Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

July 25, 2016

My First Apartment: Bedroom Reveal!!

Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Bed: Bedroom Expressions {similar here} Bedding: Jessica Simpson Collection // Pink Blanket: Target // Accent Pillows: At Home {similar here} // Paintings (above bed): At Home {similar here} // Painting {right of bed}: Evelyn Henson // Lamp: At Home {similar here} // Desk: IKEA {similar here} // Dresser + Mirror (holding perfume and jewelry): Rooms To Go Sophia Vergara Collection // Desktop Art Block: Curly Girl Designs // Lilly Pulitzer Inpsired Letter: Etsy // Desktop Gold Mug: Anthropologie // Planner: c/o Me & My Big Ideas // Pencil Case: Kate Spade // Makeup Containers: The Container Store 

     The much-awaited post is finally here: I'm so excited to be showing y'all my new bedroom today! While I was excited to move into and decorate each room in my apartment, my bedroom is what I was most enthusiastic about making my own. 

      This is the first time in my life that I've ever had a bed larger than a twin! Because of that, I had to get everything brand new for my bed: from the mattress to the bed frame down to the accent pillows! The two things that I knew before moving into my apartment were that I wanted a tufted headboard and white bedding. My headboard in my childhood bedroom is wooden (and in college dorms you don't have headboards), so I wanted something different, and I also think that tufted headboards are so elegant.  The white bedding might be a bit cliche since I am a fashion blogger... but I had fallen in love with pictures of so many other bloggers' bedrooms and I am always drawn especially to the look of crispy, white bedding! 

     There are certainly a lot of white bedding options out there, and when shopping for bedding I did thorough searches of both local home goods and department stores, and also many online retailers! I ended up going with this bedding set mainly because of the unique draped ruffles sewn into the design. This bedding pulls off the "undone yet perfectly polished" look so easily. I personally have never been one to enjoy making my bed, and I knew that if I wanted to start doing this in post grad life then I would need bedding that was easy to make. Things ended up working so well, and it takes me about two minutes each day to make my bed (less then half the time that it takes me to make my twin bed back home, just because of the differences in bedding!). 

     Followers of my blog or social media know that I am definitely a fan of color! After I realized that my bedding was definitely going to be white, and the headboard that I selected coordinated with the tan walls (which came with my apartment ;-) ), I knew that it was time to start adding chic and small pops of color to the room! Accent pillows are a great first place to start. I love the ones that I picked and they have been great for the summer months. I might switch them out later this year for fall/winter. And I fell in love with these two pink abstract art pieces for above my bed, which I found at my local At Home store (similar art piece here). The Lilly Pulitzer inspired letter "A" was a dorm room decoration from college that I purchased on Etsy a couple of years ago- it now hangs on the door of my bathroom! 

     Lastly is the table next to my bed. It is technically a desk, but I am currently using it as a table for my extra makeup storage and some additional decorations. My next decorating project for my room will be to turn this table space into a blogging desk! I want to move my extra makeup into my bathroom, figure out new homes for some of the decorations, and buy a really cute desk chair. I long for the day when I will live in a place that has room for my own blog office, but for the near future I will work on making this desk idea a reality! (The desk was given to me by a friend of mine from college who moved this past winter- sometimes friends who are moving can be a great source of apartment furniture or decor!) 

      I am so pleased with how my first "big girl" bedroom came together, and I can't wait to see what future rooms of mine will look like through years to come. Decorating my new apartment has been lots of fun, and I've realized that with time and perseverance, home design can absolutely be done on a budget!

    Thanks so much for reading!

     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. Super cute! I love your headboard... and your pillows, and paintings, and bedding. Basically everything!

  2. Is it weird that your room is totally how I would pictur your room if I were to imagine it? So perfectly girly with the right amount of color. I love how it came together girl!

  3. So many cute things. The headboard and bed side lamp/lampshade are definitely my two favorite things!


  4. Oh I love it!!! That bed looks perfect! Love the headboard and pillows!

    Sara Kate Styling

  5. Your room is SO cute, Annaliese! I love white bedding too, evident by my room too haha!


  6. Your apartment is so cute! I love tufted headboards!

  7. Oh my gosh, I love how bright and happy your space is!! The throw pillows on your bed are so cute :)

    Cristina /

  8. I love the fun color palate you chose! The paintings are fab!

  9. Love how you decorated your bedroom! I always loved a nice white bedding, it reminds me of a hotel!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  10. I love your room!!! It came together is perfectly. Obsessed with your headboard!

    xo Ashley

  11. I love your bedroom! So cute! Love all the fun patterns and color.

    Greta |

  12. I absolutely love those pillows. Your entire room is so chic!

  13. Your headboard is gorgeous! Very cute room.

  14. Your room is so pretty! Love the headboard and your jewelry storage!


  15. Your room is so stinking cute, love the pops of color!!

  16. Omg!! This is perfection! I'm obsessed with the pillows!!

  17. Oh how fun! I LOVE your headboard! xo, sharon

  18. So cute.
    xoxo, Rachel

  19. Your room is adorable! Love how you decorated it!

  20. I love how it came out! White bedding is my favorite too!

    The Blush Blonde

  21. OMG its so cute!!! I love the lamp and the vanity displays!

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  22. What a pretty room!!! Love the whole setup :)
    XO Amanda |

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