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MOTO Reveal: Emily Bowser’s Bedroom “After” is Unrecognizable from the “Before”

Emily Bowser here again with my master bedroom reveal. Yesterday, I showed you lots of stunningly unfortunate “before” photos (catch up here) that would make anyone wonder why I even bought the house I now call home in the first place, but today I get to show you what (at least part of it) became to vindicate myself. Let’s jump right in…

But wait, first, a reminder:

Yup, that’s what we were working with.


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Shop the Look: Nightstands | Lamps | Duvet Cover | Shams | Mattress | Bed Base | Linen Window Shade | Mixed Media Art | Art Frame | Wall Paint Color

There she is…my everything, my Daffy. Oh, and the bed I only thought about for 3 years before inviting EHDers Julie and Erik over to help/force me to make it. Nothing like an impending deadline for a photoshoot and the constant “are we good on your MOTO reveal date?” from Arlyn to get those gears churning.

UPDATE: Head here to see the step-by-step how-to for this bed’s DIY.

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Pro tip: If you want a piece of furniture from a big box store, search for the name of it on Craigslist first (considering you’re looking for a deal). That’s where I found this pair of West Elm nightstands for $150 (they are $299 each retail). They checked all the boxes: fit in the space, cheap and had a drawer. I’m easy to please when it comes to that one I guess. They’re metal which is kinda great because IKEA makes these magnetic strips with USB plugs on them that stick onto the back so that wires are hidden and we can plug in our phones and sound machine. YES we still sleep with our phones for alarm purposes but they are in airplane mode and we unplug our WIFI every night. I’M NOT A MONSTER.

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My Maskor Table Lights by Gantri. GUYS. I love them so much. You know when Instagram does that creepy thing were you have been searching online or you say the word “tampon” in a sentence and then ALL you get is sponsored posts of Thinx and Cora tampons?? Well, that’s what happened with these lights but instead of tampons, I got modern, low, bubbly lamps. I spent maybe three hours searching for modern lamps that would fit here, went to Instagram to take a break and Instagram was like “OH, you mean THESE??” Yes. Yes, I did you creepy, creepy stalkers. I needed something modern to make sure this space was balanced with all the vintage and texture. After checking out their website and falling even more for this company because of their values, I reached out and they sent me two of these beautiful lights. I couldn’t love them more. They are green, the same color I recovered my IKEA storage bench, so they “talk” to each other, have texture but are made out of a corn PLA blend so they feel newer and modern. They also have a dimmer which is a MUST for us. Andrew and I are both weird about bright lights. On top of all that, they are sustainably made and have a business model that supports creators and makes beautiful lighting attainable for the average consumer. CHECK THEM OUT AND SUPPORT THEM.

I’m sorry to say, my rugs are vintage. Yes rugS. I found them both at the Rose Bowl Flea Market for $150 each and bought them without haggling because I’m THAT person when I love something. I would say my reaction to these rugs was similar to that of when I saw the vintage line buoys. GOTTA HAVE THEM GIVE ‘EM TO ME. I wasn’t sure how I was going to make the fact that they were slightly different sizes work, but I was GONNA. Funny enough, it ended up being the best thing about them. You see, I wanted a BIG rug. Like I’ve mentioned, the floor is tile and cold and I wanted to get out of my bed on either side and hit rug first. However, the bedroom door opens right next to the left side of the bed so most bigger rugs would constantly be stopping the door from opening all the way or the door would push the rug around. With the staggered approach of the top rug coming in more than the bottom, we have the benefits of waking up to rug on our feet while keeping out of the way of the door. The rugs are very much the same yet slightly different so I don’t mind the more hodgepodged look.

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My bed, my sweet, sweet bed. My husband and I are celebrating our 10 YEAR wedding anniversary. I’m not sure how that happened, but if you could have taken a look at our old mattress you would have assumed we’d been married for 30. And had a bed wetting problem. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SLEEP?? It was so embarrassing that when we put the mattress out for the mattress recycling people, I made my husband go out and turn it upside down so that the whole neighborhood wouldn’t know our shame! My friend Lauren, who has now come up multiple times in my posts, had just bought the Mint Mattress by Tuft and Needle and like me, when she likes something, she becomes their spokesperson (Bulletproof what?).

