May 9, 2010

The never-ending master bedroom makeover

If you’ve been following my home makeovers, you know that our house was almost entirely pink and green when we moved in. And not good green — it was icky plasticine green.plasticine man 2The bedroom was one of the green rooms. I took these pics at the inspection in June 2001. (This was before digital, so the quality isn’t great. I did a bit of retouching at But I think you can see the overall badness of the colour and the decorating!! Yes, those are dolls on the bed. There were dolls all over the house. Creepy.
green before 1 fix
That’s my grandma in the doorway, and you can see the pink hallway and pink guest bedroom (door on the left) and pink laundry room behind her. *Sigh* (I shared the guest bedroom makeover with you here. I’ll be sharing the laundry room makeover soon…)
green before 2 fix
Right after we took possession of the house in December 2001 and before we moved in, I painted the master bedroom. I had this great idea to paint it orange. The inspiration was the Leta Rachel room at My Mother’s Country Inn, the B&B in PEI that we stayed at on our honeymoon a few months earlier.
leta rachel
But it didn’t quite work out as planned…
HAHAHAHAHH!!!! Holy crap, that’s bad!!!  Maybe it would look better with the bed in the corner…
Nope!!! Man, I can’t believe I’m showing you these pictures… I think I can safely say that my decorating skills have improved over the last 9 years!!
OK, so anyway, try to put that orange monstrosity out of your head, and let’s move ahead to around 2006 when I finally gave up on the orange and decided to go grey with a dark brown accent wall…
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Better, but that bed totally wasn’t working. And the accent wall was kinda dark and overbearing. So I painted it a lighter grey than the other walls, and then gave up on that idea and painted it the same colour (Debbie Travis Manta Grey). Then I bought new furniture and bedding and a chandelier.
grey blue bedding
Still not working. More new bedding, lamps, and artwork… and a piece of brown velvet over the headboard to mock up what the soon-to-be new bed would look like. Better, but not there yet.
tan bedding
Hubby and I (well, mostly hubby) designed and built a chocolate brown upholstered bed complete with nailhead trim. And finally, the room was done!!
bed from entry bed 1
bed b side
bed in mirror
NOW we’re talkin’!! Much better!!
But… there was still something missing. Other than the curtains and a few cushions on the bed, there was no pattern. And the room was on the masculine side. I wanted to add some more feminine touches. What to do, what to do…
Well, my friend Lisa at Lisa Goulet Design solved that dilemma for me when she sent me a picture of her in-progress powder room makeover. She had used this beautiful wallpaper from Graham & Brown, Charming:
Ooh-la-la!!! Love, love, LOVE IT!!! I picked up a sample at Home Depot — yes, Home Depot carries this beautiful paper. It was a perfect match to the other colours in the room. YAY!!! Well, OK, you can’t really tell in this picture, but trust me, it really does match!!
I switched out the lamps with a pair of lamps I bought a couple of years ago for the still-to-be-completed dining room. I hit every store I could think of to look for new bedding, and finally found a subtly patterned grey duvet cover at HomeSense and euro shams at Bed Bath & Beyond. A few accessories on the night table, and now, finally, after 9 years, the master bedroom makeover is DONE!! Well, mostly done. I need to buy new blinds, a few accessories, maybe some new throw cushions, and a new chandelier. The other one went back to Home Depot after it started making popping noises. Yikes!! And the artwork that was above the bed needs a new home, because I want the wallpaper to be the focal point.
So here it is, the almost-finished bedroom makeover!!
bed 1 from br
Here’s a close-up of the paper:
paper close
His-and-hers night tables…
b lamp
my lamp 2
More hers, ‘cause it’s the prettier one :-)
my lamp
euros close 2
The colour in this shot is closer to the real colour of the wallpaper.
star wall
The cushions spend 99% of their time on the floor, so let’s give their moment of glory while they’re actually ON the bed :-)
cushions 1a
The Euro covers are Nicole Miller. Normally they’re $79.99 each — I found them on clearance for $14.99 each. Score!!
cushions close top of bed
This is a shot of the other side of the room:
other side
And here’s one of the original before shots with the new and improved colours and decorating…
green before 2 fix looking into hallway 5
The bedroom isn’t quite done, but the wallpaper really brings it close to the finish line :-) It needs some more accessories and artwork, I think. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them :-)
Lisa recently finished her powder room makeover that inspired my latest bedroom makeover. You HAVE to go check it out — she did a fabulous job!!
And while you’re at it, you also have to check out all the great Met Monday makeovers at Between Naps on the Porch :-)
mirror shot
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Kerri - Driftwood Interiors said...

