A couple weeks ago I was on the phone and the person on the other end said to me, “Your style has changed.” At first I thought to myself, “You don’t know what you’re talking about. It has not!”. Then, after checking myself, I realized my style has most certainly changed. From my office / living room makeover, to magazines I’m reading, to the pins I’m posting on Pinterest, I realized I have a whole new appreciation for a different design aesthetic. I think I was initially turned off by the comment because my brain subconsciously thought change equals something bad. However, after letting it sink in for a minute, I realized change is a great thing! Plus design is a journey and a process. I appreciate the fact that my tastes have changed and that I think I’m growing and learning and pushing a little out of my comfort zone. And along the way, I’m discovering myself and learning what I really love. I don’t want to get into too much detail about this year (I’ll save it for another post.), but I felt it was necessary to mention that before getting into the meat of today’s post.

My Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

As you may have guessed from the title, I’ve decided to redo my bedroom. I had so much fun creating this space here with you all on IBC, but I’m ready for an update. When I closed my B&B last year, this space became my room as it was the biggest bedroom in the house. Other than getting some new bed linens and adding in a few accessories, I really didn’t change much. So because of that and my new approach to design, I’m ready for a shift.

My Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

In fact, you’ll notice this space already looks a little different. (You can see old pictures here and here.) I think it was Tuesday night around 11 pm when I got this brilliant idea to move some furniture around. If you’re new here, my bedroom is actually two rooms. One room is for the bed; the other is a little sitting / clothes storage area. So that evening I switched the two. And to be honest, the switch was kind of genius. Both spaces function so much better now.

My Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

The only disadvantage (and the reason these rooms weren’t set up this way initially) is that the front room faces the road and I’m on a semi-busy street. So there is some traffic noise at night, but I’m a heavy sleeper so it really doesn’t bother me. Other than that, it’s perfect.

So today, I thought I would share the basic plans and show you a couple inspiration images. Sound good?

Even though I dread the thought, I’m probably going to paint the walls. I want a color that’s almost white, but a shade different from the trim so it still pops. At this point, I haven’t picked a color. Suggestions are welcome.

With that, I’m probably going to start fresh with new linens and curtains. Don’t worry, I’ll keep my DIY forged nail curtain rods. Obviously artwork and accessories will change too. Maybe even a new chair.

My Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

(Oh, and I wanted to point out that my little DIY tabletop cactus garden is totally thriving! I’m so proud of it.)

The biggest change will happen in what used to be the bedroom area. When this house was turned into a B&B, most of the closet spaces were turned into bathrooms, meaning that I have no storage space. Trying to find room for my clothes has been a nightmare from day one. So, this room is going to turn into one big ol’ walk-in closet. And let me tell you, I’m pretty psyched about it.

My Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

Lots will change in the space, including installation of some sort of closet system. I’m trying to decide if I want to do something that’s open or something behind doors. I’d like to get a big mirror in here (which I already own) and maybe a really cozy leather chair.

My Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

(Yes, that is my coffee table from my living room, which could only mean one thing! Hint. Hint.)

The overall look for this space is going to be calm and relaxed with pops of color and a masculine weirdness. Basically, a space that makes me calm but still super happy. Here are some of the inspiration images I’ve been lusting over.

My Bedroom: Inspiration | Inspired by Charm

1. Hommemaker // 2. AMM Blog // 3. Homepolish // 4. SF Girl by Bay // 5. The Design Files // 6. Rue Magazine

Get it? I love inspiration hunting!

Even though it’s bittersweet to change up this space so soon, with a brave new style and a desire to make this home really mine, I’m ready. And I’m thrilled to be able to share it all with you.

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll see you back here Monday. I have a few other home-related projects I’m eager to share with you. Until then . . .

PS. If you haven’t already entered the 1,000th Post iPad Giveaway yet, you can do so here. Thank you so much for sharing in my excitement yesterday!

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  • Design Chic at

    Don’t you just love a brainstorm? Love the bedroom as it is, but can hardly wait to see the new linens – glad you’re keeping the rods!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yeah – I’m not quite ready to get rid of those rods just yet. Plus, I think they still look great.

      xo Michael

  • Karin @ heart.love.weddings at

    The shelf and the ladder – genius! I’m always amazed as to what people come up with for a uniqueness that is all their own. Super fab, Michael! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jeannie at

    I agree with Karin – the shelf and ladder are absolutely genius! And your Forged Nail Curtain Rods – LOVE! You always inspire me and I can’t wait to see what you decide to do with these rooms.

  • Barbara at

    Hi,
    I’m new here! can I ask what inspired you to close your B&B?

