...because home doesn't happen overnight.

As we head into a long weekend, I’m contemplating the master bedroom. Despite the name, I don’t want it to feel master-ish. At all. I prefer an informal, casual, laid-back bedroom. I like masculine lines with a few feminine details thrown in. Much like the rest of my house.

Here are a few bedrooms that are fueling my quest for a casual bedroom.

industrial white

I love the mood of this room. Carefree and casual. The mismatched art and leaning floor mirror lend to the informal look. The chrome task light bedside and naked bulb pendant are great industrial elements. The teeny vase of flowers and scalloped coverlet are subtle feminine details. And how does one go about making an unmade bed look so inviting?! I want bedding that looks great whether it’s properly smoothed and folded or just tousled.

warm & cozy

I like the warmth of this organic bedroom. The cozy walls, linen bedding and wood nightstand all make for an inviting space.

masculine and white

This room is a tad more minimal than what I’d like for my own bedroom but I do like the idea of using a leather accent piece – like a chair, ottoman or hide rug – along with some fresh greenery. I don’t think my Type A personality would allow for a stack of books on the floor but I would use a reading corner in the bedroom if I had one.

 

airy bedroom

This bedroom is a total dream. Vaulted ceilings and french doors ain’t happen’ in our bedroom but having a ‘dream’ room for inspiration can be useful. Horizontal plank walls and an industrial pendant {albeit not this big} are doable in my average bedroom. I’m not saying that we’ll go that route but they’re definitely worthy options.

This is how a room starts for me. I first find rooms that feel good to me and don’t worry too much about what will/won’t work in my own space. I find common elements and note them. It’s not my intention to copy inspirational rooms but to interpret their mood in an affordable way that works in my home.

This is our bedroom as of today. I purchased new nightstands that HH and I both love so they are staying. We finally got around to hanging a leather nailhead headboard that I picked up at Ballard Designs Outlet for a steal last fall. It’s super comfy for sitting up and reading in bed and the curvy lines add a little feminine touch. The bedside IKEA task lights are brand new. We’ve been living with them for about a week. I like their industrial aesthetic but I’m not quite sold on their finish – a glossy gray. HH likes them as-is. For now, they’re staying just the way they are but I might end up spray painting them. We’ll see.

Obviously, I’ve got my work cut out for me. I need to address window treatments, overhead lighting and the open closet. On top of that, I want to find a rug, new bedding {our coverlet looks like a big napkin!} and brainstorm a reading corner on the opposite side of the room. Nothing will happen overnight. I’m content letting my ideas simmer for a while. Who knew making a room look effortless would take so much effort?

What decor ideas will you be turning over in your mind – or bringing to life! – this holiday weekend?

images: 1) via Pinterest – if you happen to know the source, please tell me! 2) William Waldron for Elle Decor 3) DISC Interiors 4) Gardener & Marks

33 Comments

31.August.2012

It’s nice to have a blank slate to start with! I’m looking forward to seeing it transform.

I find I like the look of masculine just like the stuff you post, but when I look around my house it always end up to feminine. I add a frilly pillow here or a flowery vase there. I am attracted to feminine stuff, but don’t want my house to look to ‘immature’, but I think it does. It’s a fine line that I haven’t figured out yet. I’m looking forward to seeing how you do it with your mantel in the living room and your bedroom. Have a great labor day weekend!

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31.August.2012

Love your ideas and I think you’ve got a great base to start with! What size is your bed? I think those lamps would look fab in black. Also I’m thinking about buying a couple sheep skin rugs for next to the bed from IKEA this holiday weekend. Yay Swedish meatballs.

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replied on August 31st, 2012

The bed is a queen.

