Master Bedroom Plans

bedroom before

When you have four rooms ripped apart to the subfloor and have begun rebuilding them, what’s a normal thing for a person to do? Pause progress and begin working on a bedroom that was perfectly fine “before?” Yeah, probably not normal, but here I am doing that exact thing.

We were given the opportunity to work on the bedroom with a sponsorship through A Beautiful Mess, so I dropped everything and said YES! Currently our bedroom is filled with a mix of items that aren’t necessarily my first choice, but it was a nice space to escape to in the midst of our intense first floor renovations. The pink rug is from our living room at the old house, the dresser part of a Craigslist set I bought for the girls’ room, the nightstands I made specifically for our tiny bedroom at our old home, and an heirloom bed that my dad amazingly created from raw materials. We’re upgrading to a king size bed since we have the space for it, and after deciding on a bed from Arhaus, I designed the rest of the room around it. Here’s one of my inspirations for the space— a hotel in Stockholm with a dramatic board and batten wall. While I planned to do a softer take on this look, I knew for sure board and batten would be the perfect way to add a cozy vibe and ground our spacious bedroom with high, sloping ceilings.

board and batten bedroom

We’re currently working on finishing up the board and batten treatment, and will be painting everything this weekend. I’m so excited to see the finished product! But mostly I’m just excited to be finished, because not only has it been a lot of labor, but I’m also tired of camping out in a tiny bedroom with the mattress on the floor.

Here are our plans for fixtures and finishes in the bedroom:

bedroom mood board

A lot of people have asked me what Phil thinks about “all that pink.” He was happy with the wall paint (Flax by Benjamin Moore) because it’s a more neutral and cozy take on pink. But I have a feeling if I had presented Phil with a more princess pink color, he wouldn’t have like that so much. One of the main reasons I chose to use a shade of pink on the wall is because I already had pink curtains from our old home’s dining room, and the rug from our old living room. I could’ve been happy with a beige on the wall, coordinating with the warm pink, but decided to go with color since so many walls in our home are white and neutral. I’m sure one day we’ll shuffle rugs around again and maybe feel ready to change up the color on the wall. After all, it’s only paint!

Here are the sources for everything we’re using in the bedroom:

Can’t wait to share the results with you!


Personalized Radio Flyer Children’s Book

Personalized Radio Flyer Book

Christmas is more fun than ever now that I have two little girls who get excited about every little tradition! Of course, they’re also at the age where they ask for every fun toy they see, though as their mom, I have a good idea about which ones they’ll love for years to come, and which ones will end up forgotten in the bottom of a toy basket. As I mentioned last week, I’ve been carefully considering what we give the girls this year for Christmas, which is why I’m really excited to partner with Radio Flyer to share this special heirloom I See Me book with you!

Lucy has a Radio Flyer scooter of her own that makes her feel adventurous and independent when we’re playing outside on warmer days. She loves that thing, so I was pretty excited to be able to customize a My Radio Flyer Adventure book for her!

Personalized Radio Flyer Book

Personalized Radio Flyer Book

It was so gratifying to see how excited Lucy was to see herself in her book, and to be able to read her name on each page. She already loves adventure and has quite an imagination, but as her parents we’re intent on inspiring her love for reading too. It was really special to see her so fully engaged in a story featuring herself as the hero, especially knowing she’ll use the story for inspiration in her creative playing, and even in her story telling too! That’s why I think this I See Me book is the perfect gift for kiddos.

You can create your own My Radio Flyer Adventure book here, customizing the book with the name, Radio Flyer vehicle, skin color, hair color, eye color, and gender of your child. You can preview the book 

Personalized Radio Flyer Book

I also wanted to let you guys know that Radio Flyer is hosting a 25 Days of Holiday Giveaways, giving away one toy daily until December 15th. Don’t miss your chance to win! Check out the giveaway here.

I’d love to hear about what kind of creative gifts you all are giving your children! I’m the weirdo who’s already thinking of what to give next year. Ha! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Radio Flyer. The opinions and text are all mine.


Personalized Radio Flyer Book


Win a Canvas Shopper or Diaper Bag

Making Nice in the Midwest Diaper Bag Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who checked out the Baby Highpants Etsy shop! I used to generate a winner for the Poppy bag giveaway, and Mallory was the lucky gal who won! If you didn’t win, don’t forget the 20% off code that’s good for one more week at Baby Highpantsmidwesthighpants

Lucy and I teamed up with the kind folks of Baby Highpants to bring you a very special handmade giveaway. Whether you need a bag for stashing bottles and diapers, or just a classic shopper or messenger bag, Baby Highpants has a really nice selection of colors and styles for both men and women. I’ve selected this customizable Poppy bag for one reader to win! Check out the details below— Who knows? It could be your lucky day!

Making Nice in the Midwes

Making Nice in the Midwest Diaper Bag Giveaway

Please comment below for a chance to win! The winner of the giveaway will receive their own customized version of the Poppy bag in either the large diaper bag size or medium size (shown here with pockets suitable for a diaper bag). The bag will also come with a changing pad and stroller clip if you’re using yours for a diaper bag. Pretty nifty! I’ve been enjoying using my medium bag for Lucy’s cloth and disposable diapers, plus I can still fit my own things and a little sweater for Lucy. It’s just big enough without feeling like I’m carrying around a baby duffel bag!

Curious about how the bags are made? Check out the process photos on Baby Highpants’s Facebook page here. Peep the bags on Instagram too!

If you don’t win the giveaway but are still interested in snagging a Baby Highpants bag to call your own, they’re offering Making Nice in the Midwest readers a special 20% discount for two weeks! Use the code midwesthighpants during your checkout to apply the discount.

Good luck! I’ll be posting the randomly selected winner this Friday.

Making Nice in the Midwest Diaper Bag Giveaway

Making Nice in the Midwest Diaper Bag Giveaway

Making Nice in the Midwest Diaper Bag Giveaway

Making Nice in the Midwest