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November 15, 2017

Fall 2017 ORC Reveal – Minimal Modern Master Bedroom

I’m writing this post from my brand new, beautiful master bedroom! That’s right folks, the 2017 Fall ORC reveal is finally here. I can finally show you the results of our minimal, modern, bedroom transformation. If you haven’t been following along with the other designers (featured and guest), now’s the time to check out all the final reveal goodness. I personally cannot wait to brew some tea and settle into a night of pure design voyeurism. Anyway, back to my reveal.

Design Challenges

There were two main challenges with my master bedroom. First, at 10.5′ x 13.5′ it’s relatively small, and second, it’s located in the darkest part of the house. Here are some BEFORE pics:

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

I knew the furniture and finishes needed to be light and airy to compensate for the size and darkness. I began by painting out the room a beautiful crisp white, then spent a week DIY’ing the Ikea dresser and artwork. After picking out accessories and sorting out some final details, the room was ready.

The Reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

Save and Splurge

As you may recall, I used the work of Amber Lewis as a jumping off point for the design. I love how she creates the perfect amount of visual tension in a room, combines masculine and feminine elements, and uses a lot of natural finishes such as wood and handmade fibres. I feel like I was able to accomplish this in my room, and at a decent price.

There were many items that I needed to purchase, so I really had to think about where I could save and where I would splurge. Here’s the breakdown on how I saved:

  • Hacking the Ikea dresser saved me hundreds of dollars (for more on the hack visit here).
  • I bought my bed linens and artwork at HomeSense (HomeGoods in the US)
  • I purchased as much as possible from Ikea. If it is totally stylish, why not?
  • I decided to stick with the existing bedside sconces (from Ikea) and side tables. Incidentally, those sconces cast a beautiful light around the room. I had purchased some gorgeous modern sconces from Rejuvenation. However, when I installed them, they cast a very harsh light and made the room dark. As gorgeous as they were, they had to go back.

I found it very difficult to find good quality pillows and blankets at a bargain price (side note: there is no Target in Canada). So, this was one area where I decided to spend good money. I have no regrets – the blankets and mudcloth pillows in this room make me very happy (see sources below).

What Didn’t Work Out

There were two things that didn’t work out from my initial design. First, I had to nix the DIY bench because it seemed too meagre in this space beneath the tv. I ended up buying one from Ikea which fit the space perfectly (and fit the criteria for style and affordability). Second, and this one hurt a bit…I had to nix the flush mount light fixture from CB2. It was way too small for the space. To quote my very observant son “It looks like a cereal bowl on the ceiling.” So, back to the drawing board, but I already have something in mind that you’ll have to wait for in future posts.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed reading about my master bedroom renovation. It was a thrill to have participated in the 2017 Fall edition of the ORC. I remember following the ORC Spring edition and thinking how great it would be to participate. It’s been exciting and nerve-wracking trying to get things done in real time, but absolutely worth it. I would highly recommend this process to anyone. Thank you Linda for hosting this event, and media partner House Beautiful! And now, onto my night of tea and design voyeurism.

Sources

Dresser, sconces, bench, drapes – Ikea
Dresser knobs and Gold paint – Amazon
Bison artwork, bed linens – HomeSense
Candlestick, basket, throw, door stop – CB2
Mudcloth pillows – One Fine Nest
French market basket – Etsy
Tuxedo table lamp – EQ3
Side tables – Wayfair
Blue striped accent pillow, planter, striped throw – Station Home
Bedframe – Dormio Organic Beds
Door handles and hinges – Amazon

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November 11, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge – Week 6: Ikea Cable Management

I don’t know about you but I love watching television in my bedroom. I know, I know, I’ve heard it too: the bedroom is supposed to be a sacred, peaceful place free of media (ie. dopamine inducing stimulation) in order to encourage peaceful and restorative sleep. I get that, which is why I try to stop watching at least an hour before sleep time. Most times I’m successful, other times? Not so much. But I truly enjoy a good movie, or an occasional Netflix binge watch (Gilmore Girls anyone?), and sometimes I just need that kind of mindless enjoyment. Judge me if you will, but the tv in the bedroom is staying put.

The main problem was dealing with all the cords from the television, including a wide network cable that was wound up the floor, which we had gotten used to seeing but was downright ugly. Ideally, it would have been nice to bury that cord in the drywall, but unfortunately that’s just not in the budget. Plus, I found a pretty decent way of dealing with the cord issue, thanks to Ikea’s cable management solutions:

Starting at top, clock-wise: Signum, Kvissle, and Fixa.

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November 3, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge Week 5: Accessories

We are now into week 5 of the ORC and normally everyone would be in absolute scramble mode but this year marks the very first year the ORC has been extended to 7 weeks, owing to the unusual number of natural disasters that are causing upheavals in delivery time. SO, that gives me an extra week to add some final touches to my master bedroom project. This week I get to talk about accessories.

In the last few weeks of my master bedroom refresh I have planned, re-painted and DIY’ed, and now I’m ready to make things look pretty. This is the fun stuff. As you may know, I absolutely love the work of designer Amber Lewis. I am always checking out her projects for ideas, and I think I’ve come up with a general formula for her style:

-Nothing too trendy.
-Lots of neutrals – nothing too colourful
-Keep things light and airy
-Let the eye flow around the room with a perfect combination of light and dark, masculine and feminine, and…
-Use natural elements (plants, woven rugs, baskets, handmade pillows and blankets) throughout

One of my inspiration pics:

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