House Decorating

A BRIGHT KITCHEN RENOVATION IN SILVERLAKE

 

When LA-based designer Amy Sklar was growing up, her family moved every few years. “The homes ranged in style from mid-century modern, to a 100 year old clapboard home,” she recalls. “That exposure created in me real appreciation for a wide range of architectural and interior styles. And there was also a chance to redecorate my room every few years, which I fell in love with! That ability to reinvent, and ultimately find my own style.” Today, she’s able to do that for other people — a career that she calls a dream.

Today, we’re showing off some of Amy’s latest work. This home is located in the super-cool Silverlake area, and the space is just as on-trend as the neighborhood itself. From totally transforming the kitchen to installing new floors throughout, this is a home we’d love to live in. Amy tells us more:

Hi Amy! We’d love to know a little bit about the clients. What was their vision, and what was your priority when starting the design?
My clients were a family of 4, with 2 young daughters. They love to cook and entertain, so we really wanted to update the kitchen to make it easier to work in as well as create more flow between the kitchen and the rest of the home.

What condition was the home in when you started?
There was a low ceiling in the living room, a crumbling kitchen counter and a kitchen window that look directly onto a neighbors patio….not a lovely view.

Yikes! Okay, tell us a bit about how you transformed the space. 
We vaulted the living room ceiling, to make that room feel more spacious and welcoming, as that is the first room you enter when you walk in the front door. Then we enlarged and arched the opening between the kitchen and the dining room, taking what had been a standard 36″ door and opening it up to nearly 6′ wide! We then arched the newly enlarged opening to match the arch on the opening from the living room to the dining room, so that it feels like the new opening has always been there.

With any project, there are bound to be hiccups. What were the biggest challenges with this property?
Ah yes, hiccups! On this project, the biggest hiccup was that when we went to vault the ceiling in the living room we found that the central ridge beam was not centered on the space! So, we had to make the decision to either drop the vaulting and relocate the beam to center it, (which would have lowered the overall height of the ceiling) or leave the beam off center and keep the height. In the end we went for keeping the height, and leaving the beam off center, and I think it looks great! It really adds a dynamic element to the space, and looks like it was meant to there!

Do you have a favorite room or feature in the house?
I love the kitchen, and the major amount of light we were able to borrow from the dining room by enlarging the opening, that transformation was so huge!

Finally, LA is known for great home goods. Where are some of your favorite local spots to shop?
I am a major Lawson-Fenning fan, I ALWAYS find something in either of their two locations — Silverlake and Melrose — plus they are lovely people! I also love Nickey- Kehoe, they have the most well, curated shop, and make incredible custom furniture! And for dreaming, Galerie Half, it’s like walking into an art gallery, just stunning.

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Amazing 2 Single Beds Room Ideas

Usually two single beds are placed in a shared kids bedroom or a guest bedroom. But instead of just putting the beds separately you can be a little more creative and put them at different angles. And even if you put them in the conventional way you can give attention to the walls, the bedding and other decor factors. If you are in search of some good furniture pieces you can buy them at Gum Tree. So, take a look at different ways to decorate a room with 2 single beds in the best possible way:

1. Put Two Storage Single Beds at An Angle and Add a Corner Shelf for Boosting Storage in a Kids’ Room

 

If both the beds of your kids are storage beds then put them at a right angle and fix in a storage unit in the corner space created between the two.

2. For a Room Shared by Two Girls Do it in Pink and White and Add Canopies to The Beds

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If your girls are more towards the princess like pink bedroom then decorate it in pastel pink with hints of white and hang canopies for a fairy tale feel.

3. For a Guest Bedroom with Wood Ceiling Accent It with Mint Green Walls,White Beds and a Jute Rug for a Breezy Coastal Feel

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Coastal decor is always a hit when done in the right way. For example this room that is a pure bliss.

4. For a Room Shared by a Girl and a Boy You Can Mark Their Cute Little Zones

Image via: pottery barn kids , woo home

You can also create zones for your kids by decorating in the tried and tested pink and blue combo.

5. Two Beds and One Long and Cozy Tufted Headboard

 

If you want something in the room that can pull focus then install one long tufted headboard. It will not only amp up the style but will also increase the coziness by many folds.

