Earlier this year I completed a project for a single mom and her young daughter which involved furnishing an entire house for them from scratch in only 3 months and on a tight budget. This was a departure for me as far as projects go because there was actually no renovation work involved at all, not even a paint job. To see some of the 'before', 'during' and 'preliminary after' photos of the project you can check out some earlier posts
. You can also have a look at some after photos of the little girl's bedroom
My favourite room in this house was the guest bedroom, which seems to always be the case with me! Since this particular clients has a love of all things french country, I had envisioned a simple, understated french inspired room. The total spending budget for the room was only $3,500 excluding the mattresses and design/procurment fees - it was the smallest budget of all the rooms. (
note: reality of small budgets like this is that design fees can often be as much or more than what you spend in the room
). Because I didn't have much time for sourcing this also meant no time for refurbishing, refinishing or reupholstering - I had to be fast and resourceful with ready to use finds. I also had to work with the paint colour she had already chosen for the room, ICI's Bavarian Cream. I wasn't a fan of this colour choice at all, in fact I have a strong aversion to any colour that resembles peach and these walls definitely read peach. Since repainting wasn't an option my approach was to play it down and ignore it. I avoided putting anything in this room that had more of this colour,,,or enhanced this colour in any way - I find the best way to do that is with black and white. This classic b&w scheme did such a fantastic job of neutralizing the peachiness of the wall colour that my client thought I had repainted the walls.
I started my sourcing by searching for a pair of antique iron twin beds, not an easy task. Its challenging to find a pair of
and even harder to find a pair of antique anything. A short road trip to one of the largest antique iron bed suppliers in Canada scored me this stunning pair of twins which I blogged about in an earlier post
At $600 each they were definitely the splurge for the room but worth every penny. They had been restored and modified to suit modern day mattress sizes so they were ready to use. Seasonal hypo-allergenic duvets and egyptian cotton tone on tone striped duvet covers from Bed Bath & Beyond are folded back at the ends of the beds. I tried to find duvet covers in a twin size that had a bit of black stitching or banding,,,but no luck.
A couple of days after buying the beds I was in the right place at the right time when i came across a pair of twin matalesse bed sets at
that were on clearance and were perfect for the antique beds and the budget. On top of this I layered a lace trimmed pillow case from Pottery Barn, and a lace-up accent pillow from HomeSense to each bed.
I found a pair of ready-made gorgeous black and white toile style drapery panels from
and scored a black chest of drawers and milky glass gourd lamp from HomeSense. What doesn't show in the photos is the antique brass tear drop style pulls I added to the chest - so pretty!!
A moravian star fixture (from Home Depot) was definitely the highlight of the room. Wicker trunks from Ikea are placed at the foot of each bed. The framed prints on the wall are in keeping with the french theme, they're copies of handwritten 'travel memoires' from Paris.
The only thing missing from the room on move-in day was a dresser. I wanted an old painted dresser and though not expensive these things can take some luck to find so I held off until the spring antique season arrived. A couple of months later and on my first trip of the season I found a vintage dresser at the
. The size was perfect, it was only 17.5" deep and had 5 drawers so it worked perfectly with the room and the budget, it was a steal!
I added a vintage style oval mirror from Home Depot (handyman was there to hang it) and on the wall to the right of this photo is a series of decorative black iron hooks.
Overall I loved the way the room came together - its luxuriously comfortable and beautiful.... and on full view everytime you walk up the stairs in this house, so inviting you actually want to just stop and stare at it! My client and her daughter love the room so much they've had sleepovers in there themselves several times....
All Photos: Carol Reed