For me, fall always means changing out my t-shirts for sweaters, pulling out my throw blankets and getting the master bedroom ready for cooler weather. It’s nice to sleep on cool, crisp sheets and have minimal bedding during the summer months, but I always look forward to the change of seasons. Not only am I ready for a change in decor, but it also allows me to create a cozy bedroom for us to enjoy during the fall months.

Whether your space is large or small, turning your bedroom from summer fresh to fall cozy doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are my 5 tips to creating a comfortable and cozy bedroom for fall.

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Create a cozy bedroom for fall

5 tips for creating a comfortable and cozy bedroom for fall.

Texture –  Introducing texture to your room instantly adds style and dimension. A couple of ways to do this with a rug, a small knitted ottoman or a pretty cable knit throw.

5 tips and ideas to help you create a comfortable and cozy bedroom for fall using textures.

Dressing your bed with beautiful linens – I admit it, I am one picky customer when it comes to the feel and quality of my sheets. After all, you sleep on them every night, and you’ll use them for years, so you should love everything about them. My favorite is crisp white sheets, not only in the summer but even in the fall and winter. I love that they keep the room light and bright, even on those dark and cold days that always come.

I usually keep the bed dressed very lightly for summer but I’ll go all out for the fall/winter months. Besides sheets, I always add a light blanket (for cool nights) and duvet (for when it’s really chilly, which is every night for the hubs 😉 ).

5 tips and ideas to help you create a cozy bedroom for fall using beautiful linens.

5 tips and ideas to help you create a cozy bedroom for fall using beautiful crisp white linens.

Adding candlelight and fresh flowers – Changing your bedroom over from summer to fall doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. A softly scented vanilla candle (my favorite) and a beautiful sunflower is a quick and inexpensive way to add a touch of fall.

5 tips to create a comfortable and cozy bedroom for fall using candlelight and fresh flowers.

Layer, layer, layer – Adding different layers to a space is the perfect way to create coziness in a bedroom. Whether it’s with a waffle blanket in a contrasting color on the bed or a soft rug on the floor, layering is an easy way to add dimension. Not only that but it also allows you to have fun with your decor.

5 tips and ideas to help you create a cozy bedroom for fall, including adding layers for interest.

Pillows! – Who doesn’t love pillows? One or two, or twelve.

Ok, twelve is a little much, but piling on a few pillows is sure-fire way to create a cozy bedroom. I added 3 euro shams, 2 standard shams and a lumbar sham to our bed. I also chose the banded shams and an embroidered lumbar sham to add some contrast with all the white.

Here’s my quick tip for using euro shams. If you like to use them but don’t want to buy, and ultimately store, a euro pillow, you can use two standard pillows. Used together they are the right size for the euro sham. It’s what I used in 2 of the 3 on my bed.

5 tips to create a cozy bedroom for fall, including using lots of pillows.

Bonus tip (the half in 5 1/2)…

Snuggling up to a cute pup while relaxing in your comfortable and cozy fall oasis may just be the best way to enjoy your space.

Just sayin’…

5 tips to help you create a comfortable and cozy bedroom for fall.

We’ve been sleeping on our new sheets for a few weeks now and they are truly the most comfortable sheets we’ve ever had. They even meet my picky standards.

Opening the package was a treat, too. All the linens were beautifully packaged and wrapped in pretty boxes, that you can reuse.

Decor ideas to create a cozy bedroom for fall.


Now that the master bedroom is ready for fall, I can work on the rest of the house.

What do you do to get your bedroom ready for the cool nights of fall?

Sources for bedding

All linens Boll & Branch –


5 tips and ideas to help you create the most comfortable and cozy bedroom for fall by adding beautiful linens, layers, pillows and texture.


For the first time in a long time I’m excited to get my week started. I had a very productive weekend and was able to finish up several projects that are ready to share and I can’t wait to show you. Let’s go to the master bedroom first though and talk about a design dilemma I recently faced, matching bedside lamps.

The last few houses that we’ve lived in have had small master bedrooms and this house is no different. Actually, it’s probably the smallest one we’ve ever had so it’s been a challenge to decorate, we were able to keep our king bed, armoire and my nightstand. In our other homes we never had room for a regular sized nightstand for the hubs, which means we never had a lamp next to his side of the bed. It was never a big deal though, because we always had plenty of light and he didn’t need it for reading in bed.

