Mood Board Monday: A $2500 Master Bedroom (We’re Installing This Week!)

November 4, 2019

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This week, we’re installing a master bedroom we designed in a model home for Clayton Homes. They’re in the business of affordable, manufactured homes and they wanted us to show how luxurious it can feel–while still on a budget. So we took $2500 and designed a bedroom that feels like a million bucks. We’ll be sharing all the after photos and a video really soon of how it turned out, but we’ll be sharing the install in real time this week–it’s a blank slate!!–and I wanted you to have all the sources in one spot.

Here’s what I came up with:

Area Rug Red/Navy 9×12 $378

Queen Bed $549

Navy Belgian Flax Linen Bed Sheet Set $121


Caned Nightstands: $107/each

Dome Lamps $60/each

Chandelier $129

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray

CurtainsCool Beige, $113/panel

Curtain Rod$30

Desk/Vanity: $349

Stool : $149

Curved Desk Lamp: $59

Brass Planter: $39

Candle: $34

Total: $2516!

Here’s how it looks right now:

So yeah, the blankest of slates, really. There are no baseboards in the entire house and they just want us to do the master bedroom and bathroom. So I feel like the no baseboard thing has to stay consistent, BUT, I’d love to add a wall treatment or trim to the back wall to amp up the luxury. Can’t wait to bring you along on this one because we’ve only seen in ONCE in person and I am just hoping that it all comes together. We’ll be there Tuesday and Wednesday. So follow along @chrislovesjulia on Instagram to see us in action and most likely, troubleshooting, in real time.

What do you think?

  1. Candice Hyde says:

    Love! Can you link the end of bed throw?

  2. Patricia says:

    Those curtains look absolutely luxurious. Hope they look that good in the room. I’m curious about the wall treatment; paneled molding with a deep moody color?
    I love seeing these quick makeovers come together! Hopefully the manufacturer will love what you do and bring you back again. Or your sisters will want your help…

  3. Mary E says:

    I’m wondering how you’d paint the walls that die directly into carpet.

    • Julia says:

      You can either tape off the carpet or hold a piece of plastic/cardboard against it as you paint that portion and then release!

  4. Amanda says:

    Can’t wait to see how this comes together. I’ll be sure following along to see the journey!

  5. Brittany says:

    Seriously so excited for a bedroom with NO white bedding!! As pretty as it always is, we can’t seem to keep it clean!

  6. Rosie Bailer says:

    I look forward to seeing your install! No baseboards in the entire house? I’m intrigued! Is the idea that the eventual homeowners will DIY, or is this a new thing in home construction?

  7. Stephanie says:

    Hi, there! I hate to bother you with a silly question like this, but how is the construction of platform? I’ve been looking *everywhere* for a black metal bed that is actually sturdy (the reviews of metal beds are all over the place), and I’m at the point where I’ll need to redesign a room if I don’t find one! Thank you in advance and good luck with the install.

  8. I love the rug and that little stool- can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

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