rental house: master bedroom design board

living in a rental and dreaming about our future home, i still want my current master bedroom to feel like me.  and as it turns out, “me” has been evolving style-wise over the last couple years.  i updated our master bedroom a bit in our last house, but stopped when i realized we were going to sell and just simplified things.


this was the “before” of our master bedroom.  i loved that wall color (flax by restoration hardware), but it was feeling a bit dark for me and i was ready for a change.


the “after” is with fresh paint, crisp linen white by glidden.  i slowly pulled away from color, leaving mostly neutrals with a bit of color here and there.


i have all the same white bedding, but we sold the bed.  i loved it for so long, but after 12 years I was ready for something new.  and new for us has been our mattress on the floor!  actually, sean and i have both oddly really liked the change.  my favorite dresser/bedside table has sadly migrated into silas’ room (i’m hoping to get it back in our next house – i love it!).  i am so over the lamps.  still very pretty, but not at all what i’m leaning towards.

wanna see what i am leaning towards?!

master bedroom design board

sources, clockwise from top left:  1  //  2  //  3  //  4  //  5  //  6  //  7  //  8

texture, neutrals, natural wood, modern, bohemian, and slightly industrial.  wow, thats a weird sounding mix, but after looking over the design board above, i really really like it!  i want warm and cozy, romantic but still masculine.

i refuse to buy anything that can’t work in another house, but is also an inexpensive fix to the blah that i’m in right now.

here are some pics of our current room:


oh, such a bad picture!  this was the day we moved in.  but you get the idea right?  i really like symmetry so it made the most sense for me to center the bed under the window, flanked by borrowed side tables from my parents’ loft.  i also tried the wall to the right of the bed, but the dresser and sean’s desk wouldn’t fit.

that layout was ok, but sean’s desk, which is his office when he’s not on the road, was shoved in a corner, furthest away from the window.  considering he spends more time in here than i do, i thought i’d try to adjust it a bit to serve him better.


ignore me (and the pile of clothes, and the mess), but you can see the bed is flipped to the wall opposite the window now, and the layout is better.  i don’t love it, but its better.

so here’s the plan for fixing this room up:

1 – make macrame hanging for over the bed (done!)

2 – get stumps for bedside tables (waiting for us at my parents’ house!)

3 – make new bedside lights (parts are being shipped…)

4 – order grey linen duvet cover (its sitting in my cart)

5 – make a simple headboard from distressed wood (i already have a pile of old fence wood that will be perfect!)

i am more than slightly tempted to paint this room.  the whole house is some sort of a creamy white, but its been badly touched up so many times that there are actually several shades of slightly different whites all over.  and its flat paint, which is so bad.  it shows so much – dirt, imperfections, nail holes… but i think sean would kill me if i told him i wanted to invest time and money into something we can’t take with us.  we’ll see…

so to the details:

master bedroom

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these images are my jumping off point.  they are what i want the room to feel like.  so what do they have in common?

– natural woods.  i love a good painted piece of furniture, but natural or stained wood can do wonders for warming up a space and giving it more character and history.

– greys.  i’ve always tended towards an all white bed, but i find myself drawn to these mid-tone grey lately.  still neutral and safe.

– low beds.  done!  thats what happens when you sell your bed and don’t replace it!  we’ll eventually get it off the ground, but i think i’ll lean toward a lower height than usual.

– hanging lights.  i’m still unsure as to the height that i’ll hang ours from, but i’m ready to ditch the lamps.  besides, there won’t be much room on top of my wood stump side table ;)

i’ll check back in soon once i’ve made some progress!


  1. 1

    Gorgeous bedrooms!!! You really have a knack for interior design. Love it!

    The Closet by Christie

  2. 2

    Paint the room/house! We are renting a condo at the moment and I HATED the dark tan paint that was on every wall in the place. Painting was the first thing we did. We transformed it to a natural white and it was worth every penny to have walls that we enjoy looking at each day.

  3. 3

    Love the inspirations! And your cute outfit!

  4. 4

    Always love your inspiration ideas! Cannot wait to see your after! Thanks for opening your home and honest photos with us:):)

  5. 5

    You’ve done a great job with the master bedroom, it looks lovely!

    Emma xxx

  6. 6

    Cannot WAIT to see where you go with this! Curious – what is the time frame for moving? Do you have one? I’m nosy, sorry! xo

    • 7

      i love nosy! i wish we had a time frame, but nope. just waiting…. we have our eyes on some ideal property, but the price is just too high. we’re in a bit of a standstill for now, but thankfully are happy with our rental house.

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