"Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal"

Well, I said I'd be back with a full reveal of my master bedroom makeover, and I'm a woman of my word.  Four weeks ago, I received word that a magazine photographer would be coming in three weeks to shoot most of my home.  At the time, my master bedroom was in no way representative of my current style or design ability, so something had to be done...QUICK! I set out to spruce things up quickly employing a plan that I put together a while back ago.

 
It all centered around an amazing deal I found on an iconic fabric. Unfortunately, as shown in the idea board above, I didn't quite have enough to do drapery panels and a headboard, but I think it worked out better in the end.

You can read about how it all came together in the posts below:


Of course, I'm sure at this point you just want to see the pretty pictures of the finished space. So, without further ado...
 
         
 


I went with lots of subtle patterns on the bedding.  With such a bold and busy print on the headboard, most would likely rely on solids that complement the print.  However, I think it's the mix of patterns that keeps it interesting and takes a little focus off the headboard. I scored at a local warehouse with the stripe animal print that I used to make euro covers. They work perfectly with both the duvet and the headboard.  While it was difficult to capture, the sheets have a tone on tone animal print, and the duvet cover and shams also have a faint floral motif. 


I went back and forth over whether to use table lamps or my vintage swing arm lamps.  Given the fact that the Target apothecary chest wasn't all that deep, I opted for the swing arm lamps to conserve bedside surface space.  I think I made the right call.

 

I also like how the fern prints I thrifted from now relate to my newest house plant addition.  Every room needs something living and a green plant in a natural basket adds an organic touch. 

 

We'll have to debrief on this chair a little later.  You know how I love an upholstered furniture transformation. 


This print is proof that you should always go with your gut.  It was $24 and half off at a local thrift store and I had NO use for it when I purchased it.  Frankly, I think the folks I was shopping with thought I was a little crazy for buying it. However, I was drawn to the soft colors and abstract subject.  It also didn't hurt that it was already framed and matted.  I mean $12?  What is there to think about, really?  It works perfectly atop my electric fireplace.


Lastly, I'm a firm believer that if you can see it, you're more likely to wear it. Jewelry storage is a must!


All in all, I'm obsessed with the result.  It's my new favorite spot.  And if you know me at all, you know this makeover didn't break the bank.  The project includes thrift store finds, Habitat ReStore deals, vintage and retail items and of course a reupholstered piece.   
I certainly wouldn't recommend a three week master bedroom makeover.  I prefer to take my time and find unique and affordable pieces as I come across them, but I have to say, I don't know that I would change a thing.  Mission accomplished!

TDC Before and After

"Master Makeover: Week 4 and a Reveal Sneak Peek"

I couldn't let the work week end without stopping by to give you guys a final update on my Master Makeover.  I know you're probably wondering if I made my deadline and if so, how things turned out.  Well, I'm delighted to share that I somehow managed to transform my master bedroom in a matter of just 3 weeks.  I'm pretty impressed with myself.  However, that's not all.  I actually needed to complete the project so quickly because....(wait for it).....a nationally published magazine was coming to MY house to do a photo shoot! Yep. I KNOW!!!  I promise more details on that later. 

In the meantime, here's how the project came to a climax.  Baity's Custom Upholstery did a great job pulling together my upholstered pieces.  No surprise there.  We ran into a little hiccup when I was informed that I was about 10 inches short on fabric for my ottomans.  I thought that might happen, so we made lemonade from a lemon situation. 


On a hotel note pad I sketched (if you can call it that) a design that ended up being even better than the original plan. 



Love when that happens. By Sunday evening all of the upholstered pieces were delivered and they did not disappoint. 

 
Thought I was going to faint when I saw this beauty...
 
 
Hard to believe it started here and in my head...


I figured if I had a magazine coming, I should probably just go ahead and get some professional photos of my home made.  I should have those soon and will do a proper reveal, but until then, check out this sneak peek.
 




I can't tell you how obsessed I am with the result.  It is my new favorite space in my house. 

"Today's Charlotte Woman Feature"

Several weeks ago I was contacted out of the blue by the Editor of Today's Charlotte Woman.  She informed me that they were putting together an article for their April issue that would highlight several local interior designers. She then informed me that they'd like for me to be one of them.  "Say what?" Yep, me.  She went on to say that it would be a pretty quick turnaround and that they'd love to get a photo of me in a space I designed for the feature. 

Needless to say I was thrilled and after the initial excitement wore off, I immediately started going through my mental Rolodex of projects trying to think of the perfect space.


I knew my last client project would be perfect.  So I contacted the clients and they were game.  I pulled together a few props from my home and the Dwell by Cheryl inventory and set up a time to do the photo shoot. 



