Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Bedrooms... Simple Transformations!

Yes, you too can easily transform a bedroom from everyday into HOLIDAY! Frugally, I might add.

Most people pick their decorations FIRST and THEN try to make them fit the room, which is why many find it hard to achieve "the look" they are after. The key is in working with the scheme that already exists in your room and selecting the right accents to switch out.

I'll agree... my semi-monochromatic bedroom palette, may make it a bit easier. But by removing a few accents and replacing them with something that coordinates, and yet adds a touch of Christmas, you can convert just about any room in the house so that it has a holiday feel.

The Master Bedroom

Here's a "before" and "after" side-by-side photo so you can see what the room typically looks like and how it looked afterward (at least the bed, anyway).

I only did 4 simple things that impacted the room in a B.I.G. way.

1) I switched the one accent pillow from a tan plaid to a solid red pillow. Actually, it's not even solid red. Look at the back of the pillow...

I picked this up at T.J. Maxx for next to nothing! (This was the only money spent on the room other than the plants - but those don't count, do they?). After bringing the pillow home, I tied a ribbon around it to make it look like a package. (Perhaps I'll use the other side for Valentine's Day?)

2) I switched out the quilt at the foot of the bed. This one is borrowed, but I'm on the look out for the same quilt. I can see me using a red quilt like this a LOT.

3) I added some greenery to the antique watercolor above the bed.

4) I switched out the flowers on the night stand, adding the red Poinsettia and red foil paper.

That's it. Nothing more. Can we all agree that this is simple?

Later I did add some greenery and a couple of things from around the house to the dressers. Oh, and the antique angels of my grandmother's.

Again, the key here is two-fold...

1) Be willing to remove some items so as to keep the room from becoming crowded or cluttered. This also helps eliminate items that will distract from the holiday accents you are adding.

2) Be willing to match the accents to the room, not force holiday decorations that you "like" into a room where they won't work well.

Apparently our little friend, Tiki (visiting for the week), liked the rooms, too.

Okay, so maybe it was really just the soft bed and the fact that SHE got to get up on it!


  1. Amy, beautiful ideas! What a lovely bedroom, both before and after. Wanted to let you know that my local Wal-Mart has a gorgeous red quilt. It isn't necessarily warm but is is very pretty: Tiny embroidered white and tan flowers on one side, solid red on the other. I think I spent $50-60 for the King Size. Thought maybe your local Wal-Mart might carry it also. Of course it may be online as well. Again, beautiful, simple and frugal ideas. Thanks dear!

    1. Thanks, Gina! I'll be headed to the Big City later this week for doctor appointments. Perhaps we can squeeze in a WalMart trip.

  2. All looks so lovely ! Our Miggs has a friend named Tiki , we meet up with on our walks ! Have a good day !

  3. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-Springfield-3-Piece-Quilt-Set/10803873

    Here's the link to the red quilt at Wal-Mart. I didn't want to send you on a wild goose chase if you didn't like it. Like I said, It is solid on the opposite side, FYI.

  4. Thanks for posting this! I'm not a huge decorator, so I really appreciate the easy tips on how make spaces like bedrooms festive without a huge overhaul. Love the pops of red you chose! :)

  5. Hi Amy, I love the touches you added to this room. It looks wonderful! I was wondering if those dressers are antique and if not, can you tell me where you got them? They are so beautiful and look very well made! Thank you!

  6. I'm a little behind on Christmas cheer this year. Armed with your inspiring photos, I hope you get back in the spirit. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

  7. Hi Amy, I so appreciate you giving us a look inside your home. So beautiful and simple. I hope you share more photos in the future. Can you tell me where you purchased the ruffled pillow cases and shams? Also did you sew the ruffle throw pillow on the bench and if so, where could I find the pattern for that? Thanks and Merry Christmas!! Jackie

    1. Jackie,
      Glad you liked the house. The brown ruffled shams and dust ruffle as well as the ruffled pillow on the bench in the entry came from Taylor Linens (I use to sell their items retail in a little business I use to have. The white ruffled shames came from an online store which I believe was called Miessence, but they seem to no longer be around. You can find Taylor Linens here (http://taylorlinens.com/) but I believe their store in Temecula, CA has even more.
      Merry Christmas!

  8. I have very much enjoyed looking at all of your Christmas decorations. Maybe one day soon, you could post more pictures of your house? :)

    Have a blessed Christmas!


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