Sara’s COZY Primary Bedroom Reveal (+ Plus A VERY Sweet Added Bonus)

I’ll begin this submit by confirming what a few of you’ve guessed – sure, I’m having a child. We are actually on “child watch” proper now. On the time of scripting this submit, his due date is tomorrow. So fingers crossed, by the point you’re all studying this, we’re altering diapers and dropping sleep.

However that is precisely the explanation I wanted to make our main bed room the comfortable, fairytale of my desires. I do know lots of people discover pleasure in adorning a nursery. However as a self-preservation sort 1 (IYKYK), the reality is he’s going to be bunking with us for some time. And I’m going to be spending lots of time on this room. The child’s room will come later.

The bed room began off as an entire totally different beast – the doorway to the room was by the kitchen (now our closet), and the place the door is now, that was a closet.

We spent lots of time tearing that a part of the home up, shifting issues round, and crafting a greater flooring plan. All with the assistance of my dad, in fact.

It offers me an ideal sense of accomplishment to look by previous footage of us engaged on this home. It additionally offers me momentary flashbacks of how depressing it was. It was so soiled, chilly, and relentless. We’ve been engaged on this home since October 2018, and now that we’re lastly reaching some extent the place we’ve touched each inch of the home (entrance toilet reveal coming your method SOON), it’s nearly irritating to look again at the place we began, understanding how lengthy it’s taken. 

I’M NOT UNGRATEFUL, WE’RE SO LUCKY, I’M JUST TIRED. However let’s again up one final time earlier than leaping to the reveal.

After demo and renovation, that is what it appeared like:

styled by emily bowser | picture by sara ligorria-tramp | from: how you can design your bed room for one of the best evening sleep (+ introducing goal’s new casaluna line)

I didn’t actually have time or power again then to “design” the house, so we simply went white and impartial. It will get nice morning mild, however darkish just about after 11 am, so I figured maintaining it mild and ethereal would assist the house.

We styled it out for a Goal submit again in 2020, and I saved it just about set because it was for this shoot till we determined it was time to show it into our (my) dream bed room. It had some actually cute parts like that customized headboard Emily Bowser and my brother made. And we actually cherished the performance of the blackout Roman shades. 

However as I actually started to develop a way of what I wished this home to really feel like, this room began feeling washed out and didn’t make me really feel pleased to be in. These previous few years I’ve been closely influenced by designers like Heidi Caillier, and journeys to New Orleans, Guatemala, Italy, France, and Scotland.

Throughout our Honeymoon, we stayed in a lodge in Sicily the place all the room had been a Seventeenth-century ballroom, and it was muraled flooring to ceiling (high proper, second in). It was one of the crucial surreal experiences of my life. These are just a few of my less-than-professional iPhone pics of a few of the areas that made my jaw drop whereas touring over the previous few years. It’s all left me craving sample, shade, heat, and slightly little bit of temper. In order that’s the course we went with this bed room.

Wallpaper | Pendant Gentle Package | Lampshade Cloth | Bedframe | Darkish Teal Quilt | Bronze Printed Quilt | Bronze Quilt Shams | Woven Floral Throw Pillow | Underbed Storage | Rug

A lot of this bed room is “me” proper now. I’m positive in just a few years it can really feel like a time capsule of the place I used to be stylistically. However on the similar time, I’m hoping that a few of the options – just like the block-painted wallpaper from Sandberg, or the elegant and easy walnut mattress body from Article – will stand in opposition to the traits of time.

Woven Roman Shades | Drapes | Curtain Rod

I had actually been hoping to {photograph} this room on a brilliant sunny day, so I might present you ways fairly the dappled mild is coming by our home windows at 9 am. California had totally different plans, and regardless that each single different day the week of the shoot had been sunny and blue skies, this specific day was overcast. However Bowser (who was styling) was about to depart for Spain, and I used to be/am about to have a child, so we determined to lean into the moody vibez and provide the darkish, jewel-box model of this house.

Wallpapering the house had all the time been the imaginative and prescient. Selecting which wallpaper we’d decide to was the more durable half, however we fell in love with this intricate sample known as Linnea (in “Midnight”) from Sandberg Wallpaper in Sweden, designed by Karolina Kroon. I cherished the colours, and Macauley cherished the depth the design of the paper had. The wallpaper is absolutely the star of this room and units the tone for each different piece we introduced in. It’s fantastically block-printed with actual paint, and even the wallpaper installers commented on how beautiful it was to work with. His actual quote was “if you happen to’re paying for wallpaper to be put in, it’d as properly be for one thing as good as this.” I ended up color-matching the trim and ceiling shade to certainly one of leaf tones from the paper, for a unified look.

