Lea’s Calm Midwest Cali-Inspired Bedroom Makeover (DIY Dressing Area Included)

We did a factor. We redecorated our major bed room and I’m by no means mad about it. However to be honest, I can’t deny I cherished our prior bed room design. Actually, WE cherished it. It was classic and picked up and so heat. So maybe I ought to warn all of my classic lovers that you could be simply cringe a bit at this publish and TRUST me I processed the brand new imaginative and prescient for over two years earlier than formally making up the choice to maneuver ahead. Granted the 2 years have been throughout the pandemic and numerous issues modified throughout that point…

So what sparked the change or need to alter? I believe it was every thing my husband and I have been feeling and processing throughout and across the pandemic timeframe and our near-relocation to LA (now we have tabled the latter for now). I believe we have been each feeling heavy, the world was feeling heavy after numerous assaults on folks of coloration, every thing within the information, the pandemic, social distancing, the mask-wearing, vaccine debates, adjusting to 4 folks at dwelling continuously, and so forth., and so forth. It was a LOT. I’m positive all of us got here out on the opposite facet in a different way. I do know we did.

A very long time in the past, somebody as soon as instructed me to ensure to make our major bed room our precedence earlier than our youngsters’s rooms or every other area in our dwelling. I believed to myself, are you nuts? I might completely transfer mountains to make sure my kids’s rooms have been “excellent” earlier than my very own. As a 40-something-year-old, I now get it. It’s like when flight attendants inform you to place your oxygen masks on first earlier than your baby or anybody else. Principally, when you’re no good, you’re no good to the particular person subsequent to you. And our bedrooms are the place we search refuge on the finish of an extended day, a spot we dream, pray, share intimacy, recharge, a spot we spend numerous our lives in (even when we’re not awake), and a spot the place most of us can quietly lay our heads down on the finish of the day and let loose a sigh of reduction. And it’s the place we rise the following day able to tackle the world another time. “I like to fall asleep and get up in a chaotic, not-so-feel-good area day-after-day”, mentioned nobody ever. In order I grew, I realized from that recommendation handed all the way down to me many, a few years previous to make our bed room a precedence. After which the world modified and what we wanted additionally modified. 

After principally semi-living in LA for nearly two years, after we got here again dwelling to the midwest, our bed room felt much less and fewer like a sanctuary. Possibly I must also preface this want for change as a result of my seasonal despair (that I self-diagnosed myself with) which appears to worsen as I become older. I imply 7 months of winter is a bit a lot for anybody. 

We wanted change, we craved CALM, we missed the west coast and we wanted an area that felt lighter and kind of like a retreat particularly as soon as the winter months begin to roll round.

I tackled this idea by first taking inspiration from our then home-away-from-home:

Then I began pulling our product board collectively:

At first look, our authentic bed room was fairly and practical however change is nice and since we (my husband and I) developed, so did our bed room. This need for a change occurred to align with a model that needed to accomplice with me for our bed room.


Bear in mind the multi-generational lounge makeover mission? Properly, I partnered with Slumberland Furnishings once more however this time, for my very own mission, and this time we wanted a mattress. I fell in love with this one by Stearns and Foster.

Moreover,  Slumberland requested if we have been considering a mattress body too, and I actually needed a extra clean-lined upholstered mattress as a result of dusting between the spindles on our outdated bedframe each week for the previous 15 years was not fulfilling. Nevertheless, not simply any ol’ upholstered mattress body would do, so I sat on the fence for a second till I discovered this one which additionally had hidden storage within the body. Whereas this isn’t new, I hadn’t seen variations the place the hidden storage drawer is pulled out from the foot of the mattress (sometimes, it’s from the facet of the mattress or the mattress itself lifts to disclose storage beneath) which for us, was precisely the place I wanted it to be positioned. And who doesn’t love added storage, particularly when it’s hidden in plain sight? This has now grow to be a practical place the place we retailer all of our mattress linens (which concurrently freed up numerous closet area). 

Upholstered Mattress body     

I’m actually into scalable design and design that’s simply or readily attainable. Most designers would in all probability cringe or give me the side-eye however I’m not a designer. I’m a stylist and as a stylist, my mind works in a different way and for me, that’s okay as a result of tossing out “guidelines” is a favourite pastime of mine.

Ceiling Fixture | Hat (proper) | Space Rug (related) | Upholstered Mattress

I’ll even be the primary to confess I hate making the mattress, however having this kind of mattress body makes it a lot simpler as a result of every thing simply tucks into the edges. No extra lifting the mattress to tuck linens beneath and so forth. Hear, I needed to rise up and make my mattress day-after-day whereas rising up in my mother or father’s home and it left me with this kind of PTSD from mattress making. So if a body makes it that a lot simpler then I’m all for it. Now, do I make our mattress day-after-day? Nope. However at the least after the linens are washed it’s made once more. Additionally, it’s a peeve of my husband’s when the mattress isn’t made, and he’ll even one-up me on the pettiness meter and solely makes his facet of the mattress. We could have had numerous arguments over that. That’s 27 years of dwelling collectively of us. 

Okay, I digress, again to the bed room makeover – With the mattress getting used as our jump-off level, the remainder of the room began to unfold and our classic dressers not gave the identical power we wanted them to and so we looked for a extra clean-lined, white oak piece like this.

Dresser | Lamp (related) | Artwork (related) | Vessel (classic) | Surfboard (classic)

Facet Desk | Dresser | Vase

I then DIY-ed a bit storage state of affairs for myself as I’m the one who gravitates extra in direction of capsule wardrobes than my husband does and who additionally has now taken over your complete walk-in closet for himself. See, you give them an inch they usually take a mile.

