Bedroom

The Bedroom is Coming Together Nicely

I am working with American Express to redo my bedroom. Last week they provided me with 150,000 Membership Rewards points.

The last few days have gone a little something like this…

  • Saturday: Clear the bedroom (thereby making the library a disaster), go to my uncle’s house to celebrate his birthday, come home and go to bed (mattress on the floor).
  • Sunday: One coat of paint on the walls and ceiling, go to my dad’s house for a barbecue, come home and go to bed (mattress on the floor).
  • Monday: Second coat of paint on the walls and ceiling, go to my sister-in-law’s house for a barbecue, come home and go to bed (mattress still on the floor).
  • Tuesday night: Swap out the rug, put the mattress back in the bed frame (YAY!), bring in the nightstands, and start setting up the room again… all in an hour while my mother-in-law watched Eleanor.

The bedroom looks really good so far though! It’s coming together just as I hoped it would, which is such a relief. I picked up some cute accessories and a new rug with the remainder of my points from last week. I was a little nervous about the rug… I brought my paint chips with me to the store, but sometimes when you see an expanse of wall color with the rug it can look a little off. Thankfully it all worked out. Really well in fact.

For the Bedroom

I’ll be ready to share photos next week! But now, something fun for you…

One lucky person will win a Crate & Barrel gift card worth $100 (courtesy of the American Express Membership Rewards program). Simply leave a comment on this post to enter, and I’ll select a winner at random on Monday, June 7. The giveaway is open to all. Good luck!

Edit, June 7: We have a winner!
Congratulations to traci in virginia, who was commenter number 1342 (chosen via random.org).

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1,688 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura in LA
    June 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Great choices! I love it all. I would never think to put gray with the bedding, I would’ve probably gone for boring old tan. Keep up the great work!

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    Amanda
    June 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Nicole, I love everything that you’ve selected for the bedroom makeover. You seriously have me considering painting my bedroom gray. I love it!! Can’t wait for more pics!

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    Traci
    June 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I LOVE that rug! Absolute inspiration!

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    Laura
    June 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I LOVE this room. The sheets are actually my favorite part. Love THEM!! Can’t wait to see what it looks like all put together!

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    Erin
    June 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Looks fantastic! Can’t wait for the big reveal!

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    Carla Cavellucci Landi
    June 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Nicole, I found your blog a few weeks ago, and now I’m addicted to it. I’d love to have your sense for decoration and the budget… meanwhile, I’m happy following your achievements!

  • Reply
    Alysha
    June 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I am new to your site but am getting so much inspiration already!! I love your amazing style :)

  • Reply
    Diane
    June 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Very excited to see the finished product!

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    Kendall
    June 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I can’t wait to see it all together!

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    Gina
    June 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Oh I love all that stuff especially the wall art! Can’t wait to see the room finished with the light fixture – I’m not a fan but you have the BEST taste so I’m sure it will look amazing!

  • Reply
    Meg
    June 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    These all look great. I’m tempted to incorporate these colors in our bedroom. Seriously fabulous.

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    Bethany
    June 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I love love love Crate & Barrel!! Hope I win :)

  • Reply
    brandi
    June 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Gorgeous! I especially love the lighting, can’t wait to see it all together.

  • Reply
    Jenny
    June 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Can’t wait for the unveiling!

  • Reply
    Andrea D.
    June 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Can’t wait to see it all put together!!

  • Reply
    Miriam Oakley
    June 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Love it! Cant wait for photos!

  • Reply
    Cristina
    June 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I’m loving the color scheme you have going on for the bedroom. I can’t wait to see what it looks like completely finished!

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    Kim
    June 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I love Crate and Barrel and West Elm. That rug is awesome!

  • Reply
    Cassie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I am loving those striped sheets!

  • Reply
    Elaina B.
    June 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Can’t wait to see the after pictures!!

  • Reply
    Angie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    wow! I cannot wait to see the end project! You have such a gift to really make it lovely!! everything is a beautiful combination of texture, beauty and simple.