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31.August.2012

I love your inspiration pictures… I’m really drawn to the same aesthetic as you are, so I love posts like this! You’ve got a really great starting point and good bones so far. I really like your bed and side tables, they’ll work with whatever you decide to do which is great. I wonder with your headboard being a little shorter than most (for obvious reasons) if you’d consider just using one layer of pillows, like in your second inspiration picture.. two just makes it a little hard to see and it looks lower than it really is. Of course- I’d say function really comes first here and if you sleep with two pillows than it’s obviously not worth it. Anyway, just a thought. Can’t wait to see what you come up with Dana! I’m sure it will be gorgeous and yes, effortless! :)

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31.August.2012

Dana– Your inspiration rooms look a lot like the 40 pp (!) of inspiration photos I’ve gathered (we hope to move cross-country–east to west–and downsize now that the nest is empty). Your 4th photo has long been one of my faves; here’s the source, I believe: http://myscandinavianhome.blogspot.com/2012/03/cool-vintage-inspired-guest-house.html
In fact, that photo started me on my linen bedding kick. Much though I’d love a white bed cover in our room, it’s not a great idea with our snuggly, long-haired black cat. :( Natural linen works beautifully, however, as in that 4th image, so I reserve white for the guestroom.[gotta plug roughlinen.com here and say that I LOVE my just-received natural smooth linen summer cover]
It’s such a treat to be allowed peeks inside your home and your thought processes as the entire space evolves. Thanks for inviting us in.

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replied on August 31st, 2012

Thanks for the source link! Updated now.

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31.August.2012

We are currently finishing the basement of our house after living here for 8 years!!! Finally. Tomorrow, we are painting the primer coat, but we have not decided on any colors yet. I have to figure out 4 different spaces (the family room, the boys’ room, my office and the bathroom). Lots of fun.

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31.August.2012

Do you have room for a barn door to cover your closet? It would add such great character to the simple room. like this: http://5840-sfgirlbybay.voxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/7v.jpg

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31.August.2012

I had thought white bedding for the Master in our new house, but my HH didn’t think it would work. He said he’d be too stressed about getting it dirty. We don’t eat in bed or anything, but, since he does the laundry in the house, I found something else. We went with the Azure coverlet from Kohls. It’s a much darker blue than shown on the website, closer to the color of Mabrey’s room. It’s not a heavy comfortor, it’s just a coverlet, but it’s a nice size and weight.

http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/bedroom/quiltscoverlets/shopbysize/king/PRD~749690/Simply+Vera+Vera+Wang+Azure+Coverlet++King.jsp

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31.August.2012

I’m re-doing our LR. One of my inspiration pics is your LR!!!! When it’s done it will look nothing like yours but you know how that goes.

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31.August.2012

Oooo- I like the idea of a barn door, very nice! But that light switch might be in the way…..

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31.August.2012

You likely know this already but Ikea now has linen duvet covers that close with ties. I saw them last weekend and they really are quite lovely and the price is hard to beat :-). Loving watch you make this house into a fantastic home. I’m on the project of taking my older son’s room and adding in a nursery for the 4 month old, our house is a smaller version of yours so everything in that room will need to triple task ;-).

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31.August.2012

Hi Dana- I read your blog all the time and love your sense of style. I totally agree about the barn door for a closet door that slides back and forth. I would add a soft roman to the windows with linen side panels. I like the headboard, however in the picture it looks a little small for the bed. ( maybe it is just the photo). I am sure whatever you do it will look amazing. :0)

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replied on September 3rd, 2012

I love the inspiration pictures, but I have to agree that the headboard looks a little teeny. My eyes are drawn to the windows above … but that is just me!

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lisa
replied on September 4th, 2012

I have to chime in regarding the headboard. It just does not seem quite right with the window above. My eye also goes to the window above.

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replied on September 4th, 2012

It is a work in progress, so anything could happen with the headboard. It’s very comfy, was super cheap and probably won’t show that much once pillows and window treatments are added. It will probably just end up being another layer. We’ve never had a proper headboard to rest against for reading at night, so that’s all we need this one to do. So far, it does that.

It was broken when I bought it {hence the cheap pricetag} and not capable of being screwed into a bed frame. I figured for the price, I could just hang it on the wall – hotel style – and reap the cushy benefits of it. We’ll see how things go. I appreciate your comments and suggestions!

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31.August.2012

I love a similar look and I wanted to share that I spotted a butterfly chair at Cost plus world market today, that is similar to the one in picture 3. I have been eyeing a chair like that one and accidentally came across it today. Do you all have CostPlus world market in your area? It was only $179.00.

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replied on September 2nd, 2012

Sadly, I don’t have a World Market near me :( I always hit them up when I visit my sister near DC. That chair looks fab! And great price too! Thanks for sharing.

