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Master Bedroom Makeover // Before and After

Have you ever needed to just update an area of your life to mark it as a new beginning? To remove the old and bring in the new. Perhaps to replace pain with a new purpose. Or maybe, you were just ready for a change. I think that we do this in many areas of our life actually. Sometimes, it may not be for a deeper reason, but, a reason nonetheless.

We go to our hair stylist with long, straight brown hair and we leave with a blonde pixie cut.

We donate 75% of our wardrobes in an effort to simplify and make daily outfit choices easier and more minimal.

We clean out our entire refrigerator and replace everything in it with Paleo-friendly ingredients.

We rearrange furniture.

We start wearing red lipstick when for the last 10 years, a nude palette is all that has ever been worn.

I could go on and on. Change is good! It creates something new and often, at least in the moment, it feels good and generates a positive emotion. Sometimes those feelings stay, often they fleet. Either way, for some of us, it's in our DNA to change.

And this was the case for me. Of course, I am an interior designer so doing home makeovers, room refreshes or rearranging furniture is a regular occurrence in my life. But this time, my master bedroom makeover was more than just a design project. It was a life project, with far more meaning and purpose than just new colors and new artwork.

We moved to Miami almost 5 years ago and I literally did a copy and paste of our master in Chicago to our master here. It worked, the furniture fit perfectly, I painted the same accent wall the same navy blue color and alas, our bedroom was complete.

And then we had a baby.

And then my husband had a very serious accident - a brain injury and a fractured skull.

And our Chicago life went from real and present to beloved memories.

And Miami became home with each passing day.

It was time.

I believe a master bedroom should of course be beautiful but it should be significant. The atmosphere should align with your life season. Or perhaps, like for me, changing the atmosphere to align with your life season is necessary. The dark wall and the dusty wedding frames and unemotional artwork I truly felt weighing on me. Perhaps on us.

And so, I redesigned the space. I rearranged the furniture to create more space. I changed the paint color to be a cooler tone to offset the warmer whites and natural light we have. I removed our TV from the room completely and saved for months for a Gray Malin that is unique to us - an arial shot of Ipanema beach in Rio, the exact spot we went for our honeymoon. I removed the heavy mirror dresser and replaced it with a light, white Ikea one (and thus, eliminated some clothes in the process). I bought ottomans at Home Goods to serve a purpose. I mounted flush lights from Pottery Barn above our nightstands to allow for more space. I removed the faux plants and replaced with real plants from Pebble and Vine.

Purposeful. Spacious. Bright. Warm. Authentic.

This is now my master bedroom, a space that has brought us more peace, more rest, more joy.

Check out the before and afters below and let me know what you think! Also, for the month of January, I am offering a design pack of 5 hours for $350 (savings of $150) for you to update your master bedroom and start the year well and right. You can email me directly at and use code JANUARY to get started. I promise, your year may be just a bit better and I'd love to be a part of it :)


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