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Master Bedroom Makeover

My style is ever evolving and no room is ever done, but a year ago I set out to change my bedroom. Let me first begin by saying I’ve never invested in any good furniture pieces for my bedroom…and that includes even now. We had hand-me-downs from family and I bought one-off pieces that I liked when I needed something. We’ve been in our house 10 years and when I first moved in, I painted all the walls taupes and greys…my bedroom included!

I wanted a lighter look but with some color, so I first painted the walls white so that I could layer as much color as I wanted in the room. I started with my bedding and curtains.

I picked out a colorful blue floral and had Smith & Noble make roman shades for the room. Then, I headed to Plush Fabric Home Interiors, who has a great selection of colorful fabrics, for custom pillows for the bed. My grandmother embroidered the throw blanket back in the 80s, and I finally pulled it out of storage to use.

My actual bed frame had an old bronze finish, so I used Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue to give it a new life. I kept my old jute rug from Ballard Designs and layered it with a frazada I found online for a splash of color. When I find special things like this tool box, I buy them and then figure out where it’s going to go. The base of the bed is the perfect spot to keep everything a little off centered and interesting.

Everyone always asks me where I got this dresser or what paint I used on it. I found it at an antique store, but it’s not antique. It’s manufactured to look that way. I bought it because of those cute drawer handles! I wish I knew where to get more of them.

We happen to have a fireplace in our bedroom (which we’ve never used because we live in Texas), but it’s great for displaying decor. I like to play around with it and layer paintings. One is from Minted, another from Wayfair, and the big one in the back is a Carrie Schmitt original.

The room is so large, that I even managed to fit in a work table. All my upholstery work takes place in my workshop in the backyard, but when I need to feel inspired, I move around my home and work in various places…and this is one of them.

This little chair and table are two other “treasures” I’ve found throughout the years and I constantly move them about the house as needed. Right now they are tucked in a corner near my worktable.

Next year I’ll have some things moved around and changed just to keep it interesting. But I can truthfully say that this room evolution has brought me so much joy—I can barely remember the grey!

Wendy Conklin

I'm Wendy Conklin, The Chair Stylist.

What brings me joy is helping others live more creatively. I design antique-inspired, boutique chairs, and I teach others how to do what I do. Check out my shop, services, and courses to bring more whimsy into your home and life!


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