Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Makeover
Last Updated on October 6, 2022
There’s been some chatter of a super-secret, amazingly stupendous, Mid-Century Modern bedroom makeover project. Yep, I was on track for a very cool feature in a very cool magazine, but, weird shit happens sometimes and whomp, whomp. I think that game is over. It’s okay though, I’m over it…not really. Insert laughing so hard I’m crying emojis here. I still have a dreamy little bedroom makeover to rest my tired eyes. That is, pending a gorgeous colorful rug’s arrival from India, a painter who has been perpetually busy and a DIY. Note to self, stop slamming the painter get on that DIY already. Oh, and some wall art above my bed.
Because the bedroom is not finalized (the main feature is the rug), this post is not a final reveal, but I promise to share more than just a one-picture sneak peek. I’ll also be sharing with you how everything came together, and who helped me make my Mid-Century Modern bedroom makeover happen.
Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Makeover Mood Board
When I first started to write House Of Hipsters and had about 7 clicks a day if I was lucky…my mom, Brandy who I went to high school with, Laura, and my friend Grace (the other 3 clicks were me making sure the site was working, wondering why no one was reading my blog. )…I wrote I Make Emily Henderson Cry. It was what would become one in a series.
I jokingly photographed and shared with my 4 readers the disastrous space known as my bedroom. After we moved into the house 4 years ago, my focus was on the main floor. I tried to dress the master bedroom up with some lipstick also known as fancy Dwell Studio bedding and some white animal heads. But for the most part, this was not a bedroom that dreams were made of. There was no magic happening here.
When the magazine approached me, they asked to see redesigned photos of the non-existent bedroom makeover. No rush, they just wanted to be first in line before any other national magazines came knocking on my door. Ummm, seriously? Woah. Yes, this master bedroom makeover immediately became priority numero uno. I threw together the mood board above and put together a great foundation for the room but started to freak out about styling. This had to be, “knock it out of the park”, no swing, batta, batta, swing hit, and a miss. So I reached out to a talented stylist who I admired and asked for a little help with my vignettes…Jennifer Harrison aka @fleamarketfab. If you don’t know her, go…now…I’ll wait here. And be sure to follow her while you’re over there. Her feed is A-MAZING.
Hey! You actually came back! Alrighty, well, back to my story. I can pick out amazing furniture and home decor pieces, but it’s putting together curated vignettes that tend to stump me. Much to my surprise, she offered to drive 7 hours to help me style this room. SO nice! I continued to shop online like a madwoman, trying to get all the big stuff delivered before her arrival. I added each piece I picked out to a mood board on Pinterest, so she could virtually see what I was doing with the room. More styling, less shlepping was the motto. I wanted to use her time with me wisely.
Before she left her house, she sent me this text…apparently clubbing was not in the cards for us gals. Do I come off as a clubbing girl? If I do, swwwweeeet! But heck, I can hardly stay awake past 9:30 PM; however, we did party hard every night with wine, Craigslist, and iPads. Ain’t no party like a House ‘a Hipsters party, cuz a House ‘a Hipsters party likes to thrift…just sayin’.
When her crazy huge red van pulled into my driveway that Thursday night I was stoked. This room thing was going to happen. After noshing on delicious Lou Malnati sausage pizza, Jen and I went up to the room and took inventory of what might be still needed. The next morning we moved around some dressers and got the mirror in place. Thankfully the bed and nightstands were already set up. She suggested a tray, large plant, lamp, and small wishbone chair. We shopped the house first.
Since I already had most everything, the bedroom took shape right before our eyes. But she suggested a few items to be purchased, so we made a list. Time to hit that pavement. We talked about heading downtown to my favorite haunts but instead chose to go a more productive path. Rather than treasure hunting the city and risking a huge bust, we hit West Elm, IKEA, and Anthropologie. Yep, these thrifting queens were on their way to the mall. But first, we had a few Craigslist finds to stuff in the trunk of my car. I get ‘chu good deal.