Small master bedroom remodel with Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies paint color and Pottery Barn bedding.

Our Illinois Master Bedroom

Our master in the new house has no ceiling lights, only a ceiling fan (which is a whole other discussion) and we needed more than one source of light in the room. I had a pretty lamp that I bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby, that I wanted to keep, so I tried to look for a twin. I spent a fair amount of time looking but never found a match so I reluctantly started a search for 2 matching lamps. What I found was that the style I was looking for was pretty expensive, especially when buying 2, and I didn’t want to spend a small fortune, so I went in a different direction.

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What if I went with 2 different lamps? I know…stop the presses…I’m a trendsetter (or a rebel). Seriously though. I’m usually all about symmetry, especially when it comes to bedside lamps. That’s what we’re all used to seeing, right? Well, I thought I’d conduct a little experiment to see if it worked for our room.

Mismatched bedside lamps. Coastal Living

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I started by looking at a lot of rooms online, and liked what I saw, but decided that the only way I would really know would be to get another lamp and try it out. I started my search for a new lamp, both in stores and online, with 3 things in mind, it had to be white ceramic, it had to have a similar curvy shape and be about the same height as the lamp I already had.

Dashing-bedside-table-in-yellow-coupled-with-a-more-understated-counterpart. Decoist


I found the perfect lamp, at just the right size, and placed my order. It came without a shade so, to give both lamps a bit of symmetry, I used the same exact shade on each and matching ceramic finials.

Mismatched bedside lamps. Photo from Ballards Designs.

A small disclaimer before I share my master bedroom in the new house. It’s a work in progress, like every other room in the house. The walls are painted but that’s about it. Our older dark wood furniture is under a bit of construction and will be getting a makeover at some point. I’ll share it all in a separate post but I didn’t want to talk about my lamps without showing them to you.

Mismatched bedroom lamps in the master bedroom.

Both are white, have a curvy shape and are the same size. The new lamp, on the far right (find one similar here *affiliate), is the same height but the side table is a bit lower than my small chest, on the left. To even things out I just placed a book under the lamp to give it a bit of a boost.

Mismatched bedside lamps for a master bedroom, a design dilemma.

The side table, with the new lamp, is a recent find (not sure if this is it’s permanent home). Wait until you see how it looked before I got my hands on it.

Mismatched bedside lamps in a master bedroom.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about two different lamps but I’m loving them and the extra light in the room is an added bonus, plus the hubs feels like a real grownup with his very own lamp (I just go along with him and roll my eyes when he walks away). Sometimes the strangest things make him happy.

Well, let’s hear what you have to say about different bedside lamps. Would you prefer symmetry or are you a rebel like me? 😉


Yay…it’s Friday and it’s my first giveaway! I’m still celebrating my one year blogiversary and to follow-up my post yesterday, I wanted to thank you all for your support this past year by having a giveaway and to share the progress we’ve made in our home since we moved in last June.

I started the blog the same day we closed on our house so I really hit the ground running and started my first room redo days after we moved in. I thought our tiny, dark and only bathroom wouldn’t be too difficult to do. Umm…yeah. It wasn’t difficult but it took a lot longer than I thought and moving around in such a small space was not fun. Here’s where we started…

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comYou can read more about this room redo here, about the vanity redo here and about some space-saving tricks I used here. It’s amazing how lots caulk and a little bit of paint can change a room.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield

Next up was the living room/dining room/entryway (the first round). This is the biggest room in our house so it was where a lot of our stuff was dumped on move-in day.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comBesides painting the walls, I reupholstered my favorite chair (first time I did a project like that) and I did a little something to my plain front door. You can check out all of the details of this room redo here.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comA Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comBecause they are connected, I ended up painting the little hallway that goes to all the bedrooms and bathroom the same color as the living/dining/entry. There is no room for any kind of furniture so I filled up the walls with some of my favorite family photos and mementos and changed the lighting.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield

The master bedroom was the next on the room redo list.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comThe walls and ceiling were painted and crown molding was installed. I also switched out the knobs on our furniture and closet, along with the door knob and hinges.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comOur small master closet also got a makeover with an inexpensive built-in closet system to maximize our storage space.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comMoving onto one of the guest bedrooms. This room already had a beautiful built-in bookcase and crown molding to begin with.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comPaint was used to freshen them up along with the ceiling and a teal blue color on the walls. We had to do some electrical work in here and I did a fun project with paint sticks, glue and a nightstand.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comA Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comA Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comThis is probably my favorite space in the house right now. I’m not a bold color kind of girl, but I love it in this room. You can find more details about this room redo here and here.

