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May 17, 2009

Ottawa interior decorator: Sweet purple dreams ~ A guest bedroom makeover

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It’s Victoria Day here in Canada… yippee, a holiday!! And it’s also Metamorphosis Monday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Double the fun!!

chand close 2 We used to have a guest bedroom on the main floor and another one in the basement. Neither room was particularly functional – the furniture layout in the upstairs bedroom room was awkward. The only wall where the bed fit properly was the wall with the main door, so there was no proper focal point walking into the room. The basement bedroom was small, but the layout was pretty good and it was nicely decorated. But nobody ever wanted to sleep in it — maybe it was the unfinished ceiling looming above them while they were lying in bed… ;-)

When we had the hardwood floors refinished last summer, we had to empty out all the rooms on the main floor. It was the perfect time to do some rearranging… what was the upstairs office before is a bit smaller than what was the bedroom, but the layout was much better suited to a bedroom. So, we switched the rooms around. As for the downstairs bedroom – I decided to turn that room into my office.

This is the only shot I can find of the upstairs room when it was still an office…

office

Yes, that’s a wolf wallpaper border. Yes, I’m the one who put it up. Yes, I knew what I was doing!! Hey, come On, it isn’t THAT bad!!! Is it?!?!

This was the bedroom in the basement. All the furniture moved upstairs… the bed and night table in the picture, as well as a highboy and dresser.

before

I decided to start fresh with a new colour scheme when I found a couple of beaded purple cushions at HomeSense that I absolutely HAD to have. They inspired the colour scheme for the room…

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Trying out different cushion and sham combos and a bed skirt. Only the purple cushions and the comforter stayed…

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The furniture is just cheapo stuff from Loblaws. But it looks good and doesn’t get much wear and tear, so it’s fine for a guest bedroom. I just changed the knobs from stainless steel to glass (from Lee Valley) to add some glam

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Hubby and I made the upholstered headboard a few years ago…

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We just updated it for the new guest bedroom with leftover chocolate brown velvet from the headboard in the master bedroom. The fabric for the original headboard cost $4.00. The whole headboard cost about $80 to make. The base of the bed is an old platform from a waterbed — reduce, reuse, recycle!!

I finally decided on an ICI Dulux gray called Veil for the walls. It’s a nice light gray without any blue undertones — a hard gray to find!!

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I’d seen this wallpaper on the Graham & Brown web site and loved it. I ordered a sample, and… it matched the colour of the purple cushions perfectly!! The pattern is called Darcy and the colour is Amethyst

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Let’s just say that hanging the wallpaper was… an adventure ;-) Actually, it wasn’t too bad. I was the lucky one who rolled on the gooey wallpaper paste, hubby was the lucky one who stuck it to the wall :-) Sorry the picture is fuzzy — the camera doesn’t seem to like all the circles…

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And the finished purple guest bedroom

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We replaced the original brass & mirror sliding closet doors with these brown & frosted glass closet doors from Home Depot — a HUGE improvement!!

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I’m SO happy I finally painted the hallway doors dark brown!! Not only does the colour make the doors look richer and more substantial, the colour ties in perfectly with the closet doors.

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The mirrored mirror is from HomeSense. I’d wanted one for the longest time, but didn’t have a place to put one. Till the redecorated guest bedroom!! I bought the lamps about five years ago, but never had a good place to put them — till now :-)

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You may have seen my chair recovering project here. The chair was my grandma’s, and I really wanted to use it in the room. It’s the perfect size to fit into the corner, has great lines, and gives guests a place to sit down or they can put their suitcase or clothes on it. This is how the chair started out…

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All we did was remove the old fabric and replace it with this shimmery charcoal fabric…

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The new & improved chair…

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It just needed a hit of purple to finish it off. I couldn’t find any ready-made cushions that were small enough, so I bought a piece of purple crushed velvet for a few bucks and had these two little cushions made…

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A close-up…

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The base of the lamp on the night table echoes the circles on the wallpaper…

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I love this chandelier. I like that it has both a traditional and a contemporary feel — traditional crystals and contemporary chrome…

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And finally, some sparkly accessories to kick up the glam factor :-)

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — especially big purple ones!! :-)

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Thanks for visiting!! Now head back to Between Naps on the Porch to see more Monday transformations…

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39 comments:

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Hi fron Ontario, Canada! I found you from Susan's BNOTP Makeover Monday. Very glam room makeover. I like the hits of sparkle throughout the room.

Susan Lang said...

I love this post...I so enjoy before and after photos. What a wonderful makeover!

Kammy said...

Wow so polished and fab looking ! Love the colors you chose !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Paul Anater said...

WHERE did you find that wolf wallpaper border Kelly; WHERE?! I'm kidding. You have a great eye, that guest room is beautiful.

ellen b said...

