After all the busy weeks preparing the show house, it has finally opened. This is…
Hello! I’m very excited and proud to be showing you this makeover today.
This spring I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the 40+ designers in the Junior League of Buffalo Decorators Show House. The space I took on was a 7′ x 10′ walk-in master closet in the carriage house on the property. The main home is 6,600+ square foot and the carriage house is about 1200 square feet. You can see all the show house projects here.
The closet was in need of a new wall color, floor, window treatments and more and I’m happy to say I took it from dreadful to dynamic with a mix of black, white and bold colors. I shared the before pictures of the closet here and the design for the space here. Now you get to see the after, and all of the work I put into it come to life.
It’s interesting working on a show house when you’re not actually a designer that has a company or employees. While other decorators are national brands or full-fledged organizations with many people on staff that can paint, move furniture and help, I did all of the work in this space alone, with the exception of help from my husband, cousin and friend.
Before I show the pictures, I need to thank these people and brands I got to work with on this.
First, Total Wall Covering provided me with the wallpaper for the room. I think it was THE show stopper and many visitors, both men and women, complimented it. Everyone loved the wallpaper. It is called Transitional Sidewall Pattern and can be found here. Thanks TWC! And thanks to my cousin Tim for helping me to hang it.
Second, many thanks to Goodwill Industries of Western New York that provided the clothing and accessories to stage this space. I had the idea to “shop” at Goodwill for the clothes for the closet and thankfully they were on board with my plan. I’ve gotten to work with the lovely staff at Goodwill in the past and they are a pleasure to partner with. Not to mention they have killer clothes! I may have bought one of the skirts for a mere $5.
Many thanks to Schuele Paint of Buffalo, which provided us with all of the paint for the space. The paint is from Benjamin Moore and colors are listed at the bottom of the post.
Last but not least, big hugs to my family who babysat Cora while I was rushing around to paint and decorate late at night and to my husband who installed the closet shelves and put up with a mess at our house during this time!
Now, the makeover. I feel like taking a bow! This was a labor of love for me and I am so grateful for the chance to work on a show house and create this room. It was my first outside of my home, and my first time putting together a room from start to finish before even being in the room (we had just brought Cora home from the hospital when they had bidding day), and my first time sourcing everything all at once. Usually my rooms come together over years!
I’m pretty much in love with it and hope you are too 🙂
A Quick Before
This room has two windows and two doorways, one into the bathroom and one into the hallway. It is about 10′ x 7′ with a small alcove that I turned into built-in shelves. When we saw this space it had no floor and was a dirty off-pink color.
The Work During
I’ll write another post on the projects in this space, but here are some quick shots of the work we did in here.
For this space I:
- Painted the ceiling three coats of black with my HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer (affiliate link)
- Painted the walls and trim two coats of white
- Primed the accent wall and hung wallpaper
- Installed curtain rods and hung curtains that I made from a fabric tapestry
- Hung the wire shelving system
- Built floating shelves in the inset and painted those
- Hung wall hooks, mirrors and light fixture
- Styled the shelves with clothes and accessories
- Painted and moved in a dresser
- Styled the room with accessories including flowers, candles and art
Pfew. Seems simple but it was a lot of hours believe me!
The choice of color in this space was a bold decision for me. I blame it on the curtains! Which were actually a tapestry that I cut and hemmed into panels. They were the design inspiration for the rest of the space. I had been dying to paint a ceiling black and finally got to do so. Plus the pink! I couldn’t get enough of it. I tried to not make every accessory pink, but some of them just came out that way 🙂
Here is where you can find the items in this room.
Paint – Ceiling: Midnight Black; Walls and Trim: Super White by Benjamin Moore
Wallpaper – Transitional Sidewall pattern by Total Wall Covering
Curtains – A tapestry from Urban Outfitters (no longer available)
Dresser – Found on the curb
Mint green light fixture – Save-on-Crafts
The following items are from the thrift store: gold wall hooks (Many thanks to Rust_oleum for the spray paint); leaner mirror; gold trays
The following items are from HomeGoods: lucite tray, pink candle, iris, flowers, gold geometric wall art, gold ampersand, laundry basket, grey basket, jewelry tray.
Black box – Hobby Lobby
White shoe boxes – Ikea
Ladies No Fighting in the Bathroom Poster – Kennedy Prints
Silver mini chandeliers – Borrowed from a friend (Thanks Katie!)
Pink stool – Target
Thanks again to everyone who helped me with this room. It really is the highlight of my little decorating hobby. Now tell me what you think of it too. Would you paint a ceiling black or hang wallpaper in a closet? Don’t be afraid to take a chance when designing a room. The scariest choices just might be your favorite!