beach inspired bedroom

In the words of the incredible talented Julie Andrews….

“Let’s start at the very beginning.  It’s a very good place to start.”

And so…

.…..this is where the beach inspired bedroom makeover started.

This is what the room looked like when I arrived.

beach inspired bedroom makeover

There was a bed and simple white curtains at the windows….a blue accent wall and mis-matched bedding with a beautiful brass gold headboard.

A blank slate waiting for the next chapter to be written.

beach bedroom makeover

And here’s the vision of where we are going.

The bed will be centered on the wall under the window with small accent tables on either side.  Originally I was going to buy the tables….but then I found a thrift store with a half price sale and bought both side tables…..

….for $5.00.

I know….right?

And they threw in a wooden fish as a door prize. 🙂

beach bedroom makeover

The main decorating challenge is that the room is small.

Really small.

12 feet by 9 feet….with a queen-size bed.


The solution?

wood wall project

I designed a wall treatment for this wall that creates and entire wall display and architectural interest and only takes up four inches of space away from the wall.


Only four inches.

It’s designed to make the space feel bigger and add depth and create display space in the small room.

wood wall ideas

Here’s a graphic of what we built so you can get an idea.

We staggered 1 x 6 boards on the wall to mimic the look of shiplap in an old house.

And then we added a second layer of 1 x 4’s built to make individual display shelves.

beach house

Here’s the wall in progress.

This was before we added the horizontal boards for shelving and painted it white.

I’m adding red coral and shells and starfish and crab cut outs and treasures from the beach.

Fabric Ideas for Beach House

And here’s the final fabric choices and where they are going.

In addition….the headboard will be painted white and the bed will be raised up to create an oasis in the middle of the room and I’m adding white linens to the bed and painting a sign and another dresser and making pillows and curtains and a cushion for the bench.

Oh….and planning a Fourth of July party.

And I only have four days left to finish everything.


With this project I have miles and miles and miles to go….

….as in Far….a long, long way to run….

…..and Sew….a needle pulling thread. 🙂

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    We all know that you will pull it off KariAnne.....LOVE that wall and the plans you have for the room...Can't wait to see it!!!!! :-)

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    KariAnne and a blank wall -- it was made for you. I can't wait to see what you do with it. I love the idea of putting up the shelves!! Now is that going to be your summer cottage?? Not to be nosy or anything (which I am). Cause I can totally see you looking for seashells every summer and a nice tan with your summer "red" lipstick and dangly earrings. After this yucky cold winter --- LIVE IT UP!! What are WE having for the Fourth? I thought I'd surprise you. SURPRISE!! What can I bring? :-) I'm teasing -- I wouldn't impose -- unless I was invited . . . . .

    1. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

      Can I be invited too... please!? :) I can hardly wait to see this bedroom when you're done, Karianne! It's going to be amazing.

  3. Image for Kimm at Reinvented Kimm at Reinvented

    Oh how I LOVE that wall treatment. Can't wait to see the finished room! Have a great week, friend, don't work too hard! :)

  4. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I love the plan KariAnne! (and I love rhyming :) ) The wall treatment looks fabulous already, I can't wait to see that, and the fabrics you're bringing into the room will really bring it all together. How fun to decorate this space! Hope you're enjoying your time there!

  5. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Wow, Karianne. I can see how this is all coming together and I can't wait to see the final photos. Love all the color and fabric selections. I'm not brave enough to try a bold blue wall like that (lol) but I know your treatment with bright white elements will provide a fabulous contrast. I'm curious to see how it "enlarges" the space. Final reveal, this week, right? Enjoy the holiday week, Lisa

  6. Image for Betsy@coastal-colors Betsy@coastal-colors

    This project is right up your alley- a blank canvas! I love your picks for fabric and the plank wall with shelving is a great idea! I can't wait to see the reveal! I know your Fourth of July party will be fabulous because you're a Rock Star!

  7. Image for Mary Mary

    I love the fabric choices! Will you be telling us where we can find the fabric? I can't wait to see the finish project.

  8. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    I love it so far. And talk about small, my master bedroom is less than 9 & 1/2 x a little over 10 & 1/2 feet..... so tell me about it?? I too have a queen size bed and then make it more difficult add a door to the room and the door to the tiny half bath in there also..... ya know??? My Critters insisted on at least a queen size bed and they try to push me over all the time..... sheeh.

