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I'm Erika Ward

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation.  My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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Apparently our nesting instincts are getting us prepared for what I consider the slumber months. We’ve yet to feel the fall crisp air here in Atlanta, however I’ve been working on a number of bedrooms that usher in cozy and comfort. This master bedroom was far from a retreat when I first saw it. It was no representation of the young, effervescent couple who slept there every night.

Fortunately it had great bones. Hefty moldings around doors, windows, and the ceiling were the room’s biggest assets. The abundance of windows was a close second.


This bedroom design was an anniversary gift to the lovely lady of the house so it was imperative that I captured her vision. We started with the inspiration image below. She instantly fell in love with the smoky blue walls, so that was our jumping off point. I generally don’t choose a paint color first, but I knew I could find fabrics that would shine against such a rich backdrop.


After shopping around a bit, here’s the fabric scheme I chose. Smoky blue mixed with oatmeal keeps the tone traditional, while the yellow geometric added a touch of playfulness.


Here is the final result. We used a total of eight drapery panels to soften the lines of the windows. They are unlined to provide a bit of light-filtering, but the upholstery weight fabric still provides a touch of privacy. MasterBedroomMakeover_Gateway_8




The throw pillows are a mix of custom and retail. Can you guess which of them are from HomeGoods? Of course you can’t! I love mixing high and low for a look that’s deceptively affordable!

And for the seating…

The homeowners had a pair of chairs in their playroom. They were hotel resort cast-offs purchased for $100 each. We outfitted the pair with newly upholstered cushions and put them to work in front of the bed.MasterBedroomMakeover_Gateway_5Lovely, right? Don’t overlook sturdy pieces of furniture in your home. They can always be remixed, repurposed, and reused! Just show them a little TLC. The photo frames are made of weathered wood and are the perfect start to a growing gallery wall. There’s a lot of love in this family and the couple enjoys being surrounded by sweet memories and those close to their heart.


If you are looking for an upgrade for your master bedroom or any room for that matter, contact me info(at)erikaward.com or call me (404) 507-6110 to schedule a consultation. You work hard and owe it to yourself to live well and in style!

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  1. Leslie Price says:

    Such a lovely lovely room! And I adore those yellow chairs! Smiles to you!

  2. Your stuff is gorgeous! I will definitely be reaching out when I get my new house!

  3. sandi says:

    Erika – What a great room!! Would love to know the paint number of the wall. Love the color!

  4. Love the beautiful room, the wall color was the icing on the room.
    Beautiful work!

  5. La Monica says:

    Love the smoky blue walls, the yellow print reupholstered chairs and the drapery. This bedroom looks and “feels” like a retreat. Great job!

  6. La Monica says:

    I meant to say, “place to ‘retreat’.”

  7. Mary Etta says:

    Beautiful color patterns. Love the high/low mix of pillows.

  8. All kinds of beautiful! Love, love, love the wall color and that headboard…GORGEOUS!!! Beautiful job!!

  9. […] experience both memorable and pleasurable. I was contacted by a homeowner who fell in love with a bedroom makeover I completed for her sister. She contacted me almost immediately insisting that I MUST do the same […]



Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation. My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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