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Progress:: Gwen’s Bedroom

Happy Tuesday! I said I’d show you the progress on a master bedroom project I’m working on, so here it is.

First, a look back at where this room started:


It looked just like many master bedrooms I’ve seen–white walls, all matching furniture, no features that really make it stand out.

If you want to see a somewhat complete plan for this room, you can click here.

And here’s what I’ve done so far…


Step 1: Wall Color


My original plan was to use a much darker paint color, but we ended up selecting this medium brown color. (I don’t have the name with me, but I’ll post it later.) It’s such a beautiful color–rich but not too dark. I know I should be used to it by now, but I’m still always amazed at what a different just a coat of paint makes in a room.

Step 2: Diamond Tufted Headboard


This headboard was my weekend project. Until this, I had only made a twin size diamond tufted headboard. While a king size isn’t necessarily more difficult (other than the additional rope burn on my poor fingers and strain on my wrists), it’s certainly more time-consuming. Heck, just covering the 67(!!) buttons needed for the headboard was a chore in itself!! I thought I would NEVER be finished with those!! (Instructions for making a diamond-tufted headboard will be posted soon.)


Step 3: Natural Woven Shades


Just like with paint, I’m always surprised what an amazing difference these shades make in a room. White wood blinds are nice, certainly. But woven shades give such a nice warmth to the room that you just can’t achieve with white wood blinds.

These particular ones are the same ones I used on my little condo, and I absolutely love them! No, they’re not quite as fancy as the ones you can get at some online stores, but if you’re decorating on a tight budget, you can’t go wrong with these. They’re from Home Depot, and cost anywhere from $25 to about $60 per window, depending on the size. You can also cut down the size yourself to fit your window, as I did for my own windows here.

That’s the progress so far! Still to go: draperies, artwork, lighting, pillows, etc. And I’m absolutely giddy about the beautiful little chandeliers we selected for either side of the bed! They should be installed at the end of this week, and I’m so excited to show you.

Now I’m out the door again, because today, I’m painting her master bathroom vanity….BLUE! It’s so fun working with clients who have open minds and let me create. 🙂

Oh, and you may be asking, Why is Kristi doing all of this work herself for a client? I thought she hired this stuff out.

Well, this master bedroom and bathroom are a “test subject” for me. I’ll share more about this later with y’all, but I’m in the process of changing my entire business model to where I take on one client at a time, work on one room at a time, finish the room from beginning to end, and do most of the work myself. I’m so incredibly excited about this change, and again, I’ll share more about the hows and whys later. But if this all works out like I hope it will, I have an entire house…yep, an ENTIRE HOUSE…that I’ll be working on this summer, room by room.

I can’t wait to share more about this with you, and share about my possible summer project, but for now, I must grab my paintbrush and drop cloth and head out the door!

Have a wonderful day,



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11 Comments

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    Sharon Lorraine
    April 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Nice! I love decorating and what you can do with little things to make big differences! I've got a to do list a mile long right now, but as I get closer to the finish line I'm going to take a deeper look at all your amazing ideas here! Thanks much for sharing 🙂

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    Scientific Housewife
    April 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Looks good!

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    Jennie
    April 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I absolutely LOVE that headboard. You did a good job. Amazing talent!

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    Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    April 21, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Working onmy bedroom as we speak. This room is coming together very well.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    http://g-w-hunting.blogspot.com

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    Drapery Los Angeles
    April 21, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I love the combination of drapes with the wall color. My living room is about the same color. Looks perfect!

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    Design For All Seasons
    April 24, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Looking forward to the finished project. Looking great thus far.

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    Scientific Housewife
    April 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Looks good!

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    Sharon Lorraine
    April 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Nice! I love decorating and what you can do with little things to make big differences! I've got a to do list a mile long right now, but as I get closer to the finish line I'm going to take a deeper look at all your amazing ideas here! Thanks much for sharing 🙂

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    May 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

    The interior is amazing. Bedroom being the place to take rest the color and objects applied should be decided with precision. It is said that, the design of the headboard is very important.

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    Steven Hawk
    February 26, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I love that headboard.Color combination is great.Over wall the room is perfect.

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