Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One Room Challenge Fall 2017 ~ Week 7 The Reveal!


Welcome to Week 7 of One Room Challenge Fall 2017 and we are ready for the big reveal!! It has been such a fun, inspiring, and nerve racking (at times) process to makeover a couple of spaces in seven short weeks.  From staying organized with trades' schedules to making sure all the items we love would arrive on time, it surely was a roller coaster ride of emotions and a trip or two south of the border to pick up some super express shipments.

Finally we are done and I simply couldn't be happier with our two transformed spaces.  For new friends visiting DesignMaze, here are my weekly recaps:

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5 / Week 6


It is hard to believe this was my client's guest bedroom a few short weeks ago: a blank slate ready to be re-imagined.   

Here is the same view after countless hours of hard work, late night shopping / discussions, loads of creativity, love from my favourite brands including HomeSenseBrizo FaucetBlack Rooster DecorWest Elm, and of course Cole & Son for the most marvellous Nuvolette wallpaper.  


I want the guest bedroom to feel like your private retreat on a luxurious cruise sailing along the Mediterranean Sea.  The cloud wallpaper gives us an instant sky appeal, while the pair of wall sconces and side tables reminds me of the interior finishes of a sailboat attributing to a sophisticated, nautical vibe.   


I love fabrics! There are endless possibilities with patterns and textures and in this guest bedroom, we have sprinkled 11 different fabrics among the incredible upholstered velvet bed, the duvet and sheets set, the playful yet decadent pillows, and the graphic drapery just to name a few.


To balance the dynamite patterns and pops of vibrant colors in the room, I went monochromatic and outfitted the wall next to the bed with a trio of visually light yet big impact art collection.  The large scale paper art framed in lucite shadow box creates such presence in its pure form and shade.  The dog print is one of my all-time favourites and I simply couldn't be happier to include a stack of Oreos from the talented Erin Rothstein


From sculptural blooms to pop of bright mandarin, this side table provides our guests the perfect spot for a glass of water and a light snack during their stays.  In terms of accessories, don't always focus on what the intended function / location when you are out shopping.  This sleek clear + ocean blue lucite tray is actually from the bathroom department but hey, I think it looks phenomenal right here! 


The little card I picked up when in Munich this summer also looks floating "in the sky", literally.


Ready for a chic and serene corner on the other side of the guest bedroom? Believe it or not, this round window was actually my inspiration for the ocean travel feel I am after in this space. 


I want the guests to feel right at home and for me, that includes a quiet spot to enjoy my favourite book with a cup of tea, or to write a post card or two while on vacation.  That's exactly what I have achieved at this corner.  The contemporary OK pendant light is perfectly duo purposed (it is height adjusted and could turn the light left or right as required), while the floating desk offers high style with practical storage.     


The natural walnut side table echoes the leather on the bedside tables and I love how the bleached wood on the chair complements the velvet pleated bed and matches the framed agate seamlessly for one harmonious room.


One last before and after shot of the guest bedroom. I LOVE this transformation!


Now it's time to check out the Powder Room.  


Once a basic box with a toilet and a pedestal sink and no visual interest, our new and improved powder room now gives a lasting first impression thanks to the daring photography, ravishing side table with an attitude, and of course our sensational wallpaper makes an encore appearance in full effect as we covered the entire room with clouds including the ceiling. 


My design theosophy for powder room is that since it is a small space and generally only used by guests, you should go bold and decorate it with absolutely everything you love without hesitation.  Treat it as an opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and let this small spot be the jewel box of your home.  That's exactly what we did in this powder room for one dramatic before and after transformation.  

From the timeless classic open base vanity, daring photography and wall art, lucite mirror and accessories for sparkles and extra shots of colors, iconic pressed glass pendant, and of course the incredibly chic matte black Jason Wu's faucet and bathroom accessories for Brizo.      


I have been dying to use this luxurious and elegant faucet for the longest time, so you can imagine my excitement when this stunning fixture was installed and it is beyond my wildest dreams.  If you are looking for a modern bathroom collection to give your own bathroom an instant transformation, be sure to check out the Jason Wu faucet and accessories collection.  



And who wouldn't want to be reminded "You Look Great" especially when you are at a party! I am so thrilled with this fabulous piece by Toronto artist Jade Rude and hey, this may just put my powder room as the "most selfie-taken powder room" in history!


