A bland basement bedroom becomes a colorful retreat with an international look.
The Inspiration Room
Host Susan Blake introduces designer Paula McChesney, who created the vivid bedroom for a well-traveled college-aged woman with global sensibilities. The multinational approach to furnishings include fabulous imported textiles, antique furniture and exotic artwork. The result is a visually stimulating room that pops with color.
Transforming the Makeover Room
Below are steps designer Paula McChesney took to transform a bland basement bedroom with no design scheme into a colorful retreat with interesting textiles and an international look:
The Bottom Line
To see where the savings are, take a look at this direct cost comparison of some Inspiration Room items and the creatively comparable ones used in the Makeover Room:
Italian sheets and antique textiles, $13,300 / Coverlet and pillows, $420
Handpainted side table, $3,500 / Bright painted table, $150
Antique Chinese chest and accessories, $4,000 / Lacquer chest and accessories, $430
Vanity area, $ 5,300 / Covered desk and accessories $150
The $500 Challenge
If you have only $500 to create the look of the global bedroom, McChesney suggests reproducing three key elements. The most important element in the room is the warm paint color. Next, select handcrafted, handpainted pieces of furniture for a global feeling. Imported textiles for the bed, often quite inexpensive, add to the rich, layered look. The greatest savings in the Makeover Room came from using inexpensive fabrics and shopping at local import stores for unusual furniture pieces.
lamp, roller shades — Wal-Mart
shade, pillows with gold embroidery, clear glass with bubbles, silver frame — Marshalls
votive holder, vanity mirror, sandelwood incense and holder — Pier 1 Imports
tailored ivory bedskirt, ivory shams, portiere curtains — Linens 'n Things
rust-colored sheets (Wamsutta) — Bed, Bath and Beyond
ivory canvas (Tullsta) — IKEA
Christmas ornament, silver potpourri ball, pewter frame — Cost Plus World Market
iron scroll lamp with shade — Target
silver tray — Macy's
painted side table — Via Diva