Tracey’s Design Dilemma

Tracey’s ready to totally transform her bedroom. Here’s her letter:

Hi youngsters!  I’m so excited we were able to get one of your spots this week and can’t wait to see your ideas! We’re looking to add some style to our boring bedroom. We’d like something modern & chic but comfortable & approachable. We like worldly aspects and something with a bit of fun (definitely no country or floral). We really like World Market and Pottery Barn. We definitely want to change the wall color. Because we live in Texas where it is HOT we would like to stay with an overhead fan (although not necessarily the one that’s there). The armoire can go or stay, and we are willing to paint/change hardware to update it. We are going to be purchasing a flat t.v. in the next couple of weeks, so that will go, along with the tv stand. I’ve had the idea to add either a comfy chair or a vanity (or cute small desk with a mirror mounted in front of it) in the room somewhere but am in no way tied to that idea. We are on a bit of budget, as well, so we are looking for moderately priced furniture. One last thing – we have two cats, so bedspreads that are primarily a dark color are a bit of a pain. Thanks so much, and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! -Tracey




This space is primed for a major makeover. Here’s the plan:

Serene & Worldly Master Bedroom

And now for the mood board breakdown.

1. We were inspired by the blue adjoining bathroom to bring some pops of sky blue into Tracey’s room along with rich chocolate furnishings, some light and airy cream tones and a bit of tan on cream pattern to keep things interesting, textured and worldly. As for the new wall color, we’d love to see a more wheat-toned golden tan color that really create depth and warmth in a snap (Benjamin Moore’s Sandy Brown).

2. These cream curtains from Ikea will add height and drama when they’re hung high and wide on each window in the space, and they’re heavy enough to be drawn and provide ample privacy when they’re paired with the existing vertical blinds in the room. Since we’d like to see them hung at least 6″ above the tops of the windows and around 18″ wide on either side, the wall with two windows on it will gain a lot of softness and interest, and we even have a plan for the sliver of wall that will still be visible between them, stay tuned…

3. This World-Market-ish woven round mirror will look fantastic above the new blue tufted headboard we’ll be bringing in (we always love a round shape above a rectangular headboard or even a large flatscreen). And speaking of the flatscreen, across the room we’d love to see a simple deep-toned wood shelf above the low-slung media cabinet with the new flatscreen and then some punchy blue vases and decorative accessories can add even more pops of sky blue to the room.

4. And in leiu of art, these amazing walnut lamps for either side of the bed are nothing short of worldly sculpture. We couldn’t believe the price and can’t wait to see how much height, shape, and ambiance they add to the entire room on each of the new bedside tables.

5. Tracey mentioned that she thought a comfy chair might make sense in the room, and we think popping this stunner of a slipper chair into the corner between the doors (see second picture above) will add an inviting and cozy vibe into the space (as well as some pretty amazing pattern and texture).

6. Here’s a plush pop of vibrant color that will really work with our cream on tan on brown scheme. Everything from the button tufting to the gorgeous color makes this heaboard perfect for the space, and shimmying the bed over so it feels more centered on that wall (see the last picture where there’s lots of space to the right of it) and adding matching bedside tables will really make sense of the layout. And here’s the fabulous diamond accented tan on cream bedding (bonus: it’s organic!) that will come together with the tufted headboard for an international look that’s textured, layered, and oh so fun.

7. These are the side tables (on sale!) that we dug up (we actually have one in our guest bedroom and love it) for each of the matching wood-based lamps to rest on to add height and ambiance to both sides of the bed. And speaking of the bed, we’d love to see this walnut and stainless fan overhead for comfort and style to spare.

8. Remember we mentioned the sliver of wall that will still be visible after hanging curtains on the two windows next to each other in the first picture? Well, two of these gorgeous criss-cross metal candle sconces would look inviting and worldly above each other on the small slice of wall between the curtain panels. And the super sale price is almost too good to be true.

9. Tracey also mentioned she’d be picking up a media stand along with her new flatscreen TV and we love this clean-lined version from Target. The color and shape is perfect to slip right into the room and painting the armoire in a similar brown tone (and swapping out the hardware) will really tie both pieces together for a seamless and balanced look.

So there you have it. A blissful bedroom full of interest, pattern, and texture. We can’t wait to see what you guys think!

Update: We sadly can no longer find the time to take on client commissioned mood boards (we now whip up general inspiration boards instead) but if we ever reinstate them we’ll make a big announcement!


  1. says

    I am not normally a fan of any color blue, but I love love LOVE this velvet blue headboard. I also love, that if Tracey is handy in the craft department, she could easily recreate this headboard as well which helps with her tight budget. Fabulous job guys!

  2. says

    I love the chair and the side tables… oh, and the bedding. I would add a punchier color, though. Or maybe that’s just me and my obsession with color!

  3. Shelly Richardson says

    Great job! I did get the chair from Target for my living room makeover and I love it! It’s comfortable and the perfect size. I promise I’ll send pics as soon as I can!

  4. says

    Great mood board! This one might be one of my faves so far…definitely one I could see myself incorporating into our place.

    One question though: You mention for Tracey to keep her current blinds but also hang her drapes high and wide. Will it look strange to have that void above the window where the drapes are high and anchor either side above the window, but no actual window there?

    Wow—that’s difficult to put into words without the use of hand gestures :) I hope you know what I mean.

    I’ve been debating this very thing for several windows in my own home and haven’t yet been able to find a good pic of what it could look like.

    Great job youngsters!

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Alicia,

      Good question! We indicated that we’d like to see the curtains hung just 6″ high instead of ceiling height (which is easier to “cheat” when there are blinds to bridge the gap). The 6″ gap will still be close enough for the curtain rods and the blinds to all have a relationship with one another so they come across as cohesive (but Tracey will still get the benefit of a bit of added height and the windows won’t feel crowded with a rod right on top of them). Hope it helps!


  5. joely says

    i love this look! do you think it would still go even though my master is a light cream? Also, what about mirrored nightstands instead of the wooden ones? Would that be weird if you still wanted to incorporate other wooden furniture?

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Joely,

      Good questions. It would definitely work in a room with soft cream walls! And mirrored night stands would fit right in. We’re always fans of mixing materials so things don’t look too matchy matchy, and mirrored bedside tables would add some glimmer and bounce around tons of light. Definitely send us before and after pics of your very own transformation!


  6. says

    Ohh, I’m loving this design board. The tans, blues and darkness of the wood pieces are going to bring some nice texture to the room. Great job as always!

  7. says

    Nice job! I really love that bedding. I also like the candle sconces. The mirror is cool too…and the headboard…and the chair…I like it all!

  8. Tracey says

    Oh, we’re on the site now!! :-)

    We are loving our mood board so far and have already begun! Painting and the armoire project will start this coming weekend, and I’ve already started grabbing stuff that I can. Ordering the blue headboard was one of the first things I did – can’t wait to get it. I actually thought of Elle Ar’s suggestion above, too, but I’m not very crafty in that department. The Armoire transformation is going to be a biggie for me! Can’t wait to share my after pictures.

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