I’m Finally Gonna Do This

Growing up, my bedroom was my sanctuary.
My safe place.
To study.
Paint my nails.
Talk with friends on my pink “Clueless” phone.

I had a mom, aunt and grandma who made sure my room was always decorated to reflect whatever random phase of adolescence that I was going through at the time.

There was the New Kids on the Block room.
Then the Phantom of the Opera room.
The Roxy surfer bedroom.
The hippy room with a lava lamp, black lights and neon peace signs.
And then the “sophisticated” big-girl room with a purple satin bed spread and a lamp with dangly purple jewels.

Despite being a teenage girl and soccer player with stinky shin guards,
my room stayed fairly organized and smelled somewhat decent.
It was a retreat, a happy place.

Flash forward 10ish years, and for some reason I cannot seem to get it together when it comes to our master bedroom.
We’ve moved 4 times since being married, and somehow, every time,
every room in the house ends up getting decorated EXCEPT for our bedroom.
A picture is never hung, a theme never selected, improvements never made.
It just sits there…collecting laundry.

When we moved into our house in November, I decided that making our bedroom a retreat needed to be a priority.  It has taken me 8 months, but I finally got started this past weekend. “Formal” bedrooms just don’t fit our family.  I’m into rooms that inspire. A bedroom that helps our family start the day off on a positive note. Nothing fancy–just “us”.  So this weekend, I pulled out some of our favorite pieces that I’ve been collecting over the months and years and I broke some ground.

But here’s the thing–I still have so much more I want to do.  
Like how I have grand plans of repainting the entire room a semi-dark gray color with white trim.
And how I want to paint the legs of our bench a pretty turquoise color.
And I still need a fun area rug.
And how I still need to find the perfect, small armchair for the corner of the room just under the “inspiration” wall.
Oh yeah, and how I want to find some eclectic pillows that will bring some new colors into the room.
So if you know of the perfect chair, or paint colors, or pillows–then please link to them in the comments section because I need a little push to take the next steps. 

Here’s what I have so far–stage 1:


There’s a story behind this frame.
It means a whole lot to our little marriage, which is why it’s the first thing to see when you walk in our room.
You can read that story here.



Ben has “issues” with the number of pillows I keep on the bed.  And he especially has “issues” with tripping over said pillows when I throw them on the floor at bedtime. So for the sake of keeping the peace, we invested in this storage bench to keep the pillows in at night. Win-win.



Tutorial for this garland here.  In California, we are limited to what we can hang over our beds because of possible earthquakes.



White comforter from Target: similar // Striped Duvet cover and Striped pillow cases from Target: similar here and here // Throw Pillows all from Target a long time ago: similar here // White Curtains: Pottery Barn



I’m completely smitten over my Bee In Flight artwork by Meg Duerksen.  It reminds me of one of my favorite weekends ever. Not to mention it’s stunning and I have a thing for sunflowers.  And the bee, oh that bee. In mid flight, headed towards beauty. This bee is the first thing I open my eyes to every morning, and it’s the perfect reminder to just keep going because there is beauty ahead.

I took a photo of this canvas when I first visited the Whatever Craft House several months back. I knew one day I needed on of my own.  Here is the canvas from the craft house–and yes, this photo is making me wish my bed set was turquoise:

Also, from Meg’s place:

Simply perfect.

I’m also pretty sure that I would be perfectly happy if my home were decorated completely with Meg’s photography.  See what I mean:

IMG_7567 Globes canvas, I’m thinking for my living room.

IMG_7394Watercolor canvas, for the playroom we don’t have.

Cupcake Canvas, for the dining room.
These are all on my wish list–along with this one.

Now, back to stage 1 of our bedroom:
This is the beginning of our inspiration wall. Ultimately, I want it to go from floor to ceiling. Still working out the logistics of curious baby hands.



Our BE YOU TIFUL is from the lovely Evie Ivy. And can I tell you how hard it was to not order every sign in her shop. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean. My hoop art is from my pal Nat, from Take the Cannoli.

And the prints–the prints that make my heart soar.  That inspire me. That keep me grounded. And remind me what matters. These prints (ALL of them) are the handy work of Lindsay Hopkins of Pen & Paint.  This girl is talented. And it’s an honor to have her pieces in my home. Next on my wish list to her shop is this and this one from Lilo and Stitch.


