Bedroom makeover reveal

After I graduated college this past spring, I knew that moving back home made the most sense for me financially. I wanted to save as much money as I could with the hopes of having a sturdier start later down the road. This move meant that I could also be present for family events since I had missed so many over the last 4 years, and it would also allow me to be closer to Jack at VMI. 

But when I brought my first trip of belongings home from Fredericksburg, I was hit with a whirlwind of memories that color-coded themselves into bright green and blue hues-- the unfortunate result of my tenth grade decisions. (Refer to before pictures at top of page.) I was conflicted; this move felt right, but the room was very not right. I decided a change was needed- a bedroom overhaul. To. The. Max. 

I didn't want to spend a ton either though, so I made small changes that felt bigger than they were. And where I did spend, I invested. Both of these strategies made a huge difference to the overall look and feel of the space.

My room is a decent size, but the walls were dark and it felt... very boxy. Painting the room became my #1 priority. I knew I had a lot of art work/trinkets/odds & ends that I'd be bringing into the mix too, so I went with a very light, very neutral tone-- a light, silvery gray. This instantly opened up the room, and made every piece I brought in- no matter how big or small- pop. 

But enough backstory now... I'll let the photos speak for themselves. ;)

velvet & printed pillows from west elm.

velvet & printed pillows from west elm.

a self-reupholstered bench behind my bedroom door. personal win for this DIY!

a self-reupholstered bench behind my bedroom door. personal win for this DIY!

burnt red desk that J helped me put together. 

burnt red desk that J helped me put together. 

white, almost transparent curtains-- HUGE game changer. so was that colorful rug!

white, almost transparent curtains-- HUGE game changer. so was that colorful rug!

i have SO many desk supplies/arts & crafts, so the extra dresser with deep drawers perfectly stores and disguises everything. 

i have SO many desk supplies/arts & crafts, so the extra dresser with deep drawers perfectly stores and disguises everything. 

i'm a sucker for throw pillows.

i'm a sucker for throw pillows.

trying my hand at keeping something alive.

trying my hand at keeping something alive.

both of these plants require minimal sunlight & water. haha!

both of these plants require minimal sunlight & water. haha!

the view from my desk.

the view from my desk.

anthro initial hooks become lovely necklace holders.

anthro initial hooks become lovely necklace holders.

my aunt's wonderful calligraphy. 

my aunt's wonderful calligraphy. 

old closet turned into a makeshift nook for the bed & books with a darker gray wall color.

old closet turned into a makeshift nook for the bed & books with a darker gray wall color.

Painting the walls & adding curtains came in as the biggest adjustments to the room. As far as designing the layout of furniture, I wanted to separate the room into specific sections or quadrants, if you will. For instance, I didn't want to be working from my bed everyday, and I didn't want to be staring at a wall if I happened to sit at my desk. Now I have a sleeping area, a sitting area and a working area. 

Lastly, I wanted everything to have a purpose or a place. If it didn't, it was gone. I cleared out a lot. There are no piles sitting around, no cluttered desk or dresser tops. It makes things wonderfully easy to clean on a daily basis, too. I make my bed and push in my desk chair and that's about it. :)