Our Master Bedroom Through The Years

After 6.5 years it’s finally happening– I’m making over our master bedroom.

Before we get to the current state of the bedroom, I thought I’d take you through the history of the room.


Here’s what the master bedroom looked like in 2004, when it was listed by the original owners (the house was built in 2002). Our realtor pulled the MLS photos for me when we bought the house in 2009. There’s a lot to take in.

The double wallpaper borders.

The two tone wall colors.

The hunter green, burgundy and tan color scheme.

The matching drapes and comforter.

master bedroom 2004

2009 – early 2014

When we bought the house in 2009, the entire house was painted the same color. And the house was completely empty so it was a true blank slate.

After moving in, I wanted to be a real grown up, so I used some of our first time homeowner tax money to buy an espresso-colored queen bedroom suite. It looks black in photos, but it’s really a rich, brown color.

I even splurged on the lamps, which are still in style 6.5 years later (go me!). You’ll also notice the quintessential wooden ‘Dream’ sign above the bed.

master bedroom 2009-2014

I loved the bedroom set for a few years, but I realized that I didn’t really like the matchy-matchy look. Then I started to swoon over upholstered headboards and dreaming about having a roomy, king size bed.

master bedroom 2009-2014 b

Here’s the other side of the room. We eventually moved the TV into my home office a couple years ago because we never really watched it.


2014 – present

Before I even knew I was pregnant, I bought an upholstered king size headboard on Cyber Monday in 2013 because it was such a great price. That poor headboard sat in our garage for hmmm 5 months before we got our king size mattress, a Saatva Luxury Firm, which we LOVE. Seriously, it’s like sleeping on a supportive cloud. The mattress and box springs came just in time for me to hit my third trimester because things were getting tight with Brad, me, and my gargantuan pregnancy pillow squeezed into a queen size bed.

Since we had nowhere to store the queen size headboard, rails, and footboard, and I didn’t want to part with the entire set quite yet, my parents took the bed to their house where it’s being stored in their basement.

master bedroom before

The room is pretty boring. But I don’t think it’s 100% awful.

One thing I love about the room is that it gets a decent amount of light throughout the day. And I like the vaulted ceiling.

I recently bought the white pinched pleat duvet cover with matching shams. It was on sale, and I was tired of the Barbara Barry Poetical duvet cover I impulsively bought after buying the upholstered headboard. The Barbara Barry duvet cover was too much beige for the room.

I figured the white was safe and since I didn’t pay much for it I wouldn’t feel terrible if I didn’t keep it very long.

master bedroom 2015

The lamps clearly don’t match. The other stacked crystal ball lamp currently lives in our living room.

Every time I go to HomeGoods I look for new matching lamps, but I can never pull the trigger.

bland master bedroom

Here’s how I decorated the bed for Christmas in case you missed that post last month.

christmas bedroom

There’s a number of reasons why I’ve neglected this room in terms of giving it a complete makeover.

1. The vaulted ceiling. In order to paint, I would’ve had to rent or buy a new ladder because our ladder is only a 6 footer. But my parents recently solved this conundrum for me by bringing their 10 foot ladder down for me to use.

2. I’ve been so indecisive about what I want the room to look like. Bright and colorful? Airy and serene? Monochromatic?

3. The bedroom suite paralyzed me for a couple years. I spent all that money on a bedroom set, and then I was all “Ehh, I don’t really like it.” And I felt bad about it so I just stuck with it. I’m dealing with it for now by using the nightstands and dresser with the upholstered headboard. But who knows, maybe I’ll finally sell the whole set and get new nightstands and a dresser. Brad will love that.

In case you’re wondering about the color on walls, I had it color matched to Sherwin-Williams China Doll.

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 I’m starting to work on my mood board for the room.

So my question for you guys is, do you want me to share the process as I go, or do you want me to make over the whole room and do a big reveal? Let me know!

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  1. While a big reveal is always exciting, I love to see progress posts. That way we can follow along as you pick and choose new items and get to hear your thought process more. And that also means we get to see more bedroom posts!

  2. Mary Gillespie says:

    Share as you go!

  3. I like watching the process so I vote for sharing along the way.

  4. Exciting. I love seeing the process as you go and still have a reveal at the end. Does that sounds greedy? Could do with some inspiration myself so can’t wait to see what you are thinking!

  5. Share as you go in a zoom kind of way so we don’t see the whole room together until you are ready to reveal, sort of teasers along the way! Have fun with the project, can’t wait to see it! Hope you and O feel better soon!

  6. Tracey A. says:

    I like to see progress too! I love how you gave the bed a pop of color, at Christmas time.

  7. I would like to see teaser updates where you show specific things along the way without showing the entire room, the the big reveal! Hope you and O feel better soon!

  8. I love to hear you share as you go. I’m in the middle of my master bedroom decor and at a stand still, so I need fresh ideas! And your ideas are very good for me! ?

  9. Definitely share as you go!

  10. I agree with the rest of the group! Love it!!

  11. I like reading about the process, not seeing many pics, and then seeing the final product in pics.

  12. Such a great, bright room! Can’t wait to see what you do with it! I vote to show us your progress–it feels more real life, real budget that way! 🙂

  13. Beth Ingle says:

    I really like to see the progress too! It’s so exciting and we live vicariously though you!!hehe Gives us the push to do it ourselves:)

  14. Share as you go!!! I personally love the headboard mixed with the darker wood pieces! I have been toying with an all white bedroom in our new house, so you’ll have to share how dirty your duvet cover and pillows get from everyday love.

  15. Share as you go! I’m excited to see what you come up with–I love your style!

  16. We have the same duvet, and I love it! I think you should hold onto it until after you pick a wall color…a darker wall color will help it pop more and look fresh and crisp! But if you have a lighter wall, you may want a darker duvet for more contrast.

    Also, I vote for updates along the way! I love getting a peek into others’ decision making processes. And if you do this, maybe you could do polls along the way and we can all vote on our fave picks!

  17. I vote for share as you go and also voting on our favorite picks sounds like a great idea.

  18. I LOVE your bedding! I am all about white bedding too but the pin tuck creates such fun dimension!

  19. Share as you go, and use us as a resource for ideas if you get stuck!

  20. Shajauna V. says:

    Share as you go!

  21. Please share as you go. Can you also give more explanation about your “mood board” for your room? I’m stuck with what to so for my entire house & we moved into in 2009 also.

    1. I don’t have a mood board created yet. But I’ll share it once I get it done. It’s basically putting all the elements (wall color, furniture, bedding, drapes, etc.) together to get an idea of the room. If I were you, I’d start working on one room at a time. That’s what I’ve done.

  22. Christine says:

    Definitely share the process, please. I would love to know the why, where and how, as your ideas come to life. 🙂

  23. Progress, please! It’s fun to see it as it changes. Good luck!

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