MASTER BEDROOM DESIGN UPDATE

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We're three months into officially being in the new house and from day one the projects have been in full swing. It seems like we have so far to go (in some ways), and also like, oh my gosh we've done so much in such a short amount of time already. Trying to find the balance of we've come so far! But we have so much farther to go!

I feel like bedrooms can often go missed in a redesign because they're a space guests see less often. But I feel the opposite - we live here! It's important that this room gets some attention too. Maybe not all of the budget but certainly some thought and some strategic, affordable updates. Sharing some of the simple ways we've styled ours recently.

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Our bedroom is small, so we have a queen sized bed frame and currently no official "bed" or even headboard. I used euro sized pillows to create a "faux headboard" kind of look. They are an inexpensive way to give a bed height and dimension for a fraction of the cost of an actual headboard. Plus they had cushion and texture and a nice support to sit and read.

I love the look of all white bedding. I feel like it looks classic, clean, and crisp, and you can easily switch out less expensive pillow cases if you want to update the look seasonally. Our sheets, duvet cover, pillowcase shams, and blanket are all by Boll & Branch. They make ethically made, organic, luxurious bedding. Their bedding is stunning and the quality is excellent, but even more importantly, a portion of all sales goes to end human trafficking. I cried watching the video of the non-profit they support, Not For Sale, specifically helping children escape exploitation and slavery. To say it's a worthwhile cause is an understatement. The bedding is fantastic, yes, but I really love supporting companies who are making a lasting difference.

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Our pillow inserts, duvet, and mattress pad are by SLEEPHI, a Boston based bedding startup. They're on a mission to improve sleep, and have a unique "climabalance" technology for regulating temperature throughout the night. The pillows pictures are these, and are designed specifically for back and stomach sleepers. You can see they have that indent in the center, it's designed to keep the spine aligned at all angles. After sleeping on it for weeks I can attest that these are great. Use code 10SLEEPHI for 10% off everything except the comforter, which is on backorder.

A tip for bedding shopping: even though we have a queen sized bed, I buy my duvet and duvet cover in one size up (king) so that it hangs off the sides more easily and is more forgiving to share. I buy the fitted sheet in a queen, and we don't use a flat sheet (European style, and less to deal with when you make the bed), and the duvet goes right on top, with extra blankets for the winter. I run cold so I bundle up.

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Things we still need: matching nightstands and some kind of lighting (considering these). We painted all walls and trim before we moved in, and there is a tiny master bath in this room (not pictured, to the right of the dresser) that needs some TLC. Again, trying to focus on all that we have done instead of all that I wish we could do. The time constraints of having a toddler and doing it all yourself make for some good lessons in waiting patiently and being content with where you're at.

Shared in partnership with Boll & Branch and SLEEPHI.

Other sources: checkered pillow cases | letters | euro pillow inserts | large art by me | small art thrifted

ON DESIGNING WITH KIDS

Picking a sofa was one of the hardest design choices for me so far in this house. There were seemingly endless options, combinations, deciding sofa vs. sectional, sizing, height/width/depth choices, not to mention deciding fabric on top of that.

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I wanted something modern with clean lines, and that shipped fast (so many sofas I saw take 8+ weeks for production and shipping, and I didn't want to wait that long).

I found a selection of in-stock, mid-century modern sofas at Rove Concepts, a small company out of Canada. They were great to work with and sent me multiple fabric samples so I could see the colors in person, which I totally recommend if you are buying online. It's nice to see and feel the fabrics before you buy. The customer service team was super responsive and answered all my questions about double rub count and durability.

I polled my stories to ask which was the best fabric to choose with kids and got a variety of answers. Initially I was thinking I'd go with leather, since I liked the wipe-ability of it, but had also heard from friends that it scratched easily, or it was cold, and I wanted something that felt warm and cozy. Our floors are also a really rich warm tone and I wanted a little more contrast in color there.

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I went back and forth forever, but ultimately, when with what I liked. Yes, the fabric is light, and yes, it might stain. But, this happens to be a very durable fabric (30,000 double rub count) and if something happens, there are stain treatments, and life will go on. I decided I don't want to design a house that's kid proof but I don't like looking at everyday. I want to LOVE the space I'm in. I want to design it for how I want it to look everyday, not in case of what happens someday.

I love it. It's extremely comfortable, fits the space perfectly, and is the right mix of polished and modern. The fabric lightens up the room, especially for Seattle's dark winters, and the polished stainless steel legs are a nice contrast to all the wood tones in our house.

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Next up for this room: a rug that fits, possibly a tufted square ottoman/coffee table, reupholster a chair, and more seating. One thing at a time. It's hard to not focus on everything that hasn't been done yet, and forget all that's already happened. Even the layout takes time. We rearranged this room recently and it's amazing to see how one small tweak can really made such a difference. We're slowly making this house our home.

Sofa decision, check! It's already gotten lots of use.