When we did the Velux bedroom makeover, I told Julie to reach out to them because I heard great things about their company, the service, and the product. They were a dream to work with for that shoot so I figured I may as well ask. They were very kind to send through their mint mattress (queen), a mattress protector (THANK GOD), two of their pillows, a set of sheets (not seen here), a linen duvet cover and linen shams. Now, mattress comfort is a bit of a personal thing, so obviously take my word on that with a grain of salt (I know they will work with you to donate if you don’t like their product) but I found this bed SO comfortable. It’s a memory foam kind of construction which means the bed doesn’t move around a whole lot if you or your partner (or cat) does. I like a firmer mattress but am a side sleeper so a bit of softness is nice to support the shape of my body (that was a weird thing to write but I’m not sure how else to say it??) and I found this style perfect for me.

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The pillows are heavenly. I had not found “my” pillow until I slept with these. The sheets were buttery soft. Unfortunately, they were almost the exact color as the rug but like, not exactly, so they didn’t work in this space though I am excited to use them in the spare bedroom reveal that will be coming up soon. I LOVE the duvet cover and shams. I am a card-carrying member of the linen duvet club. There’s a lot of division in the office about how people feel about sleeping with linen but I personally love it. I don’t want it RIGHT against me but I love it on a duvet or on a pillowcase that I use between my legs (also a weird sentence to write, sorry). This duvet, in particular, is the soft linen. It feels like it’s been washed with rocks a million times, if that makes sense. The duvet and pillowcases are in charcoal, btw, not slate. It looks a little bluer here than it does IRL I think. Overall, A+ for this company from me. Yes, I didn’t pay for that stuff but my friend Lauren DID and if you knew Lauren you would know that this is a trustworthy recommend. Haha, that should be a Yelp review option, “I’ve never been here but Lauren has and you know what THAT means.” Side note: the extra long lumbar pillow you saw in earlier photos is a DIY I’m afraid as well, got the fabric from the Rose Bowl!

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Let’s move on to the other side of the room! The dresser! I finally found something that would work under the window: I bought two IVAR 3 Drawer Chests ($95 each), stained them black, bought 3-inch wood legs, sprayed them black, and screwed them together haphazardly. Spent maybe a $220? It’s nothing fancy, not even worth a DIY post, but it works. I could upgrade by adding pulls but technically you don’t need them and “FINISHED IS BETTER THAN PERFECT.”

The bench hiding in the corner is vintage and was gifted to me by a friend. I sprayed it green. I use it when I need to put makeup on because this area has the best light. I move it in front of my (also) vintage mirror that was orange-ish when I bought it at Long Beach Flea Market for $20. I painted it with the Cracked Pepper by Behr paint that was leftover from my old bedroom (and those old side tables I showed you yesterday).

Let’s touch on some of the decor here:

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Ladder: This is vintage, has the most perfect patina, complete with rusty metal wire wrapped around it for no reason at all. I bought it at the Long Beach Flea Market a few years ago for $80 and actually didn’t put it here until the morning of the shoot when that wall looked a little bare. I LOVE it, it will live there forevermore! Sometimes inspiration comes while you DO. There are two Target blankets on the ladder, the pretty fabric is vintage, of course, bought at Long Beach Flea Market, as well. I have plans for it to become pillows for the living room but it does look so nice with the rug in here so…?? The beads hanging are vintage, too (SORRY). 

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Shop the Look: Dressers | Dresser LegsLamp | Terra Cotta Planter (no longer available) | Linen ShadesTray

Hanging planter: Also vintage. I bought it from my friends at Taylor + Taylor who are closing their warehouse. I got a sneak peek and grabbed that, the tiny vase on the left nightstand and the awesome wooden canister on the tray. Go follow them to find out the details of when they are opening the warehouse sale to the public (I think it starts this weekend!) Because I know you are going to ask, the plant is an asparagus fern and does well in indirect bright light.

Lamp: From West Elm and I’ve loved it since we used it in the Invitation Home Atlanta shoot. The color ties in with the off-whiteness of the rug and shades and makes that feel purposeful next to the white walls (Polar Bear by Behr for those who definitely will ask).


