All About the Details {ORC Bedroom Makeover}

Thank you all so much for the kind feedback on our bedroom makeover for the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge.  It was fun to "go dark" in there compared to the light and airy vibe happening in the rest of the house!


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I'm back today to share some details about the room's design, including a few sources (some affiliate links used).

LIGHTING

Aside from the natural daylight that filters through the window, there are two primary light sources in the room: the ceiling pendant and desk lamp.  Before the makeover, the only artificial light source came from the light attached to the ceiling fan (see the before pics here).

The ceiling in this room is just under 9 feet, so the search was on for a close-to-ceiling overhead light fixture.  There were many pretty options that I liked, but they didn't fall under my $200 budget.

When I stumbled upon this fixture which hasn't populated the internet, if you know what I mean...

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... I was immediately drawn to the two-tone aged bronze and brushed gold finish.  The scale and style of the fixture suit the room perfectly.  The open cage design also means less dust accumulation!  My hubby will eventually place it on a dimmer switch.

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A table lamp was also added to the study nook for task lighting.  The brass detail on the shade and lamp base tie into the brass elements in the room.  The brass nailheads on the shade are such a nice detail too!  I also love that the lamp's base has a dark gray textured finish, which provides contrast and dimension.

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FURNITURE & ACCENTS

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This room is a combination of existing and new pieces.  The new purchases include the parson-style desk (here), geometric jute rug (here), and leather storage bench (local store).  The desk chair is a temporary stand-in borrowed from our dining room until I find its replacement.  Everything else we already owned, including the Pottery Barn console table bought years ago.  We did replace the hardware on the console with glass faceted knobs, which I picked up at Lowe's for less than $4 each!

TEXTILES & DECOR

Pulling together the textiles for under $100 was a bit of a challenge since I was nearly starting from scratch.  It adds up, and I did go over budget a bit!  It would have been so easy to style the room without a budget, but nope...  I kept this makeover true to life.

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The textiles were either from Etsy or off-the-rack purchases.

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Most of the mirrors were vintage finds from various antique and thrift stores.  The Bombay Company brass-framed mirror that anchors the gallery wall is something we have owned for over ten years.  It is substantial, heavy, and great quality!

Nearly all the decorative accessories are things we already had, including the zebra print that we framed and hung at the last minute.  It was part of a collection of museum-quality art prints that I picked up last year.

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The vintage oil painting is courtesy of my parents getting rid of "stuff"!

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The geometric and brass plant stand was a $19.99 Home Goods find!

Lastly, since some were curious about how much this room cost, I'll share. 😖  It came in on budget at $1k (nothing was sponsored).  The largest singular purchases albeit budget-friendly in the scheme of things were the ceiling light fixture, rug, and desk - which combined for 50% of the budget.  Let me know if you're curious about anything else I may have missed!

Small But Mighty Bedroom-Study-Lounge Reveal

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We made it to the finish line of the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge!  This bi-annual event virtually brings together hundreds of designers and interior design bloggers for a six-week room transformation challenge.  Thank you to Calling It Home, the host and ORC founder, as well as media partner House Beautiful, for organizing another successful ORC!

Let's get to it!  Six quick weeks ago, we took the smallest bedroom in our home - a 10 ft. x 11.5 ft. design-deprived and under-utilized space - and started transforming it into a triple purpose bedroom-study-lounge!

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The following links will get you caught up on the room's weekly progression:

We spent the last few weeks executing the conceptual design plan...

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...which primarily revolved around smart SPACE PLANNING and the power of PAINT to improve the look, feel, and functionality of the room.

Now here we are, six weeks later...

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...and the room has been successfully turned into the "SMALL BUT MIGHTY BEDROOM-STUDY-LOUNGE" that I envisioned!  Come on in and take a look around...

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one room challenge bedroom makeover interior design decorating diy home improvement black brass modern vintage eclectic decor

one room challenge bedroom makeover interior design decorating diy home improvement black brass modern vintage eclectic decor



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Painting all the walls in the same dark color that was previously just on an accent wall made a big difference in the overall feel and appearance of the room.  Contrary to common thought, the room actually feels larger wrapped in the dark paint color.  The lesson here is to NOT be afraid to go bold and dark in a small space.

ALL ABOUT FUNCTION

Despite its modest 10 ft. x 11.5 ft. footprint, we maximized every square inch of the room and packed it with function! Designating specific zones - Study Nook, Bedroom/Lounge, Media Area - was integral in the space planning.

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A study nook was created by outfitting this wall with a simple parson-style desk.  One of our dining room chairs is currently standing in as the desk chair until I find its replacement. 😉

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I had originally planned to add a patterned fabric treatment on the square insets of the closet doors, but it looked too busy.  The insets were finished with chalkboard paint instead you know, just in case we want to write on the wall!

