Before & After: Vintage Master Bedroom Make Over


Are you ready for a little vintage design inspiration? If so, you are in for a real treat! Over the past several weeks I have mentioned that I am working on a very Anthropologie inspired master bedroom revamp…and today, I am excited to finally share the transformation!

A few months ago, my friend Jennifer Claire of Memento Designs approached me to help her transform her unfinished master bedroom in to something “major!” Everybody has a room in their house that has been neglected, and for Jennifer this was her master bedroom.

When I think of Jennifer’s style, three words come to mind…classic, vintage, Anthropologie. Just look at her bridal portraits shot by Jenny Martel at Parkhouse Antiques in Dallas…

….with an admiration of all things vintage and bespoke, this girl is the epitome of unique and her master bedroom could do nothing but follow suite.

Needless to say, this room had to be over the top vintage and I was totally up for the challenge! With no further ado….here is Jennifer’s Master Bedroom before the transformation….

After a trip to Laurie Anna’s in Canton, a stop at Home Goods and several DIY projects, we completed Jennifer’s Anthropologie inspired haven…

We covered the wall in tattered and torn vintage book pages, pulled from “The Best Known Works of Shakespeare Vol. 1,” and “The Home: Courtship, Marriage and Children”…. a hilarious antiquated interpretation of how marriage “should be.” Needless to say, Jennifer and I got quite a kick out of reading insights and expertise of one from the 1930’s.

We were lucky enough to have Misti Davis of Pink Fly Photography photograph the room for us….she was so much fun to work with! I highly recommend her for any of your photography needs!

Curious to know how to accomplish this look yourself? Stay tuned for this vintage master bedroom DIY guide…

To view even more of Misti’s photos of the transformation, click below:


  • You are KIDDING ME!!! This is so unique and spot on with what you were going for. Well done and brilliant!

    January 24, 2011
    • Thank you, Krsiten! I had so much fun with this project!


      January 24, 2011
  • Wow Emily! Just wow. This room (and that wall, oh that wall) is awesome!

    January 24, 2011
    • Thank you, Heather! I do love the wall!!


      January 24, 2011
  • Julie

    This bedroom is so Jennifer! Loved the framed comment tags from the wedding. And the bird cage…what a find. Great job Emily!

    January 24, 2011
  • Janet

    You and Jennifer did a fabulous job!! It is amazing. It is even more beautiful in person!!

    January 24, 2011
  • You are amazing! What an inspirational post! LOVE IT ALL.

    January 24, 2011
  • Heather

    This is to die for! where did you get these pillows?? Absolutely timeless!!!

    January 24, 2011
    • Thanks Heather! I actually found almost all of the pillows at Home Goods! However, Jennifer made several of them as well…

      January 26, 2011
  • Sherri

    WOW!!!! Emily, I am obsessed with this bedroom!!!! I want my room to look just like this :) …way to go, you are incredibly talented! Love, love, love it

    January 24, 2011
  • wow, what a stunning room makeover. so vintage and glamorous. love the focal wall with the book pages–what a great idea and i can’t wait to see how you did it.

    January 24, 2011
  • Julie Coleman

    OMG…this room is fabulous!! I absoluetly LOVE it…you did an amazing job once again!

    January 24, 2011
  • Michelle

    WOW! I’m speechless! Absolutely beautiful!

    January 24, 2011
  • Deb

    WOW, Emily, that is AMAZING! Once again, a job so well done.

    January 24, 2011
  • WOW! It is simply stunning.

    January 24, 2011
  • kate mott

    emily hewett…you are too much! i literally save your blog for last when i am checking blogs because i POUR over your pages and pics! I am starting over (AGAIN) on decorating my house and I’ve gotten so much inspiration from some of the things you do…I haven’t done a THING yet (still in the “getting everything put away” stage)…but I have several things ear-marked! love love love your blog!

    January 25, 2011
  • You are a design genius!! I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like this.

    January 25, 2011
  • Sham

    I keep coming back and looking at all the beautiful details!! Great job!

    January 25, 2011
  • Seriously?! That is absolutely freaking amazing! I almost did not think it was the same room. What an inspiration!!!

    January 25, 2011
  • Jennifer

    Emily, AMAZING! I can hear my bedroom screaming your name right now!!!! (Actually the whole house is screaming your name.) You are really talented. Keep inspiring us with your amazing work. Been reading your blog for a while. I live in the Dallas area and I’m saving up my pennies for you girl!

    January 25, 2011
  • What an amazing transformation! Love it! Where did you get the quilt?

    January 26, 2011
  • Sham

    Yes, I’m back! LOVE this room! Your amazing vintage re-do has inspired me to re-do my room!! I’m looking for items similar to the bedding you chose! Any suggestions?!

