Like every basic white girl ever, I love redoing my bedroom decor when I move almost as much as I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes. However, I wanted to stick to a budget of $300 which I originally thought would be a challenge for what I wanted to do with my new space: Create a vanity space for makeup and hair, get high-quality and on trend bedding and pick up some modern, white end nightstand tables. No pressure, right?
My go-to when I’m in a budget crunch is to go to Goodwill, which ended up being a bust. At first, there looked like no good solution; I thought I’d have to settle for generic pieces that everyone had from Target, Ikea and Walmart or spend a lot more money than I anticipated. I got lucky and hit the jackpot by mixing and matching some trendy new looks for my bedroom:
Geometric white/silver mirror, Nebraska Furniture Mart – $19
Linnmon table top in white, IKEA – $23
Adils legs (x4), IKEA – $16
Homemade jewelry box, n/a – My dad built this for me!
Sodynee Jewelry and Cosmetic Storage 2 Piece Acrylic Makeup Organizer, $14 – Amazon
Framed photo, $9 – Bella Patina
Velvet stool, $39 – Marshalls
My favorite part of the vanity is easily the jewelry box that my dad made me, he’s a real life Ron Swanson mixed with a little Larry the Cable Guy! I can’t put a price on a gift like that, but I did have to factor the size of the jewelry box into which size of IKEA tabletop I purchased; it bumped me from the $16 size to the $22 size. The mirror was a random Nebraska Furniture Mart clearance bedroom decor find. The hardest part of setting up the vanity was deciding where to put the mirror on the wall in relation to a sitting height on my tool + not being in the way of the jewelry box. I ended up settling for it being higher than expected, and I may still move it down a bit more.
Bedding + Nightstand:
Selje Nighstand (x2), $58 – IKEA
Cream Clipped Geometric Comforter Set – Project 62™ + Nate Berkus™, $95 – Target
Black And White Cactus Throw Pillow – Room Essentials™, $14 – Target
Tommy Bahama King Size Down Pillows (x2), $19 – Marshalls
“Think Good Thoughts and Good Will Find You” wall art, n/a – Nesting Goods
I dreamed of the all white bedding of my Instagram-fueled bedroom decor dreams. With two cats and a penchant for clumsiness, I knew I wouldn’t last long with all white errrrrything on my bed. If you’re also all about your neck, your back, your Netflix and your snacks in bed, I recommend getting white bedding but with a little pattern to offset anything (aka Ritz cracker crumbs from watching Iliza’s new special in bed this morning, but who’s judging?).
On a sentimental note, I kept my “Think Good Thoughts And Good Will Find You” wall hanging above my bed. I got it a couple years ago from a local business named Nesting Goods in St. Joe while I was going through a hard time– since then, whenever I’m anxious I lay on my bed, remember how far I’ve come and remind myself that thinking good thoughts helps good find me.
Secretly (well, not anymore) I loved that my space was a mix of country and glam, with the homemade hardwood jewelry box and whiskey references nestled next to bright whites and Sephora makeup. I was able to lift up local businesses I love like Nesting Goods in St. Joe + Bella Patina in the West Bottoms in KC. What’s your favorite way to rejuvenate your bedroom decor with new, local or trendy pieces? Let me know!