Before: Love is BlindSandra and Alex have created a beautiful home that blends their Mexican and Argentinean heritages. Although these traditional influences are seen throughout their house, the style stops at the couple’s bedroom. Designer Kahi Lee and design coordinators Spencer Anderson and Abraham Hopkins set the tone for romance with a rustic Old World bedroom for two.
The homeowners were trying for a romantic look with soft flowing curtains and mottled blue walls. After finishing two walls, they decided they didn't like the result and abandoned the project. With the undressed bed and furnishings that don't fit their style, they know they still have a long way to go.
After: Romantic Rustic RetreatA warm, terra-cotta color on the walls sets the stage for Old World style. Lee chooses a matte finish paint to enhance the earthen clay feel of the walls. Weathered wood and black metal details add rustic charm. The bed is now coordinated with colorful accent pillows and a throw blanket. The room has come together and feels like it is meant for this couple.
Paint and supplies – $95
- paint, Behr, walls (240F-5 Toasted Chestnut), nightstands (S-H-400 Rolling Hills), armoire (basecoat, 380A-2 Moonlit Yellow; topcoat, 560D-4 Madras Blue) – The Home Depot
Bed – $175
- headboard (rectangular iron grate, 400017580883) – Ross
- headboard, paint for iron grate, Rust-Oleum metallic spray paint (Black Night 7250830) – The Home Depot
- footboard, decorative steel scroll – Industrial Metal & Supply Co.
- bedpost knobs, black finials (Index style, 83485180) – Ikea
Bedding – $71
- coverlets (cream, 400019872511), throw blanket (purple acrylic, 400020320452) – Ross
- striped pillows – Magart Mexican Furnishings
Armoire – $85
- crown molding (099443778317) – The Home Depot
Chandelier – $90
- chandelier – Magart Mexican Furnishings
- Rust-Oleum textured spray paint (black, 020066722081) – The Home Depot
Dressers – $230
- 2-drawer dresser (Aspelund style, 30091409) – Ikea
- 3-drawer dresser – Craigslist
- 2-step crackle and antique finish kit, Folk Art (28995300646) – Michaels
- tile adhesive (DAP multi-purpose construction adhesive), grout (Polyblend, Sanded Grout, Grey), 4 x 4
solid tiles (730575433674, blue; 730575433612, white; 081516017102, terra cotta) – The Home Depot
- tiles, various designed Mexican decorative tiles – Mortarless Building and Supply Co.
Lampshades – $30
- lampshades (worn leather look, 400020900630) – Ross
Drapes – $119
- panels (cream, 5992) – Michael Levine, Inc.
- bottom trim (deep apricot, 5986) – Michael Levine, Inc.
Sconce – $40
- iron candle sconce (400018686683) – Ross
- pillar candles (cream, 712740507700) – Linens ‘n Things
Accessories – $55
- vase for bedside table (400019363484) – Ross
- clear glass vases for nightstands – Gelson’s Super Market
Total – $990
Adobe DreamsDue to the size of the room, the best placement for the bed is in front of the window. Anderson builds a headboard using reclaimed lumber and a metal grate. While the bed has a sturdy, rustic presence, the metal grate still allows the light from the window into the room. At the foot of the bed, Anderson adds a steel scroll that he spray-painted black to match the grate. For a finishing touch, he places black metal curtain rod finials on the four posts.
New Old World FinishThis armoire is a great piece with lots of needed storage. To blend it in with the style of the room, Hopkins distresses the wood. A fast way to make wood look centuries old is to hit it with chains, which leaves dents. He also sands down the wood in different areas to create a worn look. A coat of primer, a base coat of yellow and then a topcoat of blue are applied to the armoire. Randomly sanding down the paint reveals the colors beneath and gives a weather-worn finish to the armoire.
Heritage on Both SidesAlthough the side table dressers are not an exact match, Lee unifies their look with paint. She uses a crackle coat paint and brown antiquing finish to create an Old World feel. Hopkins then arranges a pattern of solid tiles and decorative Mexican tiles on the tabletop. He chooses a darker, textured grout to draw attention to the tiles and complement the colors in the room. Aside from the charm they bring to the room, they also provide needed storage.
South of the Border SconceAnderson uses the leftover lumber from the bed frame to create a feature out of an iron sconce he found on clearance. A few pillar candles bring in soft, romantic, Old World lighting.