Today at STYLEanthropy, I’m sharing with you this long-awaited master bedroom makeover. After that, I’ll be sharing tips on how to keep your room allergen-free. And as a bonus, there’s a giveaway! Before anything else, let me give you a background on what prompted this bedroom makeover.
If you follow me on my older blog, My Fashion Juice and STYLEanthropy, then you know I’m based in Texas. However, we’ve been moving around a lot lately, wherever the hubby’s job takes him. Recently, we’ve been living in Pennsylvania. While we brought most of our stuff, we still left a lot in Texas. That meant leaving our bed frame, getting rid of furniture, and only taking the king mattress with us. We wanted to bring just one U-box (it’s like a portable shipping container U-Haul transports wherever you’re moving) and so we only brought whatever we could fit. For the last couple of months prior to the makeover, this is how our bedroom looked like.
No bed frame or headboard. Make-shift side tables are office drawers from Ikea. It’s okay, but felt like we’re living in college. I didn’t mind because I know how hard it is to move, especially if we were only staying for 4 months. The packing-hauling-moving-unpacking is too exhausting especially if you’ve moved several times in your life.
I read/watched somewhere that moving is considered one of the most stressful life changing events in a person’s life. Imagine doing it more than 10 times. Yup, I’ve moved way more than that in my entire life, but that story is for another post. If we can minimize the amount of things to bring, the better. That was more important than having a bed frame…
… until we extended more than 6 months… and got extended longer… I was getting restless. I told the husband, I wanted to buy a new bed. I knew what I wanted right from the start. So when he agreed, I ordered it right away! I got the Baxton Studio Ipswich Gray Linen platform bed!
Right now (as of the time of writing), I found it at a SUPER marked down price here! It’s on sale right for under $465… for a king bed! That includes the platform, the side panels, the headboard. WOW! If you’re in the market for a new bed, or don’t have a headboard and want something like this, you better get it right away. Highly recommended!
Below, I’m showing you photos of the progress or our bedroom makeover. The one after I assembled the bed without the night stands is from my Instagram though. I was so excited, I couldn’t wait for the hubs to get home from work, I assembled it on my own. I only asked his help (when he came home for lunch) to hold the headboard while I screwed it to the side panels, to make the process faster. After that, I was on my own. I’m proud! Besides, it was easy to assemble.
If you noticed, the drawers I had before were repositioned sideways, so it’s not too obvious they are office drawers. I already ordered end tables but the bed arrived pretty quick! I switched the lamps from our living room and used these owls for the bedroom.
As for the nightstands, I’ve always had my eye on the Pier 1 Hayworth mirrored ones. I’ve been waiting for it to go on sale (they always do) before I order. But then I saw these accent tables from World Market and they were $50 less per table, free shipping, plus there was a promo too. Right now, there is a 25% off on furniture with code HUGESAVE.
And then I knew something was missing: wall art! I’ve always wanted a sunburst mirror but also loved Oliver Gal’s Prada Marfa art. I decided to go with the Prada, but was unsure whether to get the black and white, or add a pop of color with navy. I went with the latter. It’s currently sold out, but you may want to check regularly because they restock. However, Kohl’s has a smaller framed version of it.
I was in love, but somehow, I felt like it was too big for the room height… or perhaps I needed a bigger lamp to keep things proportioned. I found these lamps at Home Goods.
I got home and tried it on top of our night stands. It seemed too big and too tall.
Side note, I may have gotten new bed sheets too… whoops!
So after days of thinking, I had the lamps exchanged for something I’ve always liked…
… a crystal lamp! Don’t mind the humidifier – we’ll talk about it later in this post. Back to the lamp. I felt it looked better. The clear and silver definitely matched the bed more. But I still seem to find something off, was the wall art too big?
Fast forward a few days later, I rearranged our living room, I had a blank wall that needed a big wall art. So I moved the Prada Marfa art there and got something else for the bedroom. I replaced it with this mirror that was under $30 at Home Goods!
