I remember a fun-filled Saturday as an eight-year-old, alone in my thoughts and my imagination running wild as I played with my beloved Barbie dream home. This dream home included pink plastic Louis the XVI inspired furnishings, and was fully-equipped with an elevator because, of course, Barbie would need an elevator, right? She could never risk breaking one of her three-inch stilettos by climbing stairs! To my eight-year-old self, it was a dream home indeed, one which inspired me to think about my dreams for my own abode.
An exhausting day of playtime later ushered in the necessity for bedtime. As I lay there in reverie, resting my head on my 200-thread-count Rainbow Bright pillowcase, I was deeply dissatisfied by my surroundings. I began designing my dream bedroom in my mind. I decided it would be a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed bedroom, with dot candy wallpaper, gumdrop trees and, of course, a chocolate river running through it. Back then, I imagined all of this was possible, notwithstanding the logistics of it all.
Thank goodness my taste for design has changed dramatically since then! Months ago, I began to feel that same deep dissatisfaction with my master bedroom, which was completely neglected. I found it ironic that once I reached an age that afforded me the autonomy to decorate my room as I pleased, as an adult, I simply put it on the back-burner. I invested a great deal of time and money on the interior rooms of my home, putting tremendous thought and effort into the designs of my children’s rooms, yet neglecting my own bedroom. It was a place that I just really didn’t want to be.
I decided that by neglecting my room, I was actually neglecting myself, and I desperately needed to to make a change. Yet, after working on most of the other rooms in my home, I still felt guilty spending money on a room that so few people see. I then challenged myself to create a master bedroom design plan that would look luxurious on a very minimal budget.
I knew that I wanted a focal point wall that commanded attention, so I chose a paint in a peacock green tone and created a sharp contrast by painting all of the other walls off-white. This beautiful green paint instantly gave my room a luxurious look. And, because all new bedroom furniture was simply not in the budget, I gave my existing furniture a face lift by applying a few coats of Anne Sloan Chalk paint. I found a chest of drawers at Home Goods and called around other Home Goods stores in the Metro until I found a matching chest of drawers.
My classic Belgian linen quilt from Restoration Hardware was elevated by three euro shams that I scored at West Elm on the clearance rack. My big splurge was on the fabric for my pillow shams, a treasure that I acquired at a shop in West Palm Beach Florida. Though this fabric was a bit pricey, I was able to turn one yard into two shams by using a less expensive white linen on the back side of the shams. This trick also works well when making a duvet cover – you can use a king sized flat sheet on the back side of a duvet, cutting down on fabric costs. Pillows and duvet covers are a very simple sewing project (look online for tutorials).
Many designers will tell you that high quality linens are the among the most important splurges for your home. A good night's sleep becomes inevitable if you spoil yourself with higher thread counts. However, if expensive sheet sets aren’t in the budget, I recommend that you try out the Threshold brand sateen sheets from Target. They are incredibly soft and come in some delightful prints. This room is finished off with table lamps from Home Goods and artwork from Nebraska Furniture Mart and Nell Hill's.
Although I used some inexpensive materials to execute this design, it takes a proper balance of quality furnishings, mixed with bargains to achieve an upscale look. If you furnish your entire home with furnishings from Home Goods, it will show. It is worth it to save your pennies for quality pieces for your home, like my leather Bernhardt chair that was a gift from my husband nearly 16 years ago! Invest in quality when purchasing the furnishings for your home that get a great deal of use, and save money by buying affordable accents. It brings me joy every time I walk into my beautiful bedroom! I love having a bedroom worth dreaming about.