Studio City House, part 5 — The Master Bedroom

It’s a master bedroom redo in my 5th (and final installment) of this Studio City house series (that was featured in HGTV Magazine). It’s like “Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” except without stupid names like Renesme and weird CGI children. Or maybe it’s more like “Empire Strikes Back,” although I’m pretty sure that was 3rd not 5th in the series. Maybe I should stop trying to make metaphors and wikepedia-ing “How many sequels are in the Star Wars series” and just show the makeover.

They had a great bed, but kinda needed everything else. Here we were before:


Decent start, just blank. They had an usual case of not being able to make any decisions after six months of renovations. So they bought the bed, but everything else was empty.  After:


Oh hey there, happy room. I definitely want to hang out in you. The goal was color and personality. So easy. We decided to not even paint, which we could have, but decided that we would decorate and then paint last if the room needed it. It seems strange, I know, but they had just painted everything freshly white and having each room painted would have added up to a lot (think $400 a room, if not more) so we decided to save that money at first, then if at the end we felt that any room needed it we would address it then.

Rachna wanted to be really excited and happy to go to bed — a very reasonable request.  It’s a big room so while she didn’t want it to be busy, she wanted it to be fun when she woke up. And she wanted a fun chandelier somewhere in the house, and you know I love a swagged chandelier. So this one we found at the flea market for $80 and had it rewired with a very long cord and chain, and then spray painted it a masculine color.

Resources from above: Long blue bench ($60), black steamer trunk ($120), side table (mine, like $80), woven rug ($60), brass bird ($60), chandelier ($80), telephone (don’t remember), gold lamp ($150, I think) = all vintage from flea market or Etsy. The long quilt over the king bed was from Bed Bath and Beyond, as was the black and white pillow (from Diane Keaton’s collection, I’m not kidding, and it’s totally good). The black and white throw is from Ikea. The “Smile” print (limited edition) from Keep Calm Gallery. 


bedroom wall art

photo by Bethany Nauert

Rachna and Dave both love typography and they had the “For Like Ever,” “Let me count the ways,” “Mr. Mrs,” and “This is the start …” prints. But we all agreed that they needed more paintings or drawings or photographs — just a different medium.

eclectic art

photo by Bethany Nauert

First up was that original Lisa Congdon, which I love VERY MUCH. Lisa’s pieces are just so weird and interesting and her colors are so saturated. You can see it better below. Then I brought in polaroids by Jen Gotch (right lower corner) and used an Ikea Ribba frame ($20) with a custom mat (that cost $30) to make it look all custom and fancy.

eclectic wall art

photo by Bethany Nauert

The only pieces I can’t remember are the graphic sweatshirt drawing prints. They were limited edition and probably gone by now as this was over a year ago, but I’ll keep looking to see if I can find a resource for them. We had everything framed by Dana at Hotel De Ville  which has moved downtown and is more by appointment now, but just as amazing as she’s always been.

Eric Olsen, the architect, built in this dresser units with the same reclaimed wood from the rest of the house. Totally genius.


But then I styled them, because that’s what I do.

modern farmhouse bedroom

photo by Victoria Pearson

I added that amazing LOVE mirror (that I can’t believe didn’t sell on my OKL sale, although, I think I priced it too high … sorry :(). Then a collection of pretty plants and succulents, books, and vessels. We kept the color palette quieter here and more masculine with just blacks/whites and greens. In this case they kept the books (because they were their’s) but didn’t buy anything else from the shoot because they didn’t mind these dressers being less styled for everyday.

Speaking of everyday …


This is how the room looks more everyday — just a few plants and books in the window. That angle is tricky. Shooting king-sized beds is so hard — they are just so big and they come at you so the bottom of the bed just looks even more enormous, which is why you don’t see them shot straight and pulled back, unless it’s in a massive room. But this angle does show you more information and tells you more about the space.

And there you have it folks. That wraps up The Studio City house tour. Thanks to Eric Olsen for his amazing architecture skills. Rachna and Dave for having such good taste, an imagination, and patience with my schedule. Orlando, of course, for all his help and making me laugh every day, HGTV Magazine for shooting it with Victoria Pearson, and Bethany Nauert for taking all the amazing scouting shots.

  1. this whole home has been amazing, but this room speaks to me! i LOOOOOVE it!!!! so amazing!!!

  2. awesome transformation—and you are the bomb for not being afraid of carpet. and what an awesome (longass) bench!

  3. Beautiful as always. I’d love to come home to that bright, colorful and airy bedroom.
    Great series of posts!
    xo Quinn
    Quinn Cooper Style

  4. Thami

    Hey Emily-

    I couldn’t help but notice there are no window coverings on any of the windows. Was that intentional, or did they address it later? Just curious.



  5. The light and art in this room is amazing. Love the blue bench. Wouldn’t mind sleeping there at all.

  6. Amy

    So pretty, as usual. I love the bench under the pictures, and the way you styled the bench.

