Autumn Refresh: Bedroom Makeover Reveal!

Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock Files

It’s finally reveal day! For the past couple of months, Heather and I have been working on our homes for our Autumn Refresh series and today we’re showing off how everything came together. To give you an idea of where we started, here’s a very lackluster before:

Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover (Before) | Frock Files

And here it is post-transformation!

Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock Files

Our goal was to take the bedroom from a space we merely slept in to one that we could actually enjoy. James and I love boutique hotels, and we thought it would be luxurious if we could bring in a few of the elements we like from those rooms, while creating a functional bedroom that we can live in every day.

Although we love our condo, it really doesn’t get a ton of light except in our bedroom. Especially in the wintertime. So before the days got too short, we decided that we would go with a soft white to amplify the light as much as possible. We went over all of the walls with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, and to add depth and a bit of elegance, we painted the closet bump out Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty. After the painting was done (and let me tell you, it took us awhile!), things really started to come together.

Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock Files

Like a lot of new construction, our bedroom doesn’t have a ceiling light in it. We had two lamps but then one of them died last year and we were left with one 75-watt lamp to light the whole space! Luckily, Wayfair saved the day by sending me these gorgeous swing arm lamps. They plug in, so we can take them with us when we move on.

Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock FilesBoutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock Files

You might be able to tell from the “before” image that our night stands were way too low. It was a cool concept to begin with, but dozens of spilled water glasses and knocked over cups of coffee later, we were tired of them. As you already know, I went on the hunt for the perfect gold side table and when I didn’t find it, I hacked an almost-right one from Home Goods.

Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock Files
Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock Files

On James’ side, we created a small workspace for the days (and frequent nights) he works from home. When I moved in, James generously gave me the second bedroom (check it out here and here) to use as a home office, which left him to work from the dining room table.

But that meant lots of distractions, and too much noise during conference calls. He told me he didn’t need much room–just enough for his laptop–so I asked our favorite carpenter for help wall-mounting a piece of reclaimed wood my friend Eling had found for us. This is by far James’ favorite part of the makeover.

Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock FilesBoutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock Files

The little accessories are what really bring the space to life. We didn’t want to get rid of the carpeting but I gave it a bit of a boost by layering faux sheepskins next to the bed–which Kona promptly declared to be her new bed. At the risk of being redundant, I hung another deer hook, which is the perfect spot for scarves. The blanket from DLK gives the bed a big dose of personality and chicness. And the big mirror brings even more light into the room.

Last but not least, the painting above the bed is an original watercolor by Roger Whitlock. He’s an amazing artist (and equally amazing person) based in Honolulu. I’m a lucky girl to own two of his paintings. I love the way it helps to tie in the natural elements in the room.

Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock FilesBoutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock Files

Now that we’ve wrapped up the makeover, we spend so much more time in the bedroom. When James and I are both working from home, I like to interrupt his afternoon with a little coffee break. And on the day I shot this, I climbed into bed and took a nap right afterward. Call us hedonists–we don’t mind!

Boutique Hotel Inspired Bedroom Makeover | Frock Files

Thanks for joining us on this Autumn Refresh journey! Both Heather and I have loved the motivation that the series has given us to finish our rooms. Now, head on over to The Caterpillar Years to see Heather’s amazing home office/guest room transformation! It’s chock full of ideas for renters with nit-picky landlords and perfect for anyone expecting guests later this year.

Check out the rest of the Autumn Refresh series here.Β 

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  1. So gorgeous!! The nightstand/desk is brilliant. I can see myself using that idea in the girls’ roomβ€”perfect for books, an alarm clock AND homework πŸ™‚ The closet is my favorite part of the room. So bold yet glam. Beautiful!!

    • Thanks, Heather! The best thing about the nightstand/desk is that it can be mounted at just the right height for whomever is using it. So as the girls grow, their desks can too! Thank you for being such a wonderful partner in this series.

  2. It’s GORGEOUS. That black wall is amazing…I would have never thought to do that, but it really ties in everything without making it seem dark or heavy. And there’s that darn throw. I need.

    • I was actually a little nervous before painting the wall black–it’s a committment! But I’m thrilled with the way it turned out. As soon as we were done with it, the room felt more finished. And yes, you need the throw! πŸ™‚

  3. I love how it all came together! The black accent wall, DLK blanket and gold Wayfair lamps are so perfect for the space. Enjoy it!

    • Thanks, PJ! We really are. Sometimes, in the middle of the day, I walk in and find myself surprised that it’s so bright in there!

  4. Stunning! Dave and I are in serious need of a bedroom makeover. Wanna come over and do ours next? πŸ˜‰

  5. Your bedroom is BEAUTIFUL! I seriously want to move in. But by that of course I mean make my bedroom similar. Love all of the details here too, so wonderfully photographed πŸ™‚

    • Haha! Rachel, you’re welcome to move in with us. I think that you and I could slowly but surely transform every unit in this building into a work of art. Challenge accepted? πŸ™‚

  6. Fabulous job, Joy! I think you could have a second career as an interior designer! It’s so cute to see Kona enjoying the room makeover, too. πŸ™‚

  7. Hey, somebody needs to write to Roger and let him know he’s featured in your blog! He’ll love that.

    Beautiful makeover.

  8. I just love it! So chic and cozy.

  9. Love it!!! Where is that awesome throw from?

    • Thank you, Randi! The gorgeous throw is from My friend Kim runs the boutique there and it’s so full of awesome things!

  10. Hello! I stumbled upon your blog when I saw your mochi recipe on Pinterest and I’ve become a huge fan. Your blog design is beautiful and not to mention your new bedroom!

  11. Lookin’ good! I love the contrast of all the black elements, and those swing-arm sconces are perfect.

    • Thank you, Nicole! That means so much to me coming from such a tasteful decorator. By the way, I referred to your post on cameras and lenses before shooting this. It was a lifesaver!

  12. I love the transformation! This is great inspiration for my own home. Roger Whitlock’s paintings are amazing! (I’m from Hawaii and wasn’t expecting to see that reference from a blog link on Apartment Therapy – so cool!).

    • Aloha, Kim! What a small world. “Uncle” Roger was my mom’s English professor at the University of Hawaii, and he and “Auntie” Claudia have been friends of our family for my whole life. The Whitlocks are so wonderful and we love keeping in touch with them. Now I’m a huge fan of Roger’s artwork and I can’t get enough of it!

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