Not sure if it now feels too small for the space. What do you think? Which one do you prefer? So far, I’m happy with how airy, bright and white the room looks!
I wanted to show you the other side of the room but this post is already too long. So I’ll be doing a part two just for the vanity area. As for the final piece to complete the makeover in this side of the room, it’s all about keeping it allergen-free. I decluttered even more, and added zippered allergen barrier bed protectors which I’ll explain below.
Tips to Keep Room Allergen-Free
While I only have minor seasonal allergies, my husband hasn’t been as lucky as I am. But as we learned along the way, we’ve managed to keep his allergies in check. That’s why I wanna share these tips with you, in case you suffer from allergies too. I got help from Dr. Neeta Ogden, M.D., who specializes in adult and pediatric allergy, asthma and immunology.
“My top recommendation for those suffering from respiratory congestion at night is to try a three step plan:
- Use zippered allergen barrier bed protectors
- Nasal saline spray
- Remove allergens from your bedroom such as pets and carpets.
Simple changes can have a year-round impact on quality sleep and living.” says Dr. Ogden.
To add to what Dr. Ogden advised, below are some more tips.
- Wash bedding once a week. On a side note, other people ask me why I love WHITE bedding when it can easily get dirty, especially that we have a pet. While it’s true that it easily gets dirty, I actually like that it is WHITE. Why? It’s a reminder for me to wash the sheets. With dark printed sheets, you can forget when was the last time you washed it. With white, you can easily tell you need to wash it already.
- Wash pillows monthly or replace non-washable pillows every 6 months.
- Avoid cleaning supplies or detergents with scents. Perfume can set off an allergic reaction. You can also try all-natural products.
- Clean the room regularly. I am pretty OCD when it comes to cleaning and decluttering the room. But keeping the room allergen-free has become one of the important benefits from being clean! Less clutter gives allergens less places to hide. Also, “out of sight, out of mind”. When I see a clean and clutter-free bedroom, I am able to relax more.
- Under-bed storage is not advisable. While it saves more space, dust mites love to hide under there!
- Get rid of the carpet. It’s best to go with hardwood floors. But if you’re renting and have no control over carpet, make sure to use a HEPA filtered vacuum, and vacuum at least once a week.
- Leave shoes and used/dirty clothes outside the bedroom. Pollens stick to clothes and shoes. So when you go home, you’re bringing it with you. Change clothes before you enter the bedroom or lay on the bed. Bathing before bed time also helps remove pollen in your hair.
- Keep pets clean. Ideally, it’s best to keep pets outside the bedroom. As a fur baby mom, this is hard because I love to have Louis in our bed and sleep with us. If you’re like me, help manage allergens by giving your pet a bath weekly and let him dry completely. I also brush him regularly to remove excess hair and dander. Also, everyday, after each walk, I spray him with a shampoo and water solution, and wipe him down good. Again, it’s important to vacuum regularly to get pet dander out.
To improve sleep, many Americans try over-the-counter medicines, use humidifiers/dehumidifiers, and wash bedding regularly. But only 8 percent use zippered allergen barrier mattress protectors. It can help prevent the collection of dead skin cells, dust mites and household allergens in plush surfaces like pillows and bedding.
I’m so happy that AllerEase introduced me to their products. I’ve noticed a huge difference ever since using allergy and bedbug mattress and pillow protectors.
They sent me these maximum allergy pillow protectors and the maximum allergy bedbug mattress protector. You can use them with or without sheets. I actually love the feel of the fabric, so I mix it up between using it alone or with a sheet.
Now, I’m so excited that AllerEase is also giving one lucky STYLEanthropy reader a combo package of mattress protector and 2-pack pillow protector! I promise, you will love it! Want to win this for your bedroom? All you have to do is enter through the widget below. This contest will run until November 23, Monday at 11:59 pm EST. So make sure to enter before then. I’ll sort through the entries and will announce the winner before Thanksgiving!
STYLEanthropists, hope you liked the makeover and hope these tips help you out if you’re suffering from allergies too. Make sure to join the giveaway above, and share with your family and friends as well. Good luck!