Before: Chaotic BedroomKirsten Berman practices yoga and loves the outdoors, but her cluttered bedroom doesn't reflect her Zen-like lifestyle. The space has no color except for a brightly-patterned Guatemalan quilt that is everything but Zen. The window in the space has vertical and Venetian blinds, and one wall is nothing but an expanse of closet doors. She'd like a bedroom where she can unwind, and the Design on a Dime team signs on to create a soothing space where she can relax and re-center.
After: Calming and StylishHost Lee Snijders and design coordinators Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge design a space where Kirsten can unwind and relax. A platform bed with a built-in night table and soothing colors in dupioni silk and microsuede will provide a soothing space with style. Japanese Kanji symbols on the closet doors will evoke restful sleep, and bookcases and other storage pieces for her CDs and stereo components will rid the space of chaos.
The team starts by giving the space a coat of paint in a soothing sandy yellow color, using a slightly lighter shade on the closet doors.
Closet DoorsCharles gets started on the closets by using graphite paper to transfer the Japanese Kanji symbols to the doors. He fills in the tracings with a semigloss version of the wall paint, outlining the images with a black paint pen.
Silk FabricsHe revamps an Asian-inspired floor lamp by giving the base a coat of copper-colored spray paint and adding a shade made of coordinating dupioni silk to match the new bedding and drapes.
Storage SolutionsLee gets to work on the light and airy headboard design for the platform bed. He cuts evenly-spaced notches in two support beams with a table saw then inserts wooden slats horizontally in the notches, attaching them with wood screws. He builds the base of the bed using four, 2-by-8-inch pieces of pine. The platform is made with two, 3-by-6-foot pieces of birch plywood. Brackets attach the plywood to support beams underneath to keep the platform in place. Lee then stains all of it a rich-mahogany color and attaches the headboard to the wall.
Asian-inspired accent mirrors for above the headboard get a coat of brown spray paint to blend them with the room's organic theme.
Three matching bookcases give Kirsten twice the amount of storage for her stereo and CDs, and eight matching baskets give her plenty of space to stash her necessities. A series of small contemporary accent mirrors are mounted above the bookcases. Lee and Charles then bring in plants and exotic accessories to tie the whole look together.
Platform bed and headboard - $200
Bedding and pillows - $176
- Sheets - Wamsutta, 021191100218, $19.99, Queen - Linens 'N Things
Lighting - $45
- Table lamp - Nara, $19.99 - Cost Plus World Market
- Light shade fabric - $14.95/yard - International Silks
Window treatment - $45
- Silk - green/blue, $5.99/yard - Kashcool
Bookshelves - $196
- Sauder - 031262005410, $19.99 (clearance) - Wal-Mart
Accessories - $225
- Dragon mirrors - 000000352926, $8.99 each - Cost Plus World Market,
- Various candles - Cost Plus World Market
- Fountain - Homedics Body Basics, Envirascape waterfall, $19.99 - Linens N' Things
Plants and pots - $80
- Pot with face - Cost Plus World Market
Total - $997