All posts tagged: bedroom

design … boho makeover

Recently, our nine-year old (turning 17) declared that she is done with rainbows and forest friends in her room.  “I’m into Boho now”, she’s stated.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t know the term “Boho” when I was nine, but in her eyes it means arrows and feathers, matching a pair of her favorite pajamas. And so, with that, and the fact that we are in a new house, we are ditching the rainbow motif and siding on a Bohemian retreat for her new room.  The furniture will remain the same, so for this project I am simply painting and switching out all the decorative elements. To create the bohemian vibe, I will be adding layers of pattern and texture. Although I would like to think that this room will grow with her into her teens, I know it’s wishful thinking on my part.  Therefore, to increase the longevity of this room I’m going to incorporate some classic items (such as the navy duvet covet), that can easily be updated in any future room design. For …

Color Blush

color … a touch of blush

Recently I was asked to create a color story for a master bedroom inspired by this striking gray & blush bedding from Simons.  I was intrigued by this project for 2 reasons. This color story is completely reminiscent of my older sister’s bedroom circa 1989, and I wanted this room.  Although, back then I believe the ‘it’ pink was called ‘dusty rose’. This Blush is different. Blush is often used in rooms with a soft, romantic feel. In this case the bold graphic print of the duvet balanced the softness of the pink.  This room could be both strong and pretty. This is their story…. Note: All products, including paint, are available in Canada Simons: Pastel Ikat duvet cover set EQ3: Posey Vases Tonic Living: Macramé Wall Hanging Grey Urban Outfitters: Sage Solid Crochet Pillow Urban Barn: Mongolian Toss Rose Ombre Simons: Rose Gold Metal Basket Paint: Benjamin Moore Canada, Sombrero CC-300, Cool Lava 2088-50, Gray Owl OC-52, Coventry Gray HC-169

Ombre Dresser

color … drawers of color

Although color on the walls is the norm when decorating a space, white walls is a current trend that I can’t get enough of.  In fact, Sherwin-Williams has named “Alabaster” (white) as their 2016 Color of the Year.  White brings a crisp, bright and airy feeling to the space, which allows you to showcase so much more in the room.  It creates the perfect opportunity to introduce color through textiles, accessories, artwork and furniture. I chose to incorporate this trend in my daughter’s room as part of my Charlotte’s room series. I wanted Charlotte’s room to be a bright, HAPPY place that will grow with her. Her white walls are the perfect backdrop showcasing her colorful bedding and newly painted dresser. While painted furniture is nothing new, there are definitely some fresh, exciting design trends today.  One of those being the ombre painted dresser. source: brit +co source:The Budget Decorator In every room that I design, I think it’s important to always create at least one DIY project for myself or my clients.  It’s one of …

girls room

design … Charlotte’s room PART 2

Now back to Charlotte’s room… Last month I introduced this project to you with Charlotte’s room PART 1: Inspiration.  The initial steps in the design process are really about getting to know your client and their space. It’s identifying their likes and dislikes, discovering what they love and how they wish to utilize the space. It is through this process that inspiration and direction for the room is found and the project can move forward. PART 2: PLANNING The planning process is where everything comes together.  It’s matching esthetics with function.  It’s about creating a well- designed floor plan that looks and feels right.  I think it’s important to utilize and repurpose what clients already have.  So, it’s at this stage that I like to take inventory of everything that is available so we can work with what they have and look for what they need. Along with a floor plan, a design board also helps to visualize the room design and bring the design to life. It is here that all the choices for …

design girls room

design… Charlotte’s room: PART 1

This is a room that I have been waiting to do for a long time.  It’s my little girl’s room, and to be honest, it’s now one of my favorite rooms in our home Through this post, I hope to walk you through my design process with a three part series Part 1: Inspiration, Part 2: Planning, Part 3: Finished Project. When I first meet with clients to discuss their living space, we discuss the obvious; wants, needs, likes and dislikes, but I’m also looking for elements of inspiration. I always encourage clients to share their favorite pieces that they would like to incorporate into the room. Inspiration can come in many forms. An object, a photo, an emotion. It’s these elements that help create a vision for the room and start the design process. CHARLOTTE’S ROOM With Charlotte’s room it was time to update from nursery to kids room.  My main objectives for this space were to give her a place that is hers to play, read and thankfully SLEEP. I wanted a modern, …

color green chair

color … the green chair

Sometimes inspiration for a room can come from the most obscure item.  It can be anything; fabric, artwork, pillows, jewellery, nature, socks…anything!  No matter what the item, the one common denominator is that the item holds personal meaning for someone. It may be for its color, shape, texture or memories, but it is CHERISHED. In this case, the ‘color story’ was inspired by a GREEN LEATHER CHAIR.  The clients were a young couple who were looking to update their Master Bedroom.  They had requested a warm, but playful (almost quirky) master suite incorporating a small reading nook and some mid-century influence.  This is their story… Fabric: Kravet, Jessup 1216 Paint: Benjamin Moore: fall harvest 2168-10, Castleton mist HC-1, misted fern CC-668 Clock: Dot & Bo Bedding:  West Elm, CB2