6. Decorate with a Minimalist Neutral Theme Because Less is More

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If you want your room to have subtle tones then decorate with neutrals. They have the prefect balance and thus are not too warm and not too cold.

7. Take Inspiration from Dorm Style and Put The Kids’ Beds Lengthwise

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You can take inspiration from a dorm room as well and place the storage beds in a row.

8. Go For a Monochromatic Decor Such as This Serene Green Twin Bedroom

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You can also pick one color and then play with different shades of it in the room like this green bedroom that is just so calm.

9. Decorate with Gray and White and a Beadboard Wall Will Look Just Perfect in Such a Room

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If you have neutral colored beds for example these gray beds then pair this color with a white wall. But instead of just painting the wall clad it with beadboard.

10. Decorate The Room with Patterns

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Patterns used in the right proportion always look charming. For example this beautiful girls’ bedroom.

DIY Ideas for the Home

JUNE 11, 2017

DIY Home Details
We all want our homes to represent us, these beautiful DIY projects are sure to inspire.

(Today’s features were chosen by Debbie from Refresh Restyle)

 


DIY Library Card Catalog by Sadie Seasongoods

DIY Industrial Pipe Towel Bar by Simply Beautiful Angela

How to make your Furniture Extraordinary with Upholstery Tacks by Just The Woods

DIY Industrial Shelves by Welsh Design Studio

DIY Farmhouse Art by Making It In The Mountains

How to Create a Beachy Colored Look with Paint by Rain On A Tin Roof

Home decor: 6 decorating mistakes you really want to avoid!

Nobody likes being told that they’re wrong, so rather than waiting until you’ve made some mistakes and pointing them out, we thought we’d take a proactive stance! Interior designers are well equipped to know what’s hot, what’s not and all the basic rules that will see your home emerging like a beautiful butterfly from an outdated cocoon, but if you don’t have access to any of these amazing professionals, then read on, as we think our tips are a great place to start. Put down the paintbrush and step away from your tatty bathroom and don’t start any new decorating project until you’ve memorized these mistakes that you don’t want to make!

Home decor: 6 decorating mistakes you really want to avoid!

1. Not attending to tile grout overspray

eclectic Bathroom by The Olive Design Studio
Grout is a strange thing. It sticks your tiles to the wall, keeps everything looking fresh and can even be funky if you choose colored or glitter versions, but if you don’t wipe excess away as soon as you spot it, it will become a nightmare! Setting quickly and having a cement-like quality, you’ll struggle to remove it once dry, so never leave it too long!

2. Bad prepping of walls

modern Living room by Sophie Nguyen Architects Ltd

If you don’t want your painted walls to not look how you expected them to, you have got to prep. You might think your wall is good enough to paint, but any uneven surfaces, cracks or dark paint that isn’t primed over could show through. Wallpaper is actually a better covering for a flawed wall.

3. Not accessorising walls

modern Living room by Rosangela Photography

Walls that are too bare look a little sad, that’s just a fact. If you are going for a minimalist look, the rest of your space will reflect that and help a plain wall to fit right in, but in a cozy home, a totally blank wall will stick out like a sore thumb. Art, photographs or a wall decal can easily and quickly solve this!

4. Using the whole rainbow

country Bedroom by The Cotswold Company

You probably think it would be weird to decorate an entire home with your favorite color, so perhaps you strive to use a different shade in every room, but please don’t! Your home doesn’t need to be a rainbow and if you like green, why not use it, in varying hues, in every room? It’s your house!

5. Going too heavy with the drapes

Curtains that are too heavy will drown a room. They might be great during a cold winter, acting as an extra form of insulation against heat loss, but really, you can achieve that with smaller, delicate curtains too. Also, matching your curtains to fabric-upholstered items is a risky business, so be sure you have a pattern that will work!

6. Ignoring lumpy walls

 Walls & flooring by Loft Kolasiński

Unless you’re going for a rustic look, lumpy walls with a coat of paint on them simply won’t do. In a country cottage, that look will work surprisingly well, but a modern home with perfectly smooth walls everywhere else? We don’t think so! Take the time to skim the wall before you paint!

