I’m doing something new today!
Our master bedroom needed an update for not a lot of money. I didn’t want to do anything major but I was getting tired of the coastal colors I used in California when we were living at the beach. Made sense at the time but now, far, far from the beach I felt our bedroom needed to be toned down and my sweet hubby asked if we could loose the aqua and that was all it took for me to make the change.
Before the Master Bedroom makeover
Just so you can see what I’m talking about, here is the way the master bedroom looked before it was refreshed.
Bright and cheery, but the orange was just too much, the colors too vibrant for Texas.
So I gave myself a budget of $100.00 to see if I could give the room a new look without breaking the bank.
Evaluate the Options
Normally the first thing I would consider is painting the room, it’s an inexpensive way to get a new look, but that was out of the question because of our rental situation. Changing the side table or headboard was not possible on this budget, but I love those pieces and wouldn’t considering changing them anyway. I also thought about painting the pieces, I’m never opposed to that, but I had just painted them when we moved to California and knew I wanted an easier, quicker solution.
So with my tight budget, the only real option was new bedding, and that would take some shopping!
The Big Reveal
The new look is more muted and still works with the headboard and side tables. I’m also using the maple dresser I painted white in this room, if you missed it you can see it here.
The white quilt I was using on the bed is now folded at the bottom to break up the floral pattern. I replaced the orange euro sham with another green one. It is a different pattern but almost the same color. To replace all three would break the budget, by a considerable amount. I think it works with the overall design.
A combination of patterns gives visual interest. One large floral, one large geometric and one small print pillow all work great together. Too many competing florals or geometrics wouldn’t be as cohesive as this combination. The tassels add a little something extra too!
These side tables will always be with me!
I purchased them in California on Craigslist while I was still living in Florida! The couple I purchased them from, were more than happy to wait until I arrived to pick them up! I couldn’t believe my good fortune. They had their original avocado green antiqued finish and were in amazing shape. I had been looking for a pair of side tables like this for many years.
Then it was time to do more shopping!! I know I had already spent my budget but it was time for more shopping of my house!! You can do that too! Sometimes all we need is to change things up to make our spaces feel fresh again.
I kept the same lamps but brought in some greenery and the silver box.
I know you can see the pitting and imperfections of these Stiffel lamps, but I treasure them. My mom encouraged me to splurge way back then and I’ve considered pitching them many times, but I can feel the quality when I pick them up and I guess they just have good memories attached to them.
As we are developing our Personal Style it’s important to remember that purchasing all ‘new’, doesn’t really tell ‘our’ story! And each of us have a story to tell and should want to reflect that in our homes.
Layers Layers Layers
I changed the art above the side tables to something softer and added a small pair of etchings, by leaning them against the botanical prints they add depth and interest. It really works well because of the neutral tones and the simplicity of the images. The small etchings are of tiny boxes and have always been a favorite of mine.
I used a footed silver tray to hold some little bottles of flowers and my favorite candle. The tray is a little scratched and tarnished but I love the patina and have a small collection of silver trays I use though out my house. It’s very important to live with the things you love!
Can’t forget a throw! I love this one because it’s my favorite color and fringe is great!
I did stage a little, I hope you don’t mind! I found this white tray in an antique shop in Ruston, LA and used it as part of my centerpiece for Christmas. If you missed it you can see it here! The great thing about this tray is by adding two sheets of scrapbook paper I can make it looks entirely different.
The little bunny is another one in my bunny collection! Thank you dear friend! It looks perfect here and yes, I did read and thoroughly enjoyed the Magnolia Story.
Let me tell you how I spent my $100 !
- Added a new Tommy Bahama quilt and 2 king pillow shams. $60.00
- Added 1 new euro sham $16.00
- Added 1 new decorative coral pillow $24.00
All the other additions I found shopping my own home! That’s something everyone can do!
I hope you enjoyed my big master bedroom reveal! It just shows that it doesn’t take a big budget to change things up! You can do it! Your home is a reflection of your life. What makes it special is what makes you uniquely you. What I have may not always be ‘in style’ but it always means something to me.
I hope you’ll take the time to Pin if you enjoyed my post today. And until next time,