My Bedroom: Before

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 . . .

Inspired By Charm

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  • 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

  • Cindy at

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

  • Karen at

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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! 😉

  • 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 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!

  • [email protected] 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?

  • 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!

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