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Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

Love green and white? Need bedroom decorating inspiration? Looking to give your sleeping quarters a spring makeover? I have a great budget bedroom to share with you today that decor8 reader Marlise Kast-Myers wants to share with you. She wrote in from San Diego to tell me about her recent decorating project — her five bedroom home! When you think about decorating such a large space, you instantly imagine investing thousands of dollars and going wayyyy outside of your budget, don’t you? Think again…

Marlise was determined to stay within budget so she was smart about it — she did a lot of her own work alongside her husband, graphic designer Benjamin Myers. Together, they installed floors from Lumber Liquidators, made their own light fixtures, Benjamin made the framed art and the work above the bed. They also handcrafted their bed frame and headboard and sourced for furniture at antique/vintage shops and craigslist. For a personal touch, because every room decorated from scratch needs a few items that connect you with cherish people or memories, Marlise incorporated a special trunk given to her by her parents to serve as both functional and beautiful storage. The entire renovation of their five-bedroom home was under $4,000 and their bedroom was less than half of that!

Going for a vintage modern vibe, Marlise explains her jumping off point for her bedroom, “Our inspiration came from the boutique hotels we have visited around the world. Ben is naturally artistic so sometimes it is difficult for me to see his vision until it all comes together. I sort of go along for the ride! He loves the clean fresh look of white with only a splash of one other soft color so we tried to keep the room somewhat minimal so that the design could speak for itself.” It’s not surprise that Marlise has stayed in a lot of hotels — she has co-authored several travel books including many Fodor’s guides!

One her favorite pieces in the room is the mint green metal steamer trunk that carried her grandparent’s belongings when they migrated from Africa to the United States, you can see a peek of it above. I love the patina. The antique tiered dresser is gorgeous too and I like how they cleverly used vintage printing press drawers as statement art over their bed. Her husband is a fan of green so he opted to paint some of the squares in the drawers in green to tie in with the trunk. An old metal fan, other shabby worn trunks with handwriting on them in black ink, sheep skins from IKEA, candles, and soft flowing drapes give the room a warm, tactile feeling. The various tones of white that are used range from pure white to cream so the room is not at all stark but warm and inviting. This budget bedroom looks lovely and proves that you don’t have to sacrifice style to stay within your budget. Beautiful!

(Images: dna wylie photography)

Posted by decor8 in Rooms on March 22, 2011

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  1. Lana commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:03pm

    The drawers on the wall are wonderful! This room looks so comfortable and relaxing.
    Lana´s last blog post ..Lucky in Love No7 Heart in Hand Love Token for Engagement- Wedding- or Anniversary

  2. Renee commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:08pm

    What a great space! I love that it’s warm but has a touch of an industrial feel. And that chest is incredible!
    Renee´s last blog post ..Current Obsession- Floppy Hats

  3. Maria Kallin commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:18pm

    Such a beautiful bedroom, wonderful white and green tones together and oh how I love that fan :) This is really inspiring, since we are trying to redecorate our own bedroom right now…

  4. Jillian commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:25pm

    I really like how relaxed and comfortable this room feels. And, the rustic/vintage touches add so much character and texture. I am pretty sure we used the same wood floors in our house, and they are just gorgeous.

  5. miri commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 12:01am

    This is so inspiring! Well done!
    miri´s last blog post ..spring! spring! spring!

  6. Retromodgirl commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 12:24am

    What a dreamy, romantic retreat! I love all the personalized antiques + how they balance the crisp white bedding + drapes. Very lovely + inviting!

  7. Victoria Klein commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 12:28am

    Ga-ga-gorgeous … and super-thrifty too :)

  8. Retromodgirl commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 12:36am

    Very lovely + inviting! The personalized antiques contrast nicely with the crisp white bedding + drapes. Love the industrial-chic light fixtures, trunks, + fan, too!

  9. Marni commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 12:52am

    Wow, I love all of the hard work they put into the space. The mix of green with the wood and the shades of whites feels so cozy but cohesive. Beautiful!
    Marni´s last blog post ..Zipper Pouch- Pink and Green Cockleshells- size small waterproof wet bag

  10. cathie commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 1:04am

    Absolutely beautiful in the fact that it’s all about Marlise and Benjamin. Their decorating style is, as you say, “Spot on”!
    cathie´s last blog post ..Exercise new ideas

  11. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 1:12am

    So great! A lovely & serene bedroom and amazing that they did it all on a budget. Inspiring and so lovely….
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Cheap &amp Chic

  12. Lisa commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 1:16am

    Green adds life to everything it touches. Just gorgeous!

