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September 8, 2021  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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We shared a sneak peak of our new skirted bed in our Instagram stories including the journey of getting our sleep number to fit inside of it, but we wanted to share a bunch more photos of it in our room today…with a new arrangement. EEEeee!

Our new bed slipcovered bed came last week and it has been incredible. How can sleeping feel so much better with a new bed frame? I don’t know. We did have to do some minor deconstruction of the frame, removing the interior side boards meant to hold the support rails in place, so that we were able to fit our sleep number mattress in. Our specific sleep number bed has a mechanical base that raises our head and/or feet (not split though, so no special sheets required), so we always have to be mindful of the beds we choose that they will cover the base.

If you remember, our last bed had wood all the way to the ground covering the base, and this time we went with a slipcovered option. (Here’s a roundup of a bunch of skirted beds at every price point!) After we were able to get the base down inside, it worked swimmingly–both the bed and the disguise.

For show and tell here on the blog, I had an idea to style our room two different ways. Once in front of the windows where we’ve had it and once on the wall across from the bathroom entrance. This wasn’t an option when we first bought the house, because there was an entrance to the music room on this wall, but we have since closed it up, and well…

We love the new change. As a reminder, this is what the room looked like before with the bed nestled into the bay window:

Do we take it even further back? As a reminder, that entrance on the right used to lead to our music room that we closed it off.

If you read this post back in May (when we first ordered this bed), I shared all my thoughts about really wanting to give the bed nested in the bay window a shot. It wasn’t necessarily the obvious choice for a bed, but there were a lot of pros to doing it that way. The main being all the gorgeous natural light spilling in around the bed and I love the have my eye on the door. The other is that right across from that bay window area is the perfect wall for a large dresser (which I desperately need since our closets are a little tighter here) and for hanging a TV–we love watching shows together in bed before passing out (admittedly it’s me falling asleep after 10 minutes every night).

With no clue when the dresser will be here (lead times are such a bear right now), we decided to give the other arrangement a shot, not expecting to love it. And truthfully, I didn’t want to like this new arrangement, because it meant giving up a large dresser, but man oh man, we both really love it. Suddenly the room feels immensely taller because the window doesn’t cut the height of the room and your eye keeps going up beyond the art. It feels more spacious–I’m actually writing this post from the chairs in the nook now. Chairs! In my room! How luxurious! And! It feels a lot more private. We realized that we really like having our bed a little more tucked away and NOT visible from the living room, dining room, and kitchen if our door is open. So that’s a big plus and we’re just embracing it!

Once we rearranged, we decided our TV will fit fine on a wall next to the bathroom entrance, but the dresser is going to have to get moved into Greta’s room, which works out because she could use the drawers. I am in need of some drawers myself however, and so the chest of drawers from the music room is getting moved to the little nook where Chris’s nightstand used to be and I’ll use those for now!

To summarize the day, sometimes we think we know what works and what doesn’t, but it doesn’t hurt to live with something for a little and then try something different. Play around a bit. You might even surprise yourself. Besides the new bed, it was fun to use what we had in here! And now that things feel like they are where they will stay for awhile, we can start incorporating a few pieces specific for this space. There’s nothing better than helping a room evolve.

 

 

 

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Bed, Art, Duvet, Waffle Blanket, Lumbar, Woven Stools, Nightstand (similar), Table Lamp (similar), Box, Knots, Tray, Faux Stems, Oversized Mirror, Swivel Chairs, Pedestal Side Table, Tale of Interiors, Still

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  1. Maggie says:

    hellloooooo! love the linked similar table lamps, but would absolutely love to see the link for those same gorgeous tall white table lamps you do have next to the bed. Thanks!

  2. Joy Gross says:

    C&J I love it! I have the same bay windows as you and I would love my bed to fit there but the ceiling comes down there. I don’t like that you can see my bed from the kitchen/living room also. Ugh

  3. A says:

    Love the new arrangements! So warm, cozy, relaxing.

  4. Joy Stark says:

    Hi………another thought. To complete your look I would find a huge picture you like for behind the bed to balance the whole look. Beautiful job. Love it.

  5. Martin says:

    So much better on the wall, plus you gain some valuable space for a reading book!

  6. suzanne says:

    Am sure. you will figure it all out, but could the dresser go under the TV?

