February 10, 2012

Bedroom Makeover - New Home, New Look (Old Stuff)

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We moved into our new home about six months ago...and that's how long it's taken me to get this place in order. It probably would've taken longer, except I had a major incentive - a photo shoot at the house! My amazingly talented photographer friend,Vanessa Stump, was here a few days ago to take some shots of me for my new website (more on that later.) Let me tell you - there's nothing like scheduling a photo shoot in your own house to kick yourself into high-voltage decorating gear. I certainly didn't want to take pictures against piles of laundry and half-painted walls, so I spent the better half of January painting, shopping and styling. 

Here's a before. (See? Big mess. It's embarrassing to share this.)

And here's a couple of shots of the bedroom from the old house. (I blogged about this transformation here and here.)

Bedroom: Version 1
Bedroom: Version 2
Bedroom: Version 3
What's changed?

1) Wall color.

The new wall color is Benjamin Moore's Embroidered Flower from the Color Stories full spectrum line. I was originally thinking of painting the walls a blue-green, but we decided we already had enough cool blue-green hues in the house, and it was time for a change. It was a little bit of a challenge finding a color that would work with the existing headboard, bedding, nightstands, lamps and green dresser, but once I landed on this deep pink, I knew it would work. And I'm loving it. It's like sleeping inside a giant geranium.

2) Sheets

I found the awesome pink sheets AFTER the room was painted. I swear. Kate Spade sheets at Marshall's. On clearance. $25 for a queen set. Definitely a case of being at the right place and the right time.

3) Throw pillows

I added two throw pillows. Both the pink and green pillows are from Ross. I think they were $10 a piece.

4) Actual room

This room is not the same physical space as the first two shots. I know it looks the same but it's not. Sometimes when people move they feel like they have to change all their furniture and decor to "go with the house." I say, give paint a shot first. And invest in a few new accessories. Sometimes it's just a matter of tweaking a couple of things. I didn't love the way our bedding and furniture looked against the previously yellow walls. Now I do. Maybe even more than versions 1 and 2! 

5) Styling on nightstand

The lamp is the same, the other styling items are a little different. But, with the exception of the fresh flowers, I used items I already had. There's a million other ways I could have styled the nightstand. This is just the one I landed on for this particular shoot. 

Moral of the story?

Rooms can be transported from home to home. They may need a little customizing along the way. You might need to edit, you might need to re-style. But don't assume that just because you move you need to buy all new stuff. Sometimes the old stuff works just fine. 

If you've recently moved and are struggling with color and design decisions please call me at 650.867.3896 or shoot me an email at kelly@artestyling.com to discuss your project.


  1. It looks great! The headboard really pops against the pink. I've had a bedroom a similar color in the past, and always found it to be cheerful. Having such a rich color on the walls means that you don't have to overboard with everything else.

    1. Very true, Diane. The deep colors tend to "fill up" the wall space. It's amazing, actually, what those richer, deeper colors can do to a room.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is a fantastic post, Kelly! You are so right about reworking what you already have, and you've illustrated this beautifully. Gotta love your new wall colour... and that vintage (is it vintage?) evening clutch. Have a great weekend, and enjoy your new colour in your new room in your new home with your 'old' stuff ;-)

  3. That pink is just perfect! I love.... it. And the green dresser, and green fringe: it all looks like an Italian ice and good enough to eat!

  4. I'm infatuated with this color and may need to investigate this for my new office. I so love that you know to pick up these amazing finds at Marshall's, etc. I don't know what I'd to without those stores! The bedroom is so lovely and magazine ready I'd say!

  5. I absolutely LOVE your new wall colour! It's so cheery and fresh, and it's the perfect backdrop for the blues and greens of the pieces you already had :-)

    Also love the sight line out your bedroom door - the colours in each space look so good together :-)

    I wish I was as fast as you with the painting and styling - we've been in our house for over 10 years and I'm still not done! Maybe I need to book a photo shoot to get my butt in gear ;-)

    {Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback on the grey & brass kitchens I posted about :-) }

  6. you've inspired me. i'm re-painting my bedroom pink

  7. Where did you get your headboard? I love it.

  8. Thanks! I picked it up at an estate sale for $2.50. It was quite a find. It's a twin size and I used it for a queen bed. Just nailed it to the wall.

  9. Every version looks great! I love your new wall color, it's so vibrant and fun.

  10. Hi! The headboard is fabulous! Where can I buy one like it?

    Daughter is moving to a new apartment for college and needs a headboard.

    Thank you for your awesome ideas!

    1. Anon- I suggest looking on eBay and craigslist and also scouting local garage and estate sales. A quick eBay search pulled this one up that is almost exactly the same:


      (It's local pick up only, but they are out there!)

      Mine is a twin size that I simply nailed to the wall.

      Good luck!


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