Now that is one fantastic makeover - it looks amazing! The wallpaper is just what the room needed, and pulls the whole sceme together. You know I love a good makeover, as I seem to be in a constant state of doing just that with my own home, so thank you for sharing this with us, I'm finding it very inspiring! K xx

Kerri - Driftwood Interiors said...

Oops, my brain and fingers don't seem to be in sync this morning - I can actually spell the word "scheme"!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Kelly it looks great! The wallpaper really adds another dimension to the space. Love how the paper works against that lovely headboard!

Marcus Design said...

Kelly your transformation is AH-MAZING! I LOVE the before photos, so perfect :) That wallpaper works so wonderfully in the room and I love the texture it adds. And I love your bedding as well. And you know me, I am in love with all shades of grey :)

On another note, we all mentioned that it would have been amazing if you were there yesterday for our get-together!! But if you every have to come to Vancouver for any reason we will plan a get-together around your schedule!!

Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

Gorgeous - I love that paper! You've really pulled it all togher and it is WAAAAY better than that ugly green - and I'm not going to say anything about the orange - not a word :)!

Great job!

"Yeah, that works..!" said...

Love it! Great transformation and great pics showing it all. The wallpaper was key, for sure. Thx for sharing that.

Dane said...

How people can dismiss wallpaper is beyond me. The paper you used is FANTASTIC!!!

Kudos girl


P.S. Love that you showed the evolution. I have shown some of my bad choices through the's great for a giggle but shows how much we evolve and that we are confident in our current abilities!

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Meredith said...

What a wonderful transformation! Well done - the wallpaper definitely is the finishing touch.

Carolyn said...

It looks so elegant now! I love the wallpaper and the headboard too.
Ah! P.E.I. what a great place for your honeymoon!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Wow, what a wonderful transformation. Love the headboard and the wallpaper is stunning. Such a beautiful room. Hugs, Marty

Lisa said...

Beautiful Kelly! That wallpaper sure looks good in your bedroom! I love all the finishing details that you've chosen - the night tables accessories are gorgeous! Congrats - it must be hard to sleep in there I'd just want to stare at it all night.... Thanks for linking back to my blog - I'll link back to yours on mine.

Rashon Carraway said...

Really great job on the makeover. I really like the bed. Did you guys build it yourself?

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That bed is awesome and the wallpaper is perfect. Beautiful room.

Sarah @ Dream in Domestic said...

WOW!!! What a transformation! It looks like a luxury hotel room. I love the colors and the wallpaper is amazing. You did such a good job!!! When can I move in? :P

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly! What a gorgeous bedroom makeover! I love the wall color and the wall paper is so elegant! You're just so good and it's nice to see your 'befores'.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Isn't it amazing how things turn out? The wallpaper was such a great fit! Nice work!

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Love the wallpaper and the whole room looks great. Wonderful job Kelly!

Unknown said...

i love the wallpaper and the headboard you guys did. Beautiful room..

qerat said...

Now this looks like a designer bedroom.
Love the colors.

René said...

The transformation is amazing! Love it!

Lauren said...

GORGEOUS!!! love love love the wallpaper!!

Erika Ward said...

you've done an amazing job at pulling it all together. the bb should hire you to redesign their rooms!

Red Door Home said...

An incredible transformation. I so enjoyed seeing the progresion of the room as new elements were added. The wallpaper just finished off the space beautifully!

A Room For Everyone said...

Ha ha, what a very funny story..It looks incredible now! But, honestly, you must miss the orange...Rxx

The Charm of Home said...

This looks like it is off of Divine Design on HGTV. I think you really got it right! It is beautiful. I love your furniture with the gray colors.

Nichole@40daysof said...

