ABM Studio: The Bedroom (Before)

Bedroom inspirationImage via Desire To Inspire.

Hey friends! I'm here to share some plans for the bedroom in our new space. This is one of my favorite rooms in the house. Here are a few "before" photos:Bedroom BEFOREThis is what you see when you walk into the room from the hallway. This is the wall where the bed will be. The room you can see through the door is a small room that we plan to use as a "styling room" (basically pretty storage). Bedroom BEFORE    Alright- turn to the right and this is the next wall. Maybe some art here? 

Bedroom BEFORE  This is the wall facing the hallway. That other door goes up the attic. Isn't that little window a character? Maybe a side table or dresser on that small wall? 

Bedroom BEFORE Here's my favorite view! A wall with pretty bay window. 

We have big plans for this room! First of all, the border has been stripped and the warped ceiling has been skim coated. We painted the room a fresh bright white with a pop of color on the ceiling. You might remember we were considering a pop of color for the living room ceiling, but we decided it was more fitting for the bedroom. I just picked out the light fixture and it's gorgeous! 

That's all the progress we have so far. SO many more choices to make. Bed frame inspiration Bed frame inspiration Bed frame inspiration Headboard inspiration via Desire To Inspire.

You guys may already know, but we love making headboards! This time we want to change it up and do something fun underneath the bed as well. I'm actually considering a canopy bed frame. Can't wait to dream up side table ideas as well. 

Something Unexpected!Image via Because I'm Addicted. 

One thing I really want to focus on in this room is something unexpected. I love this gigantic photograph in Mike D's (Beastie Boys) home. 

In addition to these ideas we will for sure create some kind of new incarnation of the guest room cart. Maybe not a cart this time, but a place to leave treats for our guests. We've had a bunch of guests since making that for my homem, and it's such a great way to show our friends we care. 🙂

Alrighty! I only have one more "before" post to share and we'll be sharing progress photos soon! We actually just worked at the new space for the first time today (!!!!!) It's come along way since these before photos were taken in October. Cannot wait to share more! xo. Elsie 

Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Inspiration images are linked throughout.

  • i was wondering the same. such a nice idea to have space for a guest! i love all your update ideas for this place–exciting to watch as it all comes together. thanks–

  • Is there a specific name for the photos of the bed frames you posted? (Not Mike D’s canopy bed). I’m obsessed!! Do I dare ask of there’s a DIY for it? Can’t wait to see what else is next for the house!

  • I was just wondering what year the house was built as we have a 1901 house with nightmare spaces to work with especially the bedroom. I love the ideas that you have shown and hope to adopt some of them if possible. We may have to renovate and add to the bedroom as it is so small. We have another bedroom in the front of the house that has the closet in it, so unsure if I should make that a walk-in closet or what?

    Anyway, I love the house you have, it is so beautiful. I’m sure you will make it even more beautiful. Thanks. Carole

  • I’m having so much fun reading these posts and you haven’t even begun to show us the finished product yet! My mom decided to move to the south (I’m in Chile), so while she looks at a place to live, I’ve been killing time at work looking at paint and fabric. SO EXCITING.

  • I would love to have that last bed! That house is so gorgeous too, you girls have be thinking of my dream house now 🙂

  • can’t wait to see what you guys do with this space!



  • I love those beautiful wood floors! I can’t wait to start seeing the updates that you’re doing to the home!



  • Loving these ideas. I cannot wait to see the after pictures when you are all done.

  • I love your bay window! I have yet to decorate my new bedroom, it’s pretty intimidating!


  • Can’t wait to see the finished results, I’m moving this month and have been loving creating Pinterest boards for every space, will be recording how I get on over on www.peachparade.com

  • I used to be super into remodeling stuff when I was in my twenties. Now that I’m in my thirties I just want to relax and not redo all the time. Do you think that might happen to you guys?

  • I love the blue photo above the bed! And I love your blog! I just started reading it and am already inspired! 🙂

  • This is such an exciting process! Can’t wait to see the end results.

    I love giant photos too. There’s one in the movie Trust the Man that I have always loved.


  • Hi Kim, Great question! We work with a lot of talented people all across the country, who often come to town to work on various ventures with us. It’s nice to be able to offer a cozy place to crash. But don’t worry. We’ve got plenty of work space in this house. We’re going to have a lot of fun here. xo!

  • So exciting! Those windows are amazing! Curious though..I may have missed this in a previous post, but you’re actually designing this bedroom as a bedroom? I guess I was thinking all the rooms would just be work spaces for you all. How fun, though!

