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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Our bedroom makeover

This fall, Alex and I were in desperate need of a bedroom makeover. Since I work from home, I spend approximately a gazillion hours a week in our bedroom, and it was feeling a little drab. We were nervous about heading into a cold, dark New York winter with a dreary room, so we asked our dear friend Jenny Komenda--the genius interior decorator from Little Green Notebook--to help us make our bedroom bright and cheery, on a budget. Here are the before-and-after photos, taken by Oh Darling Photography, if you'd like to see...

Here's the "before" photo of our bedroom. At first, we liked that it was simple and calm, but the blue/gray color scheme started feeling dark and drab for the wintertime. Spending so much time here, I was nervous about getting winter blues.
Jenny, the genius behind the blog Little Green Notebook, agreed to help us make the room feel happier. "We were envisioning 'folksy Domino,'" says Jenny. And since we weren't starting from scratch, Jenny was glad to work with eclectic pieces we already had. "I don't love when rooms look super matchy-matchy and overly decorated, and I'm glad that your bedroom feels real," she says.
The paint color is Benjamin Moore's Opal, which is a blush pink. "I love it because it's almost like a pale skin color," says Jenny. "It's nice and cozy without being super girly."
I'm always inspired by the colorful fabric in Swedish home tours, so we splurged on some Josef Frank fabric from Just Scandinavian to make this bright pillow. How can you not feel cheery in the winter looking at those colorful flowers? The photo of the water was a sweet gift from our friend (and wedding photographer) Max Wanger, who shot it on the ferry from Martha's Vineyard. To save money on framing, Jenny mounted it on an MDF board, which is like really smooth plywood, for $20.
The craziest part of the room is the tufted headboard, which Jenny made herself. It's not only beautiful, but also comfy to lean against when working, reading books or drinking a sneaky cup of hot chocolate before bed.
Since you spend half your life in bed (truly!), one of life's greatest simple pleasures is climbing into crisp, cool sheets. We LOVE the graphic sheets from DwellStudio, especially the Pyramids Azure (on HUGE sale right now, by the way). (We also get Toby's crib sheets and storage bins from Dwell.)
Our striped duvet was inspired by J.Crew's creative director Jenna Lyons, whose gorgeous bedroom appeared in Domino. She had an Olatz duvet, but since that bedding was (way) out of our budget, Jenny decided to make it herself! She hired a seamstress to help. "You can easily find affordable sewing rooms on Craigslist," she says.
Jenny also hired a seamstress to make the shades. "These two custom shades were less than half the price of one plain white roman shade from the Shade Store," she says. "Custom doesn't always mean more expensive." We love the clean, unfussy look, and we used black-out material, so we could take turns sleeping in on weekends! I love the pop of yellow trim, which feels like sunshine.
We wanted the room to feel happy and personal, so we decided to cover it with family photos. We printed three favorite black-and-white shots--one from our England summer vacation, one from Alex's childhood and one from the first moment we saw each other at our wedding. These photos make me feel instantly centered, even when I'm feeling overwhelmed or worrying too much. :)
Jenny found the two adorable mid-century bedside tables at the Antiques Garage flea market in Chelsea; they have so much personality! I feel like they have little faces:) The rugs were from Turkey, purchased on eBay and then cleaned in New York. "I always think it's a good idea to have old rugs cleaned professionally," says Jenny. "I used Big Apple Carpet Cleaners." (The bedskirt is from DwellStudio.)
We always crave more storage space in our shoebox apartment, so Jenny found this lovely antique wardrobe. A fun bonus: She painted the inside with chalkboard paint, as a special treat for Toby! She also got wicker baskets from the Container Store, where we keep bedding, diapers and old baby clothes. The closet doesn't have a door, so she hung a curtain with very thin blue stripes.
Probably my favorite part of the room is the family frame wall. It faces the bed, so you can gaze at your loved ones as you fall asleep. "I get a little bored of IKEA frames in a gallery wall, so I usually try to mix my frames sources," says Jenny. "Art supply stores, like Blicks and A.C. Moore, are my favorite place to buy affordable but quality frames." The rad black lamp--doesn't it look so hippie cool?--was from the Antiques Garage flea market in Chelsea.
That's it, I hope you like it! Thank you again to Jenny, who will be posting about these DIY projects (tufted headboard, striped duvet cover...) on her blog Little Green Notebook soon. She is a genius! We love you, Jenny, and are so thrilled with our new room and feel so lucky! Thank you so much for reading, my lovelies, and feel free to ask any questions below... :) xoxoxo

P.S. The best part is that Toby approves! :) Plus, our living room and Toby's nursery...