  • Amanda Taylor at

    Your inspiration rooms are beautiful. I love how calming they are and then the pops of green and blue. It’s going to be amazing!

  • Karen at

    I’ve only been following you for about 9 mos but I’ve noticed a bit of a change also. And I don’t mean that in a bad way what so ever! Just like hair, makeup, clothes and body shapes our homes change as well. I love everything you do. I love it the first time and if you change it the VERY NEXT DAY I like that also. I’ve never seen the pics of your bedroom before but I’m loving that as much as everything else. So, basically LOVE LOVE LOVE. :o)

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww! Thanks for all the love Karen! Change can be scary, but I think this is for the best. You might as well love the space you’re living in. Right?

      xo Michael

  • Teckie at

    I love this!! We recently repainted our whole house from colors to neutrals. A great off-white is Valspar Cream in my Coffee, and a really pretty subtle grey is Valspar Filtered Shade. Can’t wait to see when you’re finished!

  • IrishMimi at

    I would say that your style has evolved (or is evolving). This is as it should be, Michael. Unless you’re stuck in some place in time. The world is changing around us, you’re traveling, experiencing new things (art & museums, other cultures, cities, people, new technology, retrospectives, other designers, music, etc); it’s also been scientifically proven that your eyes will see colors differently as you age (blues/lavenders usually become more appealing – there’s a reason for “blue hair” looking okay to our grannies; they’re not just “living with” a mistake).
    These experiences & observations & inspirations SHOULD influence & inspire your esthetic! It shows that you’re ALIVE and GROWING.
    To use a cooking metaphor – when you discover (or rediscover) new spices, herbs, or other ingredients, you might use them to improve old dishes or make completely new recipes; you discover a new recipe to add to your repertoire of favorites or to replace an old one. Design is the same thing – constantly adapting, changing, & building on the old.
    Life is a roller coaster ride & our design esthetic/styles should reflect that ride (when grounded by a fabulous style/esthetic to begin with, what an incredibly fabulous “ride” it can be).
    We should all continue to grow up until the day we leave this world for the next great adventure!

    PS – I love the way your style is evolving. Still grounded by your great esthetic that drew so many of us to you in the first place, but with some subtle and interesting nuances.

  • IrishMimi at

    PS — your chosen inspiration photos have a lot of blue in them.
    Perhaps a slightly blue-tinted white might be the color for your walls to make your white architectural woodwork standout. Still light & “white” but without the salmon base that your walls currently have (and I agree that the current salmon-white isn’t working with all your fabulousness).

  • Diane @ homesweet homemade at

    oh my – what a lovely room! Every photo makes me hold my breath and clap my hands for excitement at all the cleverness! You’ve provided new inspiration for repurposing my unused shaker quilt hanger. Love your mixture of textiles – my absolute favorite look. So reminiscent of the blends I see from textile designer John Robshaw. yay – awesome!

  • Cathy at

    Change is what I like about your blog. you are always coming up with something new and different instead of being predictable!

  • Deb at

    I love your style! Sure wish you would consider re-opening the B&B because I would love to stay in such beautiful rooms!

  • krystal at

    Too funny you said that! When you posted on IG whether you should make the change I said yes…..and was about to mention the room does not seem to suit your style anymore. But I didn’t say it because I did not want it to seem like I was saying the room was bad……it’s gorgeous!…..just a little different from what I am seeing now. Before I even saw your room inspiration pics I was stuck on the picture with your cactus planter and buddha…..I thought this would be the perfect starting point. Then when I saw your inspiration pics #2 did it for me. Although I have to say I love them all 🙂 I cannot wait to see what marvelous magic you make in this room!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh! This is perfect and so helpful! Thank you SO much for sharing!

      xo Michael

  • Leslie at

    You mentioned a closet system and I immediately thought about something open where you can see all the clothes beautifully arranged. But I remembered I pinned this: http://www.ikeahackers.net/2013/10/domino-does-a-pax-hack.html
    I have been obsessed with the color, the mirrors, the molding…everything. Maybe one side of the room can have some kind of built ins or something behind mirrored doors if you like that sorta thing. IDK, it just makes me giddy when I see it and it could look cool in a closet/room even if the rest of the space has open storage. Excited to see what you come up with!

  • girlfromwva at

    I cannot wait to see what you do!!! I really love those curtains! Are you going to keep them or re-purpose them into something else???

