Two reveals within just a few days? Actually, three reveals if you are counting the $87 Minimal Modern Bathroom Nook Reveal from last week. I’ve been a bit of a busy bee lately trying to wrap all these spaces up. Today, I am so excited to share our Mid-Century Bedroom with you all. It’s a bit, or a lot, Mid-Century; a bit, or a lot, plant-filled; and feels like us. It makes me smile every time I see the corner of the room from the hallway.
If you are a longtime reader, then you might have seen our Light and Airy Aqua Bedroom. It was one of the first projects that we did and one of the first where I realized that I LOVED the process of starting, conceptualizing, DIYing and finishing a space. We really enjoyed that space (and so did many of you); but, of course, our styles change over time.
Sometime around two years ago, we slowly starting changing that original space. I’m not sure what piece came first or when the space started looking completely different, but I’d say it happened when I started really honing in on my love of mid-century pieces.
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Throw (Gray)| Round Mirror | Brass Vase (similar) | Floor Mirror (similar) | Light
I found the dresser (above) on Craigslist for around $50. We started playing musical furniture pieces and then I found an amazing vintage headboard at a garage sale.
Rug (similar) | Nightstand | Bench (see DIY) | Lamp
Don’t hate me for telling you that I paid $15 for the headboard. Crazy beans, right?!
Anyways, the layers just kept changing and, for awhile, I couldn’t figure out how to make the pieces work together.
Comforter | Lumbar (similiar) | Mudcloth Pillows | Euro Shams (similar)
I tried to makeover the bedroom for the One Room Challenge last spring but ran into complications with timing. I did make progress with the space through that challenge, yet the space didn’t feel cohesive to me.
I do the best when I can collect pieces over time. If I try to force pieces, then the end result just feels a bit more forced.
Throw | Bed Frame | Vintage Headboard (similar) | Rug (similar) | Light
So, since May of last year, I’ve been thinking about this space. I’ve been slowly adding a piece here or there. It slowly started to come together. Each added piece felt right.
The piece that made everything click into place was the overhead light. I adore the brushed brass and how the steel mimics the steel of the leaning mirror that we’ve had forever.
I was nervous when I ordered it because it comes in three sizes and I wasn’t sure which one would be best. The smallest option was the one that I picked and it’s the perfect size for our low ceilings.
Mounting the tv on the wall drastically changed the look of this little corner. I’m really surprised at that fact, but it’s true. I think being able to put something on the dresser to take the visual interest off the tv is what makes it work.
I felt like I couldn’t find the perfect bed linen combination and then I just said screw it. Funny thing is that my friend, Bridget was saying that she had to purge some decor items. I’d been eyeing some rust mud cloth pillows for quite some time but just hadn’t pulled the trigger and ordered them. Anyways, I was thrilled to buy them from her because I’ve been eyeing them for months from The Ivory Gull (where Bridget bought them).
In my mind, I pictured the pillows working in our eat-in kitchen on the bench seat. When I opened the box though, I just knew they were the missing link to the bedroom.
I love it when that type of thing happens.
Lamps | Basket (similar) | Coin Tray | Nightstand | Headboard (similar)
The curtains used to be in our living room and, although they’d still work great in there, I’m loving them in our master. Forever ago, I did a simple DIY for the bamboo shades (see the fencing to bamboo shades post for the tutorial) and it’s working fine still. Eventually, we will probably spring for some sort of custom roman shade (because we do have to pull the shades down at night) but, for right now, this setup is working for us.
I think my DIY vintage rug to bench really adds some interest to the end of the bed. We like having a bench in our room to put on and take off shoes. I had a plain one in there for awhile and it was just kinda blah. When I saw the torn and dirty rug on eBay – I just knew it would be perfect for recovering the bench.
I’ve said that I’m never going to be a collector of stuff. I just can’t handle having to keep it up nor storing it all. BUT, I do find myself drawn to the vintage pocket change trays.
I didn’t even know that I loved them until a few years ago when another blogging friend (Cassie) shared one on her blog. I begged her to sell it to me and she was a super sweetheart and just mailed it to me.
After that, I looked for them here and there at flea markets. Interestingly enough, the next time I found one in person was with Kyla (another blogger) while we where at the Randolph Street Flea Market in Chicago.
Both of those treasures made it to this room. Now I know that the brass trays used to be pretty popular and you can always find them on Etsy. I told Luke that I’m not going to buy one off of there though because the ones that I have in my house have to have a fun story behind them. =)
I’ve had this fiddle leaf fig for about six months now and it’s going strong. I’m afraid to move it so I just gently rotate it every once in awhile. On watering day, I move it for a day and then move it right back. Can’t mess with a good thing, right?
