True story: I discovered Erika and her blog Urban Grace, chronicling her life and interior design projects, over 4 years ago and immediately pored through the ENTIRE thing in one sitting. My eyes were burning by the end, but the inspiration I felt while reading like a mad woman was unlike anything I had come across at the time. I’ve since held Erika in high esteem, and it’s a bit of a dream come true to have her here today giving some insider tips on all things design. First up? The master bedroom!

SMP: One splurge worthy bedroom item:

UG: Bedding. Nobody likes scratchy sheets!

SMP: Tips on mixing and matching patterns in bedding & toss cushions?

UG: Make sure they aren’t too matchy. I think it’s always nice to have a collected feel rather than a showroom feel. You don’t want it to look like you went to the store and came back with a boxed set of bedding.

SMP: Where do you usually shop for bedroom related furniture and accessories?

UG: It varies from project to project. I typically use a mixture of everything from high-end furniture manufacturers to local thrift and antique stores. I don’t think something has to cost a lot of money to be beautiful and make a space feel like home.

SMP: Every bedroom should have…

UG: something personal. Whether it’s a gift someone has given you or a piece of art with sentimental value. I think a bedroom should be a place to escape and relax and should reflect the personality of its’ owner. Something about being surrounded by things that mean something to you makes it feel a little more special.

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1. I always use black out lining on window treatments in a bedroom.

2. Maximize any opportunities for storage.

3. Keep it comfortable.

4. Less is more. Don’t fill up every surface with clutter. You want to create a space that you will enjoy and filling a room with clutter creates a feeling of chaos rather than relaxation.

5. Neutral bedding. It will never go out of style! Pillows are an easy way to bring in pattern and they are less expensive to replace if you get tired of them.

Photography: Colleen Duffley | Photography: Urban Grace | Interior Design: Urban Grace