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Before & After: A Dated Bedroom Becomes A Modern Retreat for Family

by Rebekah Carey

When Jenny and Adam were expecting their second daughter, Teddi, they decided it was finally time to turn their neglected master bedroom into an oasis that was stylish for adults, and kid-safe for their new addition and their older daughter, Charlotte. Jenny is a publicist and Adam works in television development, so having a room that the couple (and family) could retreat to after a long day was a necessity. The family enlisted the help of Dee Murphy, of Murphy Deesign, to create a more sophisticated space in their Los Angeles, CA home. Dee wanted to make their gorgeous new bed (their old one was left behind by the previous homeowners) the focal point of the room. She also replaced the tired light blue paint — which Jenny and Adam admit was a rushed paint job — with a classic navy blue from Benjamin Moore. The rest of the home features vintage and mid-century pieces, so Dee continued that aesthetic into the bedroom for a cohesive look. The pink Consort Design chair in the corner is both beautiful and also the perfect place for mom and baby to rest or read.

Now, not only does the couple have a bedroom that feels adult, stylish, and reflects the rest of their home, but their daughters Charlotte and Teddi have a place where they’re more than welcome to share family time outside of the main living areas. Thank you Jenny and Adam for sharing your gorgeous bedroom makeover, and give those sweet girls a squeeze for us! Rebekah

Photography by Zeke Ruelas (Interiors) | Avia Rosen (Family Photos)

Image above: Jenny and Adam felt like the rest of their house was fairly stylish, but their bedroom was, “nothing short of an embarrassment.” Jenny said of their goal, “We sought to turn the bedroom into a sophisticated yet kid-friendly space where we could relax and unwind both as a couple and a family.”

A Structured Bed Frame Matches Ties Into The Angled Ceilings On Design*Sponge

The framed Max Wanger print above the bed is quintessentially California.

The Whole Family Proving Their New Room Is Fit For The Whole Family On Design*Sponge

The whole family in their new and inviting bed.

Different Kid-Friendly Textures Adorn The Bed On Design*Sponge

“Waking up to this beautifully appointed space every morning has been a dream come true. It has made such a difference to be able to start and end the day in such a room that actually reflects our style and fits with the rest of the house,” Jenny admits.

A Stylish Corner Perfect For Mom And Baby On Design*Sponge

This corner is designed for both function and form: the pink Consort Design chair is ideal for feeding Teddi or spending special time with Charlotte.

Jenny And Charlotte Sitting Pretty In Their Pink Consort Design Chair On Design*Sponge

Jenny and Charlotte looking comfy and color coordinated in their pink lounge chair.

Bedside Table And Side Table Pulling Double Duty On Design*Sponge

The lamp table serves as both the table for the chair and the bedside table, with a bonus of storage.

Delicate But Durable Details Sit Atop The Bedside Table On Design*Sponge

Pretty decor items that can also hold jewelry, trinkets, or even a pacifier…

A Credenza Making The Most Of A Smaller Corner On Design*Sponge

A slim lamp fits nicely in the petite corner.

Credenza Styling On Design*Sponge

Nothing says “dream space” like fresh flowers!

An Uninspired

The “after” of the couple’s room is a happy place to retreat to at any point of the day, instead of a solely utilitarian space as it had been before.

Master Bedroom Credenza Vignette In This Bel Air Home On Design*Sponge

It’s hard to believe that this credenza wasn’t the original choice for Jenny and Adam’s room. The initial one they picked out was all ready to come into the space, but ended up getting stuck in the stairwell on the way up. The delivery team turned around, then Adam and Jenny got a piece they loved even more, and as a result, the couple now keeps their stairway dimensions with them in their wallets!

The Credenza Is Beautifully Styled And A Catchall For Books And Jewelry On Design*Sponge

While the credenza is obviously beautifully styled, those items are also disguised storage. You would never know they’re also organizational!

Dark Walls Let The Art Pop From The Walls On Design*Sponge

It’s remarkable how the dark paint color makes the gallery wall really pop.

More Fresh Flowers Adorn The Credenza On Design*Sponge

More fresh flowers tie in with the pink chair and other subtle pink details.

A Beautiful Collection Of Jewelry On Design*Sponge

A contrasting dish holds jewelry on the credenza.

A Unique Closet Architecture Gets A Makeover To Become More Cohesive With The Space On Design*Sponge

The closet framing made for a somewhat awkward area to decorate. Luckily Dee added useful items like the chair and mirror and details such as the hanging pieces to create a more useful space.

Wall Hangings Fill An Awkward Corner On Design*Sponge

A closer look at the closet area.


Paint – Benjamin Moore Old Navy
Credenza – West Coast Modern LA
Bed – Park Lane Canopy Bed from Frontgate
Vintage green and blue vase – Etsy
Vintage mint ceramic tray – Etsy
Vintage brass bunny – Etsy
White Ceramic Vase – Consort Design (no longer available)
Beads – Clad Home
Art pieces above Credenza – One King’s Lane (others no longer available)
Brass floor lamp – Anthropologie
Susie Italian Modern Chair – Consort Design
Icelandic Sheepskin – Consort Design
Navy Brush Stroke Lamp – Jana Bek Design
Curved Terrace Nightstand – West Elm
Decorative Gold Leaf Dishes – Clad Home
Window Treatments – Hunter Douglas
Photography above bed – County Line by Max Wanger
Throw Pillows – Clad Home
Tufted Throw – Consort Design (no longer available)
Vintage Rug – Woven Abode
Leather Director Stools – CB2
Brass Chair – Vintage
Basket Wall Art – Clad Home
Malone Campaign Floor Mirror – West Elm
Orange Pom Pom Basket – Etsy

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  • i found the original blue – how was it described “tired light blue paint”? very soothing. naturally, i don’t live in LA (thank goodness) and my home – merely an apt – is my oasis since I am disabled and don’t get out much thanks to the gob smacking heat and medical issues. My friend painted one wall a light blue (i forgot the exact name – from Yolo Paints, Oregon). Every time I look at the wall, i smile and feel happy. glad i’m merely a boring woman who likes tired light blue paint.

  • I wish this were my master bedroom! I love all of the pieces and how everything came together. Such a beautiful room.

  • Thank you for the feature Design *Sponge! This was one of my most favorite rooms for one of my most favorite families! I’m so happy to have created such a cozy retreat for them!

  • What a transformation! The sum of all parts coalesces into a beautifully appointed MBR that oozes style while retaining a relaxed aura. I love that the owners asked for a retreat they could enjoy with, not away from, their children. The designer listened and knocked it out if the park. The “after” room is a good example of why we mere mortals owe it to ourselves to involve a talented designer in our home reno projects.

    • Elizabeth! Thank you so much for this glowing review! You made my day! Happy to hear that in this era of DIY’ers and Pinterest aficionados … the talents of interior designers are still sought after and acknowledged. Thank you, thank you!