The next project: Primary Bedroom Design


June 3, 2024

I’m Allison.
Design obsessed and self-taught DIYer, I'm so excited to share my journey with you, and be a source of inspiration as well as a resource.
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I’ve been itching to tackle my next big project for what feels like forever. While yes we’ve made some progress with the 2024 project list (hello back entry flip and dining room molding) there are some big spaces that have been calling my name. If you follow along in my monthly newsletter, you’re up to speed on the design block I’ve been struggling with over the past few months. I went round and round trying to land on my next design and it was so frustrating. But rather than try to push through it, I slowed down and let my intuition guide me. And it guided me right into designing…

The Primary Bedroom!

The Primary Bedroom Design Now + Then

Similar to the rest of the house, the primary bedroom has already undergone a mini-transformation from when I bought the house in 2018. I’ve removed the popcorn ceilings, ripped up the shag carpet and installed white oak hardwoods and re-painted the blue grey walls to a calming neutral (Accessible Beige – one of my favorites!). I also took down one of 11 ceiling fans and added a pink fringe chandelier. There was really no thought process there, I just liked it.

Was it ever intended to be the final design? No. But it was enough to stop my eyes from bouncing all around the room, and served as a band-aid while I tended to some other larger projects like the cozy tv room, dining room and the rest of the primary suite (closet and bathroom).

The Primary Bedroom 2.0

So what does the next chapter look like for this space? Calming. Relaxing. Retreat like. And a touch of luxe. After installing picture frame molding in the dining room, I know I want to do the same in this space. I’m working through exactly what the boxes will look like, but I’ve started sketching and am so excited about how it’s going to look in this large room.

And we’re certainly going to color drench. I’ve been bookmarking some warm dark smoky greens and can’t wait to buy some samples to start painting swatches on the walls. Right now Vintage Vogue by Benjamin Moore is my front runner, however I have a sample booklet on the way from Little Greene which I’m very excited to review.

Furniture wise it’s a bit of a mixed bag. I’ve had a saga in this room from the get go. To make a long story short, I rushed a decision out of desperation and ordered a bed that I’ve hated since it arrived. As painful as it is to correct a mistake like this from a financial perspective, it’s the right choice. I ordered the Finnea Bed from Anthropolgie and know that it’s going to be absolutely perfect in this room! The feeling I had after I clicked the “purchase” button was confirmation this was the right decision.

Shop the Primary Bedroom mood board

Looking Forward…

Rather than fully flush out the entire design, I’m going to focus on these 3 core elements and allow the design to guide me as I work. As I visit estate sales over the next several weeks, I hope to source new nightstands, lamps (I’m dreaming of marble lamps against smoky green walls), a vintage rug and some artwork. I’ll fill in the rest of the design with draperies and bedding based on what colors and patterns I need (when we get to that stage).

One thing I’m still working through is the plan for my dresser. I purchased my current dresser off Etsy over a decade ago and love the furniture piece itself, but the color is going to need to change. Part of me is considering painting it the same color as the walls & trim, but in a high gloss sheen. Add a little Rub ‘n’ Buff to the handles and I think it would really pop in the room!

For now, I’m going to focus on getting the molding ironed out and take this project one step at a time. Be sure you’re following along on socials to catch all the action. It’s never a dull moment around here! I can’t wait to share the journey with you and watch this space transform into the charming retreat I know it can be.

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