82 May 4, 2010

Time to Revamp the Bedroom

Announcing a new sponsored project…

Our bedroom has gone through many changes over the last three years. We started with wall-to-wall (disgusting) carpet, broken louvered doors on the closet, and mismatched woodwork. We got to work soon after we moved in and we replaced the carpet with dark bamboo flooring, swapped out the closet doors for a sliding paneled set, and added new crisp white trim. We even added a second freestanding closet to the room, and sprung for a new bed and nightstands.

After all that, we didn’t have much money left for decorating. You know… the fun part! We already had some cute sheets, and I made changes by adding inexpensive bedding. We even had a rug that fit, leftover from the dining room of our old apartment. The jute was a bit scratchy, but that rug really tied the room together.

The latest version of the room has been looking pretty good with its all-white bedding and soft white rug, thanks to a strong nesting urge when I was pregnant with Eleanor. Now though? I want color. Pattern. Texture. I miss the fun, the zip, and the zing.

Our Bedroom

That’s why I’m happy to announce that I will be working with Membership Rewards points from American Express to revamp the bedroom! I’ve always been a big fan of their Membership Rewards program; I use my card for business expenses all the time to rack up points. They can be redeemed for different items, but I usually like to go for the gift cards. With stores to choose from like west elm, Pottery Barn, and Crate & Barrel, I know I’ll be able to find some great items.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing the process of transforming my bedroom with you. Since we already know what a big difference bedding can make, I’ll be starting there. And at the end of the project, I’ll have a little something (or maybe a big something) for you too!

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82 Comments

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    Brismod
    May 9, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I really like what you did to your bedroom – particularly your wardrobe. I am new to your blog and will enjoy reading what you have done. And those people are silly to criticise about blog advertising. There is always the little x in the corner if it is so unpalatable. regards Anita

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    Jan
    May 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I think it’s great. I see no problem with getting reimbursed by a sponsor as long as you are able to do whatever you want. However, I also think it should be okay for people to be able to voice their opinion. I’m sure you would agree.

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    Jan
    May 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Forgot to add, I can’t wait to see the new patterns and textures you will choose. They are always outstanding.

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    readeranonymous
    May 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    i cannot seem to leave a comment under your new post about the negative comments you’ve received in this one. i just wanted to say that i think your new post was very well said and i like the way you handled yourself. i’m pleased with your composure and i’m sure that after reading such hurtful words it was not easy to write a response that didn’t quite show your anger and resentment. well done!

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    Emily
    May 10, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I’m curious. I see that your bed is placed in front of the large window, therefore blocking the window. I see this done quite a lot. Is it because the space in the room does not allow the bed to be placed anywhere else or do you just like the look of the bed in front of the window? I was just curious about this since I’ve always had a phobia of blocking my windows. I do think it looks pretty the way it’s done.

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    walrus studio
    May 11, 2010 at 5:30 am

    I just used my AmEx points for new headboard from William Sonoma Home, so I share your excitement!!

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    Mrslimestone
    May 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Im way late here but I think its entirely obnoxious of people to attack you for this. You are being completely honest about Amex sponsoring t and you are using it to provide great (and 100% free) content to your readers. Your blog doesn’t have a single false advertising without valuable content like post so whats the problem?

    I don’t think people realize how much work it is design, host and write such an amazing blog like yours. (Admit Im a bit biased here but I know how much time my own blog takes and it isn’t nearly as well done as yours.) To expect that you do it for absolutely no compensation is completely absurb. How does Amex paying for a few things in your home take away from us as readers watching you work your magic on a space?

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    Melissa
    May 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I love this room already but can’t wait to see what you come up with. By the way I wanted to ask where you got your panelled sliding doors for the closet?

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    Rachel
    May 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for all that you do, Nicole. We’re a lucky bunch to be afforded a peek into your seemingly magical world. I’m constantly inspired by your magnificent home, your gorgeous family, and your uncanny ability to track down the most wonderful designer finds. And we get all of this…for FREE. Thank you!

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    Victoria Bellow
    June 2, 2010 at 5:47 am

    What a cozy bedroom!it looks elegant and functional space!A beautiful room, bed is wonderful!You have done such a great job.

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    Kath Vent
    May 17, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Oh I do like the final finish. Even the fascia boards looks stunning. Well done!

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