Thanks so much again for all your kind words and supports over the past seven weeks.  We couldn't have completed these two amazing spaces without your encouragement and love.  Will, your photos are spectacular and you have made my creations come to life through your lens.  


Now it's time to check out the 20 featured designers and my fellow guest participants for their inspiring transformations.  Thank you so much Linda of Calling It Home and House Beautiful to host yet another successful One Room Challenge! Can't wait until Spring 2018 to see everyone again!  


For those who would like to know where I found all these fabulous items in my makeover, here is the source list:

Guest Bedroom: 
Powder Room: 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

One Room Challenge Fall 2017 ~ Week 6


Welcome to Week 6 of One Room Challenge Fall 2017!  We are at the final home stretch and this week is all about the finishing touches in our guest bedroom and powder room makeovers.  If you are new to DesignMaze, here is a quick recap of #ORCFall2017:

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5


With our matte black drapery hardware installed last week, we are ready for the striking and bold drapery panels.  I fell in love with the custom, hand-painted drapery by Hollie of Hollie Cooper Interiors (as seen in Christine's sensational master bedroom) and I was dead set to get it in the guest bedroom.  The client was not completely sold on the idea, worrying it might be a touch too bold.  After a few clicks online, the client has sourced this similar version.

Though very budget friendly, this next best option needs to be lined and hemmed in order for the panels to look substantial and professional in the room.  Client is happy with the result and I am happy for her.         


In case you haven't noticed, I love mixing patterns and textures through fabrics.  From the super soft bedding and blankets from HomeSense and the luxurious solid velvet on the upholstered bed from West Elm, to the whimsical designer pillows from Sarah Richardson's home textile collection and the most sumptuous ikat fabric designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher, all fabrics are rich in texture / patterns and I love how they all look harmonious hanging out in this bedroom.  


For the powder room, I am SOOO excited about this "Hitchhiker" from the Prada Marfa collection by Gray Malin.   


It is daring, full of attitude, and it adds a vibrant pop of sapphire blue against our dramatic yet monochromatic wallpaper.  Now which wall will it go on? You will have to find out next week!


With all the key pieces nailed down, I am now shifting my attention to flowers.  No rooms are completed without fresh blooms and I am absolutely obsessed with arrangements that are sculptural with an organic vibe thanks to the inspirations from Coyote FlowersCitizen Bloom, and Blush and Bloom.  Here are something I am trying out at home:     



It's time to get ready for the photo shoot and you all will get to see the finished guest bedroom and powder room in 7 days!  For now, be sure to check out the 20 talented featured designers and guest participants for Fall 2017 One Room Challenge!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

One Room Challenge Fall 2017 ~ Week 5


Welcome to Week 5 of One Room Challenge Fall 2017! It is hard to believe the makeover is almost done and for the first time ever, #ORC is extended for one extra week due to the natural disasters recently took place in North America.  I am so sorry to hear about the weather related problems and delays experienced by my friends south of the border.  On the up side, there is an extra week for us to share the behind the scene design / renovation progress before the grand reveal on Week 7!

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4


We continued to make great progress in the powder room.  After putting up the most fabulous Nuvolette wallpaper from Cole and Son and the pendant from Tom Dixon, we are ready to put in the real jewelry in this room: the Brizo faucet and bathroom accessories from the Jason Wu collection.


Here are a few of my favourite spaces featuring this modern, edgy, and elegant collection:
        
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Our handyguy did his magic again with our plumbing situation and managed to tuck the technology component (SmartTouchPlus) neatly under the sink for a beautiful finished look. 


From sleek faucet to stunning bathroom accessories (LOVE the towel ring), I simply couldn't have enough of the collection.  I have a feeling our guests may not want to leave this powder room!  


We also have my deal of the century lucite mirror hung and it is PERFECT in the space.  Want to know where to find yours? Run to your local HomeSense locations now! 


As for the guest bedroom, I am very happy to say everything is coming together beautifully in Week 5!  The major furniture pieces are in place, especially with our sensational pleated velvet bed from West Elm put together for one super elegant touch against our dynamite feature wall.


I can't wait to put the finishing touches in this room, especially with mix of patterns and textures via fabrics.  You won't want to miss the textile special next week!    


For now, I am absolutely thrilled with the sophistication and pops of drama we have achieved in Week 5.  Be sure to check out the progress of the 20 featured designers and guest participants on #ORCFall2017 ... that's exactly where I am heading to right now!