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Before and After: My New Master Suite

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I have been saying for years that a master bedroom should be a serene retreat. That likely came after I designed our first bedroom after my husband and I married, in bright red. And I wondered why we could never relax. Rookie mistake for sure! But my new Master Suite is relaxing in every way.

But that wasn’t always the case.  These drab tan walls and beige carpet were neither inspiring nor relaxing when we purchased the home. I needed a plan to transform my master bedroom into a spot for unwinding from our hectic work schedules and chilling with an extra cup of coffee on the weekends. And what was my color of choice for this plan? Pale Blue, of course. It was already the color palette I’d selected for my nearby kitchen, so the bedroom design took off from there.

The pale blue provided the perfect back-drop for the fabulous custom-colored chinoiserie wallpaper from Fromental. And the best part is that this is one of their digital patterns so it’s not only a custom color, it’s a less expensive version of the hand-painted papers. From there, I knew I wanted to use classic black-and-white to give the space a bit of a modern feeling, and I love how my Lucy bed from CR Laine with a black welt and logo embroidery was the perfect place to start. Throw in a few pops of my favorite color, Kelly Green, with my cherished geometric patterned wing chairs and a new hot green velvet on the Paris bench from my CR Laine collection and this space was really coming to life.

But I didn’t stop there, I wanted to bring that same green accent into my bathroom with a lot of timeless black and white finishes. Here’s a peek into that space. Doesn’t it transition beautifully from the bedroom?

I painted the double doors that lead to my bathroom in the same stunning green with fabulous crystal knobs that feel like jewelry. These doors offer a beautiful burst of color and perfectly frame the view into my new bathroom, which is a great thing when a bathroom is beautiful and spa-like. But getting to that result was a process too…

My bathroom before was dark and dreary with a huge party tub surrounded by giant mirrors- just what you want to wake up to every morning, right? Wrong!

Bad finishes like tile and cultured marble, very low cabinets, bad lighting, and the tiny shower made this space extremely dysfunctional.

Still one of the worst design elements (if you can call it that) were these swinging saloon-style doors on the way to the toilet (yee haw!). Calling this room dated was an understatement for sure.

But not anymore! No more scary mirrors surrounding this tub. Everything is black and white and effortlessly chic. My favorite Greek key motif makes an appearance on the floors as a border and down the drapery surrounding my new Kohler VibrAcoustic tub (it plays music, y’all!). Hudson Valley Lighting helped me take this space from dark to bright and beautiful. And there’s even a touch of green on my round ottoman and in the commissioned art by Ashley Saer.

One big problem in the before of this space (besides those bad cultured marble columns, ha! ) was the lack of natural lighting. There was no window in this room at all which made the dark colors feel even darker. This space felt like a dungeon and did little to help start our days on a happy note. Plus look how cramped that shower was with the teeny tiny glass door. You could touch the shower ceiling while standing flat-footed because the ceiling was so low, and if you raised your elbows to wash your hair, it was easy to hit the walls on either side. It was far from luxurious or roomy.

I added this fabulous round window that now fills my bathroom with natural light every day, and it made all the difference in our attitudes and morning routine. And look how much bigger the shower is. We’ve got head room, arm room and a gorgeous sleek design with  beveled white subway tile from Daltile and a frameless glass door. Plus the fancy Kohler pluming with digital controls makes the shower experience feel like a dream. And with a shower head on each side so you stay warm on all sides even in the winter.

I can’t wait to walk you through the other design changes in my new home in my Before and After Series. So check back soon to see what other changes I’ve made!






Photostyling Before and After (and After): My Bedroom

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So I’m back to continue my look into the photos of my home taken for the fabulous book Designers at Home authored by my friend and blogger extraordinaire, Ronda Carman.

This room, my bedroom, is a fun one to see because it has actually gone through 2 iterations. Here is the great shot with my sweet pup Harley that appears in the book. This shot is all styled and looking lovely particularly because Designers at Home talks about our favorite creature comforts like flowers, coffee vs. tea, candles, sheets and more.


Though not in the book, we detailed out my secretary (you may know this great piece by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair). It’s where I love to write my thank-you notes.


Ahhh—and my favorite stationery by Mr. Boddington’s Studio made the cut. You can even see the weight of that gorgeous paper just by looking at the photo, can’t you?

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Here is a wider shot of my room as seen in Traditional Home’s May 2011 issue. It’s almost exactly as it looks today. Such a serene space, this is where I spend most of my time at home. I’m even writing this very post from right in this room.

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For Traditional Home the styling is super simple and clean sans books and drinks and all that we used in Designers at Home. And the truth is, both looks are accurate. I love my spaces this clean and tidy on a regular basis as clutter equals noise to me on most days. But when I am ready to nestle in and read a stack of magazines or a great book, that’s when the tea comes out and I surround myself with the things I love.

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Another close up near the window for Traditional Home. These chairs are so comfy, I often sit here to work and can see my daughter playing in the back yard with friends. I love to throw open the curtains each morning and let all the sunlight shine in.


But here is the space not long after I moved into our home in 2007. It was similar in color palette but just not quite calming enough for me. The bench is the same as today but it’s been recovered, and most of these other pieces were left from designer showhouses over the years. Many have since been moved on to other rooms or projects, or sold in tag sales in lieu of my newer choices.


Here is the bedside before we removed the carpet and added our hardwood flooring and rug. It’s also before my wallpaper that I now have and love. And I am much more fond of my original artwork today, than the mirror. Art just feels more personal to me.


And finally a shot of the secretary before, also when we had the plush carpeting that came with our home. Still a pretty shot, but the fabulous Tamarian carpet we have now is much cleaner and more beautiful to me.

So what do you think? Which version or photos do you love? How do you think the various options of photo styling make the room more appealing? Isn’t it interesting how small changes can make huge differences? I can’t wait to hear what you think.

Meet me back here more this week as I show you my Family Room and Kitchen photo styling. And if you weren’t our lucky winner of Designers at Home last week, you can order your own copy and see my home and the homes of 39 other amazing designers from the US and abroad.

Happy Sunday! xo,

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