10 WAYS TO MASTER NAVY BLUE AND GOLD DECOR, PINTEREST’S NEW FAVORITE COLOR SCHEME

01


A GILDED BAR CART

Give your cocktail fixings a pretty place to perch with a classically cool, golden bar cart. Style it against a statement blue wall, as Park and Oak Interiors did here, and it will immediately draw the eye — and the desire for a tasty drink.

Park & Oak

02


A SLEEK OFFICE SPACE

A moody color palette keeps the vibe of this home office, created by Emily Henderson, contemporary. Dark blue walls set the tone, while subtle details like gold-plated desk legs and office supplies complete the look.

 

Zeke Ruelas

 

03


GLAM BATHROOM ACCENTS

This double bathroom by Leslie Cotter Interiors shows just how chic and minimalist a navy and gold color palette can be. Tone down your bold cabinets with elegant marble countertops and gold faucets, mirrors, and lighting.

 

Tim Furlong Jr.

04


GOLDEN FIXTURES

Dark blue is the perfect color to use when creating an accent wall in any room, especially the bedroom. Alex Evjen of Ave Styles collaborated with Decorist to create this modern boho master bedroom, full of original pieces, including a mid-century-inspired pendant light.

Rennai Hoefer

05


A COLORFUL WELCOME

Greet guests with a fancy vintage gold doorknob, set against a shiny navy blue door. Choose a sparkling white paint for the door molding and line the nearby walls with chic white and navy wallpaper for a stylish entrance, just like Erica Burns did here.

 

Erica Burns

 

06


STATEMENT CABINETS

What better way to pull off a two-tone kitchen than using navy blue for your cabinetry? It’s an unexpected color choice that still feels neutral and inviting. The geniuses at E. Interiors added gold faucets, lighting, and decor to give this particular design some depth.

 

E. Interiors

 

07


DON’T FORGET LIGHTING

Bright white rooms are perfect for those seeking a clean and tranquil space, but small pops of color here and there never hurt. Cathy Poshusta of the Grit and Polish added in navy blue pillows against the white bedding and cream headboard, but kept the gold decor minimal by add a simple bedside sconce.

 

 

Grit and Polish

 

08


A RANGE OF HUES

From the velvet couch to the modernist painting, Marks & Frantz played with a range of blues in this cozy but stylish living area. Take his lead and experiment with more than one shade of blue,and then inject some regality into the space with gold underpinnings, like this grand coffee table.

 

 

Marks and Frantz

 

09


PRECIOUS KITCHEN DETAILS

Designers at Grit and Polish transformed their old and outdated kitchen into a bright and airy cooking space. The top cabinets were kept white to match the walls, while the bottom set were painted a gorgeous navy blue and accented with gold hardware. The crisp white backsplash, along with a few plants, make for a lively but minimalist kitchen.

 

 

10


THE PERFECT VELVET SOFA

This spacious master suite — the work of Leslie Cotter Interiors, and shot by Tim Furlong Jr. — draws from both vintage design and contemporary decor. Add a few industrial touches, like these golden bedside lamps, and a little old-world charm with romantic furniture like this divine blue velvet sofa.

 

Tim Furlong Jr.

This spacious master suite — the work of Leslie Cotter Interiors, and shot by Tim Furlong Jr. — draws from both vintage design and contemporary decor.

Add a few industrial touches, like these golden bedside lamps, and a little old-world charm with romantic furniture like this divine blue velvet sofa.

 

This 116-Year-Old Home Is the Original Tiny House

Old-school proportions didn’t constrain its style.

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Faced with a lack of light and lots of architectural quirks, Sarah Bartholomew refreshed a historic Georgetown rowhouse with neutrals, fool-the-eye details and an aviary’s worth of feathered friends.

Celia Barbour: Tiny houses are a trend now, but this home is 116 years old! How did its size influence you?

Sarah Bartholomew: I always let a house tell its story, and this one was clear about what it needed to be: a pretty, all-American home in beautiful, historic Georgetown. Whoever built it was not especially wealthy, so I tried to keep the style simple: fresh, eclectic and easy- going, but not loose or casual.

