Nesting: The Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom - Bedding

Way back near the beginning of this blog, I shared some pictures of our master bedroom.  Today I’ve got a few more to share in this Master Bedroom Update, brought to you in part by my nesting instincts…


Baby Brother is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, May 27th.  That’s nine weeks away.  NINE.  As in one less than ten.  Two months.  That’s not very long, people, and my project list is in full swing.

You might say I’m experiencing a phenomenon known as “nesting”.  That’s what Mr. Native Texan thinks, anyway, since every project I’ve had in mind for the past few years has now moved to The Top of The List.  All of them–they’re all at the top.  Must Accomplish Now.

What is it about expecting a baby that kicks us mamas-to-be into high gear?  Truthfully, I sort of operate in high gear all the time, but having a known deadline does tend to intensify the sense of urgency.  Because we all know what life is like with a newborn, and I am fully aware that whichever projects do not get finished before Baby Brother arrives will likely remain unfinished for months and perhaps even years.

Anyhoo, I thought it might be fun to show a few glimpses of my Nesting Projects, as we affectionately refer to them around here.

Master Bedroom in progress
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These were the original pillows. I decided to keep the RL standard shams, replacing the Euros and smaller pillows in the front.  Check out the details of the headboard, dressers and windows here: Master Bedroom Makeover: Finished for Now.

Exhibition #1: The Master Bedroom

This project may not seem all that significant to the innocent bystander, but for me it’s big.  Huge.

Our beloved comforter has been on the decline for years–I actually had a large tear stitched up over five years ago and we were still using the same blanket just a month ago.

In fact, the floral pattern by Ralph Lauren was actually mine before we ever got married!  Mr. Native Texan graciously accepted it, declaring that flowers on a bedspread made no difference to him so long as there was a woman in his bed. 🙂

After ten years of marriage and a large stitched-up tear across the top of the blanket, it was clearly time for a replacement.

Two Problems

For one thing, I just loved the pattern and didn’t want to bother with picking a new one.  Plus, we have a matching bedskirt, sheets and decorative shams.  The possible combinations felt overwhelming!  Which items to keep?  Which to replace?  With what?

For another thing, my late mother-in-law sewed all the decorative pillows for our bed and it made me sad to think of abandoning them.

Yet Another Problem

Finally, FINALLY–after years of pondering, I settled on a good solution for replacing the comforter and some, but not all, of the pillows.

Unfortunately, my solution involved a ticking stripe pattern from Pottery Barn that was discontinued and unavailable pretty much as soon as I finally decided to buy it.

Master Bedroom
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And Finally….A Solution

After more pondering and many more months of spinning my wheels, Ballard Designs came out with a new line of bedding that worked perfectly for what I had in mind.  Thankfully, they were running a great sale at just the right time, too.

First, I ordered the Ticking Stripe Euro shams in Sandalwood, to make sure we liked them.  We did.

Next, I ordered the Ava Quilt in Sandalwood, and the Audree Pom Pom Quilt in Natural.

Finally, I found a coordinating lumbar pillow at HomeGoods to pull it all together.

Master Bedding
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I Love It!

Again, it might not seem like a huge change but it’s made a big difference for me.  In the grand scheme of things, I knew it wasn’t a major problem (a “first world problem”, as a friend of mine likes to say) but I still felt unsettled just about every time I looked at the bed.

I’m so relieved to have figured out a good solution, and now I finally feel like our bed is “finished”.

I’m off to the next Nesting Project…stay tuned!

Master Bedroom - Bedding
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Kathleen Henderson

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Let's get real! I’m Kathleen Henderson, your Natural Living Mentor. I’m on a mission to help families see the joy in real food, while finding natural remedies and creating a nontoxic home. Learn more about my story >>


  1. Avatar Diane Estrella on 04/03/2014 at 11:07 am

    Sometimes small changes make the biggest difference and you know they’re there. I have to say that is a lot of pillow!

  2. Kathleen Kathleen on 04/03/2014 at 12:16 pm

    Diane–Ha! I do love me some pillows. My brother calls our guest room “The Room of Many Pillows”. 🙂 I should point out, though, that I neglected to remove the huge body pillow I use during pregnancy for these pics–you can see it sticking out on the right, in the last picture. Oops!

  3. Avatar Kristen Hickman on 04/04/2014 at 1:58 pm

    Lovely job!

    • Kathleen Kathleen on 04/05/2014 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Kristen! 🙂

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