  9. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Looking good! Curious to see the finished product. As soon as you are finished you can celebrate with "ti"....a drink with jam and bread! ;)

  10. Image for Kris Kris

    This is fabulous I cannot wait to see it all finished. Love the wall and love the fabrics you picked out. Wooo Hooo it is going to be a show stopper. Happy 4th!!!! Kris

  11. Image for Ann C Ann C

    I expected mirrors on that wall to add some dimension. Am anxious to see finished room. Everyone seems to be doing the horizontal boards in their homes. Is this appropriate for any style home?

  12. Image for Barbara @TheTreasuredHome Barbara @TheTreasuredHome

    Beautiful fabric choices! Brass paints up beautifully, with chalk and milk paint! That wall is going to be wonderful! If you don't sleep for the next three days, everything will be fine! Cheers!, Barbara

  13. Image for Mimi -247 Mulberry Lane Mimi -247 Mulberry Lane

    KariAnne, You are a ray, a drop of golden sun! It is going to be BEAUTIFUL when you are finished--I can't wait to see it. In keeping with the spirit of the song, if you had your kids make clothes out of the wonderful curtain fabric, they would be perfectly outfitted for the Fourth! ;-) Just kidding... Enjoy your busy week!

  14. Image for Kay Shive Kay Shive

    KerriAnn, you are truly a wonderment! Sure, almost anyone could probably figure out how to lay out the furniture, but to mimic the look of shiplap on the wall and then shelves, that takes the talent only you have. I can hardly wait for the finished room!

  15. Image for Bluwatergal Bluwatergal

    Sounds like you are having a blast! Love the plank wall treatment. Can't wait to see the brass bed re-do & the thrift shop tables score! I can feel your energy all over this project

  16. Image for Anna @ A Good Home Anna @ A Good Home

    That lobster fabric makes me smile. Love. And for projects like this, I'm very very thankful that the needle pulling my thread is attached to a machine, not being held by my hand. Can you imagine the tedium? Gah! Thank the Lord for sewing machines and nail guns :)

  17. Image for Erin Erin

    Can't wait to see it. Love the wall idea! Share ASAP!!! I'm stuck sewing costumes and doing scenery for my daughters summer production of Fiddler on the Roof so your posts are like Calgon...they take me away.

  18. Image for Kris Kris

    Your plan will bring ... us ... back ... to ... do ... oh ... oh ... oh... It's your fault that I will be singing Do-Re-Mi all day long! :) I think this will be gorgeous and I love it that you are showing space-enhancing techniques for decorating. Our bedroom isn't small but my daughter's is a 9x9 cube. I've seen bigger walk-in closets. Keep bringing it on!

  19. Image for Lourdes Lourdes

    I know it's going to look GORGEOUS! I love your feature wall idea and the fabrics you have chosen! When will you be available to come to my house and help me out with my guest room?? LOL I love your blog!

  20. Image for Denise Denise

    OH! OH! OH! MY GOODNESS! You are amazing! CAN NOT WAIT to see the finished room! Happy to take a drive over the bridge to see in person. Seriously looking AWESOME as we say in MA!

  21. Image for Dawna Dawna

    Looks like it will have your Karianne touch..can't wait to see the finished room! Hope you will stop by the country, I just finished a guest room, and if you look at the fireplace sitting room, you can see where I put your ideas on furniture placement to use in that room. Thank ya! Its a cozy place to sit and enjoy the peacefulness of the Alberta country!! Take care! I will be checkin in often to see your progress!

  22. Image for Jen's Farmily Jen's Farmily

    I can't wait to see the finished product! I've been looking for inspiration for our lake house and now I'm really curious how yours turns out! Also, can't believe you got end tables for $5.00!! Very impressed!

  23. Image for Kimberly Kimberly

    Ohhhh I like the looks of this already - you remind me of Sarah Richardson and her love of patterns/fabrics! I can't wait to see the finished result...and the nightstands? SCORE! You have to just love that help-to-the-budget..because then it allows for more fun in other areas :) What style bench are you going with? P.S. I had to laugh when you said that a 12'X9' room is small. Here in Vancouver? That's a normal sized master bedroom, darlin'.

  24. Image for Amy@StowandTellU Amy@StowandTellU

    You really jumped right in and got things going. No messing around! That wall looks fabulous, as does everything you've showed us so far...and that lobster fabric, too fun!! Come on, Maria, the hills are alive with the sound of you pulling everything off with time enough to touch up your lipstick before that 4th of July party!! ;)

  25. Image for Linda Linda

    Should I show this blue wall to my teen who keeps coming up with alternative ideas when I say no to a bold color?? Actually she has worn me down. Now to find the time to get started. Hopefully before school starts!

  26. Image for Brenda Benz @ artful society Brenda Benz @ artful society

    Very Coastal Living Inspired and I love the details you have picked in fabrics and added architectural details. You are such a talent!

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