Switching Bedrooms


I recently worked with my dear friends to give their daughter, Isabel, a bedroom makeover.  Their daughter was giving up her big bedroom so that her two brothers could have a little bit more space to share.  Since Isabel was trading a big bedroom for a much smaller room we wanted to make the space special.  Here are the first Before and After pics.

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One of my favourite parts of this room was having a special consult with Miss Isabel.  We went to Second Cup and she showed me on Pinterest all the things she loves.  She loves bright colours, especially pink and blue, light wood, ruffles, ornate frames, sequences and gallery walls.  She was so clear in what she wanted.  I tried to incorporate as much of what she loved as I could, keeping in mind that we wanted this room to be something she could enjoy for quite some time.  

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These were the requests of the clients: a desk, a bookshelf, a dresser, a closet, and room to play on the floor.  This was not an easy task since the room is only 100 square feet.  Thankfully Isabel's dad is Scott Ptolemy from Solid Renovations, so we had a lot of options for carpentry work.  One of the ideas that was thrown around at the beginning was putting the bed in the existing closet.  The problem with this idea was that the bed would have to have a custom mattress made because the space was shorter than a normal mattress, plus we ran the risk of Isabel outgrowing the mattress.  The closet was a double, so I suggested taking out the existing closet and using the space more efficiently. So that is what Scott did.  He took out the existing closet and reconfigured the space to suit three needs.  The closet, the bookcase and the desk.  

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Scott built these amazing floating shelves and matching desk.  The wood was exactly what Isabel wanted.  The shelves are really big, so as Isabel keeps accumulating books she can stack and add to her hearts content.  

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We added a light above her desk so she has a great place to do her work.  We found the IKEA wardrobe on Kijiji for $90.00.  It gives her a full length mirror and enough storage for her hanging clothes.

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We also needed a dresser and it was going to cut into the floor space in a serious way.  So I suggested we go up.  Scott built a custom captain's bed with six big drawers underneath for a lot of storage for Isabel.  This created a lot more space for Isabel to play on the floor.  



I love the wood detail that Scott put on the top of the bed.  It ties the bed in so well with the other pieces in the room. We also added a reading lamp above her bed.  Let's talk about this lamp for a second.  Here it is in it's full glory.



I hate this thing.  I had dreams of a modern library light, but the cheapest ones I could find were over $100.00, and we were trying to find the cheapest option.  So I was at a garage sale and this lamp was $1.00.  I knew that we could spray paint it, and I could add coffee filters to make it ruffled.  The whole thing cost $5.00.  Isabel loves this lamp.  I mean she LOVES it.  Her parents and I hate the thing, but sometimes you have to compromise.  We didn't have $150.00 to spend on the lamp but we did have $5.00, and my youngest client was thrilled.  Sometimes when you are decorating on a dime you don't get exactly what you want, but you get to have some fun reclaiming.

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After we arranged the room we had enough space to add a hanging chair in the corner, which is a favourite place for Isabel to read.  Isabel also asked for a gallery style wall, so we put it in the middle of the biggest wall.  The gallery has her own paintings, pictures of loved ones, and some art prints.  




The next picture shows how much space there is on the floor for Isabel to play.
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The final picture is of my young client who assures me she is super happy with her new room.





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  1. This looks amazing. I love you the clean, colorful feel! It's so uncluttered!

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    1. Thanks so much. We really wanted to make it feel as open as we possibly could.

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