Beyond The Sugar: Bedroom Progress

by Jamie on September 5, 2011

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You may remember a post from back in June, where I discussed our decision to redecorate our very unattractive bedroom. Since I am the epitome of indecisive, this project has taken a little longer than either of us expected; however, I’m pretty certain that most of the details have been nailed down – maybe. If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen my random bedroom labeled pins popping up sporadically in your feed.

One of the biggest decisions that we faced was the paint. I knew I wanted the room to be gray, because the one design element I was set on, was a gray and mustard color palette. After staring and analyzing about 8 color swatches striped across our walls I finally decided on a matte gray paint from Benjamin Moore. Brian and his friend, Dave removed layer upon layer of slightly hideous wallpaper and painted the bedroom and bathroom a snazzy new, modern color.

Then came the bedding. I think I filled and removed items from my West Elm cart about 8-10 times before actually submitting my order. But in the end, we decided on a Pintuck Duvet Cover in the color slate. It’s a lovely textured duvet that adds a bit of dimension to our very simple and modern bed frame.

We moved on to curtains and some very basic accessories. I knew I wanted the curtains to be dark and somewhat thick. The sun blazes through our bedroom windows with all kinds of fury, so I wanted to be able to block that out on the odd occasion that we actually sleep in past 8. We chose velvet grommet window panels from West Elm in the color Iron.

Yesterday was spent hanging floating shelves, some artwork and a giant mirror – all of which are excellent ways to quickly initiate an argument. When you mix an incredibly detail-obsessed woman with, well, a man who has football to watch – conflict is certain to arise. But I decided to take the route of complete and total annoyance until he fixed the mirror that was exactly 2.3 inches off! I think I had the right to pester, don’t you?

I’m now on the hunt for throw pillows, a funky corner chair, more artwork and mustardy lamps, so if you have any ideas, please leave them in the comment section below. I’ll be updating again with photos of the finished project which at this pace I’ll have done by February. Just kidding, I am motivated to wrap up this project by the end of the month, so we can start on the living room.

More Information:

Paint: Chelsea Gray from Benjamin Moore
Bedding: Pintuck Duvet in Slate from West Elm
Curtains: Velvet Grommet Curtains in Iron from West Elm
Wall Art: Lourdes Sánchez, Circles from West Elm
Vases: Hive Vases from West Elm
Shelving: Modular Shelving and Paxton Shelving, both in Chocolate and from West Elm
All photos from West Elm.

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avatar Miranda September 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

The room is going to look awesome! I love the shades of gray with small splashes of color. For throw pillows/covers and lamps, I’d check out Etsy. There are so many unique shops and products on there. I stumbled across this shop recently:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/fabricjunkie1640
Her pillow covers are really reasonable and some seem to have the feel that you are going for.
Cute lamps:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/73530605/ochre-table-lamp-trellis-lattice-pattern
Also, there are a bunch of great vintage finds. An example:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/78869150/pair-of-hollywood-regency-yellow-ginger

Best of luck. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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avatar Jamie September 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Miranda-

You are my new favorite person! Thanks so much for links – LOVING those pillow covers! THANK YOU!

-Jamie

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avatar Miranda September 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm

You’re welcome Jamie!
Anytime I need something unique, I tend to turn to the etsy community. There is so much talent and while I love Restoration Hardware, West Elm and Crate & Barrel, it is always nice to support smaller businesses.

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avatar Katherine Martinelli September 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I’m (newly) obsessed with Pinterest! I love the look you are going for. Sounds like fun! Good luck getting the rest of the elements :-)

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avatar cluttercafe September 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/eva-colored-glass-table-lamp/

I love this lamp, Nice mustard color. I love that it’s clear

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avatar Notyet100 September 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Wow ,mustard and gray good combination :)

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avatar Ann September 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Wow – This is gonna be great! The grey/mustard is a new trend I’m seeing. I have a friend getting married and that’s their colors.

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avatar Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen September 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

That duvet is gorgeous, and so luxurious looking! I’ve gotten a lot of unique throw pillows and lamps from Home Goods, believe it or not. (It’s a home store affiliated with Marshalls in case you’re not familiar with it or don’t have it in your area)

If you’re willing to hunt for fun room accessories it’s definitely worth checking out!

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avatar Apron Appeal September 6, 2011 at 7:01 am

I painted my sisters bedroom and bathroom last year (eggplant and grey) We were never able to find a grey bedspread that we liked. Can’t wait to show her this one.

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avatar linda September 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

jamie,
your bedroom choices are fabulous!

https://www.onekingslane.com/all-sales
http://www.target.com/p/100-Thai-Silk-Decorative-Pillow-45-Blossom-Argento-40-18-x-18-quot-41/-/A-11271456

also…crate & barrel as well as cb2 have great stuff! happy hunting!

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avatar Tara @ The Butter Dish September 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

Love the choice of color pallet Jamie. It’s soothing and warm and relaxing. Just found you on Pinterest (a total addiction of mine) and followed several of your boards.

If we ever land this house then I’ll finally have a place of my own to decorate any way I like.

Still waiting. :)

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avatar angela@spinachtiger September 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

. I think mustard and grey are smashing together and I’m dying to paint a striped wall horizontally somewhere with that scheme.Your picks are chic and fresh. This is funny as far as timing that you put your decor here as I’ve been on Pinterest the whole weekend looking at designs to do some redoing in our home.That has led me to several amazing design blogs. Go to Centsational and follow links from there for wonderful ideas. Or go to Pinterest if you dont’ already know about it. You probably do, as I pin your recipes all the time. I shop at West Elm all the time. If you get lucky as i have twice, you walk in to a 75% off floor model sale. That is how I have 11 of their dining and bar chairs for around $500. Pillows can some times be found at TJ Max, but also look at Target and keep going back to West Elm. (You buy the pillow inserts separately) and then can keep changing up with new pillow covers as your mood or season changes). Can’t wait to see it all together.

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avatar Barbara | Creative Culinary September 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

I read with some joy the comment about the mirror. I am so with you sister…funny how those GLARING discrepancies are so invisible to others! But I know you well enough and I’m sure Brian does…to just do it.

Progress looks great and has me thinking I should spruce up my bedroom space. I like it but it’s been awhile and every few years something new just makes the whole room fresh.

Great job.

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avatar Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit September 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

I really need to approach my house projects like you have – work on a room until it’s complete. I’m the type that will see something, like it, buy it, then figure out what room it would look best in. I have all of these incomplete rooms all over the house!

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avatar Michael black September 6, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hay Jamie
I own a furniture showroom that sells to the trade. Checkout our web site http://www.blackandlenet.com
For lamps look at arteriors home
They have beautiful lamps and imcan get you the designer price. Were not high end but moderate price point.
Happy to help if I can.
Michael.

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avatar Sarah @TheExPatBride September 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

When I move, I’m re-doing our bedroom in slate and mustard!

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