Window coverings: Let’s talk about the shades real quick! I can’t explain how important sleeping in a completely dark room is to me. Almost as important as dimmable lights and blue-blocking glasses. I have lived for three years with cheap, white, blackout rollers because it was the FIRST thing I put in the house. They worked but they were NOT cute. I knew shades were the only way to go in this room, the windows were just too skinny and awkwardly placed to make curtains work. I had reached out to Barn & Willow about another project that hasn’t come to fruition yet, but in my dialogue with them, asked about my house. They were kind enough to send blackout shades to me and can I just say: window treatments complete a room. We put these up ourselves in an hour (maybe) on a Saturday and I was like “NOW I’m officially a grown-up.” It elevates everything. I got the Relaxed style in Flax. It’s a linen shade and it feels and looks very high-quality. You customize the fabric, style, size, inside or outside mount, the lining and cord style and side. On top of that, they were easy to install and work. Complete darkness for me.

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Shop the Look: Oil Diffuser | Ring Holder | Marble Tray (actually just the top of a box) | Lamp | Tray

Tray: To the right of the lamp is the most perfect tray in the history of the world. If you live in LA or plan to visit LA or Ojai, you must go to deKor&Co. My friend Isabelle is the owner of the store and she is also an amazing interior designer. I proudly #paidforthis, it was not the cheapest thing in the world ($170) but that’s because it isn’t the cheapest thing in the world. It’s leather, green, and has beautiful hand stitching around the outside. It is the perfect size and color for the room and good, special trays are SO hard to find. DESIGNERS!! PLEASE!!

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Shop the Look: Bench | Art | Cat (ha, jk)

Ah, the ole Stocksund IKEA storage bench ($249). I’ve owned it since we moved in and I needed more storage. Emily has a similar one from Target that she recovered and that inspired me to do the same to this one to upgrade it a bit. It’s something that maybe could have been a DIY but personally, wasn’t worth my time as I don’t have much of that these days. The upholsterer only charged me $90 and I bought the canvas downtown from Pacific Blue Denims. It was cheap, $4.75/yd and I only needed like 3-4 yards ($20). I used the same canvas in my dining nook that will be revealed soon so I bought more than that, but that was the amount I needed here. 

The accordion hook is vintage, from, you guessed it, the Long Beach Flea Market. It was $5 and it’s a great way to store your necklaces and make some wall “art.” The bag on the wall is also a flea market find. It’s become a little too fragile to use but it won’t stop me from turning it into something textural for my walls.

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Both pieces of “real” art (that’s a loaded statement. What is real? What is art?) are from MaryAnn Puls. I bought the one to the right of the bench from her when we were in Portland. I don’t recall the price but I do recall it being way too low. I assume she was being kind because I was the one to reach out to her about getting her work in that project. I framed that gorgeous piece of art in a Target frame and guess what?? No one has ever commented on the frame, only the gorge art. The other piece is to the right of the bed. That was a gift from Emily to me. She got a piece of art for each of us for Christmas last year and I LOVE it. I happen to know that that frame is from IKEA. haha…runs in the company. 

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Before we briefly get into the closet, I want to touch on the floors because it was a big gripe of mine in yesterday’s intro post. For a quick catch-up, the house originally had three different flooring types. This room was a carpet that looked like it was “prepped” for a horror Netflix original film. We decided on this black hex quickly because it was the only thing in our price point that I didn’t hate. Because the tile was black, we went dark with the wood floor stain everywhere else (including the closet there) so it all blended more seemlessly. It turned out okay.

For a long time, we didn’t have a rug in our bedroom so that was a little chilly but now that there is a rug in there, I don’t notice it too much and I think that it’s worth it to have the floors be more similar. I will say this now though and with conviction: dark floors are NOT for the faint of heart, especially if you have the most magically perfect white cat. I vacuum every day. Every. Single. Day. I mop once a week and the only time the floors truly look clean is the 15 minutes after the moment I wring out the mop. It’s fine though, as with everything, just know your threshold. Your threshold for cleaning AND your threshold for being fine with good enough. I’m one of those people who is weirdly both of those things. I’m a clean freak that’s also like “meh, it’s fine, I tried.” Luckily, vacuuming 863 square feet takes…6 minutes? Invest in a Dyson. That said, I really like the way my plethora of vintage brown wood furniture pops off the dark floors and ultimately wouldn’t choose anything different for myself. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Shop the Look: Dressers | Perfume Tray | Felt Boxes (top of closet) | Rug

