Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board

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I have another “dreamy” post for y’all today. ;)
Dreamy as in Master Bedroom plans and a mood board I created with what I “dream” for this bedroom to look like after 11 long years!

With so much to do in this house, I’ve mostly neglected the bedroom decor-wise (except for painting the walls….3 times now!).
No more of that. 
I’m ready to have my sanctuary.
My place to go and relax…instead of my place to just go and sleep.

Everyone should have that. 

Now be warned, I’m going to be sharing some “real deal”, “real life” photos today! ;)
Not the typical, pretty to pin photos.
But I just really wanted to share some behind the scenes….and it’s not all pretty but it is true to life. :)

So first, my vision…..I created this mood board with things I love….

Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board - Beach Themed Bedroom - artsychicksrule


Bright, light and airy…and coastal, of course.

Or maybe a splash of fun colored fabric somewhere…curtains, bedding??
(see the colorful fabric behind the pillows in this one tying it all together?)

Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board - with a splash of color - artsychicksrule

I’m unsure yet. We’ll see if I keep it more neutral or add something fun like that.

So let’s start at the beginning…sort of.

This room started out PURPLE with LAVENDER trim. I so wish I had taken a “before” photo like I did the rest of the house, but I didn’t. :(
I have nothing against purple but it was quite bold for a Master bedroom.
I wanted to make it a bit more gender neutral so changed it to a green shade soon after moving in.

Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board - original purple wall color we moved in to underneath - artsychicksrule

Looks like a sad face, doesn’t it?! Haha
We were scraping off excess plaster (plaster walls) and smoothing things out before I painted.
And voila….PURPLE showed up!
I am a color loving girl but this is not my fave, I have to tell ya.

And here’s the green color I painted over the purple when we moved in.

Green Wall Color - Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board - artsychicksrule
This was behind the TV mount on the wall and we’re moving where the TV is going so we took it down.
It was kind of a sage-y green.

Then I painted it yellow about 6 years ago.

And NOW I just repainted it neutral so I can decorate and design without any restrictions.
That yellow made it hard for me.

I painted it in the same shade I just repainted our Dining Room.
Sherwin Williams Navajo White (by half with White). (I’ll have an update on that room at the bottom of this post)

Here’s how you paint your room without moving everything out….

Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board - the real deal while painting - artsychicksrule

….you pile everything up on the bed! ;)
Well, mostly … and move everything away from the wall to the center of the room.

And here it is in the yellow about 6 years ago. (please keep in mind I snapped these to show my sister the new yellow color….not to share with the world originally! ;) )
So…disregard the laundry and the decorating (or lack of decorating) in this photo.

Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board - BEFORE Painting - artsychicksrule

And now…. (same view, bed moved)

Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board - BEFORE redecorating - artsychicksrule

I really also dislike the orange-y laminate flooring we put in right after we moved in.
I am thinking about painting it but that’s a big undertaking with all the items in this room.
So….maybe not! (but I did do a test strip with my method on a leftover piece and it worked!)

Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board - BEFORE redecorating - Window - artsychicksrule

The paint color is sort of a “white sand beach” color. Perfect.

I think I’ll save the rest of these “befores” photos until I have the pretty “afters” in the reveal upcoming.
I’m hoping to have it completed very shortly.

Hey y’all :)

Master Bedroom Plans & a Mood Board - new bed and details SOON - artsychicksrule

I’m finally doing something with that old thrifted headboard up there too!

I mentioned I’d share what’s happening in the Dining room…..
(you can see the plans for, and mood board for this room, here –> “Dining Room Changes“)

Dining Room Coffee Bar (new design coming) - artsychicksrule

No more yellow! (although it is a “warm” shade still)
Not sure yet what will become of the Coffee Bar. I may design another or I may continue to use this one.
I will move it closer to the kitchen, however.

We removed the cabinet that was on the wall over the Bar Cabinet.

Dining Room Bar Cabinet (new paint) - artsychicksrule

It’s amazing how different it looks and more open.

But then that left us with all of this….

Have to find somewhere to put these glasses now - artsychicksrule

I need to find a new way to store all of the glassware that was IN that cabinet.
I may do several shelves with wine rack underneath.
Or I may sell the current bar cabinet and get one that is a bit larger (not open on the bottom) and put a shelf or two up top as well.
What do y’all think?

PLUS, I’m fairly certain I am selling the Baker’s Hutch pictured above.
The Coffee Bar will go in it’s place instead.

I know it all doesn’t look like much right now but I’m excited about the change!
(and excited to get my house back in order! ;))

Alrighty….what do y’all think of my design for my bedroom? My mood board and vision?
I’d love to hear what you think about both the dining and bedroom plans…and anything you’d think would look nice that I might not have thought of.

I’m excited. I can’t wait to have our bedroom fully decorated….finally.

See you guys next week with some “Trash to Treasures” and a simple but fun “Back to School” DIY project for you!


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    1. Thank you Christine! :)
      I can’t wait for it to all come together. I’m down to sourcing all of the items now! (thriftily!)

  1. your vision is PERFECT to me! Can’t wait to see the finished room. I also love the coastal look!

  2. never mind the paint colours and changes in your home – Nancy I can’t believe you are 48! You look AMAZING!!!! Beautiful. That’s all I have to say. :-)

  3. I love your mood board for the bedroom. I would love to see larger night stands. maybe a dresser instead or painted small scale dining table that could double as dressing table for make up or desk. just hate matchy night stands that look way too small. AND go for the curtains. it pulls it together and will wow or use as fabric for pillows on bed or cover a chair seat. i’d tone down the scripted furniture. looks too crafty and trying too hard. ps love your blog. I look forward to it every week.

