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

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    June 5, 2010 at 1:50 am

    I love the bedding!

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    Karina Bravo
    June 5, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Can’t wait to see all your pieces come together and uh…pick me for the G. card!!!

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    June 5, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Love the colors!

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    June 5, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Can’t wait to see the final pics- I know it will be lovely like the rest of your place!

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    June 5, 2010 at 7:10 am

    The colors are awesome! Can’t wait to see the finished room!

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    June 5, 2010 at 7:46 am

    So exciting to see the progress – congrats. We moved into our first home a year ago [1930 craftsman bungalow in Atlanta] and have a hefty to-do list. We’ve been making great progress, but the last room to tackle is our bedroom. Thanks so much for sharing this post – I feel a new wave of inspiration and am just going to go for it! I have a ‘story board’ in process, but have been hesitant to make the purchases because I want the perfect combo and make sure I truly love each item. Now, I think I’m just going to go ahead and worry about it after the fact. That’s why they have return policies and craigslist, right? A friend of mine suggested following your site and I’m really enjoying the posts and how you freely share the sources and product reviews. Best of luck and can’t wait to see the finished photos.

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    Elizabeth L
    June 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Looks like this is going to be gorgeous. About to repaint my whole house and cant decide on paint colors. I would have never picked the zinc color but now am considering it!

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    June 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I LOVE the colors you’re using in the room – my husband would be thrilled if we had those colors in one of our rooms. Can’t wait to see the details!

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    June 5, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I love your eye for accessories and prints. Especially prints! The pattern on those pillows is ‘love at first sight’ for me. :)

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    Kendra @ My First Kitchen
    June 5, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Those colors are awesome. We’re just starting redoing our bedroom, and I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from you! Thanks!

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    June 5, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Love love your site!! Can’t wait to see your finished bedroom! :)

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    June 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Looks good so far! I can’t wait to see the finished result!

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    June 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Fun! This is inspiring me to get my bedroom spiffed up.

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    June 5, 2010 at 11:53 am

    How exciting it must be to redo everything, let alone for free! Can’t wait to see the finished product! : )

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    June 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hmm, no pink and brown! Interesting change!

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    June 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    just discovered your site today. love it!

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    Megan G
    June 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I love the grey and white sheets! I can’t wait to see it all come along!

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    June 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks for this fantastic giveaway!

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    June 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE how everything looks together so far! Can’t wait to see the finished room!

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    June 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Love the colors!!! My kitchen is green and grey too. Can’t wait to see pics of the room when it’s finished!!

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    June 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Can’t wait to see how that light fixture looks in the room.

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    Debb Lou
    June 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Oh, what a lovely blog… thanks for the giveaway… C&B would help me make my home lovely… thanks

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    June 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I recently painted our Master Bedroom Gray Granite by Glidden and I had been thinking a gray rug would be too much or clash, so I cannot wait to see the big reveal! I’d also like to know how such a dark rug holds up to dog hair…

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    Laurie Danison
    June 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I can’t wait to see the finished product, and that light fixture is amazing!

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    June 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Love the light fixture! I live in a home built in the 1910’s and have ceiling fans in every room, however I really think that lighting would look great over my dining room table. May have to think about doing some remodelling.

    can’t wait to see the final pixs!

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    June 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Right now my bedroom is chocolate-milkshake brown, and I’ve been dying to go gray. Living vicariously through you!

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    June 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I desperately need new curtains for the bedroom… I would love that gift card!!

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    June 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Love the color pallet, very inspirational. I cant wait to see the reveal!

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    June 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    looks like its really going to come together so nicely! please count me in for this giveaway!

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    June 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I love the chandelier!

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    becky brunke
    June 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    You are making it lovely!

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    Emily P
    June 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I love all the elements you selected and can’t wait to see the gorgeous results!

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    June 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    can’t wait to see the finished room!

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    Julie H
    June 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I love room makeovers, so watching yours is fun! We’ll be moving soon and there will be a lot of room makeovers since we’ll be buying a house!

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    June 5, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the gray chandelier. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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    June 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Can’t wait to see your new bedroom!! $100 gift card would REALLY help with mine!!!

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    June 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Like all your other readers, I can’t wait to see the finished product! I’m a SAHM with an 8 month old and I get nothing done. I’m in awe of you! :)

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    June 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks for the Martha Stewart paint review (especially the part about the scent–I’m really sensitive to toxins).

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    June 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    The bedroom is going to be fabulous!

