Lea’s Calm Midwest Cali-Inspired Bedroom Makeover (DIY Dressing Area Included)


We did a factor. We redecorated our major bed room and I’m by no means mad about it. However to be truthful, I can’t deny I beloved our prior bed room design. The truth is, WE beloved it. It was classic and picked up and so heat. So maybe I ought to warn all of my classic lovers that you could be simply cringe a bit at this put up and TRUST me I processed the brand new imaginative and prescient for over two years earlier than formally making up the choice to maneuver ahead. Granted the 2 years have been through the pandemic and numerous issues modified throughout that point…

So what sparked the change or need to alter? I feel it was the whole lot my husband and I have been feeling and processing throughout and across the pandemic timeframe and our near-relocation to LA (we now have tabled the latter for now). I feel we have been each feeling heavy, the world was feeling heavy after numerous assaults on individuals of coloration, the whole lot within the information, the pandemic, social distancing, the mask-wearing, vaccine debates, adjusting to 4 individuals at house always, and many others., and many others. It was a LOT. I’m positive all of us got here out on the opposite aspect in another way. I do know we did.

A very long time in the past, somebody as soon as informed me to ensure to make our major bed room our precedence earlier than our kids’s rooms or every other house in our house. I assumed to myself, are you nuts? I’d completely transfer mountains to make sure my kids’s rooms have been “good” earlier than my very own. As a 40-something-year-old, I now get it. It’s like when flight attendants inform you to place your oxygen masks on first earlier than your baby or anybody else. Principally, in the event you’re no good, you’re no good to the individual subsequent to you. And our bedrooms are the place we search refuge on the finish of an extended day, a spot we dream, pray, share intimacy, recharge, a spot we spend numerous our lives in (even when we’re not awake), and a spot the place most of us can quietly lay our heads down on the finish of the day and let loose a sigh of aid. And it’s the place we rise the subsequent day able to tackle the world yet again. “I like to fall asleep and get up in a chaotic, not-so-feel-good house on daily basis”, mentioned nobody ever. In order I grew, I discovered from that recommendation handed all the way down to me many, a few years previous to make our bed room a precedence. After which the world modified and what we wanted additionally modified. 

After mainly semi-living in LA for nearly two years, after we got here again house to the midwest, our bed room felt much less and fewer like a sanctuary. Possibly I must also preface this want for change attributable to my seasonal despair (that I self-diagnosed myself with) which appears to worsen as I become old. I imply 7 months of winter is a bit a lot for anybody. 

We would have liked change, we craved CALM, we missed the west coast and we wanted an area that felt lighter and kind of like a retreat particularly as soon as the winter months begin to roll round.

I tackled this idea by first taking inspiration from our then home-away-from-home:

Then I began pulling our product board collectively:

At first look, our authentic bed room was fairly and useful however change is nice and since we (my husband and I) developed, so did our bed room. This need for a change occurred to align with a model that wished to accomplice with me for our bed room.


Bear in mind the multi-generational front room makeover challenge? Nicely, I partnered with Slumberland Furnishings once more however this time, for my very own challenge, and this time we wanted a mattress. I fell in love with this one by Stearns and Foster.

Moreover,  Slumberland requested if we have been curious about a mattress body too, and I actually wished a extra clean-lined upholstered mattress as a result of dusting between the spindles on our outdated bedframe each week for the previous 15 years was not pleasing. Nonetheless, not simply any ol’ upholstered mattress body would do, so I sat on the fence for a second till I discovered this one that additionally had hidden storage within the body. Whereas this isn’t new, I hadn’t seen variations the place the hidden storage drawer is pulled out from the foot of the mattress (sometimes, it’s from the aspect of the mattress or the mattress itself lifts to disclose storage beneath) which for us, was precisely the place I wanted it to be positioned. And who doesn’t love added storage, particularly when it’s hidden in plain sight? This has now turn out to be a useful place the place we retailer all of our mattress linens (which concurrently freed up numerous closet house). 

Upholstered Mattress body     

I’m actually into scalable design and design that’s simply or readily attainable. Most designers would most likely cringe or give me the side-eye however I’m not a designer. I’m a stylist and as a stylist, my mind works in another way and for me, that’s okay as a result of tossing out “guidelines” is a favourite pastime of mine.

Ceiling Fixture | Hat (proper) | Space Rug (comparable) | Upholstered Mattress

I’ll even be the primary to confess I hate making the mattress, however having any such mattress body makes it a lot simpler as a result of the whole lot simply tucks into the perimeters. No extra lifting the mattress to tuck linens beneath and so forth. Hear, I needed to rise up and make my mattress on daily basis whereas rising up in my dad or mum’s home and it left me with any such PTSD from mattress making. So if a body makes it that a lot simpler then I’m all for it. Now, do I make our mattress on daily basis? Nope. However at the very least after the linens are washed it’s made once more. Additionally, it’s a peeve of my husband’s when the mattress isn’t made, and he’ll even one-up me on the pettiness meter and solely makes his aspect of the mattress. We could have had numerous arguments over that. That’s 27 years of residing collectively people. 

Okay, I digress, again to the bed room makeover – With the mattress getting used as our jump-off level, the remainder of the room began to unfold and our classic dressers now not gave the identical power we wanted them to and so we looked for a extra clean-lined, white oak piece like this.

Dresser | Lamp (comparable) | Artwork (comparable) | Vessel (classic) | Surfboard (classic)

Aspect Desk | Dresser | Vase

I then DIY-ed a little bit storage state of affairs for myself as I’m the one who gravitates extra in the direction of capsule wardrobes than my husband does and who additionally has now taken over your entire walk-in closet for himself. See, you give them an inch and so they take a mile.

