This bedroom makeover has been long overdue.
When we moved into our home a few years ago, I did nothing to this room.
But, teenagers live in their bedrooms 24/7…….when they are not out socializing.
I could barely get in there to change the sheets.
Actually, I just didn’t care to go in there…….EVER.
My reasoning – What’s the point of losing my mind?
The point has NOW come to get this bedroom in order.
The Bones of the Bedroom
The best thing about this bedroom makeover is that I didn’t need to start from scratch.
I already had some interesting furniture pieces to work with in my son’s bedroom.
Basically, I just needed to refresh the bedding and add in some much needed accessories to the furniture already in the room.
The Bed, Armoire, and Night Stands
Price’s bed frame is my favorite frame in our home…..after our bed.
I love the four poster design and all of the hand carved details.
The armoire is a wonderful oriental piece. I absolutely love the brass handles and hinges.
However, the ornate trim on the bottom of the armoire had broken in the move.
So, I needed to give it some TLC.
Fascinating that the piece of trim sat in our garage for 5 years.
For some odd reason, I finally got motivated.
I took five minutes out of my day to glue the piece back on and then clamp it down until it dried.
Next, on the far side of the bed, closest to the window, I placed a black metal cabinet.
On the other side, I added a desk for his computer that also serves as a nightstand.
Now that Price has taken the computer to college, there’s finally room for accessories.
Even though the bedding in my son’s room is old (nearly 10 years to be exact), surprisingly, it is not dated.
It is just too “matchy, matchy”………not my style.
But, his bedding has also held up really well……in spite of all the the stinky teenagers that have slept under it.
Not too mention, I am not ready to invest in completely new bedding for this bedroom makeover.
So, I was glad when Boll & Branch sent me their newest blanket.
First, so that I started with a clean slate, I washed the bedding that I could and then, dry cleaned the rest.
Then, I layered on the king size blanket with his existing bedding.
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Next, I added some unbelievably inexpensive linen pillows that tie in with button closure detailing on the duvet cover without being too perfectly matched.
These are just the perfect touches I needed to give the bedding a refresh.
The Accessories in the Bedroom Makeover
Even though this is technically my son’s bedroom, sometimes we have several guests staying with us.
So I need to use the kids’ bedrooms to take up the slack.
I always like to include a tray on the guest’s bed that they can easily move when it is time to turn in for the night.
I have a standard formula I typically include on the tray.
- a candle
- a unique decor element (the deer shed from here on the ranch)
- a dimensional element (the beads)
- the remote control
Real greenery is a must for me, if I have the right lighting to work with.
For this bedroom, I chose plants that do well in moderate light throughout the day.
The first plant I chose is a Plumosa Fern Kokedama . To give the plant some height, I elevated it on a wood riser.
This Plumosa Fern is one of my favorite house plants. Technically, it is not a true fern.
But, you can not go wrong with it’s texture and airy appearance.
It is poisoneous to cats and dogs…..so take precautions there.
The second plant I chose is a variagated philendendron.
This plant really adds a nice pop of contrast in front of my son’s blue shirt in his senior photo.
Eventually it will cascade down the front of armoire, adding even more texture and appeal.
The last plant I added is a small cotton candy fern.
And, lets not forget the funky ear phone wearing pug lamp.
For the desk side, I incorporated several elements.
First I added a large clock above the desk in proportion to the wall space next to the bed.
As you can see from the lamp, I like to incorporate unusual and/or whimsical elements in my decor whenever possible.
So, I used the ship light as one bookend. It’s definitely a decor detail you won’t see everyday.
On the other side of the book stack, I incorporated a hand bookend.
Again……no “matchy, matchy” for me.
Here’s a close up view of the vintage nautical ship light. At one time, I had hoped to wire these into sconces, but that never happened.
So, home decor for the WIN!
I also added a blanket ladder to the wall at the foot of the bed. So, a guest gets cold, they can grab what they need right away.
Don’t miss that giant handmade velvet tassel hanging next to the blankets.
I’m working on a tutorial so you can also create one for your home.
A Few More Details
I decided I needed to bring in a piece of furniture to sit under the television. This piece would also hold the tray when it is not on the bed.
David and I had just moved a chest out of our master bath to make room for the giant palms I need to overwinter in there.
This chest fit perfectly under the television, and serves as a great place for the tray.
Last but not least, the window….
At first, I had planned to put a plant stand in front of this window.
But, then I decided it blocked the beautiful architectural design.
The lantern and candle add just the right amount of ambiance and still allow the window and the pagoda balcony to shine.
Thanks so much for coming along on the bedroom refresh before and after.
I hope you got lots and lots of bedroom makeover ideas to inspire you in your own home decor journey.