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If you remember from the intro, this room originally had two closets. We stole from the larger one for the actual square footage of the room so making this small walk-in work for both my husband and me clinched on my mad org skills. We brought in varying heights of MALM dressers from IKEA (the white helps to “blend” them into the wall), then it was about maximizing what was left of the floor space with a shoe rack, and overhead (with plenty of space left over for two cats). 

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The larger hanging mirror I found at Sunbeam Vintage on Figueroa and the smaller one on the dresser is vintage from Taylor + Taylor’s warehouse sale.

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And that’s it! Puck is here to kick usher you out of the room. If you’re interested in how I put this bed together, check out this step-by-step post (I promise it’s way easy) and stay tuned for the world’s smallest bathroom reno reveal coming to a blog near you.

Don’t miss other posts in this series:

Makeover Takeover: How EHD Stylist Emily Bowser Tackled Her Awkward Master Bedroom | DIY How-To: A Step-by-Step for Making Emily B.’s Wrap-Around Velvet Headboard

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4 years ago

Love the room! At first the red seemed random but I looked back through photos and red is incorporated in little touches everywhere.
This post did not seem like a normal MOTO (which is ?) so much vintage. Makes it very achievable and I have to realize I can’t just buy everything, it takes time to COLLECT with purpose.
Great job!

4 years ago
Reply to  Mara

Thanks Mara! Collecting is the best part!

4 years ago

What are the ethics of casually talking to vendors about your home and getting donated product when you work for a design magnet like Emily Henderson? Not saying anything here is wrong, but wondering where the line gets drawn and how it is decided.

4 years ago
Reply to  Steven

I’m just another reader, but from what I understand, the MOTO is for the blog. The vendors must understand this and consider it a worthy return on investment since their products will be given a shout out on Emily H’s platform.

4 years ago
Reply to  Steven

I think instead of seeing it as getting it for free or “donated” it should be seen as a trade for services. I am doing the company a service by styling their product in photos that they are free to use however they want and I’m also offering them a platform to get their brands out there in front of a lot of eyes. I am free to reach out to whomever I want, the decision is up to each company, if it’s worth it for them personally. The politics on their end is personal to them I guess.

Martha Buckwalter-Davis
4 years ago

This is so beautiful, I love the color repetition throughout. It is hard to pick a favorite element but I really really love those linen shades! I have been crushing hard on black hex for a laundry room redo we are considering so I really appreciate that heads up on the cleaning!! We are…not the cleanest people so maybe it is not for us.

4 years ago

ohhhh yes. I would be wary of black hex unless you want to clean it verrry regularly. If you do go with it though make sure to get dark grout. I wish we had gone even darker with ours tbh.

4 years ago

How do the kitties get up there?

4 years ago
Reply to  Julia

I wondered the same thing. My guess is by jumping first on the tall dresser and then up to the top shelf. How cute!!

4 years ago
Reply to  Julia

haha my favorite question…

Puck is super athletic and agile. He jumps on the dresser on the right and then leaps to the corner where he likes to sleep (I think because it’s weirdly warm in there because of lack of proper insulation).

Daffy…is not as athletic. Mostly, she waits for me to see her sitting on the dresser looking longingly up at Puck. I then move a felt box to the floor and set her there. That’s the situation from the picture. My favorite and most painful way she likes to get up there is she waits until I’m in there getting dressed and jumps onto my usually naked back with all her tiny toes (because she has extra) and uses me as a launching pad to jump up there herself. In general that’s something she does, jumps on me from other surfaces while I’m not paying attention. It is both painful and painfully cute.

Elizabeth Kirby
4 years ago

This is stunning! There is so much texture! I am especially impressed with your closet. Total #goals. May I ask where the shoe rack on the upper shelf is from? My husband owns more shoes than me, and something like that would fit perfectly in our closet.

