Have we kept you in suspense long enough? Scott should be proud – most of the time I’m just dying to spill the beans. (His birthday is always impossible for me). In this case, however, I’d like to think it was worth the wait.
As you may remember, Miss Renee put an awful lot of faith in us. Again. Not only did we makeover her sunny, charming living room last Fall, but she asked us for round two, and this time, it was her bedroom. Her peaceful sanctuary. Because she works from home, it seemed only necessary to have at least one room to escape from her daily grind. And we’ve been stringing you along for weeks.
You know how it goes. What fun would all this suspense be without a little before action? Let’s take one more trip back to step one. Here’s the room before, and you’ll find all the details on where we started and how far we’ve come in Parts 1, 2, and 3.
Sure, the 9′x11′ space was functional (2 dressers and all), but it was just that. Functional. Eh, it was nothing a few fresh coats of paint couldn’t save. Well, that, and a little elbow grease from the three of us. Throw in some new (and by new, I mean new to us) furniture finds and fresh bed linens, and you could say we got a room that was whipped right into tip-top shape:
Olympic’s barely-there-pink paint, Diana, gave us a flirty feel, while the floor to ceiling curtains (doubled up on curtain tracks), added the perfect amount of drama and that oh-so-romantic touch. We love how the blue plays off those blushing walls, yet adds the perfect balance of masculine versus feminine. And by going the extra mile and painting the trim white, we gave those walls the pop it deserves.
And that painting (or diptych, as us artsy folk like to say). I mean, wow. When Renee told us she’d love nothing more than to hang this work in her room, she couldn’t pick our jaws up off the floor fast enough. And not only is it gorgeous, but we think it sweetens the deal to know that the model is the artist’s wife, Marcia. Created by John Leben, the canvas duo you see over her bed originates from 1973. Vintage. We like that. (For more eye candy, you can see John’s current work right here, which includes a slew of scenic digital paintings).
But back to those new-to-us furniture finds. Renee found these end tables at a local antique store and scooped ‘em up. And to be totally honest with you, I wasn’t completely sold on them, whereas Scott loved the clean lines and mid-century feel. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a good mid-century piece as much as the fellow enthusiast. But it was missing something. So after a few sprays of Design Master’s Robin’s Egg on one and a quick roll of Olympic’s Diana on the other, we got some serious anchors on that bed frame. It was a wonder we didn’t sneak them out for ourselves. I’m thinking she may have noticed.
Remember that missing closet door? After a fun night of good tunes, cold drinks, and – oh yeah, closet reorganizing – we left Renee without a much needed privacy screen for those tops and tees. Some leftover track from the window (in place of that bulky door) did the trick, and we clipped a clean, white panel in it’s place.
Of course, there’s much to be said in the details. From the pop of blue on the end table to those delicate glass lamps (from Ikea, no less), we hope that Renee finds unexpected, thoughtful touches surrounding her. A fresh vase of flowers and punchy pillow add that extra oomph.
And there you have it. We like to think we took that room by the proverbial throat and turned a bare-bones-cream-box to a playful-yet-chic-and-sometimes-romantic-haven. And lucky us, we’ve received confirmation from Miss Renee that her first night was nothing short of bliss. So now that we have one happy friend, we’d love to know your thoughts. Are you feelin’ the pink? And how ’bout that hidden blue drawer? C’mon, let’s hear it.