    Lisa´s last blog post ..Psychedelic Dreamcatchers

  13. Jessa commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 1:37am

    Love this room!!! Perfection! xx

  14. Katie Truelove commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 1:42am

    Absolutely beautiful! My favorite colors:) I love the artwork above the bed too!
    Katie Truelove´s last blog post ..Free Foxy Printable Bookmarks here from Sharon Rowan—

  15. Brett commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 2:29am

    Beautiful! So soothing. I love the rustic floor and the soft green of the bedding. Nice touch to have a matching pet bed :)
    Brett´s last blog post ..Orange County Register on I Dream of France

  16. Adrienne Audrey commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 2:37am

    Looks great! Very inspiring!
    Adrienne Audrey´s last blog post ..Spring- Sprang- Sprung- Flower bombing the yard

  17. Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:04am

    Wow, gorgeous room, I adore how they have decorated it and so excited to learn they did it all on a budget! Thank you for sharing this inspiring space!
    Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely´s last blog post ..Starting to feel a lot like Autumn

  18. Sarah commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:22am

    Really love it! Such a lovely and serene space :)

  19. A la mode Maven commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:34am

    Awesome room!!
    A la mode Maven´s last blog post ..Imaginary Nursery- one day shop!

  20. Rebecca commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:00am

    I love this room. It’s so bright and comforting and fresh!
    Rebecca´s last blog post ..Soap Spitters for Soap Fans!

  21. meenal @ maison marigold commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:22am

    what a beautiful fresh home…with lovely personal touches all around…its true love often does a better job than money when making a house a home! thanks for sharing, Holly! xx meenal
    meenal @ maison marigold´s last blog post ..A whimsical wonderland

  22. ArticulateArt commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:42am

    Love the white drawers and the wooden floors~
    ArticulateArt´s last blog post ..Pull &amp Bear for Men

  23. Penelope@thirdroomstudio commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:19am

    A really comfortable vibe to this place, stylish but very liveable.

  24. juliette commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 8:15am

    Loving that dresser! (and missing Craigslist and wishing good, affordable local flea markets were closer to me!)
    juliette´s last blog post ..German DIY e-mag- Eigenwerk

  25. tinajo commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 8:20am

    Oh it´s wonderful and creative in every way – well done! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..My true style

  26. Traveling Mama commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 8:29am

    I absolutely love it! It’s so modern and sophisticated yet modern and classy. So inspiring!
    Traveling Mama´s last blog post ..inspiring me today- Emily Henderson

  27. Angela Steyn commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:02am

    Ooooooo, those trunks have got my name written ALL over them! I’m addicted to vintage trunks in a bad, bad way… so much so that you literally have to climb over them to make your way around our tiny apartment! Great decorating job.

    Angela x

  28. tayler commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:26am

    i love the all white/ naturall styling of interiors. Definitely something I will be going for in my future apartment
    tayler´s last blog post ..Back In P-Town

  29. vosgesparis commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:46am

    I am strongly thinking about adding a little colour to my home but can;t really decide on what it should be ;/ love the little green touches but it would not work here chez moi ;)
    vosgesparis´s last blog post ..My home in IKEA Family Live magazine

  30. Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 1:07pm

    Adore the artwork above the bed! The whole space is really fresh and vibrant!
    Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking´s last blog post ..Bonjour Cheri!

  31. Fenny commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 1:43pm

    This post is really benefit me personally. We will move to our new condo in the two months times And am constantly looking for an idea for my dressing table. I like it to be modern vintage but not too expensive too. With this inspiration I can use my existing vintage trunks n just bought big mirror custom frame it with rough wood. Lovely :)

  32. Gaelan @ Uschi and Kay commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 2:59pm

    This is so beautiful. I think this room would be so peaceful and relaxing to wake up in.
    Gaelan @ Uschi and Kay´s last blog post ..Real Wedding- Ashley and Craig’s Barn Wedding part 2

