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A Casual Traditional, Serene and Earthy Bedroom Moodboard (in Arizona!)

January 28, 2020  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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This post is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement.

A few weeks ago, we teamed up with The Makerista (Gwen! I love her!) and Lowe’s Home Improvement to find a bedroom in the country in need of some TLC and a family that could use some respite. We had hundreds of bedrooms flood in and we cried through reading so many stories. The truth is–everyone deserves a sanctuary at the end of the day. Everyone does. Together, we chose a young family in Arizona who lost their young son, Will. The current state of the bedroom is dark, dated and forgotten and we’ll be traveling to their home at the end of February to completely re-do it in just a couple days!

We’ll be working together with The Makerista on this project, but Gwen and I thought it would be fun to each do our initial designs separate from each other so 1. Double the inspiration for you! and 2. We also thought it would be a great lesson on collaborative design or how to combine multiple design styles in a space. (Fingers crossed this works) So today, I’m sharing my vision for the space and Gwen is sharing hers on The Makerista (check it out here!) and the final design will be fun to see where we end up somewhere in the middle!

Here’s how the room looks now.

Lowe’s is sponsoring the makeover. They’re flying us there and putting us up and we are using ALL LOWE’S products and decor for the makeover. They have everything from flooring, paint and beams (which you probably knew) to beautiful floor mirrors, nightstands, bedding and the decor we’ll need to finish off the space, too!

More my mood board, I focused on the homeowners’, Cori and Chris’s, desire for a peaceful, bright retreat. My vision for the room is a light, neutral, soft and earthy in my signature traditional meets casual and cozy style.

Here’s the mood board I came up with!

Curtain Rod | Curtains | Beams |Sconces | Bed Frame | Mattress | Nightstand | Rug | Blanket | Throw Pillow | Floor Mirror | Bench | Desk Lamp | Dresser Tray | Chair | Floor Lamp | Wood Floors | Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Incredible White| Headboard Inspiration Source

I’d love to paint the walls and paneling a warm, light taupe (I’m thinking HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams Incredible White, but I won’t actually choose the color until I’m IN the room!) and line the ceiling with multiple wood beams. Currently the room has a stretched out wall-to-wall carpet that I’d love to tear up and lay wood floors and layer a beautiful vintage-inspired rug to add a little bit or pattern, color and character.

Lowe’s has a lot of beds on their site, but I thought it would be beautiful to use the pretty walnut platform frame and then DIY an extra-wide headboard that extends from wall to wall. (Similar to this inspiration photo) and use curtains or drop cloths (!!) as the fabric with wall sconces mounted on it for a really custom look. The striped curtains will tie in to the black of the floor mirror and task lamp spread throughout the room, and the legs of the nod-to-modern nightstands (okay, I LOVE these!) a cozy reading chair for the corner of the room. Tonal bedding will keep the focus on soft texture throughout the room.

So that’s the high level of MY ideas. And now I’m off to check out Gwen’s. The only problem with this format is now I’m really attached to this room and want to see it come to life! Haha. In collaborative design, whether it’s with your partner or someone else, I would normally work in must-haves from the beginning and work together every step of the way. Designing two separate rooms first is more of a challenge, but also really fun to share our personalities and design ideas with our audiences, too.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

What do you think?

  1. Leslie Whitehead says:

    Love this design! I’m interested to see how you address the Peloton bike….I have one and it can only go in the master ????. Any ideas on how to disguise it or just role with it would be welcomed!

  2. Shanna says:

    You all picked the same nightstands! It was meant to be.

  3. Katka says:

    Wow! I love the floor, rug, chair, blanket and nightstand from your moodboard and I think it would go great with the bedding, curtains, and dresser from Gwen’s moodboard. Can’t wait to see how you guys will mix it together!

  4. Venita Dimmick says:

    I had no idea Lowe’s carried so much in the way of home furnishings and decor! This room looks beautiful and I am so happy for the family, it sounds like they will benefit greatly from having you and Gwen pamper them a bit. I am most excited to see the collaboration, the melding of two great ideas into one best design. I love it when that happens in our house, when my husband and I bring our thoughts together, then the combination of the best of the best really is what makes us both happy.

  5. Great ideas! Updating doors and windows are the easiest way to change a space. You have a gorgeous source of light with the arched window. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  6. Ellen says:

    So interesting to see the two different takes, and I think the basics are so similar (nightstands-obvs, neutral bedding, warm wood tones, mod fabric-covered headboard). Can’t wait to see your two styles blend along with the homeowner’s wishes!

  7. Well thank you for designing our bedroom mood board! SO dreamy!

  8. Jenna Koester says:

    LOVE this inspo! Gwen’s pendant lights above the nightstands remind me of my Grandmother’s MCM home so I’m partial to those over the sconces, but otherwise I’m 100% loving the warmer colors right now. Is it possible there are hardwoods underneath the carpets? Would love to see you all keep that original detail if possible :)

  9. Jess says:

    Did you guys pick the same nighstands on purpose?! I love the color she chose for the walls and curtains, but I like your idea for the bed and the rug better. Cannot wait to see how you blend together the designs into an amazing reality!

  10. Kimberly says:

    The link wasn’t working for me and I can’t seem to find Gwens design on her website. Can you direct me to that? I’m excited to see both designs for the same space!

  11. Sarah says:

    Something happened with Gwen’s link … but your inspiration board looks great! Excited to see the transformation.

  12. Stephanie says:

    Would love to watch the DIY headboard come to life! So pretty!

  13. Liz says:

    Why don’t you keep the original panelling? i think it looks beautiful and brings a lot of character and warmth.

  14. Kris says:

    absolutely love this. So happy for this deserving family, it’s going to be beautiful!

  15. Karen says:

    THIS is amazing. A nice breath of fresh design and good-will air after all the reno posts. I love the reno posts, but this is tangible and streamlined. And I also adore The Makerista! Bravo all around.

  16. Brenda says:

    I love everything about the room you designed!

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