Was a 1,200-square-foot house with just four rooms — two downstairs, two up — a design challenge?

Yes. For example, it has no foyer — you walk right off the street into the living room. I wanted to create a moment by the front door where you could pause and hang your coat, but it had to feel cohesive with the room. That’s why there’s a bird print over the entry console instead of a mirror. The kitchen doubles as a dining room. I had the table custom built to a specific size: It’s big enough to accommodate six but small enough that one can move around it.

Your furnishings, too, are often multipurpose.

I like things to be both/and, not either/or. I’m drawn to furniture that’s sculptural, as it adds graphic drama while still being useful. For instance, the Regency-style chairs by the front windows have interesting silhouettes and can serve as pedestals for objects or books, then they can be cleared off when needed as seating. Similarly, the bull’s-eye mirror and Chinese stools add visual impact without making the room feel busy or crowded.

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These owners could have afforded a bigger house. Why did they opt to go small?

They prefer tiny. This is their second home; their main residence is in California, but that one is not large, either. Having spent time in Japan, the wife believes in living well but compactly. They are always on the go — Europe, Asia, the West Coast — and she doesn’t want a lot to maintain. And no need for a home office: The husband, who is in the tech field, can work anywhere as long as he has a tablet.

Yet it doesn’t feel like a dainty little doll’s house.

Well, he’s tall — he played basketball— so I didn’t want petite settees and French chairs everywhere. The living room needed a comfortable sofa and welcoming lounge chairs. The bedrooms had to feel calm and restful.

What issues did you face updating an old rowhouse?

Houses built a century ago didn’t have things we now consider necessities, like plumbing and electricity. These amenities were added over the years and, as a result, there are all these quirks in the walls and ceilings. To mask them, I hang groups of repetitive (but not identical) items, which draw the eye and distract from the asymmetry. The living room has bird prints by Olof Rudbeck, a 17th-century Swedish scientist and artist. In the guest bedroom, I filled the wall above the bed, which juts out, with brackets holding shells and coral.

Rowhouses can be dark. How did you bring in the light?

The previous owners had put plantation shutters on the front windows, but I wanted more daylight. I installed linen curtains with a sheer lining; they provide privacy but let about 80% of the light through. And I replaced the solid wood panels in the front door with glass panes.

So the whole facade becomes a source of light! What about the interior of the house?

Because the living room is a long, narrow space, it needed overhead lighting, but the ceilings were too low to install cove fixtures — I used flush mounts for ambient light. I didn’t want lamps to stick out too much, so I went with slender brass ones. In the kitchen, the ceiling consists of the floor joists of the master bedroom upstairs. Pendant lamps hang from the support beams, the only place where we could run electrical wire. I also added under-cabinet lighting and sconces on the walls.

sarah bartholomew living room                                                                                                              NGOC MINH NGO

Tell me about your use of color.

The client wanted the main rooms to be neutral. She said, “I’m on the go all the time. I want the house to feel soothing.” I love neutrals, too, but I didn’t want the palette to feel boring or flat, so I layered in a lot of textures and patterns. The sofa has a hand-blocked Carolina Irving Textiles print, the chairs a leafy pattern, the pillows a stripe. There’s even a faint pattern in the rug. Natural textures include vellum, wicker, leather, brass and marble. I added blue whenever we needed a pop of color. I love blue and white — always have, always will — and used the combo in the master bedroom with a traditional floral on the headboard, bed skirt and curtains. Then I added little touches of black to the room with the lampshade and artwork. Black keeps blue and white from going over the edge into sweetness.

You said that a house tells its own story, but this one turned out more like a poem.

Every detail counts: A functional object can become a beautiful moment to look at and enjoy whenever you walk by. Each gesture is an opportunity to tell a little story within the larger story.

See more photos of this gorgeous home »

This story originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of House Beautiful.

Fearless DIYers in a “Flipped” Portland House

Name: Tim and Kelly Fischer
Location: SE Portland, Oregon
Size: 1,650 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 4 years

After making offers on six other houses in Portland’s competitive real estate market, Tim and Kelly and their nine-year-old twin daughters Isabelle and Olivia were thrilled to finally have a home to call their own. The house they bought had just been “flipped” in a style that wasn’t necessarily theirs, but the Fischers saw an opportunity to make the new space the perfect cozy home for their family.

