My bedroom - from hives to relaxation

I was wanting to show you my bedroom and maybe get some ideas. I am having a hard time getting a good shot and well, I give up. You just have to look at crappy shots. Yes, that's a reflection off the mirror. Oh, my son is going to have a field day with these pictures.

This is stuff I had at my old house and am trying to use here but I need to change some things up.  I have the bed on this wall because it give me the most room. I have a pretty big desk on the opposite wall. But the headboard wall feels unbalanced to me. That's where I need some ideas.  I think I will either paint or replace the lamps. And maybe the curtains. Replace, not paint. Something lighter for the summer. They keep coming out with a pinkish hue to them in the photos but they are not. They are really more like color of the duvet but in a tone on tone stripe. Which I'm using without the comforter at the moment.

 Look my bed is made!

This is the before shot of the same wall with previous owners stuff

This was pretty much the first thing we tackled when we moved in. My during shots got lost when my pc crashed. I only have shots with the previous owners stuff.  It was hunter green and burgundy wall paper AND border! Sort of a ragged on look. It gave me hives. I couldn't stand it. I started ripping off wallpaper only to find it was not coming off without a fight. What a major pain in the patoot that was. I was going to lose it. I think I had a bit of a break down. We rented a steamer and it took all weekend but we got that crap off! Along with some drywall but it was better than the paper! Could not have done it without hubby's help. I would have ended up in straight jacket somewhere banging my head against the wall. So then we sanded and patched and primed, with the smelly stuff. It needed some major sealer. And I used flat paint, I never had before, but it helped hide some flaws that weren't going away. I painted the stained trim but still need to get new doors. It's a lot more relaxing now.

They had their bed where the mantel is now. 

Here is a better shot of the fabric I used for the headboard. They are pretty easy to put together and this one is pretty big. I made the headboard with the help of a friend. You really need an extra set of hands to do the tufting. Just need to figure out how to balance it better.

The fireplace mantel I found at Lakewood antique market in Atlanta. Sadly it is not there anymore. That was the best place. I can't believe it's gone. Anyway, it was an unattractive shade of pink. I wish I had a before but I do not. The tile and mirror mosaic is done on a piece of plywood and then just attached to the back of the mantel.

This is the only other shot I have and it's where my desk is now. 

The desk is made out of cabinets and a door for the top. The door is stained dark and the cabinets are painted pretty much like the mantel. I have 2 floating shelves above it in a dark brown stain. I will have to clean off the desk before I can show you. So, it may be a while. 

I will be linking up with...Funky Junk Saturday Nite Special
                                     DIY Show Off Project Parade
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday 


  1. Love the fireplace and your headboard! Simply gorgeous! The colors are so soothing. Job well done. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  2. I LOVE the colors in the room and I think the curtains work really well! What a great transformation!

    BIGGER lamps would be good, though, I think.

  3. Anita I love the room!! The mantel is just stunning and the beach theme is so relaxing- can almost hear the ocean waves in the distance...oh wait that's the toilet running- gotta go!

    bee blessed

  4. I think the room looks great!! If you feel like the headboard is unbalanced, you could try hanging one of those mosquito nettings above the bed. That would really give a coastal vibe and draw attention to the bed =)
    Ooo, and maybe lamps like these in the nickel finish.
    Keep us updated!

  5. Beautiful! Love your vaulted ceiling too, you must adore that feature. That fireplace is completely stunning! The mirror is a really neat twist.

    So pretty! Thanks for linking this up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  6. I think it looks wonderful! I like your drapes. What if you took some material that you used for the headboard and just hot glue {or sew if you sew} some of it on the inside edge, like a trim. Bring it down the length of the drapes and it will bring some of that blue over to the window.

    I see what you mean about the headboard wall. I think it's because you have a vaulted ceiling. Maybe something coastal since you have that type of thing going on by your mantel. Not a picture though ~ maybe something that has individual pieces that you can place over the bed and then bring down toward the wall where your one lamp is. {Kind of like those stars people put up, but not stars, something coastal cottagey}.

    Sorry, I hope you're not offended by my comment. : )

  7. Thanks for all the great ideas! I welcome them. Ali, I actually have a lamp like that on my desk in a nickel finish! And I think I'll keep an eye out for some larger based lamps for the nightstands. Also something to bring the eye up and over around the headboard. Thanks again! Hope the ideas keep coming.

  8. I love your headboard and you did a great job on it. I love anything tuffed. I am also loving the mantle. Gorgeous!

  9. I love the fact that you went through all of the trouble to strip off the wall paper in the room..it's so much more serene..which is great for relaxation, right!

    it looks to me like you have a strong headboard, which is well done and great looking by the way...but it's big and tall and it is sitting on the wall with a slanted ceiling coming down.
    I think that's visually unrestful.
    it would be the wrong wall to 'do anything' with because you'll draw too much attention to that angle.
    if you can reconfigure your room then you can make a feature of the wall behind the bed...like a deeper colour or a wall pattern with paint or paper!
    consider your layout before committing to a wall enhancement!
    that's my two cents!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  10. Such a huge improvement! Your headboard is lovely.

  11. wow this looks great! love that headboard.

  12. Wow, what a wonderful difference you've made in that room. I LOVE the fireplace area. The blue and white contrast on it is great.

    The drapes are much more subtle and fit in there perfectly.


  13. LOVE the transformation!! I desperately need to do our master. Great job! Visiting from DIY show off and am following you now! Would love for you to come and stop by my site. :)

  14. Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

  15. You're a miracle worker! That room is gorgeous and just looks so relaxing!

  16. GORGEOUS!!! Love the color combo you used!


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