Posters taped on the wall with blue tape? Check. Neon-patterned fleece duvet cover? Nightstands that we got for free that match literally nothing in our apartment? Double check. My husband and I are 32 and, until just a few days ago, our bedroom still looked pretty darn close to a college dorm room. College ended 10 years ago! Not only are we grown-ups but we鈥檙e married ones, and it鈥檚 high time our bedroom got an upgrade. Or at the very least, a headboard.


Earlier this month we kicked off our very first home makeover series and, #humblebrag, my apartment is the one getting totally transformed! We鈥檝e teamed up with Lowe鈥檚 to show all y鈥檃ll a whole bunch of different ways to transform your space without breaking the bank or breaking any walls ;) Whether you鈥檙e moving into a brand new place or are just ready to grow up your space, follow along for tons of tips on how to create a home that reflects your style. It鈥檚 all about coordinating the old with the new, the patterned with printed and making sure that your home really feel likes YOU. Best of all, all of the updates we鈥檒l be making are renter-friendly and designed to work in even the smallest apartments.


So far, we鈥檝e shown you how to prep for a DIY makeover, transformed part of my hallway into a mudroom and added tons of color, plants and storage to my two bathrooms. Now, it鈥檚 time for one of the most important spaces in the house: the bedroom. It鈥檚 where you start and end your day and should be a place that is calm, comforting and clutter-free.


1. Pick a Color Palette: You鈥檝e decided that it鈥檚 finally time to make your room actually look like an adult (or two!) lives in it. Though you don鈥檛 need to stick too strictly to it, it鈥檚 important to pick a color palette and general design theme. Creating a Pinterest board that includes colors, furniture and other decorative elements is a great place to start. You can check out my Apartment Makeover pinboard here. My husband David and I wanted our room to be a place of relaxation, so we chose cool tones that remind us of the ocean. We painted the walls a slightly muted version of your typical sky blue, specifically Open Seas from Lowe鈥檚 collaboration with HGTV HOME鈩 by Sherwin-Williams. (Note: the exact color is CP 02 Open Seas SW 6500.)


2. Personalize Your Headboard With Paint: Speaking of paint, how about personalizing your headboard? In our case, the first step was actually acquiring a headboard! We hit up Lowe鈥檚 to find a simple white headboard. Next, it鈥檚 time to paint. No matter what design or color you want to paint, we鈥檝e got a major pro tip for you!


If you paint directly on the smooth white surface, the paint will peel right off. And now comes the hack: for this headboard, we simply turned the main panel over and painted on the cork surface. It absorbed the paint easily, and still fit perfectly into the headboard frame. I wanted to create a simple two-tone look, since I knew the bedding and pillows would be patterned. Check out the quick and easy DIY steps below.


鈥 light teal paint (FF 07 Tame Teal SW 6757)

鈥 deep teal paint (GS 20 Intense Teal SW 6943)

鈥 paint brush

鈥 painter鈥檚 tape



1. Flip the main panel of your headboard over, so you can paint on the cork side.

2. Place your painter鈥檚 tape diagonally about 1/3 of the way across your board.

3. Paint your lighter color first. For us, it took 3 coats to get a smooth finish. Let the paint completely dry.

4. Place a piece of painter鈥檚 tape along the same diagonal, but allow a small sliver of the first color to show 鈥 this will ensure you have a seamless line.

5. Paint your darker color. Again, this took 3 coats to get a smooth finish. Let dry and you鈥檙e done.




Above the bed, we鈥檝e got garlands for days! I handmade this epically long tassel garland as the photo booth backdrop at my wedding. It鈥檚 so rewarding to find a permanent place for it two years later. Bonus: It鈥檚 VERY earthquake-friendly which is pretty dang important here in San Francisco.


3. Cozy Up to Brand New Bedding: Now that you鈥檝e got a stylin鈥 headboard, how鈥檚 about we upgrade that bedding? Though I loved my super colorful bedspread (so much that we actually used it as the backdrop in our Save the Date video!), it didn鈥檛 convey the feeling of calm that both of us were looking for. It also felt very Anj and not very David, and the bedroom is definitely a place that should be about both of us! We found this less colorful but still super fun set of bedding that coordinates beautifully with the rest of the room. Choosing a bedspread that is predominantly white also made our room feel a heck of a lot bigger!


