Slumber in the Jungle

The Grand Reveal of my little habitat continues.  After the holidays it was back to work to complete this project, which is almost at the finale.  Last time I shared my living and dining spaces with you.  Now over to where all the magic happens… all the rumbling slumber happening of my master bedroom.  The bedroom was a simple palette with 2 decent size windows overlooking the lush tree canopy, a comfortable-sized closet and fresh carpet.  Unfortunately the walls were a little yellowish and in need of warmth.  Check out the blank slate below:

It all started with a lovely light gray color with warm brown undertones, Modern Gray from Sherwin Williams.  Then I brought in pieces recycled from various rooms in my old place.  I may have mentioned it earlier, but my goal in this new place was use what I already owned and not go crazy with new purchases.  Besides for a few accessories and bedding, what you see was already in the storehouse.IMG_5373IMG_5377

Some of the regulars that remained includes the “shabby” but not so chic bedroom furniture I inherited.  Maybe to update it I will switch out the handles for some fun new hardware.  Luckily, the medium wood color contrasts well with the newer modern dark wood nightstands from Idlewild House.  I appreciate the mix of finishes, new and modern pieces and antiques.  I placed a large abstract painting next to a Peruvian wood relief I picked up at a consignment shop.  An array of metallic finishes (gold, chrome and bronze) all play well together.  The faux-fur pillow was added to the West Elm (similar) and DKNY (similar) bedding and World Market velvet pillows to add texture.  These mixtures stimulate the eye while making for a comfortable resting ground.

The beaded chocolate pillow and pewter curtains echoed the glam, shimmery feel of the bedding and were a steal on sale at JCP (similar).  I transferred the armchair (similar) from my living room which adds super soft texture and pattern, while mirroring the dark furniture on the other side of the room.  I always think its good to alternate wood textures in a room so it doesn’t seem too matchy but keeps the space balanced.  Peep the Nate Berkus tortoise shell from Target.  Its quirky and resin but I had to have it.


So not to further date the furniture I removed the dresser mirror which I never liked anyway.  This created a place for the telly and an art wall.  The ebony faces were my grandmother’s from an African safari trip, I found the framed printed cloth artwork at a rummage sale and then I threw in a few pieces I picked up from old faithful, HomeGoods.IMG_5393Since I tossed the dresser mirror I needed somewhere to check myself out.  I always wanted a full-body mirror and so this one’s textured bronze frame was a bonus.  It also anchors the right side of the bed wall.IMG_5394It is amazing to think of how far this room has come and especially utilizing what I already owned.  As I always tell people, you would be surprised how chic you are already living.  You might just need to mix it up a bit to see the full potential.


See the new bathroom in the next post….


Bye-Bye Baby…. Hello Aqua

Yesterday I gave you an inside look at the renovation of my parent’s guest bathroom.  Remember the baby blue tile, wallpaper and all-around cry for help?  If not go back to the last post.  We did a major overhaul and it turned out fabulously.  Dad got his spark of modern gray and Mom got her traditional touches, plus some extras.  Check out the After pictures below:


The buttery wall color kept the space warm and inviting but mixes well with any palette.  The metallic detail of the framed mirrors gives a taste of glamour to the space and echoes the chrome fixtures and hardware.  The artwork, found at HomeGoods, was the perfect touch of geometry and color.


The Santa Cecilia Light granite countertops created a perfect marriage of all the room’s tones with its specks of brown, gold, black, ivory and grey.  The granite was continued from the sinks to the back counter and a standing pantry cabinet was installed for storage and to add a vertical element to the narrow space.


I didn’t want to go overboard with the chrome so I chose oil-rubbed bronze accessories and added some greenery for freshness.  Also, Dad demanded that there be a clock in his bathroom, what is he timing anyway?


To eliminate having too much stuff on the walls we opted for 2 ring hooks next to the sinks for face and hand towels, then 1 double towel rod outside the shower.  They all do double duty.

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We continued the aqua in the Nate Berkus rugs from Target, the window valance (yes I know it needs to be ironed) and the artwork.  Coordinating gray and aqua towels were purchased that can be mixed and matched, all from Calvin Klein (my favorite).

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The faux plants and wicker hamper and waste basket add a hint of nature and tranquility.  Speaking of peaceful, the new shower head from Delta will relieve any unnecessary stress.

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All in all, my parents were overwhelmed and super-pleased.  They deserve a lovely space and they got it.  I wish them many more comforting showers and personal moments in the New Year, lol.

Its a new day…. a new year

Hello and Happy New Year!  It has been almost a year since I last published.  It was a long and interesting year of ups and downs, however, it concluded with anticipation of good things to come.  I send a massive thank you to those of you who continue to follow me even though I went into retreat without a Dear John Letter of my where-abouts.  Now, I have a positive outlook and am hereby resolving to become reconnected in the blog-o-sphere, as well as to be the change I want to see in my life.  I have always imagined what it would be like to be an entrepreneur, to live a life of creative improvisation and to reap the pleasures of life from doing so.  So this year, 2015, is my year to make strides to be the “me” I want to see.

My first step is to turn my private passion for interior design into a legitimate public vision.  I have been maintaining a side-hustle of design work for family and friends.  It has kept me busy and mentally occupied when fists of life were slapping me silly.  These design experiences has given me insight of how to take an idea from incubation to a complete space as well as how to deal with an overwhelmed client.  So with that, I am taking the leap of faith to develop my own business, W.O. Design.  Look out for more information in future posts.

In addition, I am taking the advice of my pastor from many Sundays ago.  BE VULNERABLE!  It makes you human and you can’t live and experience without that opportunity to be hurt, to love, to cry and to be encouraged.  I take this opportunity to open up the doors of my personal abode a.k.a My Design Lab.  I was my first and worst and best client all at the same time.  I still haven’t gotten it perfect and likely never will.  However, I cherish the opportunity to keep trying to get it right.

The small but Great Room

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The room is very narrow so sofa size was very important. This is the second one I bought and had delivered. This apartment-sized find was just right. The vintage glass top table adds surface but doesn’t clutter or weigh down the narrow space.

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Some can be cheesy but I loved the cityscape pictures. It spoke to me as an urban planner.

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For a pop of color, I bought a cheap frame and painted it bright blue. It really makes the black/white print stand out.

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The Buddha adds color and the patina adds natural flavor, as does the wooden sunburst.

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When you want a garden stool you can never find what you want. Got this one for $40 in a hideous mauve and sprayed it tangerine.

The grub spot a.k.a. Kitchen

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The half-wall and spindles are the 1950s version of the “open concept” home. The Andy Warhol “Campbell’s Soup Can” is my ode to mid-century.

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Found this print at the Habitat-for-Humanity ReStore for 3 bucks. Found an old $29 frame and had it framed and matted. Scored for around $130ish for a huge piece of artwork.