From Cluttered to Colorful Minimalist

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Design Reveals

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When I purchased this home I knew the primary bedroom was going to be a tricky space to accomplish the look I was going for. With limited natural light, multiple doors, and low ceilings. The design challenge was real.

The Before.

Before renovations, the space was dark, cluttered, and overwhelming. The previous owner had multiple pets and the scent was pungent. Goal number one was to remove the carpet and hope to neutralize the smell of the space. With lots of labor, time, and money, I discovered the original hardwood floor underneath the carpet was going to have to be refinished. The pet stains looked like murder scenes, and that’s not my vibe. This unfortunately was NOT in the budget, but my dear old mom pitched in to make it happen. Saint.

Thankfully even though the home is older, built in the 60’s, the primary bedroom does have plenty of storage, with two large closets. Great for a single girl- a winter and summer closet. Perfect.

The Vision.

Prior to moving in, I got to work on a vision board. Vision boards are an absolute must to be able to really see the space come together. I never recommend winging a space, purchasing items as you go. While you might fall in love with one piece, the next piece you adore might not “work” with the other item you chose. A vision board is a great way to plan ahead both in the design, as well as the budget. Stay tuned for a future blog post about how to create your own. I prefer to use Canva, it’s free and very user friendly.

The floor length mirror is both beauty and function, my favorite combination. Mirrors reflect the light, which helps this one window cave brighten immensely.

Placing the bed in front a window is typically a design faux pas, however my options here were extremely limited. I opted to add tall velvet curtain panels to make the window seem larger and to distract your eye.

I partnered with Under the Canopy to get my big girl bedding of my dreams. It’s silky and buttery soft and so minimalist that I have now become a “bed maker”. Here’s to adulting!

A few hanging plants round out the corner well and remind me of life in the morning.

A formerly owned vintage dresser, with yet another vintage mirror anchors the wall across the bed. I was worried about mixing the old and new walnut stains of the bed and dresser, but somehow IT WORKS! Praise!

Rug – West Elm

Sheep Skin – Ikea

Charging Station – Amazon

Sconces – West Elm

Oil Rack – Essentially Curated

Bed – Article

Bedding, Sheets, & Throw – Under the Canopy

Curtains – Target

Curtain Rod – Target

Standing Mirror – CB2

Lumbar Pillow – Anthropologie (not exact, but similar!)

Lamp – West Elm

Jewelry Box – West Elm

Gray Hanging Planter – CB2

White Hanging Planter – CB2

Dresser & Mirror Above Dresser – Vintage

Hey there, I'm Michelle!

Interior Decorator in Austin, TEXAS

As the founder and lead interior decorator here at Cultivate Your Space, I'm here to bring you the vision your space—from the baseboards to the ceilings—even if you have no idea at all what your decorating style is.

My job isn't just to design a space you love. I want your living space to be a source of peace, comfort, security, and joy...not just somewhere you lay your head each night.

Most Austin interior decorators only focus on how your space looks—but not me. I care about both how your space functions AND how it makes you feel.

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