4 years ago

UGH. Ikea. They don’t make it anymore which was so annoying because it fit perfectly depth wise on the shelf. I went there to buy another one and had to settle with the one you see on the floor (it’s too deep to put on the shelf). Shoe storage is so hard, and I don’t consider either of us “shoe people”

Leigh H
4 years ago

Well done!!!!!!!!! I LOVE all of it!!!!

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4 years ago

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Frances Elise Wright
4 years ago

Love this and all of the posts you all have been doing recently! One question, and you may answer this in the DIY post later, but how do you keep the headboard clean? I love the look and want to convince my BF that we should do this, or something similar, but want to make sure we can keep pet hair and dust off of it too!

4 years ago

ChomChom Roller!! I’m practically their spokesperson at this point.

4 years ago

Looks amazing!

Mariya |

4 years ago

So beautiful! I can’t believe the transformation. You really have an eye for vintage.

4 years ago

So impressed, what a gorgeous room! Honestly I’m riveted by Bowser’s story, the transformation she acheived is so dramatic and she was a brave soul to even take this on. And I can vouch for the T&N mattress – it has been a game changer!

4 years ago
Reply to  Rae

Hi Rae! I know. I’m REALLY enjoying it. I’m feeling it being in random hotel beds all week!

4 years ago


4 years ago

First of all it’s gorgeous and I love the colors in here. But what I am really here to comment about is you linking to a Get the Look of your Cat and promoting recue, all the love for that little moment!

Ok, seriously, it’s amazing!

Amy Elizabeth Jones
4 years ago

Love it. Such a great job! The two rugs is genius.

I must know where the small brass cat shaped hook is from?! (don’t say vintage, don’t say vintage). 🙂

4 years ago

+1 on this I MUST HAVE IT.

4 years ago
Reply to  kkhh

Brass cat hook!! <3<3<3

4 years ago

IT’S NOT. It was a gift and I will try to find out and report back.

4 years ago
Reply to  Emily Bowser

Kaye Blegvad! THANKS ANNE!

4 years ago

What an inspiring post! I particularly love the colors you’ve chosen. The red velvet is gorgeous.

4 years ago

I think this just made my list of favorite EHD posts! I love the use of so much IKEA furniture because, truly, that’s where our budget lies right now, but you’ve managed to elevate and style each piece so it doesn’t feel like a one-note IKEA room. That’s what we’re struggling with in our bedroom right now. We have two kitties at home too, and I’m so curious: do they play with the necklaces and knock all the stuff off your dressers?!? One of mine does and I’m not sure trays would deter him! I haven’t hung any necklaces yet for this reason. Also, where did you get the platform bed, and does your mattress slide on it? We’ve been looking for a new bed/headboard because the foundation our mattress sits on doesn’t hold it in, and so every morning our mattress is 6 inches from the wall. Can’t wait to see the headboard tutorial! I love this room!

4 years ago
Reply to  Angeline

Actually no, my cats have other strange addictions but knocking stuff off surfaces (unless it’s a cork, Daffy is obsessed with corks) is not one of them. Puck in particular can’t be around plastic bags, because he will chew on them or pee in them. I try to think of it as a good deterrent to having plastic in the house. He is also very obsessed with Palo Santo, incense, and certain candles. So far he hasn’t been interested in the oil diffusers, but honestly talking about this makes me want to check in with our housesitter.

4 years ago

OMG the cats. I love them. How did they get up on that shelf?! And I really love this room. I was not optimistic when you showed the before yesterday, but kudos to you – you did a beautiful job!

Cici Haus
4 years ago

You’re just not going to mention the covered wagon on the dresser in the closet?! Ha!! This is spectacular, Emily! You got so much into such a small space and yet it doesn’t feel cramped. Love it!!

4 years ago
Reply to  Cici Haus

I actually didn’t realize it made the shot! It’s a jewelry box My husband had made for me by our friend and artist Casey Johnson (of FoxWood Co.) because as a child I would imagine my bed was a cozy covered wagon headed west to California and since I’ve told him that our bed is called a covered wagon. Too much Little House on the Prairie books as a child I guess.

4 years ago

Can you share more detail on the headboard? It is a lovely room. The headboard is the best feature but I don’t see any details on how it was made/purchased etc. Many thanks.

