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Yep, it’s finally time: We’ve chosen our first home improvement project. So, what will it be, you say? I’ve showed you my 5 least favorite home features. I’ve lamented about my completely paneled room. But none of those things made the first project list. Why? Because right now, our master bedroom (embarrassingly) looks like this:

Liz - House Diaries - Bedroom

Yep, this is it.

Yes, it’s a mattress on the floor. Our previous bed frame couldn’t handle another move, so we said RIP and decided to start fresh in the new house. And then there’s this sad little area:

Bedroom Messy Dresser

A clothing "vignette."

Needless to say, this room needs some TLC.  But since it’s our first project, we’re focusing more on cosmetics than the bones of the house, which will give us a chance to bulk up our DIY muscles. Plus, Josh and I figure that we’ll appreciate having a sanctuary away from the dust and chaos when we’re peeling up orange carpeting and sanding walls in the rest of the house.  So what do we have in store for the room?

So far, we’re thinking  a relaxed, modern natural theme…

Natural Modern Bedroom

Design by Jennifer Jones

…with a DIY ombre-painted dresser….

Ombre Dressers

Ombre dressers, clockwise from right, from Norske Interior Blogger, Finn Juhl via the Midcentury Modernist and Primitive and Proper

…a chic, minimalist vanity….

Vanity Inspiration

Design by Claire Bock

…and a (homemade!) plush upholstered headboard.

Upholstered Headboard

Modern upholstered headboard with bedding by Dwell Studio

The rest of the plan, including what to do about that carpeting, is still in the works. Next stop: Paint colors!  What would you do in this room? What was your first project in your first house? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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  2. ScampiMom says:

    Obviously you love green/aqua — all your inspirations are that color. You also are inspired by lots of white and bold patterns. I'd mix a pale green, the green of the vanity, light grey, and lots of white.

  3. Laurel LaBauve says:

    Liz – having a sanctuary from the dust and chaos is a must…I just blogged about it today :-) http://sopocottage.blogspot.com/ As you can see, I'm a big fan of green as well and it's so soothing in a master bedroom! Your inspiration photo with a floral papered wall behind the bed would be beautiful!

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