Master Bedroom Mood Board

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We kind of have a weird thing going on with our bedroom situation.  Our real master is downstairs; once Henry was moved to his Big Boy Room, we moved into the guest room upstairs.  Then, when I got really pregnant, I started to snore all night long, so the Husband moved back downstairs while I stayed upstairs.  When Claire was little, we continued sleeping in different rooms just to maximize everyone’s sleep (he’d get up early with Henry; I’d handle all of the baby’s wakeups).   So for over a year, I’ve been sleeping in a “master” filled with mismatched hand-me-down furniture. 


Not exactly the master retreat one dreams about!


But about two months ago, Claire moved out and the Husband moved back upstairs.  So we’ve been talking about doing up the upstairs master to make it into more of a “retreat.”  Our goal was to make it look like a hotel room!


Here’s what we’re envisioning…

bedroom retreat

A gray upholstered KING-SIZED (!!!) wingback tufted bed

Gray walls with one darker gray accent wall

Pretty blue side tables

A chandelier <—I’m thinking of doing this IKEA hack to save money

Colorful artwork (from Home Goods)

A white frame collage wall of family pictures

Mercury glass lamps, perhaps like these beauties

Big, fluffy ALL WHITE bed linens <—for that maximum hotel feel


So far, we have the bed, linens, and paintings.  We’ve painted the room, and the bed and tables are being delivered soon.  I can’t wait to see it all come together!


Speaking of shopping…


As part of my White Plum partnership, I’m excited to tell you guys about this contest!  Enter to win a FREE SUMMER WARDROBE (valued at $1200) from White Plum.  Giveaway runs from May 27 – June 8, and to enter, simply click the image above or this link and follow the instructions.  Good luck!


What is the best part of your bedroom?



  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 27, 2015, 8:09 am

    We have a weird master bedroom situation as well. When we moved into our house, we made our bedroom the guest room because we want to re-do the master bathroom. But the project is kind of on hold… for who knows how long. Our current bedroom (the guest room) is still way bigger than our room at our last house, so we’re not really in a rush. It just seems like a waste of a nice master bedroom haha.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul May 27, 2015, 8:18 am

    That bedroom mood board is gorgeous! I’d love a room to look just like that! 😀

  • Amanda @ Slimplify Life May 27, 2015, 8:28 am

    I am moving to Seattle in July and told myself the #1 thing I want for my bedroom is a beautiful headboard – I think it makes the room! Love the one you picked out, gorgeous!

    Have a great day!!

  • Liz May 27, 2015, 9:08 am

    Hi Caitlin, I’m from Europe so I’m wondering what you mean by “master bedroom”. Is it the biggest one or just the parent’s room? I like the idea of a mood board- have to keep it in mind for our future home. Until now we rent. What I like most is our big bed 180x200cm and the little lights directly in the ceiling with a dim-function, so nice. From bright light to softt dimmed light, like stars in the sky 🙂

    • Caitlin May 27, 2015, 11:20 am

      Master Bedroom is generally the biggest one, but it also may be the one with double closets or a bathroom attached – basically the bedroom for the adults.

  • Elizabeth Beil May 27, 2015, 9:12 am

    I am no interior designer but I do enjoy decorating and shopping for home goods! I loved seeing all of your new edition! I have an old window in our bedroom which I made into more of a picture by adding old postcards to it. I love it!

  • Adrienne May 27, 2015, 9:16 am

    Oooh, that bedroom is going to be so luxurious. I love the painting!

  • MeaganS May 27, 2015, 9:24 am

    Love the mood board. I need to completely overhaul our master as well (we’re using mismatched hand-me-down ugly furniture and the walls are a dull yellow from the previous owner). I’m still inspired by Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in the Sex and the City movie:

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H May 27, 2015, 9:36 am

    that mood board looks so good!

  • Brynn May 27, 2015, 9:42 am

    Stunning! I cannot believe you’ve made it a year (through pregnancy and postpartum) on an air mattress. Love the inspirations – especially the vibe.

    • Caitlin May 27, 2015, 11:20 am

      oh no, i had a real mattress, thank god!

  • Reenie May 27, 2015, 9:59 am
  • Jessi May 27, 2015, 10:59 am

    I love that bed! Just gorgeous!

