Cozy Eclectic Master Bedroom Before & After: One Room Challenge Week 6

UPDATE! This project was shared by Apartment Therapy on December 3rd, 2018. There are a few details that were wrong in their post. I will address them as they appeared in the post.

1. The title is misleading. I did not create an “entirely new bedroom for only $350”. We kept a lot of existing elements, and added some personality through paint and textiles. $175 of the $350 total was for the Ikea dresser project.

2. My name is Avery, not Ashley.

3. The paint colors on the bedroom wall and the sunroom ceiling are not the same. The wall is Luxe by Magnolia and the ceiling is Early Riser by Magnolia.

4. We did not stain the nightstands. They are unfinished Tarva nightstands from Ikea.

5. We did add new artwork from Dandyroll Home above the bed, and the expense of the frames was part of my total cost.

Week Six is here and I am equal parts giddy, proud, and exhausted. This was my first experience with the One Room Challenge, and I am glad we decided to jump in and give it a shot!

If you’re finding me through the One Room Challenge, welcome to my home on the internet! I’m Avery and I live in rural Iowa with my husband. You can learn more about me here, and see some of my previous design work in my kitchen. My design style is cozy, whimsical, and collected. You can follow along with my homemaking adventures on the Holland Avenue Home Instagram

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Here’s a recap of my posts for the One Room Challenge so far.

Week 1: Cozy Eclectic Master Bedroom Design Plan

Week 2: Moody Accent Wall

Week 3: DIY Throw Pillows and Vintage Artwork

Week 4: Hand-Painted Modern Chinoiserie Mural

Week 5: Ikea Dresser Makeover

Here’s a reminder of my vision for our Cozy Eclectic Master Bedroom update.

Cozy Eclectic Master Bedroom Moodboard One Room Challenge

I stuck to the original vision, and I’m so happy with all of the choices I made! I also updated the attached sunroom, and did a little improvising with that design plan which involved taking some bold risks with paint.  But you’re not here to listen to me ramble…you’re here for the reveal!

Here is a reminder of what our bedroom looked like before.

One Room Challenge- Master Bedroom Before

It was very neutral, and gave me a wonderful blank canvas to start with. I took my time designing our bedroom, and kept things very minimal and neutral for two and a half years. If I could go back in time, I would still make all of the same purchasing decisions for bedding and furniture, because it only took a few accessories and an accent wall to make this space unique and colorful! If you don’t have a clear idea of your personal style, you can’t go wrong with a neutral base. Experiment with adding color through accessories and pillows because they will be easier and cheaper to switch out if you’re not happy with the finished design.

Now for the exciting part… the “after”!

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Headboard | Lamp (Similar. Gold instead of wood) | Linen Duvet and Shams

Bird Poster | Indigo Throw (Similar)

We kept all of the same furniture, but I added unique and colorful accents with textiles and an accent wall. The throw pillows are all made from fabric I picked up at Mood on my recent trip to New York City for the Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker Celebration. The indigo throw at the foot of the bed is from a very kind gentleman at the Chelsea Flea Market in NYC.

The art above the bed is very special to us. I love decorating with vintage maps, and Courtney from Dandyroll sent me these 1897 maps of Kentucky, Iowa, and Turkey (the three places my husband and I have immediate family). I wrote all about the prints and bedding in my Week 3 post, DIY Throw Pillows and Vintage Artwork: One Room Challenge Week 3.

On the wall opposite the bed, we have a new Ikea dresser! We already had one dresser (which I didn’t photograph because I had to move it out of the room to take photos of the bed!), but we needed a little bit more storage for large sweaters that need to be folded. We live in Iowa after all, so our winter clothing is the main component of our closet. We wanted to get the smaller, four-drawer Tarva dresser, but when we got to the warehouse it was out of stock! We decided to bring home the larger, 5 drawer Tarva dresser, and can use it in another bedroom or somewhere else down the road. I stained the dresser with Minwax Dark Walnut stain, and Ben installed the new hardware we bought from Hobby Lobby.

