It’s finally here — my first room tour of our new Nashville house!! We moved in 8 months ago, and I’m just starting to get to the point where a few rooms are “done”, and while I have so many more rooms to go, it’s great to have our bedroom finally put together. Wanna see what it looked like beforehand?
While I am a big fan of midcentury houses, I have to admit that some of the ranches can be tough to work with. Our house has the classic 60s bedroom characteristics of low ceilings and small windows that are placed high on the wall. I guess they did that so people would have more options of where to place their furniture in the room, but it’s not my favorite feature. You’d be amazed at how much character high ceilings and large windows add to a room, so when you don’t have either, it just feels like you are standing in a boring little box. I have to say that I was pretty stumped for a while on how I was going to add some life and charm to the space, but based on how the room makes me feel now, I would say I did a pretty good job (pats self on back)!
I love the palm print wallpaper I chose for the accent wall (it’s from CB2 but no longer available), and it’s removable. So it’s an easy switch if we ever change our mind. I got two giant fiddle leaf figs for a steal a few months back, and this guy was the perfect size to add some greenery to this corner.
I built this shelf box to be the same size as our awkwardly placed window and to balance out the wall. I’m so glad that I did. It really helps the bed feel centered on the wall, and I get a place for plants and knickknacks (gold hand is from Hobby Lobby and The Royal Tenenbaums prints are from Etsy). Isn’t sleeping Mac the sweetest? I didn’t even have to coax him to be in the photos. He just jumped up on his own and fell asleep…
These midcentury-inspired brass task lamps (similar here) are perfect for the nightstands (which also got a makeover when we moved). I love how the brass stands out against the black and white palm print and the shape is perfect for that throwback feel.
It’s been fun to collect vintage books for the house (in the right colors of course), and I give myself extra bonus points for funny/cool titles. My favorites right now are my Encyclopedia Browns (totally read those growing up), the French version of The Little Prince that I got when I was a teenager, and my very own copy of Do Cats Think? from my future sister-in-law, Sarah. I believe the short answer to that one is, “Duh, but that doesn’t mean they will listen to you…” Still love the skull bookends I made a few years ago too!
One of the biggest changes to the room came whenever we replaced the ugly ceiling fan with this beautiful brass chandelier from Schoolhouse Electric. Changing out a basic light with something more fun makes such a difference, and it’s always one of my favorite moments when renovating a space. Also that pink hand print is probably my favorite art in the house right now.
I can’t tell you enough how much I am in love with our closet doors! This DIY of adding trim to plain wooden doors came out even better than I could have dreamed, and they are first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning. LOVE! The faux sheepskin rug is actually two rugs that I combined to make one big one. The scalloped edges bring some nice curves to the space.
One of the first things I wanted to do when we moved was get a new mattress. When I saw what poor shape our mattress was in once we got it off the moving truck (it was already super old, not the truck’s fault!), I resolved to remedy that situation quickly! We got a new mattress from Casper, and I love it! It’s the first new mattress I’ve ever had, so it makes me feel like a real grown up. I was trying to find the perfect duvet cover for our new bed for weeks when I found this abstract print cover that was just what the doctor ordered. Those fluffy pink throw pillows are basically a dream come true — pink and fluffy for the win!
How cute is this little face vase? It just makes me so happy (the other items are Target FYI).
This hanging jewelry storage DIY (with a mirror on the front) has been such a lifesaver for me! I get the full length mirror I need on the front and lots of space to hang and store jewelry and sunglasses inside. You know I love that palm print!
These pastel cactus prints (similar prints here!) help add that extra Palm Springs vibe to the room. When in doubt, add a cactus, amiright??
I had to restrain myself from adding like 10 more sleeping kitty pics. He’s was such a good kitty model that day!! And to answer the question I always get anytime I share my house, I’m lucky enough that my cats are not interested in eating our plants or flowers. They are, however, interested in my Greek yogurt and pizza, but not plant eaters, so I don’t have to worry about where I place plants around the house. Anyway, refinishing the floors in a dark stain and painting the walls a bright white really helped give the space a fresh look as well (all the white in my house is just untinted paint BTW — it’s as white as it gets!). I know white can feel a little boring at times, but having the white walls helps the color that is there (like the mint doors) really stand out and pop! Hope you guys have enjoyed this look into our new house! I can’t wait to show you more rooms soon! xo. Laura
Credits//Author: Laura Gummerman.Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.