Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Guest Post: Ramblings Renovators' Retreat

Say hi again to dynamic duo best known as Rambling Renovators. You might remember them from the favorite nook they shared a while back. They have a lovely bright and beautiful aesthetic and do fabulous DIY woodwork so I'm so thrilled to have them back. I've been a devoted reader of their blog for ages - just take a look and you'll see why.


As a long time admirer of Mrs. Limestone (her beautiful home, her travels, her crafts – what’s not to love!), I’m excited to do a guest post today. She asked me to share a Before + After, and this one of our master bedroom has turned out to be my favourite transformation in our home.


When we bought our house three years ago, the bedroom was decorated with pink carpet, a floral wallpaper border, horrid blue curtains, and boring yellow walls. And that’s how it stayed for the next three years! While my husband Sean and I went on to redecorate almost every other room in our house – the kitchen, the dining room, the bathroom, the nursery – for some reason we left the bedroom untouched. It certainly wasn’t a sanctuary, a place to which we could escape all the reno chaos. But now it is!


Like many rooms, this one had some problems to overcome, the foremost being the bump-out on the long wall which really limited placement of the bed. We dealt with the bump out by flushing out the wall and installing paneling. I designed the grid pattern and Sean built it using strips of MDF and trim. It really created a focal point in the room and added some architectural interest. I didn’t want the wall to overwhelm the space though so we painted everything – walls, ceiling, trim – the same colour (Sea Pearl OC-19 by Benjamin Moore).


We used a mix of light and dark furniture and accessories in the room like my Ikea vanity, the Wyatt swing arm lamps from Pottery Barn, and the vintage marching band photograph. We also painted the formerly mahogany side tables the same colour as the wall. Sticking to a black and white palette really helped unify all the furniture and made the room feel bigger.


My favourite pieces in the room are the custom floral curtains from Tonic Living and the flower chandelier (a vintage find I bought on eBay six years ago). I could lie in bed all day looking up at that light. Finally, we have a restful space to come home to!