We’ve lived in our house for about two years now, and have made lots of little updates here and there in our bedroom. It’s looked pretty much the same since we moved in. Recently, we’ve made quite a few little master suite updates though, so I thought everyone deserved to see what our space looks like now.
When we bought the house, we also bought a bed frame from Amazon, fully expecting to replace it in a year or two. I’m happy to say it’s still around and shows absolutely no wear. Unfortunately, the wooden slats are starting to sag. It was time to upgrade to a steel box spring that would stand the test of time.
Enter, Amazon again (here’s an affiliate link to the exact frame we bought). Getting a box spring home was going to require renting a truck, and I was pleased to see we could just have one delivered. This thing is SERIOUSLY sturdy, and surprisingly completely changed the feel of our bed for the better. Aaron and I are both tall, so the added height was welcome as well. We just slapped a white fitted sheet on it, and it blends right in with the rest of our bedding.
You might notice a few other changes in the wide shot – new linens. One of my absolute favorite things to change in a room is bed linens. They add such a HUGE impact to a room, and are generally pretty inexpensive, compared to a large remodel. Our master suite (that sounds so fancy!) is a wonderful space, and one of my favorite places in the house. Aaron painted it for me when I was pregnant with Emma, and every time I look at the walls, it reminds me of how wonderful of a man he is. But every once in awhile, I get an itch to update something, and that usually means a trip to Target for some new sheets or a new coverlet. (Here’s an affiliate link to the exact one we have!)
The new bedding is SO comfy, and I love that we can layer it over our regular duvet to add a little bit of extra warmth (not that we really need it most of the time here in Texas). Tabby likes to snuzzle up underneath it all and make her own little nest, so it rarely looks this neat and tidy, but it’s comfy all the same. And any kind of help with sleeping is absolutely welcome at this point (I’m looking at you, preggo insomnia!).
We used to have some lovely yellow pillows, which you can see in this post, adorning the front of our giant pillow stack, but sadly they didn’t last. Time to upgrade to something even better! With the amount of spit-up that our house will see in the next few years, I decided to try and go for something a little more durable. Enter these faux leather pillows – they have just enough texture and wipe clean SO easily. And ignore the color on Target’s website. In real life, they are a beautiful light brown that matches with almost anything.
Another new feature in this room is the desk (here’s an affiliate link to the exact one we have). We’ve actually had it for a few years (it used to be my makeup vanity when I had time for that kind of stuff), but bringing it back out from storage has made this room so much more functional for us. Aaron has been working pretty late some nights, since he’s staying home with Emma for now, and it’s nice to be able to be next to each other when I’m putting her down in the evenings. Paired with a comfy chair that I found at HomeGoods (similar, similar, similar), it has turned into a nice little workspace when he needs it.
Spinning around to the other side, not much is new. Just a few little odds and ends, some decorations on the dresser (which, let’s be honest, is usually covered in laundry that needs to be put away). We are still dreaming of upgrading the tv – this is the very first one we bought as a couple nearly 8 years ago! I would also love to rip out the NASTY carpet, which is the same stuff that was on our stairs, and replace it with hardwoods like we have upstairs, but that’s a project for when I’m not seven months pregnant.
Finally, we get to the bathroom part of our master suite updates. I have big plans for in here (carving out a shower from one of the closets, adding a tub, new flooring, new vanity), but for now little updates have made it so much prettier. I realized the other day that I’ve never really shared this space on the blog, so here it is! We swapped out the light fixture that came with the house for an oil rubbed bronze one, and painted all the walls, doors, and trim. No plans on painting the vanity for now, since half of the doors are broken and I’d rather wait to invest in a new one.
I tend to like to have some of my ‘get pretty’ items out on the counter, but love the simplicity of just having soap and one little flower there. So the compromise is a free side table I scored from Nextdoor. It’s got some pretty interesting things carved into it, but the price was right and it fits the space beautifully. I picked up a little tray from the dollar spot at Target, threw in a faux plant, and called it done. It’s so functional and I love the way it looks. Trays seem to visually corral anything you put in them and make a space look so much cleaner. If you can’t seem to cut down on the clutter, just put it in a tray! Is that the same as just shoving the closet closed and calling it a day? Nah. (But I won’t tell).
One of my favorite parts of the master suite are the french doors that lead to the bathroom. It gives us enough separation that we can get some privacy if we need it, but honestly they stay open 99% of the time. Since the wall they are on is at an angle, it’s really the only type of door that could work there. It gives us a beautiful, big opening, and I love the way the light streams into the bedroom from the window in the bathroom. If we had everything closed off, it would be even darker in our bedroom than it already is.
One of the unique challenges in this space is the lack of open walls. There really isn’t one anywhere in here, which means there is no place to hang a towel. I know a lot of people use the bars on their sliding glass doors to their shower to hang one, but I just can’t get on the ‘fold-a-wet-towel’ train. I’m more of a ‘just-hang-it-back-up-casually’ kind of girl. And if you’re somebody that washes their towels every day, good for you! I’m just not there yet. We ended up adding some simple oil rubbed bronze hooks to the back of our hollow core doors with drywall screws, and it has worked beautifully!
So there you go! Our master suite has gotten quite a few little updates over the last two years, and I’m super happy with where it’s at. Higher bed+super cozy linens+semi-organized bathroom = happy Catherine.
For anyone that is wondering where we got things in the rooms, here’s a big list for you!
Bed Frame / Quilt / Sheets / Faux Leather Pillows / Similar Euro Pillows / Similar Sheers / Similar Curtain Rods / Storage Cubes / Storage Cube Inserts / Similar Dresser / Bedside Lamps / Desk / Similar Chair / Large Mirror / Wicker Basket / Towels / Similar Ceramic Owl / Candlesticks
You can also always find paint colors and sources for everything here in our House Tour.