The Curbly bedroom makeover

Oh my, do I have a case of bedroom jealousy. This one is one of my favorites EVER. Sure, it doesn’t hurt that its really big and has a big walk-in closet attached so we had no storage issues (lord I HATE storage issues). Besides that the whole space is just so calm, quiet, inviting and airy. It just feels like one of those bedrooms you don’t have to even keep clean – like it comes with these little miniature cleaning angels, a la Disney’s Enchanted, that will adorably mate your socks while singing Ariel’s ‘Look at this stuff…’ song.

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I imagine not being able to wait to go to bed every night, the kiddos crawling into bed on saturday nights for movie nights, cuddle fests on sunday morning and just general ‘pretending you are at a hotel’ kind of relaxation. I want it so bad.

This is a brand new room that Bruno and Alicia added on to the their house. (See their living room and dining room makeovers, too) The house was a ‘four-square’ before which means that there are four small bedrooms on the second floor, so there wasn’t room for a master. So they had this drawn up to get an addition added.

curbly bedroom drawings

They gave these plans to the contractor who transformed it like so:

bedroom - addition

‘Sup Studs.


Anyway, they now have a great, big bright bedroom to do a lot of great, big, bright things in. They wanted it to feel sophisticated but with some energy to it, clean and calm but not sparse and cold, and eclectic and vintage without being too busy. All requests that I’m absolutely up for.

Here’s where we started with (actually the chandelier is installed, so it’s not an absolutely ‘before’ before but you get it):



And now ….

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Indeed. That transformation is more intense than Brian’s  Black Swan Halloween costume last year.  Please check out said costume HERE. I actually put that photo in the post at first because its one of the funniest things that has ever happened to me (and will ever happen to you) but it kinda ruined the post, (the chest hair with the leotard kinda distracted from the color palette of this bedroom) so you’ll have to click on that to see it.

So lets break this design down, shall we?

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The room was first painted gray, Sherwin-Williams Crushed Ice SW 7647, which is super pretty. It’s a warm gray that still Then we started furnishing, one find at a time – all with the same plan of ‘mid-century modern meets classic’ balancing masculine and feminine. We found these campaign night stands on Craigslist for $40, and which we painted  them Sherwin-Williams Gauntlet Gray. We chose the gray because we wanted to pull in the color of the beautiful Loloi rug, and contrast with the wall, but make them different from the dresser downstairs. I absolutely love how it turned out. They provide storage and feel fresh and new. They are masculine but with that brass accent that make Alicia (and me) so happy. Plus these bad boys were pretty darn cheap.

navy blue headboard

Speaking of the rug, this is a great example of some good rug on rug action. The carpet it a very low pile berber, which is really easy to layer rugs on top of since its so flat. Sure, you don’t need it but you also don’t need throw pillows, art on all your walls or hugs from your boyfriend after watching the pilot of Parenthood  - but it sure makes everything better. It has enough pattern/texture to add interest and depth without any busy-ness. It ground the bedroom without being this massive chunk of color on the floor (which could have been fine, but keeping it tonal makes it calmer and makes it feel bigger).

The Ripley gold lamps are from LampPlus and are big and glam and yet not overly feminine. Like Rupaul, without a wig on.

Emily Henderson + Curbly_bedroom12 We styled the nightstand simply (well, that’s simple for me) with just a candle from West Elm, some of her pretty jewelry, some poetry books (Um, how else are they going to read each other poetry at night?) and some flowers picked from the backyard placed in a simple CB2 marta glass. For more nightstand styling tips check out this video – then you can see what pants I used to wear pre-pregnancy and you can also lament whether i’ll make it back into them or not.

master bedroom

The bedroom has high ceilings and therefore could handle a real chandelier, and this bad boy (by Jonathan Adler for Lamps Plus) is a REAL chandelier. It’s perfect because for a chandelier it’s rather masculine – with the black and modern lines so it edges up the bedroom a little bit. We made the black tie in with the rest of the room through the bench and the black lamp in the corner – echoing that color around the room evenly – we are super intentional like that.

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The embroidered pillows on the bed are from Forage Modern (and I LOVE THEM VERY MUCH). They aren’t cheap ($100 a pop) but they were so perfect (calm, but exciting … unique and handmade yet not too granny for Bruno) so they were happy to buy them. The Bedding is a combination of CB2 and West Elm linen bedding.

