Making it Yours (MiY)

MiY 4e: Subdued

We’ve come to the last look in this fourth edition of Making it Yours (MiY). This one may be my favorite, though it’s a toss-up because I really liked the first look as well.

MiY 4e: Subdued

The bed, sofa, lighting, and tables that we have followed throughout this edition are here again. Sheer shades instead of curtains, a black rug, and a creamy gray wall color help the room feel restful and modern. I’ve added ochre bedding (paired with white sheets) and a black bedspread, along with art that picks up on those colors. A green velvet pillow matches the sofa, and an interesting vase (that I found via Design*Sponge) would be beautiful in this room.

You can go back and see each previous design in more detail: 4a: Striking Stripes and Polka Dots, 4b: Feminine Moorish, 4c: Fresh Picked, and 4d: Seaside Fair.

Making it Yours 4: Making the Bed(room)

This was an interesting challenge because normally I only use one piece of furniture for my MiY series. The four items in this edition were not inexpensive, but I wanted to show that you can invest in a quality base while allowing for different styles with easy changes. What do you think? Did you have a favorite out of the five designs?

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  • Amy
    February 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

    This one’s my favorite! Lovely!

  • Bungalow'56
    February 22, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Hi Nicole,
    I love all your mood boards, and am wondering what program you use to create them? You’ve likely answered this before so I’ll check your search button. I am just beginning a re-do of my bungalow, and would love to use this planning tool.
    Thanks for a great blog,

    • Making it Lovely
      February 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

      I use Photoshop to create them.

  • Sarah @ Dream In Domestic
    February 22, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I loved Seaside Fair and Feminine Moorish the best although I love all of them and how one can achieve a different look with just a few changes.

  • Cara
    February 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    My favorite is fresh picked. I absolutely love the splashes of red. My next fave is Feminine Moorish, and if the room was just for me (and didn’t include my boyfriend) I might lean towards that one. But the fresh picked is a nice blend of calming, feminine, and masculine.

  • Karrie
    February 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    They’re all so lovely but my favorite is Seaside Fair. Those colors just sing to me! I really love the MIY series–your mood boards are a work of art.

  • Asia
    February 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    The first one is still my favorite, but I love them all!

  • Classy-Family
    February 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I really love that painting!
    Butt Striking Stripes & Polka Dots is my favorite !

  • Michelle
    February 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I have a serious crush on that bed. I heavily considered changing out ours with one at IKEA that is similar a few years ago, love it!

  • Robyn Coke
    February 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    This one is my favorite!

  • Mary Beth
    February 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Seaside Fair is my favorite and has provided me with the perfect color palette for our bedroom re-do. Thanks!

  • Amy
    February 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I love the first one (striking stripes and polka dots) still, but this last one (subdued) is a close runner up! I just love that studio sofa.

  • Julie
    February 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    My favourites are the first and last – the colour palletes, fuss free, clean yet create mood. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series! Thanks too for including internationally available stockists (IKEA and ETSY.

  • A Merry Mishap
    February 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    That Hawthorne vase is the perfect accessory!

  • Ashley
    February 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    All are beautiful but my personal favs are looks #1 and #4!

  • Katrina
    February 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I really like the feminie moorish one lot – so pretty and fresh

  • lauren
    February 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    this one is my favorite as well! it looks just like what i would choose for our home. very nice! <3

  • Alyssa
    February 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I loved 2 and 4, since my taste runs to the girly and pastel. I loved the simple graphics of 3 though.

  • Port of France
    February 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I have always shied away from furniture pieces I’ve loved because they weren’t in neutral colors, but this has really helped open my eyes! (there’s a teal colored recamier from Horchow that I love and may buy now!) It IS possible to grow design wise, but still work with what you have!
    Please continue to do the MiY series! Your boards are inspiration and I also appreciate that you create looks that could work for a few different tastes.

  • Amanda
    February 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    the feminine one! It’s spectacular!

  • Jenni
    February 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I think this might be my favorite of the series.

  • Cheryl
    February 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    My favorite is #2, the Moorish theme. I ordered the duvet cover you posted and it is gorgeous! I really like the vase and painting in your final mood board and how everything melds with that just right pop of color. These mood boards are so special. Please keep doing them; I’ve learned a ton.

  • Elena
    February 23, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I love Seaside Fair, the perfect fresh air in the morning! I´m helping my mother to change her bedroom and I´ve done some product boards in order to keep ideas clear. They are in my blog:
    Love your blog, and particularly your pink-blush-peach approach to life, it´s fantastic!

  • Nicolette
    February 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I really like this one. Mature but not the least bit boring. I also really liked the more girly designs (Moorish and Seaside). After years of trying to keep my decor somewhat gender neutral (as not to scare away a man), I have recently started adding bits of pink to my bedroom and it makes me so happy! Thanks for all of your inspiration.

  • Tatyana
    February 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    This one might be my favorite. I’m not sure if it’s because I have that IKEA blanket, or because I’m in love with a painting I keep seeing at our local Sunday arts & crafts show in the same white, black and yellow tones (but of a forest). I think the Dwell bedding from the 1st installment (also a fantastic mood board) would also be great with all this.
    I always look forward to your design compositions, no matter if they are interior (or exterior) design or fashion related. Thank you!

  • Buttercup
    February 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    The feminine moorish edition made me want to redo my bedroom, so I think it’s my favorite. This was fun!

  • Jennifer
    February 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    It’s a tie between 1 and 3. But really they are all lovely. I love when you do these posts!

  • Anja
    February 26, 2010 at 8:14 am

    great job! The fresh picked is the one i like most. and i think, it inspires me for my sewing room… thank you

  • Jeffn
    February 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I like this one the best. Next is “fresh picked” then “seaside fair”

  • Melissa
    March 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    These are my favorite!