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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Decorating A Master Bedroom On A Budget

I don't know about you, but I don't have enough money lying around to decorate an entire Master Bedroom all at once. Furniture, bedding, linens, pillows, window treatments and lamps can really add up.  It has taken a lot of time to get our bedroom to where it  is today.  It's good to have an idea of how you want your room to function and how you want it to look before you start purchasing items. 
It has taken us many years to get to where we are, but the search for needed items is fun, especially when you find a great item at an awesome price!

Here's how our Master Bedroom looked a few years ago. I couldn't find a photo of it before I made the curtains, the (Craiglist find) chair and the mirrored nightstands (TJ Maxx).

Our bedroom now looks like this, but it's taken time and a few change ups to get this way.

The blue pillows in the before photo were taken off  and I found some "Mad Hatter" lamps at HomeGoods.

Here, a little rug was added because I  didn't want the carpet to wear out and the beige matelasse cover was replaced with a white one. The gold pillows and the heavy comforter were removed, as well.

A little more change with the bedskirt changed to a white one, a new, larger rug and a small ottoman was added. I think I found the cotton bedskirt online.

Finally, we get to where it is today with new Lenda curtains from Ikea. Did you notice that the curtain rods were raised?

Even after all this time blogging, Mr. Fanatic questioned the height of the rod being so high above the window. Really?

The only reason the curtains were so low before was because I  shorted myself on fabric when I purchased it. I made the curtains as long as I could with the amount of fabric I had.
 LOL. Love the paper shredder next to the nightstand.

As you can see, I still need to hem the curtains. They come overlocked and  you hem them to the length you need. For all of you who don't sew, they also give include hem tape in the package. I'm not even going to take the curtains down when I sew them. Will just bring my sewing machine downstairs and put it on a little table and sew away. 

 Speaking of changing needs...The little ottoman is great, however, I plan to take it apart and make it so things can  be stored it. Mr. Fanatic has a little habit of making a nest in that corner with all his cords and magazines,(even though there's a basket beside the chair). I might as well make a washable slipcover for the chair while I'm at it.

Here's the breakdown of where I found everything in my Master Bedroom. I hope I don't offend anyone listing the  price. The only expensive things in the room are the dresser and armoire, which were purchased at 40% off. These were bought before we had kids and had a lot more disposable income!

Mirrored nightstands: TJ Maxx (apx $139 each)
Floor Lamp: HomeGoods ($59)
Chair: Craigslist($100)
Ottoman: Pier 1($30)
Sea Grass Rug: HomeGoods ($29)
Mad Hatter Lamps: Marshall's ($29 each)
Bedskirt: Online ($39?)
Artwork over the bed: Steinmart 
Large mirror over dresser: Bombay ($?)
Lenda Curtain Panels: Ikea ($19.99 for 2 panels) I used 3 panels(2 sets)
Armoire & Dresser: Drexel Heritage (purchased many years ago, 40% off)
Matelasse cover, rectangular pillow, sheets: HomeGoods
Inner Down Pillows: Ikea (6.99 each)
Square pillow covers: Etsy ($15 each)
Misc. accessories: TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods
Antique chest: wedding present from my uncle to my parents
Little bookcase to the left of the chair: Mr. Fanatic made it
Paint is Warm Earth (satin finish) by Behr

It all adds up, doesn't it?
How do you decorate on a budget?



  1. I love all the elements Pam. Gorgeous room!

  2. At least your husband isn't running a recording studio out of a corner of your master, lol!! Pam, I love this room! I am in love with the wall color, and I like every version. I do love the last one, especially the light linens with the rich wall color. Just gorgeous!!

  3. What a gorgeous bedroom, Pam! The wall color is amazing ... the new *raised* panels are perfect and your furniture is fabulous! I know you're enjoying your wonderful retreat!

  4. I love your bedroom, especially the wall color!
    My husband and I are redecorating our master bedroom. We started from scratch- new flooring, furniture, mattress, etc. We hired an online decorator to put together our vision. We lived without furniture for months! We are very slowly getting there.
    I am repurposing some items- spray painted an old chandelier and lamps, etc. Another thing I found very helpful was signing up for emails from all the stores where our products need to be purchased. I find out about sales and often get coupons to maximize savings. I search flamingoworld and retailmenot for coupon codes. (Just this week I saved over $100 on our curtains from Ballard Designs by combining a sale with a 10% coupon code for signing up for emails). Otherwise, we save money from each paycheck and buy things when we have enough money. I am anxious for it to be done!

