It’s Reveal Day! Can you believe it? Maybe it felt like six whole weeks to you, dear reader, but to me, it felt like three days. At least, that’s what it feels like when you have to put together an entire room in a month and a half. Did you notice the title of this post? I’m calling this “The Reveal, Part 1” because there is one key element to my design that didn’t arrive on time…the drapes. It’s completely my fault for thinking I could get custom drapes in three weeks- but, stay tuned! They ironically are set to arrive today, so I will update you with Part 2, the completed room.
Until then, let’s get to the stuff I did accomplish! But I can’t show you what the room looks like now without showing you what the room looked like before.
This is what it looked like when we moved in, after we refinished the floors and painted the walls white.
Here are some better pictures from our listing that show what the room looked like when we bought our place, staged with furniture.
Yikes, right? Well, here’s what it looks like today!
The first thing you notice, and the biggest project in the room that we accomplished, was to add wall molding and paint the room. Since we live in a one-bedroom apartment, it was crucial to tie the bedroom in with the Living Room, so I added the same molding and brought in the same paint color from the built-ins. I worked with Metrie again to add the same molding, and used “Railings” by Farrow & Ball to give the room a “dipped” look.
I wanted to make the room feel comfortable and moody, without making it feel like a cave. And since this “dipped” look hasn’t really been done that much, I wanted to go for it! And I’m so glad I did.
I love how our vintage campaign chests pop against the dark wall. I also snagged a pair of vintage mirrors on Craigslist that fit the space perfectly. See how those lines match up? I’d like to tell you that I planned that, but…pure coincidence, my friend. I had already painted the room when I found the mirrors!
We desperately needed a dresser (storage in a one-bedroom apartment is key, as you can imagine), and we snagged this Restoration Hardware Strand Dresser antiqued mirror dresser from a local RH warehouse sale for half price. The 10 drawers are great for storage, and the mirrored facade bounces light around the small room, making it feel brighter.
I needed to keep the bed frame on risers so we could maximize storage under the bed, so I picked up this contrast piping headboard from Joss & Main to soften the space. I fell in love with this Ashley Woodson Bailey dark floral print from Citizen Atelier and used it as the jumping off point for the feel of the space.
Isn’t that light fixture amazing? It’s from my favorite Etsy shop, Lucent Lightshop! I added a ceiling medallion for some added interest- the perfect mix of traditional and modern.
The Kelly Wearstler Graffito lumbar pillow was made custom for me by my favorite pillow gal, Hollie from Stuck on Hue. I used the same pillow in my living room, so I had to use it in here, too!
I have long been in love with this “Inherent Change” print from Minted, so I knew I had to use it in the space somewhere.
I chose to paint the doors and all of the door trim and window trim the same color as the lower third of the walls, and I’m so glad I did. The Metrie Fashion Forward door looks SO good in this color!
I framed a few photos taken by my friend Marta of Latela Gallery. The touches of peach, mauve, and poppy bring in the colors from the floral print over the bed.
I had big plans to add mirrors and decorative trim to the closet doors, but they were thwarted when I purchased a mirrored dresser instead. As much as I love #mirrorsfordays I know when too much of a good thing is enough. But, I’m thrilled with how they look painted dark! Go ahead and scroll back up and take a look at the before- HUGE change!
The Venus Hand-knotted Rug from Annie Selke is the perfect neutral base and keeps the space feeling light and bright.
(also hidden: our ugly a** radiator. My handy husband built a cover and I painted it dark to match)
I’m already loving accessorizing the top of the mirrored dresser with all of my favorite pretty things.
I’m also loving my Daniel Wellington watch- I’ve been wearing it non-stop, and it looks so pretty on my dresser. Get 15% off one for yourself with the code BURLAPANDLACE– you know you want one!
I added a pop of gold to the closet doors with these pretty handles from Target.
How great do my Target-via-Ebay lamps look in the space?
PS- I’m never getting rid of these Henredon campaign dressers #colddeadhands
You can see the slight antiqued speckles on the dresser really well here…it keeps the piece from looking too “new”- I’ve never been a huge fan on mirrored pieces because I’ve always thought they looked a bit cheap. But this one, I love! The metal framed drawers also give it a light industrial feel- and I love the combination of pretty antique mirror with industrial masculinity.
Max is a huge fan of my new Coyuchi bedding, and he’s not the only one.
So, that’s it for now, folks! I cannot wait to show you my custom drapes from The Shade Store– they are so beautiful, and will set off my custom roman shades, too! So, stay tuned- I’ll be back with more for you, as well as a comprehensive list of the sources I used to make this space happen!
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Thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for organizing these shenanigans! Make sure to follow along with all of the other reveals today, too, and catch up on the 20 featured bloggers’ reveals from yesterday here!