Thursday, November 23, 2017

One Room Challenge Fall 2017 ~ Top Favourites

Hello Thursday! Thanks so much for all your kind words and love of my #ORCFall2017 guest bedroom and powder room makeover.  It was a lot of fun to put these spaces together and it is truly rewarding to be able to stand in these rooms now and say: this is exactly what I had in my mind ... only better.

One Room Challenge is an inspiring, motivating, and supportive network of talented and creative design bloggers with one common goal / dream in mind: helping each other to cross the finish line to completely transform a room in six weeks.  With 20 featured designers and over 200 guest participants joined in for #ORCFall2017, these 8 spaces have inspired me to incorporate some of their clever ideas in my future projects.

Coco & Jack:

This living room went from an uninviting space with a few mismatched furniture pieces and no architectural interests to a cozy family hangout with streamlined furnishings, a stately fireplace, and dressed head to toe in a smoothing neutral palette.  Who wouldn't want to snuggle on the sofa next to that roaring fire with a cup of hot coco this winter?

 My favourite elements are:
  • custom built-ins in natural wood with panel detail 
  • hits of black accents (curtain hardware, mirror, fireplace and art) to ground the space
photos courtesy of Coco & Jack / Cameron Street 


If you long for a tranquil and elegant private retreat, you have to check out this remarkable bedroom makeover.  A refreshing blue and white palette via a gorgeous wallpaper is brought to life with an eclectic mix of furnishings in natural wood and brass accents via lighting and artwork.  The layering of rugs to get the maximum impact is inspiring and the furniture layout is really smart.  

Instead of using the bay window as a seating area, the canopy bed is now tucked right in the nook.  This arrangement allows for a much better flow and use of space especially when laundry facility is located at the opposite wall.  


I LOVE playing with tiles (almost as much as I do with fabrics) and here is an amazing example on how to get an unbelievable result with simple, inexpensive tiles from your local tile shops.  It maybe a bit more expensive for labour to complete the pattern but check out the phenomenal floor and the band accent in the shower!



Have an awkward space in the attic you don't know what to do with? Turn it into a stylish and attractive home office! The mossy green and muted coral palette had me at hello and of course that brass pendant also caught my attention (I have the flush mount version at Chris' home).  

I love birds and wallpapers so this small nook with the sloped ceiling with its magnificent original stained glass window from the 19th century hits a home run for me. 


and the art collection ... #BRAVO!!!

photos courtesy of Making it Lovely 
Old Brand New:

Ready for an outdoor oasis filled with bright colors and graphic patterns? I am IN especially when winter is just around the corner in Toronto.  Two different colors on the fences pairing with two different patterned tiles, both choices are bang-on and they formed an ideal backdrop for a more-is-more charming patio.  The exotic plants, the vibrant colors on pillows, the mix of furniture pieces all attributed to one winning LA hangout and you know what, it's available at Air BnB.  I am so booking it next time when I visit LA!


photos courtesy of Old Brand New


From bright color fun to muted sophistication in the most exquisite way, I was floored the moment I saw this breathtaking bedroom.  Dressed in one singular shade of pale pink (what a beautiful color from Farrow & Ball) with the matching wallpaper on the ceiling and accentuated by the classic yet edgy moulding installation, the transformation is beyond my wildest dreams.  The pair of lacquered beds, the vintage glass chandelier, a cozy corner for story time, and a fabulous creative station for two, what is not to love in this bedroom?    

I actually have a vintage chandelier just like this one and now I can't wait to hang it up in my next bedroom! 

photos courtesy of The Makerista 

From featured designers to guest participants, these three spaces completely blew me away with their creativity, styling, and the incredible efforts to completely transform these rooms in seven weeks!


Palm & Prep:

As a wallpaper addict, it's not surprised I am drawn to this enchanting bedroom in a contemporary yet soothing charcoal grey and white palette.  The super modern take on a classic canopy bed is a perfect juxtaposition against the peacock motif on the wallpaper and the side tables that have a more traditional appeal.  The striped fabric is beautiful as roman blinds and the touch of greenery throughout, LOVE!!!

The artwork, the throw blanket, the crystal chandelier, and styling ... absolutely spot on.  I could live here in a heart beat!

photos courtesy of Palm & Prep / Home Dwelling 

Decor Happy:

Ever wonder what to do with an unfinished basement in your new home? How about turning it into a delightful and cozy family getaway to rejuvenate both your body and mind.  Vanessa did just that where she has ingeniously divided up her basement into zones and whether you are in the mood for a movie, a craft project, a coffee with friends, or a workout, this hard working basement does it all and in STYLE!

The fireplace wall with floating built-ins and the featured wallpaper are nothing short of spectacular.  I may just have to do the same in my next home.  


Another element I am crazy about is this custom divider between the living zone and the yoga studio  where a trio of doors were put together and hung on a custom track by 1925 Workbench.  Vanessa has specifically designed a "gap" on the ceiling between the two zones so the tracking hardware are not visible ... more like a hidden gem to be discovered. 

photos courtesy of Decor Happy / Stephani Buchman Photography


Oh Natasha, you took my breath away with the most sumptuous, radiant, and intoxicating library I have ever seen and I love EVERYTHING literally! From the classic chesterfield that doubles as a bed, the ribbon detail on the art, the super sexy lounger in lipstick red, the color-coded books on the bookcases, to the impeccable styling at every corner, where do I begin! 


Here are a few more beauty shots.  There are so much to learn and I am so inspired to decorate my next bedroom / library lavishly in style.

photos courtesy of Natasha Habermann Studio 

Thanks so much everyone for the inspirations and most importantly, Linda of Calling it Home and media partner, House Beautiful for hosting this twice a year design event where we all share our ups and downs + sensational transformations in six short weeks! See you all in spring 2018! 

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: