Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Personal Design Project Before & After

By the time you are reading this we are most likely back home in Charlotte from our Thanksgiving break in Texas with my family. We were there for 11 days and during that time I worked on a very special decorating project... my parents master bedroom!

A little background - I have mentioned before I come from a family of engineers and doctors. I guess you could call me the "black sheep". My dad is a computer engineer/programmer, my mom is a mathematician. She tutors math and is writing a math text book. One brother is a doctor and the other is a mechanical engineer. And then there's me.. ha!

My parents have never been into decorating and have had their current bedroom suite for 10+ years. I was so excited when they finally asked me to help them revamp their room. We had SO much fun doing it and they love the result.. which is the best part! It's very nerve-wracking decorating for your parents ;) I love the result, too and it was fun letting them see me in action.

Here are the before shots. My dad was cleaning out his desk and wasn't too excited to be in the pictures.. sorry Dad!!

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As I mentioned, they have had this teak bedroom set FOREVER! Time for a change. We were on a tight budget.. here are the things we did to change up the space:

- New furniture (bed, nightstands and dresser)
- New neutral, solid bedding
- Rearrange Current Artwork
- Curtains

Here are the afters!

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The artwork made my job easy. All the pieces were painted by either my grandmother or my great-grandmother. My parents previously had the paintings all around the room but I grouped them together to create a focal point above the bed. Two of the frames were previously brass but we painted them espresso to modernize the frames.

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The case goods and bed were purchased at Weirs in Plano, Texas. I picked out the furniture (along with the approval from my parents). I LOVE the dresser and nightstands we found... they look so much more expensive than they were.

I originally suggested a linen upholstered bed but we settled upon this one. In the end I'm glad we did, it helps anchor the room.

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The nightstands are very large and works really well with the scale of the king sized bed and large room.

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A collection of my parents books that fit them perfectly..
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Not only are my parents smart, they are both wonderful musicians. My mom plays the flue and my dad plays the guitar. Making room for their music things were important.
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Here is all the info for the quick project:

Bed, Dresser & Nightstands - Weirs - $1,556
Accent Chair - World Market - $125 (we got it on sale)
Curtains - IKEA Ritva - $35 per panel ($70)
Curtain Hardware - IKEA Beskada (I kept the caps on and didn't use the finials) - $18
Lamps - Home Goods - $40 each ($80)
Bedding - IKEA Malou - $50
Throw Pillow on Accent Chair - IKEA - $17
Existing Wall Color - Ralph Lauren Beach

Total: $1,916 (our budget was $2,000)

Thanks Mom & Dad!! I had soo much fun!

51 comments:

  1. Beautiful and how fun to do something so nice for your folks.  All of the little touches are perfect and the artwork has such impact when all together! Nicely done.
    Cathy @ Room Rx

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  2. Tiffany @ Savor HomeNovember 29, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Beautiful! You did such a great job! Everything looks so inviting. I love the gallery wall, too. 

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  3. Amazing difference! And, I'm glad to know about that IKEA bedding :)

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  4. Love the makeover. The art looks amazing.  

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  5. Love this Bryn!!!!!!  & that bedding!  So pretty! 

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  6. Lovely!!! Drastically changed!! You did a very good job!! :) 

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  7. It's so beautiful and looks like you spent a lot more money than you did!

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  8. We love it so so much, Bryn!  You did this so quickly and within our budget!  I feel like I'm living in a new house - or maybe a Ritz Carlton ;)  She's incredibly easy to work with, too :)

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  9. This is amazing, what a gorgeous room.  Can you do this for me on a budget too?  I love it!!!! Your parents must be so happy!  And the artwork, I guess in runs in the family if your grandma was an artist.

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  10. It looks amazing!  I love the artwork.  I couldn't believe what great deals I found last time I was at Weir's.  It looks like you hit the jackpot in all of your shopping excursions.  I'm glad you had fun here. :)

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  11. That looks so good! What a fun project to do. Love the gallery wall.

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  12. It looks fabulous! What a great idea to group the artwork - such an easy update that anyone could do, and it makes such a difference.

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  13. Wow!  What a difference rearranging the pieces they already had made!  Looks wonderful, I bet they are happy whenever they walk into the room!

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  14. Look amazing! I really love the gallery wall above the bed, it really makes the space. 

    Kristy 
    www.idesignlove.com

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  15. You did a wonderful job! 

