Bedroom before & after on @ThouSwellBlog
A bedroom makeover before and after

I’ve been working on a few updates in the bedroom (the biggest of which you saw on this DIY post), but I finally finished polishing things up! Using the two bookcases and sconces, I was able to create a sort of nook around my bed and I softened the space with a light headboard and a framed print from Framebridge (their prices for printing and framing are amazing). The headboard was the biggest investment but I love its unique shape and the linen texture and studded detail. I also finally pulled together a semi-matching set of bed linens, as I wanted more pillows and a plusher feel to make it light but still cozy! I picked out an area rug from FLOR to use – it’s so nice to have something soft under my feet when I get out of bed in the morning. Plus I love the graphic pattern of their Positive Slant pattern, and the fact that I can switch the tiles around to create new patterns in the rug.

One of the things that really helped the process of figuring out the bed area and pulling the linens together was making a little design board. I had been thinking about my room design for a while, but until I actually starting looking at products together nothing got done! I put together the design (below) to see how everything would look together, and I think it translated pretty well once everything was put in place. Plus, I was able to move quickly to take advantage of sales!

Bedroom before & after on @ThouSwellBlog
(Bookcases, bookcase legs c/o, frame, sconces, headboard, euro shams, throw pillows c/o, throw blanket, pillows and comforter c/o, rug c/o)

A bedroom makeover before and after
A bedroom makeover before and after
Modular rug tiles in geometric gray striped pattern from @FLORSquares

Now my room is starting to feel calm and cohesive – I’ve just got my desk to conquer! I think my sanity may be slightly linked to my bedroom’s state of being. When it’s messy my productivity drops completely! Anyone else feel that way?



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  1. Simone Anne wrote:

    It looks so cute! I absolutely love how you put the shelves on those cute little stands. Totally makes them look fancier and much better styled.

    Posted 8.13.15 Reply
  2. The bedroom is such an important room to keep calm and cohesive! How else are we supposed to rest up properly so that we can wake up ready to seize the world? 😛 I really love the warm tones! So cozy 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
    • Exactly!! I usually lean towards blues/greens, but I love how the orange and yellow pillows bring out the gold in the sconces… Thank you Audrey!

      Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  3. I love everything, but those lights gave such a nice touch to the whole thing. Great level of attention to details, sir! 🙂

    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
  4. I feel exactly the same way when my room is a mess, and I’m actually at the same place right now.. everywhere is golden minus my desk. It’s a bit of a disaster zone.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply

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