Guest Post: Ramblings Renovators' Retreat

Say hi again to dynamic duo best known as Rambling Renovators. You might remember them from the favorite nook they shared a while back. They have a lovely bright and beautiful aesthetic and do fabulous DIY woodwork so I'm so thrilled to have them back. I've been a devoted reader of their blog for ages - just take a look and you'll see why.

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As a long time admirer of Mrs. Limestone (her beautiful home, her travels, her crafts – what’s not to love!), I’m excited to do a guest post today. She asked me to share a Before + After, and this one of our master bedroom has turned out to be my favourite transformation in our home.

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When we bought our house three years ago, the bedroom was decorated with pink carpet, a floral wallpaper border, horrid blue curtains, and boring yellow walls. And that’s how it stayed for the next three years! While my husband Sean and I went on to redecorate almost every other room in our house – the kitchen, the dining room, the bathroom, the nursery – for some reason we left the bedroom untouched. It certainly wasn’t a sanctuary, a place to which we could escape all the reno chaos. But now it is!

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Like many rooms, this one had some problems to overcome, the foremost being the bump-out on the long wall which really limited placement of the bed. We dealt with the bump out by flushing out the wall and installing paneling. I designed the grid pattern and Sean built it using strips of MDF and trim. It really created a focal point in the room and added some architectural interest. I didn’t want the wall to overwhelm the space though so we painted everything – walls, ceiling, trim – the same colour (Sea Pearl OC-19 by Benjamin Moore).

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We used a mix of light and dark furniture and accessories in the room like my Ikea vanity, the Wyatt swing arm lamps from Pottery Barn, and the vintage marching band photograph. We also painted the formerly mahogany side tables the same colour as the wall. Sticking to a black and white palette really helped unify all the furniture and made the room feel bigger.


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My favourite pieces in the room are the custom floral curtains from Tonic Living and the flower chandelier (a vintage find I bought on eBay six years ago). I could lie in bed all day looking up at that light. Finally, we have a restful space to come home to!

19 comments:

  1. I LOVE the paneled wall, and what a clever way to deal with the bump-out. The chandelier is a beauty - I can't believe Jen found it on Ebay! And the window treatments are lovely.

    Great makeover!

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  2. Wow, what a transformation! I love how you introduced pattern to the room with the curtains fabric.

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  3. I am a huge fan of Rambling Renovators...and this room!!!

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  4. What a great space! Love the curtains !!

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  5. I absolutely LOVE your house! The panelling is amazing and those curtains make me weep in happiness- I have that fabric is my favourite fabric file and it looks sooooo gorgeous in your space. Truly, a beautiful room.

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  6. Beautiful! Love those swing arm lamps and curtains the most. Great job!

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  7. Wow, that wall is genius and does so much for the room. Love the whole aesthetic--totally my style. Great job! I want to see more. Off to check ou your blog now!

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  8. PhillyLass10:35 AM

    Fantastic transformation!! I think I have a new blog to haunt!

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  9. I recently rediscovered their blog and I'm so glad I did! This room is fabulous-I'm now considering drapes from Tonic Living too. What a great chandelier- I love how the edges are colored. And that paneling on the wall?!!! Super nice! They are so talented!

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  10. I'm really loving the paneling and those drapes! Great room!

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  11. Just stunning! I love all of that moulding of course. :)

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  12. I've loved this wall since I first saw it, but didn't realize it covered a bump out. What a great solution to a design problem! Janell

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  13. I really love everything! The secret its in the details

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  14. Love the whole thing! What a transformation! And that light.....amazing, I'm with you I'd lay there and look at it all night too....

    Cindy

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  15. OMG! Love this!! So beautiful and the colors go together so well.
    Great job!

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  16. Love this room. What a fantastic mix. Great job!!!

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  17. I want to know the story behind the picture above the bed. I love the room. My husband was walking by while I was reading the post and liked it. Great job!

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  18. It came together beautifully but the lighting makes the room.

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  19. kelleykins10:18 AM

    did you say where the light fixture is from?

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