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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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October 27, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge – Week 4: DIY, Why oh Why?

I cannot believe we are already in week 4 of the ORC! This week was all about DIY, which is REALLY not my thing, but I became a DIY crazy lady with multiple trips to Home Depot, measuring, re-measuring, painting, cutting…you name it, I was in DIY hell heaven. And I will be the first to admit that despite my endless complaining this past week I am VERY pleased with the results. Maybe even a little proud of myself.

I had 3 projects in mind, one big one and two smaller ones. The big one involved transforming this plain Ikea dresser into a stylish masterpiece:

This is the Tarva dresser and a simple Internet search will reveal that many people are hacking it to create the dresser of their dreams. I was particularly inspired by Kristina Lynne’s version:

Source

I simply followed her instructions and it turned out great! I did make one change, substituting the dark walnut stain she used for english chestnut (see why below).

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October 14, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge Week 2 – Master Bedroom Refresh

Well, it’s been a while since I posted but I figured what better way to return to my blog than by participating in this year’s Fall edition of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. I have been meaning to update our master bedroom for many months, so now’s the time to get my butt in gear and get this thing DONE. I missed week 1 of the ORC so bear with me as I catch up.

Our master bedroom is in the darkest part of our home. The sun seems to miss the room at most times of the day, plus there are a couple of trees right outside the window that block out any of the light. Keeping this in mind everything needs to be light and airy. So, white, off-white, and nothing too bulky.

This is our current bedroom situation:

 

Apart from those laundry totes, everything in here is a mishmash of items from our old house. I still like the bedding and artwork but it’s time for a refresh. And I’m ready to move on from the accent wall, in spite of my son’s objections.

Here’s the plan:

  • Paint everything white (Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore)
  • Update bedding, curtains and pillows
  • New artwork
  • DIY furniture – dresser and simple bench
  • *Maybe* change out the pendant light, and door hardware
  • Accessorize

I will be keeping the bed frame, bedside tables and sconces. I have tried some really gorgeous modern sconces in the past but was disheartened when the light they cast made the room intense and dreary. These ones are from Ikea and while they may not be the most stylish lights, they cast a warm, gorgeous light in the room.

Most of my day today will be painting the bedroom, but some of it will be figuring out how to use Photoshop to create a mood board to share here. If you have any tips, please feel free to share, because me and photoshop are not on friendly terms. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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