Mama Renovations: Good Vibes in the Bedroom

Who said nesting was just a pregnancy thing? I’ve been working hard on our bedroom, patio, and new vegetable garden (!!!) in the past few weeks and can’t wait to show you what it all looks like.

Although I had recently made some small changes to our bedroom (while I was actually nesting before baby), it somehow felt unfinished and not exactly how I wanted it. For a while I wanted a new headboard, pillow arrangement, plant, and a piece of wall decor that would complete the space. But, like all specific things you search for, I never found it.

Well, Mamas, after countless hours perusing the aisles of Target and HomeGoods in vain, I found it. And it’s so me.


This gorgeous macrame piece is from MettaWeaving – you have to check out Kahlia’s work! She does way more than just wall accents and decor pieces. She makes beautiful jewelry, favors, art… Kahlia is such a talented little lady! I fell in love with this Tree of Life wall tapestry and it literally makes me smile every time I look at it. What a positive piece to have in our bedroom. I’m so happy with it.


Side note: I became frustrated with our original iron headboard from Pier 1, because, as beautiful as it was, it was way too impractical. Do you know how many times I sat up with my back against the metal to breastfeed? Not cool.

I found the most perfect headboard on The Tufted Frog, and everyone in the fam is obsessed with it. How stunning is this basket weave texture? If you’re looking for a custom, lightweight, padded headboard, you have to work with Hollie. She will help you pick out the style, fabric, shape/size, and any add-ons (extra layers of padding, nailhead trim, piping/welting, etc…) so you get the headboard of your dreams. Do it!


When it comes to pillow arrangements, I’ve always been lost. Like really lost. Luckily, I found the perfect combo, between two Etsy shops (LovelyHomeIdea and BlueSwanClassics) and Target, and I’m actually able to fix the pillows up every morning without it being a pain. It’s simple, it’s neat, it’s perfect.Facetune_06-06-2018-08-30-02.JPGRegarding our little money tree… I love it because I wasn’t really looking for it. It came to me. I was checking out at Home Depot and spotted it there, alone, as if someone had decided at the last minute they didn’t want to take it. It looked so beautiful with its braided stem and lush, healthy leaves, so I asked the cashier to wait a second so I could grab it. Turns out money trees are also called “good luck” trees, and are an age-old token of good luck and an invitation to good fortune. It is the most popular plant for Feng Shui because it creates positive energy. Now, could I have found a better plant?! 


I got this gorgeous planter from WoodWorldDesignCo to transfer our money tree and allow it to grow, but since it’s still a bit too soon to move this little guy to such a big space, I’ll just show you what it looks like… empty. But how perfect is it, am I right? I love the light-colored wood and design. This indoor planter is surprisingly kid friendly not only because the pot is made of plastic, but also because of how sturdy the whole construction is: the pot is secured by the wood design and doesn’t budge at all. The planter is raised, but close to the ground, so there is really no risk of the plant toppling over.

The rest of the pieces (our round, wood-rimmed mirror, marble console table and its accents, and side table lamps, rattan basket and cotton wreath) were already posted about HERE, but I just had to share them again. They’re my favorites!

Here’s a little video to show you the room in its entirety, including some close ups. I hope you like it!

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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