Master Bedroom Before and After

I should feel great that I’ve completed yet another room makeover in my house, or..should I? Well, perhaps not. I’ve missed not just one, but two awesome opportunities to meet some fellow bloggers in person — the Blogpodium on Friday due to work (aka rat race); and the Canadian Design Blogger Meetup due to mother nature (blizzard and skating rink at where I am). Regret aside, I am sure there will be more meetup opportunities, and hopefully then nothing could stop me from going again.

Since we were pretty much trapped inside, we decided to finish painting our master bedroom and wrap up the project. I would like to start by sharing a few pictures of what our master bedroom used to look like Before and During the makeover.

This is what it looked like from two years ago. I need the room to be completely dark in order to sleep and hence the ugly espresso dupioni drapes with blackout liners.

The new bedroom in the basement gave me a perfect reason to replace the bed set that we took with us from our last house.

And the new upholstered bed from Williams-Sonoma, and the Niche nightstands from West Elm arrived! 

So this is our After of our master bedroom. The entire project took about two months.  

The ever-popular Windsor Smith Pelagos Mist drapes with blackout liners.
West Elm Niche Nightstand/Bedside Table in White

I was hoping to find an area rug from the Elte Outlet, but unfortunately they only have ~50 patterns at 5×8 (all the rest are 6×9 or larger), nothing out of which really caught my eye. So I gave the Ikea Alvine Ruta rug a try, and I think it turned out great. Do you know how insanely cheap it is for a 5’7″ x 7’10”, hand-woven, 100% pure new wool rug like this?

And no master bedroom should ever go without displaying some girl’s best friends, right? My daily bling-bling.

In summary, these are the things we’ve done to transform our master bedroom:

  1. Ordered the Windsor Smith Pelagos fabric in Mist from the US for drapery;
  2. Replaced the old bed set with a upholstered bed from Williams-Sonoma, and two nightstands from West Elm;
  3. Replaced the old table lamps with two taller crystal lamps from Union Lighting;
  4. Replaced the ceiling light with a 6-light Maria Theresa-style crystal chandelier from Union Lighting;
  5. Painted the wall in ICI Dulux Silver Cloud;
  6. Re-upholstered an old bench in Laura Ashley Bowlin Driftwood Fabric from InVu Drapery;
  7. Added an Ikea Alvine Ruta Rug.

Total time spent: on and off over a 2-month period;
Total cost: too painful to recall.

Hope everyone has a great weekend, and stay warm!


French Wing Chair Makeover

First of all, don’t forget to enter to win my 2012 first giveaway of a Pair of Designer Trellis Pillow Cushion Covers.

Remember the vintage French Wing Chair I picked up a while ago? After tossing around many different fabric options, I finally decided to go with a cream velvet. Still, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.

Before I revealed the makeover, let’s take a quick re-cap of how dated it looked before my rescue.

I think it turned out pretty awesome, do you? I especially like the fact that not only did I up-cycled a vintage chair, I also only paid a fraction of what a brand-new one would cost.

Master Bedroom Update – Bedside Tables and Lamps

Just before the holidays I took advantage of West Elm’s 25% bedroom furniture sale, and ordered two Niche bedside tables in white. Color and scale wise, they go so much better with the new upholstered bed. While I am still debating whether to do something special to the headboard wall, I picked up two of the carved crystal lamps that are taller and more substantial than the old ones (thanks Shannon).

As you could also see from the pictures, I put up two paint color samples on the wall(Valspar Polar Star and ICI Dulux Silver Cloud). I find these two are pretty tricky colors to work with, as they can appear in different shades of blue, grey and taupe under different lightings. Therefore, I’ve been testing them at different spots throughout the bedroom to make sure I choose the right color.

The next steps are painting the walls, adding an area rug and some more artworks.

Hope you all had a great weekend! Isn’t this weather nuts?! Yesterday it was lovely at plus 7C; overnight it snowed, and today it was -4C!

I Am Back, and Makeovers

First of all, happy new year everyone! As you may have noticed, I’ve been extremely quiet over the past two weeks. In addition to hosting a Christmas Eve dinner party (whew, ain’t I glad that’s over! Stressful it was!), hubs and I vacayed in San Francisco and Bay Area for a week. I’ve been since catching up reading your lovely blogs, as well as putting my head back into planning a few small decor projects.

Before the holidays, in my haste to post the basement pictures, I never got around to post some before-and-after pictures of a couple of makeovers. Anyhow, here they are.

The first up are the cane chairs I scored from KJ.

IN PROGRESS (spray painted with computer fabric mock-up)

The second in line are these sad-looking rattan chairs. I remember seeing identical ones from Circa Who, so I couldn’t pass such a rather easy yet high-impact up-cycle opportunity.

AFTER (added a seat base and cushion)

My next re-upholstery adventure is the French Wing Chair. After much consideration, I’ve decided to give velvet a try so I picked up 6 meters of this cream velvet fabric. Would it turn out just as I imagined? I guess we shall see. 

And that’s it for today. Hope you all have a pleasant working week ahead.

