This is What Our Bedroom Looks Like

I’ve been working with American Express to redo my bedroom. They provided me with a total of 300,000 Membership Rewards points.

Hello, dark and lovely bedroom.

Our Bedroom

Our Bedroom

Everything came together just as I hoped it would. The colors and patterns of the new bedding look great together, and our bed feels so soft with its new pillows and comforter.


The Edison Chandelier is amazing.

Our Bedroom

We do have our fears about Eleanor jumping on the bed or swinging a pillow and breaking the bulbs. We may need to revisit our lighting options in a few years, but right now we are absolutely loving the chandellier.

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I like the little pop of red from our phone, and the yellow of the lacquered tray holding magazines by my side of the bed.

My Nightstand

My Nightstand

I really love the play between light and dark in the room. Sheer white shades, white curtains, and painted white trim all provide a nice balance to the zinc walls, gray rug, dark furniture, and the Jacobean bamboo flooring.

Our Bedroom

Our overflow of books has been contained by the new bookshelf.

Books in Our Bedroom

The bedroom is somewhat small and there is already a lot going on visually, so we wanted the new art to be subtle. I love the antiqued zinc finish against our ‘zinc’ wall color.

Wall Art

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Our Bedroom

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    Katie B
    June 14, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    really lovely! thanks for sharing it with us!

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    June 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I dieeeeee for that chandelier! Love it! It came out beautifully!

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    June 15, 2010 at 12:15 am

    i’d like to see a pic of the chandlier in the room WITH the lights on.. doesn’t it blind you though?

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      Making it Lovely
      June 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      Nope, it’s not bad at all. I just can’t get a decent photo.

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    June 15, 2010 at 2:17 am

    First let me say that I appreciate your hard work and sharing with us very much.
    I hate to be the one that ruin the party, but I have to be honest and say that I really don’t like your new room.
    The gray is too dark, too much and too depressing .
    The fact that you choose to paint all the walls including the ceiling, gives a fee of claustrophobia and make the room look small.
    Think of the feeling that the room will give you in a winter day when the light is poor and the sky are gray.
    It’s like living in a winter room all year long.
    I really like the bedding though….I love the colors.
    The chandelier is beautiful, but I think it’ll suit living rooms better.
    The furniture are dark too and against the dark gray walls it is really too much.
    I loved your previous bedroom a lot, it was warm and gave a feel that bedroom should give you.
    Again….I’m sorry and I hope you’ll choose to publish my comment anyway….

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    June 15, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Now I really want to change the color of my bedroom to a dark slate. I have gray everywhere else, though not in the boudoir. I really think it makes the most sophisticated, perfect room color!

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    June 15, 2010 at 7:13 am

    We just painted our room the same color – I can’t believe it! I love it. The dark gray gives it such a “grown-up” look and not too masculine, not too feminine. The white trim gives it pop and keeps it from being too dreary.

    I’m sooooooooo curious though, where do you put all your clothes? Just the closet? I didn’t see any dressers or storage other than the night stands…

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      Making it Lovely
      June 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      Brandon’s clothes are in the closet (there is a small dresser tucked inside), and mine are in a freestanding IKEA wardrobe that’s in the room. I just didn’t get a photo with it.

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    June 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Amazing room! I love the combo of dark + light…just the right bit of drama for the bedroom, but still very comfortable.

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    John @ Young House Love
    June 15, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Came out AWESOME, Nicole. Especially love the wall color with that bedding combo.

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    June 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I love love love it. I love the colour – it looks so elegant and sophisticated! I especially love the light fixture!

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    June 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I think someone has already asked this, but I also am curious for a picture of the chandelier all lit up. I think it’s the most fantastic part of your new room.

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    June 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Your bedroom looks stunning! what an amazing makeover, so different now. I love gray, I am a firm believer in dark bedrooms and love the way yours turned out. The bedding is perfect, it provides contrast and warmth.. the chandelier is absolutely amazing and the bookshelf a favorite of mine for sometime now. But I am super crazy about the art above the bookshelf, it provides so much personality to that wall!!!