And that’s all for now.  Phase two will involve convincing Ben that we do in fact need a “reading chair” for the corner–even though we both know it will end up being a “laundry chair”.  Also, please explain to him why we still need an area rug even though we have carpet–because he thinks I’m a nut.

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    July 24, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Too funny that men are like that with pillows, my husband calls them “parasites”. In my opinion you can never have to many! I absolutely adore your home! All 3 of your boys are lucky to have you!

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    July 24, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Good job, your room looks AMAZING!!!! love it!

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    July 24, 2013 at 2:31 am


    Maybe I could send you some photos of my bedroom as a little inspiration because I believe it may sort of be what you have in mind:
    1. I have gray walls with white trim.
    2. We have very similar lamps.
    3. I have a small chair in the corner that I made as a little reading nook, although I never read there. I wish it had arms, but I got it for $12 on clearance at Target and couldn’t pass it up.
    4. I have a rug with carpet.
    5. I have the same pillow issues lol…thank you for the idea of the storage bench to put them in!
    6. I had to compromise with my husband so the room is both masculine and feminine.
    7. For the past 5 years we’ve lived in this house, it too was always the neglected room. I’ve changed the paint colors 4 times. It’s still not finished, but slowly it’s getting there.

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    July 24, 2013 at 3:22 am

    It looks great! I’m totally coping you with an inspiration wall in my kiddos bathroom (Shine On from Evie is already on its way)! As far as paint colors, we have Elephant Skin in our bedroom & Graceful Gray in our bath, both by Behr at Home Depot. I really love both!

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      July 25, 2013 at 4:11 am

      We have Elephant Skin on our walls too. It’s a beautiful color!

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    July 24, 2013 at 4:32 am

    So funny how you mentioned that her bed makes you wish yours was turquoise, because YOUR bed makes me wish mine was white. I have the same one in black. Love all the artwork and looks like the room is coming along, it definitely gives me an inspired, happy feeling 🙂

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    Holly Nelson
    July 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Wow – such a gorgeous space! I especially love the yellow garland above your bed – that is a great idea!!

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    July 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I love when you show your house because it is always adorable, but also real. I love so much that you inject so much of your own personality into your space without worrying about what is trendy or floating around Pinterest. I convinced my hubby we needed an area rug for the carpeted living room because it is an easy way to “protect the investment” of our carpet. It’s much cheaper and easier to clean a rug (or replace it if your style changes) than it is to replace carpet. With 3 little ones, area rugs are like life insurance for the carpet. Plus they’re cute.

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    July 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I love that Ben held on to that note, and I love that you’ve framed it in such a special place in your home!!!
    Providing me with inspiration every day Ashley!!

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    Lindsey O
    July 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    The bedroom looks fantastic! i have the same duvet cover and color scheme. Where did you get your sheets and throw pillows? Great job!

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    July 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    For the gray paint… Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams… Love this gray, it’s dark but it looks amazing with our white trim and makes all artwork pop!

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    July 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I’ve always been the same way with our bedrooms. We’ve moved a lot in the 5 years we’ve been married and I have never felt like I enjoyed my bedroom. Good for you for starting to put it together!

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    July 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I recently discovered that Target has TONS of chairs (and other furniture) online that they don’t have in stores. I couldn’t help but order one for my living room! And you get free shipping if you use a Redcard or Redcard debit card. They have some really cute yellowy ones! 😉

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    Auntie Bubbie
    July 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I am making you something for your INSPIRATION WALL but not sure what colors I should use? I want it to
    be a surprise but need you to guide me. We will talk. LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR!!!

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    July 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    The area rug brings extra color to the room without being a permanent choice! Or damaging walls!

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    July 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I keep trying to convince the hubs that it would be perfectly okay to whitewash our 10 year old Broyhill Americana bedroom furniture. So far no go…

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    Jenny (Evie Ivy)
    July 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Seriously loving your bedroom! And we have almost-twinner beds! Thanks again for the love!