    Best of luck to you with the white bed linens! I love the look of white linens too so registered for a bunch when the Hus and I got married … but they are so hard to keep that pretty white! I don’t know how hotels do it! I’ve tried so many ways of washing them to keep their whiteness, but it just seems like they’re determined to fade grayish or yellowish. We’ve decided to switch to a darker gray.

  • Devon May 27, 2015, 12:23 pm

    My fiance (at the time; now husband) and I did the same thing with our bedroom, and we do call our bed a “hotel bed”! We bought a California King mattress, which seemed HUGE at the time, but is so wonderful now because we never accidentally wake each other up, and a really affordable bed frame from Costco. Our all-white sheets and huge, fluffy comforter completed the “hotel bed” feel. When we went on our honeymoon, the fancy hotel we stayed at had the exact same sheets we do at home, so we really do have a hotel bed! 🙂 You’ll love it. Enjoy!

  • Kate @KateMovingForward May 27, 2015, 1:14 pm

    I LOVE all your picks! Our master is not very retreat like either right now, more like a messy holding spot for garage sale crap! My favorite thing though is our big fluffly bright yellow comforter….it makes me happy!

  • Sagan May 27, 2015, 3:35 pm

    I like the idea of putting together a mood / vision board before even starting to make changes. Great way to figure out what you really want out of it!

    Since we live in an open-concept condo, our “bedroom” is essentially just a bed with a night table on each side, ha. But I like it 🙂

  • Gina May 27, 2015, 3:51 pm

    You’ve totally inspired me! Our bedroom is so blah!! We have no headboard or artwork or anything. We do have matching dressers that I love from Ikea but that’s about all I like in our bedroom. I think sprucing it up needs to be our next project. I really want it to feel calming and like a retreat.

  • Hannah May 27, 2015, 9:26 pm

    I’m really impressed that you handled all the wake ups on your own. My husband and I tag team every single one! He gets and unswaddles baby, I get set up and nurse one side, he burps, changes diaper and swaddles, I nurse the next side, and then he puts baby back down. We need to simifly this routine! I just hate climbing in and out of the rocker while holding him.. It’s hard for me to do gently. Any suggestions?!
    Oh, and we don’t have a defined master- we live in a 2 bedroom apartment and have a double bed in both rooms, we have switched rooms 4 times in 3 years! We are currently sleeping in the “baby room”.

    • Caitlin May 28, 2015, 7:27 am

      How old is your baby? I would not change him during every wake up. I don’t change Claire’s pee diapers unless it’s really heavy. Diapers are so effective at keeping them dry! Also, this is crazy (I know) but I climb into Claire’s crib and nurse her laying down. So much less disturbing for her haha! I did this with Henry too and the crib is still standing, so…. Also around 3-4 months you will be able to stop the burping thing most likely. Thank god because it’s the worst!

      • Hannah May 29, 2015, 11:19 am

        He is 8 weeks. Omg, I’m dying over here imaging you climbing into the crib!! How amazing… The thing that mamas will do, huh?! We mostly cosleep anyway, I need to get better at nursing lying down. We have been battling nonstop diaper rash- I can’t wait to have that under control and lay off on all those extra changes!! Thanks!

      • Lynne May 29, 2015, 8:35 pm

        Really? You don’t change Claire’s diaper each time she pees? I can’t imagine this in my head. Okay, I’ve never had children and am probably more approaching the day when I need Depends than I would need a diaper, but I know that I would not want to wait to change my Depends until it was “really heavy.” Doesn’t she get uncomfortable or smelly?

        • Caitlin May 30, 2015, 8:56 pm

          As babies get older, they eat less frequently and go longer without soaking diapers. So her nighttime diapers are usually not heavy. If it’s heavy, I change. But a lot of first time moms think you have to change every diaper when it has a drop of pee in it! That’s silly to me and not worth waking up a baby. Claire hasn’t had a diaper rash since she was a newborn so it’s clearly not a problem.

  • Lynne May 27, 2015, 10:37 pm

    The best part of my bedroom is my 115 lb dog on my bed at night!
    So, with that being said, good luck on the all white bed linens. You have two dogs and two toddlers. I just have to assume when you called it a “retreat” that the dogs and kiddos won’t be allowed in! Otherwise … upkeep nightmare time! 🙂

  • Kari May 28, 2015, 2:11 pm

    I find white linens easy to keep looking fresh and new. I just use a little bleach in each wash.

  • Amanda May 28, 2015, 3:07 pm

    I love the items you’ve posted. Especially those lamps!! And omg that chandelier.

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