We shopped ’til we dropped. Literally! Jen can shop you guys! We stopped at a Starbucks, but besides that, we didn’t eat until 8 PM. I’d bet I put 8 miles on my new Birkenstocks. We raced to the nearest Chipotle, and I tried not to lick the walls. When we finally got home, my eyes were glazed over, both of us exhausted. I offered wine secretly hoping Jen was just as tired. She was…thank gawd. Also, my SUV was packed to the gills. I threatened to bungee cord her to the roof if we tried to stuff another lamp in it.
Saturday morning was go time again. Pretty little thing after pretty little thing was unboxed and styled. Pillows were fluffed. Plants were potted. Flowers in vases. Books stacked. Oh and an IKEA desk that I kept screwing up the IKEA build. Sorry about that Jen. She learned quickly to dread the words, “uh-oh”, but handled my errors in stride. Many laughs later, we went from this:
(How’s that for a little trip down memory lane?) To a proper Mid-Century Modern bedroom makeover with HUGE style. I feel like I’ve got my funk back.
After Makeover Photos
Yep, that bench right there is my DIY. I need to make a cushion for this Craigslist score and add some new pillows because I swiped these from the bed. And that you guys are all I’m giving you until the final reveal. What do you think of my master bedroom makeover? Any suggestions for artwork over the bed? How about paint color on the walls? Right now it is Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart Paint from Home Depot. Originally we thought of a light blush or maybe white. Once I took the pictures, both Jen and I started liking the gray. She suggested going a shade lighter, but I’ve been dragging my feet until that glorious rug arrives. Since it is 9′ X 12′, that sucka is going to pop this room.
You …. MY FRIEND… I love to pieces and am more greatful of my experience to share this space makeover, and thank you for asking me for my help!!! We have made a friendship that will never be forgotten on how it came together!!! This story was told BEYOND perfectly!!!! I love you and I will see you soon for my chairs!!! Xx Jen
I love you more and I’m so thankful you helped me create this space. Like beyond words thankful. Muah!
Kyla! I love where this is going! My very very favorite part of the entire space, is the figurative art. I honestly feel like people who go with a portrait, are fearless! Most people, and most of my clients actually, are afraid to use artwork that has another person. I think it adds sooo much to any space! Go Kyla Go!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You are the sweetest! Everyone has been so super sweet. Man, that portrait…I saw it come through my inbox and I said to Thorsten immediately, “Dude! This must go in the bedroom!!!” His excitement paled in comparison to my own…but Jen was super geeked out about it =)
This is going to be SO SO good!!! Like crazy good. I really like the color on the walls but it would look great in a lighter shade or white too if you’re so inclined. Cannot wait to see it with that killer rug!!!!
Thank you soooo much my dear! That means so much to me. I’ve been busting my buns on it! I’m thinking a lighter shade of grey is going to be better too.
I would love to know where the picture of the girl looking down is from – I love it! Any help would be appreciated!
Hi Ashley! The portrait is from My Deer Art Shop out of the Netherlands. They ship to the US. I absolutely love the other portrait, but it was too deep for my pocketbook.
Alyce Arnick Lichaa
I spy the perfect brass lamps from Target (that they don’t make anymore) and the PERFECT mirror. I’ve been looking for a round mirror that is larger than 30″!
kylaAlyce Arnick Lichaa
You do spy that brass lamp that Target doesn’t make anymore! I lucked out somehow and randomly found it online. During the day it said out of stock. I checked back at 10PM to double check it and boom, there it was. I snapped it up and checked out as fast as my little fingers could type =) That mirror is from Restoration Hardware. They have a few sizes I believe and it was recently on sale!
i have been waiting all day to read this! Holy Moly – as a non blogger or hip person by any token, I am humbled to be named in this blog post! Dear Kyla, you made me cry–in a good way! I am so happy you to have seen it from almost the beginning! You inspire me to get my eye more detailed for design, you challenge me to take risks and girl you make me laugh! Keep on keepin’ on! And I can’t wait to see the BIG REVEAL! Oh and by the way, for a belated birthday present I am talking my mom to Elkhorn Flea Market at the end of the month!! Boom!!
