little inspiration collage to show you where I am going with all this. Anyone else leave their master bedroom for last? Please tell me there are others who rely on the “shut-the-door-cleaning-method”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mom2vinstephen Stephanie Ardizone

    Love it. I have the same comforter. I’m not a big fan of yellow, but your accents work.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      I love yellow, but I’m not sold on it for my room. I don’t think I will invest in any yellow, but keep on using what I have until the right thing comes along. Kind of crushing on coral, but not finding a whole lot :(.

  • Diana

    Love your colors!!! We have been in our new “old” house for almost 3 years and we have painted our bedroom… moved the furniture around.. but nothing.. and I mean nothing.. has been put up on the walls.. I have artwork, sconces, that are possibilities and I need curtains.. so yes.. you are not alone!!! I love seeing other peoples ideas.. I love that comforter too… my bedroom is painted a pale pale blue and I have white comforter/shams matellisse….with jacquard print fluffy blue blanket at the end of the bed.. it is hard for me to mix patterns.. I am thinking a white sheer for the curtains as we have room darkening shades on the windows.. ahh… it wears me out thinking about it!! LOL..

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      I feel you! I have no problem mixing patterns in the kids rooms, but my room is a different story. We have so far to go! So far. Good luck!

  • Rebecca Lopez

    You should totally do that beaded chandelier that Jen from Tatertots & Jello did with wood beads on your existing one! That would be great with that bedding and make quite the statement in the room! Plus it would be cheaper than a whole new lighting fixture! ;D

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      That TT&J chandelier was fantastic. I’m really just over this light though! I just want something clean and simple :).

  • http://twitter.com/heidimilton Heidi Milton

    I LOVE the direction you’re headed, Megan! We always put ourselves last, don’t we? Our master bath is stuck in the early 90s, but the rest of the house always takes precedence. Feel ya, girl!
    xo Heidi

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! And yes, we do always put ourselves last. Why is that?

  • Cari

    I suddenly wish I had snapped a photo of the godawful ceiling fan that used to hang over my bed for you. Straight out of a 1991 country chic magazine – mauve with white blades. And you know how much I like pink… I woke up to that thing every day for a year!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      LOL! That sounds pretty bad. There are lots of things I wish I had gotten pictures of. Especially the original bathroom mirror.