Design Plans and Outcomes

Those that have been reading my blog for a while would know how much I love putting together design plans (aka mood boards). I thought I would summarize a few plans I’ve put together so far, and show you how faithful the outcomes were to them.

The Plan: Master Bedroom
The Outcome. Read more about this transformation here.
The Plan 1.0: Living Room
The Plan 2.0: Living Room
The Outcome…read more about this transformation here.
The Plan: Basement Bathroom
The Outcome…read more here.
The Plan 1.0: Home Office
The Plan 2.0: Home Office
The Outcome… read more here.
The Plan: Master Bathroom
The Outcome: we shall find out in April/May timeframe.
So, are you a big fan of the mood board exercise? Did your projects turn out mostly according to the plans?
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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!

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!

Gallery Wall Update (Involving a Mini Ikea Hack)

Thanks for your input on the gallery wall in our master bedroom. Most of you know that besides being a neat freak, I also love symmetry in design. Therefore, I’ve decided to go with option 2, three frames with extra wide mats, partially also because it involves least amount of work.

Gallery frames with custom-width mat could cost a fortune, and I was determined to find a bargain since I might change my mind again in the near future. So here’s what I did:

1. Went to Ikea to pick up three RIBBA frames each at 16.75 x 20.75″ in size.

2. Don’t like the mat color (ivory) or the width (too narrow), so I picked up three BILD FJÄLLSTA prints with extra wide (and thick) mat each at $12. Each mat measures 15.75″ x 19.75″, just the right size for the RIBBA frame. It has a 8×10″ cutout, perfect for the artworks I have in mind. I am sure it’d cost a lot more to have similar mat custom cut in an art supply store (thanks Linds, I checked).

Ikea BILD FJÄLLSTA Picture with passepartout

3. Swapped the prints that come with the BILD FJÄLLSTA with 3 pieces of watercolor artworks we picked up from our recent San Francisco trip.
4. And voilà, I have three gallery frames with extra wide/thick mats that fit my artworks for $30 each! Pretty good deal, right?

This is what they look like now on the wall.

The room is not picture-ready yet as we are yet to paint the walls. Speaking of that, we are still deciding what to do with this headboard wall. I replaced our bed with this upholstered platform bed just before Christmas, and of course it stirred up a chain reaction to change pretty much everything else in our master bedroom.

I also took advantage of a 25% bedroom furniture sale at West Elm just before the holidays, and ordered two of this Niche Nightstand in white to replace the old ones in the above picture.

So in short, the bedroom is going to be pretty neutral (white) in color scheme. The options are between a panel wall like what Jen @ Rambling Renovators did, or just painting it and replacing the bedside lamps with taller ones to increase visual interest? What do you think?

Gallery Wall – Need Your Help

As I’ve started our master bedroom refresh, I ran into something difficult to tackle. It almost seems like that wall in the dining room all over again, where I changed my mind on what went on it numerous times (which resulted in countless nail holes and @#%*). To avoid the same mishap, I’ve decided to research to death until I am 100% certain and completely satisfied before I take any action.

The wall in question in our master bedroom is this (pardon the uber ugly picture…it can only get better from here, I promise) — the wall along the entrance facing the bed and adjacent to the ensuite. The area I get to play with is 6′ (L) x 4′ (H) above the two chairs.
So here are the options I came up with so far. Please vote which one you like the most. It’s completely fine to be honest and tell me it’s better to leave it as is and don’t put up anything at all. The wall color I am thinking is Valspar’s Polar Star, the same color as what we used in our basement’s bedroom and bathroom pictured below.

So here are the options (please ignore the pictures/prints inside the frames as I am yet to decide what goes in them):

Option 1: Gallery wall with multiple frames in different sizes

 Option 2: Three frames in identical size, extra wide mat

Option 3: Gallery wall with six square frames of the same size (these are the ones I took off from the dining room wall)

So which one would you prefer, if any at all? Thanks in advance.