I’ve been using the trays below the tv for my everyday jewelry. I take off my ring and earrings when I get home and plop them right there. I used to use a little cup (and I do have a small jewelry organizer) but I like just having them sitting on the tray.
Brass Tray | White Platter
Here’s a really good view of the open bathroom nook. I’d love to eventually do a BIG renovation on the bathroom/closet, but for now it at least kind of goes with the bedroom.
I know I’m going to get questions on this large planter. Isn’t it fabulous? I ran into Marshalls to get a towel and ended up coming home with two giant fake planters. We have a few areas in our house that are pretty dark and I knew that they would be perfect accent pieces for those areas. The rest of the plants in our room are real, but this large palm (is it a palm?) is fake; although I do think it looks real.
I plopped some flowers in a vase for our nightstand and called it good. Have you ever seen dried flowers that look like the live ones on our nightstand? Do share, if so! I’d love to be able to add some that would look good all year around.
I guess one of the only things I haven’t chatted about is the skull. I’d been on a hunt for one for about a year and a half. Early in the fall, I found it at a flea market and it’s been above our bed ever since.
I think that’s just about everything in our bedroom. We are absolutely thrilled with the space and are 100% ok with it taking years to get a space that we love. Sometimes, it just takes time and that makes it even better.
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i am a kajillion thousand 100 percent in love with this room!!!! it is incredible, ashley! i love everything about it!
Thanks Cassie!! It’s so us now and I feel right at home.
Brynne | The Gathered Home
Oh my gosh Ashley! This space is incredible!!! Your textile mixing is out of this world, and I love all the warm colors with the bright wall color! And that light!!! Wonderful job, my friend!
Blushing over here. I can’t believe you mentioned the textile mixing… that is the hardest thing in the world for me!! Thanks Brynne!
Nailed it. This room just glows with your style.
Thank Charlotte! I’m happy to have it finished and just be us.
Carol @ CAD INTERIORS
It turned out so beautiful, and so you!!! Great story behind your brass coin tray collection. 🙂 Love the textiles and all the plants. The new light fixture ties into the dark color of your bathroom vanity! Gorgeous room, Ashley!
Thanks Carol! Best compliment ever to say that it’s so me, right?! I love the coin collection (is it a collection when I just have two?).=)
I love the light wall and warm wood contrast! Could you tell me the name of your wall color?
Thanks Holly! Simply White by Valspar. It’s a bright white that pulls a blue undertone.
LOVE everything about this room! The bench turned out so good! And that new light is gorgeous!
Thanks girl! I love how the bench turned out… it’s the perfect little bit of interest.
Steph @ One Mile Home Style
This room is gorgeous Ashley!!! I love, love, love those nightstands!
Thanks Steph! The nightstands were a must-have last year… I fell in love with them!
Régine from The 256 Project
I LOVE that ceiling lamp. All around, love the simplicity of the room.
That ceiling light just made the room! Thanks so much Regine!
What a fabulous space! That light fixture really does make the room, and I want to come walk on that rug….I’m finding the texture irresistibly appealing. Great job–love every bit of it!
Thanks Gretchen. totally agree, that ceiling light— just perfection.
OH M G! Ashley, you outdid yourself. It’s so so pretty!
Thanks Julia! It finally feels done and like us!
Corinna - ADesignerAtHome
I need all your amazing textiles! Rug, blanket, pillow- AH!
Gosh girl, you have amazing textiles yourself! Thanks though!
Love this room! I must have this rug!! Where did you get it?
The rug is so old so I couldn’t link it up. Sorry!
Hi! What color/kinds of woods are the furniture you have in this room? I love the glowy, rich color the light brings out of the headboard and nightstand in picture 25.
A light walnut. I’m drawn to that for sure!
Hi Ashley, I’ve been looking for a blue rug similar to this but the link provided doesn’t work. Can you provide where you bought it from? Thanks so much.
The rug is over 5 years old and isn’t available any longer. There’s a similar one at West Elm (affiliate link): http://rstyle.me/n/csvnc7b5yhf
Love this room! All around, love the simplicity of the room.
Beautiful bedroom! I too feel my style is changing and I’m finding my way so I hope to get to work with a DIY project soon. Thanks for all the tips!
Thanks Mimi! Hope you find time to do a DIY project soon!