Today I’m sharing my Parisian Eclectic Main Bedroom Makeover! I wouldn’t say that the room is finished just yet so this is more like a progress report! But isn’t that how designing and styling a room works? It’s always in progress. I think I was waiting until it was more “done,” but one of my good friends stopped by for a visit to meet my twin babies and when she saw the room she said it looked like a beautiful hotel room, so … I guess it’s more done than I thought!
Parisian Eclectic Main Bedroom Makeover
One of my favorite new items in the room is this flamingo lamp! It is so silly, whimsical, and over-the-top and I just LOVE it! When I was working on designing the room, I fell in love with this Gold Ibis lamp, but at $512, that was never going to happen! But, I then found this flamingo lamp and it was the perfect substitute and a much better price! Here’s the same flamingo lamp with a pink ombre lampshade, but be aware, it ships from the UK.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention my salt lamp! It’s one of my favorite things ever! I don’t believe in all those hippie-dippie salt lamp health properties, but I do believe in the power of a soothing, pink light! We have three salt lamps that I use upstairs and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! There’s this one in our Main Bedroom, one in our upstairs den where I usually feed the babies, and one that was in the babies room when I still needed to be able to see in there at night, but we’ve since relocated it into the guest room to use as a night light for guests. They put out the best, soothing light and they’re on a dimmer so if it’s still too bright, just turn it down!
I also love this midcentury modern dresser I found with cane drawer detailing! We haven’t had a dresser in our main bedroom … well, ever … so it’s still pretty empty, but I’m working on styling the top of it with a vintage lamp, some artwork, and our Vornado vintage-style fan.
It took me awhile to find nightstands that I really liked, but I eventually found a couple – they’re pretty whimsical with gold drawer fronts and large, stone handles. Again, we haven’t had real nightstands with drawers in our main bedroom ever, so these drawers are still pretty empty, too!
I was using this tiny corner of the room as my “pump station,” so when I finally weaned the babies from breastmilk and stopped pumping, I was more than happy to get rid of the pump and return this little corner into a reading nook. I’d still like to reupholster the chair – I’m thinking a coral or salmon velvet would be pretty – but it’s good enough for now. I added the cute, little, marble-topped side table next to it and it’s perfect for a setting down a cup of coffee, glass of wine, book, etc.
And one of the biggest changes to the room was this gorgeous, teal, velvet headboard! As soon as we installed it onto the bed frame, I felt like an adult! I can’t believe we didn’t have a headboard before … well, ok, I can. We always used the smallest room of the house as our main bedroom and the bed always went in front of the window, so no headboard was needed. But going forward, I will always need a headboard!
Also, just an FYI, if you have a Sleep Number bed and you want to fasten a headboard to it, you’ll need to purchase some brackets from Sleep Number. It’s a pretty easy fix, but it sucks to make that discovery when you’re ready to put it together and can’t without the brackets.
Also, the enlarged vintage Paris postcard over the bed? It’s DIY art, and you can get the DIY Over-the-Bed Artwork tutorial right here. It’s perfect for those who live in earthquake country where you don’t feel comfortable hanging glass or anything heavy over your bed.
And then over in this corner, we have a couple gallery walls of our Paris art and our vintage, industrial laundry basket where I keep all of our extra blankets (and where I throw all the decorative pillows off the bed every night so they’re not sitting on the floor.)
Here’s a few more shots of the room:
So what’s still in progress? I’d like to put wallpaper on the wall behind the bed. I’d like to reupholster the chair next to the bed. I would like to hang a mirror above the dresser. The purple lamp on the dresser (with the feather lampshade) needs a new lampshade. (UPDATE: I recovered it in this How to Recover a Lampshade Using Fabric tutorial post and it’s gorgeous!)
A couple of frames holding beautiful, old 1800’s artwork need to be replaced with antique frames instead of the brand new, silver, modern frames they are currently in. I would love to add some plants, but I need to go with faux plants thanks to my not-so green thumb. Oh! And the doors still need to be painted!
The house is a 1906 house and while we redid every single surface in the house (it needed it) and added a modern kitchen and bathrooms, I still wanted to keep some of it’s character and charm and I fought my contractor to keep the old doors. Because the house is old, it has settled and sloped over the years which made the floors uneven, so when we leveled the floors, the doors needed to be raised because my 6-foot tall husband was going to have to duck whenever he entered a room. So we raised the headers on all the doors … which then made my beautiful, old doors all about 3-4 inches too short. My original contractor just wanted me to replace all the doors with brand new doors, but I kept all the old doors and hired a new contractor who added wood onto the bottoms of all the new doors, making them usable again. Except for this one door – it’s my closet door and I decided that since it’s my closet, my husband didn’t need the header raised since he never needs to go in there! Ha!
But, we still need to get all the doors painted! This home renovation work never seems to end! What color should I paint my closet door? Teal to match the headboard? Coral to match the rug? Boring white to match the walls? Let me know in a comment.
And here are all the sources if you would like to shop the room: