We Did It!
What an amazing 6 weeks it has been! We were a little nervous about testing the waters in the One Room Challenge as first-time guest participants, but it has been one of the best design experiences we’ve had.
One thing I have to mention before we get into details of the reveal, is we are only as good as our tradespeople. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the skills and craftsmanship behind this project. From Tony Paradise of Swampscott, MA, who did the painstaking wallpapering of the incredible grasscloth ceiling (and wait till you see the number he did on my entry hallway when I share more of that!) to Becky Suciu of Becky’s Furniture by Design (Marblehead, MA), who completely transformed the vintage faux bamboo bureaus to a delicious dark olive green, to Oscar Cruz who created the perfect space-saving custom walnut floating nightstands, to my mother in law Becky Dulac who stitched everything from the pillows to the drapes (and helped me hang them!), to the team at Waters & Brown in Salem, MA for their help selecting and installing the Roman shades. And we can’t forget our awesome electricians who prefer to remain nameless (it’s like they’re the good version of Voldemort…”he who must not be named…”). We certainly could not have done this without them!
Enjoy all the photos and let us know what part of the room is your favorite. We’ve listed sources below, so be sure to read that too for all the details. And we’ll be sharing plenty more about this room transformation here and on social media in the coming weeks.
It was the grasscloth that inspired the rest of the room. The room has a Bermuda tray ceiling, and I wanted to do something special with that ceiling. I wanted the whole room to be cozy, a calm retreat that we could escape to. I wanted the vibe to feel a little British Colonial (Andy and I used to live in Singapore and I love the idea of pulling in a bit of that style. Plus, it seemed well suited for our old Indonesian teak bed and my fetish for faux bamboo furniture), and I wanted the room to glow—almost like candlelight or a sunset. Lately I’ve been wondering if me wanting the whole “glow” part is because this has been the absolute worst spring in New England I can remember, and I just want a room where I feel like I’m not in raw, gray never-ending mud season! (Candlelight/Sunset glow successfully achieved with the help of Benjamin Moore paint in Warm Blush!)
And of course, we wanted to sprinkle in just enough vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces to set this master bedroom apart from the rest!
Before we share all the fun pics, just a reminder of the cold, white box of a room we used to have:
Drumroll, please! Here she is! The most beautiful mini-master bedroom ever, and I refuse to leave it. I think I’ll just have to work from bed from now on. It’s just too nice in here to leave this little nest in the morning!
Andy and I had the platform bed made when we lived in Singapore
Custom made of walnut by Oscar Cruz in Boston. We had very little space and he made them precisely the size we needed to ensure we didn’t have overlapping furniture. They are beautifully made!
Dressers & Mirror
Vintage. Found on Craigslist. They’re from the Thomasville Allegra line and the Henry Link for Lexington Furntiure Bali Hai line, made in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Becky Suciu of Becky’s Furniture by Design refinished them in Benjamin Moore Fatigue Green in high gloss. (Mirror was refinished in black).
Vintage bentwood chair found at an estate sale
Sconces are the Sofia one-arm swing arm lamp from Robert Abbey Lighting. Purchased through Wayfair.
Fan (not pictured)
Ceiling fan is by Fanimation (purchased through Wayfair).
Drapery & Bed Runner Fabric
From Zimmans in Lynn, MA.
Floral Pillow Fabric
Leopard Pillow Fabric
Pine Cone Hill (Annie Sielke)
The water colors on the wall are all painted by my mother, Kathleen McArdle. The small painting on the nightstand was a a wedding gift (not sure of the artist).
Vintage, from MayMayRugs on Etsy.
Woven Basket & Throw blanket
Mirror & Glass Tray Vintage found at Rummage Sale
Accent Tassel Vintage found at Rummage Sale
Decorative boxes Vintage found at Rummage Sale
Gourd Bow holding orchid Vintage from Goodwill
Thanks for joining us on this room transformation!