Reveal – Client’s Bedroom

The bedroom. Ah, the bedroom. Such a misunderstood and often feared (for so many reasons!) room. However, it is an important one. A very important one. I mean really, don’t we all need our beauty sleep? I think we do and because of this, it is important we feel comfortable and at ease in our bedroom. Our clients were not really either of those things in the previous iteration of their master bedroom.

The room itself is a nice size with ample space for furniture, lots of closet space, and natural light. However, something wasn’t quite right in this room and the clients knew it. The red on the walls was a second attempt at getting the wall colour right and a significant departure from the previous icy blue. However, they loved it… or at least thought they did. The comforter was a wedding present hand-made by a parent; a heart warming labourious gift. Naturally, the couple wanted to make us of it but as you can see from the photos, the true blue in the comforter was fighting with the red on the walls in effect making it a disquieting and un-enjoyable room. Further to this, the furniture they loved so much all but disappeared into the walls.

The bones of the room, and the furniture in it, provided an excellent foundation to start this project and bring the room together. We opted for a blue/grey on the walls. Thankfully this colour is more grey than blue offering more calm than colour. The windows did not have any curtains previously, only blinds/shades, so to “complete” the room and for consistency we brought in beautiful navy curtains. In addition to this we modernized the blinds adding another bit of consistency and upgrade. To soften the comforter we turned it over to find, voila!, a beautiful toile fabric that works perfectly in the room.

Another favourite in the room is the rug. Consisting of mostly bright red, we wanted to bring that colour into other areas of the room so we had custom pillows made. The red is now in three different places in the room offering the perfect “hits” throughout. The kidney pillow on the bed was made from fabric left over from when we hemmed the curtains. How much do we love our seamstress?

The over-sized wing back chair helped complete the room. The taupe/linen colour is picked-up from the rug however, is versatile enough that it could be moved to other rooms in the house and used no problem. A chair, or sitting area, in a bedroom is so important to comfort. It is nice to have a place to sit and put your socks on in the morning. Don’t you agree?

A second ceiling fan, to match the first one, was purchased to provide symmetry to the room. Picking up on the brushed nickel finishes, new hardware was added to the closets. The room is now looking more cohesive and from what the clients tell us, much more calming and comfortable. The furniture they love so much is now beautifully showcased against soft grey walls and the rug they enjoy provides the perfect hit of colour. Also, the versatile comforter on the bed has found a new life as the beautiful and comforting bed cover. You may have also noticed that regardless of which way the comforter is turned, Jenna-The-Cat loves it.

This room is a perfect example of how successful “working with what you have” can be. Enjoy!

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Reveal – Client’s Dining Room

This room is the dining room in the house we showcased in last week’s living room reveal. Like that room, this one is beautiful, a grand size and had wonderful furniture. What it didn’t have was much light or life. The room had not been update since the 60’s and although the wallpaper (which the homeowner’s mother put up in the 40s) and bank of heavy velvet drapes were impressive, they had to go.

What is most interesting about this room is the fact that very few new things were introduced to the room, but how different, exciting, and new the room now looks. The biggest challenge with this room was having the wallpaper removed and the walls repaired/re-plastered. The walls were then painted a lovely green – the colour was chosen so we could “work with what we had”. The dominant colour in the existing rug (from Eaton’s, no less!) is a lovely green, so that was a starting point.

Once the painting was finished, the floors were refinished. The dining room chair seats were recovered in a deep yellow with a pattern that mimics that of the rug and picks up on some creamy yellow accents also in the rug. Because the drapes in the living room were so heavy, hid the light, and had been up for so long, we wanted to go with something very light and airy on the windows. We chose a classic sheer topped with a very simple valance. The valance has a green stripe, matching the rest of the room, with a golden yellow border to help tie in the chairs.

The furniture was rearranged in order to showcase it better and to spread it out. The huge china cabinet , which was previously tucked away in a corner, now holds a more prominent position and features a few, carefully chosen pieces of china that add to the room with their colour. Prior to this, the cabinet was used more for storage than show and contributed to the heavy feeling in the room.

The light fixture was a steal of a deal from the Habitat for Humanity Restore. $50 and brand new! The candelabras on the table mimic the patter of the light fixture – this complement allows it all to work together and look like a vignette.

The client tells us she has been trying out each and every chair to see which one is her favourite. Our favourite part of this is finding out she is actually now using the room to enjoy and eat in!

Here’s a picture of what the room looked like when the client was growing up in the house.

And a few pictures of the room prior to the renovation and redecoration.

And here’s what the room looks like now.

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