    January 27, 2011
  • […] for the lack of posts this week….I got such a positive amount of feedback and emails on the Vintage Master Bedroom Make Over that I decided to leave it up for a bit […]

    January 27, 2011
  • Hi. I have My Romantic Home and Laurie Anna’s on my favorite blog list and saw this bedroom makeover and absolutely loved it. I wanted to see if I could have permission to post pictures on my blog of this makeover if I credit you and the homeowner? I know my readers would just love it. Thanks very much.

    The French Flea

    January 27, 2011
    • Hi Karen!

      Sure! We would love to have you post the room on your blog! Thanks so much!!

      Emily Hewett

      January 27, 2011
  • Emily this is so beautiful! Old World meet Modern. You are an amazing designer/decorator. Rita mammabellarte

    January 27, 2011
  • Wow ladies, that’s what I call real style. Kudos to you! It’s fantastic.

    January 27, 2011
  • Girllllll, your are quite the talented decorator! Love, love the room and that wall with the vintage book pages is just over the top!! Love it all!
    Happy Decorating!
    Cathy aka GGJ

    January 27, 2011
  • Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I love it ALL!! The wall is drop dead gorgeous and there are so many other special touches…..I just love it all!!!! xxoo, Dawn

    January 27, 2011
  • Elaine L.

    I love everything about this room. I especially love that you kept the contemporary platform bed.

    January 28, 2011
  • […] came across this amazing master bedroom remodel yesterday. It honestly took my breath […]

    January 28, 2011
  • Stunning…awesome makeover! You achieved exactly what you were going for!

    January 28, 2011
  • AHHHHHH It is absolutely
    beyond gorgeous!!
    I adore it !!


    January 28, 2011
  • I cannot wait to see exactly how you covered that wall- it makes such an impact! And the books you chose were spot on. The whole room is perfection considering your client’s style!

    January 29, 2011
  • AMAZING! BEAUTIFUL! what a BEAUTIFUL and romantic space you’ve created! Great job!
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring!
    Have a most beautiful week~
    ;-D Kathleen

    January 30, 2011
  • […] I recieved such an enormous response on last week’s Vintage Master Bedroom Make Over….I figured I would share this with you […]

    January 31, 2011
  • What a stunning room! Thank you for sharing and inspired me to redecorate my bedroom.

    January 31, 2011
  • Jen Hewett

    Emily- the transformation of her room is amazing! It really is beautiful, there are so many things I like about it, but will not list them all:) really like the birdcage with all the books in it, very unique!

    January 31, 2011
  • Loren

    Wow, my jaw dropped! You are so creative!

    P.S. Jenny Martell also did my bridals. She is so talented as well!

    February 02, 2011
  • […] since last Monday’s post on my friend Jennifer’s “Vintage Master Bedroom Make Over,” I have received a slew of emails asking, “How did you accomplish that wall of book […]

    February 02, 2011
  • This is crazy good. Love the book pages on the wall. Love all the colors used…so subtle and pretty. Love the lamps by the bed – are those Homegoods? Very beautiful.

    February 03, 2011
  • This is gorgeous, Emily! A job well done! I shared it on twitter I loved it so much :)

    February 11, 2011
  • […] is a treasured friend and a highly appreciated “design counsel” of mine. Together we transformed my master bedroom a few months ago and had a blast. As usual, I recently jumped head first into yet another DYI […]

    April 13, 2011
  • Payton

    Beautiful room! How did you manage to do the walk though? What made the papers stay?

    April 21, 2011
  • Peggie Russo-Millard

    Who wouldn’t love a room like this! It is beautiful!

    May 30, 2011
  • Me again! Ha! As an Anthropologie lover, I’m crazy about this room! Would love to do a wall of book pages like that. I can’t help but follow your great blog.

    Warmly, Michelle

    May 31, 2011
  • Payton

    I loved this room so mug I just had to copy it!! Now the wall is done and I’m loving the way it looks!

    June 17, 2011
  • Karyn

    OMG,,,, I need you11. I Love Love Love this room!

    June 01, 2012
  • nicole

    where do you find your bird cages at? i have been looking all over for similar ones and they are so hard to come by

    September 02, 2012
  • danica

    What color did you use on the walls on the vintage master bedroom you did for your friend Jennifer? The room is beautiful and I want to get that color paint! Thanks so much!

    June 02, 2013
  • I love this so much, what did you use for the book pages? Is it easy to remove if you wanted to in the future? (Not that I can see anyone wanting to remove that… but y’know)

    January 12, 2014
  • Ah nevermind, found the follow-up. :)

    January 12, 2014
  • Riley

    Love love love the distressed shelf! Where is it from??

    July 30, 2015
    • Thank you so much, Riley! The shelf was actually an existing piece the client already had.:)

      July 30, 2015

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