Wowzers! This transformation is just spectacular!! I love it...

janet said...

this is such a kelly room and i mean that in a good way, absolutely stunning. Hey, we have all been down the border road...lol
hugs
janet

Tom Erdman said...

I'm a little worried. Your husband doesn't have a face. Purple seems to be the color du jour. You're using it beautifully.

susan said...

I'm not usually a "purple person", but I love this--so very elegant and chic! You did a great job with such attention to detail! You may have to put a time limit on your guest's stay!

abeachcottage said...

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Melissa Marie said...

That transformation is just gorgeous!! I LOVE it!! :)

Joyce said...

I love the Purple! Glad to see the Wolves are gone.
Joyce

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

This looks like a classy, upscale boutique hotel. Just lovely! Quite a long ways from the wolves. LOL

Thx for sharing....Blessings, Barb

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Oh I forgot...Happy Victoria Day! :-)

Lisa Shatzer said...

Incredible job! It looks like a room in a very expensive hotel.

Pinky said...

I absolutely LOVE your new guest room, love all the choices and colors! Very dramatic, and PRETTY! Would your guest!!! Pinky

janet said...

thanks for stopping by kelly, i spent a while trying to get those fake flowers and sticks just right in that jug and that cat was biting on them and rubbing her head on them, by the time she was done i had to straighten the dang things around....uggg lol did you win those stripped and color puttied pillows i see in the picture above, lucky girl! congrats
hugs
janet

Meade Design Group said...

Good Job! - the wallpaper is so much fun and of course I can see some circles there - I wonder why??? (lol)

Really Rainey said...

You did up my favorite color good!
Classy... Fabulous and very glam!
~Really Rainey~

qerat said...

What a transformation. Beautiful new room, I love the color combinations
GOOD job

mbkatc230 said...

I remember this room from Micasa - loved it then, love it now! What I hadn't seen was the extent of the transformation - wow! I just love the closet doors, very different. I'm so sick of white louvered doors I could scream lol. What a great guest room - do they ever leave? Kathy

jane said...

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amariaf2000 said...

I would like to invite myself to your house and stay in that FAB bedroom!! Like grey paint w/o the blue --- you're right -- THAT is hard to find!! Your room looks AWESOME!!! Love every single bit of it!!
~angela @ peonypatch

Christy said...

I just LOVE everything in this room. What lucky guests you have!

We have those exact same closet doors in our master bedroom - we just love them too!

mrsben said...

Kelly, beautiful make-over! Verrrrry glam!

Thanks for posting the resource for the crystal hardware.

Wishing you a great day. The sun is actually shining so enjoy it as tomorrow forecasting MORE rain !!! Arrrgh!

Susan said...

I love what you did with the room. I particularly love that wallpaper(I'm a fan of circles) and had a chuckle about your installation. I too have used the Graham and Brown wallpaper that must be pasted then applied. It's no fun at all! But the results are well worth it...
Thanks for sharing.
Susan

Fifi Flowers said...

OMG... what a FAB redo... wow! AMAZING... from wolves to GLAM!!! HUGE HUGE!!!

Sofia Striffler said...

This room looks beautiful. Absolutely fabulous.
Great job and have a great day!

Darrell Morrison said...

I must admit I was worried when I saw the wolf wall paper but the transform to the space is fantastic. I came looking @ your blog thanks to twitter. The second room is stunning I like the browns with purple accents... Great job

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Wow, what a great change!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Wow..terrific, terrific transformation. Crazy for the wallpaper. I am a huge wallpaper fan & it was fun to see what a difference it made in your guest bedroom. You cracked me up with the Wolf border. No comment Kelly!! Ha! Hats off to your hubby for being so involved too. Great post as always (:

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

I love the makeover & the colors.

Carol said...

Wow...really, wow!

Bo said...

Hi Kelly...nice to meet you & thanks for dropping by my blog...Your transformation looks so high-end...and very clever of you to re-evaluate your rooms...great job! ;-) Bo

Lauren said...

it's so pretty & glam!!!! LOVE IT!!! beautiful!!
xoxo

Maria Killam said...

Wonderful transformation! Love the circles, it's fun to see it all come together after all the debating over the last few months!

Velvet and Linen said...

I agree. Great Transformation. It was so much fun to see such a great design and yet now have to do any of the work!
Fantastic job. Love that wallpaper.

xo
Brooke

Janis said...

I can't believe it's the same room (I also can't believe you had wolf wallpaper....so funny). You did a beautiful job and I'm sure you guests never want to leave!!!

PS: We gave up on our water pump install after last years nightmare...........two brothers, 6 beers, five hours and still no water. This year we got a plumber to do it........totally worth the $50 bucks!

Have a super day

LeonaGaita said...

I love the glam use of purple,very romantic,sexy.

The wolf border makes me want to howl....in a good way! :)

Katie said...

Where oh where did you get the gorgeous chandelier?

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