My Bedroom 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!

(Bookcases, bookcase legs c/o, frame, sconces, headboard, euro shams, throw pillowsc/o, throw blanket, pillows and comforter c/o, rug c/o)

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?

About the author: Kevin O’Gara is the founder and editor of Thou Swell, a blog he created as a high school student in 2013. Thou Swell has grown to be a premier destination for design lovers and has allowed him to work with industry names such as Target, Behr, and Black & Decker. Thou Swell captures O'Gara's fresh eye for beauty, and adds a palpable dose of his hometown, Atlanta, GA. College and a career in design are in store for the young man.

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