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My favorite addition to the study area is the oil painting I salvaged from my parents' house.  It adds vintage "soul" to the room.  Love that it came in a brass frame too!

When conceptualizing the room, I knew a daybed would suit the dimensions and intended purpose(s) of the space.  However, I used a frameless twin mattress set instead to achieve the daybed concept.  Going frameless helped maximize floor space, which was important with limited square footage.  The bed serves as a "sofa" when lounging, and acts as an actual bed when needed for sleeping.

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Blankets and pillows in various patterns and textures were layered on the bed for softness and dimension.  The textiles were kept in a monochromatic color pallet of cream, black, white, and gray to keep things streamlined.

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One of the unspoken goals for the room was to give our boys (ages 8 1/2 and 12) an alternative space where they could entertain their friends.  When our kids have friends over, they usually hang out in the family room unless they're playing outside.  Installing a television and eventually moving their gaming console to this room enables them to have a "private" place to watch movies or play video games (without bothering us and vice versa 😆).

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Love the abstract geometric pattern and brass detail on this planter!

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By the way, the leather bench by the bed...

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...actually doubles as extra seating AND storage!

Here's a combined look at all the function we packed into the room:

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GALLERY WALL OF MIRRORS

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A feature aspect of the design plan was the gallery wall of mirrors.  Since the entire room was painted a dark color, I used mirrors rather than art to help visually "expand" the space.  Mirrors also reflect and bounce light.

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The wall of mirrors provided huge design impact for very little money.  The gallery wall was curated by sourcing mostly inexpensive vintage options to compliment our existing aged brass mirror (purchased at Bombay Company years ago).  The only exception was the antique silver starburst mirror, which I found on clearance at Home Goods!

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Mixing different mirror finishes - aged brass, "metallic gold" (via spray paint!), antique silver, and wood/rattan - helps to achieve a more collected look.

BEFORE & AFTER

My favorite part of any makeover is to take a look back at where things started so you can really appreciate the transformation!

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one room challenge bedroom makeover interior design decorating diy home improvement black brass modern vintage eclectic decor

one room challenge bedroom makeover interior design decorating diy home improvement black brass modern vintage eclectic decor

one room challenge bedroom makeover interior design decorating diy home improvement black brass modern vintage eclectic decor

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one room challenge bedroom makeover interior design decorating diy home improvement black brass modern vintage eclectic decor

I am so glad I made the last minute decision to jump into the #oneroomchallenge.  There is nothing like a tight deadline to motivate you to pull a room together.  My family and I LOVE how cozy and functional the room turned out!

Thank you all so much for following along, and sharing your support and encouragement throughout the process.  I am so grateful to be able to share the transformation of our beloved fixer upper with you, room by room!  I'll dig into the specifics about this room in a separate post, so come back soon.




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Down to the Wire {ORC Week Five}

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There is only ONE week left before all the design participants reveal their room makeovers for the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge!  If you follow the #oneroomchallenge on Instagram, then you know the pressure is on.  The energy is palpable!

We have been transforming a small 10 ft. x 11.5 ft. bedroom into a triple-purpose bedroom-study-lounge.  The room and "before" photos were introduced in WEEK ONE...

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The general design direction for the space was shared in a mood board during WEEK TWO...
WEEK THREE was mostly spent collecting mirrors for the gallery wall, as well as tackling a little bit of everything on the "to do" list...

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Some of the goodies started rolling in during WEEK FOUR...

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...and the practical but blah ceiling fan also got replaced with this aged bronze and brass light fixture!

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So here we are in WEEK FIVE, aka the week everyone goes into overdrive to meet the deadline of this six-week design challenge!  I have been playing with the bedding textiles over the past few days constantly mixing and matching fabrics to try and get a dynamic combination of colors and patterns.  I must say, the process has been testing me!

The best part of this past week though...?!  The gallery wall of mirrors is UP, and it looks GREAT!  Can't wait to show you, but here's a peek at the beginning of the installation...

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This room will come down to the wire.  Don't they all?! 😉  While the scope of work was intentionally not as DIY labor-intensive as our family room and dining room makeovers, rooms nonetheless take time to pull together.  Here's where things stand:

  • Paint entire room ✔
  • Closet door DIY treatment ✔
  • Replace ceiling fan with light fixture ✔
  • Run any necessary electrical for electronic components & study nook
  • Task/accent lighting ✔
  • Area rug ✔
  • Bedroom/lounge furniture ✔
  • Textiles for lounge area - pillows, blankets ✔
  • Small desk ✔✔
  • Chair for study nook
  • Accent furniture - side table, pouf ✔
  • Gallery wall - mirrors, possibly art ✔
  • Console table for media wall ✔
  • Mount television

See you back here next week when I reveal every nook and cranny of this bedroom!