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So, my master bedroom is somewhat of a thorn in my side.  It looks the same as it did when I moved in (aside from new linens which I switch up regularly so I don’t get too restless). It has strange angles, a weird jut-out from the downstairs fireplace/chimney and a wall of windows opposite the bed which are 100 yrs old, drafty and let in every bit of road noise.

Just as our renovations of this old house begin to move upstairs, I want to get started on the bedroom ASAP!  My list of desired renovations includes pulling up the carpet, re-staining the wood floors, repainting, adding built-in shelving to those two recesses and of course new window treatments and furniture.  I really really want the head of the bed to be rotated up against that jut-out in the wall, allowing my built-ins to serve as dimension behind the (future) headboard, with side tables layered out in front.

*see my two drawings (which may or may not have been penned in an exceptionally boring meeting) here and here

As I spout off project after project that I’ve hoping to complete in record time, my husband reminds me of the value of patience and mapping out plans.  Does the bed fit in the spot that seems so perfect in my head? Do those two wall recesses need built-ins or can we do shelving systems? He has spent a couple of weeks (months) pleading with me to first adjust the room layout in order to see if I even like the bed on that wall prior to purchasing large sums of lumber for shelving.

So – long story short, I decided to emulate the look I wanted using only furniture and decor that I already own.  This would give me a good idea of whether or not I like the new layout enough to jump full steam into a renovation based on that layout.

I moved the bed, moved the existing college-days shelving to the south recess, layered some side tables to the north recess and decorated both inlets.  This give me an idea of the eclectic, curated look that my dream built-ins would achieve.

A chair in the corner serves as a place to tie shoelaces and the ample space on either side of the bed allows me to enter and exit without disturbing my husband.

I think it was a pretty good compromise.  So far, I think it is a wonderful change and although I love the bed here, we’ll sleep on it for a few nights before jumping head-long into building those shelves (and getting rid of those mini blinds for goodness sake)!

What are your thoughts? Do you like the change?

Have a FANTASTIC Monday!  I hope your week is off to a great start!


P.S.  My FIRST EVER giveaway will be popping up this week, and it is FABULOUS – so stay tuned!!


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