Reveal – Master Bedroom

In the past we’ve had good bedrooms. They’ve been functional, comfortable and most importantly, they looked good. However, we’ve never had a “GREAT” bedroom… until now.

When we moved into this house we said we would take the decorating and renovations slower than our last two houses. We had to – we were exhausted. We did take them slower but the redecorating of the bedroom seemed to take forever! We started by painting the bedroom shortly after we moved in. We choose Benjamin Moore’s Adriatic Sea from their Colour Stories collection because of the variation, saturation, and drama in the colour. Shortly after moving in we also purchased the bedding. For the first time in our adult lives we have bedsheets worthy of “Oprah’s favourite things”. Organic Loop sheets are amazing! To cover these gorgeous sheets we purchased a duvet cover from Dwell. All bedding is from Cottage Industry.

Next came the bed. We shopped around a lot for a bed. We needed it to be “right” given it is a significant investment. This bed is right for us and is from AP Industries. Purchased at Hambly’s, the bed is the right size, colour and style. The headboard is covered in a linen similar to the curtains, and originally came with box-stitching but we opted out of that for a more straight forward and clean line. We think the bed is a “big boy” bed for sure – we love it.

Choosing bedside tables and sconces took us a long time. We knew we wanted the complementary paintings by Christine Trainor hung beside the bed so from there chose bedside tables. We went with this “mid century” tables from West Elm because of their size, finish and their vintage look. We chose the sconces (from Cottage Industry) because they are plug in – more affordable and they fit nicely behind the paintings.  We purchased the ceiling fixture from Harris House Antique Lighting in Annapolis Royal.  It is a custom piece that the owner made out of reclaimed antique lighting parts.  They also have a large (and amazing) collection of restored antique lighting for sale.

The curtains are off the shelf linen from Fabricville. To customize them we added bands of matching fabric to the bottom and top. These colours work well with the rest of the room. The rug was $79 from Home Depot. From time to time they have gems like this.

Our bedroom is finally finished and we couldn’t be happier. Finally a great bedroom that is the perfect place to retire after a long day.

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Reveal – New Living Room

Finally! Finally our living room and dining room are finished. These rooms were the first ones to be painted/wallpapered when we moved in and all of the furniture arrived on moving day however, they were only “finished” just recently.

The layout of these rooms is fairly common with the living room adjoining the dining room. Something we loved about this house when we first viewed it was the layout and how bright and open everything seemed. These rooms are no exceptions. Although there are pocket doors in between the rooms, the doors are never closed. Also, we found a pair of French doors in the attic that are for the doorway between the entryway and the living room, but for the time being we don’t think we are going to put them back up.

We love colour. Love it. However, for this house we decided to go with a neutral palette as a base and then use pops of colour where we could. The walls in the living room are Cedar Key from Benjamin Moore,  a lovely taupe with a lavender undertone. The couch is linen on which we added some colourful pillows in a purple tone. The chairs also have a linen base but the green pattern adds a nice dynamic. Of course the real show piece in this room is the Dash & Albert wool hooked rug! Oh how we love it so. Nestled away in the corner is a rocking chair that was Craig’s Great Grandfather’s – a great addition. The furniture in this room is from Hambly’s and the rug from Cottage Industry. We can’t thank Julie Hambly enough for her help through our furniture crisis, however; that is a story for another time!

The wallpaper in the dining room was a painstaking task but Craig did an amazing job. It really changed the room and brightened it up. The dining room set has a traditional Shield Back chair, and great inlay details on the apron and legs.  We purchased the set second hand and had the chairs recovered in a striped neutral tone on tone fabric. We love the built in bookcase in the dining room and the mantel over the fireplace as it allows us to showcase many of our treasures and gives us the opportunity to change them up often to create a different look for the room.

Continuity is very important in a space like this. We went for geometric shapes between both rooms to provide some continuity.  We also repeated the soft purples, greens, blues, and coral reds found in the rug in the accent cushions, accessories, and dinnerware. Also, if you notice the colours can also found in the stained glass windows in each room.

We couldn’t be happier with these rooms. We also couldn’t be happier they are finished!

Here is a before pic of both the living room and the dining room, followed by the ‘afters’.

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Reveals – Take Two

In preparation of listing our house to sell (for more details, click here) we decided to make some changes to the interior to focus more on the space and structure rather than the items, and paint colours, in it.

Perhaps one of the easiest, but most dramatic, changes was the paint colour in the entryway and hall. We change the wall colour from a Kelly green to a classic taupe. We were truly shocked with the change and how much brighter and larger the space seemed and how much more alive the floors and lights fixtures became. We left the mirror that was there, but painted black and switched out the marble top desk for a classic gate leg table.

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Next up was the living room. The biggest change in this room was the major edit of everything in it. Most of the accessories and wall hangings were removed and the 7ft French Provincial couch was switched out for a more contemporary and versatile sofa (from Hambly’s). Otherwise, I think the changes in the room speak for themselves. What do you think?

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The man-den. Oh, the man-den. It’s gone. No more bear skin rug. No more antlers. No more deep purple. Like the living room, this room was also heavily edited so as to showcase it’s size, versatility and brightness. The walls were painted a lovely light green that goes well with the neutral furniture.

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The upstairs bathroom received a fresh coat of paint. The steel grey is more calming, more versatile than the previous colour. It works well with the counter-top, fixtures and accessories. Grey is such a lovely, inviting and versatile colour. One of our favourites.

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So, comments appreciated. What do you think of the changes to 292?

Reveal – Client’s Bedroom

Well, nothing like a clean slate! This young couple contacted us a while ago for help with their master bedroom. When they moved in the house was full of wallpaper, dated hardware and carpet. They took it upon themselves to undo all this decorating but once they got it undone, weren’t exactly sure how to get it back together. In we came.

A lovely couple to work with, their only wish was to once again make the room functional so we started with the basics – flooring and paint colour. A bedroom they had in a previous home was grey, and they really liked it. However, rather than repeat that colour on the wall we decided instead to put it in the flooring. The grey, with hints of taupe, is beautiful on the floor and offers and neutral palette and a lovely, cozy feeling to the room. Next we moved onto the paint which is a “Harrisburg Green” from Benjamin Moore. The green and grey work very well together.

Another issue with the function of the room was the closet. We called in the Closet Dr. to make it as functional as possible and although you can’t see it, he did a wonderful job. The husband of the couple was able to do much of the other work (flooring, paint etc.) himself so this saved considerably on the budget. He took it upon himself to spray paint the hardware in the room changing it from a harsh brass to a perfectly matched matte black.

Most of the other furniture was already available from within the house. However, we did opt for low profile bedside tables and shorter (but shiny!) lamps due to the slope in the ceiling. The mirrored lamps offer a great bit of pizzazz to the room. The bedspread is a lovely grey that is keeping within the theme of the room. For a punch of colour and visual interest we had pillows and a matching valance custom made. The two, contrasting fabrics work perfectly in the room and help tie all the black together. Purple is the favourite colour of one half of this couple (guess which one!) so purple piping was added to the pillows for an extra hit of colour. Also, the purple rugs work beautifully on the grey floor and offer something nice for their feet when they get out of bed in the morning.

This room is a brilliant example of working with what you have. With the exception of the accessories and bedside tables, everything else was already in the home. With a new lease on life these pieces look beautiful in the new master bedroom that has been put back together and we think, is being enjoyed.

Here are some before pictures from when the couple first moved into the house.

And a few pictures after the room was “taken apart”.

And here’s what the room looks like now.

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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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