Sep 26, 2015

before + after: masculine bedroom (the power of an hour)

pretty much the best thing i get in my inbox are "after" pictures of clients that i have worked with! when i saw these, i was  absolutely giddy.

of course, in order to appreciate an AFTER picture, you need to see where the room started:
behold...the BEFORE:

my client already had some key pieces that would be staying: the bed, night stands, lamps + the restoration hardware dresser.

what we talked about in our hour long phone call:
* cooling things down with a deeper, moodier blue wall color (especially necessary since this home is  in a tropical climate.)
*reworking the wiring on the tv so that it could be mounted to the wall in between the entry and the closet.
*styling the dresser with mirrors and accessories
*adding custom window treatments, new pillows on the bed and a small seating area in between the entry and the sliding doors
*layering in some masculinity + texture with a cow hide rug
*replacing the mirror above the bed with a great piece of art

when working with a client that has requested a pinterest board + phone call consultation, the design and inspiration period is pretty fast and furious. by that i mean that i will spend a couple of hours pinning ideas and options for the room, and then, during our hour long phone call, we "build" the room, based on the suggested items and my clients needs and preferences. the pinterest board becomes a place to shop items, and (if selected), the mood board/design board acts as a visual inspiration and guide for the final look of the room.

painting the walls made a tremendous difference in this room. we ended up with "smokestack gray", by benjamin moore. before, the gold walls were competing with the warm tones of the tile floor, and clashing with the neutral, linen toned headboard.

my client: stated:

"I am in love with the wall color. It is a beautiful steely blue and is the perfect backdrop.  I also love that the room is a mix of modern/traditional, masculine/feminine, but overall has that tailored, masculine vibe we discussed."

custom linen window treatments made by etsy seller  martha and ash  really dress up the window and french doors.

another big change was the location of the tv! before, the tv was on the dresser, which drew attention to it. now, the tv, paired with a narrow shelf and some artwork, feels like part of a gallery wall.

the new seating area rounds out the feel of the bedroom, and provides another usable space to lounge.

here is what my client had to say:

"My favorite single piece is the Thom Filicia artwork. I debated for months and months over this piece because of the expense. I'm so glad I splurged because it looks amazing. The custom drapery panels are my next favorite. The linen fabric was so affordable. Due to the size of our windows, going custom wasn't much more expensive than buying stock panels and was actually cheaper than panels I considered from Restoration Hardware. "

a pair of matching mirrors and some fun accessories make a statement  over the dresser. 

some final words from my client:

"The transformation is dramatic!  We absolutely love it and are so thankful to you for your help and amazing vision. Though this took us way longer to pull together than I originally thought, it was comforting knowing a plan was in place that we could work toward as time and budget permitted. We had many unexpected expenses come up last year. Working to the plan helped us save money in  the end because items were purchased as they went on sale or we found alternative sources."

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  1. The room really is gorgeous. What a fabulous transformation.

  2. its amazing how the wall color truly changed the space. love the Martha and ash drapes...just got some imperial trellis pillows from them for a little bedroom update. such nice quality. those drapes are beautiful!

  3. This room is so beautiful Thank you for showing it Oh That wall color is so lovely What a difference

  4. What a cool write up, Autumn! It was a pleasure working with you on our master bedroom and great room design plans. We are excited to bring the look and feel of our bedroom into the rest of our home. Thank you again!

  5. gorgeous! I just love the power of paint! your client did a fantastic job pulling off your design.