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5.25.2020

Master Bedroom Redesign Plan


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As we have canceled all of our traveling plans this year (like so many others due to the circumstances in the world with the Covid-19 pandemic) and will be hunkering down at home, it’s time we turned our attention to the most important room of the house that we've had on the back burner – our master bedroom. It’s been three years now since we moved into our house and we have been slowly renovating one room at a time. So far, we have renovated the kitchen, the dining room, the living room, and our front courtyard. Now, we’re ready to transform our bedroom into a space that's more than merely a place to rest our heads, but rather into an intimate 'boutique hotel' vacation retreat with a cozy resort-like atmosphere that will take our minds off missing our annual summer escape this year.

Honestly, I’ve been so physically and mentally drained and exhausted from this lockdown crisis. Finding the energy to get going on a daily basis, hasn’t at all been easy. But right now the thrill of the hunt, sourcing out the few pieces for the master bedroom redesign plan is giving me much-needed motivation. The thought of finally bringing our vision to fruition and revamping this room into the resort life that we love so much is for sure softening the blow of staying put this year.

I draw a lot of inspiration from our travels and our favorite hotels. The Maker Hotel is what's currently serving as inspiration as it perfectly encapsulates the type of stylistic environment that brings us comfort. So here's a glimpse of what’s on the mood board for the room. The goal is to have the metamorphosis completed before summer begins. 


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1. Gleaming Primrose Mirror | 2. Original Vintage 1960 French PELFRAN Chair (sold out... similar) | 3. Coco Fringed Jonathan Y Gold Metal Lamp | 4. Caden Vanity Set with Mirror | 5. Corsica Upholstered Standard Bed | 6. Gold Jaylin Empire Style Chandelier | 7. Nadia Rug in Aqua/Pink Loloi II (similar) | 8. Alessandro Bench Corrigan Studio | 9. Trumann Floor Lamp Darby Home Collection Co | 10. Cane Moretti Wood Frame Accent Chair

4.01.2020

Living room update before and after reveal


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After almost three years of living in this space and implementing several minor changes, I'm finally getting the chance to unveil this living room before and after reveal. Although there are still some things I'd love to add and upgrade in the room (such as getting a larger and deeper sofa that is more conducive to television watching, placing a small lamp on the corner of the tv credenza, reupholstering our side chairs in an ochre shearling type fabric, and procuring ottomans to place in front of them), they are all minor additional updates that I can always share as I go along. As of now, I thought I'd still share the before and after of the room. We all know a home is never really done.


1980's construction is not known for homes with any notable characteristics. Thus, it makes it a challenge to renovate a home built in an era not particularly known for architectural charm, but I always find these types of projects to be a fun challenge since I'm passionate about transforming anything and everything from blase to beautiful. This particular project, unburdened by history or integrity (other than the cathedral ceilings and the step-down living room features) gave me plenty of reign to express my creative imagination.

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My main objective was to freshen up this tired space, add some character and optimize its potential within a limited budget. First, I wanted to get rid of its 'vampire-den-like state' vibe by ditching the shutters on the windows and the nicotine colored walls that kept the room so dark. Once the living area was freed up by removing the shutters and giving the walls a good fresh coat of Farrow and Ball 'All White' paint, the tone of the room changed drastically. It immediately felt as if we added some extra square footage and let the room breathe and live again. It went from an ugly, crack-addicted duckling to a beautiful swan. Such simple changes seized upon with the addition of a few elements such as the reclaimed wood beams in the peak of the cathedral ceiling, the fireplace mantle, the natural woven shades, and the gallery tv wall have added charm and redefined the space – masking its rather insipid cookie-cutter coldness to create a warmer atmosphere. The architectural prowess of the aforementioned additions is complemented by painstaking meticulous curation of the right (most already owned) eclectic details with every item added thereafter, establishing connections, lending coherence to this space with past meets present. Unexpected details like the quirky accent pillow on the sofa to the distinctive decorative hand bowl hanging on the gallery wall add soul to the room. We're pleased with how we started with no character but by the end, we gave the room some specialness that it sorely lacked before - taking it from okay to really great.

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It's not my forever dream home filled with all the exquisite details and furniture pieces that my mind imagines, however, it's a warm and cozy place where the hubby and I feel comforted especially during these critical times under this shelter-at-home, lockdown mandate. I grew up in a handful of houses, but they were never home (in other words, a place that felt safe, nurturing and protective), so as soon as I became an adult and could make my own choices, I've always made sure where I live isn't just a house, but a home...where I feel nurtured, comforted and happy! Even more so now, during these incredibly stressful times hard to deal with. 


Today, in our topsy-turvy world, I do realize that most of us are tightening our spending a bit until we figure out what's going on, right? But that doesn't mean you can't still make your space feel nurturing while spending much more time in it than usual. Think basic things like flowers or tiny plants on windowsills, clean shiny kitchen faucets/countertops, a favorite scented candle or wooden bowl filled with bright cheery citrus. All of these affordable items can make one feel good when you enter the kitchen or other rooms in the home for that matter. These are simple touches that can make a world of difference for our state of mind.



Pro Tip: When renovating or redecorating living rooms, a warm welcoming focal point, a generously proportioned sofa, soothing light, a few well-curated must-haves (preferably favorite pieces collected over time that you absolutely love), even simple things such as covering lampshades in a favorite textured textile, can add an airy feel and are the ingredients that will make your living room come alive in a truly relaxing way that speaks to your personal lifestyle. For instance, if you have the space, a fireplace makes an ideal focal point. It doesn't even have to be the conventional hearth and grate; a simple white-painted fire surround as used in our room offers the perfect area to fill it with a cluster of gently flickering candles for that added touch of hygge. 

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