Wow! I love it! The wallpaper really pulled it all together. I think I might have to get over my wallpaper aversion. Gray walls in 2006? You were so ahead of the trend! I am totally jealous of the honeymoon spot. I really want to go to PEI. A friend of mine and I have been trying to talk the husbands into it for years.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

LOVE the bed and wallpaper!

Unknown said...

It was brave and honest of you to share the before's. The bedroom looks great - that is one gorgeous bed! I've looked in my Home Depot for Graham and Brown wallpaper, but have never found it. I find some rolls of wallpaper (never G&B) near the paint section, but never anything remotely what I consider stylish. Am I looking in the wrong section? I'll have to make it a point to get out there soon to check again. Thanks for sharing Kelly- it's a great room!
- Danielle
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Atticmag said...

That's quite the dramatic accent wall Kelly but it certainly is working. Sometimes it just takes a few coats of paint and paper to nail it! Thanks for stopping by Jane F.

DesignTies said...

LUV {sigh}

Katie Lane said...

LOVE your color choices!!! It's totally the scheme I have going in my bedroom too, although besides the colors mine suck and your rocks :)

Pamela said...

It is beautiful! Can you come to my house now!;)

Joselyn said...

Love the end result. The wall paper is fab! Many designers say that true design is not instantaneous, rather, it evolves over time. Your bedroom is a good example of this. Well done!

Susan said...

I love it!!! Love the wallpaper and your beautiful bed. It's picture perfect

Going through the pictures I kept waiting and you didnt let me down.

Well Done!!!!


Alyssa said...

What a fantastic makeover.
The wallpaper is gorgeous.

Great way to bring it all together!


Unknown said...

It looks so lovely, Kelly! That wallpaper is PERFECT. Who cares if it took you 9 years? It was worth it. And, who are we kidding - you'll probably be changing things around again in no time cuz you've got that designer brain. But...amazing transformation!! I'd sleep there. :)
Thanks for sharing ALL the photos.

Lara Harris said...

Wow! Gorgeous!!

Debbiedoos said...

That is stunning in every way. You gals are good, Mega talented!

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

What a HUGE difference! Your bedroom is so beautiful!!!
I am dying over that wallpaper. It's gorgeous and really makes the room look finished.

Gayle said...

Oh, yes, what a huge improvement! I think I remember you posting about your headboard when your husband was building it. Your new bedroom is beautiful!

Remodelaholic said...

This is so beautiful! I think you did an excellent job! I would love to feature this if you are interested, let me know (You should be able to just respond to this comment!)


Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

It was really fun seeing the evolution of your room through the years. It has definitely come a long way, Baby!

koralee said...

Love your new pretty..the colours are amazing. Just found your great blog through the House of giggles...I am from the area and it is so nice to meet other bloggers who live around to read some of your past posts. xoxo

Karena said...

Beautiful transformation! I love the color palette you used kelly!

Art by Karena

Annie said...

Love the brown painted doors- they look like my white doors. Wonder if I can paint theM? Any tips? What color did you use? Thanks@

Heather said...

Wow! That wallpaper is a stunner! Loads of envy here! Looks totally amazing. Actually I wish you were my next door neighbor and could come and work on my house.........

the cape on the corner said...

wow, that looks great, and will give me something to show my boyfriend so he can see that wallpaper behind the bed wall will look fine. where is your furniture from, btw? i need a new set and i like yours!

Sarah said...

I love that room! Where is your furniture from?

margie said...

just screams elegance!!

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

Kelly, I can't believe I forgot to comment on this post.

L.O.V.E the bedroom makeover! The wallpaper looks amazing, and I also love it in Lisa's powder room!

This post (and Victoria's post above) is so inspiring, I want to redecorate my bedroom now!

Marie said...

Hello sweet Kelly - I'm a new follower of your fabulous blog via Met Monday (catching up from last week!). Love your bedroom transformation! I have that exact bed - bought it from Jerome's over 15 yrs ago. Recently painted it black. I love what you did with yours by adding a cover! Great idea. Your room looks so elegant.

Thank you for sharing. I would love for you to visit my blog and enter my giveaway!


Kendra said...

Great transformation! Its just my style!

Where did you get the mirrored star? I love it!

Holly said...

Love your new wallpaper...perfect!! I love all the pictures on the tranform

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