I was supposed to move onto the 2nd guest bedroom but I got sidetracked and ended up repainting the living/dining/entry a lighter color.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comAnd because the media cabinet didn’t look right with the new wall color, I had to paint it (of course).

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comI also did a few little updates in the entryway. You do one project in a room and 10 other little things pop up.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comI am currently working on the redo of the 2nd guest bedroom. It’s been slow going, because there’s a lot of projects to do outside that have been keeping me busy too, but next on the list is crown molding and the plank wall. You can read about my plans for this room here.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comSpeaking of my outside to do list, it’s long…really long. We’ve done a few things but we still have a lot left to do.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield

So that’s everything for this first year. Thanks for hanging in there through this photo-tastic post. Like I said in yesterday’s post, I am so grateful for all of your support, emails and comments this past year so I wanted to have a little giveaway to show my appreciation. I want to give two of you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for HomeGoods. Good luck!


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5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield Court.comSince moving into our small house last July there’s been a lot to learn about small space living. Last week I posted my tips for small space living in the living room and this week we will move into the bedroom. In our last house our bedroom was actually the biggest room in the whole house, and the biggest waste of space, but in this house it is really small. We can fit the essentials so it’s all good, but I have had to come up with solutions for some small space problems. I’m not an expert on this, if there is such a thing, I’ve just listed some things that have worked for me.

5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield

1. Use a large leaning mirror to give your space the illusion of being bigger. It also reflects the light and makes your room brighter.

5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield

2. I didn’t have room for a dresser for my clothes so we bought an inexpensive closet kit from the home improvement store and put it together. Now I can see everything I own and it helps me stay organized.

5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield Court.com3. Since storage space is minimal in a small space, it’s important to organize and purge your clothing every season. If a year passes and I don’t wear an item of clothing, I donate it. Going through your clothing at the beginning of the season also reminds you of what you have and what you may need. I also take all of my wool coats and sweaters to the cleaners in the spring and store them away in my closet so that I’m not storing them dirty and they are all ready to wear next winter.

4. Use every inch of space you have. If you have an alcove or some extra wall space use it by adding a small desk with bookshelves above it.

5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms


5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms

5. If you still find yourself needing more storage space, use some pretty baskets or boxes under the bed.

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It’s really not so bad having a small bedroom. It actually suits my style because I have to stay organized and I like it that way. 😉

So, do tell…do you have a large bedroom and love it that way or are you like me and prefer a smaller bedroom?  Do you have any tips for living with a small bedroom?



Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comSince moving into our house last June, I have redone several of my rooms so I thought it was time to do a home tour. First some quick facts about our home…it’s a brick ranch house built in 1956. We have almost 1200 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

I’ve loaded this post with lots of pictures, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! You can click on each picture and it will take you to a prior post about that particular image.

This is our little ranch the day we moved in. We still have a lot of work to do outside to make it ours.

Home Tour | Chatfield

Since it’s one big room, we’ll start with the entryway, living room, dining area. The front door was painted with BM Blue Lake. I actually painted the white trim on the door to look like real wood trim, to dress up the flat, plain door.

Click on image to get post about the room.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe walls were painted with BM Thunder (eggshell finish) and the trim was painted with BM White Dove.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield

In the master bedroom we painted the ceiling, walls and trim and added crown molding.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comI painted the walls BM Hazy Skies and the ceiling  BM White Dove in pearl finish. It has a slight sheen that lightly shimmers when light hits it.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comWe built our master closet using a kit bought from a home improvement store.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe first room to get done after we moved in was our small (and only) bathroom.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe hallway didn’t escape my paintbrush. It’s too small for any furniture but my most treasured pictures are on display.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe walls are painted in the same BM Thunder that was painted in the living room. I also replaced the plain ceiling light for a lantern.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe last room I’ve completed is the guest bedroom. This room already had a beautiful built-in bookcase and crown molding.

