Six weeks have flown by and the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: the big reveal! If you’re dropping by The Pursuit of Style for the first time today, welcome! I’m an interior designer based in Washington, DC and for the One Room Challenge my wonderful clients gave me the opportunity to share the transformation of their master bedroom in their 1940s condo.
To see where we began this journey click on over to week one.
My marching orders were to create a space that was the perfect balance of masculine and feminine to reflect both my clients personalities, maximize functionality in a small space, and satisfy their love of color and pattern in a classic way.
We updated several existing pieces (i.e the bed frame, white dresser, and closet system) and invested in new, high quality, custom pieces where appropriate which will easily transition with them throughout the next chapters of their lives.
To read more about the three design schemes we considered click over to week three.
My clients chose to keep their existing bed frame for its storage capacity, but to freshen up its look and provide a focal point I designed a custom headboard upholstered in William Yeoward’s Vignatella (to-the-trade) accented with a brass nailhead on leather trim.
To give the illusion that the wall mounted headboard and existing frame were a single piece, I had the old cream frame cover reupholstered in a coordinating solid navy linen fabric.
Our next–and possibly my favorite–investment was a pair of custom grasscloth wrapped nightstands from Liven Up Design. We decided upon a peacock blue Phillip Jeffries wallpaper that has the most beautiful luminous finish.
We significantly increased the size of their previous nightstands and the combination of a lower shelf and central drawer offers both concealed and plain sight storage. Wall mounted sconces with custom shades open up surface area for important things like massive flower arrangements. 😉
The grasscloth is sealed to protect against any spills. I seriously might need to design another pair of these nightstands for myself. Can’t recommend Liven Up Design’s workmanship highly enough!
My clients love color and pattern (which is just one of the reasons I love working with them!) so we mixed a vintage suzani lumbar pillow with a colorfully striped bolster I designed and had custom made to punch things up.
The vertical lines of the headboard fabric and bolster pillow work to draw your eye up this wall which, although you can’t see in these photos, is stunted by a bulkhead containing the HVAC ductwork.
A natural fiber rug grounds the room and provides texture. This one is actually quite soft underfoot and hides any dirty paw prints from their adorable pup, Zoey–she’s making her dog model debut at the bottom of the post!
We considered layering this gorgeous green and peacock blue vintage Turkish rug I recently scored at Market, but my clients ultimately decided they preferred an un-layered look.
Shoot me an email at email@example.com if you’re interested in purchasing–I’ll be sad to part with it but would love for it to find a happy forever home! (SOLD)
It was a bit of a splurge, but one my clients are so happy they made as they will enjoy it for years to come. I love the movement of the grain in the walnut. Modern day heirloom status, for sure!
In my projects the jumping off point of a scheme is usually fabric or art, and this project was no exception. I’ve been working with my clients for over a year, so when I discovered this piece by Kristi Kohut I knew they’d love it! It really unifies the room and enabled us to incorporate so many colors, but the watercolor quality makes it serene rather than jarring. We selected a simple brushed brass frame from my go-to local framer for a modern look.
Developing a relationship with clients to the point you’re able to say “this is so them” is one of the things I love most about interior design; a room really should look like its inhabitants and not its decorator! Crystal lamps (to-the-trade) flank the piece without detracting from it.
Everyone needs a way to corral the clutter that inevitably finds its way onto dresser tops. Help your husband/wife/significant other help themselves with a set of these leather catchalls from Mark & Graham. No more excuses, problem solved!
My clients’ existing dresser and closet system hardware was updated to a brass finish for a fresh new look that coordinated perfectly with the other hints of brass in the room.
Previously this space was occupied by one of the two smaller dressers in the room. Consolidating storage allowed us to hang a floor length mirror which is super functional, but also visually enlarges this small space.
In any design project it’s important to determine who the decision makers are, and pup Zoey definitely has discerning taste! It’s tough to say since she plays her cards close to the chest, but I’d like to think she’s pretty thrilled with her new digs!
If this were the Academy Awards, I’d have a lot of people to thank and they’d likely start playing the music on me… First, to my clients for their generosity in allowing me to share their home and for their patience and trust; second, my talented photographer Kate Headley for capturing everything so beautifully; to the workrooms and vendors who made everything happen on time; Linda of Calling it Home for inviting me to participate, and of course, to everyone who’s been following along for their kind words of support!
If you’d like to work together to design a home you love (e-design available) visit my portfolio site, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org–I’d love to hear from you!
Today really feels like Christmas morning with so many reveals to check in on. Don’t miss my fellow participants spaces below. Everyone’s been working so hard these past six weeks I’m so excited to see the final results!