How One Drab Bedroom Transformed Into a Peaceful, Natural Retreat

A blogger’s bedroom gets a stylish makeover.

Photos by HomeGoods/Matt Harrington

Sometimes, even fashion bloggers need décor help. To prepare for the arrival of her first child, Helena of The Brooklyn Blonde and her husband Keith enlisted retailer HomeGoods and designer Matthew Cane of the interior design company Homepolish to help redecorate her Brooklyn townhouse.

The home, which was built in 1929, was a bit dated, but a lot of the rooms, especially the master bedroom, get drenched in sunlight in the afternoon. Cane wanted to capitalize on that natural element—which can be hard to find in many homes. For the bedroom, the couple wanted a comfortable and relaxing space for their growing family. “The bedroom is where you start your day and end your day,” Cane says. “Helena and Keith knew that they wanted the space to be soothing and calming, with a balance of masculine and feminine touches. Soothing tones and cozy textures were also very important.”

Neutral bedrooms are popular—often people don't want to go too crazy with color in a space that’s supposed to be for rest. The key is to keep neutral from reading “boring” or “plain.” Cane used some tricks for Helena and Keith’s bedroom that could be used in any space lacking personality. He brought in new bedding, sheets, throws, rugs, and pillows with neutral patterns and unique textures—all from HomeGoods—to add some visual interest in the space without being too overwhelming. “We also added floor-length mirrors behind the nightstands to add depth and really open up the space,” Cane says. New table lamps with gold detail and mirrored nightstands added to the reflective, sparkling effect. 

If you don’t have the budget to completely change out all the décor details in your bedroom, there are plenty of other inexpensive ways to revamp an outdated space. “I always recommend looking at lighting in a room—we changed the fixtures in this room,” Cane says. “We added plants to breathe live into the neutral palette. The nightstands were quickly upgraded by changing out the knobs.” By focusing on the smaller details, you can save money while still making an impact.