Subsequent up had been the larger items of furnishings within the room. With a child on the best way, and no magical addition of house to our residence, it was necessary that each piece of furnishings within the room operate properly. That’s why we selected the Linea mattress, in Walnut, from Article.

Not solely is it the proper easy form to each get up in opposition to the wallpaper, whereas not including extra madness to the house – it additionally has under-bed storage choices, which we had been determined for. Underneath this king-size mattress match 4 freestanding drawers, which is now the place we are able to retailer all our linens and towels. Liberating up much-needed house within the closet.

Our nightstands are second-hand Goal items I discovered on eBay. I had been eyeing them for some time however waited too lengthy to purchase them in-store. I assumed I used to be out of luck till I spent method too lengthy sooner or later deep-diving nightstands to attempt to discover a dupe or one thing equally interesting. Lo and behold, somebody was on the lookout for a brand new residence for the precise nightstands I’d been craving. I didn’t need all of the furnishings within the room to be matching tones of wooden, so having black nightstands felt like the best transfer. And the gold {hardware} is ideal.

Now the hanging pendants had been one other saga, which had me looking out up and down for what I had in thoughts. I wished material shades in order that within the occasion that our tectonic plates determine to boogy, I’m not afraid of glass slamming into our partitions and shattering. However I didn’t need white, which I felt can be too stark in opposition to the wallpaper. I actually wished a patterned pleated shade AND DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THAT IS TO FIND? Particularly if you aren’t capable of spend $500+ per pendant? Not possible.

So I ended up making them myself – I discovered regular shades in a dimension I preferred, material in a sample I preferred, and ordered 4 or 5 totally different hanging mild kits off Amazon till I discovered one which labored with the shades I had. I then reduce strips of bias tape from the material and spent just a few hours gluing them onto the shades whereas I rewatched episodes of The Vampire Diaries – a really problematic present about teenage vampires that fashions extraordinarily poisonous relationship patterns and is wholly addicting.

My dad straight up mentioned I had gone slightly too far over the sting with this design alternative when he helped me set up them – and he’s helped me pull off most of my loopy concepts. So if you happen to’re not into the intense sample on excessive sample I promise you’re not alone. I adopted up the sample on sample by hanging a tiny piece of artwork with extra sample in it that’s fully embroidered. It’s on Macauley’s aspect of the mattress, and he has emotions about it. They aren’t as optimistic as mine.

At this level, a few of you might be saying “that is essentially the most batsh*t bed room I’ve ever seen, how does one get a single minute of peaceable sleep in right here?” Then again, hopefully, just a few of you might be saying “I like somebody who decorates their bed room prefer it’s an excessive sport but in addition she’s a Victorian ghost.” However collectively you’re all in all probability questioning “…however the place is the child stuff?” We’ve determined to have none of it – if our baby can’t survive on design alone, he isn’t meant for this world anyway.

It is a lie – we do have loads of child stuff. And possibly I’ll even present you a few of it later within the submit. However one factor we do have that’s each baby-minded and aesthetically pleasing is our rocking chair.

Glider | Aspect Desk | Storage Ottoman

This piece of furnishings brings me nothing however absolute pleasure – it’s a Fb Market discover from my first trimester (that point if you’re supposedly pregnant however there’s zero bodily proof and also you’re simply on the lookout for methods to validate your self). This blessed mama was promoting her gently used Pottery Barn glider for less than $180 (for the chair AND ottoman)!!!!!!! I drove out to Riverside for this factor. One of the best half about it’s that it’s all slipcovered. So I sourced a material I cherished, discovered an upholsterer I might afford, shipped them the unique slipcover and the brand new material, and had customized slipcovers made. It’s in all probability the fanciest factor I’ve ever finished, and now when child spits up throughout this factor, I can toss one set of slipcovers within the washer and pop the others on. 

I already spend lots of time on this chair, it’s wildly comfy. I’m typing this submit as I sit in it proper now, with a cat sleeping behind my head. Goals actually do come true.


Proper subsequent door, we added this large standing mirror from Article. We determined that regardless of having one full-length mirror in our closet, having a second one so Macauley and I didn’t kill one another attempting to each prepare on the similar time didn’t sound like such a foul thought. And it kinda appears like its personal large piece of artwork.

