Our Bedroom The Victorian House

See Ya, Bed

Oh, hey there, empty bedroom. Why not throw another room into the started-but-not-yet-finished mix?

The Bed is Gone

A couple of things happened at the same time. The first is that a mattress company reached out, interested in working together on a post (which will go up next week). Brandon and I bought our queen-sized upholstered Hoffman bed from Room & Board back in 2007 when we moved in to the bungalow. While it has held up beautifully, but both our family and our bedroom are larger now. A king-sized bed has been on the wish list for a couple of years and I figured if we were going to get a new mattress, we might as well take the opportunity now to make the switch to a king.

Then while we were considering the new mattress, our friends’ bed broke. They were thinking of either finding a bed on Craigslist or picking something up from IKEA, and when we mentioned that we were thinking of selling ours, they said they’d take it. We gave them the ol’ friend discount, and we brought it over yesterday (leaving us with a temporarily empty bedroom).

So… we’re updating the bathroom on the third floor. August’s room is being redone. The kitchen is getting a new stove at the very least. Another bathroom is waiting on electrical work to be done so we can wallpaper. The wood flooring in the hallway still needs to be completed (it’s also waiting on electrical work). And now we’re changing up the bedroom, at least a little with a new bed.

Since so many things are in flux, I’m trying to step back and keep the whole house in mind so that it’s cohesive. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying about decorating that “if you love it, you’ll find a place for it,” and it’s true to an extent. You also have to be a good editor though, because if you’re anything like me, you can love four thousand chairs and a good number of rugs — doesn’t mean you’ll find a place for it all! It’s a balance of taking stock of what you have and what you need, planning ahead, and leaving room for serendipity. I don’t have the bedroom all planned out yet, but I have chosen a bed. I’m going to put together the foundation now so we’ll have a mattress to sleep on tonight, but I’ll put together a post soon about which bed I chose and why, along with the other close-but-not-quite options I considered. I overthought the process, as usual. It’s what I do.

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  • Maggie @Maggie Overby Studios
    September 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I’m in the same situation we just moved into a new house and lots of things are still in flux (and I have four thousand chairs that need to be edited.)For now I only have one room actually livable. As for the rest of the house furniture keeps moving from room to room trying to find a good home. I’m also in the market for a new bed. I think I found “the one” but haven’t committed so I am interested to see what you chose.

  • Kathryn
    September 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Move all the things! :)

  • Sarah
    September 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Can’t wait to see the new bed!!

  • Amber
    September 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    We finished a whole house renovation and our house is just beginning to look like home, two years later. Knowing exactly what you want the place to feel like makes it easier to look for items you really love.
    We got a Cali-king after 18 years of marriage and we love it.

  • Kari
    September 15, 2015 at 12:15 am

    This is so real life! I may not have a sponsored bed coming my way, but I do have a house in constant limbo. Even if you’re not living with MAJOR renovation, the design minded always have a piece here and there in processes. I’m excited to see the new bed. These “coming soon” posts are exciting!

  • Amy
    September 15, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Sigh. A king size bed. That’s what dreams are made of.

    Some day.


  • Kelly
    September 15, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I have lived in older homes my entire life and I have yet to have a bedroom where a kingsize bed fits well… I’ll be interested in seeing how you make it work with windows and doors. The rooms just were not designed for big beds. At present our bedroom is such that I think we are going to have to set our queen in front of a single window … which will work but not ideal.

  • Krissy
    September 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm


    Ahh flux! It will all turn out great. Is there a land for loved but unnecessary chairs? We have some to send to there.

    Question: What kind of wire did you use to hang your pics on the rail? I ordered some hooks for my house in the OP, but fishing wire seems maybe tacky and silvery wire too industrial? Yours looks nice.


    • Making it Lovely
      May 3, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Rejuvenation and House of Antique Hardware both sell nice picture hanging cord.

  • Hello, Quincy | Making it Lovely
    September 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    […] Hoffman bed from Room & Board was great. If we weren’t changing sizes from a queen to a king, we would have kept it, and I would recommend it to anyone in the market for something upholstered. […]

  • Nicole Lieberman
    May 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    where did you get that rug? I love it and I’ve been looking for something similar. Thank you in advance!