Primary Bedroom Design

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The day has arrived! We’re kicking off the One Room Challenge. *drumroll* And I’m tackling my Master Bedroom!!

To catch you up, last week I shared on Instagram that I’m taking part in the Official One Room Challenge (ORC). What is the ORC? It’s a challenge to redesign a space in six weeks. There are a group of designers and bloggers who participate in the official challenge, which occurs in the spring and fall. Anyone is welcome to join in on the fun as an ORC participant.

I hope my brief explanation made sense, but you can visit the ORC website to learn more.

Even though this is the first post of the challenge, today marks the official end of the first week. I will be back here every Wednesday until the final reveal on May 8.

Master Bedroom Design – One Room Challenge Week 1

I thought I’d use this post to share before images of the space and walk you through my master bedroom design plan.

Master Bedroom Design - One Room Challenge Week 1 #before #bedroom #oneroomchallenge

Master Bedroom Design - One Room Challenge Week 1 #before #bedroom #oneroomchallenge

Master Bedroom Design - One Room Challenge Week 1 #before #bedroom #oneroomchallenge

If you are new to Inspired By Charm, I purchased my home (which I lovingly call Bayberry House in honor of my grandparents) last June. I’ve been busy with updates since then, but other than refinishing the hardwood floor, I haven’t given much attention to my bedroom.

The furniture currently in the room is from the bedroom of my former apartment. Many people would agree that it’s more functional than stylish.

Master Bedroom Design - One Room Challenge Week 1 #before #bedroom #oneroomchallenge

Master Bedroom Design - One Room Challenge Week 1 #before #bedroom #oneroomchallenge

Master Bedroom Design - One Room Challenge Week 1 #before #bedroom #oneroomchallenge

Master Bedroom Design - One Room Challenge Week 1 #before #bedroom #oneroomchallenge

That means I’m pretty much starting from scratch. And as I thought about what I wanted for this space, I came up with a list of goals to keep me on track.

Master Bedroom Design Goals:

  • Add interest to the room with molding and trim.
  • Repaint the walls and woodwork
  • Update the lighting.
  • Update and add textiles, including curtains, bedding, and a rug.
  • Source an upholstered bed, dressers, and side tables.
  • Give the master bath a mini update.
  • Introduce artwork and personal elements.

With these goals decided, I looked for inspiration. This was easy. I’ve had this vintage paint-by-number for over a year now. As soon as I decided to tackle this space, I knew it would serve as inspiration.

Master Bedroom Design - One Room Challenge Week 1 #before #bedroom #oneroomchallenge

Not only do I like the colors of this painting, but I love its vibe of peace and calm. That’s exactly what I need in my bedroom. From there, I referenced my general design vision for my home: Modern Country Colonial and came up with this preliminary plan. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to my master bedroom design. You can find that here.

At any rate, I couldn’t be more excited about the overall vision. It’s going to be the retreat I need at the end of a long workday.

Some finishing details are still in up in the air, so things may change slightly. However, at this time, here’s my plan:

Master Bedroom Design - One Room Challenge Week 1 #desginplan #masterbedroom #moderncountrycolonial #bedroom #oneroomchallenge

Master Bedroom Design Plan:

  • I’m kicking things off with a faux board and batten treatment that I’ll paint Sherwin-Willams Anew Gray. (Upper wall color is still TBD.)
  • I’ve ordered this beautiful bed from Crate & Barrel. I’ve been eyeing it for over a year.
  • This rug from Loloi will tie in all the colors perfectly. (It should be arriving any day!)
  • I’m sourcing custom bedding from Roostery (a division of Spoonflower).
  • My goal is to go vintage for the dresser and bedside tables, but I do have this dresser sourced as back-up.
  • Though I’m still deciding on the color, drapes from Barn & Willow will add softness.
  • I also plan to update the bathroom door by installing a barn door system from Emtek. Because my bathroom is small, having the door swing in is problematic. I think a barn door system will be an excellent solution.
  • If time allows, I’m also going to give my small master bath a mini update. (This would entail new paint and a few decorative accessories.)

Master Bedroom Design Plan Video:

To help you visualize how my bedroom looked before, I created another video of the space. You can watch that below.

The video is likewise on my YouTube channel, and you can check it out there if you prefer. (YouTube has a closed caption feature for anyone who may need it.)

If you’re a regular YouTube viewer, I would love to have you subscribe to my channel. Down the road, I plan to share some content that will be available exclusively on the channel, so if you’re a suscriber, you won’t miss a thing.

That’s it for now, but as you can imagine there are lots of details to come! I hope you are as excited as I am about this challenge and about my plan for my master bedroom. I’m looking forward to walking you through the space as it evolves into something totally new.

While all of this is a fun endeavor for me, I can hardly wait to complete the project. My world has been a bit unsettled for the past couple of years, so finishing this bedroom (and my kitchen) will bring me a sense of comfort. I anticipate that finally settling into a space of my own that reflects my vision will be pure bliss.