  7. Dying over this room. So good.

  8. A gorgeous finale. I was just swooning over the entire spread in HGTV magazine too. And those built-in dressers?! I wanna rip them out and install them in my own home… come home with me pretty dressers… I don’t bite!

  9. Oh yes, I’d love to know more about the graphic sweater prints even though it may be long gone by now. The striped one is perfect!

  10. Sigh…where do I begin? The house turned out LOVELY. You added so much color and personality that, while I have never met this family, I would want to be adopted by them – and I already have a great family of my own!

    The saturated colors that Lisa Congdon’s pieces provide are EXACTLY what I need for our place. We live in a loft space that was built in 2007 and like SO many newly constructed complexes, the space is very sterile and they didn’t use the best materials. I would imagine a great way to mask the boredom would be injecting color and interesting pieces.

    OMG! I can’t believe you found that chandelier for $80! Up north we have this amazing thing called the White Elephant Sale that the Oakland Museum orchestrates. It’s legendary and is deemed as “the Bay Area’s best rummage sale”. I’ve been SEVERAL times now looking SPECIFICALLY for a great chandelier and I’ve never found one. You have the most amazing flea market karma! Also, that blue bench for $60? It’s killing me.

    The dressers that Eric created out of reclaimed wood from the house truly is a stroke of genius. That was actually the first thing that my eye gravitated towards when I saw the full shot of the master. Well, that AND the amazing brass bird over the bed.

    You and your superstar team did an incredible job with this project! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring me to take on some home decor projects of my own. :)

    • Emily

      AH, thanks Sammie. Yeah, i found most of those pieces at the Long Beach flea market, early in the morning and its way more hit or miss, but when you hit you hit. Thanks so much for you comment. So appreciated.

  11. those built in dressers from the reclaimed wood totally make the room! looks like such a lovely retreat!

  12. Ange

    Empire strikes back is episode 5 but the first sequel, thought you’d like to have that cleared up, haha

    Also, I love these spaces! Can’t even decide on a favourite, they are all so inspired and fresh! Also, I think you were right about needing a mirror above the bench in the entry :). But that’s ok!

  13. Amanda

    Where can I find the bed frame?

  14. Holly

    I luuuuuuv what you did with this room! It must have been a little challenging working around the architect’s details in this house, even though they were beautiful. And when I saw that bedroom carpet in the before pic, I thought “ooo, that’s gonna be tough to work with.” But the room ties everything together in such a gorgeous way – simple, beautiful color palette, awesome pieces… I love the brass bird. (I recently bought some of my own, in fact.) I’m not even surprised now when I see things in your stylings that I have/want myself. Remember that awesome wood mid-century bird wall hanging from Wertz Bros that you used in SoaS season 1 (I think)? I was dying to buy that little guy but couldn’t bring myself to shell out the coin. Then I saw it on your show and after a brief twinge of “doh!… I shudda bought that bird!…(fists raised to the sky)” I officially became a fan. This whole house is to die for – thank you for sharing it all!

  15. morgan

    I am in love with this bed, which is not sourced (always my luck).
    Where can I pick up a bed like this one?

  16. I love this bedroom! Love love love love love it.

  17. Heather B.

    Yep, totally gnarly, but didn’t expect anything other than that with you and your team!!! I love the white walls throughout the house.. so crisp. We are in the process of remodeling our basement and I really want to paint the walls white, but there isn’t a lot of natural light. Any suggestions for basement wall colors, white or otherwise?? Thanks for sharing your talents and inspiring the rest of us!!

  18. Tara

    LOVE, love, love AND you confirmed my idea of rewiring a hand-me-down chandelier for above my nightstand. My sister was going to toss (gasp!) We are complete opposites. GREAT room- Great job Tara

  19. brittany

    great inspiration!

  20. hold the phone! isn’t there a guest bedroom that you sneak peeked (yes now a verb) us??? share please!!

    the master looks incredible. what are some of your tips for mixing and matching things that are mostly considered no nos to put together, like black and blue, gold and silver, etc.?

    on the sheets – are those two different sets? a full gray and then two of the pillow cases are patterned? (maybe west elm?) looks amazing – would love to know source on bedding.

    • Lynn

      Me too! I have been searching high and low for a grey sheet set with a cool print… Please source

  21. I love all the greenery in this house. It pops so nicely against the white. I tried to do that a while back but ended up with a sad little succulent massacre. Gnats ruined all of them, it was quite tragic.

  22. Sarah

    Amazingly gorgeous! I appreciate you sharing this with us Emily. I’m floored!
    I’d also love to buy the LOVE mirror from you, if that’s at all possible. Perhaps you could email me??
    Every post is a treat!

  23. Lovely as usual, but isn’t there any window treatment?

  24. Azure

    So nice! I’m sad that this series is over!!

  25. vel

    Everything in this home is just super cool and beautiful!

  26. Alex

    ahh I need that striped shirt print! I wish you could remember the source! I’ve been trying every search term combination imagineable but no luck so far :(

  27. Molly

    Where is the original black and white striped pillow with the pink tassels from?? I love it so much! Well I like anything black and white stripes and pink related! :)

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