This Dreary Master Bedroom Got a Glam and Perky Makeover

HGTV Magazine made this Houston bedroom look a whole lot younger.

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May 30, 2019

Photo by: Nathan Schroder

Nathan Schroder

The to-do list was loooong when Al and Hillary Caceres moved into their 1960s ranch house in 2017—most of the rooms hadn’t been redone in decades. Slowly but surely the couple checked things off: They ripped out dark wood paneling in the living spaces, redid the kitchen and updated the electrical throughout. Then they got pregnant with their third, and parenthood took priority.

“We chopped our master bedroom in half to create a nursery, which made the space look even drearier,” says Hillary. “Everything was left over from other houses we’d lived in, and nothing really fit together.”


Nathan Schroder


Nathan Schroder

Photo By: Nathan Schroder

Photo By: Nathan Schroder

HGTV Magazine brought the bedroom into 2019 with glam pieces, hits of color and perky patterns. “It’s all so much brighter and fresher now,” she says. “We finally have a place just for ourselves that feels like a treat.”

Reno Details

Photo by: Nathan Schroder

Nathan Schroder


This brushstroke-y kind in breezy colors, by Rebecca Atwood, turns the wall into modern art.


The glass doors and windows already had blinds, but the room still felt unfinished. Light teal curtains made with Smith & Noble fabric warm up the entire space.

Bed and Nightstands

A bed frame from Z Gallerie, upholstered in microfiber fabric, is chic and comfy. “We love having something soft to lean against when we’re reading before bed,” says Hillary. The watercolor-esque duvet cover, from West Elm, gives dreamy vibes. Matching mango wood nightstands from West Elm each got a pop on top: bright yellow lamps from Lamps Plus.

Ottomans and Rug

The couple’s old room was basically design by default. “We stuck the metal bench, which we’d had for ages, at the end of the bed just to have something there,” says Hillary. Considerably more contemporary (and safer for kiddie climbers): a trio of hex-shaped ottomans from Target, with storage to boot. A rug by Feizy has a simple yet energizing design.



Nathan Schroder


Nathan Schroder

Photo By: Nathan Schroder

Photo By: Nathan Schroder

New Shaker-style doors from Simpson Door Company were zinged up with chrome octagonal knobs from Emtek. Painted gray for contrast with the rest of the room, “they look cool and special, not like typical closet doors,” says Hillary.

Chair and Side Table

Photo by: Nathan Schroder

Nathan Schroder

Previously, a bulky leather chair blocked the dresser behind it, which is why Hillary and Al used it as a clothes dumping ground. Now a new stylish armchair gets to be an armchair, paired with a gold-finish side table (both from High Fashion Home). “I often sit here with a cup of coffee and take a breather,” says Hillary. The cheery art—from Drew Barrymore Flower Home—makes the spot extra welcoming.


Out: one dreary black dresser. In: a caned armoire from Urban Outfitters with shelves and a hanging bar inside. “I’d always wanted an armoire, but Al thought it would take up too much space,” says Hillary. “This one looks so airy and open that we both like it.”

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