Basement Before and After

This weekend is the only weekend, for a little while, that we don’t have any contractors around doing any renovation. Our ears and mind were at complete peace, and we were even able to sleep in a bit. For the next few months I am only going to take up a few tiny projects (mostly decorating) here and there, but nothing major like our master ensuite which is slated for next spring. Hopefully by then I will have recovered from this home reno fatigue.

Before I take you through a tour of our basement, let’s recap on what it looked like before and during the renovation.

Basement Before
Basement Day 7 into renovation
And this is the after.
Hallway leading to one large living area in Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie theme with faux bamboo mirror, Ikea Hemnes dresser in Lee Valley’s BBZ ring pulls, and faux bamboo chairs.
From another angle.
Media Room, aka Anthony’s Man Cave. Do you see my entrenchment everywhere? 🙂 The sofa set was from our living room…I can’t believe we pretty much furnished this area using all our existing furniture!
And this is the built-in wall unit I mentioned yesterday. Can you believe it’s based on Ikea’s Billy bookcase?  When I was given a quote of $10,000 for a wall unit this size, I was determined to find a cheaper alternative (and I did). I will write more about how we had it put together later.
Notice those cane chair fixer-uppers in the front? They are upholstered in Dwell Studio Bella Porte Charcoal fabric from Tonic Living.

This is from the media room overlooking the future art & craft room and the hallway. At the end of the hallway is the cold room. I’ve decided to keep my wine collection in it now that the temperature is perfectly regulated in here with new insulation.

Years ago I used to paint at night as a hobby to declutter my mind. After a series of three Paris paintings, I realized I needed to add a fourth — the summer season, to complete the collection.

And this will be my future art & craft room (area). As we were preparing our basement for renovation a few months ago, I found this unfinished work piled among many of my other pieces. I am sure I intended to paint Paris in the summer…the inspiration was long gone, but I hope to pick up my hobby by completing this one.

So that’s what our basement looks like now. Bedroom and bathroom were covered in last week’s post here. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Living Room Complete – Take 2

I was finally able to relocate the black cowhide sofa set from our living room down to the basement. There is a bit of the whole enchilada down there now with a collection of furniture we’ve accumulated over the years but no longer wish to use them as show pieces.

I am sure most of you know that I am a die-hard fan of Sarah Richardson, and I drool over her entire furniture collection with clean lines, slender legs and neutral fabrics, everything has Sarah’s signature all over. The one chair which I am particularly in love with is Elsie Chair. I don’t know how much it would cost (not cheap I guess) or where I could conveniently get it, but one thing I know for sure is that her furniture is custom made which means it takes time. With holidays only weeks away and the need to back-fill the space I just freed up, I settled for these lookalikes from a local furniture store. I am extremely happy with the fabric options, quality construction and turnaround time — one week from the time we placed the order to our living room, one week! The price is decent but I can’t say it’s cheap. It’s still worth the splurge especially now I have them to entertain my guests throughout the holidays.

This is what our living room looks like now. The white mirrored cabinet with clover-patterned cutout is a score from HomeSense.

We are finishing up a wall-to-wall built-in shelves in our basement this weekend. I’d do whatever it takes to stay away from those malls. Hope you all have a great weekend. The sunshine outside picks me up.

Master Bedroom

…is so far the most neglected room, design wise of course, in our house. I took a short break from our basement project and started to put together elements contributing to my dream master bedroom.

The first up is drapery. I ordered 12 yards of this ever-popular (and darn expensive) Windsor Smith Pelagos fabric in Mist from the States.

Overwhelmed by the excitement when it arrived, I started to cut them into panels at 108″ in length each. It’s not until I got to the last piece before I realized that oops, I only had about 80″ left for the last panel, and that’s not going to work. I phoned the fabric store and after one week of back-and-forth phone calls, they finally admitted it’s their oversight and that they would ship out another 3 yards as long as I covered the shipping. If I thought that was a struggle I needed to think again — it was only the beginning of a bigger nuisance. 

The fabric was shipped by a courier with the company sounding like “OOPS”. The courier somehow misplaced the correct invoice so when they showed up at my doorstep they wanted almost $100 in broker & duty before they would release the package. It was supposed to be FREE and there shouldn’t be any duty or broker fee involved since I paid for the shipping in full. I had to reject the package, and of course it was sent back to their depot for re-rate. One month later, yes folks, ONE FRIGGING MONTH later I finally received my last 3-yard of fabric! This courier company appears to be such a big well greased machine yet it couldn’t handle any non-standard hiccup like this efficiently.

Anyhow, back to the positive thoughts. The drapes have been made and I will share some pictures later. As usual, I can’t design a room without a mood board, so here you have it, my master bedroom design plan. 

Source (clockwise):
  • Maria Theresa Crystal Chandelier – new purchase;
  • Barcelona dressing table and bench – new purchase;
  • Antique scroll mirror and bow-front dresser – own;
  • Custom made upholstered bed – new purchase (existing bed is going to the basement bedroom);
  • Elite Custom Furniture bedside tables – own;
  • Crate & Barrel Vaughan chairs – own;
  • Trellis rug – own;
  • Bench custom upholstered in Bowlin Driftwood fabric – own;
  • Windsor Smith Pelagos drapery in mist – new purchase;
  • Paint: Valspar Polar Star.

I will post some Before & After pictures when I am done. Hope y’all have a great weekend.