  • Reply
    Joy
    June 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Is it wrong that I totally want to win your giveaway, so that I can use it – and your place as inspiration – to redo my apartment? :) Everything looks amazing so far! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Reply
    Mandy Ford
    June 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Love it all – what a great color palette. And an exciting giveaway! Can’t wait to see the finished room.

  • Reply
    lauren
    June 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    love love LOVE!!!

  • Reply
    Ros
    June 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Seriously, that rug is to-die-for!

  • Reply
    Jen
    June 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Looove the rug, I’m currently shopping for a rug for little girls nursery.

  • Reply
    Maggie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Love love love that chandelier – excited to see everything together!

  • Reply
    lauren
    June 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    love love LOVE!!

  • Reply
    Kristen
    June 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Nice! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Reply
    Jeannine @ Small & Chic
    June 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Hooray! Thank you so much for the giveaway. I’ve been following your progress and can’t wait to see the next set of pictures!

  • Reply
    Catherine
    June 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I really like the green paisley print on the duvet.

  • Reply
    Jess
    June 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I love love the colors! Everything looks amazing together!

  • Reply
    Bill
    June 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    looking forward to the final result!

  • Reply
    staceys
    June 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Really looking forward to seeing the finished room! We’re going to cash in a bunch of AMEX points to do a big closet makeover. I can’t believe I’m excited over a closet. Oh the little things…

  • Reply
    Julie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I can’t wait for the big reveal! It has been so much fun to see what you’ve chosen!

  • Reply
    Johanna Troupe
    June 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I love the color combo of the gray and green. Very nice.

  • Reply
    Sarah
    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I’ve been watching your room transformation with much eagerness, anticipating the next post, and the next. Thanks for doing such a fantastic series! Great giveaway as well!

  • Reply
    alison
    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    that’s a whole lot of bbq-ing! yum yum!

  • Reply
    Amber
    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    o0o, I loves me some crate and barrel… and since we’re redoing our house, too, I think it’d be great to have! I love the color scheme – same one I’m doing in our guest room/my sewing room!

  • Reply
    Liz
    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    What a great give-away! Thank you. I’m really excited to see the finished room! Good luck.

  • Reply
    Emily A
    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I so admire your aptitude to change your bedroom so fequently. You’re an inspiration : )

  • Reply
    Erika
    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Reply
    Kat Mitchel
    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    so excited for the finished product! you have such great style!

  • Reply
    Alison
    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Looks like it is all coming together quite nicely, can’t wait to see the finished product. Love your blog.

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    Christine
    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I love the rug! Great giveaway also.

  • Reply
    lori
    June 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    love the gray and green together!

  • Reply
    jennalou
    June 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Can’t wait to see the finished room. I’m loving your selections so much!!

  • Reply
    Rose
    June 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    wow this is a very different look from before. I think it’s a nice change from the ultra femme and light look from before

  • Reply
    Carrie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I love my Amex points for travel, but I never thought to use them for decorating! What a great idea!

  • Reply
    Heather
    June 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Looks great!

  • Reply
    Mary Anne
    June 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    That light fixture is the cat’s meow!

  • Reply
    Amy
    June 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Oh wow – I love that crazy light bulb chandelier! Can’t wait to see pictures when the room is all done! :)

  • Reply
    Kathy
    June 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I bought that same chandelier for my sister. It looks great in her dining room!

  • Reply
    Tracy Williams
    June 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Love the green! Can’t wait to see the final product!

  • Reply
    Janine
    June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    So pretty. Your progress definitely makes me want to start decorating my master bedroom. Only been in the house for two years… time to start, right? :)

  • Reply
    Lemon
    June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Oh wow, this has come together so fabulously! Can’t wait to see the final product. Love all the grey so so much!

  • Reply
    Michele
    June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I have that rug and I love it! I can’t wait to see the finished bedroom!

  • Reply
    Margie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Great mood board! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Reply
    Jessie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I love the color palatte. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  • Reply
    Katherine
    June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Can’t wait to see the after pictures. All great choices!

