When we last left this project, we had just found a suede headboard and finished the grommeted window coverings!
To recap, this job entailed turning a childhood bedroom into a comfortable guest room. Its former occupant, now a young professional living in San Francisco, still bunks here when she visits her parents’ Edina home.
You’ll remember from this earlier post that the room was papered in pastels and contained several pieces of melamine furniture – high on utility, but crammed and crowded.
To set the palette and tone, I asked Fabulous Client and her daughter, Rachel, to respond to a series of bedroom photos reflecting different styles and tastes. They favored a calm and relaxing retreat. And they had one other request: that the wall color and accents match or coordinate with a cherished blue and plum bookcase that Rachel and her father had built.
The room is small, and the case had been constructed without crown moulding at the top right to keep it flush with the wall and fit the tight space between the closet door and the window.
The client was firm; sentiment would not allow for any change in paint on this piece.
Instead, I matched the wall color to the interior color of the case (Sherwin Williams “Meditative” SW 6227), moving the case to this wall, previously occupied by the desk, below…
…so the missing moulding was not visible. Woodwork got a fresh coat of glossy Benjamin Moore “Cotton Balls” OC-122, a rich creamy white.
The bookcase contents received a severe edit, as did the entire room. Paring this room’s contents went a long way toward making it tranquil. The books that remain on the shelf were favorites Rachel chose to keep, but could also work as great page-turners for guests who aren’t quite ready to turn in for the night!
(The goal is to eventually reduce the contents of the bottom two shelves, as well!)
This standard shade was replaced with a top-down, bottom-up version…
…that lets in light but still affords privacy. The window is now flanked by floor-lenth panels to visually expand the window space and provide balance to that overscale bookcase on the opposite wall. The rod is mounted close to the ceiling to help achieve that effect.
(The blue painter tape marks the center for the extra bracket ordered to brace the extra-long rod! This is one detail photograph I forgot to snap once the bracket was installed!)
This one is a bit overexposed, but you get the idea!
The very cool Thom Filicia print for Kravet, “CitySquare” in Mistymorn, is 100 percent linen with a marvelous hand. It echoes the modern key design in this end table, purchased for its great detail. Previously red lacquer, the table received a new paint job in a high-gloss version of the matte wall color.All of the accessories were chosen with a nod toward adding texture, and repeating the silver gray, blue, cream and toast colors used throughout the room.
This Serena & Lily area rug pulled the small space together. The former twin bed was replaced with a queen-size version, requiring extra finesse to make a larger bed “read” smaller in the space. Each item was placed carefully to keep the sight lines clean, with the rug placed horizontally underneath the bottom two thirds of the bed.
Hotel-style bedding provided additional texture, as did the nubby linen welting on this accent pillow, sewn from the same material as the curtains.
A pair of Ikea side lamps provided high style for less than $50. This one sits atop a Threshold side table from Target, with a custom metal paint job chronicled in a previous Lark Nest project, here.
Simple, mismatched baskets sit beneath each bedside table, providing a place to stash tissues and magazines.
Even the ’60s glass flush-mount light fixture got an upgrade; this semi-flush-mount piece, with a warm linen shade, tripled the wattage on the existing ceiling light.
The Calvin Klein duvet cover beneath the silver-gray textured quilt features striated threads of cream, gray and blue. The overall effect is quite comforting.
The diamond-woven fabric is upholstered over a storage bench at the foot of the bed, necessary for making the most of storage options in this small room. It’s also a place where guests can sit to tie shoes! A chest of drawers unearthed in the basement was painted to match the walls and is tucked into the double closet. A full-length mirror hangs behind the door.
The overall effect of layering textures and tone-on-tone color is one of comfort and relaxation. There are small pops of mauve/violet accents in the room: a cool Suzani upholstered stool, an art glass vase, amethyst stone coasters.
The framed photograph over the bed is an Italian street scene near and dear to the client; it was moved in from elsewhere in the house.
This project is done! The result helped transition Rachel’s childhood room into a space that retains enough of “her” to welcome her when she’s in town, yet provide a calming respite for other guests as well.
Coming soon: the final photos on the St. Louis Park home office reno!