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    June 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I love it and think it’s fabulous! I especially like the bedding. And, of course the Edison lighting! The colors of our bedroom are very similar so, there are so many little inspirations that I can take from this room. Hopefully, I will be able to get our room “just right” sometime soon.

    Sorry if you have mentioned it previously on your site, but where did you get the prints featured on either side of the window?

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    June 15, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I love how most of the room is subdued (for sleep), but with tiny pops of color

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    June 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I love the Edison Chandy! I have been looking at that for some time, sadly have no where to put it, but it is fabulous! Great colors.

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    June 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I for one like dark bedrooms, and think this turned out great. I love how the Edison makes it seem like you’ve been spending a lazy afternoon lying in bed, blowing bubbles! A nice touch of whimsy.

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    Nicole RJ
    June 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Love the new bedroom look! It’s cozy, but also a bit industrial.

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    June 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    it looks so pretty and cozy!

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    June 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Love this! It’s so cozy the pattern mixing is lovely.

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    June 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    you’ll just have to read “no more monkeys jumping on the bed” and she’ll know you mean business :)

    lovely room. we need to do this to our bedroom when we get the chance.

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    June 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    absolutely LOVELY! a night shot with the chandy on, please?!

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    June 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Love the new room! From the paint color to the bedding to new chandelier – it all came together well.

    So will you be launching an e-interior design service soon? :)

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    June 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    love love love.

    love the Emily Martin paintings too!

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    June 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I love it! The chandelier reminds me of City of Ember.

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    June 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    The chandelier cracks me up! It definitely adds a punch of fun to the room – I love the way it all turned out!

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    June 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I love it. If American Express wants to give me points I would be happy for the challenge (hint, hint), but there is no way it would be some lovely. I hav been eyeing that fixture for my dining room for so long. I should just break down and buy it.

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    June 16, 2010 at 12:26 am

    The Edison is perfection. One large statement in a small room is just the thing. You pulled this off so well!

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    June 16, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Once again you’ve showed what great taste and sense of style you have. Beautiful! I love you put a bookshelf in the bedroom, and that zinc wall art is fantastic. Great choices!

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    Anne @ the doctor takes a wife
    June 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I LOVE the textiles on your bed. The way it looks against the colors on the wall is gorgeous. Beautiful palette :)

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    June 16, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Wow, it looks great! The bedding is perfection, great job!

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    June 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

    this is breathtaking! I admit, i didn´t like the edison chandalier in your first pics that much. but in combination with the dark wallpainting and everything…stunning.
    what about a cage around eleanor…eehhh…the bulbs? *hint*

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    June 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I appreciate the different look of this bedroom, but it evokes my claustrophobia with the dark walls & ceiling. Aesthetically it does look gorgeous, just not something I could live in. All the more awesome that you love it & live there :D

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    June 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Seriously seriously gorgeous on every level. I have complete bedroom envy and don’t know how I am going to sleep in mine tonight. I want that chandelier NOW!

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    June 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Absolutely LOVE that chandelier. LOVE it! It all flows perfectly..

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    June 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Wow Nicole! This really turned out beautifully. I have been OBSESSED lately with grey, and I love that you chose a darker shade for your paint color. I recently painted a darker shade of greenish grey in our basement and everyone was freaking me out saying it would be too dark. BUT it turned out perfect and everyone is now back tracking on their initial statements. The bold choice definitely paid off for you and this room!

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    June 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Wow, that’s truly fabulous! Enjoy your new bedroom!

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    carrie @ brick city love
    June 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    It’s beautiful!! Love it.

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    June 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    That chandelier is so interesting. I like he “bare” feel of it. It is beautiful in an ordinary and simplistic way. Great find!

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    June 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Very nice and put together. I love the green. I’ve been looking to buy a green duvet cover myself. Where did you find the wooden ampersand?

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    June 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I just wanted to tell you that your bedroom is beautiful. Along with the rest of your home

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    June 16, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Love the look of the dark and green contrast. I’m sure you’re sleeping well in your new room!

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    June 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Your bedroom came together so nicely – I really like the bedding you choose! It suits the dark grey perfectly.

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    June 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Why would you let your child jump on your bed?? Don’t do it.

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    June 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Love your new, dark bedroom. I am also loving your Real Living magazine! It’s the only one I buy over here – always so much inspiration!