Whereas we’re right here I’ll additionally deal with the window therapies. The Roman shades we had had been wonderful, however the shade didn’t actually match with the general vibe of the brand new room. Surprisingly, Macauley was tremendous into the concept of those ready-made bamboo blinds (thanks Caitlin for the concept), as a result of they let in actually stunning comfortable mild. I like the truth that they bring about in texture and heat. However we additionally knew we would have liked to have the ability to actually deliver down the brightness within the room for future child/dad or mum napping. So we additionally hung up these blackout curtains from Goal. They’ve just a few actually stunning colours, they appear to be good heavy cotton or linen, they usually actually are blackout. The one draw back was they didn’t have a great hanging possibility, so I as soon as once more broke out my DIY fingers, and sewed in pintab tape on the again in order that they may very well be hung from curtain rings. I feel this actually elevates them, and solely took just a few hours of labor.

This is perhaps my favourite picture from all the shoot – it options the wallpaper, our excellent new rug (which is so comfortable and so reasonably priced), a peek into our up to date toilet (which is shade coordinated to the little flowers on the bed room wallpaper), and a reproduction portray of a renaissance cat carrying a ruffle collar that Bowser purchased me as a birthday current from the Lengthy Seashore flea market as a result of I used to be too silly to purchase it for myself (I can’t consider I nearly walked away from that piece). This picture embodies all of the tones, patterns, and heat I wished this room to have from the beginning.

In case you’re curious, right here’s a peek on the up to date toilet. You’ll be able to go see what it initially appeared like right here, however suffice to say I used to be craving one thing hotter. Now it feels prefer it actually flows into the bed room, and I actually admire that the paint shade doesn’t appear to be unfinished drywall. I’ve all the time regretted not going with brass fixtures in right here, and no less than the nice and cozy dusty pink offers it slightly little bit of a softer really feel, and takes the entire house even just a few levels additional away from “fashionable.” I WILL HAVE NO MODERNITY.

Dresser (classic) | Lamp | Vase

We had been capable of hold our favourite Rose Bowl discover within the room – our $300 stable wooden dresser that may by no means be findable nor reasonably priced these days. And because of our Article beneath mattress storage, we had been capable of empty out a drawer on this dresser for child garments. We topped the dresser with a enjoyable bead lamp from Soho House, and a tiny oil portray on a tiny easel. Clearly. That lamp is definitely accessible for comfortable lighting when wanted throughout evening feeds or future ebook readings. 

Lastly, I swear I didn’t paint the TV room and the bed room the identical shade – they’re sisters, not twins. However it does create a pleasant pathway all through the entire again half of the home. You’ll be able to peek at our new Article pullout couch within the TV room, all prepared for grandma sleepovers. It’s not the luscious velvet of our previous couch, however it’s simply as fairly and much more sensible for this stage of our life.

You can even spot our latest (quickly to be second latest) addition – Shrimp! Her title is definitely Lenin’s Tomb (any Clerks followers on the market?…anybody??), however she responds to Lenin, Lenny, Shrimp, or any loud offended clapping whereas yelling the phrase “NO!” We discovered her residing within the hood of my automotive again in Might, at 8 weeks previous with a majorly contaminated leg. And we thought, you already know what feels like essentially the most cheap determination on the planet? Including a 3rd cat to our household as we prepare so as to add a new child, and in addition spending $1500 on the vet on mentioned new cat instantly. However she’s price it – she’s essentially the most loving, talkative, cuddly woman on the planet.

Alright, let’s get into some earlier than and afters!

And since I’m benevolent, as promised, listed here are just a few images of what the room appears like on a standard day. I took these on my cellphone and I didn’t even make the mattress…

We’ve received the rolling child altering cart stuffed with all the child accouterments. 

My nightstand basket of medicines, snacks, and tissues, together with a Hatch Child (a really good present from a member of the family). And a mattress stuffed with my six totally different pillows I at the moment have to sleep mildly good.

And over right here we’ve received a rocking chair with the Boppy, a really sentimental quilt that appears prefer it has SEEN issues, armrest covers (principally to guard it from my cats), and my feeding/pumping rolling station – additionally stuffed with snacks. 

That’s the fact people. It’s not too dangerous, however I’m positive it can worsen! Till then, let’s bear in mind her like this…

*Design and Pictures by Sara Ligorria-Tramp
** Styled by Emily Bowser

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