Before + After // Master Bedroom Makeover

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I never thought I would say this, but now that we’ve completed our master bathroom, I’m kind of missing all of the home improvement projects!  The last four years of home ownership have been filled with tasks like replacing our sprinkler systems to updating our kitchen and everything in between.  Now our place kind of feels complete and I’m finding myself with an itch to scratch.  When my friend Kate began talking about wanting to do something with her master bedroom I jumped at the chance to get my hands on that room!  We partnered with Target on the project and the whole thing came together pretty effortlessly.  (Their new fall collection is gorgeous and flying out of stores, so get it while you can!)  I love the big doors that open to the back patio and steep-pitched high ceilings.  With plenty of other projects to tackle since they purchased the house and a new baby that arrived last February, completing the master bedroom just got put on hold.  I wanted to make the space feel like a calm retreat from their busy lives  and also echo the laid-back California vibe of the rest of their place.  Here’s the mood board we put together in the beginning:

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And what the space looked like before:

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And after:

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It looks like a huge project, but it really wasn’t too crazy or costly.  The biggest thing we did was create a white canvas for everything else to pop against by replacing the curtained closets with white wood doors and the dark drapes over the doors with really light cream panels.

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Also, we ditched the heavy wood mirror for something with just a very simple frame and swapped out that arm chair for this Target tufted bench to keep things feeling spacious:

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This rug from Rugs Direct is really what the whole rest of the room was designed around.  I love that it has so many great colors, but still feels muted at the same time.  That particular rug wasn’t available, so the one we ended up using the Couristan Mesquite Bayou rug which I love just as much!  Once that was settled, next we had to find these guys a King-size bed.  I feel like once you have kids, a king-sized bed is a non-negotiable!  We found this navy linen bed with the nailhead detail at Bellacor and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out in the room.  Such a great fabric and I love the wingback detail.  You know who didn’t like the wing back detail?  Those gorgeous Target brass light fixtures you see there.  They just looked kind of strange peeking out from behind the wings so we traded them in for these new Threshold lamps from Target and now my only regret is that I didn’t keep one for myself.

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When I’m looking for art in our house, one of my first stops is always Minted.  I love their selection and variety of framing choices.  I also love how accessibly priced their pieces are.  This print was perfect for our laidback-california-cool vibe.  (Bench and striped pillow are from Target and smaller pillow is from Local + Lejos, a great line that works with artisans from all over the world.)

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Shopping Guide // Couristan Rug, Rugs Direct / Bed, Bellacor / Mid-Century Nightstands, Target / Mid-Century Dresser, Target / Bedding, Target / Cable Knit Throw, Target / Kalindi Throw Pillow, Local + Lejos / Striped Pillow, Target / Navy + White Batik Pillows, Vintage from Pasadena Flea / Bench, Target / Framed Art, Minted / Lamps, Target / Threshold Curtain Panels, Target /

Photography by Amanda Gallant

**A huge thanks to Target for designing awesome and accessible home furnishings and for sponsoring this post!**

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  1. The light colors made all the difference. Beautiful.

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/03/2015

      Thanks, Janet! I am loving big doses of white– especially in bright spaces like this one! Plus, I think the wood ceiling beams actually pull it all together.

  2. The light colors made all the difference. Beautiful.

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/03/2015

      Thanks, Janet! I am loving big doses of white– especially in bright spaces like this one! Plus, I think the wood ceiling beams actually pull it all together.

  3. Beautiful Jen! The contrast between the dark wood floors and navy upholstered bed with the white walls and bedding is just lovely. A dream bedroom for sure.

  4. Beautiful Jen! The contrast between the dark wood floors and navy upholstered bed with the white walls and bedding is just lovely. A dream bedroom for sure.

  5. Jen…the blog speaks for itself….the effortless chic…GORGE xx

  6. Jen…the blog speaks for itself….the effortless chic…GORGE xx

  7. Muriel

    11/30/2015

    You are good, girl!

  8. Muriel

    11/30/2015

    You are good, girl!

  9. Love this! The new design looks so bright and welcoming. Great work!

    Xx, Fatima

    http://www.fatimasabri.com

  10. Love this! The new design looks so bright and welcoming. Great work!

    Xx, Fatima

    http://www.fatimasabri.com

  11. So lovely! Where is the mirror from?

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/03/2015

      Hi Jamie! The mirror is from West Elm and is currently in stock!

  12. So lovely! Where is the mirror from?

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/03/2015

      Hi Jamie! The mirror is from West Elm and is currently in stock!

  13. Gorgeous Jen!!! You are truly talented

    12/01/2015

    well done Jen. Come and visit Us next time you’re visiting paseo redondo. Could use a little advice, and would love to see you! Hugs, Deb

  14. Gorgeous Jen!!! You are truly talented

    12/01/2015

    well done Jen. Come and visit Us next time you’re visiting paseo redondo. Could use a little advice, and would love to see you! Hugs, Deb

  15. vickie

    12/03/2015

    Amazing transformation! Love the copper accents.
    Where is rug from on your mood board?

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/03/2015

      Hi Vickie! It’s also from Rugs Direct. There is actually a link to it above in one of the paragraphs! It’s a beauty, right?!

  16. vickie

    12/03/2015

    Amazing transformation! Love the copper accents.
    Where is rug from on your mood board?

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/03/2015

      Hi Vickie! It’s also from Rugs Direct. There is actually a link to it above in one of the paragraphs! It’s a beauty, right?!

  17. Kristen

    12/04/2015

    What size is the picture of the surfers? Where were you able to find that frame?

  18. Kristen

    12/04/2015

    What size is the picture of the surfers? Where were you able to find that frame?

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  21. Aunt Susan

    01/25/2016

    What a difference. I need help with my bedroom and you gave me great ideas!!!! WOW…..

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  23. Becca Caldwell

    07/05/2016

    How do I have all if this delivered to Australia! I adore this room, in particular the print and bench.

  24. Beautiful bedroom Jen! Your bedroom now look so light and cozy. I love the idea you put a picture in your bedroom and I also wonder where did the white cabinet gone? Did you moved it or makeover it? Anyway, thanks for sharing this, Jen. So inspiring, It’s just like a dream bedroom.