Master Bedroom Update {Philly Row House Reno}

Happy New Year, y'all! I hope you've had a good start to 2016 so far. We spent the last 2.5 weeks traveling for Christmas and New Year's and I'm eager to get settled back in at home again and share some of the progress we've made on our row house in Philadelphia. So much has happened! I didn't mean for there to be such a long hiatus between progress posts (oops), but with the holidays being so busy I decided it was just fine to hold off.

How about we kick off the new year with the master bedroom progress? Since I left you with a teaser of it in my last post, that's probably a good place to start. Here's what it's looking like currently:

If you remember the before and real estate photos, you might recall that this room was, for lack of a better word, poop brown, and had the same wall-to-wall carpet as the rest of the house. We ripped that carpet out, installed beautiful new hardwood floors, painted the walls and trim, and moved on in.

This room has a lot of wall bump-outs (making it almost cross-shaped), and therefore furniture placement is a little tricky. After starting with putting the bed on the left wall, which is where the previous owners had theirs, we quickly realized that best place for the bed was actually under the windows. 

Don't be scared to put the bed under the windows, friends! It's totally ok! I'll be showing you some great examples of that in my next post.

Having the bed under the windows made the room feel so much more open, and it helped with the "flow" of the room giving us easy access both sides of the bed, closet and dresser. 

I absolutely love this light fixture we put up (it's from Lowe's - the full source list for this room is at the end of the post). It was the first fixture I picked out for the house and it's a great focal point for this room.

The dresser fits perfectly along the left wall (that's where we put the bed originally).

The closet is on the wall opposite the bed and - amazingly - fits all of our hanging clothes! I did a major closet clean-out before we moved and I think that helped :). I would love to put some sort of closet organization system in there at some point, but we're happy with the amount of space it gives us!

I'm thrilled with how well this room has come together so far. The only new items we purchased for this room are the long curtain rod and the light fixture. Everything else we had before. I have a running list of projects for this space in my head (and every other room in the house, ha!), but I'm trying to take things one day at a time and live in it for awhile before making any big decisions. 

One project that I'll probably tackle sooner than later is a new headboard. Since the bed is in front of the windows, I want something that's a little shorter to let as much light in as possible and not block the windows as much. It'll probably be another upholstered headboard, but we'll see! The other one will likely move to the guest room.

That's about it for today! Let's take one last look at the master...

Hope you enjoyed seeing the progress on this room!

Source List:

  • Headboard: DIY project. Instructions are here.
  • Duvet and shams: TJMaxx
  • Gray and white striped pillows: H&M (no longer available)
  • Pendant light fixture: Lowe's
  • Blue blanket: West Elm (no longer available)
  • Curtains: IKEA Vilborg  (these are SUCH great quality and a steal for lined curtains!)
  • Rug: RugsUSA Homespun Chevron
  • Nightstands: family pieces
  • Dresser: family piece

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