I’M SOOOOO JEALOUS! I want to go to Elkhorn sooooo bad! I missed the opening season one. Have such a great time. And please know that I’m so thankful to have you as a reader. It truly means so much to me. <3
Gorgeous room! I’m dying to know where that mirror is from! I have been searching for that exact look!
Thanks so much Kristin! The mirror was kind of a splurge for me…that and the rug. But since a good portion was thrifted, it squeaked into my budget. I found it at Restoration Hardware. =)
Its perfect! the whole room is! Thank you!!
Oh my goodness, it is turning out great! It is inspiring.
Thank you so much Susan! I’m just tickled pink with how it turned out! Thanks so much for visiting!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.
I am loving these sneak peeks, Kyla!! I’m over the moon in love with your master retreat! Can’t wait to see the final pics.:)
Oh my gosh I love the way you write and I am looking forward to the final reveal. If only I could put a room together like this.
Looking fab so far! Great work! My hallways and stairwells are snarky grey. I love the color in my house! I like it in your room as well. But right now I am painting my living room in grey owl by Benjamin Moore (except I had it color matched in Glidden at Home Depot). I have 3 walls done and I am in love with the color!! It is lighter than snarky grey and the perfect neutral! I like it so much I want to paint ,My whole house in it. Somebody stop me! Good luck, can’t wait for the reveal!
Totally meant sharky. Autocorrect!
Seriously Jen is THE BEST! I just love her and I just love this room babes. That rug is just beyond gorge and its gonna be magic in that space. Cant wait to see it complete. I actually like the grey as is right now, but a shade or two lighter would be fab too.
oh my gawsh! I’m in love with this… and I think I need a Jen in my life… know one in Canada 😉
iiin love with this room.. specialy with the dresser! could you tell me where it is from? gracias from switzerland 😉
Love it! Where is the gorgeous dresser from?
I am referring to the wide, low dresser 🙂
Is the master bedroom dresser vintage or new? Like that it has 9 drawers…reminiscent of a Heywood Wakefield 9 drawer wave dresser I covet.
Michelle L. Raftery
You did a stellar job with this transformation! I am using this an inspiration for my room makeover! Where can I find those pillows (or fabric to make them)?! And where did you find that amazing bed?! It’s stunning!
I’d love to know where you found this bed! I love it
I’d also love to know more about the dresser, it’s stunning!
I love where this is going! can’t wait to see the end result!
So beautiful! Would you mind sharing where the nightstand is from?
Where did you purchase the brass wall sconces? They’re adorable!
Hi and thanks for stopping by! The brass sconces are from Schoolhouse Electric.
Hello! Where is that gorgeous navy velvet headboard from?
Hi Dalia! Would you believe me if I said it’s from Target 🙂 There should be a link to it in the post.
May I ask where you got that awesome dresser you have under the equally stunning round mirror?
Hi Stephanie! The dresser is vintage, but it’s pretty easy to find them. Here is on on Etsy for ya! It’s by Johnson Carper. Hope that helps!
Where did you get the high boy dresser?? Your room is beautiful!
I just adore this whole look! I am in desperate need of a bedroom face lift; I need a totally new, FRESH look! I just love this and am going to try to re-create it! Would you mind sharing where you got the pieces that I could also still get? I know a lot you got from flea markets/thrift stores, so I am out of luck there. But if you could please share the brands and stores where you purchased items that stores would still carry, I would really love it. Namely: the bed frame, pillows, dressers, bedside table, lamps and half finished painting. Thank you so much in advance! 😀
I came across this post and I am in love with the style of this bedroom. DO you have a link to that fabulous rug? Thank you so much xx
the lady writes as beautiful as she is herself thanks
I love her she’s an inspiration!
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