Master Bedroom Makeover- One Room Challenge: Week 1

Friends, I can finally stop talking about the upcoming master bedroom makeover because the One Room Challenge has officially commenced! I’ve been thinking about what exactly I planned to do for a while but this week, when it finally matters, I realized aside from a few furnishings and details, my mind was blank. I even put off the master bedroom last go round to give myself plenty of time for planning and to get my ducks all in a row. Well, even though I am far from prepared to get this baby wrapped up in less than six weeks, I’m just gonna jump in and go for it! If you’ve been around here for a while, you are probably already familiar with the bi-annual ORC. If you are new-ish, I’ll break it down for ya. The One Room Challenge is a six-week room makeover challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling it Home; literally, hundreds of bloggers participate and post their progress each week. As a linking participant, that will be each Thursday until the final reveal on November 10. At the bottom of the post, I’ll leave a link so you can check out all the projects and bloggers who are participating this round. Master Bedroom Makeover- One Room Challenge: Week 1… let’s do this.

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The Project

This will be my third consecutive ORC makeover. The projects I’ve completed in the past were my office which started out like this…

and after six weeks, was transformed into this. You can see the full final reveal HERE.

How to Hide Computer Cords with a Desk in the Center of the Room-Home Office with Chandelier

This past spring, I tackled one of my guest bedrooms. It started out very basic…

One Room Challenge Guest Bedroom Before Makeover

and this was the final result. You can see that full reveal with all the details HERE.

ORC Guest Bedroom Reveal- Blue and White-guest bedroom decorating inspiration

Pretty fun, right? Drastic befores and afters are my fav so not only do I love the design part of the challenge, but I love scouring through all the makeover reveals and progress posts along the way. Ok, so my master bedroom. The truth is, I actually receive compliments on my bedroom. But, there is a big difference in styling a bed and styling an entire room. This is what I usually show.

Not bad, right? I love our bed and bedding, and am always switching out throw pillows. But, I have never actually done our master bedroom. One of the dogs chewed the rug that was never replaced and like other unfinished spaces, it holds a lot of pieces and decor that don’t have another home. This is a more accurate representation of the uncropped state of our bedroom.

I try not to make it a habit of having an unkempt bed but on this day, this was real life.

I’m sure a lot of you may think it’s great to have a big master bedroom. Truthfully, I just see more space to have to furnish; I would have loved to have sacrificed some of this for a larger laundry room or closet but I suppose having too much space is better than having too little. Here are the challenges and primary areas I want to address.

  1. As big as the room is, the only natural light comes from the far side of the sitting room (which faces trees). It doesn’t get any direct sunlight so the room stays dark. Always. It needs to get brightened up without losing its cozy vibes.
  2. The walls are pretty blah- especially with the style of ceiling. The entire room just appears very builder-grade.
  3. The door going into the bathroom opens into the door that goes into the laundry room. I will have to take a video to show just what a challenge that whole nightmare is. (I actually plan to have a more modern sliding barn door there but it won’t be finished in time for the reveal. It will likely be a follow-up project.)
  4. I want to add more storage without adding additional furniture pieces
  5. I need to better define the spaces so it doesn’t look so much like an unfinished loft apartment.

So, I came up with a starting game plan. It’s light, bright, and transitional an yes, y’all, it even has a chandelier. Dave has seen this plan but I don’t think that part actually registered with him just yet… As a compromise, I plan to invest in a sleek, powerful fan that can also be tucked away, out of sight, when it needs to be. If you have one you love or have experience with a Dyson bladeless fan, let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

Neutral Master Bedroom Makeover Ideas with Wine Red Velvet Pillow


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I know I am going to get this question so I will go ahead and address it now. I truly love our current bed. It is wonderful quality and I love the look. But, with as dark as our room is, the color tends to show up more of a darker khaki in the shadows. Reupholstering would have been super expensive (I’ve been down that road before). I am fortunate to have been able to partner with some of my favorites brands to sponsor a good bit of the room, making this all possible. I will absolutely be going into detail as the weeks go along but many of the furnishings above are in the process of being provided by The Mine and Metrie is helping me do something with my walls that I am stoked about. (Details on that coming next week). To get the latest updates each week, you can sign up for my emails at the bottom of this post.

To check out the other bloggers and their projects, be sure to visit the link-up page HERE. And, you won’t want to miss the 20 featured bloggers (HERE). Head over, find some projects, and have fun followin them throughout the process!

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  1. 10.5.17

    Love that light fixture and the pops of color with the pillows! It’s going to be beautiful!

    • 10.5.17

      Chloe, thank you and how fun that you are a featured participant this cycle! Excited to follow along with you!

  2. 10.5.17
    Beth said:

    This is going to be absolutely beautiful! That chandelier- all the heart eyes! I can’t wait to see the finished room!

    • 10.5.17

      Beth, thank you! I am so ready to get this show on the road! 😉

  3. 10.5.17

    Excited to see where you go with this! I have a large master bedroom too and I totally agree – the space is wonderful but it is a big task to not only furnish it but keep it from looking disjointed…right now mine looks like your awesomely “real life” before pics LOL If your master ends up like your Guest Bedroom it will be beautiful!

