09 June 2007

My Designs: Romantic Bedroom on the Cheap

This is a bedroom I just completed for a client who was recently separated after many years of marriage. Her friend talked her into redoing her bedroom and I tried to make it cosy and romantic for her to start her new life in it, hopefully, with a new man one day. She was wary of decorating while newly single, so I told her we could do it "on the cheap."
The budget was small, so I found her this toile bedding from Pottery Barn - Martine. The color is a soothing, calm, aqua with a hint of gray in it. From PB, we bought the slipcovered headboard, the duvet, shams, and sheets, plus a painted end table just visible off to the side. I used a skirted table to save more money and filled in with inexpensive silk fabrics from Calico Corner.

The sconces come from Blanc d'Ivoire - a fabulous and very reasonable French company with a branch in NYC. The lamps are theirs also. The french chair and ottoman came nude from Savoia, another reasonable company from Canada. The painted bookshelf is from GJ Styles, and yes, it too is a very reasonable company! The mirrors are from a local lighting company and the carpet was ordered from Home Depot. While very nice, the carpet is one element of the room that I am not enthralled with. It was my wish that we run seagrass wall to wall, but my client disagreed, and so we chose a deep aqua sculpted piece. It works, but I'm a seagrass girl to the core. Plus, the seagrass would have cost less!! The drapes were custom made with matching material ordered from Pottery Barn and the shades are from Target.




I had fun working on this room. It was a challenge to keep costs down on everything and I don't think I splurged on any one item. My client was overcome and actually cried when I finally let her see the finished space.

19 comments:

  1. Dear Joni - I'm having a lovely time wandering around your archives here:-) This is the lushest "on the cheap" bedroom I have ever seen!! You are amazing!!! I'm not surprised your client cried - outstanding job!:-)

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  2. Hi Joni,

    I found your blog a couple weeks ago and I absolutely love it!!! I am a huge fan of French Country decorating and you have the most incredible taste.

    I saw the pictures on your blog with the pottery barn matine toile bedding. The room is beautiful with all your french touches. I have that same bedding in my guest room and I was wondering what paint color you used for the walls?

    Sarah
    Las Vegas

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  3. Oh gosh, I don't remember!!! I know it was Pratt and Lambert - but I swear, I don't remember - we changed it I know that, painted the room twice, - see even professional interior designers make mistakes.
    Joni

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  4. Hi Joni,

    Thank you so much for responding to my comment! You are the best! I'll check out Pratt and Lambert. I've tested a couple colors on the walls, but none seem to hit the mark.

    I'm so glad I found your blog. I really love the way you pull together your designs...amazing! French style design has always been my favorite so looking at your work is like looking at future dream rooms for my own house. I'd let you have free reign any day at my place!(:>)

    I'm 27 and am just getting started in pulling together my French look with some quality pieces here and there as I can afford them. It was so fun to look at the pictures you posted of your living room and see how your style has evolved.

    Thanks again Joni!

    Sarah
    Las Vegas

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  5. I just found your blog from visiting Dixie at French Lique. I don't even know where to start...I am drueling over your talent. Being from California, but now home is Texas, I did not know that French Decor was so prevelant in Texas. I guess it makes sense with the European styled homes...anyway.....this bedroom is Perfect. I would want one exactly the same...it so speaks to my "core". I would like to add you to my "inspirations" on my blog. New to blogging. ~Cheryl

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  6. Dear Joni,

    I just started my own blog and decided to peruse your blog since I consider yours to be the best out there. I found this post and was so inspired by what you did for this woman. I think people like me are afraid to think of hiring professional designers because they will be so expensive. This room really is just beautiful. I love reading your posts because they are better, more in-depth than a typical magazine article. You really get down to the nitty-gritty in details, and that's what I love. Thanks again for all your inspiration.

    a fan,

    Janet

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