Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sarah's Budget-Friendly "Boutique Hotel-Style" Master Bedroom



Meet Sarah.
A twenty-something school teacher, originally from Ohio, now living in Prattville, Alabama.

This is Sarah and her husbands first "fur baby", Maddy...



and their second, Roxy...



and their third, Ruby...



and the latest addition to their family, Rosie:



Sarah rescued Rosie from a "hoarding" situation. So sad that goes on. Thank goodness for people like Sarah!

Sarah's Master Bedroom was pretty non-descript when they moved into the house a little over a year ago:



So she picked out some bedding she liked, bought one nightstand and a matching dresser, and added a few accessories:



As time went by though, Sarah started to feel like the room didn't have enough "soul", and found herself craving a more "upscale boutique hotel" type of look.

Then, her husband went out of town.

And "Layla-the-Design-Enabler" came over. >:-)

Within minutes, I had formulated a game plan, and we started to put the wheels in motion the very next day.

First up, after a close-call decapitation, we removed the ceiling fan.



And Sarah vowed to get one of these for her husband instead:



Then we installed this darling little chandelier I found online for $129.99. (pardon the excess chain...we hadn't swagged the fixture over the center of the bed yet when I snapped this photo)



Here's a close up...



Next up, paint.

The wall color started out a beige color with yellow undertones.



After interviewing Sarah, I learned that she wanted to keep the room in the same color family, but that she tends to be drawn to cooler tones.

The verdict, Sherwin Williams "Utterly Beige" and "Realist Beige".

One is lighter, one is a little darker. Here is the Utterly Beige going on the headboard wall...



They are very contemporary and luxe-looking colors and will compliment the bedding she is going to purchase from West Elm.



I encouraged her to mix a lot of crisp white bedding in with the clay color of the pintuck bedding, in the form of sheets, pillow shams and maybe an additional duvet-covered comforter. It will be a really sharp look when it's all put together.

Here's Sarah workin' away...


She saw this candle-filled accent wall on "Myles of Style" and wanted to replicate the idea in her room:



So she painted this "Utterly Beige" rectangle on top of a "Realist Beige" wall, to the right of her bed:

She hasn't implemented the candles yet, school is keeping her very busy. But when it's finished, I'll be sure to take some "after" photos of it.

I had her move her dresser to the wall directly in front of the bed. It used to be on the wall with the rectangle painted on it now, which made it impossible for her to have a nightstand on that side of the bed. (wall color here, as well as on the window wall: Realist Beige)


I helped her remove the mirror from the dresser, and we hung that over the bed, to act as a visual "headboard" of sorts.

The most expensive element of the re-design was the nightstand. She purchased the twin to the one she had on the left side of the bed. Yay! Symmetry!


We shopped for some sculptural accessories to add to the overall look she was trying to achieve. The palette: clay, black, satin nickel, sepia and white...










Bedside lamps (from Walmart) are satin nickel, with black shades...



So, while I don't have a photo of the big mirror over the bed, stacked framed sheet music hanging above each of the nightstands, the candles on the wall, or the new bedding and window treatments in place- I promise to snap some as soon as Sarah's husband will let me back in the house! Just kidding, he wasn't that mad. ;-)


27 comments:

Dana and Daisy said...

Husbands are like fine wine, they mellow with age, and he'll get used to her decorating ways.

I have a badly done coffered ceiling in my bedroom and wonder how easy would it be to frame and sheetrock in a tray ceiling instead?

Is this a job for a handy man?

Kelly said...

Wow. It tunred out really great!
I just stumbled upon your blog today and I think I'll be back again~

Kelly

Tracie said...

love, as usual. :)

ps. i have a 'matty' too.. that looks like rubie! lol rescued my little old man too.. so rewarding, i think we should all do it!!

thanks for sharing!
Tracie

Karen said...

Hey Miss Layla, Want to come to Virginia for a couple weeks? We've got some work up here for you!