  7. Rebecca Neustel says:

    I love, love, love this layout! I love the little sitting nook in front of those gorgeous windows, and I really love the artwork above your bed!

    • Darcie Main says:

      It’s beautiful. Love it on the wall that WAS the opening The sitting nook is sweet and simple. The art of the bed is so calming

  8. Mads says:

    Yep, love the new layout! It just feels right.

  9. Georgia says:

    It’s beautiful! I love the chair nook, looks like such a relaxing and luxurious place for a quiet read with a cuppa. Glad you love it.

  10. Olivia says:

    I just love this set up. I love the privacy you get and It feels spacious. You know you can put the dresser in the area in front of the windows. I think that’ll look nice too.

    • Kim says:

      I have a dresser in front of our bay window (with bed in a similar location) and it looks great and really centers the space!

  11. Scarlet says:

    I love the new layout! The windows look so much bigger and more open. Placing furniture in front of windows is also a fire hazard, so this is much safer, too.

  12. Andrea F says:

    Love the new layout! The windows look so tall now & open up the room!

  13. Jen says:

    It’s perfect this way. Love it so much more. The room looks complete now.

  14. Rebecca says:

    As much as I loved that you tried the window option and as much as I do love the window option, I have hoped you would try this wall! I was hoping for a seating area under those windows and I agree that the bed just looks snug and cozy up against that wall! Thank you for always encouraging us to rearrange and try new things though! ❤️ Do you think you’ll add a rug in here eventually or are you liking the great view of those gorgeous floors? :)

  15. Maggie says:

    Lovely! But I have to say, I have been wondering for the longest time why you didn’t just push the mattress against that wall while you were waiting for the bed to avoid the pillows falling off the end like you mentioned on IG. Looks great either way! But having room for art above is always gorgeous!

  16. Hanna says:

    Looks SO good! I absolutely love rearranging furniture and shopping my own house thanks to your advice! A new arrangement win is always a good day :)

  17. Ashley says:

    Ahhh, I love it. I was hoping you’d end up here all along. :)

    Regarding the tv opposite the bed…you mentioned enjoying having his and hers closets, but on down the road when you tackle your bathroom, if you combined the closets and hall into one space, would it be sizable enough to be a beautiful dressing room like your last home? Just thinking you could slide the door down closer to the windows that way and have a nice space for a dresser/tv situation. Might not be worth it (or even possible), just a thought.

    Thanks for letting us come along for the ride. It’s going to be a beautiful home (already is)!

    • Donna says:

      I love watching you bring your modern flair to a traditional home. Traditional homes are truly timeless when kept up to date.

  18. Jan says:

    I especially love these kind of post! I feel like most people would assume that is not enough content for a post, but they’re so impactful and accessible to those without the budget for a full room reno – just move some furniture!

  19. Lauren says:

    I loved it in the bay window but I also love this layout! It’s exactly how my bedroom with a bay window is set up. Too bad you didn’t try this set up earlier, you could have avoided your pillows falling off the bed 😂

  20. Maria says:

    Love the bed in its new spot! Now everyone can enjoy that picturesque window with natural light and the beautiful view! Great job.

  21. Ana says:

    I was hoping you’d try this! We just did the same in our room and wow it just made a huge difference. Our bed is tucked away from outside view of the door is open and. Or the windows in our room have their own little comfy area. Can’t wait to see how your room all comes together. It’s looking amazing per usual.

  22. Debbie V. says:

    It looks fabulous!!!

  23. Chels says:

    LOVE the new arrangement!!! It’s PERFECT!!!! 👌🏻

  24. Jolie says:

    I was always hoping you would arrange it like this! It looks wonderful!!

  25. Tara says:

    I love the new bed and arrangement! Is the skirt removable for washing? My cats would leave quite a bit of hair behind if I went with a skirted bed. Good luck as you continue to decorate your master bedroom

    • Julia says:

      The whole thing is a slipcover that can be removed and cleaned

      • Sharon Townend says:

        BUT try not to at all costs. It’s been my (sad) experience that the slipcovers on bith furniture & beds are never the same afterwards- no matter how carefully I have laundered them.
        I would suggest, instead, not to get a cat or a dog that sheds!

        RE: the new layout – voila! Perfecto! Now I’m wondering which rug will end up there…

  26. Emily says:

    Absolutely love the new layout!!!