("After" photos by Oh Darling! Photography for A Cup of Jo. "Before" photo by Karen Mordechai)
J.Crew

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Prêt-à-Penser said...

Lovely photos!
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Franzi said...

Wow! I'm in love with your comfy looking headboard and the yellow trim of your stores! Lucky you :)
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helen @ forty percent fringe: sixty percent face said...

Ooh that fabric for the pillowcase is just gorgeous! And I love the Turkish rugs, what a fabby fab idea :) Hx
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paul said...

Beautiful!I love your room decoration ideas!

Joanna Goddard said...

THANK YOU for these amazing comments! so fun to read and thank you for all the kind words about the room. jenny is the greatest.

lily, yes, i did know about SOPA for sure; just didn't know that some bloggers were blacking out their pages for the day, so i was curious to see more about that; i didn't know it was possible to do on a a blogspot blog....so glad SOPA seems to be off now, as far as i can tell? xoxo

and thehawks, the light was from ebay, i think, let me ask jenny....

and i'll find out about seamstresses & how jenny glued the photo to the board and get back to you!! xoxo

thank you again!!! joannaxoxo

Joanna Goddard said...

oh! the hippie-ish lamp was from ebay:) xoxo the silver wall reading lamps were from west elm, ages ago. and the paper lantern (which we still have in the room) was from IKEA.

Unpublishedlife said...

Goregous colour make-over! I love that colour is being used in bedrooms again. Calm and serene is good, but a touch of bright colour does wonders for the winter mood.

Beautiful pics:)

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J. Lewis said...

I'm so glad you posted about this! Jenny mentioned it on her blog, and I was curious about the outcome. She is crazy talented and has such a good eye for great design that works together. It's fabulous!

Nicole @ Giraffelegs said...

Wow those pillows are fantastic!

andrea said...

gorgeous makeover! i want a family frame wall now too :)
p.s. i hope that last photo of you & toby is framed somewhere - how beautiful.

Sarah Morgan said...

It looks absolutely gorgeous! No chance of getting the winter blues in that room! :)

Torrie said...

I love every single thing about it... and have gathered so many great ideas for our bedroom (thank you!!!) :).

Claudia said...

Wow, it looks lovely and so much brighter.... Great makeover!! Little details and keeping it simple makes the difference!! I love yellow.... it's a colour that brightens my day... Kisses.
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A Girl, A Style said...

Oh Jo, thank you so much for sharing this. I love how cheery it is and what a difference that yellow tufted headboard and colourful frame wall is!

Briony xx

Tracy said...

I would love to know the name of the Ebay store where you purchased your rug from Turkey! Thanks! It looks great.

Jessica Frost said...

OH! MY! I love the new bedroom! You've given me a new drive to update our bedroom! Love the soft wall color with brighter color pops throughout the rest of the room. :)

Heather said...

The room is great, and super cheerful, but really the best thing it is your adorable, smiley baby!

whitney said...

it's great! and so cheery. perfect for avoiding the winter blue/greys.

sew nancy said...

Really gorgeous. I think the bed is my favorite part of it

Elissa said...

Oh I love it, especially the headboard! It doesn't look like it was "designed," it looks natural, like you and your husband collected everything yourself over the years.

Love it.

Caity said...

It looks beautiful before and after. I love it. :)

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kate said...

she did an amazing job! can't wait to hear about the tufted head board and other DIYs!

Morgan said...

I love it! The colors coordinate so well! Nice job!

Mara @ {A Blog About Love} said...

Joanna, I was able to spend time with Jenny at Alt and just loved her. We had spoken on-line but she was even more amazing in person. How fun that she was able to design your room!! It looks amazing. Hiring Jenny is on my dream list.

