ORC: Cozy Neutral Bedroom Reveal!


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You guys. It’s the final week of my first ever One Room Challenge. Hard to believe that I started this little project six weeks ago. Almost harder to believe that I managed to put up a blog post for 6 consecutive weeks (plus one bonus post, it may be a record!)

If you missed it, Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

I am so excited to share this with you, I could pee my pants! It turned out even dreamier than I was hoping. But first…

Huge thanks to Linda at Calling it Home, for hosting such an awesome event and letting Joe Schmos like me get in on the action. Between the weekly deadlines, the encouragement from other participants, and the inspiration from all of the other transformations going on, this was just the kick in the ass that I needed to make some serious changes to our overly dark and slightly drab master bedroom.

I started here with this mood board, and a sort of to-do list. Meaning, some to-dos, and some possibly/maybe to-dos.


ORC Cozy Neutral Bedroom Inspiration Board

Looking at this again now, I have to say – I think our bedroom turned out even better than my inspiration! We did get ourselves into a little more work than I had planned originally, but all in all – it wasn’t that hard. It helps that we had some extra cash this month to splurge a bit, and I also have the world’s handiest and most supportive husband. If I had unlimited funds and a little more time, I would update and decorate all day every day!

I’ll get to the big reveal in a second, but just in case you forgot, let’s look at some before photos!

ORC Bedroom before: purple curtains

ORC bedroom before: dressers, small rug

ORC bedroom, before: dark and drab

ORC bedroom before: Ikea lack bedside table gray


Ok. It’s probably not the very worst space that you could imagine, but also not the magazine-worthy, pretty oasis that I want to lounge in all weekend and show off to our guests.

But that was then.

So without further ado! Welcome to our new bedroom…

Cozy neutral bedroom, gray linen bedding, cableknit blanket, sheepskin rug

Dark gray, blush, cream linen bedding, DIY wooden headboard

Behr swiss coffee, best white paint for cozy neutral bedroom walls

Cozy gray, pale pink linen bedding

Cozy gray linen bedding, DIY wooden headboard, Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming

Beautiful, right?! At least I think so!

Reagan was kind enough to model for the shoot, and also to match the color palette. Thanks, Reag.

Blue merle border collie, white sheepskin rug cozy bedroom

Durable sheepskin rug, dog, blue merle border collie

Cozy neutral bedding, gold threaded cable knit west elm blanket

My H&M throw pillow covers came just in time, and I think they are a perfect addition of pattern/texture and just a hint of that amazing blush color that I was going for. You may recognize this gold threaded cable knit blanket from my inspiration board. It’s a West Elm splurge, but I just love it. It’s super soft and cozy.

Jesse Kelly Wedding photos printed Mpix, DIY rose gold picture frames

Dresser top organization rose gold dip painted bowl DIY narrow

Dresser top organization, gold jewelry box, DIY rose gold and white bowl

We added some finishing touches with our DIY rose gold projects this week as well. I printed these wedding photos forever ago. It’s about time I got them framed and hung up!! These frames and the $6 bowl that I got at TJ Maxx turned out so much better than I even expected. Spray paint. It’s magical.

Smiling blue merle border collie, Reagan on her cozy sheepskin rug

Gray ikea lack bedside table, succulent and books

H&M gray linen duvet cover light pink linen, gray pattern throw pillows

You saw our DIY color cord pendant lights going in last week, and I couldn’t be happier with the warm, modern (but also vintage-y) light that these bring to our space! The best part is, these LED Edison Bulbs are only 3 watt each, so we can leave them on in the evening without using hardly any energy.

Simple bedside table, gray Ikea lack, rose gold DIY pendant light

Rose gold pendant light, LED edison bulb DIY

Rose gold color cord pendant lights, white ikea brackets

My old DIY necklace hanger shelf got a re-fresh, and our dresser tops are looking better than ever. The Ikea lack bedside tables won out over any pricey new actual bedside tables that we considered, and I think they still look great.