  27. Kirsten says:

    Oooh love this change! And love seeing your new house evolve!

  28. Patty says:

    The new setup makes the room look much bigger! I love how you work through the process and not afraid to make a change even if you had your mind set on something else. It makes me want to go rearrange something!

  29. Jane says:

    Love the bed on this wall. This way you can enjoy the beautiful trees outside. I like the tree artwork, however, I think a larger, abstract art piece or large subtle landscape would look nice.

  30. Courtney says:

    STUNNING. I would LOVE to see the abstract horse artwork (cannot remember the name!) you had in the dining room/hallway in last house over the bed. I think oversized width wise may make the bed seem less low than what the vertical tree is doing now based on others’ comments. Still, the change is HUGE, and that natural light reading nook is just lovely.

  31. A Brown says:

    In Feng Shui it’s bad energy flow to have a window behind a bed. A solid surface shelters you. Your feeling of not liking to have your back towards a door is the same idea. Protection from behind, face the oncoming.

  32. Laureen Watts says:

    The bed is gorgeous in the new location. You are not distracted by the window/view. But that being said now the view is EVERYTHING! The chairs nestled in the nook are lovely. A beautiful spot to take in the view and relax….or write your blog!

  33. Sally Wright says:

    I love the new placement, but this bed seems way too low! Please tell me you are going to consider a different bed option that is higher and more proportional against the wall? I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it is to get in and out of that low of a bed. Ugh!

    • Julia says:

      Hahaha, no. Sorry to disappoint. Love the low bed frame, and the mattress isn’t any lower than it was in our last house. The ceilings are taller here, so maybe it’s a trick of the eye.

    • Margie says:

      I had the same thoughts when I saw the new arrangement. Personally, I prefer my nightstands to be more equal in height to my bed. I hate reaching up to turn off the light or place an item. Maybe some lower wider sleeker nightstands would be an option. I know it’s still a masterpiece in progress😌

    • Deb says:

      I love this new placement as well, but I agree about the low bed. It just seems to be “swallowed” up by the tall ceilings and room size. I still miss their canopy bed and glass cylinder lamps – which I think would look gorgeous in this room/house!

  34. Margaret says:

    Love this new set up. I liked the window one too. But this just “clicks” in a way the window never did. It looks so good now. I can’t wait to see it in a year or two. I know the transformation will be amazing.

  35. Karla says:

    The room looks taller and larger with the bed against the wall and that gorgeous art above it. Good move! And more light/view plus room for chairs is a win for sure! It’s so helpful seeing your process-we have lots of renovation to do on our house.

  36. Emily Johnson says:

    I like the new arrangement better too! Not just because I think it looks better in the room, but because I can’t sleep under a window. Growing up in California, I was worried the glass would break and shatter all over me in an earthquake. Now that I live in Texas, I worry that the glass will break and shatter all over me in a tornado! I also can’t have a glass frames or a mirror over my bed, because I worry about them falling on me while I sleep!

  37. Lori says:

    Love it! And, ya’ll can now enjoy looking out the beautiful window. The art also looks great over the bed!

  38. Patricia says:

    I love the new arrangement. It makes your bedroom seem so much more spacious and doesn’t block any light from your windows. I love the idea of a seating area.

  39. LizM says:

    Ahhhhh this feels so much better! I get the idea of it floating in the window but it didn’t feel grounded I think? This feels more intentional and a better use of space with the windows not being blocked! Love it.

  40. Denise says:

    Not trying to be doggy downer but I liked and found the windows. It was not trying to be doggy downer but I left it in front of the windows… unique whimsical carefree… Don’t get me wrong I like it this way but a bit more styled and predictable …maybe I just throw more caution to the wind

  41. Jess says:

    I want to say how much I appreciate you letting your house speak to you and using what you have, slowly easing into making this house a home. We’re about to move to a bigger house later this month, and I’ve let go of all the pressure to fill the spaces as quickly as possible and buy tons of new things that work for the rooms. I’m excited to move things we already own around and let the house speak to me before we ease into finding the perfect pieces to make this new house our home.

    • Jaime J says:

      I really like how she shows a slow way of moving in too! And how she is always moving her own pieces around to different rooms, using them in different ways. It’s fun to watch and inspires me to do the same!

