Wanda's Makeover Notes

from Creative Home
See what Wanda Ventling, the editor of Creative Home as well as an interior designer, was thinking as she led the makeover for this blank-canvas bedroom.

The design: Monique Marino and Joe Buckley needed a place where they could retreat. I decided a bedroom inspired by one of their favorite vacation spots, Tuscany, would be perfect for this special couple. To set the old-world stage, I had the wall painted to resemble sun-bleached stucco. We did it by layering Behr paint using plastic bags and other techniques. Old carpet was replaced with wide-plank Pergo for durability and beauty and topped with a patterned rug to add cushioning around the bed.

Expo Design Center, a Home Depot company, made the bath job easy and fast with one-stop shopping for tile, fixtures, mirrors, and Hampton Bay fans. To help us make our crazy deadline, California Closets redesigned and installed the closet so it could hold the clothes from the dresser I wanted to remove from the bedroom and replace with needed seating.

The fabrics: Beautiful fabrics from cream to chocolate, all from Calico Corners, were combined for understated elegance and comfort. The fabrics included a light-filtering sheer featuring a tone-on-tone architectural motif for the draperies, a chocolate-color suedelike velvet for the bolster, a creamy diamond-stitched matelassé for the coverlet and Euro-shams, and a silk mocha and taupe block-print design for the duvet and shams.

Foundational needs: The new Wesley Allen bed made a big impact in this room. Its curvy profile and hand-painted leaves soften the hard lines of the room, and the rich coffee colors set the stage for the room’s dramatic transformation. The two chairs, upholstered in apricot chenille, and a cream-color tufted bench, all from Lee Industries, seat not only Mom and Dad but the kids, too. Details, such as Barbara Cosgrove lamps, the ornate bracket used as a doorstop, and other old-world-inspired accessories establish the aesthetic.

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