Inspired Kara said...

Whoa. I am IN LOVE with the headboard wall color.

It will look so fabulous with the bedding!!!!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I just did a post about the soul of a room...this is so much better. I loved the process..

Terri said...

I would love to know the website for the light. I've been pricing them and $100 is a steal, especiall for such a sharp looking fixture.

Danelle- said...

Beautiful makeover! I also would like to know where you got the chandelier? I have a ceiling fan in our room that I would LOVE to get rid of!

Becky said...

What a fun girls weekend! You truly listened to her wants and needs and then delivered beautifully with a custom plan! I need to get myself over to West Elm to see their other bedding colors...love the pintucked look!

Looking forward to a "working" weekend of our own!

Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Love it! can you share where the nightstand and dresser came from?

Cathy said...

WOW what a great job.. I know you must have had a blast doing it too. You always amaze me.

{{Big Hugs}}

Cathy

Kasey said...

how nice of you to help a friend out!
xoxo

LuLu said...

Is there 2 trims or did you leave a bit of lighter color darker then trim... could you tell me that step. turned out great... love the 2 colors. and the chandelier is beautiful.
LuLu

DomesticDivasFancy said...

That looks really nice. I myself like the red comforter...but I like the one from west elm too. Love the wall colors. Thanks for telling us what they are. Love them.

Leigh said...

It is beautiful!!!

Hey Layla, You should join me tomorrow for thrifty thursday, if you can. You could link your most recent thrift store jaunt

Pony Girl said...

Wow, how fun! I just love looking at pictures of these kind of makeovers! The chandelier is great, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for them.
Her little dogs are cute, too! ;) Were they your little assistants?

Linda S. Socha said...

So...How far are you from Nashville? LOVE YOUR project!!
Linda:>)

Catherine said...

Love the pintucked clay bedding - and it will look fabulous with crisp white sheets, as you suggested. I think the husband will be very pleased when he sees the end result!

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Another awesome job Layla! I just ordered new design software and can't wait to play with it. Of course playing with real decor is so much more fun!
Thanks for sharing this process!
~Misti

Marcie said...

Yes can you share where Sarah got her dresser and nightstands? Looks lovely Layla!

JoyGirl said...

Lovely! I look forward to seeing the completed 'after' shots. Really like the bedding that was chosen; looks like it goes with the wall colour splendidly. Good job!

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

I love, love, love the west elm bedding. Boy will it soften the look of the room. And don't we all need to exchange the ceiling fan with a chandelier?! What a classy room!

meg said...

Very, very nice! I am looking at it thinking that I want that for my room. A complete 180 from where I am now.

Sweet Soft Southern Thrill said...

Amazing! You have such a gift! :)

Sarah said...

Layla did an amazing job on the room! All joking aside-my husband LOVED the room. Its such a romantic retreat now where we want to spend time- instead of a bedroom for sleep only.
I should have the bedding in-in the next week and there have been a lot more additions for an update!
A few FYI's:
The chandelier is from LampsPlus.com Ironically, its called the "Leila". The dresser and nightstands are from Rooms to Go. It is their "Valencia" collection.
Layla-I love you lots. See you this weekend!

Anonymous said...

PLEASE post the updated pictures! I'm dying to see how it turned out. I bought this same bedding and would love to know where you got the sculpture. Thanks!

stacey said...

Small world but I was searching for ideas and I KNOW SARAH! I went to junior high/high school with her. Tell her Stacey Steadman says hello :)

I Love that west elm bedding. My dilemma that got me searching was I bought the same pintuck bedding but in white from target. I love that color Sarah went with but was looking for white bedding. But my problem is what colors to accent with and how? Euro shams, throw pillows, duvet/throw? I tend to be drawn towards warmer colors. My dressers I ordered are chocolate espresso with satin nickel hardware. Any ideas for colors?? I was thinking champagne or sort of a silvery gray like Sarah's bedding. Just struggling to find the items!