    1. Hi Mari!
      Thank you, I love all of your suggestions! :) I hope to find good night stands. I have been looking (thrift stores, Craiglist) for some to makeover. No luck yet!
      I think you are right on the curtains. I want some color there to tie it all in.
      Thank you also for the very kind words! I’m so happy you enjoy the blog. :)
      Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Nancy, You and your husband look so happy with your new bed and pillows! I’m sure they are a great change. I really like your mood board for your new bedroom project. It will look so fresh and beachy! You are doing great things with your home! (And you are gorgeous, by the way!) :)


    1. Hi Lynda!
      Thank you! :) We are enjoying both. Our bed was old and it was time for a new one!
      I can’t wait to finish up the room…trying to find the night stands now! No luck yet, though. (thrift stores, Craigslist..I may garage sale tomorrow)
      And thank you so much for the very sweet compliment!! :)
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. as i have said before you always make things so pretty, just like you…. i think the pic of you and hubs should go up on the wall some where in the bedroom i just love it and go for more color in your room i think what ever you do will look fabulous xx p.s. your hubs is a hunk too lol

    1. Aw thank you Chris!!
      Someone also mentioned that about the photo….I may just have to frame it and put it up somewhere! :)
      I am thinking pops of color in the pillows and curtains. (and accessories) It’s fun watching it come together..
      Out today looking for night stands…no luck yet! (thrifty not retail, so it’s hit or miss)
      And thank you …. I told my hubby!! He smiled (blushed!). :)
      Have a great weekend!!

  6. Love your mood board, Nancy! I’m a neutral girl (with pops of color), so it’s right up my alley. I can’t wait to see your final room! xo

    1. Thanks Karen! Oh yea, neutral is fun! I’m loving the flexibility of it! I’m doing the same in the dining. I can’t wait to finish both rooms. :)
      (and use that stencil!! I have a few ideas rolling around! :))

    1. Aw thanks Patricia! No, but 30 was a great year though!! ;) Time sure does fly!
      Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you Christy! I love the pretty pictures, but behind the scenes are always the most fun!
      Right?! ;)

  7. I thought you were in your twenties!!! I’m in shock!!! Really!!!

    Can’t wait to see your new bedroom. Mine is old and tired, but unable to make changes as I decorate with inherited quilts and wood furniture I can’t paint!!!

    1. Aww thank you, no, it’s been awhile since I saw 20’s!! ;) Some days it doesn’t feel like that long ago…and some days it feels like an eternity!! lol
      I bet your bedroom is beautiful however! I love old quilts. :)
      I have a pretty wood dresser that I won’t paint either. I didn’t share it in this post but will have it in the upcoming post. The night stands I am looking for will be thrifty (thrift store, garage sale, etc) Haven’t found them yet but I’m still looking!

  8. I can see it coming together. Want to share your bedding-buying experience? I need new mattress/bs.Big purchase and so easy to go wrong……

    Had a “fail” here with yellow, too. Wrong light on the northern exposure for that color. “Dixie Dawn” pink was perfect. Sp snug and warm. Light makes such a difference! But I’m of the opinion that nothing can make purple of any sort work for ME. Now you’ve had time to know what feels right and I know it will be beautiful. Keep on keeping on…….

    1. Thanks MJ!
      I will be sharing it very soon…on the blog! (about the bed…still in the “testing it out” out phase right now :))
      You are so right about lighting! It’s amazing how it can change the way a color looks. I had that same experience when I painted two rooms, right next to each other, the same exact color.
      They looked very different because of the lighting each got. Had to repaint one of the rooms.
      And thank you…I can’t wait to get it complete.

  9. Love the bedroom ideas and really liked the pillow with flowers. It brings in another color. Do you have a over head light or ceiling fan in your bedroom? If so, you may want to put in a chandelier instead. It is so romantic, especially if you install a dimmer switch. Have you ever heard a 74 year old suggest
    such a thing,LOL I agree with several of the women. I think the picture of you and hubby is adorable and should be framed. I have a daughter that is 49 (can’t believe she will be 50 in Feb) and no one else thinks she is 49. And yes I think you are beautiful and very sweet looking. I also like the picture of the saying and should be hung in the bedroom. I love the blue color that you use. Keep doing what you do too because that is what keeps you happy.

    1. Thanks Mary!
      I really love that flower fabric too. I didn’t save that one over on Polyvore when I created the mood board (just screen shot to share here) and now I can’t find the fabric again! :( I’ve been on the lookout for something similar.
      We have a ceiling fan currently. My husband loves it…I would love a chandelier! ;) I haven’t been able to sway him yet but I read him your comment and ….he looked like it could be a maybe finally! :)
      Thank you, I snapped a couple more photos of us that day and may just frame one of them! I hadn’t thought of it until several of you mentioned it.
      I am also a Feb baby (Feb 9) and will be 49. Thank you for the very kind words…all of them! :)

  10. Hi Nancy
    I love your posts and always open them first in my emails.
    Did you finish and post your master bedroom? Did I miss it?

    1. Hi Betty! That is so awesome, thank you so much! :) And no, we sure didn’t. We got started on the adjoining master bath/closet (which then took a back seat to these other makeovers…again! lol) so the room filled up with all of our closet items. We are starting back on that makeover now and should be sharing not only it but also the newly decorated master bedroom…hopefully by spring. We’ll see! xoxo

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