DIY jewelry shelf with colored knobs, neutral bedroom, flowers

Rose gold automatic Hamilton Khaki Night Pilot, dresser top organizer for him

DIY necklace hanger shelf with colorful drawer pulls close-up

Gray ikea lack bedside table, kindle paperwhite, DIY engagement ring frame

Dresser top organization for him, wood box organizer, Rose gold hamilton watch

Gray Ikea lack bedside table, books, succulent, linen curtains and duvet

One Room Challenge Cozy Neutral Bedroom Makeover Reveal

OH! And of course, I haven’t officially shown off our luxurious sheepskin rug until this week. Believe it or not, Reagan wouldn’t touch this thing the first day/night after we took it out of the box. Clearly, she’s over it.

Four pelt sheepskin rug, Reagan's new favorite bed

Cozy neutral bedroom reveal through door, dog on sheepskin rug

So that is that, folks! I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out, and I’m so happy you stopped by to follow along.

Of course, I won’t leave you without my source and price list. And one Before and After, because why not.

ORC Bedroom 2015 Before and After


Walls: Behr Premium Plus Ultra – Swiss Coffee in Eggshell finish – Home Depot – $32.98/gallon

Trim and Doors: Valspar – Ultra White in Semi-Gloss finish – We had stock in our basement, but probably something similar to this. – Lowes – $89.86/5 gallon

Jewelry Shelf: Behr Premium Plus Ultra – Mineral in Eggshell finish – Home Depot – $2.94/8 oz. sample

Light Brackets: Behr Premium Plus Ultra – Cotton Blossom – Home Depot – $2.94/8 oz. sample

Picture Frames and Bowl: Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Copper – Amazon – $6.89


Linen Luxury Textured Faux Linen – TJ Maxx – $19.99 for (2) panels. Similar, here.


Sheets: Calvin Klein Cotton Sateen Sheets in Ivory – TJ Maxx – $39.99

Bedskirt: Threshold Wrinkle-Resistant Bedskirt in Ivory – Target – $27.99 for a queen size

Duvet Cover: Queen Linen Duvet Set in Dark Gray (duvet cover and 2 standard pillow cases) – H&M – $129 (Get it for $103 if you sign up for H&M emails and receive a 20% off coupon!)

Throw Pillow Covers: Linen Cushion Cover in Light Pink – $9.99, Cotton Cushion Cover in Gray Pattern – $12.99, H&M

Blanket: St Jude Metallic Yarn Knit Throw – Unfortunately, no longer available at West Elm. I snagged one just in time!


TJ Maxx – $15.99


Headboard: DIY project, materials from Home Depot – $55

Jewelry Shelf: DIY project from a few years ago (shelf, with added board and trim from Michaels, knobs from Hobby Lobby), repainted in Behr Mineral

Faux Florals: $3.67 at Michaels. Apparently the first week in November is when EVERYTHING Christmas comes out, the regular floral selection is cut down to one small clearance rack, and you can get $20 worth of stems for less than 4 dollars.

Bowl: TJ Maxx – $5.99, DIY “Dip-painted” with Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Copper

Wooden Dresser Organizer: TJ Maxx – $12.99

Picture Frames: Studio Decor Home Collection Flat Frame 11″x14″ – Michaels – $29.99 (BOGO Free), DIY painted with Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Copper

Wedding Photos: Printed with Mpix – $18.41 with 50% off sale


Auskin Sheepskin Longwool Rug – Four Pelt – Sierra Trading Post – $299 (I got mine for $192 with a deal flyer email from Sierra, they offer different extra sales all the time if you subscribe to their emails).


DIY Fabric Wire in Copper Penny – Color Cord Company – $1.80/ft

Rose Keyed Socket – Color Cord Company – $20 each

Rubber Plug End in White – Color Cord Company – $4 each

LED Edison Bulb – Amazon – $13.88 each

Ekby Valter Bracket – Ikea – $4 each


I think that’s it! Now. I’m off to cuddle up in bed, finish my wine and check out more of the awesome designer transformations at Calling it Home. Yes, I drink wine in bed. Do you blame me?

Linen bedding, dark gray, blush, cream, cozy bedroom DIY wooden headboard

Wishing you all a lovely, cozy week.

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