I was looking for new brown and turquoise bedding to go with the painting above our bed. I was sick of the heavy brown duvet that we currently had that lived in a crumpled mess at the end of the bed under several layers of clothes. Luckily, I couldn't find any that were just right because then it dawned on me: Why was I creating the bedroom around the hand-me-down (albeit, beautiful) artwork when it didn't truly suit me and make me happy? I was continually drawn to colorful, vibrant bohemian inspired bedding, so why not completely redo the bedroom to suit this theme?
I found this beautiful bedding from Bed Bath and Beyond:
And so it began--and a Pinterest board was born!
I would love to say that this process was super fun and easy, but alas, nothing worth having comes easy. As I worked to redo the bedroom, I had to battle lies in my mind such as the following:
Lie #1: I need to be content with what we have. The former bedding was very expensive from Crate and Barrel, and I didn't need anything else.
Lie #2: It was selfish and foolish of me to use money to makeover my bedroom when there were other ways to spend it.
Lie #3: Ultimately, I didn't "deserve" to have a nice bedroom of my (budget) dreams.
Lie #4: Since my room was a failure and a mess, I was a failure and a mess.
The TRUTH was that the rest of the house looked great. I'd worked diligently and intentionally to make our house a comfortable, attractive and organized home.
The TRUTH was that I deserved a beautiful refuge that made me happy where I could read, rest, relax and… you know.
The TRUTH was that I am an educated, vibrant, creative, fun, beautiful and capable adult woman who could makeover her bedroom if she darn-well pleased!
So now the time has come. Every makeover has a set of dreaded "before" pictures. I am
Sadly, this is how my bedroom looked for the majority of the time. It was brown, depressing and messy. As you can see there are signs of effort to make it look nice at some point, but it never felt like it was my bedroom. "Good enough" was the theme. I never made the bed because the duvet was so cumbersome and the pillows were so many.
Our bedroom had become a hodgepodge of hand-me-downs (for which I am very grateful) and a graveyard for things in our home that didn't have a home. It was a sort of purgatory where things got shoved in the five minutes before company came over. Can I get an amen?! LOL!
And here are the BEAUTIFUL and GLORIOUS "after" pictures:
I absolutely love the finished product! It is exactly what I wanted, and I couldn't be prouder. It is so much easier to keep the bed made and the room free of clutter now. I often find myself sitting in bed at night smiling as I look around at my beautiful made-over bedroom. My mood is instantly lifted when I am in the room now. It is so peaceful and comforting to be surrounded by beautiful things that say: Brittany.
And I saved the best part for last:
Long after the things in this room are put in the trash or passed on, what I learned about God while giving my bedroom a boho chic makeover will last forever.
I learned that God is a good, good father.
He cares about the things that we care about. He wants to make us happy by giving us things that bring us pleasure no matter how small they might seem. We actually didn't have the money to allow me makeover my bedroom due to unexpected medical bills and other expenses that came up that month.
The day that my husband, Ashton was going to have to tell me that we would have to put off the bedroom project due to lack of finances, a rather large, unexpected check arrived in the mail minutes before he planned to tell me. I believe that because we are faithful and tithe, God protects our finances and provides everything that we need. The Bible says that if we delight ourselves in God, He will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4) and God knows how to give good gifts to his children (Matthew 7:11). He knew that the desire of my heart was to have a beautiful place I could call my own and He provided the means to do so!
A little while after my room was complete, I was doing my quiet time with God and I prayed that He would give me His perspective of my life and of me. I felt that He said, "Look around you. Look at the bedroom that you made look so beautiful. I created you with a gift to make things better--to make them beautiful."
I just love the heart of our Father God. In my bedroom project, God gave me both what I wanted and what I needed. I wanted to give my bedroom a super-cute makeover, but what I needed even more was to see that God created this desire within me, and that He cares about me enough to give it to me--exceedingly, abundantly more than anything I could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).