I’ve been saying for about three years that I really need to decorate our bedroom.

You know, basically since we had an “our bedroom.”

In my defense, I’ve tried. I’ve made loads of plans, even bought a few different bedspreads, but for whatever reason, the room never came together. Part of the problem was that it also doubled as storage since apartments never seem to have enough closets.

Lately, though, I’ve finally gotten to a point where I’ve simplified our belongings enough that pretty much everything has it’s own place, and I even found a look I loved online that I worked to recreate. Plus, a week off of work over the holidays to actually accomplish my lofty goals didn’t hurt.

The room isn’t totally done (I’m thinking of changing the curtains, and I have a picture I want to get blown up to poster-size for the wall), but for the first time, it looks like someone actually put some thought into it. Which obviously means I have to share it with all of you.

For reference, here’s what it looked like before.

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Yikes, right? I’m a bit mortified to even share these. To be fair, I’m pretty sure I was also going through our closets that day. But seriously, we lived like that for at least a week or two.

Here’s what it looks like now:

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Isn’t that just a breath of fresh air after the “before” photos?

Besides finally clearing out all those clothes (thereby creating more space to store what we actually need to keep), I also adjusted the layout by moving our full-length mirror over by the window. Not only did this give me the space to put our laundry hamper behind the doors where it doesn’t have to be the first thing you see, it’s also better lit for using the mirror anyway.

Then I re-framed a few of our favorite photos to create a gallery wall above the bed. Plus, I got new bedding that I am in love with. (Product sources below.)

I feel like I’m finally getting closer to that goal of a grown-up bedroom. Is it too late to add that to my list of goals for the year?

Resource guide:Duvet cover/shams: Signature Stripe Duvet Set in Navy from One Kings Lane
Floral throw pillows: Olive and Garden on Etsy (no longer available, but the fabric is Waverly Formosa)
Bed Frame and Dresser: PB Teen (literally the bed I had when I was a teen)
Mirror: IKEA
White picture frames: IKEA
Deer Head: Z Gallerie (I told a few people it was from West Elm, and I realized when writing this post I was wrong. Sorry, guys! This just shows you how long ago it was that I ordered the dang thing.)

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