The Master Bedroom

Hope you’re settled comfortably in front of your computers. Got some coffee? Little nosh? This is going to be an especially long post.

Ready? Lets do it.

If you’re feeling like the master bedroom and walk-in closet are the only things we’ve talked about on this blog since September, you’d be mostly right. Aside from buying a dishwasher, our Christmas cards, and a few bouts of entertaining, it’s been all bedroom {& closet} all the time. This won’t be the last bedroom post; we’ve still got that headboard tutorial to finish and a few other How To’s but the wait for a completed room is over.

First, lets take a trip down memory lane.

When we closed, the future master bedroom looked like this –

bedroom before

Sage green walls with peachy beige-ish tan trim and RED red painted wood floors.

bedroom before


Lovely, isn’t it?

master: facing street w/ flash

Over the summer, all the floors were refinished. We replaced the badly damaged plaster with drywall {which took immense amount of spackling & sanding and spackling & sanding, etc…}, primed & finally painted. For a refresher on that saga, check out this post. As part of that, we also added & moved some electric outlets.


With the bones in place, we could move on with the decor.

We bought a rug.


Made a bedskirt {here’s the ‘how to’}.

new custom bed skirt

Fashioned 2 bedside tables.


Hung up some salvaged theatrical curtains {click here for the installation ‘how to’}.

curtain love

Made over the laundry closet.

small closet after

Installed some quick shelves.


Floated the painting.

floating painting

Made a diamond tufted headboard {sweet victory after getting frustrated and starting over}.

diamond tufted headboard

After some minor obsessing about bedding, we decided to shift gears and paint the radiator orange.

orange radiator

And all that brings us to today, my friends.

So without further adieu, I bring you



barump bah bummm!!!!






master bedroom wide angle

{the above & following pictures were taken with a wide-angle lens, so our room looks a lot bigger than it really is}

master bedroom north view

bedroom bed

master bedroom

bruce on the bed

orange radiator from bed



I’m still working out what to put on top of the tall dresser. I think a lamp, a place for our spare change and some decorative items would be ideal but for now part of my doll mold collection calls that space home. They’ll probably eventually move but I like to leave a little room to grow & change.

doll mold collection

west elm Matelassé duvet in slate

The duvet is West Elm’s Organic Matelassé duvet in slate. It fabulous.

right side of bed

The pillowcases I made from fabric found at Halsey St. Fabrics. It cost $4/yard & each pillowcase took 1 yard {“How To” to come!}. The Kramare bedside lights were $9.99 at IKEA. I made the bedside tables back in October out of a couple magazine organizers and frosta legs.

A non-wide angle view of the bed –

non wide angle bed

Our new light is from Overstock {10% off plus free shipping!}. YAY NO MORE STARING AT A BARE BULB!!! My retinas are incredibly appreciative.


Before & After
bedroom before bruce on the bed

Before & After
master: facing street w/ flash DSC_0610

Before & After
master: stage-right, house left wall bedroom bed

Before & After
master master bedroom

Thanks for visiting!!


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39 Responses to The Master Bedroom

  1. caitie says:

    caroline. this is by far one of the most satisfying posts in this blog’s history. the room looks INCREDIBLE. i love what you decided on for bedding- i love the two dressers (perhaps it’s impracticle but the doll molds look great there haha) and the 3 very strategic pops of orange (pillows, painting, radiator) are perfect.

    well done. must feel great!

    which room is next which room is next?!?!

  2. Leigh says:

    it looks awesome! i love the duvet and the pops of orange. awesome job!

  3. Kate says:

    Love Love Love! Love the bedding. Love the lights. Love the drapes. Love the dog. You’ve done a great job. I’m so glad you posted where you got your duvet from too – I may have to look into that for us as well!

    Did I mention I love it?

  4. Hooray! Not only is the room fantastic, the photography is wonderful! Congratulations on being done…for now. 🙂

  5. ashlee says:

    looks truly amazing. so much hard work really paid off. and i love the radiator! the bed is such a beautiful masterpiece!