  • caroline [the diy nurse] at

    I can totally relate! I remember seeing Apartment Therapy and thinking “everything looks the same and is so sterile.” Although I now relate my dream style to that of Dana at HouseTweaking… modern lines but pops of color and pattern my change has changed drastically within a few years. I started off pretty country and when I look at past purchases I seriously wonder what I was thinking. Change is good though… otherwise I would still be decorating with beanie babies!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I totally agree. I guess I’ve been on a similar design journey. And yes, Dana is fabulous. I had a chance to meet her recently. She’s a sweetheart.

      Have a great weekend!

      xo Michael

  • Patricia at

    I absolutely love the clover bed skirt! Where on Earth did you find it?

  • Beverly Ebersole at

    I love what your going to do with your bedroom. I’m jealous, the big room as your walk in closet. I can’t believe your not using the red and white curtains. I loved them ever since our visit. I have them pinned to my bedroom inspiration board. I can’t wait till the big reveal to see what wonderful ideas you come up with.

  • Brenda Kula at

    I love the colors and I love the plants. Good for you for putting natural air purifiers in the way of green plants in your bedroom, where rest is most important!
    Brenda

  • Kim@NewlyWoodwards at

    I’m totally excited to see this transformation, Michael. I totally understand that our styles change and I’m thrilled to see what you come up with. Also, I hope you end up with some kelly green because that dresser inspiration photo is driving me crazy in an awesome way. I so badly want a room with kelly green but it has yet to happen.

    I must admit though, I really love this room so much. Sigh. Is it weird to be sad to see it go? I really love the patterns and the curtains and the slight country feel. It’s totally me.

    So you can just pack everything up and ship it over to Illinois. Mmmmmkay?

  • Kimberly at

    I love your room as it is now, but cannot wait to see how you change it to fit your evolving style! You have such a design flair, it’s going to be gorgeous whatever you choose to do with it. Also very excited to see the closet/changing area, I live vicariously through people’s closet/changing room re-dos..

    That giant paint-by-number blow up of the wave in your inspiration pic #2 has been haunting my dreams ever since I saw it on Orlando’s blog Hommemaker. I don’t have the wall space for one that size, but am seriously considering replicating it in a smaller version. Being at the beach was hugely important for me growing up, I was always in the water swimming and surfing, so any sort of art that’s got epic waves on it is my jam! Ikea sells this rather large mural that’s got a gorgeous wave on it http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10185828/ again, I don’t have the wall space but am seriously thinking of buying it and just keeping it in a closet until I have a space for it. The aqua-y blues in the Ikea mural are perfection (water that color is usually indicative of a tropical location, which is also my jam!).

    Very excited for the transformation!

  • Kathy @The Daily Nest at

    Oh I just love this room! So cozy and inviting! I also love the drawer handles for the picture frames! So clever!! You are very talented! Take care~Kathy P.S. I have the same chandelier in my bedroom! 😉

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode at

    I think the design / style evolution happens with all of us. Maybe eventually we find our sweet spot and don’t deviate from it? I don’t know. I think that the more comfortable I get with a certain style, the more I start to reach out and want to try something new and “unexpected” for the space…and that just leads me down a new path. Adventure is fun! Can’t wait to see where you take the space.

  • Denise at

    It all looks so great! I still cannot decide which I like best – the before or after since your style ends up looking so awesome however you arrange or rearrange! ! Great stuff, the work of great things and just the right touch!

  • NS at

    I never comment anywhere, but I consistently love your work and the sweet personality of your posts, and I just wanted to tell you so. “Charm” is just the right word.

    Also…we just painted our kitchen in (I believe) Kelly Moore’s
    Tahoe Snow, as I wanted the same thing–not quite white to set off white trim and cabinets. I love it–just a suggestion of blue, and somehow soft and crisp at the same time. I’m sure whatever you choose will be lovely. I’ve just had a sea change, too–used to be all about red; now I want blue, somewhere, somehow, in every room…with the red. Best to you in this change and all the many changes to come as you continue to grow, in your design work and in life.

    PS: “masculine weirdness” made me laugh out loud–love it!

  • Karen at

    Where did you get the red curtains. I love them and think they would be nice in my dining room. Thank you.

  • Cindy at

    I just love it!! I would also like to know where you got the red and white curtains?

  • Carol Jessee at

    Hello Michael,
    So glad to have visited your blog today. Thanks for being so REAL!!
    I love your Federal style dresser! I would love to see you decorate with that as a focal direction. Maybe with some tartan and Kelly greens! More of a classic style gentleman closet! A bit woodsy, maybe a polo green trunk and light to medium enclosed closed storage. Over time you could add neat collectible s and make signs to add decorations.
    I hope you enjoy making a masculine magical space for yourself and not something that is soooo in!

    Whisking you the best,
    Carol Jessee
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