An exquisitely curated home featuring sophisticated design details is a dream for every person who enjoys the finer things in life. However, not all of us have the means to hire an interior design firm or pay thousands for luxurious furnishings. The real skill is to use your creativity to take full advantage of the available space and to convert it into a relaxing oasis that makes you feel right at home! I’ve managed to do it on a budget. Don’t forget to hit play on the video above.
A Fresh Start!
I’ve been very busy lately with my move and have had a difficult time transitioning to a new low key lifestyle. As stressful as moving can be, it is always refreshing to meet new people and to set up a new place for yourself; out with the old, in with the new! I believe transformation is an integral part of life and we must all keep challenging ourselves to be our best selves.
An Exhilarating Beginning
I have actually relocated temporarily to a small town where my parents reside to do some soul searching and figure out my next steps. The room I took over was previously being used as a storage area. I had to start designing from scratch and it was definitely thrilling to put this space together. Words cannot describe the rush that comes from transforming something gruesome and unsightly into a sleek, modern space. Please be sure to click play on the video above to see the entire process and the before/after shots.
Even more gratifying are the before and after pictures, so much so that I have received a steady stream of requests to share some bedroom makeover tips.
Here you go:
Wake Up your Bedroom
Is getting out of bed in the morning the hardest task of your life? Can’t stop hitting that snooze on the alarm? We have all been there; but you need to set up your room to ensure that you give yourself the right amount of rest time. Without compromising on the quality and practicality, you need to select items for your bedroom that make your life more simple and enjoyable. An 8-hour kip won’t do the trick until you reset your environment, mood, diet etc. Think a relaxing vibe with personal touches.
Mattress fit for a King!
What’s the one thing you crave after a hectic and tiring day? It’s definitely the comfort of your room and your snug mattress! The Endy Mattress does exactly that by providing you a comfortable setting to catch some zzzs. I believe that you should always get a good mattress that provides your body the right kind of support that it needs, and this mattress definitely checks all those boxes; this is an investment you definitely would not regret! Check out endy.com and use my code SULTAN50 to have $50 off your own Endy mattress.
Give your Wall a Facelift
Thanks to Divine Savages in the UK, I was able to give my room a whimsical touch with their Crane Fonda Wallpaper. I didn’t intend for my room to be blush toned but the wallpaper set the theme for me and I couldn’t resist the pattern. To bring your room to life, line your walls with dramatic wallpaper. The wallpapers offered by Divine Savages are extremely stylish and you are sure to find something that catches your eye. I went for an extremely bold wallpaper design to give my room a characteristically Sultan makeover.
Breathe in, Breathe Out!
Your sleep depends a lot on the environment you are living in. So, if you are struggling to get some zzz’s, it is wise to invest in a good air purifier. I was sent the Airocide Air Purifier and have noticed a remarkable difference in my sleep as well as overall health. I suffer from allergies as well and the Airocide seems to be helping in that regard as well. I also love the style of the unit, it went well with my design vision and people don’t even realize that it’s an air purifier.
Candles and reed diffusers are also great for adding a calming touch to the space. They also help with the air quality. I was sent this lovely holiday edition ‘Hearth‘ candle and reed diffuser from Nest New York. They both fill the room with a cozy scent that is perfect for winter.
Time and again, I have visited some great homes with excellent ambience but a noticeable deadly silence. Visual pleasure is only enhanced by acoustics and Fabriq offers great speakers integrated with Alexa that will fill the silent corners of your space with peaceful calming symphonies. It is handy to have some speakers in your room so that you can pump some motivational music, meditate, or listen to some interesting podcasts before bed. Fabriq offers several stylish designs and you have the ability to pair several speakers together.
Clear the Clutter
Rid your room of everything that isn’t conducive to your mental health. I invested in the PAX wardrobe system from IKEA to keep my things organized and on track. The pull-out trays display my accessories beautifully and I have designated shelves for my bags and scarves.
Hit the Sack!
I pictured a contemporary, tasteful, and smart space. I went for elegant grey paint and opted for sleek furniture items. Believe it or not, most of the furniture was sourced from my local HomeSense. The center piece of the room is a bed featuring a studded headboard which I purchased for only $120 on clearance at Home Sense. I purchased a few other items to jazz it up a bit including a mirrored cabinet and a grey nightstand. The mirrored cabinet was also on clearance for $175! One of my favorite pieces is a marble topped end table from Home Sense which only cost me $36 (the one with the lamp on it). To complete my desk area, I added a replica Bertoia wire chair in gold from G Furn.
Your Personal Mantra
It’s always good to have some motivation in your space. Think of it as a daily reminder to stay on track and have a positive outlook on life. The folks at Aoos Neon sent me the perfect sign that reads: All we have is Now. I use it as an additional light source and I find that it really adds character to the space. Aoos Neon offer many cool affordable neon sign options.
New bedding transforms your bedroom completely. You can add pillows and cushions to your room to give it an opulent touch. I was sent a weighted blanket from Rocabi. It’s great for individuals such as myself who suffer from anxiety. It feels like a big hug if that makes any sense. I just recently found out about weighted blankets and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out. You can purchase one here from Rocabi. I’m really fond of the Rocabi blanket’s texture and I use it to layer the foot of my bed.
You can take your interior transformation up a notch by adding some pieces of artwork. Carefully curated artwork can definitely liven up the room. You can also go for a statement mirror, which will not only give your quarters a roomier look, but will also add to it. I always recommend using some of your own photographs as well. I have several photographs from my recent jaunt to Morocco on display.