Lets talk BED shall we? The bed was a bit of a challenge. Our budget was $1200, which should have been fine but we couldn’t find anything that wasn’t gray very easily and then checking lead times was such a problem. Everything took 6 weeks. But we finally found this full bed (full as in headboard, footboard and sides, not full as in ‘size’) from Target for $749. It’s actually awesome for that price. I guess it was a pain to put together – it’s a king so its pretty cumbersome, but it looks GREAT in the room.

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Then over in the corner was a little chair and lamp ‘moment’. I love this chair very much. Its handmade by a furniture designer in Minneapolis, sold at Forage Modern. We mixed it with a vintage standing lamp. See how that lamps ‘speaks’ to the chandelier? They are totally speaking the same language – probably saying really inappropriate things about the nightstand lamps. In french.
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Meanwhile on the other side of the room we have this awesome mid-century inspired dresser from Blue Ocean Traders. (Yes, Blue Ocean Traders is a wholesale company that you have to be a designer or store to purchase from. Sorry!!!)

mid-century dresser

That lamp, however is another Nate Berkus for Target Classic; otherwise known as ‘that man +  that company = best partnership ever’. The tray next to it is also Sir. Nates – hell, those frames might be, too. Dear Nate, I’d like to invite you to do wrong. Oh I’m sorry, You can’t?  Punk

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The brass hand is from the vintage stores because having gold jewelry isn’t enough. One must only put gold on their gold.

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master bedroom

The gold pillow in the bench is from West Elm, the blanket underneath is from Forage Modern and the plaid underneath is just left over fabric from the chairs downstairs – yes, just folded as a prop.  We are tricky like that.

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There you have it, folks. One master bedroom designed and styled by yours truly, shot by the very lovely Melissa Oholendt, produced by The Curbly Blog.

Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Crushed Ice SW 7647 | Bed: Brompton Tufted Wingback Bed in Navy from Target | Sheets: CB2 | Blanket on bed: CB2 | Pillows: CB2 & Forage | Duvet Cover: West Elm | Mirror: Vintage (Hunt & Gather, $180) | Credenza: Blue Ocean Traders | Lounge Chair: Rapson Inc (Forage Modern Workshop) | Blinds: Laura Ashley Soft Fold Roman shades in Cameo Apple Blossom from | Rug: Transitional Sahara from Loloi Rugs | Campaign Dressers: Vintage (CL $100 painted in Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray SW 7019) | Bench: Forage Modern Workshop | Gold West Elm Pillow (bench) | Forage Modern Throw (bench) | Gold box: vintage (Mall of St. Paul, $18) | Bedside table lamps: Ripley Gold Table Lamp from | Dresser lamp: Nate Berkus for Target  | Dresser tray: Nate Berkus | Brass hand: Vintage | Two picture frames: Target | West Elm vase with flowers | Plaid blanket: Target | Side table: Vintage (corner) | Brass & black lamp: Vintage | Pot/plant from CB2 | Abstract Painting: vintage (Mall of St. Paul, $40).

This post was in partnership with Sherwin-Williams but all design choices, words, thoughts and emotions are mine. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support this blog. 

  1. Megan

    Love it. The mid century dresser & bamboo framed mirror combination are killing me. It’s all just so good. I legit want to live in this house.

    • Megan

      Is* killing me, rather. Apparently so excited that my grammar is off

  2. Jodi

    i am IN LOVE with this room. i want to move in right now, m’kay?
    excellent work, lady.

  3. Allyson

    What color did you paint the trim?

  4. keren

    so beautiful!!!just my taste!

  5. AMAZING!!! :) Currently working on my bedroom renovation and my walls are Crushed Ice too. The color is so light and airy, I love the other colors/textures you’ve paired with it. You’ve def. inspired me to get back in there and complete it. Great job girlie!!

  6. Maggie

    Such a lovely room. The rug is awesome. I would caution from a feng shui point of view that the pointy chandelier over the bed produces “sha” (negative energy), which over the long term can effect the people sleeping there (as does the beam overhead, “splitting” the bed in half–have seen separation/divorce in these situations. I know, seems random, but is well documented … these are usually things that need to be mitigated.)

  7. Paula

    This room so beautiful. It has everything I want in a bedroom, calm neutrals with just a tough of color, gold for some shimmer, vintage pieces, and great lighting. Seriously love it!!!!