  42. Cathy says:

    I love the seating area! I have a small bench against my window in my room, and that’s where I lay my clothes out for the next day, where I lay clothes out for packing for trips, etc. i find so much use for my bench in addition to a seating area ;)

    Also – in my head (I live in a big city, not a suburb), I prefer not to have my back to a window in case of a burglar. LOL. i know that’s unlikely,y but I like to have the window to my side so I can glance out. hahahaha

    • Julia says:

      Isn’t it funny that that’s the reason I don’t like having my back to the door?! I don’t want anyone sneaking up on me, but I guess a window would be similar. haha. just never bothered me.

  43. Jenna says:

    I love beds in front of windows but my mind always goes to there could be someone lurking outside a window and I would never know because my back/head would always be facing opposite the window. I hope I’m not the only one with irrational fears. haha.

  44. Mel says:

    Definitely prefer the bed against the wall instead of the window. The bed height looks short compared to the nightstands. Do you like the current height of the mattress? Will you be getting shorter nightstands to be more level with it?

    • Julia says:

      This bed is designed to have the mattress sunk inside, so we really love that about it. We have talked about getting new, lower nightstands. But are in no rush.

      • Karen says:

        I love the look of the mattress being sunken like that. Is it tricky to make the bed? I’m trying to figure out how you get your fitted sheet in place in particular. It’s a beauty though!

      • Julia says:

        It’s actually really roomy on the sides of the bed, but also our mattress lifts at the head and feet with a push of a button. It’s probably easier to make than most beds. hahaha

  45. gigi says:

    It’s lovely this way. I hope you like it, but you can always change it.

  46. Krystal says:

    One thing I really love about this – isn’t it pretty much the same layout you had for your bedroom in the Idaho house? I find it fun that there’s that little harken back to those memories. And I definitely agree, having that window unobstructed like this now *really* opens up the room. It’s beautiful.

  47. Cary says:

    I like this much better. It seems like a bed feels more grounded when backed by a solid wall as opposed to a feeling of floating when tucked up to a window.
    Would you kindly please share the large dresser you chose? I have been waiting for you to share what you chose as I need a large piece as well.

  48. Amy says:

    Wow! It’s so much better. It makes the room seem so much bigger!!

  49. Rachel says:

    Love!
    Why can’t you put a large dresser on the wall across from the bay window?

    • Julia says:

      We taped that option off, but it was kind of obstructed the bed/nightstand on that side

      • Rachel says:

        Ah ok! I wondered if that was the case!
        They do make those chests for the foot of the bed that hide a TV then allow it to come up on a lift. If you had something like that, it might allow for a taller chest of drawers where you currently have the TV? Just trying to brainstorm for you 🥴
        Such a pretty space. It’ll all work out, I’m sure ❤️

  50. Xio S says:

    Do we see a gallery wall on the horizon? It’s giving me vibes of the master in Idaho rambler home. Looks great!

  51. Liz says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m so glad you did this! The other way made me feel unsettled just looking at it! I love looking out my windows when I’m in bed (and watching tv from bed) – seems like you have found both of those things, and more space, which is great. It looks beautiful and cozy.

  52. Deb says:

    So much better. Personally I have never liked beds up against windows, looks awkward to me.
    Well done for the new position furn placement looks how it’s meant to be so therefore feels a chilledout space.

  53. Melissa says:

    This looks AMAZING. Knowing you guys have a ton of rugs on hand :) is there a reason you arent laying any down right now? Do you like the bare wood look or do you think you’ll add one later on? Those floors are so beautiful you can’t go wrong either way, just curious.

    • Julia says:

      Great question! We actually were not allowed to lay any rugs down for 4 weeks while the floors fully cured. And in that time, all of the rugs got buried in the garage. Very excited to lay one down!.

  54. Susan says:

    I would never feel “safe” with my bed against a bank of windows. Give me a solid wall for my head so I can look out the windows and enjoy an unobstructed view. I also can’t sit in a chair with my back to an open door or in a restaurant with my back to a full room. It doesn’t “feel” safe to me. The new arrangement feels nestled in and cozy which is always my sleeping preference. I wonder what fung shui principals would say. Guessing that your current arrangement is better.