If you’d like a closer look and want to see behind-the-scenes views of the project, be sure to follow @inspiredbycharm on Instagram. If you’re not on IG, don’t worry. – I will meet you back here every Wednesday for an update.

IBC Master Bedroom Spring ORC:

Week 1 – Before Photos and Design Plan (You are here!)
Week 2 – Board and Batten
Week 3 – Cozy Bedroom Design Ideas
Week 4 – Antique Finds for my Bedroom
Week 5 – Finishing Details
Week 6 – Final Reveal!

I also recommend checking out all of the designers who are part of the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge. Everyone is linked below for your convenience.

Spring 2019 One Room Challenge Designers:

At Home With Ashley | Casey Keasler | Dorsey Designs | The Farmhouse Project | Home Made by Carmona  House of Funk | House of Jade Interiors | House Seven Design | House That Lars Built | Inspired by CharmJana Bek | Jessica Brigham | Kelly Golightly | Murphy Deesign | The Pink Pagoda | Sarah GunnSherry Hart Designs | Sugar & Cloth | Veronica Solomon | Vintage Revivals | Media Partner BH&G | TM by ORC

A special thanks to Inspired by Charm’s One Room Challenge Sponsors:

Metrie | Lamps Plus | Barn and Willow | Loloi Rugs | Spoonflower | Emtek | Minted | Jill Ronsenwald

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  1. Its going to be gorgeous Michael! I LOVE the color choices & the vintage art is perfection to tie it all together! Can’t wait to follow the journey!

  2. Michael, I cannot wait to see your vision come to life! Your choices are beautiful. You are so correct that your bedroom needs to be a sanctuary. On good days I sigh happily when I get in bed and look around my room. On bad days, like when you’re not feeling well, it is a refuge where you can just pull the covers up and feel safe. I love that your house is named in honor of your grandparents. Our home, Belle View Cottage, is named after my grandmother’s family home. Heading over to sign up for your You Tube Channel now!

  3. Would you mind sharing where your black metal floor mirror is from?? I’ve been looking for one just like that!
    Sorry if you linked it and I missed it.
    You have great style- thanks for all the ideas!

  4. You always know how to put things together! I know I’m going to enjoy seeing how things unfold in your ORC. Thanks for taking us along on this decorating adventure.

  5. Michael,

    This is going to be great…so excited to follow along! You did a great job on the video, you are a natural on camera.😀 I so enjoy you, great job.


  6. Okay – first of all – I can not believe you are doing this on top of your kitchen renovations! That is very, very impressive….and perhaps a bit nuts. 😉

    Second of all – YAY! I can’t wait to follow along.

    Third – thank you for your videos. I just love them. I’ve followed you for what seems like three different residences and never felt like anything was ever missing – you are always informative and thoughtful and helpful and fresh. But the video has been such a nice cherry on top!

    I’ve followed you for a long time and really look forward to seeing more of your work..

    1. AND – you have a great voice and a great presence on video. They are well thought out and you communicate so well. I just love them. Thank you for all you do. The care you put into this blog/vlog/social media is so apparent.

      1. Well Rebecca, you’ve officially made my whole week! It’s comments like these that make this work so rewarding. Thank you so much for following along for all of these years. It really means the world to me! I’m also so glad you enjoy the videos. They are a significant amount of added work. I’m so happy they are adding value to my posts. That was the goal.

        Again, thank you so much. I really appreciate you took the time to comment. <3
        xo Michael

  7. I think your bedroom is attractive now but it will be beautiful when you are finished! I love your choices. I have to ask if you have seen the bed in person and compared the upholstery to a paint chip. They seem like they will be close to the same color. I had Anew Gray in my previous home and really liked it, and used Agreeable Gray (one shade lighter) in my current home.
    Your current dresser is so nice – are you going to be able to use it somewhere else in your house?

    1. Thank you, Kim! And yes, I have a sample of the fabric. It works so nicely with the wall color. It’s several shades darker, so it will stand out. 🙂 And I will probably sell the dresser. I do like it, but it’s a bit too mid-century for the look I’m after in this home.

      xo Michael

      1. Oh, good! I didn’t want that fabulous bed to blend into the wall :). I agree with you about the dresser. I’m sure someone will be very happy to buy it from you.
        Keep your energy up. I know this has to be stressful for you, but it is REALLY fun from where I’m sitting.
        And a hearty AMEN to Rebecca’s comments about your blog and videos below.

  8. I like how you’ve presented your One Room Challenge. After flipping through others I went back to yours to look at it objectively. First, the link went right to the post. Second, you immediately show us the room as is and then in detail. Other’s that start with lots of inspiration photos lose me quickly.Can’t wait to see what you’ll do as I know it’ll be great (and I love the inspiration paint by number.)