Before: Out of ShapePersonal trainer and businesswoman Nancy Sexton would love her bedroom to be a personal haven. Since her business is located in her home, it's hard to get away and have space to be creative and artistic. With a good sense of the style direction and some creativity of their own, the Design on a Dime team works up a modern Asian bedroom sanctuary.
Sexton inherited the pastel colors on the walls, which she is not fond of. The room also has bare bones furnishings. She leans towards Asian-inspired pieces because of their warm, calm feel.
After: Zen in the BedroomThe Solution
A platform bed with a slat design and floating side tables create a focal point for the room. The side tables have lighting underneath them to create soft, indirect lighting. The lamps on each table provide soft, direct lighting.
Cunningham also buys two sets of curtains for the room. One set is used for window treatments. The other set provides material for accent pillows, cushions and covers for the stools. Hem tape, which is ironed onto fabric, creates the Asian details on those items.
Floral arrangement – $30
- flowers – Rendez-vous Flowers
Accent tables – $100
Stools – $30
- vanity stools, 249000089 – Target
Kimono art – $35
- kimono wall art, 10011250, 111247, 4728750, 409720 – Paper Source
Paint – $60
- paint, Behr paint matched to Benjamin Moore: Smoked Oyster-2109-40, Bittersweet Chocolate-2114-10, Exotic Red 2086-10 – The Home Depot
Pillows and window treatment – $145
- iron-on tape details for curtain and pillow, 2681963 SL Brn Dbf Q – Jo-Ann Stores
- curtain hardware – Ikea
- curtains, Domestics – HomeGoods
- pillows, red, 060050169 – Target
- index curtain hardware – Ikea
Platform bed – $100
Bedding – $129
- blanket, Domestics – T.J. Maxx
- bolster pillows – Ikea
- sheets, duvet, Domestics – HomeGoods
Headboard – $50
- headboard – Michaels
- wood frames, 93573320385 – Michaels
Lighting – $209
- lamp shades, 074080110 – Target
- vanity lamps, 08280311325 – Kmart
- nightstand lamps, Domestics – HomeGoods
- puck lights – Ikea
Accents – $109
- rug, 066040677 – Target
- vase, Domestics – T.J. Maxx
- shelf – Ikea
- fountain – Big Lots
- shadow box – Aaron Brothers
Total – $997
Be SimpleIkebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Design coordinator Dave Sheikopf visits the local botanical gardens for a lesson from a master. Based on what he has learned, he arranges his own floral design for Sexton's bedroom. Using cuttings from the shrubbery around her yard, he creates a custom Zen arrangement. He chooses shrubbery rather than flowers because it lasts longer.
Make ArtBy simply cutting shapes and overlaying paper, she creates a front and back view of a kimono, which is a traditional Japanese robe. She uses two shadow boxes that she found on sale to give depth to the artwork.
Achieve BalanceTo balance the low platform bed in the room, Cunningham wants to create a large-scale headboard. That's a tricky feat on a budget. She did find $1 unfinished wood frames at a craft store and bought some pine strips to build her modern Asian headboard. She simply paints the wood pieces a deeper brown than the walls for contrast and assembles the headboard with wood glue and nails.
Create SymmetryFor the base, he cuts out two curved shapes. He glues and nails supports all along the curve. Then he forms the wiggle board (also called bendy board) over the base and glues and nails it into place. A coat of the darker brown paint on top and the accent red underneath will make it stand out against the wall. A straight sheet is anchored to the base and then attached to the wall with an L-bracket for added support.