Kelly has great style and is also a fearless DIY-er. She inherited these traits from her mom, who is a multi-talented designer, and the person Kelly calls “a constant inspiration.” The family got right to work removing a main wall of the home to create the open living area they desired. Kelly also took on electrical work in her new home, switching out unattractive light fixtures, and designed and constructed custom furniture and built-ins herself.

Kelly and Tim are avid world travelers, and mementos and photographs from their many trips are displayed throughout their home. “Seeing how the rest of the world lives helps us appreciate what we have, and gives us ideas on how to better utilize our space.” Their cozy Portland bungalow is filled with plants, vintage finds, Kelly’s handmade furniture, and souvenirs from their travels. It feels like a nice place to come home to after a long trip.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: We try to fill our home with eclectic pieces. Keeping it simple and neutral, so it’s easier to mix it up with smaller accessories. When we travel we bring back unique things to give our home character and meaning. We like it better when there’s a memory behind something.

Inspiration: Traveling — seeing how the rest of the world lives helps us appreciate what we have, and gives us ideas on how to better utilize our space. My mom has been doing this for years — she is a constant inspiration.

Favorite Element: Our bungalow is pretty tiny so we tore down a wall to create a more open-concept space between the dining and living room.

Biggest Challenge: We have a lot of trouble with our low ceilings and organizing our home to make it interesting, but keeping it low on clutter.

What Friends Say: “There’s always something interesting to look at — unique surprises in every room.”

Biggest Embarrassment: Our house was a flip, and the previous owner installed cheap carpet everywhere.

Proudest DIY: I have two! Our headboard my mom and I made from reclaimed cedar that was originally milled from my parents’ property. The other is the built-in shelving in our living room — I assembled and installed it
myself.

Biggest Indulgence: I’ve spent the most on good lighting, which is, admittedly, an addiction.

Best Advice: Decorating a home doesn’t have to be costly. If you have the resources and time to dig, you will be rewarded.

Dream Sources: If Emily Henderson outfitted my house, I might die.

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
When we moved in everything was beige- which was fine, but not quite our style. We went with a few light grey shades from Sherwin Williams to keep it neutral and reflect our taste.
“Silverplate” by Sherwin Williams

 

ENTRY/HALLWAY
Industrial bar — Camas Antiques
Bar sign – Letters from Far Away Hood
Reclaimed cabinet – Homegoods
Rustic mirror – Brought back from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
MCM lamp – Thrift store find
Aiden etagere – World Market
Wood gallery frames – Pottery Barn

 

LIVING ROOM
Ektorp sofa — Ikea
Built-in shelving — Ikea Billy series
Square bar hairpin legs — Modern Legs
Framed watercolor city maps — Summit Ridge
MCM Chairs – Craigslist
Vintage kilim rug – Family heirloom
Sheepskins- Ikea
Throw Blanket- Seek & Swoon

 

 

DINING ROOM
Salt Chair — Design Within Reach
Walnut Dining Table- Craigslist
Faceted Lamp Base- Target
Wood Gallery Frames- Pottery Barn
Emery Linen/Cotton Drapes In Charcoal- Pottery Barn
Chandelier- Brought Back From Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Stereo Cabinet- Built By Me Using Reclaimed Cedar Siding And Vintage Peg Legs
Mcm Chair- Thrift Store Find

 

KITCHEN
Vintage Locker- Thrift Store Find
Butcher Block- Rescued From A Local Meat Market
Semi-Flushmount Lighting- The Rebuilding Center
Cloche Pendant- Restoration Hardware
Clock- Ikea

 

BEDROOM
Bentwood Pendant — West Elm
Bedside Lighting- Crate & Barrel
Mcm Walnut Dressers- Craigslist And Salvaged
Planter- Atelier Stella Ceramics
Geometric Shelves- My Mom Built Them Using Reclaimed Cedar Siding
Belgian Flax Linen Sheer Drapes In White- Pottery Barn
Mcm Table Lamp- Estate Sale Find
Crescent Mirror- Yard Sale Find
Throw Blanket- Seek & Swoon

 

BATHROOM
Framed Mirror- Ikea
Urban Barn Wall Sconce- Lamps Plus
Threshold Shower Curtain- Target
Stick Collection Painting- Riverluna

Thanks, Kelly and Tim!