Home Tour | Chatfield

The nightstand redo was my favorite project and I spent no money on it. I just used some paint sticks, stain and glue and got a whole new look.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe walls are painted Martha Stewart Plumage in BM Regal paint.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe bookcase, crown molding and trim were painted with BM White Dove Advance. The ceiling was painted with BM White Dove in pearl finish.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comI am still working on the 2nd guest bedroom and I have yet to start the kitchen. I will update with pictures when they’re completed.

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Home Tour | Chatfield

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I am ready to move onto my 2nd guest bedroom and I thought I would share our plan for it and a mood board. I only have two more rooms to do in this house, the kitchen and this bedroom. I purposely saved these two rooms for the end because they are going to be the most difficult to do. You can check out my other room reveals here, here, here and here.

This not so good picture was taken on the day we moved in. The door on the right is to the kitchen and the door on the left is the closet. I am standing in the doorway that leads to the bath and other bedrooms.

Guest Bedroom #2 Plans and Mood Board | Chatfield Court Besides being small, this bedroom has some big challenges. The first problem is that it has 3 windows and 3 doors in it. It is also a walk through room that connects the bathroom and bedrooms to the kitchen. If we had kids living at home this might be a larger problem but since we don’t, we just keep both doors open all of the time. Because it is a small room and we do use it as a walk through, there is no room for a standard bed. When we lived in Florida we had a similar type room and ended up getting a futon to use. It worked out well because we used it as a couch, and when we had guests, we could unfold it to make a bed. It is not the most beautiful piece of furniture that I own, but it does serve a purpose and it is very comfortable. I have been looking at daybeds and futons for a long time, and I have yet to find something that I love and that fits our space, so the one I have is staying for now.

The second problem we have is that the window wall has some major water damage to it. The chimney is on this wall and we think that water has seeped through the bricks by the roof and caused efflorescence, which is a chalky white residue, to appear on the wall. It is easy enough to remove with some hot water and a rag, but figuring out exactly where the water is coming in and stopping it is another thing. I have already removed some of the plaster that is damaged to see what  is underneath but that’s as far as I got. I think we may need to go all of the way to the studs to make sure there is no mold in there. Ugh.

Guest Bedroom #2 Plans and Mood Board | Chatfield CourtGuest Bedroom #2 Plans and Mood Board | Chatfield Court

Instead of worrying about patching the wall perfectly, I thought maybe we would try to use wood to make a planked wall. I would probably end up painting it because I have a large antique pine armoire on the opposite wall that is staying and, because the room is so small, I’m afraid that the pine of the armoire and the bare wood of the plank wall would close the room in. I’m still up in the air about the color too. I have a wool rug that I want to put in there and it has green in it so I could go with a pale green or just go with white. Most of the color in the room will come from pillows and accessories.

Guest Bedroom #2 Plans and Mood Board | Chatfield Court

  1. This is not the bed I have but I really like this daybed, unfortunately we need a full size and I think that it will be too big for the space.
  2. There isn’t space for end tables or night stands, so I have to do a standing lamp for extra lighting. I’m liking something brass for this room.
  3. The paint colors I have picked out are BM Silken Pine and BM White Dove. I’m not quite sure which one I will choose for the walls. I will paint the trim and doors the same BM White Dove I have painted throughout the house. I may end up painting the walls in White Dove and the ceiling in Silken Pine or vise versa.
  4. The wool rug is the Adeline rug from Pottery Barn (not an affiliate link).
  5. The wood plank wall that I would like to do on the damaged window wall.
  6. I have an antique pine armoire that I bought years ago when we lived in Macon, Ga. Love this piece.
  7. Since the futon cover is white, I want to bring in some color with pillows. I like the Jute Braid Pillow in Citrus from Pottery Barn (not an affiliate link; it is no longer sold in this color).
  8. I have one remaining boob light in this house. I would like to replace it with something like this. (not an affiliate link)

Now I just need to get moving on this room, when all I really want to do is go outside and work in the yard. 😉

I never heard of efflorescence before we bought this house. Have you? For those in the know, any tips?

I hope you all have a very Happy Easter weekend!

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