  8. Beautiful, calming and bright- LOVE!

  9. BrookeJ

    I LOVE this room! that blue headboard, the gold accents. Do I have to pay you a royalty fee if I try to copy this room exactly? Hope you’re feeling well, thanks for all of the fabulous inspiration!

  10. Awesome room… Love your comments about defending rug on rug.

  11. Lea

    Clearly I need to trek outside of Minneapolis when thrifting. That gold box was only $18? Shut it. Guess I’m going to the Mall of St. Paul on my next day off.

  12. I can’t believe that bed is from Target!

    • Ella

      Really! It looks great. I’m curious to know whether anyone can comment on the bed’s quality?

      • Rachel

        Hi Ella, I have this bed and it is really nice.

        The only thing is that the headboard is only half a headboard, if that makes sense. So with my bed in particular there is a gap between where bottom of the headboard ends and the top of the mattress begins. You can see how this bed is doing something similar in the first picture. That white dot you are seeing on the left of the pillows is a hole in the black metal leg of the bed frame. It’s not so noticeable with this navy colored headboard. And of course, the pillows cover that area. I wouldn’t have even noticed this in these pictures if I didn’t have the same bed.

        Also, the brand of the bed is Skyline, which you can get lots of places online. They have lots of different styles.

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  14. jennifer

    how does one go about BUYING a loloi rug? their website is very informative but has no prices or options to buy off the site. help?

    • amanda

      I’m also curious…their rugs are beautiful and I’m actually looking for one…

      Anyway, the bedroom is gorgeous; thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Emily Sheehy

    Oh, I LOVE it!! The color of the space is fantastic! It would be SO relaxing!!!

  16. I totally see why you love this room so much. It’s so sophisticated but not at all stuff. Love it.

  17. jordan

    Where is that amazing bamboo gold mirror from?

  18. i LOVE those campaign dressers. they are the PERFECT gray. also the close up of the chair moment gives such a great insight into the texture of the loloi rug, which is SO BEAUTIFUL.

    those pillow cases are silly good. fun but sophisticated at the same time. i’d love to see your recommendations on affordable beds in different styles! and that gold box, really?!?! killing me.

    i’ve noticed you’ve been using laura ashley blinds on a lot of your installs lately, any particular reason why? just curious.

    beautiful job emily – i love it!

  19. Victoria

    Beautiful room. Do you have a video about shades? To shade or not on a chandelier. Also do you have an opinion about TVs in a bedroom and if yes, how to design around and/or over.
    Target should take note how you use their furniture!

  20. Merisa

    Love it!

  21. Cynthia

    I second Jennifer’s question about the cost of the rug. Something tells me it is not inexpensive!

  22. Ruth

    Hi! Great room! I just recognised some strange grammar in some sentences -no need to post this comment, but maybe you want to fix it ;-)

  23. kd

    Yeah, this bed was blowing my mind when you posted some of the main pieces that were going into this project. I knew it would be SO GOOD. I drooled over it for a few days trying to scheme that thing into my bedroom but I haven’t pulled any triggers because I, too, am wondering about quality. The look is beautiful though. This whole room is lovely. Good work!

  24. Azure

    Beautiful! How could the budget be $1,200? Just the bed ($750) and the chandelier ($875) is already $1,625.

    • emily jane

      the budget for just the bed was $1,200…

  25. Sandy

    Oh Emily Henderson, how I love thee!

  26. I love how you use affordable items to create dreamy spaces. In my opinion, this is how design should be done! That bed is awesome and so reasonably priced. I also will dream about those lamps until I own them. So perfect.

  27. Anna, Sydney

    Can’t. Keep. Reading. Jealousy. Hurts. Too. Much.

  28. Ashley

    Did you hire someone to paint the dressers professionally? If so how much was it? Thanks!

    • Bruno

      @ashely – nope! I rented a paint sprayer from Sherwin Williams and sprayed them myself. It’s pretty easy, but does take some getting used to. I’d try it out on something easy/inexpensive before doing a major piece.

      FYI – I did inquire about getting these professionally sprayed, and it would have been around $700 at a local shop.

      • Lyndsey

        I love the painted dressers! Could you share what finish of paint you used? I’m assuming latex, but was it flat, eggshell, semi-gloss?

  29. Amazingly relaxing and calming!! I always think a bedroom should be both. Do you talk color scheme before you go shopping? Wondering where you “start”. It’s interesting seeing a credenza in the bedroom but it totally works!!