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01.September.2012

I am, and forever will be, stewing over which fabric to get to make a cover for our fold-out sleeper ottoman. I have had it it covered with a duvet for years and it looks terrible. I can never decide, and when the time comes around I think I found a fabric I like, it’s not a good time to spend $zillions a yard on the perfect upholstery fabric. I also am tending to worry that our place is a little to eclectic, but is leaning toward mid-century lately, maybe not so cohesive. I am a supporter of the theory that if I like it, it will match. Usually it’s true for us, and we always get compliments about how our apartment feels like a “home”, but I think a girl like you would go nuts! It’s all over the place in style and stuff, but it’s home. Ultimately I need to edit a few things here and there. I think my husband could do with a little more masculinity, but I bet if he had his way everything would be dirty beige, navy and sky blue. Yuck. Proof of that are the bath towels he bought when he was a bachelor. Anyway, love the way the Underdog is coming together. Hats off.

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01.September.2012

I am currently thinking about these same questions too, as our new bed arrived the day before yesterday and we still need nightstands and maybe new lighting (I thought of IKEA’s “barometer”, maybe you like that too). We do have french doors in all our bedrooms, and I need new nice curtains too to do them justice. I love your blog, we have quite the same taste in many things.
Jule from inside9B

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01.September.2012

Love the inspiration! It always takes effort to put a room together and even when you’re done you’re never really done! (at least in my house). Can’t wait to see some changes!

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01.September.2012

You might also consider using a pocket door for your closet. It’s invisible when it’s open, but handy when you want to close off the view. However, the light switch would have to be relocated so the door wouldn’t hit the wiring inside the wall.

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02.September.2012

Your inspiration rooms look so peaceful and relaxing. Our house is utter chaos right now. Our kitchen is about 2 weeks away from being done. Then hopefully the rest of the house starts to fall into place. This weekend though is about the outside (since our AC broke and it’s cooler out there than it is inside- yay holiday weekends). Hope you have a great weekend!

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03.September.2012

Great inspiration rooms. I too am a sucker for masculine lines with feminine touches. I can’t wait to see how the room shapes up over time.

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03.September.2012

Strangely enough every cool blog I encounter seems to redo their bedroom… I would love to tackle ours as well, but we just don’t seem to find the right time to start. Anyway, that 4th picture is also my favorite! :-)

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04.September.2012

I am going to copy your process of picking several favorite photos and listing what works, finding what they have in common! So simple (and simplicity is the best!) … it really does make sense of the many photos I’ve saved on my computer from pinterest.

I like the direction you’re going with the room!

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04.September.2012

I love all the white-on-white bedrooms. We are currently redoing our bedroom, too, and it’s going to be white-on-white, so thanks for the images. I’ve never done an all white room before and I think it’s harder than working with colors. For one thing, there are about a gazillion whites.

Anyway, we have swing arm lamps on each side of the bed and they are great. It leaves the top of the bedside table clear for other stuff, like alarm clocks and books etc.. I think splatgirl from ‘Modern In Minnesota’ blog made swing arm lamps from similar Ikea lights, if you are interested.

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04.September.2012

Oh, I am holding my breath for this room. We have a similar layout in our rental bedroom – open closet and all and I’ve been thinking about those Ikea lamps as well – so I really can’t wait to see where you land on closet covering, windows etc.

And that second image (Keri Russels home if I remember correctly) is one of my favorites.

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replied on September 4th, 2012

Yes! Loved that issue of Elle Decor in which Keri’s home was featured. I have it saved.

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I love all the inspiration!

Can’t wait to see what you do with your room…I see your old bedroom featured EVERYWHERE so I know this one will be even better :)

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04.September.2012

I love those ideas for the master. I want something neutral, more manly than feminine, but of course with a little hint of me. Oh and the husband.

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06.September.2012

LOVE LOVE LOVE the inspiration room you posted with the cathdreal ceilings and planked walls. Beautiful! Maybe in my dream beach home, lol! We have picked something similar for a style for our bedroom but I’m kind of stuck at the moment. We reused our furniture (which is dark wood and out now I know), went with a very very soft light blue on thew walls (which I LOVE) and then all white bedding with a couple throw pillows thrown in and white window treatments. Now I’m at a standstill. I have no clue what to do with the walls and the rest seems so empty and univiting. I’d LOVE if you posted step by steps of your room as you went along.

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