Before and After: Ryan's Affordable Modern Organic Bedroom

Before and After: Ryan's Affordable Modern Organic Bedroom

Laure Joliet
Jul 17, 2008
Here's the before, jump below for the afters!
Ryan's bedroom was starting to feel way too dark and he was even having trouble sleeping, so he started a major overhaul of his space attempting a modern organic bedroom that was open, airy and refreshing. The result is a space he loves to be in. Jump below for the results, how he did it affordably and what he's still working on:


Since I only have one window and limited natural light, the brown walls had to go. I wanted to paint the walls a bright cheerful color, but not something distracting, so I went with a belvedere cream and tate olive.


I wasn't finding any inexpensive, good quality euro shams, so I decided to sew my own. I took the train up (from Orange County) to the fabric district in downtown LA (after getting lost in skid row) and found all the fabric for the pillows for under $20. I also found that all of the bedskirts I'd buy from Linens 'n Things, Target, etc. all appeared dingy and see-through, so I decided to make my own. While at the fabric district, I picked up some heavy, thick white fabric and created my own bedskirt to my liking. The lights above my night stands are just grapevine balls that I found at a Michaels craft store. I simply put a light bulb through it and hung it from the ceiling, and wrapped the cord in hemp, casting dramatic branch-like shadows on the walls.

Lastly the bed. I was tired of practically being on the ground with a platform bed, and after looking around the cheapest box spring and frame would cost $150-200. I decided to head to Home Depot and pick up some wood and make my own. My friend and I simply created a box smaller than the mattress and attached some sheets of plywood on top, giving me storage for baskets underneath.

I kept my desk in the same space as before, however found a sofa console so the desk wasn't sticking out further than the curtains anymore. The two nightstands are ottomans, while the side table by the chair is actually a hamper from West Elm, that just happened to match the piece of art above the TV from Pier 1 perfectly.


Shopping at World Market, I fell in love with this wine buffet, I went back to the store 4 times to make sure I really really wanted it. I not only used it as a TV and media stand, but I also used it to store (and hide) all my DVDs, t-shirts, shorts, socks, and underwear.

I definitely had to think outside the box and learn to not use things for their intended purpose to create the look I wanted. The curtains above both the window and the desk hang from a stick of bamboo attached to the ceiling with more pieces of hemp, creating a more natural feel.

I have fallen in love with my room and have slept even better. I am open to any suggestions and comments as the room will grow with me over time.

Wow, we're so impressed with your can-do attitude Ryan, thanks for sharing your process and inspiration (not to mention affordable alternatives). What do you think everyone?

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