Keely’s Bedroom Makeover (Before + After!)

Since the last time I checked in house-wise, we had a pretty big change: we moved! At the end of last summer, we very unexpectedly found a house that we felt was perfect for us in an area we wanted to eventually move. The way everything came together, we felt we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Even though I wasn’t totally ready to leave our old home that we had put all our hearts into gutting and renovating (anyone else get SUPER emotional leaving their first home?), the idea of having new rooms to spruce up felt like a really exciting challenge that made it much easier to transition.

The first room we decided to tackle was our master bedroom. Our old bedroom had black walls, so we definitely went in a different direction, haha. As soon as I saw this Sera headboard from Article, I knew I was going to design the room around it. It was love at first sight. It’s made of cotton velvet (so luxurious) and has a mounting ledge that makes it super easy to attach to the wall.

To complement the dramatic, lush feel of the headboard, we decided to paint the room a soft, muted pink. Out of the five samples we swatched on the walls, Seaside Villa by Behr won and it’s exactly what we had hoped for. I have the feeling I’m going to use a fair amount of pink in this house—it’s a color that makes Michael and I feel cozy and relaxed, and to me, it’s totally a neutral. 😉

The opposite side of the room had some space that needed to be utilized, so we decided on a sitting area, and it’s been such a great addition. This pink table and comfy, but very chic chair (love the gold legs) also from Article totally stole my heart. The painted top on the table is the most perfect shade of blush! As you know, we love Article around here. They offer free shipping over $999 (it’s usually just a flat rate of $49 for orders under that and smaller shipments are $19) and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee so you can try out your new furniture in your home. If you’re not completely happy, they’ll pick up the furniture and provide a refund, minus the delivery and pickup charges which is $49 in most cases — so I love that there’s some flexibility and you can try different things if you need to. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re stuck with an item you order because it’s big.

After landing on the pink, green and cream color palette, I decided on adding some terracotta/rust into the mix for some extra texture. I came across a new favorite website for flora-related decor, which is where I found the vase and sun palms (similar here). The brass swans are vintage and so far I’m very impressed with the function of this essential oil diffuser.

This print by Arielle Vey was also one of those things I saw and just knew its home had to be here in this room. Her work is truly some of my favorite photography. This print is 30×40, which is pretty big, so we used this DIY from the blog to make a frame for it and it saved us some serious $$$. I also love that if you find some decorative trim that you like, you can use that for your frame edges! Very customizable.

Formerly, I had left the top of our dresser pretty bare, but putting some of my favorite books (LOVE Beyond Beautiful! Recommend so highly) and some plants on here has sparked a lot of joy. This candleholder was such a find for me! I saw it in the Target aisle and it deeply affected me, haha.

This room has quickly become our favorite in the house–just ask our model pictured above (she wants to be in here 24/7). She always sits at the door like “OK, ready for bed now?” and it’s so funny! Putting this room together has reminded me of two things: paint can change everything and designing around one or two focal point pieces (in my case here, the headboard and the Arielle Vey print) can really help to make things easier and more fun. Thanks for tagging along today! xo Keely

Sources: Sera Headboard in Balsam, Calcite Ivory Spin Chair, and Silicus Pink Table c/o Article, Duvet cover in Lambskin / Amazon, Tassel pillow / Marshalls, Rattan side tables / Southeastern Salvage, Sconces / Amazon, Sitting area lamp / Amazon,  Rug under bed / Rugs USA, Rug under chair / Rugs USA, Macrame above bed / Amazon, Rust pom pom throw / Amazon, Tray / Target, Candleholder, Target / Terracotta vase / Afloral, Pom pom pillow / Target, Ottoman / Wayfair, Wall sconces / Lamps Plus,  Bed frame / Amazon, Gold leaf jewelry tray / World Market,  Vanity mirror / Target, Ladies print / Urban Outfitters.

Credits//Author: Keely Rust. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

  • Your room is beautiful. Where did you get the print with the women above the grey chair seating area? (Sorry if I missed the link)

    • It’s from Urban Outfitters — I linked it at the bottom of the post for you. 🙂

  • Keely, congratulations on your new home! That wall color is GORGEOUS and I am equally obsessed with some good green accents (bonus points if it’s silky or velvet) so I adore your new room set up. Do you still have your two song posters up in your room that used to be overhead?

    • Thanks so much, Laura! I still love those prints — I repurposed them in our guest room makeover. 🙂

  • I really love the simplicity of this room. It feels like a place that would be easy to relax in. I also super love the simple diffuser! I have a Young Living one but it just isn’t aesthetically pleasing.

  • HI Keely,

    I love the beautiful marble-base mirror on the dresser. Where is it from? Is it a magnifying or ‘normal’ mirror?

    thanks, great makeover!

    • Hi there! It’s a regular mirror and from Target — I just linked it in the bottom of the post!

  • This is nice. We’re planning to decorate the new home that I bought as well here in my country. And I can’t wait to do makeover as well.

  • Hi, thanks for your post. I also wondered about the ceiling fan and also did you share where the gold little jewellry leaf was from?

    • I’m honestly unsure about the ceiling fan. It was here when we bought the house and I just painted the blades white from black, sorry! The leaf tray is linked at the bottom of the post 🙂

  • I love this room! did you mention the bedside lamps? Where did they come from?

    Thank you!

  • I know this isn’t part of the makeover (which looks great!), but do you mind sharing the source from your bed frame?

  • This is gorgeous!!! Where did you get that cute little stool next to your Article chair? xoxo

  • So beautiful and you’re right CALMING! Question about the ceiling fan, is it replaced or painted?!

      • Hi! Thanks for answering all these questions – your design is lovely!

        Follow-up question on the painted fan – what color did you choose for the gold/brass parts (I’m assuming spray paint)? I know there’s been a post about ABMs fav gold spray paints back in 2015 but I’d love to know what you used for this! Thank you.

        • I actually did not paint it gold, I left it silver. I like a little mixed metals goodness. 🙂

  • Your new bedroom looks really good, Kelly! Great job! 🙂

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