Ikea Dresser Hack- One Room Challenge

Ikea Dresser Hack- One Room Challenge

I needed a place to store my jewelry, and the top of the new dresser works perfectly! I was styling the top today to take photos, and all of my earrings were in a pouch. I decided on a whim to use the vintage books as a makeshift earring holder, and it is now one of my favorite styling elements of the whole update. I didn’t see it on Pinterest or anything, but as I was trying to arrange the mustard tassel earrings on the tray, I decided to stick them in the book. It works great, and is an unconventional and whimsical way to store my earrings without having to buy a special earring tree!

Ikea Dresser Hack- One Room Challenge

Mirror | Wood Watch | Gold Earrings

Now on to my FAVORITE part of the update, the sunroom! It is just through that door to the right of our bed.

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It has been neglected for the two and a half years that we’ve lived in this house. Here is what it looked like when we moved in. Beige walls, damaged wood trim (from the extreme temperatures and direct sunlight this room experiences), dated wallpaper, and pale green shades. Yikes. We used it as storage for two and a half years, but I knew that this space had amazing potential.

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The desk and chair metal chair were here when we moved in. I sold them on Facebook marketplace! The giant chair, affectionately named Charles, was given to us by Ben’s parents. It is the comfiest chair in the entire world, and it also has its own zip code. It is HUGE. It won’t fit in our living room (the ottoman alone is significantly larger than our coffee table), so it lives out here. We moved it to the guest room to take some pretty photos with a cute vintage chair, but we will probably move it back on to this porch. (#reallife).

I started painting this space white months ago (and by months, I guess I really mean years at this point!). I gave up painting because we never used this room and winter happened and it gets COLD.

When I decided to do the One Room Challenge, I knew I needed to do more than just paint a wall and make some new pillow covers, so I decided it was time to give this room the love it deserves. I am SO glad I did. I am giddy just typing this because I’m so excited to show you the finished product.

I don’t know how to do things halfway, and I only do incredibly affordable designs, so instead of just painting the walls (like a normal person) or using some fun removable wallpaper (like a normal person that has a lot of expendable money), I decided to HAND PAINT A MURAL ON AN ENTIRE WALL. It was a crazy decision. But crazy decisions yield crazy results. And if you will allow me to toot my own horn, I am in love with what I created. The mural was inspired by the floral bird fabric (aka my spirit fabric) that I used for the pillows, and Rifle Paper Company’s Shanghai Garden print inspired the elements of my mural. I relied on my own creativity for the colors and details, but I need to give credit where credit is due!

Are you ready to see the finished mural? I’m so excited to finally share it with you!

Here it is!!!

Hand painted Chinoiserie Mural- One Room Challenge

Hand painted Chinoiserie Mural- One Room Challenge

At the last minute (and by “last minute” I mean at 1:00pm on the last day of the challenge!) we decided to paint the ceiling the most beautiful sage color. (Early Riser by Magnolia Home Paints!) It was previously a pale yellow color, which seriously needed an update after the rest of the room got a fresh coat of white. The sage is so pretty, and brings an unexpected pop of color to this already whimsical space. Why be boring when you can be fun?

Hand painted Chinoiserie Mural- One Room Challenge

I’m sharing this photo again just because I’m so excited about it. I used acrylic craft paint from Hobby Lobby ($10 total) to paint the mural. The yellow tufted chair was free on the side of the road on our town’s junk day (because someone is insane and was going to throw away this perfectly beautiful chair). The kilim rug is from our trip to Istanbul last year.

Painting the window sashes black was another bold design choice that really paid off. I could’ve gone all white on the windows, walls, and ceilings, but the contrast of the black sashes and the cheerfulness of the sage ceiling really add a lot to the finished design.

Big risks have big rewards.

I’ll say it again for the people in the back.


