It’s been a while since I’ve given you an update on my apartment. This past weekend I did some planning and painting, so I’m excited to share a few changes happening around here. Let’s start with a bedroom update.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

To be honest, sharing an update like this makes me a bit nervous. In recent years, blogland has turned into a place of “beautiful afters” with fewer postings of the “not-so-great-in-betweens.” I’m hesitant to share my in-process photos for fear of premature judgment. However, I remind myself that most of us are in-process and that the vast majority of rooms don’t just magically come together. So, here we go.

We haven’t peeked into my bedroom since June. I’ve actually been waiting to update this space until my dresser arrived. I ordered it in May, and it was on backorder until late September. Flash forward to a couple weeks ago when the dresser got “lost” in shipping from their warehouse. I was pretty angry about the whole situation so I decided to just cancel it.

That meant it was time to revisit the space with a new direction in mind, and that’s exactly what I did.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

As you may recall, I had considered painting my space. However, I feared to do so because this home is somewhat temporary, and everything would need to be repainted at the end my lease. So, I decided to meet in the middle and just do a little painting to create a few feature walls. It’s all about compromise, right? This past weekend, I painted two walls, one in my office and one in my bedroom. And this is what it looks like right now in my bedroom.

A big black wall.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

Yes, it’s stark and seems out of place at the moment (hence, my fear of sharing in-process photos), but I do have a plan.

The color is Black Magic from Sherwin Williams.

My thinking for this space is “Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm.” I realize that doesn’t help much, but I hope it will make more sense as the room comes together.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

I found some barn-light-esque fixtures that will flank the bed on the black wall. I’m also thinking about adding a shelf or picture ledge about three-quarters of the way up that wall. It’s definitely plain and boring right now so adding some charm and character is a must.

The rug will also be swapped out. I bought this one before my dresser fiasco. The dresser was navy, so this would have been perfect. However, now it just doesn’t work in here. (I think it may work in my office, so stay tuned!)

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

I’ve also started to hang art in this space. I’m not sure it will stay exactly as-is, but staring at a bunch of blank walls was driving me bananas.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

And you’ll notice, I finally have a dresser. An hour after I canceled the one I’d ordered months ago, I walked a few blocks to a local vintage furniture shop and found this mid-century Lane dresser. The folks from the store delivered it the following day. (Oh how I wish I had done that three months ago.)

Even though I’m more-or-less starting over in this room (Don’t worry, the bed, chair, and nightstands are staying.), I’m excited how the space is coming together and happy to share my in-process photos with you. Stay tuned for more updates and pop in again later this week to see what wall I painted in my office.

What do you think of the change?

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Comments

  • Cassey at

    Love this space!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Cassey!

      xo Michael

  • cathy claus at

    Love it! That chair! And i just love the newly painted wall! makes that gorgeous bed pop! I’m not a blogger (so what do i know!) but I really appreciate all of your decorating posts (and recipes too!) Sometimes the “perfect” is eye-roll worthy! I like to see the real. Enjoy your day – : ) Keep on!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I really appreciate that, Cathy. It’s so nice to here. And yes, that chair is my favorite!

      xo Michael

  • KimS at

    Love, love, love the dresser-looks great with your bed, too! The chair and art wall are really nice! You’re getting there, for sure! Can’t wait to see what you do with the wall…. and you’re right, everything is a work in progress walls, floors, people.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. So true, Kim! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

      xo Michael

  • Lynn at

    Everything you do is amazing!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re too kind, Lynn! Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Debra White at

    I have to agree with Lynn. Everything that I have seen you do is “Perfect”!!! Love the black wall idea, can’t wait to see it finished. Love all the furniture in that room. Looks great.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re so sweet, Debra. Everything is far from “perfect”, but I do try. Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Tarah at

    I love the dresser you ended up with – it’s beautiful!! It was meant to be!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I agree! It’s a great piece. Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Janeen Sopata at

    I love the black wall Michael! It adds a nice depth to the room. Also love the chair!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! I can’t wait to share how it all comes together.

      xo Michael

  • Gloria at

    Hi Michael, Just a little note from Brooklyn, NY. I LOVE the Black block and the in between pictures. It really helps me with my own process. Seeing beautiful done up “afters” are nice, but not as inspiring as this! Thank you for sharing!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re so welcome, Gloria! Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Bettye Greenwood at

    I feel like my bedroom has been in-process for about 10 years! I love seeing how it comes together in other people’s rooms. That dresser is a great find!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. I hear ya. I’m excited to share the process. And yes, I’m loving the dresser!

      xo Michael

  • Jamala at

    I think your bedroom is coming along just fine! The pieces you’ve selected are perfect and i love the mid century vibe you’ve got going on… totally digging your space