  • That is the prettiest bay window I have ever laid eyes on! Can’t wait to see what you decide for “something unexpected” & adore your inspiration photos so much(as usual!)… A pop of aqua or yellow would be super fun in this room!

  • The room with the yellow pillow! OMG, I want to live in that room. I can’t wait to see what you girls come up with; the bedroom in your studio is the perfect size. I’m trying to save money and now I’m wanting to take a trip or two to some of my fave home decor stores to redecorate.

  • I especially like the bay window! Looking forward to seeing how this project comes along–I’m sure you’ll have fun with it.

  • all your inspirational pictures are beautiful! I cant wait to see all the afters! What are you going to use actual bedrooms for if this is an office space?

    Good luck!


  • I love this room! It has such character, all those doors and the little second window 🙂 Can’t wait to see the outcome 🙂

    Box Of Various

  • I’m confused – doesn’t take much! I thought this house was bought as an ‘office’ space for ABM but you’re having a guest room? Does that mean I can come and stay?!?!?!

  • I’m sure you’re gonna make it a gorgeous room, the space already is pretty!
    Can’t wait to see how it’s gonna look!

  • Love this decor, the windows and walls are fantastic, the pics are cool, amazing atmosphere

  • So excited to see progress pics and you guys working in your new home office !! x

  • Love the inspiration photos! And the corner windows in the room are to die for! Can’t wait to see the final result.

  • I love that bedroom, even in the before photos! There’s so much one could do with such a room. Can’t wait for the after Pictures!

    Jule from threepinkcats

  • That room has so much potential! The space is great! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  • The bay window wall is simply gorgeous/breath-taking! I cannot wait to see progress pictures!

  • I’m surprised you’re doing a bedroom in your studio house! I figured it would be mostly workspaces. Still, I am excited to see what you come up with. Good luck!

  • My husband and I are moving to Chicago and I love your decor ideas.
    I can’t wait to decorate our new place!

    I’m having a giveaway over on my blog if you are interested:

    Have a good night!
    Heidi Harlequin

  • I am not understanding why the ABM studio house needs a bedroom? I guess it would make more sense to me, given the range of projects you tackle, to have another workspace if you have the space for it – if only to avoid cross-contaminating messes. You know, like a space to sew where you won’t encounter wet paint or glue, a place to paint where there’s no flying dust/sawdust, or even just a space that’s a big enough space to accommodate a larger project in progress without interfering with productivity elsewhere.

  • love the inspiration. that beachy blue print is great. reminds me a bit of this one from max wanger http://www.maxwangerprintshop.com/product/tulum

  • that bay window is just beautiful.
    love your inspiration…can’t wait to see what you do with it 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • I just love the large bright photo! The color is an awesome focal point!


  • I’m so excited to see how it will turn out! Its got such great bones – mostly those awesome windows, so I know it will be stunning!

  • such inspirational photos, it’s always fun to decorate a space 😀

    The Artistically Challenged: Beauty, Fashion, Music, Lifestyle Blog

  • Such a fun room to redo! Your inspiration pictures are gorgeous! Loving all that yellow! 🙂


  • Love the bay window and the hardwood floors! Can’t wait to see what you guys do to this room!

  • Love the big windows!! I think the yellow accents in the second bedroom inspiration picture would go well in there! Nice and sunshiney!

  • I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this house!


  • Remodeling is so taxing. My first married home was over 100 yes old. Thankfully the husband to be ran duct work prior to my moving in. After that experience I settled on a cosmetic remodel vs a gutter outer. Be sure to insulate your marriage (pun unintended, I assure you). No matter how obsessive the projects can get. So not the same as TV where projects are overnight.

  • Oh my I LOOOOOVE the last photo! That floor is beautiful and so is the large photo!

  • Can’t wait to see your progress shots! Making a place your own is tough work, but so exciting!


  • the first photo made me sing “shot of the night” by the killers hehehe. love the bedroom with the yellow pillow, it looks refreshing

  • Love the huge photograph too! Go Beastie Boys! Looking forward to the progress pics now 🙂 How cool, you get to really experiment with a whole house as it isn’t your own home! Enjoy!

    Turquoise Flamingo

  • What a beautiful room! I love the little corner windows. My home has similar ones but they aren’t floor to ceiling like those. I love the bedding in the fourth to last photo, the yellow polka dots, totally looks like your style! Actually I kind of want that bedding now! Lovely inspiration…good luck!

  • Great inspiration photos. I’m loving the windows in the room. I’ve always wanted a bay window in my bedroom. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with them!

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