4 years ago

Love it all. Looks like edited Boho, cool and warm at the same time. And with cats. Everywhere. Loved the tails hanging down in the closet. As to how they got there, some cats can apparently levitate at will. My tiny little black kitty Agatha would appear in the very high roof of our Tudor house and freak out our next door neighbor.
This one is getting pinned.

Jenna R
4 years ago

This is so gorgeous!!! It’s equal parts attainable and aspirational that makes me want to go home and re-do my bedroom!

Two very important questions – did I miss where the cats were properly introduced?? Seriously, pet names and bios should always be included (could just be my personal preference- who knows) And how the heck did they get in that closet corner?? Wizard cats for sure.

Can’t wait to see more of your charming home!!

4 years ago
Reply to  Jenna R

haha Daffy (white) and Puck (tabby), they are 6 and 4 years old and the reason I breathe.

4 years ago

That photo of Daffy and Puck in the closet-in “their space”-is everything 🙂 Love your writing style as well!

Fun fact(s): I think I own the jumpsuit you’re wearing in the first photo. The quilt on your bed “before” is currently on our master bed.

So that means I’m one degree of separation from Mandy Moore; right??

4 years ago

This looks great! I love how the textures of the rug/bedding/upholstery/floor work together. I also love how much vintage stuff you have. It was also cool seeing how you worked with the weirdly placed windows– that mirror balancing the window above the long dresser is brilliant!

4 years ago

Love the room Emily. What a great use of small space. What do you think about black hex tiles like that against the light white oak floors Emily H has? And in a small entryway? Wondering if they’d be too much contrast and reveal too much filth.

4 years ago
Reply to  Lauren

I love contrast! Just depends on the space. For this space I needed more cohesiveness so I wanted to keep it all dark but there is a time and a place for separating spaces for sure! The black will for sure reveal everything, though, you should think about that.

4 years ago

Such an amazing transformation! I actually love the black tile floors and how they work with the overall design of the room. And your cats! So sweet. Those shots of them with them cuddled at the top of the closet are too much. Looking forward to seeing more of your home!

4 years ago

Love your room. That leather tray! Just ordered the rug from your closet. Great post, Emily. Happy birthday!

4 years ago

Emily, you are simply the best! You make me laugh the whole read thru. Love your style and voice

4 years ago
Reply to  Lauren

Thanks Lauren and everyone writing sweet things! They all mean a lot! XO

4 years ago

Where is the ceiling light from?

4 years ago

Beautiful room, love the mix of vintage. Where is the globe room light and the small black light in the closet from?

4 years ago
Reply to  J

The globe light is from this place in North Hollywood called Practical Props. Their website is a bit weak but if you live in the area, I highly recommend checking them out. The little black light is from CB2, I bought it years ago but I think they still have it. I’ll find and have them add it to the get the look

4 years ago

any post with cats is instantly my favorite.

4 years ago

Such a beautiful bedroom. I was very distracted by your amazing cats!!! Your closet is an inspiration for me.

Elizabeth Bear
4 years ago

Holy moly!!!! Incredible vision! Love the stunning transformation! Wow! Elizabeth

Amy KS
4 years ago

Beautiful. I love the floor and the rugs, and basically everything about this room. You did a fantastic job, Emily!

4 years ago

Bowser, (may I call you that?). You helped me with your quore from E.H. in yesterday’s post. I was out shopping for a 2 year old’s birthday gifts today and my brain was getting fried. That quote popped inyo mh head as I was becoming frantic and running out of time. I bought what was “okay, but not perfect” and finished the task. She’ll love her gifts, she’s 2!! I got the task finished! Soooo relieved! So thank you, both Emily gals. You saved me from mind meltdown. 🙂

Your room reminds me of our spare room. Similar colours, earthy, but light. Verrrry nice. I spesh lovevyour very clever small spacd storage solutions that are affordable too. I’m sure lots of people will copy with a relieved smile.

Love the happy accident of different sized rugs and thd door situation.

The way the earthy colour pops connect to your bedhead (niiice job BTW!) Is sooo good. Not overloaded, nice and subtle.

Looking forward to your next reveal.

