Lisa’s House: The Bedroom Makeover

Welcome to the last post of Lisa’s house. I’ve blogged about the living room, dining room and office already, so here’s the bedroom.

Lisa had just moved in and the only thing she did was have the walls painted with this texture – well, and the chandelier, but otherwise it was just kinda left over furniture from her old house/life. She wanted it to feel calm, feminine, pretty, french country but updated. Not to mention, cohesive and finished.

Designers are constantly asked what room people should prioritize – what room to start with and I don’t really know the answer. I used to say wherever you spend the most time – which is usually the living room (or family room) – that’s the room people are going to see, where you spend most of your (awake) time entertaining. No one really sees your bedroom but you. But at the end of the day walking into a pulled together and inviting room is such a luxury and really does make you feel more special and grown up.


Click through to see the afters …

And here, friends, is what we did to it:

Emily Henderson Bedroom Tufted Headboard

We kept the shutters, chandelier and her dresser (well, we painted it), but other than that we kinda started over and brought in all new/fresh furniture.

Emily Henderson Tufted Headboard Traditional

The bed was a challenge to find because Lisa – and I kinda forgot to mention this, has a serious allergy to toxins. Anything that was made with glues, chemicals, etc, gives her headaches so finding pieces of furniture that weren’t full of toxins proved to be extremely time-consuming but an interesting challenge no doubt. The shelving in the living room and the night stands here were some of few things that we purchased new and yes, had glues, etc, in them so we had to let them off-gas for a month in an outdoor space. Cisco Home is a green/environmentally friendly store that makes a lot of beautiful furniture (with long lead times, by the way) and that is where we purchased that beautiful bed.

Emily Henderson Nightstand Vignette

For Lisa we bought as many antiques as possible, pieces that weren’t made with glues/dyes/chemicals, etc.

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I wish I had a before (or even a process) photo of that dresser. It was a pretty, but boring dresser in dark brown finish. We looked for a better dresser for a while but any of you who have ever looked for a dresser might know, good antique style dressers that are functional tend to be really expensive or need to be refinished. So we decided to keep hers because the shape/scale and style were all good, just the finish wasn’t.

Emily Henderson Dresser Bedroom Traditional

I’m realizing that we shot this dresser with the lamp on it and without – i think that she ended up not liking the lamp (and it ended up in this bedroom).

All in all it was a pretty simple, lovely transformation. Sadly I don’t remember the paint color and can’t seem to find it ANYWHERE. So annoying, I know.

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Lisa's House Get the Look_Bedroom

1. Tufted Headboard | 2. Rug | 3. Ruffled Sham | 4. Pillow Sham | 5. Table Lamp | 6. Pick-stich Quilt | 7. Nightstand | 8. Gold Wall Mirror | 9. White Pitcher | 10. Gold Vase | 11. Brass Sculpture | 12. Woven Hamper | 13. Throw Blanket | 14. Botanical Print

What y’all think? After designing this bedroom it definitely made me want to have more of a simple and traditional room. I’m telling you, every time I design anything for anyone their taste/style wildly effects mine. It’s this mutual thing that happens – they go towards my taste and I’m influenced by theirs, too.

Photos by the very lovely: Bethany Nauert

And check out the  living roomdining room and office, too!

  1. wow. the transformation of this house is amazing! i can see your design influence everywhere but its in the french country style of the client! well done!!!

  2. Sarah

    This is lovely..and loved the flash back to the Lorey’s which is my ultimate dream home decor!

    • Sarah

      Btw- the guest room is not pictured in your portfolio…I was trying to see the sofa bed.

      • Emily

        Oh good to know. I need to also link the portfolio to the posts … lots of admin that i’m sure i’ll never get to, but thanks for letting me know!

  3. Deb

    Very Soft and pretty…beautifully done!

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  4. Manu

    So beautiful! Those lamps are just gorgeous, and the wall color too. Great job!

  5. What a great variety of sources – thanks Emily!! Good work as always :)

  6. marianne

    Very lovely work and I appreciate your acknowledgement of the design challenges we chemically sensitive folk face. The dresser came out beautifully. Could you remember any details about how it was refinished?

  7. Jenna

    Pretty! After renovating our entire house and leaving our bedroom to last, I know that if I ever renovate again I will start in my bedroom. So nice to have a sanctuary to get away to at the end of the day in the middle of all that chaos.

  8. Amanda

    Simple but beautiful! Well done.

  9. Lovely! Thanks for sharing this project. I love seeing how you deal with real clients and their particular taste.

  10. I’m a really huge fan of how you pulled off this style without it looking cluttered. A lot of traditional homes end up looking really over stuffed very quickly to me, but you nailed this and it’s perfect!

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  12. Deb

    I love the headboard, with the soft lines as opposed to tufts, which eventually collect dust (which I’m highly allergic to). And, the fact that it’s all from an eco-green/friendly source is excellent! Everything is just so pretty, relaxing, and elegant. Another win, Emily!

  13. Lexie

    I am loving the color of the dresser you refinished. Do you remember what it is by chance? It looks a bit blue in one picture and almost white in another. Love this serene beautiful space. I like how the room has blue tones without being cold.

    • Bex

      I absolutely love the colour of the dresser as well, can you tell us what it is?

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  15. Marie

    I love seeing how you design using a more traditional style!

  16. Susanp

    Can you tell me if the dresser is painted a blue or off white…so pretty!

  17. Angie

    Beautiful! What’s the size of that rug? I’ve been trying to figure out what the standard size is for a rug under a queen bed. Thanks!

  18. sbort

    so simple and clean and lovely… i love to see rooms that aren’t your “typical” style… i always think of you as such a “california young fun beachy” designer (which, is my favorite, hence me loving you so much ;)) and then you do these simple, grown up rooms, or the fig house, or the modern country house… but you also did bri’s plant palace and joy’s hot pink studio… and it kills me. i just LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DO. ugh. <3 <3 <3

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  27. Such a calming sanctuary. My headboard is similar to the After photo but have yet to decide on the bedding. I have beautiful Arhaus furniture but sadly it matches, due to an ex-husband who requested it. Now, I’d like to rid myself of the dresser (like I did the ex) or at least paint it white, too. I love your style. I’ve been a fan since you were on HGTV Design Star and before you even won I knew you would.

    Love that little alarm clock on the nightstand. It reminds me of those I saw around when I was a kid.

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  30. Victoria

    I love the bedroom but what I really loved was the hamper (currently we have an open basket on our floor… not the best for guests to see). The one in your link is $150… I’m kind of heartbroken. It’s been a long time since I’ve been shocked at the price of something.

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