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Sarah's House 4: Boy's Room & Master Bedroom

by - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In this week’s episode, Sarah and Tommy give us the recipe for a creating a cool bed and bath for a teenage boy (grey area), and a serene master retreat (pale green area).


Using a dark grey and white oversized chevron print from InVu Drapery as the jumping off point, S&T set out to create a room that is less "themey" and more sharp, edgy, and energetic. The graphic fabric is matched with an inexpensive star fabric, black and white plaid, and swirl print, all from Ikea. In a signature Sarah move, Sarah adds a band of the chevron to simple solid curtain panels adding impact and expanding the width of the drapery.

In the bathroom, things are kept cool and grey as well. A concrete-looking standard tile is put on the floor. White tiles line the shower stall, though a racing stripe pattern of 4”x4 grey standard tiles with glass tile kicks things up a notch.  A cool $2657 is spent on an upgraded countertop and vanity which is painted a lighter tone of the bedroom paint colour. Dark metal apothecary style swing arm sconces lend an industrial masculine vibe and further tie in the black and white scheme from the bedroom.

The biggest décor challenge for this room is the furniture. Tommy picks out a black Art Deco desk, Sarah adds two scrolled Egyptian Mashrabiya side tables and traditional rolled arm chair, then throws a chunky country pine dresser into the mix. Tommy is doubtful (and so was I) that this eclectic mix would work – and it doesn’t until the furniture is moved around and the perfect arrangement and accessories are put in place! Changing the wood knobs on the dresser to black ones further enforce the decorating scheme of blacks, whites, and woods.


This overall effect is a balanced one – industrial chic & classical; old and new, black and white.


The master bedroom episode is probably the one I look forward to most. Master bedrooms can make or break a house and this episode didn’t disappoint. With 354 square feet to play with, Sarah sets about creating a serene retreat.

The jumping off point for this room: vintage botanical prints with tones of greens and apricot. I found the fabrics used in the room inspired and perfect for a sanctuary. A large scale traditional floral pattern is used on the curtains while tone-on-tone linear stripes are juxtaposed against the curvaceous headboard. The greens are repeated in plush sage green velvet chairs with linen piping and hits of apricot are added through toss pillows and a bench upholstered with a graphic rug.

Fabrics were not the only thing to add personality to this builder’s basic space. To create a sense of history and architectural interest, Sarah uses salvaged columns from The Door Store to define and separate zones in the room. Behind the headboard, she installs a trim moulding frame with a pretty metallic wallpaper insert.

Lots of other pretty pieces are added… a linen covered desk with beveled glass top (a steal at $105) with new walnut base creates a picturesque vignette below the window. A stunning vintage glass Murano chandelier and oversized bedside sconces bring glamour to the space. Brass urns turned into table lamps and a painted vintage dresser add some old to the new room.

A few design tips:
-       Place the bed where you can see it immediately when you enter the room
-       Link pieces of furniture through similar details. For example, the fluted detail of the dresser is repeated in the legs of the arm chairs
-       Pair traditional draper with other fresher simpler elements for a more modern mix
-       When you have a large bedroom, you need to rely on soft furnishings to make it look inviting. Pay attention to fabrics, flooring, and textures.

With $11,848 spent on décor, Sarah and Tommy have created a luxurious retreat – and a great place to escape from all the construction noise outside your window!

I thought both rooms this week were definite winners. I did question some of her furniture choices and wasn’t quite sure how she was going to pull things together, but in the end, Sarah did what she does so well. What did you think?

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