House Update: The Master Bedroom (and some tips on how we saved $1500 putting it together)
When we closed on the house and the initial euphoria passed, we were instantly overwhelmed with our lack of furniture and the vast array of terrible paint choices that needed a redo. Our bedroom was one of our first projects.
We really lucked out with our master bedroom situation. The room is a good size, with great closets (so no immediate need for a dresser purchase), a built-in nook, some cool little amenities and an en suite bathroom. Because they layout is amenable to sleeping and hanging out, we decided to really focus on making this a comfy, cozy retreat.
The feel I was going for in our bedroom was calm, cool, and serene. You know, the opposite of my day to day.
I fell in love with this linen-upholstered bed with nailhead trim, so that provided the base for the room. Crate & Barrel gives a “new mover” discount of 10% for the first 6 months, which they will apply on top of any current promos - and you can use it repeatedly. We waited for the bed to go on sale, and combined the sale price with an additional 10% off. If you’re moving and can be a little patient, it pays off!
Mattress shopping. Holy shit those things are expensive. You know where you can get an AMAZING king-sized memory foam mattress for $600, delivered? Costco! This was by far the cheapest mattress we looked at (including good old fashioned pillow tops), and after 6 months of slumber, we absolutely love it (and the 2 packs of king-sized pillows for $13.99).
We added soft medallion patterned bedding from Restoration Hardware purchased for 20% off. We bought $700 worth of high thread count sheets and a duvet insert from Carson’s for $200 during a white sale (best deals on bed/bath ever).
After painting a coat of Benjamin Moore First Snowfall on the walls, we went on bedroom purchasing hiatus for about four months.
By September I was sick of putting my coffee mug on the floor and missing my alarm because my iPhone was muffled by the carpet. Off to Pottery Barn for side tables. Pottery Barn also sends new homeowners a 10% off card, which they only let you use once. It is unclear if they will let you use it on top of any sale pricing. The girl who rang us up said she wasn’t sure so she gave us both discounts anyway.
A couple of lamps from Ballard Designs during a recent sitewide sale have finally made the room feel semi-complete.
I keep track of original price vs. what we paid for everything. So far, we’ve saved about $1500 on our bedroom pieces and bedding.
We still plan to add a dresser along the left wall with a funky mirror above it, like the one at the bottom right. A few framed photographs of our favorite travel destinations, installing some shelves in the nook above the TV, and possibly adding a pair of small club chairs in a steely blue in the space in front of the bed, and we might actually have a finished room!
When shopping for furniture and home decor, it definitely pays to shop first, stalk continuously, and buy later. Ask about special discounts for new movers/homeowners. And remember that things ALWAYS go on sale (except apparently the stupid dresser that matches the side tables, but I digress). Never pay full price, and have fun doing it!