The bones of the master bedroom at Flip 5 were good, but it was so…blank. And calling it a master bedroom is a bit of a stretch since it’s the smallest of the two bedrooms. Even though it’s a tight space, I wanted it to feel like a cozy retreat.
And I did that with just paint and staging.
I will eventually have the wood floors refinished, but after the Flip 3 wood floor debacle, I learned to wait until the very last minute. The only thing I changed in this space was the paint color. The original light beige needed some freshening up.
I love all the natural light this space gets. The original windows have so much character and charm, and although they probably need replacing in the near future, for now I love the character they bring to the space. My goal for staging this room was to make it feel bigger than it is.
I started by using my staple light gray to lighten and modernize the room. Then I decided to accessorize with neutral shades. I tend to always use shades of blue in master bedrooms because it’s such a soothing color.
And because people always ask, I thought it would be helpful to walk you through the room and let you know where I got stuff and how much. My style is to incorporate new and used, various textures, and bits of charm throughout.
I had been looking for a vintage brass bed forever. I feel like I’ve seen a dozen over the years at estate sales…until I started looking for one. I never did get lucky with a brass bed. However, there is an overstock store about an hour from here, and I found this vintage-inspired metal queen bed for less than $200. It’s a good close second. This was my first purchase for this room, and I made everything else work around it.
My next staple piece that I worked around was a beautiful vintage chenille fringed bedspread. I love the pattern and soft texture it adds. I scored it at a thrift store for like $3. And one of my staple bed decorating rules is that there should always be a blanket or comforter folded at the foot. It’s another way to add additional texture and color to a space. Lately, I have been crushing big time on marbe fabrics. Have y’all seen them? Some are very pricey online, but, of course, I don’t do pricey! I found this Nicole Miller marble comforter set for $50 at TJ Maxx– it came with the comforter and two shams.
I had originally purchased this accent throw pillow from Target. I didn’t love it, but it had similar colors as the comforter. But then the thrifting gods dropped an almost new blue linen cross pattern pillow for $3! It’s the perfect blend of colors and really accentuates the blue in the comforter. And you can’t beat $3, and it’s in excellent shape!
I’m sure you noticed a couple years ago all across blog land and designer catalogues that layered rugs made a splash. I hated it. I swore I wasn’t going to do it, but then I kept touring houses and seeing pictures on Instagram of layered textured rugs. And what can I say? They won me over. I wanted a natural fiber looking area rug as the base, but they aren’t cheap! Small ones were running near $200. I finally found an indoor/outdoor faux natural fiber rug at Lowe’s for $75! Since it’s indoor/outdoor, it’s very durable and easy to clean!
Another tip I use is when working with a small space like this is to lay the rug at an angle. It’s an optical illusion which helps make the space look a little bigger than it is.
I wanted to bring in a small dose of pattern, and I picked up the fringed accent rug at Target for $30. Anything fringed is all the rage right now!
The vintage blue Sears & Roebuck dresser and night stand are pretty sentimental. They were my grandma’s. I have the complete set that includes a twin bed frame, mirror, and small side table. When I was little kid I asked for it when Grandma passed away (can you believe kids are so blunt?!). It’s no longer in pristine shape, but I love it that way! The awesome boho mirror was a Cracker Barrel score. Do you ever shop their store before eating? I always do!
In real life, the top of dressers usually hold mismatched socks, jewelry, and other clutter. But I think if you “stage” the top of a dresser, you’re more inclined to keep it clean. Or so I tell myself. I frequently snatch up vintage books- especially coffee table books. I think stacking them both horizontally or vertically is a great way to charm to a space. I think part of charm is a lived-in feel. Old books offer that. And even though succulents are supposed to be able to endure even the worst black thumb, I still always kill them. So I’ve now resorted to faux succulents. I picked up the faux succulent at TJ Maxx for less than $10. Whatever works. I snatched up the brass star at TJ Maxx for $7. I’ve said it before, brass is back!
Have you seen these adorable pom-pom baskets? I started seeing them pop up in stores a few months ago, and I like how they add a soft texture to basket. They also collapse to a smaller basket. They’re perfect for holding pillows or throws.
Here’s another tip I frequently use- I snatched this fringed scarf for fifty cents at a thrift store. I like to use oversized scarves to stage as throws. This one has such a cool boho vibe that I thought it was perfect for the space!
There’s an awkward space between the closet and powder bathroom. Awkward spaces are the ones that really need to be defined. I found this midcentury inspired canvas stool at Target (currently on sale!), and I thought it made a good mini-bench where you could sit down and put your shoes on. The boho tapestry was another Target find! Target design game is always strong!
I originally thought I wanted brass curtain rods, but after doing some scouring, I decided some wood tone rods were a better choice to add some warmth to the room. I found the perfect ones at JC Penney. They started at $75/each, but they were 40% off, and I had a $20 coupon. I wanted some boho-inspired curtains. I almost always get my curtains at TJ Maxx because they have a good selection and the best prices. I loved these patterned curtains, and, even better, they were on clearance! For all four, I spent $40.
Last week I posted a picture of the side table on Instagram, and I got so many inquiries about the lamps. They’re awesome, right? I picked up the pair at a yard sale for $3! The faux carnival glass adds so much color. Sometimes they look blue. Sometimes purple. Sometimes green. I absolutely love them! I found a matching pair of vintage oversized shades for $3. So for two matching lamps, I spent a whopping $6!
The final accent in the room is the trio of blue geode framed art. And, of course, those were a Target find too!
I’ll be honest, I think this is my favorite room I’ve ever staged. It’s clean, it’s restful, it’s quiet. I love how it turned out. I always start with an anchor piece, in this case, a bed. Sometimes it’s a blanket. Sometimes it’s art. I let that anchor piece guide my buying. In total, I spent around $500 for everything for the room. I’ve spent less on rooms…and I’ve spent more.
Up next is the guest bedroom…I’ve leaving the boho behind for that room and heading for the beach!