  30. I just want to curl up and stay in that bedroom forever.

  31. Alicia

    You are KILLING it with this house!!! Love. I also loved the link to the Black Swan costume – hilarious! Hope you have something funny planned this year around the bump. I’m 7 1/2 months and going as Juno. My hubs will rock Paulie Bleeker short shorts.

  32. patty blaettler

    BED? TARGET? Oh Yeah!
    The finished room is just perfect.

  33. Deidre

    I don’t know how you come across so many used campaign dressers! So jealous. my craigslist searches just don’t produce any :(

  34. Lori

    That bed is made of yes.

    Also, yay for The House on Mango Street! I love that book.

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  36. Brigitte

    “See how that lamps ‘speaks’ to the chandelier? They are totally speaking the same language – probably saying really inappropriate things about the nightstand lamps. In french.” IN FRENCH. This is hilarious! You’re an awesome writer!

  37. Jamillah

    Love the room and may have to become some sort of designer just to buy that dresser. But where do you find campaign furniture for $40??? Where I live (DC area) they’re super expensive, even on CL!

  38. Kayleigh

    I am absolutely head-over-heels for this makeover. It’s the perfect ratio of masculine and feminine and the gold lamps are gorgeous!!!!! I love the chandelier and the little vintage gold hand too. I’m 15 years old and want to design interiors and your blog inspires me every single day <3

  39. Laura

    Does anyone know where to get the round lightbulbs that are used in the chandelier?

  40. Love it! Yes the perfect bedroom!
    And this Jonathan Adler chandelier is to die for …!

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  42. kaela d.

    OK after RE-visiting this post for the 20th time I decided to go for the bed. Fingers crossed that the quality is decent. FYI if anyone else is contemplating, the shipping estimate is set for mid-December. Just in case anyone’s trying to get this before Christmas.

    Thanks again for the inspiration :)

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  47. Chris

    Beautiful design. Do you have a link for the bench? I tried the Forage Modern Works website and was unable to find the bench.

  48. Brianne

    I’m also curious about the quality of the bed. It’s STUNNING.
    I currently have it in my shopping basket on Targets website, but I’m hesistant. Will probably just do, but thought I would ask to see if anyone was able to confirm quality :)

  49. The Jonathan Adler for Lamps fixture looks so so different – and so much better – without the lampshades that they show it with. That was genius!

  50. Amy

    The bed on Target’s site looks like a much darker, inkier blue. But in this post it looks lighter and brighter. Which is closer to reality? Love the room. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Melanie

      I too am wondering about the color. Can someone please answer if the bed is just appearing to be more of a peacock blue in your pictures?? I prefer the color in your photos but the Target site looks to be true navy. Thank you.

      • AJ

        I was wondering the same thing! It doesn’t look like the offer fabric samples through Target, so I would love to know if the color is as actually as vibrant as it appears in these photos, which I have to say I would prefer :)

      • Rachel Guymon

        The color is not as vibrant or peacock as these photos. It is more of a true blue. Not as dark as Target’s website but definitely navy instead of peacock. I was bummed but may still keep it. The color looks just like it appears in the Curbly video in a more recent post, but I had already ordered.

  51. UNDA

    Amazing, perfect, love the neutral colors, yet not boring at all!!! We’re going nuts with this space!!! Thanks for sharing!

    UNDA |Sleepless Design
    The Design Storytellers

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  55. Question about the bed…I’m assuming this is the navy color. Did it look this bright in person ? It’s so dark in the bad color-corrected shot on the Target site but I’m completely on board if it looks like this! (I’m considering this or a similar Skyline brand one in peacock velvet but I’m a little afraid the peacock will be too green, not a true teal.) Thoughts?
    P.S. You are my favorite designer and I love you and congrats on Charlie!!!!!

    • Anna

      I finally talked my hubs into the bed. It came within a week even though the estimate was a month! Put it together today, took about an hour and a half. I LOVE the color. It is definitely blue, not peacock like some have asked, but a lighter navy. I’m stoked.

      • Pri Sca

        Would love to know what you think about the bed now that you have had it for a while…

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  62. Pri Sca

    Anna, is the bed good quality and sturdy?
    Did it smell weird?
    I just read a comment on the target website that it smells weird.
    I’m so divided – love the style and afraid it’s not good quality…

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