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Jamala! I’m digging it too!

      xo Michael

  • Pam Williams at

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the things you pick, that black/white painting is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see it when you are done you are so great and pulling things together!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I really appreciate that, Pam! Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Katie O'Brien at

    I love seeing the in progress! Only seeing completely finished can make a person a little discouraged that we are in progress. Cannot wait to see next steps!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s so true Katie. I’ll be sharing more soon.

      xo Michael

  • Amanda Taylor at

    I love the black! It makes the bed look so stately! Also, in between process shots and posts are my favorite 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Perfect! Glad you’re liking them. More to come!

      xo Michael

  • Karen T at

    I LOVE it!! You are genius. Is there something wrong with me… l really like the rug…even though it’s a contrast… am I the only one?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Karen. It’s not.TERRIBLE, but I’m just not a fan. Thankfully it should work great in my other space.

      xo Michael

  • Brocanteuserose at

    I think your “in-between” photos are just lovely!!! Keep sharing. Also I painted my living room, and dining space Black magic by SW, love it so sophisticated. Just a beautiful black color!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! You did!? Sounds beautiful! Yes – I’m really liking it too.

      xo Michael

  • LIndsay at

    I love the in-progress updates! It’s fun to see a finished room sometimes, but I always prefer to see how it comes together along the way. Everything is looking great, even the “boring” black wall (it’s not boring at all 🙂 ). Can’t wait to see how the room evolves!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      So happy to hear that Lindsay. And I agree – I love seeing how things come together too.

      xo Michael

  • JessB at

    Ha, I think it looks great as is so I’m sure I’ll really love it when it’s done.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Meryl Gallagher King at

    Hi Michael:
    I see where you’re going with this space & I applaud!!!
    I don’t think anyone whose a fan would think otherwise my friend!
    What a Happy Accident your new dresser was….all I can say was – you found it when you were supposed to. Remember Sister Parish’s philosophy – things inherited from the past always turn out to be the most Interesting! 👏🏻💕

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww. Thank you, Meryl. And yes, I totally agree with that philosophy!

      xo Michael

  • DBLori at

    Love the dresser!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Char at

    The in-process looks very good. Love the dresser – it balances the headboard quite nicely.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I agree! Thanks, Char!

      xo Michael

  • Glenna at

    Love your in process room. After 32 years of marriage, I have to admit my house is always “in process”. That plaid chair rocks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! And yes – that chair is my favorite!

      xo Michael

  • Connie D. at

    I love the chair! I wouldn’t worry about posting photos of rooms mid-progress. A lot of us appreciate the thought process behind the work. Keep posting!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awesome! Happy to hear that! Thanks, Connie!

      xo Michael

  • Carol at

    I purchased a dresser like yours at an estate sale and use it to hold some of my linens. I like it because the style is so simple. The black is so stylish.

    Years ago I used to watch Christopher Lowell and loved his style. Yours is much like his.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes.- I agree. It’s a great piece. Thanks!

      And YES! I remember Christopher Lowell. Loved him!

      xo Michael

  • Carolyn at

    Love it so far. And I like the in-process pix too. Decorating is often very intimidating and it’s nice to see the you can do it gradually and have the room evolve.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awesome! Thanks Carolyn!

      xo Michael

  • Katherine at

    The change suits you to a “t”. Could you possibly come to my small town and tell me what I need to do?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I appreciate that Katherine! Thanks! I’ll see what I can do about a visit. 😉

      xo Michael

  • Ian at

    I love your bed! Wherr did it come from? The room is the perfect blend of masculine style. Well done 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Ian! It’s from CB2. I’ve linked it above towards the end of the post.

      xo Michael

      • Ian at

        Awesome. Totally missed that! Thanks 🙂

  • Michele at

    I love everything about this space! You really nailed it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It still has a long way to go, but thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Patty at

    The space is coming together nicely, but I have to comment on your chair. Wow, I really love it. Did you recover it or purchase it with that fabric on it?

  • Dawn Spencer at

    I soooo appreciate the in-process photos. Such a nice change from the “everything is magazine perfect” photos that we typically see. I enjoy the decorating/designing process so only seeing before and after photos have always been a bit of a let down to me. Love your apartment and am enjoying following your adventures to a new city, while you create the life you dream of. Your new space is just lovely, as are you! 🙂

  • Teri at

    Loving the “in-between”, but pretty sure you meant “peeked”, not “peaked”…

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oops!

  • Maureen at

    Michael,

    You have just the BEST sense of style! I love everything you are doing to the apartment to make it yours. And what a great apartment choice to start with! Clean lines, a touch of industrial, a little modern but no too much of any one to dominate over the others. A perfect blank space to start with. I would have picked the same place.

    Maureen

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