Room Design: Spend or Save Bedroom


Hi all! This week we wanted to take on a Spend or Save post, otherwise known as steal vs. splurge. In the slideshow above I have put together two collections of furnishings for an earthy neutral bedroom with some pops of color thrown in.

“The Save” was inspired by the Nate Berkus bedding from his new collection at Target. I really love the pattern and color and feel it can be put together with some other amazingly affordable pieces to create a really interesting, yet serene bedroom design. The pieces here all add up to somewhere around $3500. Not bad considering a custom designer bedroom would start at somewhere around 10X that price! The key sacrifices in this “Save” ensemble are:

  1. foregoing storage in the bedside tables, because it is really hard to get inexpensive case pieces that look designer
  2. passing on extra seating beyond benches at the foot of the bed, which requires a larger space anyway
  3. pattern in the carpet because the print on the bedding is quite bold and it is difficult to coordinate with another pattern on a limited budget
  4. a comforter rather than a removable duvet cover means less washable.

“The Spend” features bedding from my all time favorite resource for bedding and pillows, John Robshaw. I have one of his duvet covers on my bed and it has held up so beautifully for 4 years now. Overall I feel that the quality, a few one-of-a-kind pieces, and slightly more sophisticated color palette in the Spend would make a very luxurious statement. So if you can treat yourself please do!

Missing from both of these ensembles: window treatments, chest or armoire for extra storage, artwork, and other decorative accents. Nonetheless a coat of paint and the Save could really make a huge difference for you on their own. I promise!

SAVE: West Elm Headboard / Nate Berkus Bedding / West Elm Sheets / Zara Throw Blanket / Ballard Home Dresser / Crate & Barrel Plum Carpet / Ballard Home X-Bench / Serena and Lily Silver Side Tables / Nate Berkus Gold Box / Ballard Home Lamp with Woven Shade

SPEND: Oly Bed with Canopy / John Robshaw Bedding / DVF Sheets / Calypso Throw Blanket / Custom Dresser / Madeline Weinrib Silk Carpet / Hickory Chair Tufted Bench with Metal Frame / Mirrored Side Tables / Madeline Weinrib Chair / Colored Glass Lamps

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