You know the feeling of sitting down to Christmas dinner? Curling up on the couch to a new movie with your favorite snack in hand? Seeing a loved one for the first time in months? Walking through the door to your hotel room after a long fight? Or whatever it is that you look forward to all day long and feels like heaven when you finally get to enjoy it. Being a mom makes taking my bra off and climbing into a clean bed every night one of the top 5 things that I look forward to at the end of each and every day. Can I get an amen, mothas!?
Since we bought our house almost eight years ago (craziness) I think I’ve changed up our master bedroom three times. I only replaced our night stands recently but prior to that our bedroom furniture was the only thing that stayed the same. Paint and decor were changed frequently. Last year when I was still on maternity leave and Lyric was still immobile and napping twice a day I ventured onto what would be the fourth and final facelift in our master bedroom. I gave myself the kick in the butt I needed to do what I had always wanted, but didn’t need until becoming a mom. I reached the point where my room needed to become an oasis that instantly blanketed me in comfort and relaxation whenever I walked through the door. It is one of the few spaces in our home that is free of kids toys and electronics that we spend so much time on each day. I was ready to trade the modern and eccentric vibe for something soft, classic and romantic and invest in the softer touches the room needed.
I covered up the black and off-white stripes and upgraded the feature wall to a classic and modern board and batten grid and painted it a shade of ‘greige.’ The other walls, I reverted back to the clean, crisp white that’s been couple of years, and replaced our bi-fold closet doors with sliding doors and a barn door leading to our ensuite. I added crown moulding to the ceiling and ramped up the casings and baseboards to something sleeker and wider. I also replaced our narrow bedside tables with the Malm nightstands from Ikea (these have since been discontinued – see info on the nation wide recall here) but our bed frame was unchanged and the floors still lay bare.
Lyric’s bedroom is pretty well almost done, but we were left with nothing else to do for a few weeks while we waited for some custom material to arrive, so that left me some spare time to work elsewhere: our room!
Being weeks away from bringing home baby number two has added a category to my list of things to do that I didn’t have on my nesting list while still pregnant with Lyric, and it’s entitled: Things “To Do For ME” before she arrives. I’m making it a priority to do the things for myself that have been on the back burner. A new room might seem trivial in the grand scheme of things to some, I know. But for me, having a relaxing space I know I can retreat to when I’m feeling totally burnt out was mandatory this time around. And I can’t stop picturing Dav and I there every weekend snuggling the dog and our girls there late into the morning (hopefully!).
On to the details!
An area rug has been on my “to buy” list since we bought the house, but finding one that I loved and was the right size that didn’t break the bank proved to be a difficult feat, so our bedroom floor remained bare all these years and I’ve always hated it. My home away from home, Home Sense, saved me and I found an 8′ x 11′ (not 8′ x 10!’) area rug that had my favorite color in it. <insert raise hands emoji here>
Our original bed frame was a purchase I made on a whim from good ol’ Ikea when our traditional metal mattress frame had scratched the floor and nearly broke my foot one too many times. It has done the trick but we can all agree that it certainly doesn’t scream luxury and comfort. The new headboard is from Bouclair Home and because it’s just a wall-mount headboard I opted to use our existing Ikea bed frame instead of having to revert back to the metal kind. So that brings me to this Ikea hack where we sawed off the headboard on the old frame to make room for the new headboard. It was a quick and painless hack that made such a difference and saved us from having to go out and buy a new frame or sacrifice the height of our bed which neither of us wanted – so check it out here!
Now please excuse me while I go enjoy a bowl of cereal in my new bed, braless and happy. 😉