  • Reply
    Andrea
    June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the finished room! We just bought a house and I’m learning so much from you about how to make it look nice, since I never bothered to decorate in our rental places. :)

  • Reply
    Shifra
    June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    That would be awesome! I wish I could redo my bedroom now, but there are some other things on the to-do list first. One day, though…

  • Reply
    Lindsay
    June 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Can’t wait to see the final product! All the pieces look great!

    O and Crate and Barrel rocks. =)

  • Reply
    Sarah S
    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I am very interested on your final call on the chandelier.

  • Reply
    Erica
    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Wonderful choices. I’m seriously considering the same lighting for our new dining room.

  • Reply
    Meg
    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Oh this is beautiful! I just redid our bathroom in green and grey.

  • Reply
    Michelle Bashaw
    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    love the color! woohoo!

  • Reply
    Tanya Reah
    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Love the charcoal color. It creates a really nice juxtaposition between the fresh and the warm.

  • Reply
    Anna
    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Those sheets have been on my “to get” list since you posted about them, and now I have to add the rug, too. Looks great!

  • Reply
    Chelsea
    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I also love the colors, and that rug!

  • Reply
    Leslie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I love the gray stripe sheets and of course the amazing lighting!!

  • Reply
    Nora
    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    The bedroom details look fantastic!

    And always LOVE Crate & Barrel…thanks so much for the giveaway.

  • Reply
    Porche
    June 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t wait to see the photos of the finished room. You have such amazing taste!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    June 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Love Crate & Barrel…

  • Reply
    Jen
    June 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Loving that rug!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    June 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Love the green and grey together!

  • Reply
    Christa M
    June 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration. My bedroom is in desperate need of styling….if only I had a $100 GC to get me started ;)

  • Reply
    Rachael
    June 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Love how the room is coming together. Love those colors!

  • Reply
    Chelsey @ 4th&Folded
    June 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Love it! Can’t wait to see the final product.

  • Reply
    Lilly
    June 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t wait to see your room once it’s finished! Thanks for the chance to win a gift card:)

  • Reply
    kate
    June 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

  • Reply
    nancyo
    June 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I love the light. Where’s it from?

  • Reply
    Marie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I love the rug and striped sheets. Can’t wait to see the after pictures!

  • Reply
    Jenny
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Can’t wait for the after pictures! I’m sure it will look great!

  • Reply
    Nicole B.
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    LOVE! It is a great mix of styles! The gray and green look fabulous together.

    Gray is my new brown which was my new black.

  • Reply
    Cate
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Love it all, especially the bedding… Can’t wait to see to see the pictures!

  • Reply
    Megan
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I can’t wait to see the big reveal! Looks like it will be gorgeous!

  • Reply
    Christina
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I SO wish that those sheets wouldn’t clash with my new bedspread.

  • Reply
    Kristin
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I would have never thought to put the green and grey together. The inspiration board looks wonderful! I want to hire you to make me one. Beautiful work!

  • Reply
    Liz @ It's Great To Be Home
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I love the vision you have for this room, and I can’t wait to see it all come together!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I love how all of the pieces support the bedding you chose, and I can’t wait to see pictures!

  • Reply
    Katy
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I’m excited to see pictures of the finished product! I love what you have selected and would love to pick out something for myself!

  • Reply
    amy
    June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Love the deep charcoal gray – can’t wait for the reveal!

  • Reply
    Melanie
    June 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Love the bookshelf…it may be what I’m looking for for our kitchen! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Reply
    Alisa
    June 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Love the room…and love Crate and Barrel!

  • Reply
    Ari
    June 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    That looks great. I am excited to see it because I have the same duvet!

  • Reply
    Lorri
    June 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Can’t wait to see it all put together in your room. It’s making me itch to re-do our room!

  • Reply
    bernita
    June 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    ooh…excited to see pictures of the final product!

  • Reply
    Missy
    June 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Love what you’ve chosen, can’t wait to see how it comes out!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    June 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I love that bedding. I look forward to seeing how it all comes together.

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