Plus a new “Design Under the Influence”

As I mentioned last week, we did a mini makeover on our master bedroom. I’ll have more “official” photos to share soon, but here’s a first look!

I wanted to change up the mood, but didn’t want to spend a ton of money. That means no new furniture. Boo. What’s left were these cost-effective steps, over a few months’ time:

#1…Throw a cowhide (IKEA!) over our old headboard

#2…Swap our duvet for a bright white one (with block print sheets from Target)

#3…Paint all the walls dark gray (Ralph Lauren’s Mombasa Mist)

#4…Move the curtain rod up, and add floor-to-ceiling Belgian linen drapes (I waited for a sale!)

#5…Hang a Sputnik chandelier for contrast (Z Gallerie, $299)

#6…Throw in a house plant for texture ($13 from our local hardware store)

(#7 is in progress…looking for a big gold mirror for over the dresser!) 


Once I get #7 done, I’ll be sure to share more! (And I realized yesterday, it will round out my “5 pieces” formula!)

In the meantime, since I’ve been obsessing over Sputnik chandeliers the past month, I thought I would make you do the same. Check out my new “Design Under the Influence” post today on these mid-century icons!


  • October 3, 2012 Reply


    I’m really loving your sputnik! The room is feeling moody and sexy. I love it!

  • October 3, 2012 Reply

    Samantha Penner

    love love love! The cowhide over your headboard is genius.

  • October 3, 2012 Reply

    Albertina || Mimosa Lane

    the sputnik looks fab!!! Will click on over to learn more. I love the price too :)

  • October 3, 2012 Reply

    Brynn {chartreuse & a twist}

    YES!!! i absolutely love these dark, sexy tones with the added airiness of white…such a lovely bedroom…i don’t think i would ever want to leave! XO brynn

  • October 3, 2012 Reply


    There is nothing like a crisp white duvet! It looks gorgeous!

  • October 3, 2012 Reply

    Naomi (Design Manifest)

    tres chic, girl! I love your spin on design. Always so clean and classic, but with a definite edge. I dig the cowhide.

  • October 3, 2012 Reply


    Looks great E! I’ve been looking for a reasonable Sputnik for our entryway forever, I can’t wait to look this up.

  • October 3, 2012 Reply

    The NOW

    UGH!!! SO GOOD!!!

  • October 5, 2012 Reply


    This is awesome! That print above your bed is the best. Where is that from/who is the artist?

  • October 13, 2012 Reply


    Where did you get the duvet and throw pillow?

    • October 14, 2012 Reply

      that girl

      Hi Brooke, the duvet was bought in a One Kings Lane sale, and the pillow is from West Elm (silver snakeskin with linen back).

  • October 25, 2012 Reply


    I would also love to know where the painting over the bed is from. It is fantastic!

    • January 16, 2013 Reply

      that girl

      Hi Beth, it’s from a few years back, Z Gallerie.

  • November 3, 2012 Reply


    Love the painting! Where is it from???

  • February 5, 2013 Reply


    Hi there! Love your room! I have a question for your window treatments.. did you use sheers and a double rod? Thanks

  • July 22, 2013 Reply


    I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much
    more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often.
    Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Great work!

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