  5. I love your master bedroom. It looks gorgeous. The rods are at a great height now. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  6. What a stunning bedroom! I'm a sucker for an all white bed, always have been. Found you over at Savy Southern Style.

  7. Your room looks great! Love the changes you made.

  8. Pam: I agree..it all adds up only too fast. We do it all in bits and pieces. But I find that once I've finished a project/room/one part of a room, I sort of run out of steam. Then I'll put it on a back burner and it could be months (years?) until I'm motivated enough to continue! You just do get used to living with what you have and don't really see the need for change, no? Then, one of us will "wake up" and get it all going again! It's endless for sure!

  9. Lovely bedroom. It was fun seeing the changes you have made over the years. It's always a work in progress isn't it. I just made-over my master bedroom too - and it sure needed it. You can have a look at it here: http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.ca/2012/07/master-bedroom-reveal.html

  10. I love the new look of your bedroom....so light and fresh...you did a fantastic job "decorating on a budget"......however, it looks like you spared no expense...truly exquisite!

  11. Pam you master bedroom is beautiful! Love your mirrored side tables and the white bedding looks so fresh and bright! Beautiful job!!

  12. This looks just beautiful! I love how light and bright!

  13. Your master bedroom has come a long way Pam. It is so pretty! I love the white bedding. Hard to believe I have had white bedding now for a year, and I love it. Lucy likes it too..that is the downfall to it:)!~

  14. I love what the light white bed does to the room. I usually don't like bed skirts but you might have persuaded me to change my mind about that :-)

  15. I love your decorating style,Pam! You have a wonderful way of adding those special touches that make each room gorgeous:) I loved your beautiful breakfast room and you did such an awesome job in your bedroom. I'm loving both.... the "before" and the "after." The gorgeous wall color makes a beautiful canvas for the pretty bed linens and curtain panels( love it in white) and all the gold and brown accents makes this room so beautiful! Wonderful job! Thanks for this inspiring post and I loved having you over. I appreciate your lovely comment. Enjoy your day!Hugs,Poppy

  16. Your room is gorgeous. I love how it has evolved over time. I am with you, basic pieces kept forever is my only salvation when it comes to budget. Hugs, Marty

  17. Love the white curtains and bedding. Really lightens up the room and pops against the dark walls.

  18. Pam, it is gorgeous. I adore matelasse coverlets. The mirrored chests are beautiful. We definitely shop second hand for furniture and linens. I love percale sheets from the 60's and find them at estate sales frequently. I also find vintage matelasse spreads at estate and garage sales. It takes time and patience just as you said. xoxo, olive

  19. Your bedroom looks so new and fresh. i love all the changes you made it's gorgeous.

  20. So pretty! I really need to work on my MBR. I'm always more concerned about the rooms that people see. Dean makes a nest on his night stand. Drives me crazy! I like when prices are listed. It helps me see what can be done for how much!

  21. What a beautiful room. I completely agree with doing the room little by little and on a budget. I wish I could splurge and do it all at once too. Megan

  22. It all looks fabulous!! I have those drapes in my daughter's room. They are great!! I love how you raised the rods. Your room should be in a magazine!!

  23. Just beautiful. I will be featuring your bedroom tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  24. A truly amazing transformation! People can simply bring out the best in their bedrooms by not spending too much!

  25. This really an amazing designs for the bedrooms I love witty style .. Its perfect design stylish and attractive love it ..!! Bedroom Designs

  26. wow.Very nice idea. I like this designs so much. Thank you.

  27. Your master bedroom is very very nice and so so beautiful.I wish i will make a bedroom as like it for e and my wife........I will very happy,if i can make it...Thank you for sharing this awesome design of bedroom.

  28. Perfect design idea for master bedroom. I think gorgeous room is a vital part of life for mental peace.

  29. Great idea! Sleep plays an important role for your health that is why it is necessary that your bedroom is built for sleep. Read and try this 4 Affordable Bedroom Fixtures That Will Improve Design And Sleep

  30. You did beautiful work to the bedroom specially the "curtain rods were raised", These small things improve the look of your bedroom.

  31. Wow, this was done on a budget?! It looked classy and elegant - great job!


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