Before: All Washed UpA sleepy-looking master suite with stale decor is transformed into a serene and inviting space. Elaine and John Williamson have been married for 35 years and spent a lot of time working and raising their kids, leaving no time for decorating their bedroom. The space is in a dated and confused state, drowning in faded elements and cluttered furnishings.
The Williamsons' master suite may have been stylish in the 1970s with its hunter green walls, shag carpeting and king-size waterbed, but now it looks tired and outdated. Since the style of the room has been mostly influenced by Elaine, they would like to redefine the space by incorporating both feminine and masculine elements.
After: Renewed Color SchemeTo update and revitalize the room, half the walls are painted a light shade of lilac and the rest are covered in leather-like wallpaper. The old carpeting is replaced with a new wood floor. Rich chocolate fabrics and furnishings, including a fabulous four-poster bed, create an inviting atmosphere. Traditional lamps and "leather" wall art (MDF covered in wallpaper) are the finishing touches.
Before: Messy AlcoveWhen entering the room, the couple is met by an unused and cluttered area. John would like to have a TV here, but Elaine comes to the bedroom to get away from it and read. The designers decide to create a sitting area that will fit both of their needs.
After: Relaxing Sitting AreaThe room's unused nook is transformed into a relaxing seating area with traditional furniture and corner shelves to hold all of Elaine's books. A simple niche cut into the wall houses the new flat-screen TV, where John can watch his favorite shows using cordless headphones so as not to disturb Elaine as she's reading.
Vessel Sink VanityThe old bathroom is also given a fresh update with a contemporary vanity and glass vessel sink. A custom vanity, whether antique or modern, can add a one-of-a-kind look to any space.
Follow these instructions to make your own vanity.
Cottage Wall ArtSince the Williamsons love their summer cottage, it's honored with a special piece of artwork. To try this yourself, cut and paint a 3'x3' piece of MDF. Print or photocopy a simple black and white drawing in poster size. Cut a 2'x2' piece of wallpaper and use spray adhesive to center it on the MDF. Center and tape the poster print over the wallpaper. Using a blade and ruler, immediately cut along the black lines of the drawing so the paint can be seen, leaving the negative image in the wallpaper. Peel the pieces off before the adhesive sets.