4. Choose Nightstands for Style *and* Storage: As I mentioned earlier, up until now our nightstands were ones that we got for free from a friend who was moving. While they weren鈥檛 the worst, they certainly didn鈥檛 do us any favors in the storage department. In the interest of cutting down on all the different textures and colors in the room, we chose a pair of simple white nightstands that include both a drawer and a cabinet.


Gotta love the his and hers vibe ;)


5. Save Space With Wall Sconces: If you鈥檙e tight on space in the bedroom, it鈥檚 a good idea to reconsider your lighting. Lamps take up a lot of valuable surface area on your nightstand, and you might be able to install wall sconces or switch to floor lamps. Once you evaluate, make sure to check with your landlord to see if you can install electrical connections for lights 鈥 or just go with the floor lamp or clip lamp option.


6. Hang Your Clothes Like a Grown-Up: Still treasuring the wire hangers you get from the dry cleaner? It鈥檚 time to grow up and it鈥檚 also time to purge. To truly makeover our bedroom, we couldn鈥檛 simply add paint and new decor, we had to take things out of the room. Since we had to pack up all of our clothes to paint the space, we took a cold hard look at my husband鈥檚 10 navy blue hoodies and at my 8 pairs of black booties 鈥 and we ended up donating 12 bags of clothing, shoes and accessories to charity.


Now, about those hangers. Step 1: Get wooden, flocked or at the very least plastic hangers so that your clothes will actually last without weird pointy creases in the shoulders. Step 2: Return your wire hangers to your dry cleaner 鈥 they will appreciate them!


While you鈥檙e at it, go ahead and add a few double clothes hooks on the wall for things that you access on the daily. This is also a great place to hang up an outfit the night before an early flight or meeting.


7. Color Organize Your Closet: With your hangers in place, it鈥檚 time to organize the closet. While my husband David鈥檚 shirts don鈥檛 vary a ton in color, my shirts, dresses and skirts definitely do. Rainbow organization to the rescue!


8. Minimize Clutter With a Shoe Rack: Downsizing your shoe collection is not enough: You also need to organize it so your shoes don鈥檛 get scuffed just sitting there. I tended to just pile as many shoes as possible on the floor, but employing a simple white metal shoe rack is a great way to evaluate what shoes you need to have access to on a daily basis.


9. Store Seasonal Items Under the Bed: And for those shoes you don鈥檛 use on the daily (or weekly)? Under the bed! (Psst: Head here to see how to make your own rolling under-the-bed drawers!)


10. Customize Your Curtains: Or in my case, curtain! Our apartment came with a dark brown curtain that we had to hem using duct tape. How janky is that? To go with the calm blue theme, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to bring indigo-dyed linens into the mix. Any white cotton curtain is a good base to start with 鈥 then all you need is indigo dye.


Head here to get the full tutorial. And don鈥檛 be surprised if you find yourself dyeing everything in sight using indigo dye. The great thing about this type of dye is that you get a completely unique result every time 鈥 it combines the beauty of tie dye with a limited color palette that makes everything look more refined.


11. Add in Minimal Decor and Wall Art: It鈥檚 important to me that the bedroom stays relatively clutter-free, but you don鈥檛 want your space to feel like a totally impersonal hotel room. David and I hung up two framed prints of sailing races, gifted to us by his aunt. On the dresser, we鈥檝e got tons of books, a few framed photos and hearty winter plants that do well with minimal light. We picked up our plants and ceramic planters at Lowe鈥檚 here in SF.


And there you have it, a room that looks nothing like a dorm room and a whole lot like a beautifully designed bedroom. I can鈥檛 say the shoes will always stay on the rack, but I鈥檒l do my best ;)


Sweet dreams!

Be sure to follow my apartment makeover series over the next few weeks 鈥 we鈥檝e still got four more rooms to transform!

This post is a collaboration with Lowe鈥檚.

Styling and Production: Anjelika Temple, Kelly Bryden, Brittany Griffin
Photography: Chris Andre