Too PinkMercy and Jimmy Ng moved their young family into a new suburban home 18 years ago. While their kids, Mel and Jon, have grown up and moved on; sadly, the master bedroom hasn't. Hosts Andrika Lawren and Emmanuel Belliveau are brought in to transform this outdated, multipurpose suite into a spa-like oasis.
The cluttered master bedroom is not only a place where the parents sleep, but it is also used for doing laundry, exercising and even singing karaoke. The space needs to return to its original plan—a bedroom. Their children, Mel and John, want to get rid of the pink walls, dreary lighting, old carpeting and outdated furniture. In addition, they're looking for new window treatments to replace the drapes that Mercy made out of bed sheets.
Luxurious OasisThe busy, outdated space is transformed into a warm Zen-like oasis by painting the walls an appealing shade of beige and replacing the old carpeting with dark hardwood floors. A valance box over the windows replaces Mercy's old heavy drapes with lighter sheers and blinds. The new seating area centered around the fireplace is the perfect place to read a good book. Adding a personal touch to the room, the beautiful new wall art features precious family photographs.
Bare EssentialsThe bathroom, which continues the pink motif, is plain and boring. They'd like to create a warmer environment where Mercy and Jimmy can relax with subtle lighting, new window treatments and sophisticated accessories.
Asian InfluencesThe walls are painted a rich wine color and they reused the old dresser mirrors to give the parents a double vanity. By integrating bamboo, stone and natural fibers, the spa-like bathroom is now a more inviting space that incorporates elements of the Ngs' heritage.
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Sleigh Bed HeadboardSince Mercy has always wanted a sleigh bed, the designers decided to meet her halfway by building a headboard. After building the new one, they save some money by covering it with fabric found under the bed.
Slate/Bamboo Water FountainComplement the tranquil environment of any room with a water fountain. To make one, cut a piece of split bamboo, leaving about an inch extra to either side of the end rings, which create natural seals for the water to collect. Drill a hole the size of the rubber hose (from a fountain kit) in the bottom center of the bamboo, and then drill several smaller holes on either side. Lean two pieces of slate together to form an "A". Allowing space for the rubber hose, place the bamboo at the top of the "A". Secure the bamboo to the slate with waterproof adhesive (hold the pieces together temporarily using hot glue if necessary). Use hot glue to hold the hose in the large drilled hole. Apply flexible waterproof caulking inside and outside around the hose. Place the bamboo and slate frame into the planter bottom over the pump. Add stones to disguise the pump and add water as per the manufacturer's directions.