Monday, April 18, 2011

Cheap Mama Bedroom Style

It all started with a blue pillow.

Five years ago we were living in a small condo preparing to build the house we live in now.  As a lover of all things related to interior design, I was busy looking through magazines to find ideas and inspiration on how to decorate my new home.  I knew I wanted a serene feel in the master bedroom but couldn't quite put my finger on exactly how to do it.  Then I came across a pillow in Stein Mart that became the inspiration for the entire room.  It now has a prominent place on my bed and I don't think I'll ever replace it because it was the beginning of the room I now love.

I love white and I love toile and when I was trying to put together my bedroom, I struggled with a way to do this chic and cheap.  After looking at idea rooms in magazines I decided to do a white duvet and sheet set because I could do those for cheap, and spend the money on accent items.

Below is a picture of my bed.  The white duvet cover and matching shams are from Target.  I had a friend monogram them with my last initial.  I live in the south, remember?  The sheet set is from Wal-Mart (white is easy to do cheap!) but the blue toile print euro shams and bedskirt were my splurge.  They came from Pottery Barn.  I really tried to find a cheaper alternative to this print but I loved it so much that I had to have it.  Sitting front and center is my little square inspiration pillow!

I love the idea of a bench at the end of a bed.  This is a coffee table that I repurposed as a bench.  I found this great animal print fabric at my local Fabrixx outlet.  I made the bench by cutting a piece of foam to fit, covering the foam with batting and then attaching the fabric to the underside of the bench using a staple gun.  I learned from my years of watching Christopher Lowell's design show that you can do almost anything with a staple gun and hot glue!  Someday I'd like to add a nailhead trim around the perimeter but that is one of the many projects I have on my mental to-do list.

Happy decorating Cheap Mama!


  1. BEAUTIFUL! You did a lovely job and I'm impressed with your Wal-mart & Target finds...what a calm, relaxing space you created!

    Isn't it amazing what our brains can do...I found a picture on line that I loved and within a few minutes I had an entire bedroom redesigned in my's a very slow work in progress...but I'm having fun gathering all the stuff that's going to make up my new room...I'm SOOO excited to see the final product!

  2. I have made the terrible mistake of COMPLETELY neglecting the master. Terrible, huh? Maybe thats something I need to start saving for..a master redo.

  3. Alecia - A great room takes time! I can't wait to see what you do.

    Jess - You TOTALLY deserve a space just for you. Your house is beautiful so I would love to see what you would do. The good news is it can be cheap. Paint, some white bedding, a few pillow and voila! New bedroom! You can do it in all of your spare time - haha! :)

  4. Your bed is awesome.. looks so crisp and cozy at the same time!

  5. I'm seriously impressed that you can have white bedding with three kids!

  6. KRG - I learned that anything white can be BLEACHED! :)

  7. LOVE IT! you even have the decorator "chop" down pat perfectly! drooling over your mongrammed pillows...what a nice nest you have :)

  8. Alecia - A great room takes time! I can't wait to see what you do.

    Jess - You TOTALLY deserve a space just for you. Your house is beautiful so I would love to see what you would do. The good news is it can be cheap. Paint, some white bedding, a few pillow and voila! New bedroom! You can do it in all of your spare time - haha! :)

  9. I have made the terrible mistake of COMPLETELY neglecting the master. Terrible, huh? Maybe thats something I need to start saving for..a master redo.

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