  55. Alesha says:

    Oh my word. It was like it was meant to be! This new layout is perfection! I love the seating in the windows!!! 🤩

  56. Maddi says:

    Love seeing the spaces evolve! I’m curious if/how you’ll treat those beautiful windows!

  57. Karen says:

    I’m glad you tried it under the windows, but I hoped you’d try this way as well. I love that you can see out the windows now. I like to watch the birds and squirrels out my windows, I’ve even put out a feeder. Just a gentle way to wake up.

    Aren’t you glad you closed up the doorway? Do you think you could have larger night stands to add some more drawer storage? It looks like there’s space, and they would balance out your new bed nicely.

  58. Marjan says:

    You could try the dresser in front of the window?

  59. Jess says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Wow.. so tasteful.

  60. Joel says:

    Perfection! I’m always amazed how you can see something that looks good/ok and say nope – it needs to be better – and when you do it – sure enough – it’s better! Thanks for taking us along!

  61. Tonya says:

    What is the name of the paint color for this beautiful space?

  62. Tonya lee says:

    What is the name of the paint color for this beautiful space?

  63. Clare says:

    How wonderful that your new arrangement worked out so well. Both are beautiful. Love the chairs and table in the window. The room now looks like it feels serene and blissful. Enjoy.

  64. Soooooooo beautiful!!! I like it so
    Much this way!!!

  65. Joanne Holt says:

    Love how this looks. Was this even originally the master if there was a door to another room? What is the view from the windows, are you thinking of draperies there? Fun to see how you are adapting the house to suit you!

  66. Aline says:

    Hi! It looks great! Much better!! Correct me if i’m wrong, but the bed was chosen especificaly for the window, right? I remember it had to be shorter so that it wouldnt hide the window view…would you have chosen a different bed if you knew you were putting the bed with a wall behind?
    Other thoughts are:
    1) didnt you wish you had tried this setup before the bed arrived? You wouldnt have to deal with the pillow falling trouble!
    2) would you have changed the door of the bedroom to the right, so that you could put a chest in front of the bed? (I know the bedroom door has a simetry with the door that leads to the laundry, but its an aesthetic choice, right?)
    3) have you consider panneling the TV wall so that you could desguise the bathroom door?

    Sorry for so many questions/input you didnt ask 😅 i’m so invested and loving everything!!

    • Julia says:

      1.) Yes!! hahaha. We laughed about that, but that’s how this all works I suppose. I’m glad we ended up here. We love to try different things.
      2.) No, no plans in moving the door. Even if we changed the swing of the door, it still wouldn’t have been enough room for the dresser there.
      3.) We will be adding some trim to this entire room. :) Might be down the road, but we got plans!!

  67. A B says:

    Much better!

  68. Breanna says:

    YES YES YES!! This is the perfect arrangement for the room!!! I liked the bed against the windows, but it did feel like the bed was floating. Love how the room feels more grounded now. Bravo!

  69. Jenna says:

    The room looks huge now!!! Rearranging furniture is so fun!

  70. Tonja says:

    I love it!!! It looks amazing.

  71. EP says:

    I was always rooting for your bed on this wall. While I love the idea of it in the window, for me the window looked too small for the king sized bed and nightstands. What about getting two smaller chests of drawers to use as nightstands and offer additional storage? It looks like you have room for something 30-36” wide there. It’s a very traditional look!

  72. lourdes Quinones says:

    I think it looks great!

  73. Mary Lynne Crosby says:

    Gorgeous! Just my opinion, I think a room evolves over time, especially a bedroom.

  74. Venita says:

    I loved it by the window because the light was so fresh and airy. However, this is lovely and more calming. Those dreamy chairs are perfect in the bay window! Perfection!!

  75. Nancy says:

    Julia, this is so lovely!! We have been in our home for 2 years and it’s still evolving. I truly appreciate how you and Chris try new things. As always, so inspiring! 😊

  76. michelle says:

    Love love love it!

  77. Sami says:

    I love it!!! Thanks for always experimenting and trying new things — it’s an encouragement for us to do the same!!!

  78. Tiffany says:

    Love this so much more!

  79. It definitely looks like it belongs where it is now. The furniture fits perfectly on that wall and the window area shines all on its own and creates another little space within the room. Love!

  80. Katy says:

    Whew! I was hoping you would come around to this! Always seemed like the most natural place for the bed. Looks and feels so much better!

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