Oh….and how’s that novel project going?? 😉

4 years ago

Love all the different voices and styles the team is sharing lately. Well done, Bowser!

Susie Q.
4 years ago

I’d put two drawer pulls on each of your (black) dresser top drawers. That would give it just a little “oomph.”
I like the black tile floors, but I once lived in an apt that had concrete floors–concrete under the carpet and concrete under the linoleum in the kitchen and bath. After several months it started to KILL my feet. I had to start wearing thick-soled slippers indoors ALL the time. After I moved to my next apt that had wood floors, the soles of my feet gradually returned to normal. Of course I’m much older than you are….!

4 years ago
Reply to  Susie Q.

I know it actually really is bothering me in these pictures. It needs something. Leather maybe?

Re floors: I can see that. I do wear slippers all the time, that probably helps.

4 years ago

Absolutely wonderful writing style and information in this series!
Love every word – thank you!

4 years ago

Beautiful room! It looks like you made such good use of all the space possible!

Sari Makki-Phillips
4 years ago

Our house is 864 sq feet! But add to the mix is 2 tween girls who share a room with a bunk bed, and a border collie. We, too, have a dark-stained wood floor here, because this was all done before the babies came along. Our house used to be cool ha ha. I share your pain with vacuuming Trying to design our bedroom as well, but my husband and I are still arguing about what we want to do there. We’re both designers and have strong opinions about what we like. It took about 8 years before we somewhat agreed what to do about the front yard.. lol. Great job with the reno. Looking forward to see what you’ve done with the rest of the house.

4 years ago

oh gosh, I’m so glad my husband and I share a similar taste and he stays in his own lane. haha…whenever Emily is super sweet and asking Brian’s opinion I’m like, “WHY” I get it, it really is important if it’s important to them but thank GOD my husband is like “what? yeah, I love it great” and then turns back to his horror movie or whatever. We are very very similar and very very different. He’s taking a break from social media right now or I’d tell you to go look at his feed. It’s a different…vibe.

4 years ago

Oh I LOVE this bedroom!! That headboard is beautiful and altogether it just looks so fresh and yet relaxing and comfortable – really really beautiful! I even liked the tile! After yesterdays post I thought ‘Tile in the bedroom? Well thats…. brave?’ but it actually looks really graphic and modern here and you’re right it totally makes your pretty furniture pop 🙂 Really super beautiful bedroom and and definitely the most beautiful cats!!

4 years ago

Love this MOTO – the vintage inclusions, all of the relatable problem solving and compromise it involved and of course the look overall. Can’t wait to see more.

4 years ago

Oh I love this article (series), it gives me hope I can do the same with my 500 sqft apartment.
Amazingly written piece and beautifully renovated house, cannot wait for the rest to be revealed.
Also – huge thanks for the honesty. I know it’s easy to be an influencer showing only the good side of things but kudos for choosing to be someone who makes all of us feel just a little bit better and not worse. Counting the hours to see more!

4 years ago

Absolutely love it!! That headboard is AMAZING! Can you share where the quilt on your bed and the pillows on the bench are from? Thanks!!

4 years ago

May I recommend a robot vacuum? I don’t have one yet but my friends swear by them. One friend with cats even said her robot vacuum has saved her marriage 🙂 If anyone does have one they recommend, I’m all ears (and Amazon gift cards)!

4 years ago

I will def be back for the DIY!

4 years ago

GIRL!! Good job

4 years ago

You have great taste!

Now for the backhand compliment: I love this so much more than the overpriced renos this blog has been focused on the last couple years.

All the MOTOs have been great.

4 years ago
Reply to  V

I appreciate the compliment although I like to think we have a bit for everyone here! I agree though, I’ve always loved the MOTOs, even before I worked here! 🙂

4 years ago

I am in love with that grey gauze blanket on top of the bed. Could you please let us know where this is from? Thank you!!

4 years ago
Reply to  Dani

The charcoal linen duvet is Tuft and Needle, the beige (?) blanket at the bottom of the bed is West Elm!

Roberta Davis
4 years ago

I love the way you organized your closet, and I love the entire room. THOSE RUGS!!!!!!! The color scheme is great, too!

4 years ago

love. love. love your room. gorgeous!