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Current Projects: A Fresh Blue & White Master Bedroom

When this retired schoolteacher came to me for help, she felt overwhelmed by her master bedroom.  Since retiring, she now spends much more time at home, and the dark and dreary space wasn’t the cheerful room she was longing for.  She collected many special pieces over the years and inherited quality furniture that she wanted to use.  With a little editing and design, the room came together beautifully! 

The floor plan on the left shows the arrangement we began with.  By removing several pieces (and changing the wall color), we really opened up the space!  Take a look at where we started:

The color scheme was set – blue and green are her favorite colors.  Because of the lack of natural light in the space, the tan background of the previous window treatments just looked dingy.  We needed something light and bright!  Fabrics from Kravet, Stroheim, and Schumacher were the perfect solution.

 Sherwin Williams #6141 Softer Tan was the right neutral for the walls.

An antique tobacco chair and her collection of Seagrove pottery are among some of her most cherished posessions.  The large taupe piece is actually a chicken feeder!

Classic furniture paired well with traditional fabrics like the plaid sofa, striped shams, floral window treatments, and small scale leaf fabric on the bed skirt.  While these types of patterns have been around for ages, the fresh color palette helped make the space very current.

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From where we started, this room came so far, and I was thrilled to see the client so happy with the results!  I hope you enjoyed them too!

– Lauren 

A Powder Room Transformation

Even though a powder room seems small, it can take longer to transform than a master bathroom. Don’t ever let size fool you. The smaller the room, sometimes the longer it can take.

This powder room was an amazing transformation. We started with the builders basic pedestal sink, white walls, and standard vanity lights. We were ready to move forward……..

This is the beginning of the project. We did have the existing hardwoods working for us, so we did not have to mess with that portion of the project.

Here is the after……..
These few additions transformed this powder room from standard basic, to elegant and fabulous.
Rule #1: Remove the vanity light and replace it with a decorative chandelier. You can really step outside the box because it becomes a focal point. This particular chandelier is from Currey and Company.
Rule #2: Always add a decorative mirror above the vanity. The client found this one from Horchow. What an amazing difference.
Rule #3: Go sophisticated on the vanity. You can get a vanity that is your style, contemporary, transitional, traditional, or modern, but spend a little more on it. It becomes the glue to the room. This amazing vanity is from Ambella Home, and literally took three months to get.

Rule #4: Your faucet, toilet paper holder, towel bars or rings, any plumbing features or accessories, are basically the jewelry to the room. This Sigma Faucet came wrapped in a box like you would see a diamond ring pulled from. These pieces are important and spend time picking them out. They can make or break a room.

Rule #5: Always add one more element that the person next door would not ever think of. In this powder room the client and I decided to pull out the gold shimmer from the wallpaper and paint the ceiling. This really created an extra touch of elegance that the room needed. Without it, a ceiling painted white, would be a huge eye sore.

Rule #6: The last rule and one of the most powerful rule of all powder rooms. WALLPAPER. Ok, so I know what you are thinking, but wallpaper has come a long way. You would be surprised what is out there. It really made a difference in this powder room. It was a building block from the beginning. This great wallpaper came from Stroheim.

Another transformation with an amazing ending!

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