Thanks to a great photographer and a little help from my intern Kia, it all went off without a hitch. 

I was finally able to get my hands on a paper copy last week and I couldn't be happier with the result.

What an amazing opportunity. I am so very thankful for all of the blessings God is providing.  It truly has been an amazing ride, and this is just the beginning.

See page 21. 


"Master Makeover: Week 3"

Well, I'm closing in on my deadline for completing my Master Makeover!  This week thing really began to take shape. 

For starters, the minty green walls are no more...


We've exchanged them for a much more neutral backdrop by going with Valspar's Oat bran and I'm loving the result!

It really is amazing what paint can do.

I also received the new bedside chest.  I have to say I was really surprised that they were actually pretty nice.
 
They offer excellent storage, but were a little too rustic for me.  A little gold spray paint and that quickly changed.
 

 
Here's a quick tip:  When spray painting small nails/screws, I use a paper plate to lay them flat.


Then I simply spray the paper plate. So much easier to get the paint exactly where it needs to be. 

Once I began to put my furnishing back in the space, things quickly began to take shape.



I stumbled upon a store in Denver, NC called the Red Tag Outlet that had a few great accessories at very reasonable prices so I picked up a few things that will be perfect for the makeover. 


Lastly, after a great yard sale on Saturday morning, I was able to get rid of lots of castoffs including my old headboard and even my bedding.  Now all I have to do is wait on Baity's Custom Upholstery to finish up my ottomans, chair and headboard and pick up my pillows and drapes from the work room. 


I'm so excited with this project I can hardly stand it.  Stay tuned....

"Master Makeover: Week 2"

Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.  I have to say, I was actually surprised how long my weekend seemed to last.  That NEVER happens, and I'm certainly not complaining about it.
 
Well, the master makeover project continues and I'm popping in to share my week 2 progress report.  With one week, in this 3 week makeover, already down, it was time to bite the bullet and make some decisions.  Thankfully, the holiday weekend proved pretty successful in terms of getting a few things knocked off the list. 
 
For starters, on an evening trip to Tuesday Morning last week, I scored the most amazing Barbara Berry bedding for 84% off the retail price. Yep, 84%! 
 

Source
Pretty cool when you consider the fact that it's not only beautiful bedding but I actually met design icon Barbara Barry at the Design Bloggers Conference in LA a couple of years ago.  A lovely lady with lovely style.  Trust me, I'll rest easy in the sumptuous combed cotton duvet cover and pillow shams.
 
Mid-week I dropped off my fabric with the seamstress.  I'm excited! We're going with a French pinch pleats on the drapery and I'm pretty excited about the animal print euro shams as well.   There going to be the animal print on the far right.  I saved a few bucks by getting the feather inserts for them at Ikea. 
 
Ikea
On Saturday, after searching high and low at Metrolina Expo's Vintage and Antiques Show, I gave up and headed home.  On the way, my upholsterer tagged me in a post from the owner of a local shop called Tuft.  She had just posted this picture on Instagram...
 
 
We'd actually discussed him making me something similar, but this one looked like it might work.  Since I was already in the vicinity, I decided to stop by and check it out; get a closer look. It took me about 20 seconds to decide this was it. 

 
It's wrapped in a beautiful taupe/gray leather and I love the clean lines.  It just has a designer feel.
   
 
And you know I'm a sucker for a nailhead trim.
 
So with the bedding and console out of the way, that only left the illusive bedside tables.  I'd said if I couldn't find anything by the end of the weekend, I was going to have to make some decisions.  Well, late Saturday night I decided to check around on the web.  I went to the usual suspects, Wayfair, Overstock, Joss and Main, One Kings Lane, etc.  I ended up on Target's website when I found these...
 
Target
"Hmmmm, these just might work." I thought.  It certainly didn't hurt that they were on clearance and with my Red Card I could save 5% and get free shipping.  I decided it was worth a try and ordered two. They were the right height and the graywashed finish might just work perfectly.  I am planning to change the finish on the drawer pulls to antiqued brass.  I think that may make them look a little less rustic and a little more me. 
 
Unfortunately, due to a death in his family, my painter had to postpone the painting until later this week, so I'm hoping to be able to report on the finished product next week.
 
Lastly, all of this new stuff means I'm left with a room full of leftover furniture and that can only mean one thing....YARD SALE!  Yep, if you're local, meet me at my house this Saturday Morning at 7:00 a.m.  Come early because I won't be out long.  A sista's got stuff to do.  ; )
 
More info on the sale to come....
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