Client Project Reveal: Master Bedroom Retreat

 

Over the past year and a half I have mentioned this client's "forever home" project a handful of times... As previously mentioned, this home is a new construction and was completed about 3 months ago.

While I had the pleasure of selecting the furnishings for the Living Room and Master Bedroom on my own, I was lucky enough to be asked to "hand hold" throughout the construction process. In other words, my client felt confident in her vision of the home (she has ah-mazing taste!), but asked me to accompany her to the design meetings to help her make decisions on finishes such as flooring, wall tile, counter tops, etc to ensure that her selections corresponded with her vision.

The most exciting part of that particular process was the master bath and kitchen, hands down....you'll see why later in this post!

Ok, back to the Master... We had the furnishings installed about a month ago and finally had the chance to have it photographed yesterday. Here is the photo of the fireplace wall during the construction process....

curry before mb
curry before mb

My client's aspiration was to have a monochromatic, serene, sophisticated master retreat where her and her husband could truly relax and unwind.

Here is the finished product...

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AWDH Curry MB5
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AWDH Curry MB6
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AWDH Curry MB2

I'm slightly obsessed with the cozy little sitting area by the fireplace. Oh, and the door to the right of the fireplace leads out to a private balcony, which they plan to make a breakfast area... I know, right?! The best part is that their master bedroom is on the second floor and has the most amazing tree top views!

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AWDH Curry MB1

And behind those french doors to the left of the sitting area is their master bath....

AWDH Curry Bath
AWDH Curry Bath

We haven't quite nailed down all of the accessories for the bath yet.....we are still on the hunt for a little gold table to put next to the tub for bath salts, etc. BUT we did recently find the most amazing grey tufted bench with lucite legs, which will settle against a long wall that leads to the walk in closets.

We are scheduled to have her living room photographed next week....so I'll give you a peek into her fabulous kitchen at that time. Think, GRAY cabinets! Yes, it's fabulous!

***Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share sources***

Photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography.

 

Before & After: An Online Design Board Transformation

 

I need to take a minute to brag on one of my Online Design Board clients... Several months ago, I submitted a Master Bedroom Online Design Board for my out-of-state clients, The Perrigo's. I was thrilled to recently receive an email from them with photos of the final transformation, and I'm excited to share those photos with you today!

Here is the "before" picture of their master:

Perrigo before
Perrigo before

Their Online Design Board purchase included the following:

a scaled furniture floor plan

an electronic design board, which included images of some of their suggested items to convey the ambiance of their design

a specifications list, which specified what items to purchase and where to purchase them  *Note: not all items on the specifications list are shown on the actual Design Board

Below is their Online Design Board....

Perrigo Master Bedroom Design Board
Perrigo Master Bedroom Design Board

And here is the final transformation!

Perrigo Master After
Perrigo Master After
Perrigo Master After 2
Perrigo Master After 2

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*

What a difference! And what I love most is that they were not afraid to improvise... For example, the headboard suggested in the design was not offered with a fabric frame... the Perrigo's preferred to have the frame, so they found another bed, similar to the one I had suggested.

Perrigo Before & After 2
Perrigo Before & After 2

As if receiving pictures of the conversion wasn't enough...the email that accompanied the pictures made my night!

"Emily, Ta-da! We are finished! We absolutely LOVE it! You reached right into my head and came up with a plan that was exactly what I wanted, but I couldn't have told you this is what I wanted:)" - Erin Perrigo

They did an amazing job, don't you agree?! And this was just the first of a total of 3 boards that I will soon complete for them....I'm excited to see their Living Room and Entry Way come together within the next few months!

Stay tuned for more Online Design Board transformations...

 

A Tranquil Master Bedroom Makeover

 

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a sneak peek of a Master Bedroom Makeover that I worked on last Fall. I had the opportunity to photograph the room this weekend (forgive me - I didn't get as many pictures as I had hoped as this was not my finest hour using my SLR camera).

Anyhow, it was certainly a fun project as the homeowner, Jean, was very involved in selecting many of the items. She even topped off the room with a beautiful chandelier, which was found by her daughter, Jenny, for only $80 at Costco of all places! Can you believe it?!

As a reminder, here is Jean's bedroom pre-makeover:

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DSC04393

And here is her room today:

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We replaced the queen sized four poster bed with a king linen headboard/frame which was adorned with polished silver nail heads.   And the carpet was replaced with sand & finished oak wood floors by Southland Flooring and Remodels.

A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover

And check out this glimpse of Jean's remodeled master bathroom (which she is responsible for designing all on her own!) Who doesn't love a chandelier in their master bath - or anywhere for that matter?!

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Here is what it looked like before the remodel:

Jean's Master Bath Before
Jean's Master Bath Before

I'm loving the brightened look of these rooms...very polished and serene! A love a good master bedroom makeover, don't you?