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    June 17, 2010 at 8:23 am


    You’ve inspired me to paint my bedroom in a dark gray too!

    Thanks for all your daily inspiration!

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    June 17, 2010 at 9:29 am

    i love love love those lights. how unique and adds great depth.

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    June 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I love the look of the Edison. How low do the lights hang? I guess what I’m really wondering is how much space is there from the bottom of the lowest bulb to your bed?

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    June 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm


    It’s been so much fun to see it all come together.

    LOVE the new art! Oh, and you’re really making me miss our beautiful gray walls :(

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    June 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    It is all pulled together so nicely. I really love the artwork and the tray and the phone — great touches! Keep up the good work!

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    Streger Treppen
    June 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I love the zinc objekt on the wall – beautiful …!

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    June 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Great post & great blog. I love the chandelier in the bedroom! Very cool.

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    June 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Hi! Can you please tell me where you purchased your nightstands? I think they would look great with the Ethan Allen Isabel headboard that I just purchased. Thanks in advance!

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    June 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I love your room, btw! It’s fantastic.

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    June 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Yikes, I have this Edison Chandelier in my kitchen above the breakfast table. Absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!!! I get so many compliments on how unique it is! You did great in choosing that for your house.

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    June 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

    love love love the edison chandelier! there is a similar lighting option hack using hemma lights from ikea for around $100 instead of $399.

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    June 26, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Wow, this looks absolutely amazing. Love the chandelier, the wall colour and the fabulous zink object. Wish my bedroom would look like this :)

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    July 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I love the walls and ceiling in the same color. I’ve been contemplating that. I’m wondering if you do that in other rooms in your house. I’ll have to go back through posts with pics and pay more attention to that detail. :)

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    July 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

    i am absolutely jealous that you got those striped sheets from West Elm! I ordered mine back in early May and they are supposedly going to ship next week – which is fine, because they’ll arrive just in time to put into my new apartment! the bedding combo looks great, though! I’m thinking of constructing a headboard with really graphic navy blue and white patterns and keeping the rest of the bedding simple with solid colors (chocolate brown down comforter, and purple gingham).

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    September 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Love the bedding! Where is it from?! I think my fiance will love it for our new apartment!

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    October 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Love the doors on the closet? Are they original or new? Would love to know where you got them…. thanks!

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    February 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I love your bedroom! My husband and I just bought our first home and though we both love the rustic cottage theme that will be throughout, I must have my glamorous, retro bedroom and I look to pics like yours for inspiration. This is so cool, yet relaxing. Love what you have done!

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    April 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Please do share where your sliding white closet doors came from. Those are EXACTLY what I need! Thank you!!

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      April 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

      The closet doors were from The Home Depot. I think the brand was “Nu Porte.”

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    Kat Palmer
    May 31, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Your bedding and chandy are gorgeous! I also love the details of your antique zinc wall art, very nice find :)

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    October 14, 2011 at 10:35 am

    OMG I adore your chandelier, I have been eyeing it off for ages! That or the Graumans ’85 Lamps’ chandelier… so tough!

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    June 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm

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    December 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hi! I love your gray color on your walls. Did you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls or is it a few shades lighter? I can’t tell. I want to paint my ceilings the same color as my walls so am looking up ideas and pictures.

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    December 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Also what is the name of the gray color?

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    December 7, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Hi! What is the name of the blue paint color on the wall?? I love this room and the paint colors:))

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      Thank you. It’s a warm gray though, not blue. Zinc, by Martha Stewart.

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    December 7, 2012 at 7:11 am

    No your accent wall

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      December 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

      There is no accent wall. If you mean the closet doors, those are white.

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    December 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

    HAHA oops sorry! i totally thought the wall with the window was a lighter blue color.

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    March 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I love your room. Where did you purchase your bed frame/headboard?

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    June 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

    How long are your curtains above the bed? do they go right to the floor or are they shorter?

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    November 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Hi great color. What is the finish of your ceiling and walls. I’m doing a gray for my living room and dining room walls and ceiling in same color but can’t decide if I should paint the ceiling and walls in an eggshell since all my walls are eggshell now.

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