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    June 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I have enjoyed hearing about the work on your bedroom and am looking forward to seeing photos of the finished look! Thanks!

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    elaine bryant
    June 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    first of all, i love the name of your site. i just stumbled upon it recently, and it with good timing with the purchase of and decorating challenges of my first house. :) keep up the good work!

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    Mary G
    June 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    pick me!!! pick me!!!
    great bedroom redo by the way…I love the colors

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    Mimi Perez
    June 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Can’t wait to see the reveal!

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    June 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I love the color scheme and can’t wait to see the finished result!

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    June 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I’m really interested to see how the painted ceiling comes out. I think it would be so soothing for sleepy-time, but how does it not look like a cave-hole?

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    miss alexandra
    June 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    my mom has that bed set. the shams are amazing, the zipper is so hidden it looks like they’re sewn on.

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    Juxtaposition Design
    June 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Cannot wait to see that light bulb chandelier in action!

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    June 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I really like the shade of green you are going with for this re-do. It seems a lot different from the other choices you’ve made throughout your home. But it’s a good different. I think it shows you are constantly thinking of something new and fresh – consistent with how you view style.

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    June 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Can’t wait to see your new bedroom! What a great giveaway!

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    June 5, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I can’t wait to see the light fixture. I love that you went with the bold and unexpected.

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    June 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Loving the elements of the room…anxiously awaiting photos!

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    June 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Great choices for your bedroom makeover! Lovely as always.

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    ashley white
    June 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    love the rug and the sheets! we’re actually looking at getting both! :)

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    June 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Love your selections so far. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

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    June 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Looks good. Pick me!

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    June 6, 2010 at 12:07 am

    just came upon your site today. love it already. look forward to seeing your progress.

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    June 6, 2010 at 12:22 am

    This is my first visit to your site. Nice blog. :)

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    June 6, 2010 at 12:43 am

    can’t wait to see the finished room!

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    June 6, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I absolutely adore the light fixture! Can’t wait to see the finished product – I’m sure it will be delightful.

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    maggie may
    June 6, 2010 at 2:23 am

    the color you chose for your room is gorgeous.

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    June 6, 2010 at 3:38 am

    You have such great taste!

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    June 6, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Absolutely love your blog. My mum flies out to the States in two weeks and would love $100 to spend at the wonderful Crate & Barrel. I only wish I could escape the torrential rain here in Sydney and come over too!

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    June 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Hello! Thank you for a chance to win this fab gift card and specially thank you for being my inspiration on and on. I adore your style, please, never stop posting here;)
    Have fun!
    Love from Slovenia!

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    June 6, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I can’t wait to see the colors come together. They’re not what I expected but they’re fantastic! Love your blog and C&B gift cards!

    Amy in SC

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    Katrina Babic
    June 6, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I absolutely love, love, love those pillowcases/sheets… I don’t think I’d ever have to make the bed again :)

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    June 6, 2010 at 8:28 am

    LOVE the bedding! So pretty!

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    June 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Loving it all. So glad someone else is charmed with the Edison chandelier, too: I’ve been trying to convince my husband of its charm.

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    June 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Love the color scheme and how it’s gender neutral. Already have the redecorating bug and this is making it so much better :)

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    June 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve used Martha’s Sears line of paint as well as the Sherwin Williams line (yeah, bit of a Martha junkie) and neither were the best quality, either. But of course, the colors were gorgeous. Can’t wait to check out the Home Depot line – I am hopelessly addicted to Martha!

    I also can’t wait to see the results of your bedroom transformation!

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    June 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    love the green and grey!

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    June 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Would love to win this! Thanks for the chance! :)

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    Cassie C
    June 7, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I’m in love with all you’ve chosen! Can’t wait to see it all put together! And, could really use some fun stuff for my ever so lovingly – mismatched – bedroom! Happy day!

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    June 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Where is the bedding from? Love it!

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    June 7, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Love it!!!

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    June 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I am in LOVE with the grey & white striped sheets, where did you find those?! I’d love to buy some for my bedroom!!

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    June 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Awesome give away any mom can use!

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    Juri Kim
    June 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Simple and elegant yet functional…great style and affordable too. Thanks for great ideas. I’ve Brendan of your site for quite some and never left any comments. T H A N K S!!!!

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    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Sending up a little prayer to the giveaway gods!

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    Making it Lovely | Transforming the so-so. » Blog Archive » Twitter Chat with John Gidding, and a HUGE Giveaway!
    July 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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