I used to be afraid to take risks with design, and I looked to other designers’ spaces for inspiration. But where is the fun in that? Once I decided to design this master bedroom around what my husband and I love, what we already had, and what would be unique and special for us, I had a blast picking out fabrics and colors and taking bold risks like painting the ceiling green. I’ve never seen a bedroom or a mural or a space like these before, and that is the most satisfying part of doing what I love instead of what is trendy. If I followed the trends (board and batten accent walls, neutral everything, high-end throw pillows, brand new furniture) I might get a trendy and popular space (for a lot of dollars). But by choosing what brings a smile to my face, sourcing decor and furniture from around our home, and making bold color choices, I’ve created a space that my husband and I absolutely love and that no one else can copy.

The entire master bedroom and sunroom update cost a grand total of $350. (HALF of that total was for the Ikea dresser update!)

Here’s my entire cost breakdown. I want to be transparent about this, because you rarely see the cost behind images on Instagram or Pinterest or in the magazines. Instead of feeling bad that your house can’t look like an editorial spread, just remember that a high-end throw pillow can cost $100 or more! Remember that when you see a “perfect” bed or couch that is covered in a throw pillow army (that may cost a few hundred dollars, not including the designer couch!)

Master Bedroom and Sunroom Update Budget:

$40 – Fabric for pillows

$30 – Indigo throw

$10 – Craft paint for the mural

$20 – Quart of paint for accent wall

$30 – Gallon of white paint for the sunroom

$20- Quart of paint for sunroom ceiling

$5- Small can of black paint for window sashes

$150 – Ikea Tarva dresser

$25- Hardware for Ikea dresser

$5 – Small can of stain for dresser

$15 – Frames for vintage maps

Total: $350


The $70 I spent on the fabric and indigo throw was the majority of my “fun money” I saved up to spend when I went to New York City. We actually already had the black paint for the windows and the white paint I used on the sunroom walls and trim, and the ceiling paint is leftover from when I painted my office. I still wanted to share all of those things in my budget breakdown because we bought them at one point or another (even if it was spread out over a few months).

I hope that by being transparent about the cost of this update, I can encourage you that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to love your space. I must confess that the total of $350 feels very excessive to me, but every item we purchased for this space (whether paint, furniture, or decor) was intentionally and thoughtfully selected, and we won’t be changing it anytime soon! I am all about affordable decor and resourceful decorating, but at the end of the day, stuff costs money. It just does. I like to prioritize using what we already own (which is composed of secondhand furniture, thrifted decor, furniture handed down from family, and a handful of Target and Ikea items) Updating this space wasn’t necessary, but it has been an exciting and enjoyable process for me and I am incredibly thankful that we have the resources to make our house a special and beautiful home.


Thank you so much for following along with my first One Room Challenge journey, and don’t forget to check out the amazing transformations from the other Featured Designers and Guest Participants!

With so much love, 

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Want to see more of my room transformations?

Before & After: A Bright, Affordable DIY Kitchen Update

Vintage Modern Guest Retreat

Don’t forget to follow along on my Holland Avenue Home Instagram for daily snapshots of life, resourceful decorating tips, and encouragement towards thoughtful homemaking.



17 thoughts on “Cozy Eclectic Master Bedroom Before & After: One Room Challenge Week 6

  1. This is stunning, Avery. Well done. The mural is the show stopper for sure, but I also love the pretty way you mixed prints on the bed. It’s all so pretty!

  2. I adore this! Will you come to Minnesota and paint a mural for me? I have a wall in my office but none of this kind of talent…And I’m curious, have you put the big chair back? I’d love to see it if so, because I totally understand wanting the comfort factor. And I bet with the right light colored throw and pillows, it could look good too. Show us if you did please! 🙂

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  4. Julie G

    Hi there! What a beautiful job you did! Just gorgeous. The colors are wonderful. Can you tell me about the live-edge bench at the end of the bed? Where was that bought? Thank you!

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