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29 Mar

before and after: our bedroom

 

if you missed my living room before and after post, read that first so you’ll understand why I started redecorating in the first place.

long story short, when Lu and I moved in together, I didn’t have any of my own furniture, so we used all of his dark, moody bachelor-pad-esque stuff. I hated it, but alas, I had just started my own business and was putting every cent I had left and made into growing Inspiralized.

so, last year, to treat myself and to make a better space for myself while I worked from home, I decided to redecorate.

first came my desk area. then the kitchen.ย then came the living room. then came the bedroom.

so here we are, and I’m sharing with you my minimalist, clean, gender-neutral bedroom (because after all, I live with a man.)

and what room makeover would be complete without the atrocious before pictures? I’ve got those, too! here we go. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

and I apologize for the low quality photos, these were taken over a year ago, and I never thought I’d really be showing them!

before:

after:

there was just clutter, everywhere. and the furniture was so dark, that it looked so gloomy and uninviting. who would want to spend more than the necessary time in this place?! not me! I never hung out in my bedroom when it looked like this.

the nightstand end tables alone make this room 10 times lighter!

aside from that, let’s look at our dresser situation, before:

after:

biiiiig improvement. even lighter lamps add a feminine but modern touch to a room, to keep it inspiring and inviting.

now for the random area by the windows. this used to be where my desk was for Inspiralized (can you believe it?!) and right before we started redecorating, I removed it, so you can’t see it in these photos, but just imagine a big black desk up against the windows. not cute. and we always had this random shelving for “stuff.”

afterwards, I knew I wanted my own personal space to get ready – to do my makeup, select my jewelry, etc. so, I built a perfect little space for me:

also in this corner by the window were… let’s not forget… the black end tables.

remember those? they got replaced.

‘s also ordered new bedding, so I don’t have those before photos, but just imagine something dark navy with white stitching. it was terribly masculine and not very inviting. once I got the prints above my bed figured out, I went with complimentary pillows.

overall, my bedroom has now become a space that I want to be in. I love reading a book in the middle of the afternoon on my bed. I love getting ready in the mornings. I love lighting the candles around the room, dimming the lights, and just relaxing.

there’s even the cutest little space for my yoga mat now.

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  • the rug is the ‘panja rug’ from cb2, but is no longer available
  • the comforter is my restoration hardware and no longer available
  • the vanity is a mini parsons table from west elm and no longer available
  • the throw pillows are from target, but not available online (in-store only)

 

 

so tell me – what do you think of our bedroom? big improvement, right?

28 Comments
  • Tess

    Love your style! Will you come decorate my apartment?? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Where did you find the rug under your bed?

    Wed March 29 at 1:40 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Thank you Tess! You’re so sweet! As for the rug, it’s noted in the post, at the bottom! It’s no longer available, unfortunately ๐Ÿ™

      Wed March 29 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • Kim

    Such a fun blog post! I love the way you used each area of your room (and your living room…I just read that post too!) The small table you incorporated near the window for ‘getting ready’ is such a lovely, feminine touch that doesn’t distrupt the gender neutral flow. Your space exudes relaxation. Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    Wed March 29 at 2:19 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Thank you so much for the kind feedback!

      Wed March 29 at 2:31 pm Reply
  • Brittany

    Hi! Love the updates to your room. I am also updating my bedroom with my husband ๐Ÿ™‚ Where is the minted giveaway? I’m sorry if it’s obvious but I don’t see it! Thank you!

    Wed March 29 at 2:36 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      It’s over on Inspiralized.com today!

      Wed March 29 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • Leandra Richie

    I love it!!!

    Wed March 29 at 2:52 pm Reply
  • Ellen

    Love the end tables + bed frame + dresser combo. Where are these pieces from?

    Wed March 29 at 2:57 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      It’s all in the post at the bottom where it says "Shop the post"!

      Wed March 29 at 2:57 pm Reply
  • Olivia Gonzalez

    Hi Ali! I’m curious know if you are happy with your bed as well as the mattress- I notice there is no box-spring in the pic from West Elm. Also, curious to know if there was an issue with getting the mattress up a flight of apartment stairs (I assume you have stairs). I have a fairly narrow staircase and found it difficult getting a king size mattress through. Thanks!

    Wed March 29 at 4:28 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      We have a box spring! And we live in an elevator building, so we didn’t have to deal with stairs!

      Wed March 29 at 4:34 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Where is your vanity table from??

    Wed March 29 at 4:53 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      All the details are in the "shop the post" section at the bottom of the post!

      Wed March 29 at 5:10 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    I love the new look — and how much brighter everything is! Great job.

    Wed March 29 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • Debbie Heard

    So perfect and gender neutral! Much lighter and more inviting ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wed March 29 at 5:32 pm Reply
  • Kathryn

    I would love to see how and where you store your beauty products and all the samples you receive! Thats always my disaster area!

    Wed March 29 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Tricia

    I absolutely love that rug! Your entire bedroom is so much brighter and more cheerful. Kudos!

    Wed March 29 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Steven

    Gender neutral? Hmmm, I remember this concept around decorating a baby’s room, but
    I must say I do not look at my place nor that of my friends with this idea/concept or whatever one calls it in mind. It definitely looks very clean, and sharp and precise….for me, I like my bedroom to be a bit softer with more color and individual character…just my personal taste. It really is quite attractive…reminds me of some pictures I used to see in House Beautiful when I read it years ago.

    Wed March 29 at 6:15 pm Reply
  • Debra Zantman

    So much lighter and inviting. Nice!!

    Wed March 29 at 6:34 pm Reply
  • Delyanne Barros

    Huge improvement!! Looks gorgeous!

    Wed March 29 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Katie

    I see your bed and dresser are from the same collection but not your night stands do you find they still match?

    Wed March 29 at 7:26 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Yes, that’s the benefit of ordering from the same store – all the woods match!

      Wed March 29 at 7:38 pm Reply
  • Helen

    I love it! Have a lot of bedroom envy right now. When we moved into our house the budget was minimal so all our stuff is very plain and basic. One day I’m looking forward to be able to make it over ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS currently in Ubud at Sweet Orange Warung! Thanks for the tips after your trip – so useful.

    Thu March 30 at 4:18 am Reply
  • Victoria

    Love ve the new bedroom!! Nice touch!!

    Thu March 30 at 5:11 am Reply
  • Carolyn

    The new arrangement is much more optimistic and inviting!

    One small note: please turn the lampshades so their seams face back toward the wall. They will give more light, and look tidy.

    Fri March 31 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Anonymous

    LOVE it!! So bright and beautiful! What size nightstand (small or large) did you get and where are the coasters and stool from?

    Sun April 2 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    Love everything about it!

    Thu April 6 at 11:23 pm Reply
  • Like

    Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

    Tue September 25 at 12:00 pm Reply

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