If you are looking for an excuse to stay home, snuggle and sleep then keep reading. The emotional/cultural movements of life always surprise me because we all FEEL the same way at the same time. In the fall we all feel like organizing and being productive. In the spring we feel like cleaning and prepping for summer. And when summer rolls around well, we feel like slacking, partying and being reckless. In the winter (now) we feel like hunkering down, and not leaving our house except to exercise, maybe. I know I’m not alone, and Target knows it, too, thus the reason for this post – to show you how you can make your bedroom the place you want to be, 12 hours a day. Or 18. Or All of it. Watch this video for more …
Hopefully, all of you who are suffering the coldest winter ever can still find some tips in this more ‘California’ inspired bedroom winter refresh. And please don’t hate us for it being 68 degrees here. We also have a lot of traffic, sprawl, smog and many questionable Hollywood people who live in LA and make us question our day to day existence, so there is a trade-off. You are cold, we are stuck on the 405.
As you might know, I create a lot of content with Target and when planning this ‘bedroom and bathroom’ refresh I needed an almost empty space so I could use almost 100% Threshold product. But the project requires pretty architecture (in which to create the pin-worthy photos) and a client that will let me do ANYTHING I want. Also, they’ll need to be displaced for 4 days and for this project it was like a 2 week lead time so, yes, I was desperate.
Luckily my friends (Nick and Suzanne) had recently moved into a new house 4 minutes away from us and while they are not necessarily ‘in need’ they only had a mattress and dresser in their bedroom. I knew that I was eventually going to help them decorate their house anyway (because that is what friends do…especially people like me who like their friends to be permanently indebted to them, emotionally) so this was a perfect excuse to get it done now.
Here’s how it looked the week before we shot:
This room had great bones – it was big and airy, with a good skylight, beautiful flooring and brand new white paint. It was a clean slate. The only wall for the master bed was that alcove which was tricky and needed to feel more important. So we built an upholstered wall all the way across, in a vertical Rebecca Atwood stripe and man, I love it.
It instantly gave that wall purpose and importance. I wish life worked this easily for humans.
About the headboard wall: while you may not be able to tell in the photos it is a thick pad of 2″ foam glued on plywood, with perfectly stretched fabric overtop and a 2″ painted moulding all the way around with an upholstered plywood bed base to match.
It was not cheap, easy or fast. I hired 2 production design assistants (not my usual assistants – 2 guys that are handy AF) and they spent 3 days measuring, buying, sourcing, building, gluing, staple-gunning, installing and painting. I thought about doing a whole DIY post about it but it was so custom and specific (and we were installing so quickly) that a whole post about this particular headboard seemed moot. There are a million upholstered headboard wall DIY’s online one of which we have shown on here before and thought about doing again, but this one was too custom to really even teach a how-to. If you have questions, leave them in the comments and we can do our best at answering them all.
Besides, there was A LOT of troubleshooting that would bore you to sleep. Thank God we also have a comfy bed in which you can pass out. So let’s just say our guys got it done and they did a fantastic job.
That moulding takes it from basic to professional which is what we wanted. I really didn’t want it to look like a DIY project by amateurs (of which I am).
Now could you attempt to build this headboard?
Sure, with time, thought, a lot of measuring and troubleshooting. It’s not that the materials were expensive (although yes, that beautiful Rebecca Atwood fabric was gifted, and not cheap) it’s more that the time and effort to execute it so quickly requires some experience or at minimum a lot of DIY troubleshooting and time.
My friend Mike (the lead designer) nailed it (or should I say staple-gunned it) and did such a great job. Thank you, Mike.
Now for the real reason we are here – to have an excuse to refresh that bedroom and see me gently set down a pillow. Here’s what we did.
Working off the palette of the headboard wall I shopped at Target, buying within that color palette – rose, blush, gray and navy blue. One of you commented recently ‘ENOUGH WITH THE BLUSH AND BLUE’ and while we’ve had a lot of laughs about that comment the last couple weeks (because she seemed really, really upset), I’m happy to say that this color palette is ‘rose’ and ‘indigo’ so don’t worry. I’m really shaking it up 🙂
On to the bedding:
The vintage wash chambray sheet set is so soft. And while you know that I work with Target I will say this for the rest of my life, regardless of partnerships – The Target vintage percale sheets are EXTREMELY soft and wear really well. I have a lot of sets, I switch them out all the time and we prefer them over any fancy linen sheets out there (listen, Brian doesn’t like linen, and I like sharing a bed with him so he wins).
We mixed in a pattern that looked great with the stripe – a diamond in the same color palette.
The rose-colored quilt at the end of the bed balanced the headboard and made the whole room look more cohesive.
My favorite new piece is that BEAUTIFUL gauzy blanket that we layered on top of the quilt. It reminds me of the super soft swaddle blankets that I wrapped my kids in, but big enough for a giant…or me. It’s really beautiful. It’s just so soft and if you care about how something photographs, trust me that it looks so high end and beautiful on camera. (Just watch the video to see it in action).
We brought in that leaning shelf (that I have in Charlie’s room) and gave them some closed storage then styled out the top. We styled it out with some stuff they had, and many things we brought in to make sure that it looked cohesive (some we returned like that purse while others they insisted on keeping).
On the nightstands we added some flowers, a little tray for jewelry and some journals.
In order to get a free room you have to journal nightly about how happy you are with my work. It’s fine! You then have to take a photo of your page full of hand-written accolades and send it to me via text that night. No stamps required. I’m high-maintenance…in a low-maintenance way. Can’t wait.
On the other side of their room is their dresser that they already owned, and we styled it out to look beautiful and more pulled together.
We added a pretty lamp, vase, jewelry box, and art. I lent them some of my books so they looked smart, too, but took them back afterward to make sure that I also looked smart if a smart person dropped by unannounced. Smart people are always trying to catch try-hards and will out us if no expensive art books are on display. You have been warned.
My friends were obviously ecstatic with the makeover and I was grateful that they let us use their house as a set for a week.
Nick Thune, the man of the house (who is also pretty much the funniest stand up comic on the planet – click on him and follow) thought that the lamps on the nightstand were too pink, so those are being switched out for the cream versions that weren’t available at the time. Suzanne, his smart wife and one of my best friends helped us style the entire time. Of course they weighed in on things, but they were amazing at letting us destroy their new house in the name of fun content. Win, win, win and win.
Next up is their bathroom…but if you like what we did here, feel free to get the look or head to a curated page that has all the items we used in this makeover. It’s January. It’s the best time to make your bedroom cleaner, cozier and more comfortable.
We were working off of samples so we didn’t have all the options, so I STRONGLY urge you to see the whole collection online or head to the store to see all the other patterns and colors offered. Per usual, Target really nails colors and textures in textiles and this collection is so, so, so good.
1. Lamp Shade Shell | 2. Pink Lamp Base | 3. Accent Table with Drawer | 4. White Duvet Cover Set | 5. Diamond Pattern Sheet Set | 6. Coral Sweater Knit Blanket | 7. Blue Lumbar Pillow | 8. Indigo Jute Rug | 9. Easel Frame | 10. Earthenware Pink Vase | 11. Chambray Sheet Set | 12. White Gauze Bed Blanket | 13. Chevron Storage Bin | 14. Black Box with Stone | 15. Leaning Bookcase (white is currently unavailable) | 16. Framed Abstract Art | 17. Lamp Shade Shell | 18. Blue Dipped Lamp Base | 19. Wood Box with Agate Knob | 20. Tan and White Vase | 21. Block Frame | 22. Upholstered Bench | 23. Macrame Wall Tapestries