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    July 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    The room looks great! Where is the bedding and pillows from if you don’t mind me asking? Thanks!!
    Melissa at [email protected]

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    July 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I love it!!! Our master bedroom is neglected too, but in preparation for putting our house on the market, I am FINALLY starting to give it some love and attention. We have a sweet little reading chair and it actually hasn’t become a clothes chair – miracle!?

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    July 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Every time I see a picture of your bed I want to cry bc I want a big wood bed sooo badly. My husband would have let me get one but we couldn’t find one anywhere! We finally found a black rounded one at Reed’s in Agoura and I do like it, i just looooove white furniture so much. We got a really good deal on our bed, a nightstand and a dresser but I hateee the dresser (my husband likes it but its ugly!) and want to sell it on Craigslist badly. Maybe once we get into a bigger bedroom and have more space to put our stuff it wont look so bad but now its so crammed and its the first thing you see when you enter the room. Boo!

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    Amanda - Small Home Big Start
    July 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    That sunflower print by Meg has always been one of my favourite. I love how it plays up the rest of the yellow in the room – so cheerful!

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    July 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Hi there! I have the same striped duvet and also yellow accents in our bedroom. We have our walls painted a darker gray with white trim and it’s called Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore. :0)

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    July 25, 2013 at 3:52 am

    What if you paint the knobs on the stand to cheer up that corner?

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    July 25, 2013 at 5:23 am

    MUST……HAVE…….THAT…….JEWELERY HOLDER!! Where the heck did you get it?!? I am slowly morphing my home into a copy of yours 😀

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      July 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      I agree! Love the jewelry holder! Need something to keep all my stuff from getting tangled in a drawer. Please share! 🙂 tx!

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        Kirstin K
        July 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        Where did you find that jewelry holder? IN LOVE!

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    July 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I absolutely love your sense of style!

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    July 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    my husband actually likes pillows almost as much as me. but not quite – i’d buy a new one every time i went to the store, but he makes me refrain. which i guess is good. we have enough for now, i suppose 😉

    and i totally agree about paining the walls grey with white trim. our living room is currently that exact color scheme, and it’s soothing and comfy and i absolutely LOVE it.

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    Michelle Monkey Makes It
    July 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Looking so cute! I think the chair from Target that we saw yesterday is perfect for the inspiration wall corner. xoxo Mom

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    July 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I’m loving the color Steely Gray by Sherwin Williams. That’s the color I am looking at to paint our room. We have lived at our home for 5 1/2 years and I am just now getting around to finally making it more ‘us’. We haven’t even painted that room, since we bought it! I guess I have been spending more time worrying about the rooms that people actually see, but not thinking about what WE see. And sidenote: my hubby is the same exact way with the pillows. I love the idea of the storage at the end, but we have a king size bed that takes up most of the room, so I am still looking for alternatives besides the floor…

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    July 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Did you make that frame? If so…tutorial?? yes please!

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    Kristen W
    July 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    LOL… I’m glad I was not the only kid that went through a Phantom of the Opera phase…. Pretty sure none of my friends could figure out my obsession. Hahaha

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    July 30, 2013 at 9:32 am

    That was a great article! Thank you!

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    July 31, 2013 at 1:00 am

    You could paint your bed turquoise !! And I love the grey wall idea. Painted my room gray and bathroom slightly darker gray a few years ago, and absolutely love it. Such a calming color to wake up to.

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    August 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I love the gray idea. We painted ours grey and then did a mustard color on an accent wall. I’m so like you in not doing much with our room. (we’ve been in our house almost 4 years) And I’m determined to get it finished this year.

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    August 15, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Uhm, LOVE!!

    I want your lamp, because it is amazing. Can I ask where you got it? Also, totally stealing bits of inspiration from this… Our bedroom is ironically the brightest spot of our apartment and it needs something awesome to wake up to. =)

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    Olivia @ the more i see the less i know
    August 17, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I can’t help but laugh about the pillows… I just finished watching “Along came Polly”… remember the pillow scene?

    I love the room though, it’s beautiful!

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    September 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Such a cute little girl’s room. She’ll love it.

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    September 23, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I would love to know where you got the bed from!

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    January 3, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I have to know where your bed and dresser are from! Love!!!

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    October 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I would love to know where you got the bed from!

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