Utilizing quite simple closet system items from the Dwelling Depot, I carved out a small dressing area for me, using that odd and beforehand wasted area underneath the ceiling eave (good factor I’m solely 5’3”).

Sneakers | Trench Coat (classic) | Shelf | Wall Brackets | Dowel | Hangers

Ouai Fragrance | LeLabo Fragrance | Gucci Responsible Fragrance | Vase     

Including this beautiful desk to behave as my dressing desk helped additionally end this little nook.

Now that I’ve been kicked out of what was OUR walk-in closet, I wanted a bit extra storage than this nook supplies. Now that we had our hidden drawer on the finish of our mattress, having one thing like a trunk on the foot for added storage wasn’t going to work. So as an alternative, I regarded for a sideboard that was low sufficient to not block our home windows and lengthy sufficient to suit proportionally in entrance of mentioned home windows.

Storage Cupboard | Dresser | Rug | Desk Lamp

The cupboard doesn’t block the window and it’s slender sufficient to be pulled away from the wall far sufficient in order that we will simply open and shut the window material.

It additionally acts as one other floor I can show just a few of my favourite issues like candles and incense as a result of falling asleep after lighting incense whereas taking part in my favourite Lo-Fi music playlist on Google House is a vibe.

Felt Tray Set | Wavy Wooden Tray

HOT TIP: Displaying just a few favourite equipment or go-to articles of clothes makes getting dressed really feel extra such as you’re in a boutique than throwing garments on out of your closet (until your closet seems to be like Carrie Bradshaw’s). 

Facet word: The actual “specific” facet of me comes out right here as I sanitize my sneakers and soles earlier than I place them again into their containers in order that after I take them again out, they really feel contemporary to me once more they usually don’t have road residue from the final time they have been worn. This additionally comes from the identical one who refuses to make the mattress. Virgo on that if you’ll.

Alright, I’ve talked about storage options right here so let’s transfer on to one thing that there could also be a scorching debate occurring about. Do nightstands have to have storage?

Facet Desk | Lamp | Stash Pot | Sonora Hat

We went from nightstands with storage to nightstands which have NO storage. That didn’t go over nicely with my husband however I snuck them in any means and requested that he attempt to embrace that change by dedicating certainly one of his dresser drawers to his bedtime requirements as an alternative. I imply, particularly since he took over your complete walk-in closet, he actually shouldn’t want so many dresser drawers anymore, am I proper? Additionally, it’s simpler to say sorry than permission. Do not forget that. Ha.

Clearly, Remi doesn’t thoughts the shortage of bedside storage. And for these questioning, we didn’t arduous wire these classic Moroccan sconces but (as a result of future mission Lea plans to plaster/paint these partitions – in images modifying, they seem brilliant white however in actual life they’re a hotter white than a cool one). As an alternative, they’ve puck lights (the sort from Amazon) inside that I take advantage of with a distant to activate and off.

Awww…solely a face a mom may love.

Macrame Wall Hanging | Blanket Ladder | Blanket | Dresser

Alright one other shocker, and the explanation I’ve by no means shared my husband’s facet of the room on Instagram earlier than is as a result of there was a large TV on his dresser that completely bothered me for the previous 26 years of dwelling collectively. But when I’m being kicked out of the walk-in closet then I want a bit give and take right here. Growth. No extra TV.

Don’t fear of us, he acquired me again by using this blanket ladder to carry all of his garments from the tip of the day – insert my not impressed face. Additionally, I actually wish to introduce you to The Nopo, when you don’t already find out about it. Please do yourselves and our planet a service and take a look at their curated collections of handmade, fair-trade works from artisans and makers everywhere in the world who geographically could not in any other case have the chance to promote their items to the remainder of the world. I imply, this wall hanging critically took my breath away.

Dresser | Wall Hanging | Chair | Leather-based Vase

When you have a accomplice like mine, who refuses to place their garments away and as an alternative likes to pile them up on each floor till mentioned pile topples over, you get them a chair. That means, when mentioned pile of clothes topples over to the ground they will sit down comfortably and refold all of their garments. 

Whereas the entire massive furnishings items listed here are new, and coming from a beforehand all classic area, I combined in classic items, discovered items, or items that I felt have been visually stimulating in a restful method to maintain the makeover from feeling like a showroom ground show. Like that classic horse head watercolor that I don’t assume I’ll ever half with. It reminds my daughter of the coaching pony we “leased” for her to learn to journey English for years whereas she grew up and who sadly handed away after over 30+ years of life. Horses will all the time maintain a particular place in my coronary heart.

The classic brass wall sconces could also be one of many issues I’m going again working right into a burning constructing to save lots of.

Why the hats on the wall over the mattress? Why not? One, I like their texture, and two, I appear to have amassed fairly the hat assortment going backwards and forwards to CA.

We’re loving this room and the brand new vibe it’s giving us. I do want we might’ve taken this shot with the storage ottoman that has now arrived, however this room will seemingly proceed to evolve or at the least develop new layers like our future plans to texture the partitions. It was arduous to let go of our vintage-style bed room however none of us are static and so why ought to our properties be? As a stylist, I actually gravitate in direction of scalable design as a result of my eye is all the time evolving and being drawn in all instructions, whereas the artistic facet of my mind continues to want to create. We simply gained’t tear the home up overdoing it.


*Design by Lea Johnson
***Pictures by Sage E Imagery

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