*Lyrics from Mean Streets by Tennis from their new EP Small Sounds. It’s no secret that I love this band, but this mini album is excellent. I dare you not to get this song in your head for several happy days.
I know you’re all still geeking out over the amazing, awesome, inspiring transformations from the One Room Challenge, but do you remember me teasing that I’d soon have pictures to share from my clients’ Project W house? Well, first room, here you go. This is a major BEFORE & AFTER post. Get ready.
It seems like so long ago that I first met with my clients on Project W, and first glimpsed at their terrible, wonderful, overwhelmingly dated raw material of a house that was to become their dream home. It seems like another life ago, not only because so much time has passed (and so much has happened), but because their home has completely transformed. You know those makeover shows where people don’t recognize a loved one, or think they’re in someone else’s home? Yeah, their house is kind of like that.
The first space I’m going to share with you is their master bedroom and bathroom. When we first arrived at the house, this space was awkwardly laid out, with a clunky master bathroom addition tucked into a place that really made no sense. Seriously, you had to walk under a low-hanging eave to reach the door to the master bath only to be confronted with a tight and cluttered space. There were ugly finish materials, a confounding layout, and budgetary issues to deal with, but my plan was simple: make the bathroom feel like it could have been original to the home.
I started by trying to figure out a way to repurpose some (not original, but certainly vintage) ceiling lights from another room in the house to the master bath. I wanted to save as much of their budget as I could, and lighting (as we all know) isn’t cheap. Using the crystal and brass and mirror fixtures as a jumping off point, I set about encouraging them to reclaim a vintage look for this formerly awkward space to help make the 1980s addition feel more authentic to the 1920s architecture of the home.
With a mix of brass, chrome, black, white, gray, and wood tones, I think we achieved what we set out to do: make a functional space that is beautiful, easy to care for, and that will stand the test of time. (Or at least not be as horrible as the pink/beige/linoleum/laminate disaster that was here before. Shudder.) Because the room size really couldn’t grow, we reduced the double sink for a single, making for more open space, and a allowing for some vintage furniture items to blend into the design scheme. It’s also a space that can adapt over time. Change out some towels, linens, and curtains, and you have a whole new feel.
The adjacent master bedroom was painted in soft blue-green (Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams SW 6211) with gray trim (Repose Gray SW 7015), as a nice compliment to my clients’ love of mid-century design, as well as their original fir flooring that they had lovingly refinished. Overall the master suite is eclectic, has the character of an older home, but with the comforts of modern living. The perfect retreat for two hard-working parents.