Reader Design: Kelly's Effortless Bedroom

Guys, I have a new happy place.  It’s the StyleMutt SPACES page.  I mean, would you LOOK at all that eye candy?!?  But you wanna know why it’s my favorite place – or collection of places rather?  Because of you

Seriously, this page is all you.  This gallery represents décor from all over the world, all walks of life, and all kinds of Style Mutts.  And you don’t have to be a designer, a blogger, or a betty-homemaker to join this league of extraordinary rooms!  Just use the tag #stylemuttspaces on Instagram or post to our Facebook page to enter your pics. 

Today’s reader design is from San Diego, California.  Kelly from House of Aqua started with a desk and a magazine rack and built an entire bedroom around it!


From Kelly:

Our master bedroom design was inspired by my desk nestled into the corner of our bedroom. The desk was originally in our living space but I no longer had room for it so I moved it into my daughter's room. My daughter wasn't using the desk and wanted more floor space for playing so it ended up in my room, awkwardly placed behind the bedroom door as it was the only available place in our small house to put it. I realized that if I had a stool or chair without arms it could function as a desk without interfering with the bedroom door. I've logged many hours in my cozy desk area while conducting research and writing my thesis for my graduate degree! 

Those oversized acrylic numbers once belonged to a Gas Station marquee!  Clever clever salvage.


I keep my desk supplies to a minimum by only keeping what I need so that everything fits into the shallow drawers of the desk. For example, I only keep one set of pencils and a couple of pens which are in the cup on my desk.

Our bedroom furniture it just over ten years old and I was ready to replace the set with an upholstered bed and white furniture until I thrifted a midcentury modern magazine holder that sits next to my desk.
For whatever reason that magazine rack helped me link together a design that I didn't know I wanted and helped me fall back in love with the bedroom furniture I already had.  Most of the decor is hunted down in HomeGoods and thrift stores. I find that I gravitate towards a mix of elements such as acrylic, wood, stone, and nature. I like crisp white bedding but I bring in different textures with functional pillows.

That’s funny, Thor sleeps almost exactly the same way as Emmy there…


Gah!  Where'd she find those Swiss cross sheets?!

The mirrors propped on our nightstands help to make the room feel larger by reflecting light...  We maximize storage by using the decorative vase and box to store belts on our dresser.


UGH!  More adorable terrariums!  I want them all.


Aren’t you just amazed that this whole room effortlessly started with such a relaxed workspace?!  I just wanna set up camp at this desk and blog for dayssssssss…


Thank you Kelly for opening up your home to us this Friday!  Follow Kelly (@houseofaqua) for more easy-breezy style!  And if you are on the fence about submitting your own room for your chance to be a Friday feature, then ask yourself one question: do you like what your style has to say?  If the answer is yes, then we want to hear it!  You never know who else out there will be empowered to develop their own voice...xoxo


Reader Design: Ashley's Airy Master Bedroom

Hey guys! Cheers to Friday! I'm pumped to be closing the week with another Reader Design. It's been a wihle, eh!? In case you've forgotten what Reader Designs are, (or are a new friend to StyleMutt), here's a quick recap: Reader Designs are an ongoing series on our blog where we share short tours around other decor enthusiast's spaces. There are no requirements to be a professional decorator or even a fellow blogger. Our goal is to share incredible rooms with fresh ideas and styles and document all of these features in our Spaces section, (on the top menu bar). Who doesn't like peeking inside beautiful homes?!  It's inspiring to see the intentional and creative work someone has put into their own home. And that's the root of it; to pass along some inspiration.

I put out a little request on Instagram for folks to share their favorite rooms, (or entire homes!), with us here at StyleMutt by hashtagging their photos with #stylemuttspaces, and let me tell you, we were not disappointed in the least. The response was awesome and I've got some amazing Reader Designs lined up to share with you!

Today it is such a pleasure to share the gorgeous bedroom created by Ashley of Bigger Than The Three Of Us. I was thrilled when she tagged her bedroom because when I saw it for the first time, I literally just stared at it in awe. It's light and airy, and yet so full of life!

From Ashley:

"For our master bedroom it was really about layers and adding them over time. I don't have the "eye" when it comes to decorating or the extra cash to just buy what I love. So, our stuff is always trial and error."

"I love mixing high and low pieces to get the look that I want. For example, the bed frame was a West Elm clearance find as was the the three drawer dresser and the corner chair. The nightstands were a steal from the Goodwill. The sunburst mirror and headboard were both DIY's. I happened onto each of these pieces over the course of a year and during that year, my style for the room really evolved."

So, so cool...Do you guys have a hundred ideas for your own homes running through your mind right now too? If you'd like to hop over to Ashley's full bedroom reveal, you can find more fabulous photos and details here. Next week stay tuned for Ashley's beautiful dining room! 

Ashley, you rock. Thank you so much for sharing all this goodness with us! If you'd like to follow Ashley on Instagram, you can find her at ashley_biggerthanthethreeofus

Thank you all for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!