I’m sharing some updates I’ve made to my master bedroom. Some were quick, and some took me several years to get to, but they were all simple changes to this ever evolving space. I shared this space a few months ago during the holidays, and you can see how it looked here.
Pillows and Throws
When we moved into our home 13 years ago, I purchased 10 yards of a neutral ticking stripe fabric from Pottery Barn. I’ve had it so long that I can’t even remember what I was originally planning to do with it. Year after year, I hung on to that fabric. It took up space in my drawer, and more than once I considered just donating it. But, I loved it and I just couldn’t bring myself to part with it. (It’s a sickness, I know). I did use a tiny bit of it to make some no sew napkins last fall. But, I hadn’t been inspired to do anything else with the remaining 9.9 yards of it. To lighten the bedroom for spring, I decided to make some easy, envelope closure pillows for my bed.
I am by no means an expert seamstress. I’m not even sure I could qualify as a novice. My sewing is pretty much limited to basic straight stitching. Even so, it’s enough to be able to tackle simple projects like pillows. Some day, I’d love to learn to sew zippers, but for now envelope closures work just fine. It took me 13 years to get around to this project, but once I started, I was finished in less than an hour. These pillow covers are so easy.
I measured my pillow and then cut one long piece of fabric the width of the pillow and double the length plus an extra 6 inches for the overlap. Working with stripes makes cutting and sewing a straight line so easy. I hemmed both of the short ends. I then laid out the fabric (wrong wide out) with about a 5 inch overlap to create the envelope closure, pinned, and then sewed the long edges. That’s it.
I found the pretty blue tassel throw at Nordstrom Rack, and it brings a touch of blue into the neutral room.
I had a small piece of the blue stripe grain sack fabric left from another project. There was just enough for one side of a small lumbar pillow, so I sewed it up and used the ticking for the back. What can I say, I was on a roll with the sewing.
I also switched out my bedroom light fixture for one that’s a bit more rustic and has some added texture. I really liked my old one, but I was ready for a change. We had an electrician hang it because dealing with electricity is just not my thing.
The basket on top of the armoire was a thrifted find. It is a beautifully made and very large basket that is great for storing extra linens, etc. I had no idea where it was going to go when I found it, but that didn’t stop me from buying it. I knew I could find a good spot for it. I definitely have a thing for baskets, and this is a good one.
The driftwood mirror was a West Elm find from many years ago. I’ve moved it to several locations in my home, but I’m liking it over the bed right now. Sometimes using what you already have in a new spot gives it whole new lease on life.
Last fall I repainted the room in Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray. It’s a very light and warm gray, almost white. This room has several large windows and gets a ton of light, which I love. We have wood blinds for light control and privacy. Inexpensive Ritva curtains from IKEA add a bit of softness to the room. They have a linen-like texture, but are a fraction of what linen curtains would cost.
Greenery and Flowers
Adding a plant or two adds some life and color. My fiddle leaf fig is still alive after a year. These plants are notoriously fussy, and I’ll admit mine isn’t as pretty as it was the day I bought it, but he’s hanging in there. A few leaves have dropped, and a few more have brown edges. If you have any tips for caring for one, I’d love to hear them.
Adding seasonal flowers is always a good way to freshen up a space for the season. I just can’t get enough of these pink ranunculus right now. I also used them to style my den.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend!
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