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*

 

Design Board PROMOTION {and One of My Latest Online Designs!}

 

It's not often that a client project takes me out of my comfort zone...but when clients, Meredith and Justin, asked me to do a design board for their master bedroom and included these images as their inspiration photos, it brought on feelings of excitement, yet serious stage fright!

While the photos are stunning, I am quite honestly not used to working with such bold patterns or vibrant colors!

I have completed nearly 40 online design boards in the last year, and the majority of these clients want a similar look of muted grays, blues and ivories with a touch of sparkle. A good representation of my "signature" look for a design board would be this one, which I finalized for the most wonderful client in Houston just last week...

Lightsy Living Room
Lightsy Living Room

I am in love with the ikat fabric as well as the sunburst mirrors! (shocking, I know) I would love to somehow incorporate this fabric into my living room!

Anyhow...after hours and hours of research, I finally came up with a design for Meredith and Justin's master bedroom. And I must say, once I got started, my anxiety went right out the window and motivation set in!

Neff Master Bedroom Design Board
Neff Master Bedroom Design Board

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*

I cannot wait to see this high glam master bedroom come together...I know they will do a fabulous job! And I promise to keep you all updated on the progress!

And while we are on the topic of design boards... as of today, I am offering $50 off any and all online design boards that are booked by this Friday, 2/17. Please be aware that I only have a handful of slots available before my maternity leave in April, so I am offering this promotion on a first come, first serve basis.

Please email me with for further details at emily@awelldressedhome.com

Have a great week everyone!

 

Frugal Find of the Week! Medallion Throw Pillows

 

Since I've posted about my friend Jenny's Master Bedroom Makeover, I've received several inquires about where we found the medallion fabric for the throw pillows on her bed. Jenny actually found this fabric at Fabric Factory here in Dallas. She loved it so much we decided to design the entire room around it. So we had a few throw pillows made for the bed, and after all was said and done, the pillows ended up costing around $50 each.

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Master Bedroom Remodel 5

Well...what do ya know.....a few weeks after having them made, I found these....

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Pillow

Where? you ask..... Garden Ridge! And for only $20 each!

There were a TON of them left as of last weekend! So if you are in the market for these great pillows and you live in the Dallas area, head to Garden Ridge at Legacy and 75 for this amazing frugal find!

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Pillow1
 

A Master Bedroom Makeover!

 

A couple of months ago, my friend Jenny called me for help with her master bedroom. Jenny, her husband and their son live in a gorgeous home in the Dallas area. They moved in a few years ago, and although they have done a fantastic job decorating their house, their master bedroom was lacking in style. In fact, the only items they had for the room so far was their bed and night stands. Jenny explained that she wanted to add color and sophistication to the room without spending a huge amount of money. Here is the inspiration fabric that she fell in love with.......the colors were exactly what we were looking for! I just love the combination of the aqua blue and apple green...so vibrant! She did a great job selecting this fabric!

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Fabric

Here is Jenny's master bedroom before....

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Clapp Master Bedroom Project - before 4
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Clapp master Bedroom Project - Before 3
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Clapp master Bedroom Project - Before 1
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Clapp Master Bedroom Project - Before 2

And here is her Master Bedroom After....

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Master Bedroom Remodel 6
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Master Bedroom Makeover 04
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Master Bedroom Remodel 3
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Master Bedroom Makeover 01
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Master Bedroom Remodel 5
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Master Bedroom Remodel 8

Do you recognize this table? Yep...that was a DIY project that I posted about several weeks ago!

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Master Bedroom Remodel 9

In my opinion, the wall color and the drapes made the most dramatic impact!

Jenny and her family are very happy with the trasformation, so I'd say this project was a success!!

 

Frugal Find of the Week! West Elm Zebra Print Pillow

 
West Elm Pillow
West Elm Pillow

I hate to admit it, but I am a sucker for animal print...especially zebra. No...I don't feel the need to blanket my home in cheetah spots and zebra stripes, but I am very fond of a little punch of zebra print here and there. So it should be no surprise that I fell in love these zebra print pillows when I encountered them at West Elm several months ago! In fact, I loved them so much I bought two of them!

Animal print can be very edgy....it can add just the right touch of pizazz to a space that may otherwise feel drab and boring. At least that's what I was thinking when I bought them for our Master Bedroom anyway. The room is full of cool neutrals, so I wanted something bold to spice things up a bit!

Master Bedroom After
Master Bedroom After

Because these pillows have been very sought after, I was not surprised when I found a very similar pillow (for much less) at Home Goods!

This pillow, which is constructed of the same material as the one at West Elm, is very similar to the espresso/ivory version and  includes the insert for only $19.99! The pillow from West Elm is $39.99 and includes the cover only (inserts usually run around $14). Love this Frugal Find!

