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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Laura

Main Bedroom- a modern traditional bedroom design

Updated: Feb 3, 2021

If you caught my Instagram stories last week you saw that I am planning to start sharing the process as we makeover our new house ROOM. BY. ROOM. (if you missed them you can go check out my instagram story high-lights titled ‘Home Tour’). Following along with interior design blogs has been my hobby for about 10 years now and I’m extremely excited to finally join in. It feels like a natural progression as well as maybe this is what I should have been doing all along.

So a little about me before we dive in, my name is Jennifer and I am a wedding planner by day, but actually have a bachelor’s degree in interior design. Interiors have always been a passion of mine and I’m excited to start diving back into them a bit. I’ve always been into decorating and I have shared a few rooms in the past (you can see Phoenix’s first bedroom here or even our old living room here), but I’m SO ready to dive into this house and want to share THE ENTIRE process! The good, the bad, and all of the in-between. I hope you will join me along in this ride- so without further ado let’s dive in to the before photos of our bedroom. In our past homes our bedroom was always a space that got seriously neglected. I always focused on the spaces that would be seen by guests of our home first- living room, dining room, etc. But I knew that I wanted that to be different here. At our last house we had put our mattress on the floor so our baby, Lincoln (now 2), could sleep with us, but we never bothered to put the bed back together so we were still on that mattress….which was wildly past it’s prime TBH. So my first order of business here was to get a new bed and mattress at the very least.

I also grabbed this rug that we used in my wedding planning office (hoping to share that space soon!) because I just really loved it a lot and knew it would look great in the space. I somehow forgot that my office doesn’t have 2 children and 2 dogs running around it all of the time and is much better suited for a white rug, but it’s actually held up pretty well so far and that’s with my 2 year old spilling orange dog shampoo on it within 24 hours of my laying it on the floor. And forgive all the crumpled up bedding…these are the before photos so no, I didn’t bother making the bed.

I also ordered this World Market desk since I wanted a space to be able to work in here. Once it arrived I wasn’t thrilled with the size, this room is pretty large and even though I measured beforehand I was hoping it would work. I should have known it would feel a bit small because originally I wanted the Pottery Barn version of the same desk, but decided to cheap out. Terrible idea, because the Pottery Barn version would have been a much better scale. I may be finding an alternate solution and selling this piece. The desk chair and metal chair are just place holders.

We currently have an enormous wall of windows, which is awesome, but also feels a bit overwhelming. I’m not entirely sure how I plan to tackle this issue, but I’m thinking curtains will help big time.

On this side of our bed we have an old dresser that needs replacing, but we do plan to keep a TV here. I know that's a bit controversial, but I love watching TV in bed at night, it's non-negotiable.

You can also see them a bit in this photo, but there are two (count them!) TWO fans in our room, neither of them centered. So my dream is to get those removed, holes plugged up, patched and instead have one fixture in the center of the room. I don’t necessarily want it to be a fan, but I may have to duke that out with my husband.

If you watched the instastories home tour (seriously, go watch if you are still holding out) you saw that already things look a bit different in here. We’ve painted the walls (the most delicious blue color- Farrow & Ball De Nimes), we’ve swapped out the dresser, gotten new nightstands (a real upgrade from the cardboard box I was using in the above photos), and some lamps (that I’m not 100% about). It is still very much in progress, but we are doing that…making progress.

I wanted to share some inspiration images that have been propelling this room forward.

traditional and modern bedroom design restoration hardware

This was the first image that I really loved and I was determined to incorporate that bed…until I realized it was wildly out of my price range, but I loved that it was soft and neutral and felt very calming.

classic and modern bedroom design

Then I found this inspiration image and thought ok, if I can just do a statement headboard maybe I don’t need a bed that is thousands of dollars. I also liked how calm it felt and both inspiration images also had those statement mirrors over the nightstands so I knew that was something that I wanted to incorporate as well. Our ceilings are tall so I think that will fill a lot of visual space and make the bed feel glamorous and special, something we have truly never had in a bedroom. I haven’t decided if I want anything over the bed or not yet. I also think it’s interesting that both of these rooms have very light paint colors and I did decide to go quite a bit darker. So it’s safe to say that while these rooms have maybe 70-75% of what I am looking for I don’t think either image is exactly what I’m after. Here is the mood board that I put together which shows some of the specific pieces that we are actually using as well as the direction we are headed.

master bedroom traditional modern mood board

nightstand | lamp | lamp shade | mirror | headboard (upholstered in performance basketweave natural)| bedding (in flax/white) |blue pillows | lumbar pillow | bedskirt | rug (ivory) | bench | paint- Farrow & Ball De Nimes

This mood board certainly doesn’t include everything, like the desk or dresser, but this is the area of the room that I am focusing on first (although I did just buy a new lamp at the thrift store that I think would work beautifully on my desk so I may jump over there soon!). I can’t wait to share some progress in here, I still need to figure out curtains, a light fixture, some way to make the wall with the dresser feel a bit more special and full. In the meantime, let me know what you think! And I’m dying to know- which room(s) do you give the most attention to in your house? Is it your personal spaces or the areas that everyone will see?

Want to see the entire process of our bedroom?


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Hi, I'm Jennifer Laura- you can call me Jenn. My husband and I just bought a house in our dream neighborhood and we are so excited to be here! The house, while already beautiful, NEEDS A LOT OF LOVE and STYLE. Join me, a past interior designer and wedding planner, as I work to make over each room and share the process along the way. 

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