Kate said...

Your bedroom is perfect. Jenny does wonderful work, I am a blog follower of hers also. My youngest child is 15 months, your son is ridiculously cute. I just love his stamp of approval on your bedroom.

Megan @ Lovely Happenings said...

Wow. Just stunning. Crazy how much color can improve things. Love it.

Maria said...

I love love LOVE your new bedroom! I especially love the mount of the sea. How calming. We've just moved into a new place so I'm looking for some bedroom inspiration...

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Ladies Holiday said...

I love this! You are so right, sometimes trying to use "peaceful" colors can actually make a bedroom feel more dreary. I love the idea of using brights to bring about a cheerful atmosphere, I'd want to sleep there too!

File N°7 said...

Congrats on the wonderful room! May I ask where you got the huge pillow insert? We are currently decorating the nursery and need some large inserts for the day/guestbed:)

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what a lovely make over. the pale pink really emphasizes the strong yellow! love it :)

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Waseem said...

The bedroom is so beautiful...like each and everything there...really eye pleasant.

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3 bedroom vacation house plan said...

Sweet. Your room is relaxing.

Lisa Mende Design said...

Love it all! Great job! Glad to find your blog!

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Roxie Tenner said...

Joanna, there’s nothing wrong with your previous room design, but your makeover makes it a lot better. That pinch of color spelled the difference. I like the yellow piping on your window shades. It breaks the monotony of the walls and the shades. I’m pretty sure you will enjoy working on your room even more, with this improved look.

domonique said...

just perfect. the yellow tufted headboard is so swank. love the eclectic wall of framed photos and the shades too. if i lived in nyc, i'd want to sleep there!

milla said...

If you ever want to sell those West Elm Metal wall lamp/sconces, please let me know. I've been searching like a maniac for them on every conceivable web site. Thank you!
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jeremy said...

Im totally impressed here. You made a great job!

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Muhammad Atif said...

Pictures are best gifts to recall memories.

Fife Roofing said...

I like how you add a touch of color in each room! ow, some of these rooms are absolutely stunning! Especially that second bedroom photo! Amazing!

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Corbin Pendleton said...

Jenny did a wonderful job!! The room looks great and the headboard DIY tutorial she did for this was an extremely helpful tool for my DIY project. I love the selection of Josef Frank's fabric - great splurge.

Corbin

JCF said...

really love the new concept of bed headboard and bedside tables. This looks beautiful!!

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Lily said...

Love it! So much more warm and inviting!

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Elizabeth Moore said...

This is the loveliest thing I have ever seen. I love love love these colors. Such a great job.

Isabelle S said...

This is beautiful. Any chance you remember the seller you bought the rug from on ebay? I would absolutely love to find one similar!

Thank you,

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Patrick Tan said...

It is always good to wake up every morning in a room like this. I can also sense that your baby is having fun inside your room. good job!

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emmasouthlondon said...

you've mede a great room here - the 'family frame wall' is a wonderful idea - really special.
Well done from London!
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Maleshia J. said...

I really love how you all added color with the mustard headboard and shades. They really make a difference and pop. If my room was madeover like yours, I wouldn't be bored for a long while. Nice work!

seoxperts said...

All images are awesome. Nice to see this wonderful post.

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Edward Thirlwall said...

I simply love the headboard. I think the color really stands out the most against the white splashed walls and that is a good thing because you do want to add life into your blue/gray room that you claimed to be dull and lifeless. I agree with you that the initial room layout does look calm and relaxing which is really suitable for a home office. However, if you were to spend the entire winter in such a dreary atmosphere, I am pretty sure your work performance is going to get affected. The storage bins that you have just gotten are pretty neat and are just great to conceal any mess that you might have lying around the room.

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Charles Flaum said...

Everything about your new room is perfect! Antique Brass Lamps

itssaya said...

Love the colors. Totally in love with the headboard. Do you know what fabric/color is used for that? Thanks.

Catherine McGrath said...

Inspirational! The bedroom is a sanctuary...I know I'd sleep better in a beautiful room like this one.

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