Frugal Find Zebra Pillow
Frugal Find Zebra Pillow
 

A Little D.I.Y. Greek Key Lamp Shade

 

I have this great little consignment store in my neighborhood which I try to visit as often as possible as they have some really unique finds. During one of my visits, I stumbled upon a great lamp shade with a greek key trim... I loved the idea, so I decided that this would be the inspiration for a little DIY project I had in mind for lamp shades of my own!

Here is a picture of the lamp shade in our master bedroom....there are 2...one on each side of the bed. The shades are linen, which I love; however I wanted to jazz them up a bit as I felt they needed a little detail to help them stand apart from our linen head board.

Lamp Shade Before
Lamp Shade Before

Linen Lamp Shade Before

So I chose an ivory ribbon with metallic gold greek keys...and with nothing but a little fabric glue, I trimmed the top and bottom border. I am happy with the end result as I feel that the width of the ribbon gives it a slightly understated look, but the metallic in the greek keys is just enough to make the shades pop.

Lamp Shade After Trim
Lamp Shade After Trim

Lamp Shade with Greek Key Trim

Lamp Shade with Greek Key Trim
Lamp Shade with Greek Key Trim

My Shade with Greek Key Ribbon

 

Frugal Find of the Week! Z Gallerie's Angelique Mirror

 
ZGallerie angelique mirror white Frugal Find
ZGallerie angelique mirror white Frugal Find

I am loving this Angelique mirror from Z Gallerie! The shape gives sort of an antique feel, but the high gloss white finish lends a modern twist.

The price of the Angelique mirror  is $349.00....a bit pricey for an "accent" mirror if you ask me (or maybe I'm just too frugal!). Anyhow, check out this great alternative that I found for 80% LESS!

Mirror from Garden Ridge / co ZGallerie Frugal Find
Mirror from Garden Ridge / co ZGallerie Frugal Find

WHERE, you ask?  Garden Ridge (Garden Ridge!! Can you believe it?!) for only $59.99!! The shape and style is similar to the Angelique, and with a little high gloss paint you could turn this piece into high glam!

I am dying to use this mirror somewhere, but unfortunately it doesn't quite "go" with the style of our home. So I found a few spaces where it would really fit in!

It would be fantastic in this room!! I would paint it black and hang it in place of the painting on the far wall...it's not that I don't like the painting, I just think the curves of the mirror would add a nice contrast as most everything else in the room is very square.

Black and White room
Black and White room

Same goes for this room! The frugal find would fit right in....maybe over some sort of vanity on the wall opposite the bed to mirror the curves of the headboard.

Nicky Hilton Bedroom
Nicky Hilton Bedroom

Just because it'a a baby's room, doesn't mean everything in it has to be "baby-ish!" Just look at that wall paper...I love it!! If I were to use the mirror in this room, rather than painting it black or white, I would paint it in a crackled gold and hang it in place of the vertically stacked shadow boxes. Oh, my goodness....that would be amazing...

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nursery

About a million of my girlfriends are pregnant right now, but as far as I know they are all having boys....I need someone to have a girl so I can design a nursery around this week's frugal find already!! :-)

 

Project!

 

Wow! We have a lot of projects going on in our house today...from designing for a clients nursery to creating a picture gallery for our stair way....not to mention our kitchen remodel that I wrote about last week! But what I want to share with you today is this little DIY project that I worked on first thing this morning...

A couple of months ago, my friend Jenny asked me to help her with her and her husband's Master Bedroom. I was thrilled as they have a beautiful home and great taste! The best part was that we basically started with a clean slate as all they had purchased at that point was a bed and end tables.

Over the last several weeks Jenny and I have been hard at work selecting paint, fabric, drapes and accessories to create a stylish master bedroom for her and her husband. In the process, we decided that we would create a sitting area in front of the bay window...the great news was that she already had nice comfy leather chair to fit the space, but we needed to find a coordinating table with storage without spending a fortune! So last week I suggested to Jenny that we hit up one of my favorite discount retailers, Garden Ridge. Needless to say Jenny was a little leery of this suggestion...ok, very leery...but I assured her that at the very least we would find some great accessories.

As it turns out, we found the perfect table for her master bedroom sitting area! The size, shape and price were all right....but the decorative floral pattern that littered the table was all wrong!

Side Table Before 1
Side Table Before 1

Garden Ridge Table - Before

So I talked Jenny into purchasing the table as it was a steal at only $99.00! And I knew that with a little sanding and a $3.00 can of paint we could turn this table into the perfect piece for her master bedroom! So that's exactly what we did! What do you think?! The gold drawer pulls were an after thought, but I think they make a huge impact!

Side Table After 1
Side Table After 1

Garden Ridge Table - After

Over the next couple of weeks Jenny and I will apply the finishing touches...at that point I will post before and after pictures of her beautiful new master bedroom! I can't wait to share the end result!