My clients, Carlton and Courtney, bought their dream home about a year ago. Now that they’re all settled in, they’ve decided that they are ready to begin making their house a home–one room at a time.
Their first priority was their master bedroom. They hired me to design an elegant space that has timeless qualities while blending masculine elements for Carlton and glamourous, feminine touches for Courtney.
Here’s what the space originally looked like:
The biggest challenge was figuring out how to bring in interesting and stylish elements that conveyed the Jones’ style without creating a space that was too busy or required too much upkeep.
The clients wanted to keep the existing wall color, and because we live in South Louisiana, keeping the ceiling fan was a must! Therefore, I had to nix the idea of adding a glamorous chandelier for Courtney!
When choosing the color scheme, I knew that Courtney likes the color purple, but I also knew that Carlton wanted a space that didn’t feel too feminine or fussy. So, I chose shades of plum and lilac and combined them with a pale aqua wallpaper and beige upholstery to strike the perfect balance.
Finally, keeping the TV in the room was a must for Carlton!
At the beginning of the project, I interviewed both Carlton and Courtney to find out their must-haves, preferences, etc. I learned that this is an essential part of the design process the hard way. (See my blog post titled My Biggest Mistake here.)
Once I had a firm handle on what my clients needed, I measured the room, took photos and went back to my office to develop a space plan. Since the placement of the windows is a little odd, and because my client Courtney has a preference for being able to see the door when she is in bed, there was really only one place I could put the bed.
That made deciding where to place the TV easy…but how would I place the tv in a way that was interesting and gave Carlton the visual interest he desired? Enter the floating wall unit.
Finally, since the couple wanted to be able to sit some place other than their bed to watch television, read a book or just relax, I added two barrel club chairs to the area near the window for a nice sitting area. There is so much natural light that streams in from those three windows that it creates a nice almost sunroom effect during the daylight hours.
One of the biggest coups of this project was convincing Carlton to trust my vision for the wallpaper. I would have loved to wrap the entire room in this beautiful, subtle wall covering, but due to budgetary constraints and Carlton’s anxiety, we settled on just using the paper on the bed wall as an accent. I love the shimmer of the paper and the freshness that the cover brings the space. You could already see the impact of this one element after it was installed.
The entertainment unit was a great idea conceptually, but it was a BEAST to install. Let this be a lesson: sometimes the best ideas come with lots and lots of work to make happen. As a design professional, I heavily rely on tradesmen like my wallpaper installer and furniture assembly crews to make my visions for a space a reality. There is NO WAY I could have put that unit together or installed it without the help of about five guys!
BEFORE’S AND AFTER’S
So what do you think? Do you love this transformation as much as my clients do? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this post on your favorite social media sites!