Reveal – Client’s Bedroom

“Finish it off” – this was the request from this client. This bedroom was halfway to being finished but not quite there. The wall colour, bed and bedding were in place but the extra touches had yet to be added.

An admirer of art deco, this client wanted that feel to her bedroom. We started with the custom headboard. The shape of the headboard offers visual interest while the plush cotton/bamboo fabric offers texture and luxuriousness to the room. The subtle grey piping helps connect the headboard to the bedding and the curtains. The bedskirt is made from the same fabric as the headboard making the bed appear as one unit – the focal point. With left over fabric we had a small kidney pillow made to complete the look.

With design there can be disappointment and frustration. For this project, it was the bedside tables. After looking high and low we decided to splurge on the perfect bedside tables. They were mirrored all over with a fine, tapered leg and angles that matched the repeating theme throughout the room. Bedside tables ordered, great. Bedside tables paid for, great. Bedside tables delivered, not so great. Too big. Much too big. Now, you ask, how did this happen? Well, unfortunately the measurements in the catalogue were not correct and the tables that arrived were much too large. We all spent a few days trying to convince ourselves they were ok but in the end we had to be honest with ourselves and admit they had to go back. Devastating.

The bedside tables you see, however, work perfectly. These vintage tables offer the perfect mix of practicality and interest. Their vintage shape works well with the room as does the colour they were painted. The creamy colour, with a hint of yellow, works well with the rest of the room. Complete devastation averted. The angular lamps on top are practical and offer  an excellent pop of colour.

The dresser was purchased from a second hand store and it too was painted. It is just a shade darker than the colour  on the wall. The new hardware mimics the angles found in the headboard and on the finials of the curtain rod. Oh, the curtains. These beauties are from Cottage Industry and give a grand feeling to the room. Other accessories in the room include a new, mosaic mirror and a grouping of wall hangings. These DIY wall hangings are scrap book paper popped into inexpensive, sharp looking frames.

Finished. The room is now finished, and the client has a beautiful, stylish and comfortable room to enjoy.

A few pictures of the room before:

And now some ‘afters’:

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.

And a couple more before & afters.

 

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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