A Forgotten Bedroom Gets a Fresh New Look

This busy couple swept their bedroom redo under the rug. So HGTV Magazine swooped in to help!


Photo by: Helen Norman

Helen Norman



Photo by: Helen Norman

Helen Norman

In the span of 14 months, Corin and Marcus Edwards got married; had their first child, Luke, now 2; and moved into a 2,200-square-foot Colonial-style home south of Baltimore, MD. That’s a lot of change in a short time, so the couple made a conscious decision not to stress about their bare-bones bedroom. “No one really sees it but us,” says Corin. “We thought it was more important to put energy into the spaces people visit, like Luke’s room and the family room.”

But they were by no means in love with the fawn-color walls, the janky DIY shutters, or the white bedroom set that Corin bought years ago at Bob’s Discount Furniture. What they wanted: a zen retreat where they could relax after a long day, catch up on emails, and watch TV. What we brought to the space: soothing colors, a stylish mix of furniture, and new shutters that actually shut.



Photo by: Helen Norman

Helen Norman

Painting the whole room — including the slanted wall and the ceiling — a grown-up shade of lavender helps disguise its unorthodox shape. Another tricky detail to contend with: the 9-foot-by-8-foot window and arch. “The shutters were here when we bought the house, and we didn’t realize until we moved in that they didn’t close properly,” says Marcus. While the new ones — a custom set by Budget Blinds — may not look drastically different, the proper fit is a life changer. Flanked with drapes made from gray cotton Spoonflower fabric, the whole wall looks softer and more sleep space-like.

Corin and Marcus enjoy the warmth of carpet, but the old one was showing wear (and the aftermath of Luke getting into Mommy’s makeup bag). So we ripped it up and replaced it with chevron-pattern wall-to-wall carpet in soft nylon. Next the furniture set was sent packing in favor of an upholstered gray bed from World Market and mismatched, multitasking bedside tables — one is a desk, the other a chest of drawers. The lumbar pillow and the chartreuse euro covers are made from Amanda Nisbet fabric.


Photo by: Helen Norman

Helen Norman

A Convenience Concepts desk and a chartreuse leather EuroStyle chair provide a place for Corin or Marcus to work on the computer in the evening. The desk also doubles as a vanity — the perfect spot for Corin to put on her makeup in the morning. 

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Photo by: Helen Norman

Helen Norman

Armchair: Astra chair, $900, bostoninteriors.com
Art: (above dresser) Party and Spring by Rebecca Atwood unframed paintings, $179 each, rebeccaatwood.com; (behind homeowners) Monday framed print, $400, bostoninteriors.com
Bed: Bryn queen linen bed, $1,000, worldmarket.com
Bedding: Queen sheet set, $149, craneandcanopy.com; Queen duvet cover, $210, graymarketdesign.com
Bench: Cortesi Home Ziggy bench, $146, overstock.com
Carpet: CCP04 Caress Final Piece carpet, $47 per square yard, shawfloors.com
Chest: Gertrude chest, from $1,198, gabbyhome.com for stores
Desk: Convenience Concepts Oslo desk, $145, wayfair.com
Desk chair: EuroStyle Isabella chair, $265, inmod.com
Drapery fabric: Anniemathews Painted Stripes fabric, $27 per yard, spoonflower.com
Dresser: Signature double dresser, from $399, davincibaby.com for stores
Dresser knobs: Hex knobs, $20 each, schoolhouseelectric.com
Lamps: (on desk) Aröd lamp, $40, IKEA stores; (on chest) Abacus lamp, $199, westelm.com
Light fixture: Portia pendant, $250, dwellstudio.com
Mirror: Libby mirror, $143, kathykuohome.com
Pillow: (on armchair) Surya Nairobi pillow, $78, rugstudio.com
Pillow fabrics: (on bed, lumbar) Amanda Nisbet Design Chip 2 fabric, $198 per yard, and (euros) Pizzeta fabric, $132 per yard, both studiofournyc.com
Shutters: Custom shutters, $1,775, budgetblinds.com
Stool: Surya Parkdale stool, $175, zincdoor.com

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