A good reminder to design your house for YOU and not for Pinterest, your neighbor's house, your older kids, or anything else other than you life right now and what you like.

You'll be glad you did.

Sofa style is Nico in Arctic Grey Modern Tweed. Thank you to Rove Concepts for partnering with me on this post.

HOUSE UPDATE 1: DOORS, CABINETS, AND PAINT

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We're knee deep in house updates, and one of the first things we did before we moved in was paint. We painted doors, walls, trim, and kitchen cabinets, and it took us five weeks of evening and weekend work.

The walls were originally a grey-blue. Not bad, but not my favorite. A friend saw it while we were in the process of painting and thought we were crazy to paint it, her house interior was painted that grey-blue, just like nearly every other house in Seattle (and in all honestly it wasn't that bad to begin with) but I wanted it white. It was a good lesson for me, in not listening to the noise or the trends or what your neighbor or your best friend likes, but doing what YOU like. It's your house, and you're the one who will be living in it.

On a similar note of not comparing, my house will not look like the overly-perfectly-styled images I pin because hello, I have a toddler and this is real life. So trying to find the balance of what I like and what is reality for us right now is where I'm at.

About the painting process:

We got lucky, and inherited beautiful, solid wood, heavy, original doors. We loved everything about them except the wood stain and the 90s gold hardware. We switched them out for white with black hardware, and the difference is amazing.

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We painted them using this sprayer by Graco. We have a friend who used to be a professional painter and he helped us out with this one, as we were trying out a professional grade sprayer. It's heavy, but easy to use and wow, the effect is stunning. Like factory painted door fronts. I love it and am so glad to have used it.

Prep: we got a powder degreaser (comet is similar), and scrubbed the fronts. We didn't sand them because they were new and had heard from another friend who had just done their cabinets and didn't sand, and we've seen those and they looked great to us so we went for it and were glad we skipped that step.

Since it was wintertime in the pacific northwest, we had to work inside, otherwise we would have done this outside or in a garage. We completely taped off an interior room with dropcloths and set up two sawhorse workstations. (We did have some overspray, so make sure you're in a room where you can easily get that off of surfaces.)

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We sprayed cabinets (with hardware removed) in two rows. We'd spray a light coat, turn up the heat, wait 1 hour, spray a second coat, wait 24 hrs, then remove. Some tricks for the sprayer are to: use it far away, use continuous motions, wear a mask, start spraying before you get on to the wood, spray until you're all the way off of it, wear clothes you don't mind getting ruined (because they will), and have a strategy for how you will enter/exit the room. Also pay close attention to cleaning instructions. After each second coat we'd rinse out the paint can and take apart the pieces to wash and dry.

We did all 39 cabinet fronts, from this ikea wood to white, and I like that the fronts have some edge detail to them and aren't just plain.

About the paint:

We like Home Depot for the price, and we color match all the higher-end brands to their Behr interior paint. Our door color is Benjamin Moore Simply White in Behr semi-gloss interior paint. Our trim right now is off the shelf white, which I'm not sure if you can tell from the photos, but is a bit brighter than Simply white and the trim around the doors will be going to Simply White once we find the time, it's not high on our priority list at the moment. Our walls are Farrow and Ball Strong White in Behr eggshell. I love love these whites. The wall color is beautiful, almost a greige. It has quite a bit of color in it for a white which gives it the depth I was looking for. Simply White is a creamy white and we did that on the kitchen cabinets as well as the doors. It contrasts nicely with Strong White.

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About the cabinet hardware:

We chose Atlas hardware in Elizabeth in matte black, in a size that would fit our existing pulls so we wouldn't have to deal with drilling new holes. I love this hardware and I think it looks timeless. Kind of like a polished modern farmhouse. We went with them for our house numbers too. Love the look. They have tons of finishes, and for a second there I almost went with the gold, but liked that the black looked a little more industrial/mom of a toddler/work horse kitchen. It suits us.

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About the door hardware:

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We choose Stone Harbor Hardware in Highland in vintage bronze finish. I love the contrast of the bronze hardware with the white doors. Stone Harbor was so nice to work with, this company will even match an existing key to your new door lock, you can mail it to them and they send it to you ready to go. These knobs are high quality and beautiful, totally recommend. They were so generous to extend a discount code here, use code ALLIES10 for 10% off everything through January 31st.

Here's a fun before and after for you. Just paint and hardware updated and look at the difference. Incredible!

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Our house numbers got a quick upgrade too. We stuck with matte black and went for a traditional look with these by Atlas.

Once the walls, door, cabinets, and trim were painted, hardware was placed, and doors were hung, we moved in. Now we're onto everything else: lots of decorating to do, light fixtures to switch out, subway tile to place, art to hang, kitchen flooring to plan, and a million other things. Enjoying the messy middle where we're at because as Brené Brown says, that's where the magic happens. Stay tuned!

Thank you to Graco, Atlas, and Stone Harbor for partnering with me on this post.