    • 10.5.17

      Lindsey, doesn’t it just make you want to have a small space for a mirror, bed, and nightstands?! haha I hope it all comes together!

  4. 10.5.17

    I bought the Dyson bladeless fan for our family cottage that has no AC. That fan is worth every penny and then some. It is quiet, very powerful and cooled off a big living room area in no time. I highly recommend. I’m excited to see how the room progresses!

    • 10.5.17

      Aly, that is awesome news! I know they are more expensive but I am gonna have to get something good to convince him we don’t need the overhead haha

  5. 10.5.17
    Tamara said:

    I LOVE your plan and cannot wait to see it all come together! SO fun to do this with you Kel!

    • 10.5.17

      Tam, I am so excited to do this with YOU!!

  6. 10.5.17
    Denise said:

    Beautiful selections KelleyNan!

  7. 10.5.17
    Joni King said:

    I can’t wait to see another makeover Kelley Nan! Awesome choices and I’m very intrigued about the ceiling fan you mentioned – I’ll be watching for the next update – Hugs!

    • 10.5.17

      Joni, thank you!! We are doing away with the ceiling fan but I am hoping I can find something that will satisfy Dave (that I can put away) 😉

  8. 10.5.17

    Kelley, I love the things you are considering for the room. I always picture your rooms with a touch of glam. So you. Especially love your lighting choices. Can’t wait to follow along.

    • 10.5.17

      Lauren, thank you! The fixture is a little more modern than I typically do so I am pumped!

  9. 10.5.17

    LOOOOOVE the bed’s headboard & height. That’ll look so GRAND!

    • 10.5.17

      Thank you! I love the height of our current one so I really wanted to find something else tall… so excited to get this show on the road!

  10. 10.5.17

    it all looks really good, and the new headboard is so pretty! will the dogs get new beds too? Loved seeing them in your room!

    • 10.5.17

      Morgane, I HOPE SO! Each time we get them a new bed, Maggie sees it as a toy so it will have to be durable and inexpensive haha

  11. 10.5.17
    Sara said:

    I’m super excited to follow along with your master bedroom makeover as a veteran ORCer…I’m a newbie so looking to you guys for inspo!

    • 10.5.17

      Sara, wishing you the best of luck! It is so fun but try not to stress too much 😉

  12. 10.5.17

    Kelley, this looks amazing and the moulding lines I saw drawn on the wall are going to be a fantastic detail! Can’t wait for the reveal 🙂

    • 10.5.17

      Tracey, I can’t wait to follow your project! The walls are done (sans paint) and I am so pumped!

  13. 10.5.17
    Kristen said:

    Your office turned out absolutely gorgeous!! I’m doing my first ORC and tackling my master, so it’s fun to see other people’s plans for the same room. Can’t wait to see how yours turns out! I’m sure it will be beautiful!!!

    • 10.5.17

      Kristen, how fun! We will be in it together 😉 Best of luck tackling that thing! xoxo

  14. 10.5.17
    Libbie said:

    Love your inspiration pics for this room. Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

    • 10.10.17

      Libbie, thank you! I am so looking forward to it!

  15. 10.5.17
    Teri said:

    The next six weeks is going to be so fun! I can’t wait to see the weekly updates!

    • 10.10.17

      Teri, thank you!! My head is spinning haha

  16. 10.6.17
    Sara said:

    I can’t wait to see this!

    • 10.10.17

      Sara, thank you! I can’t wait to share!

  17. 10.6.17
    Bree said:

    Love your design concept Kelley! I know at the end of 6 weeks it’s going to be stunning and a place you’ll want to retreat to in the evening!! Can’t wait to see this unfold over the next few weeks for you:)) xoxo

  18. 10.6.17
    JoJo said:

    Kelly! I am addicted to you blog. You do a fantastic job and so talented.

    So . . .I’m in love with the nightstands you picked out. But ouch! on the price. $900 is steep. I’m sure you get discounts with the ORC, but any copy cat ones with a lower price point out there for the rest of us? : )

    • 10.10.17

      Hi, JoJo! Thank you so so much; I hope you will visit with over the next few weeks! The Mine IS sponsoring those; and, I absolutely understand. Once I get them in and start sharing, I will be on the lookout for sales, too ;).

  19. 10.6.17
    Summer said:

    Your spaces always turn out so gorgeous, I know this one will not disappoint! It’s already so pretty, I know it’s just going to look even more amazing!
    Can’t wait to see it all come together!

    • 10.10.17

      Summer, thank you! I am so excited to see how it comes together xoxo

  20. 10.9.17
    Jennifer said:

    Such beautiful selections Kelley! Can’t wait to see this plan come to life!!! xo

  21. 10.9.17
    Cara said:

    Girl, you have sheer talent in your hands!! I LOVE your before and afters from previous challenges!! This room already looks amazing so I can’t wait to see it after you tackle it for the challenge!! I think I’m going to need you to help me with my kitchen!! Lol!!

    • 10.10.17

      Cara, you are too kind- thank you! And that is going to be a BIG PROJECT! How exciting!! Wishing you the best of luck! xo

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