 

Interior Design — Pretty Kitchen Makeover On A Budget

Designer Trish Johnston transforms a small family kitchen into a pretty space for a family with two little girls. See how she used glamorous finishes to add personality to every square foot.
Trish describes this bright and airy kitchen as a jewel box. To achieve this look, she painted the existing cabinetry in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White (CC-40), replaced the countertops with a showstopping Calacatta marble and accessorized with brass and crystal hardware throughout. While the kitchen is small, Trish managed to fit an eat-in zone by extending the peninsula. A powdery shade of light blue on the cabinetry gives the space a dash of color, while an elegant patterned fabric on the blinds and upholstered stools offers an extra touch of opulence.

See the sources for this video here: https://houseandhome.com/video/tiny-k…

Wonderful Hallway Runner Ideas for Your Home

The hallway is the first part of your home’s interior. If it is designed inviting and cozy, it will leave a good impression on you and your visitors. To make a hallway cozy one very easy way is to roll out a stylish runner rug. Some really beautiful rugs are available at catwalk rugs too. Let’s say, if you want to add pattern to your hallway, roll out a striped runner. If you want to add texture, go for a woven rug. These and more designs are below for your inspiration:

1. Spice Up The Hallway  with a Traditional Runner

Image via: houzz , style blueprint

Old is gold and any runner with a traditional pattern will definitely increase the beauty of your hallway by many folds.

2. Create A Customized Runner with Carpet Tiles

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If you can’t seem to find the right size of the runner for your hallway then you can make one by yourself using carpet tiles. In this manner you can create the perfect combination of design and size without compromising on style.

3. A Floral Masterpiece

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Flowers bring freshness and a feminine feel to any place they are added. And the same goes for a hallway.

4. Coordinating Stair and Hallway Runners

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If your hallway has stairs too, then you can match the stair and hallway runners to create a harmony in style.

5. A Timeless Moroccan Stencil Runner

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Some patterns are designer approved and one such pattern is a Moroccan stencil. No matter how many trends will come and go, Moroccan stencil can never go wrong.

6. A Woven Runner Rug with a Wonderful Texture

If you want to introduce texture to your hallway, then a woven runner is the decor element you should go for.

7. Dandy Striped Runners in Different Colors

If you are a fan of stripes, then depending upon your design taste go for a monochrome or a colorful striped runner.

8. A Classy Chevron Runner

Image via: memorable decor

Just like Moroccan stencil discussed above, chevron pattern is also timeless. It is a stylish pattern and goes well with almost any kind of interior.

9. An Animal Print Runner

Image via: houzz

Do you like animal prints? If yes, then decorate your hallway with an animal print runner. If you don’t want the print to be too loud, then you can go for a runner with an animal print in muted tones like this one.

10. Cheerful Color Pops

Image via: houzz , lonny

Want something lively and cheerful in your home? Then adorn your hallway with a jazzy runner.

Beautiful Bedroom Design Ideas For The Whole Family

“When you invest in your bedroom you invest in yourself”

 

Designer Gillian Gillies shares three bedrooms she designed for a family with two kids. Get her tips on how to create a space personalized to each family member, plus smart bedroom storage solutions that go beyond the closet.

In the parent’s master bedroom, Gillian wanted to create a spa-like retreat, so she used a palette of light green and blue for a soft and serene atmosphere. A built-in wall separates the dressing room, while a custom king-sized storage bed keeps clutter at bay. For the kids rooms, Gillian took a more layered approach with pattern, color and texture. The daughter loves art and is very creative, so Gillian kept the color scheme neutral so she can add in her own prints and accessories. The son’s room didn’t have a closet before the renovation, so adding storage, like a bed with drawers and a built-in desk, was the main focus of the renovation.

See the sources for the items in this video here: https://houseandhome.com/video/family…