Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

March 22, 2011

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…

Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

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!

Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

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!

Budget Bedroom in Fresh Green and White

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)


  • Reply Lana March 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    The drawers on the wall are wonderful! This room looks so comfortable and relaxing.

  • Reply Renee March 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    What a great space! I love that it’s warm but has a touch of an industrial feel. And that chest is incredible!

  • Reply Maria Kallin March 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    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…

  • Reply Jillian March 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    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.

  • Reply miri March 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

    This is so inspiring! Well done!

  • Reply Retromodgirl March 23, 2011 at 12:24 am

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

  • Reply Victoria Klein March 23, 2011 at 12:28 am

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

  • Reply Retromodgirl March 23, 2011 at 12:36 am

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

  • Reply Marni March 23, 2011 at 12:52 am

    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!

  • Reply cathie March 23, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Absolutely beautiful in the fact that it’s all about Marlise and Benjamin. Their decorating style is, as you say, “Spot on”!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente March 23, 2011 at 1:12 am

    So great! A lovely & serene bedroom and amazing that they did it all on a budget. Inspiring and so lovely….

  • Reply Lisa March 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Green adds life to everything it touches. Just gorgeous!


  • Reply Jessa March 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Love this room!!! Perfection! xx

  • Reply Katie Truelove March 23, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Absolutely beautiful! My favorite colors:) I love the artwork above the bed too!

  • Reply Brett March 23, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Beautiful! So soothing. I love the rustic floor and the soft green of the bedding. Nice touch to have a matching pet bed :)

  • Reply Adrienne Audrey March 23, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Looks great! Very inspiring!

  • Reply Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely March 23, 2011 at 3:04 am

    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!

  • Reply Sarah March 23, 2011 at 3:22 am

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

  • Reply A la mode Maven March 23, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Awesome room!!

  • Reply Rebecca March 23, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I love this room. It’s so bright and comforting and fresh!

  • Reply meenal @ maison marigold March 23, 2011 at 5:22 am

    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

  • Reply ArticulateArt March 23, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Love the white drawers and the wooden floors~

  • Reply Penelope@thirdroomstudio March 23, 2011 at 7:19 am

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

  • Reply juliette March 23, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Loving that dresser! (and missing Craigslist and wishing good, affordable local flea markets were closer to me!)

  • Reply tinajo March 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Oh it´s wonderful and creative in every way – well done! :-)

  • Reply Traveling Mama March 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I absolutely love it! It’s so modern and sophisticated yet modern and classy. So inspiring!

  • Reply Angela Steyn March 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

    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

  • Reply tayler March 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    i love the all white/ naturall styling of interiors. Definitely something I will be going for in my future apartment

  • Reply vosgesparis March 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

    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 ;)

  • Reply Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking March 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Adore the artwork above the bed! The whole space is really fresh and vibrant!

  • Reply Fenny March 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    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 :)

  • Reply Gaelan @ Uschi and Kay March 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    This is so beautiful. I think this room would be so peaceful and relaxing to wake up in.

  • Reply julie @ hazel & hunter March 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    gorgeous, i love all the interesting textures!

  • Reply Leanda March 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    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!!

  • Reply Ginger March 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    What a beautiful retreat. So peaceful and pretty. I love it.

  • Reply Kate @ Travelmoon March 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I love a good house tour…especially from my native San Diego! Looks very serene!

  • Reply Diane @ home sweet homemade March 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I love this feature – very inspiring. looks like a real home. Looks a lot like MY home! I’m totally in this vibe.

  • Reply nancy @ {COZAMIA} March 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

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

  • Reply Rachael March 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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

  • Reply laura evans March 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    breath taking!

  • Reply brittni: papernstitch March 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    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!

  • Reply On A Day In November March 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    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.

  • Reply Alyssa March 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

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

  • Reply Isabel Pavia March 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    What a wonderful space!!! love it.

  • Reply London Lisbonite March 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    So impressed with the diy, putting down my own floorboards and hoping that they look that good

  • Reply Marilyn March 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Love everything except the hanging light bulbs…

  • Reply meagan March 24, 2011 at 12:53 am

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

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen March 24, 2011 at 2:33 am

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

  • Reply Shivali March 24, 2011 at 4:05 am

    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…

  • Reply Irene March 24, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I LOVE the white box where the fan is located! the white chair is also very cute. Wonderful colour matching!!

  • Reply Jennifer March 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    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.

  • Reply Genevieve Gail March 29, 2011 at 12:36 am

    LOVE this room!!!

  • Reply rachel March 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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

  • Reply Giovanna O. April 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Ohhhh I love your blog so much!!!


  • Reply Vanessa V. November 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    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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