  33. julie @ hazel & hunter commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:19pm

    gorgeous, i love all the interesting textures!
    julie @ hazel & hunter´s last blog post ..les nomades

  34. Leanda commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:26pm

    Very inspiring and just goes to show what a little creative thought can produce for next to nothing! I love green and white, so fresh… and that trunk! Beautiful!!
    Leanda´s last blog post ..thank you

  35. Ginger commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:28pm

    What a beautiful retreat. So peaceful and pretty. I love it.
    Ginger´s last blog post ..Rosemary Topiary

  36. Kate @ Travelmoon commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:05pm

    I love a good house tour…especially from my native San Diego! Looks very serene!
    Kate @ Travelmoon´s last blog post ..Monday Escapes

  37. Diane @ home sweet homemade commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:15pm

    I love this feature – very inspiring. looks like a real home. Looks a lot like MY home! I’m totally in this vibe.
    Diane @ home sweet homemade´s last blog post ..port of Sendai – sobering images

  38. nancy @ {COZAMIA} commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:46pm

    Okay, I would so love to wake up…and stay in bed in this place! So fresh and peaceful, love it.

  39. Rachael commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:01pm

    This is a beautiful space – I absolutely love the floors and the old books.

  40. laura evans commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:19pm

    breath taking!
    laura evans´s last blog post ..the macaron – whimsical fine art photography – 8×8

  41. brittni: papernstitch commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:08pm

    eeek! what an insanely lovely space. i don’t typically go for such a “shabby chic” vintage vibe- but i absolutely love everything about this space. thanks for sharing it holly!
    brittni: papernstitch´s last blog post ..Sitting Down with the Founder of WhipUpnet Kathreen Ricketson

  42. On A Day In November commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:36pm

    Very lovely, green and white are so light and fresh.
    For some reason the fan and trunk give me a bit of a Havana type feel!
    Very nice floor too.

  43. Alyssa commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 10:25pm

    I love it! I wish I had such great taste!

  44. Isabel Pavia commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 10:49pm

    What a wonderful space!!! love it.
    Isabel Pavia´s last blog post ..Aquellas pequeñas cosas

  45. London Lisbonite commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:27pm

    So impressed with the diy, putting down my own floorboards and hoping that they look that good
    London Lisbonite´s last blog post ..Quick crave- Wall-mounted angel wings

  46. Marilyn commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:49pm

    Love everything except the hanging light bulbs…

  47. meagan commented
    March 24th, 2011 at 12:53am

    Dear Benjamin Meyers,
    Please make that art above your bed for my house too. Please. I love it! So much!!!

    meagan´s last blog post ..West Elm is bringing it into the kitchen

  48. Kristin Johnsen commented
    March 24th, 2011 at 2:33am

    Love the printers drawers used as art – with the few spots painted green – how inventive and smart!

  49. Shivali commented
    March 24th, 2011 at 4:05am

    A calming, restful room! The light bulb lamp reminds of Jean Prouve’s Potence lamp. A lamp deconstructed to it’s most basic form…a creative way to extend your budget while incorporating a unique look…

  50. Irene commented
    March 24th, 2011 at 9:14am

    I LOVE the white box where the fan is located! the white chair is also very cute. Wonderful colour matching!!
    Irene´s last blog post ..The tourist

  51. Jennifer commented
    March 24th, 2011 at 5:55pm

    I think those may be vintage/antique typeset trays above the bed, with some of the little cubbies painted. I bought one years ago (I don’t remember where, but probably a thrift or consignment shop) and I keep spools of thread in it for color. It’s nice to look at, works as storage, and the arrangement of spools can be changed any time.

  52. Genevieve Gail commented
    March 29th, 2011 at 12:36am

    LOVE this room!!!
    Genevieve Gail´s last blog post ..Before &amp After Wooden Painting

  53. rachel commented
    March 30th, 2011 at 7:57pm

    Where did she get that Cotton Exchange Trunk? I drive by the Cotton Exchange building and bell everyday! What a wonderful piece!

  54. Giovanna O. commented
    April 16th, 2011 at 11:21pm

    Ohhhh I love your blog so much!!!


  55. Vanessa V. commented
    November 18th, 2011 at 9:19pm

    How bizarre…as I sit here reading this (now old) post, I can simply look out the window and down onto the building of the address on the trunk. I am a little weirded out by that!

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