    Julia

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  16. Don't sell yourself short. You clearly got your grandmother's and great-grandmother's creative genes!

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  17. Laura @ so alaurableNovember 29, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    It looks great! For some reason I was surprised that it's the same wall color since the gallery wall and curtains makes it looks so different. And I LOVE Weirs! Most of my furniture is from there. :-)

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  18. Amazing! You were able to completely transform their room with such a reasonable budget, I love it!

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  19. What a beautiful job you did!  I love the arrangement of your grandmother and gg's artwork over the bed.  The overall look of the room is much softer and very cozy.  Great job!
    sharon@house58blog.com

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  20. Love the artwork above the bed!

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  21. That looks so good! I love the arrangement of art above the bed. Well done! It must be so nice/satisfying to do something like this for your parents!

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  22. Looks amazing!! Grouping the paintings all together actually lets them shine more than when they were apart.

    As an Engineer myslef I wanted to let you know that you may not be as much of a black sheep as you think...Interior Decorators have to think like Engineers. You have to problem solve and think outside of the box.  You visualize how all the pieces fit together to complete the puzzle at the end.  There is a huge creative element to Engineering (most engineers I know have an artistic side, like your parent's playing instruments).

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  23. Whoa, Bryn, you really modernized the space!!  They must be so happy.

    This is making me want to make over my parents home so badly!  I think they wold think of a lot of my ideas as really "out there!"

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  24. What a great budget makeover!  The space is absolutely beautiful.  I especially love how you grouped the artwork together.  I'm sure your parents love their new bedroom!

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  25. Wow, such a big change!! The room looks so cozy and luxurious.  I'm sure your parents are enjoying their new room so much.  Well done!

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  26. You did a great job!

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  27. Wow looks great Bryn!

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  28. you are so talented!!! awesome to see that you are doing great!

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  29. The next time you're in Plano, I'm claiming you for our master bedroom!! This looks great.

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  30. the bedroom looks amazing very clean!! So much prettier! 

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  31. It looks fantastic, Bryn! I love how you rearranged the art that was scattered around the bedroom above the bed! Great job! Congratulations!

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  32. You are amazing. I especially love the paintings and textbooks because they are such personal touches. 

    I bet your parents were thrilled!

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  33. You really brought the room together!  I especially love the personal ties with the artwork, music & books.  

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  34. Looks great. Wish you could do my bedroom next!

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  35. What a gorgeous, simple, and lovely transformation.  It is a massive improvement.  I can only imagine how much better your parents are sleeping now.  In fact, even I'M going to sleep better, knowing that they don't have to slumber in the before version any longer.  Hooray for all of you!


    jbhat

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  36. What a transformation! It's completely brand new. No trace of the old room. Very lovely!

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  37. Wow Bryn!! You make it look so easy!! 

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  38. Great job! It's a total change. My favorite thing is that you re-purposed all the artwork. It's obviously great quality (and very sentimental) but each piece looked small and insignificant on it's own. The gallery makes a beautiful statement. Love it.

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    Aeron Chair

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  40. Wow Bryn, this is awesome! Your parents must be thrilled with their new look. It looks like their own personalized hotel room that's how great it looks (I think because of the balance).  I think the artwork is really great and displayed perfectly above the bed.  Really great job - I bet they are enjoying it.

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  41. I love this transformation! I have been trying to talk my parents into letting me work my magic on their bedroom (and finally get rid of their 20+ year old furniture) but have had no luck! I will be showing this to them and hopefully I can change their minds! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Oh my, you are so lucky to have had such talented artists in your family!  This is gorgeous!

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  43. Great job, Bryn! I think it looks fabulous. I like the art arrangement above the bed. Very nice!

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  44. It's absolutely perfect. It's all so subtle and calming. Beautiful job!

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  45. You did a beautiful job! The difference is amazing, and the finished room looks so calm and restful. Incidentally, I'm in design school, and we reference Tufte quite a bit. So maybe there is a connection between your interests and your parents.

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  46. You did an AMAZING job!! It looks fabulous! Such a sweet project! =)

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  47. Bryn...way to go girl!  In 11 days?  I think grouping the art work over the bed made the biggest difference!  I am sure they are beyond thrilled.

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  48. Wow. What a beautiful room. I hope they love it, even more special that you helped.

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  49. This really rocks Bryn, you are so talented.

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  50. Wow!  It looks great!!

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