  6. Eva says:

    Love! just LOVE!
    Carrie the room looks fantastic! and I’m kinda jealous over the fast timeline…

  7. Meg Sewell says:

    Gorgeous! All of the details make it over the top. Like the painted window panes to coordinate with the headboard trim? I would have never even thought of something like that, but it’s absolutely perfect. The entire room is so beautiful. You have the best taste!

  8. When I read, “this post is going to be long” I got excited, but I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw the pictures… Your room looks amazing! I love that pop of orange, what a perfect touch!

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  10. Lily says:

    It looks fantastic! (and probably feels even better than it looks, lol).
    Way to go!
    Can you do my bedroom next?

  11. katie says:

    YAY! this looks fantastic! love how everything turned out. and i bet it is nice to have a finished room at the end of the day.

    ps – your dog is super cute 🙂

  12. Q&Z says:

    Looks so great!!!!!

  13. Kim says:

    This room is totally “you.” I love it. I love the grey and orange. Perfection. I’m loving it all. Just adore. All your hard work was definitely worth it.

  14. Emily says:

    Congrats! It looks amazing! Now you have somewhere stylish to lay your heads 🙂

  15. Caitlin says:

    WOW!!! Great job!!!!!! I love the headboard!!!!!

  16. Awesome. Also, you have molds of doll parts; I have mannequins. 🙂

  17. Mom Liv says:

    Nice bedroom… great dog! Love you!

  18. Carrie, I have the following items to share with you:

    1. Your fabric on the pillows is awesome! I’m so glad you brought more orange onto the bed!
    2. I have been eyeing up that same light fixture for the ex-maroon room!
    3. I desperately need a wide-angle lens now
    4. I totally love your dark windows with the white trim
    5. Your doll molds scare me ( I can’t lie!)
    6. Your room is above and beyond my expectations, I am so thrilled for you!

  19. Wow it looks great- love the pops of orange around the room! Also, your dog is the cutest!

  20. How did I not notice some of your fabulous details when I looked at this room before? Particularly, the orange radiator, the theater curtains, the lighting, the bedding, the mix of traditional dressers with modern side tables (WORKS SO WELL) and THE QUIET BOOKSHELVES! All lovely. It’s a great space to begin with, and you did such a nice job with it. And I really like the piece above the fireplace.

    What a great room!


    p.s. I really want to be able to see that gorgeous little character-filled built-in behind the television, though. Any chance you can wall mount that television on an arm or above the other dresser? Either way, you did a fantastic job!

  21. decoriadore says:

    I just can’t get over how beautiful your headboard is! I love the bedding too! I am also showing off some things that I’ve done in my master, please stop by and check it out

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  24. it looks SO GOOD!!!!

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  28. Ashley Eiban says:

    Wow! This room make-over is amazing! I love it!

  29. Kyle Knight says:

    Love how the headboard turned out. The pillowcases are fabulous too!

  30. sarah b. says:

    WOW! Came over from a link you left on another blog… LOVE your bedroom! The wall color, the rug, the bed, the… EVERYTHING!

  31. Shelly says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE what you have done to this room. it looks amazing!!! our bedroom is almost up to be re-done. i have been sitting on a duvet that i got for christmas until i put all the pieces together. i’m starting to get anxious. the idea of of the floating painting is super rad! also, i love that looking at your pics the trim around the floor isn’t perfectly painted…i hope you don’t take offense but it really makes me feel better about how our home is coming along with the remodel because our trim along the floor is by no means perfect…our painting anywhere is by no means perfect but it sure does fit us. thanks for sharing.

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  34. Rabia says:

    Wowww Carrie, I am amazed at your blog. I planned to spend the night renting a movie and cuddling up on the sofa. I am glued to your blog!!!

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  36. Rae says:

    I love the orange radiator! Nice touch. Also, that headboad is the jam!

  37. clchomer says:

    The colors are perfect, your handiness is commendable … I am so inspired by you. I’m the handy-dandy type as well and this just encourages me to continue on. Love it!

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