Hello there friends! Today I’m excited to share the progress I’ve made in decorating our primary bedroom. There is still much I would like to change as time and budget allow, but rather than wait for the space to be “perfect,” I want to document things along the way. Not sure about you, but I enjoy blog posts about simple changes. They inspire me to work with what I have and enjoy the process. White bedding, driftwood tones and varying textures make this coastal farmhouse bedroom feel airy and fresh. Thrifted baskets and books keep this update budget friendly! Here is the progress in our coastal farmhouse bedroom.

1. Coastal Farmhouse Bedroom Pillows

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A while ago I shared a design plan for this space. Since then, I’ve already changed my mind about a few things, of course! However, I stuck with my original plan of three euro pillows with simple white pillowcases, and a striped lumbar pillow as an accent. Stripes add a coastal, casual vibe and go with just about anything.

As for the rest of our bedding, I would like to do an update at some point since ours is not very luxurious–just an inexpensive white duvet cover and waffle weave blanket. One step at a time!

2. Thrifted Coastal Basket

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Last week Ladybug and I made a quick trip to Goodwill while Bug was at preschool, and I found this gorgeous woven basket. The color and texture are exactly what I was looking for, and the price was amazing–$2.50! I love the seagrass look for a modern coastal space. Since snapping these photos, I hung the basket on the wall above the bed, and am loving it there as well.

If you like the wood bead garland, I have an easy tutorial here!

3. Affordable White Dresser

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We recently purchased our white IKEA Hemnes dresser. I love the modern look, ample storage space, and of course, the price tag! The dresser is the only big item we have purchased for this space so far, and I’m so pleased with the decision. Our previous dresser was black and really weighed down the room; now it feels bright and fresh.

Side note: our son and daughter each have the Hemnes 3-drawer chest in their rooms! See them here and here.

4. Thrifted Coffee Table Books

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Apart from baskets, books are my favorite decor item to thrift. The bottom three books here were $2 each at Goodwill. Considering the price of a new coffee table book ($30-50), the hunt is so worth it! Here are some tips for finding great decorative books on the cheap:

  • Search for relevant titles. I found several smaller books with “Island” in the title–perfect for a coastal space! I also love books about destinations, as shown here. The Colonial Williamsburg book was a special find since my family visited there during my childhood.
  • Look underneath the dust jacket. I usually look for white, cream, gray, or blue books, but this will depend on your decor style.
  • Check back often. Thrift stores have a lot of turnover. I do not always find what I am looking for, but this was a good visit!

Coastal Farmhouse Bedroom Future Plans

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Someday, I would love to do DIY wall molding behind the bed as an accent wall. Currently, I’m on the hunt for an inexpensive faux tree for the basket beside the dresser, and have some other decor items on my wishlist (such as a rug for under the bed).

However, I can truly say that I am enjoying the gradual process of designing our coastal farmhouse bedroom. The challenge of doing it on a budget, and using items that we already have, brings me such satisfaction. Finding that perfect piece at a thrift store for a fraction of the price is a great feeling. Of course, I love perusing the picture perfect homes of Pinterest and Instagram, but this is where we are right now, and cultivating our home is one of my biggest joys.

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends. I would love to hear your favorite items to thrift, or see your current projects, so please leave me a comment below and say hello!

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  1. Styling our room after this!😍

  2. Hi! Where are your Euro pillows and inserts from? I’ve been trying to find 3 simple white ones like this! Beautiful room!

    1. Hi Liz! I cannot remember where I got the shams, but these look similar: https://rstyle.me/+t7JutXEUh1k_MtlLxOrUyQ As for the down inserts, I got them from IKEA. I recommend down (vs poly) because they look much fluffier. Hope that helps!

  3. Hi there! This is beautiful! Where did you get your headboard, if you don’t mind sharing?

  4. Where did you get the canvas art above the white dresser?

  5. Ricki Geary says:

    What color are your walls?

    1. Hi Ricki! We have since painted our walls, but this was Passive by Sherwin Williams! 🙂

  6. Where can I find a flat large basket like the one on the dresser above….that’s not too pricey!

    1. Hello Ashley! I found that one at a thrift store for just a few dollars, it is worth looking! But here are a few options if you would like to order something: 1 / 2 / 3

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