Utilizing quite simple closet system items from the Dwelling Depot, I carved out a small dressing house for me, using that odd and beforehand wasted house beneath the ceiling eave (good factor I’m solely 5’3”).

Sneakers | Trench Coat (classic) | Shelf | Wall Brackets | Dowel | Hangers

Ouai Fragrance | LeLabo Fragrance | Gucci Responsible Fragrance | Vase     

Including this attractive desk to behave as my dressing desk helped additionally end this little nook.

Now that I’ve been kicked out of what was OUR walk-in closet, I wanted a bit extra storage than this nook offers. Now that we had our hidden drawer on the finish of our mattress, having one thing like a trunk on the foot for added storage wasn’t going to work. So as a substitute, I appeared for a sideboard that was low sufficient to not block our home windows and lengthy sufficient to suit proportionally in entrance of mentioned home windows.

Storage Cupboard | Dresser | Rug | Desk Lamp

The cupboard doesn’t block the window and it’s slim sufficient to be pulled away from the wall far sufficient in order that we will simply open and shut the window material.

It additionally acts as one other floor I can show a number of of my favourite issues like candles and incense as a result of falling asleep after lighting incense whereas taking part in my favourite Lo-Fi music playlist on Google House is a vibe.

Felt Tray Set | Wavy Wooden Tray

HOT TIP: Displaying a number of favourite equipment or go-to articles of clothes makes getting dressed really feel extra such as you’re in a boutique than throwing garments on out of your closet (except your closet appears like Carrie Bradshaw’s). 

Aspect notice: The true “explicit” aspect of me comes out right here as I sanitize my footwear and soles earlier than I place them again into their containers in order that after I take them again out, they really feel recent to me once more and so they don’t have road residue from the final time they have been worn. This additionally comes from the identical one that refuses to make the mattress. Virgo on that if you’ll.

Alright, I’ve talked about storage options right here so let’s transfer on to one thing that there could also be a sizzling debate occurring about. Do nightstands have to have storage?

Aspect Desk | Lamp | Stash Pot | Sonora Hat

We went from nightstands with storage to nightstands which have NO storage. That didn’t go over nicely with my husband however I snuck them in any method and requested that he attempt to embrace that change by dedicating considered one of his dresser drawers to his bedtime requirements as a substitute. I imply, particularly since he took over your entire walk-in closet, he actually shouldn’t want so many dresser drawers anymore, am I proper? Additionally, it’s simpler to express regret than permission. Do not forget that. Ha.

Clearly, Remi doesn’t thoughts the dearth of bedside storage. And for these questioning, we didn’t arduous wire these classic Moroccan sconces but (as a result of future challenge Lea plans to plaster/paint these partitions – in images modifying, they seem vibrant white however in actual life they’re a hotter white than a cool one). As an alternative, they’ve puck lights (the type from Amazon) inside that I take advantage of with a distant to activate and off.

Awww…solely a face a mom might love.

Macrame Wall Hanging | Blanket Ladder | Blanket | Dresser

Alright one other shocker, and the rationale I’ve by no means shared my husband’s aspect of the room on Instagram earlier than is as a result of there was a large TV on his dresser that completely bothered me for the previous 26 years of residing collectively. But when I’m being kicked out of the walk-in closet then I want a little bit give and take right here. Increase. No extra TV.

Don’t fear people, he acquired me again by using this blanket ladder to carry all of his garments from the tip of the day – insert my not impressed face. Additionally, I actually wish to introduce you to The Nopo, in the event you don’t already learn about it. Please do yourselves and our planet a service and take a look at their curated collections of handmade, fair-trade works from artisans and makers everywhere in the world who geographically could not in any other case have the chance to promote their items to the remainder of the world. I imply, this wall hanging severely took my breath away.

Dresser | Wall Hanging | Chair | Leather-based Vase

If in case you have a accomplice like mine, who refuses to place their garments away and as a substitute likes to pile them up on each floor till mentioned pile topples over, you get them a chair. That method, when mentioned pile of clothes topples over to the ground they’ll sit down comfortably and refold all of their garments. 

Whereas all the large furnishings items listed here are new, and coming from a beforehand all classic house, I blended in classic items, discovered items, or items that I felt have been visually stimulating in a restful solution to hold the makeover from feeling like a showroom flooring show. Like that classic horse head watercolor that I don’t suppose I’ll ever half with. It reminds my daughter of the coaching pony we “leased” for her to discover ways to journey English for years whereas she grew up and who sadly handed away after over 30+ years of life. Horses will at all times maintain a particular place in my coronary heart.

The classic brass wall sconces could also be one of many issues I am going again operating right into a burning constructing to avoid wasting.

Why the hats on the wall over the mattress? Why not? One, I like their texture, and two, I appear to have amassed fairly the hat assortment going forwards and backwards to CA.

We’re loving this room and the brand new vibe it’s giving us. I do want we might’ve taken this shot with the storage ottoman that has now arrived, however this room will doubtless proceed to evolve or at the very least develop new layers like our future plans to texture the partitions. It was arduous to let go of our vintage-style bed room however none of us are static and so why ought to our houses be? As a stylist, I actually gravitate in the direction of scalable design as a result of my eye is at all times evolving and being drawn in all instructions, whereas the artistic aspect of my mind continues to want to create. We simply gained’t tear the home up overdoing it.


*Design by Lea Johnson
***Photographs by Sage E Imagery

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