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Bedroom Makeover: An Inside Look At A GHID Interior Designer's DIY Project

Hi all - I (Elena) am taking a step back to let Collin - one of GHID's Associate Designers - take the spotlight as our guest blogger today, where he'll show you before & after shots of his Portland bedroom makeover! - Enjoy

I’m A Little Bit Country

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What is the first thing you do when you pack up your two nugget dogs and move to a new and exciting city with a fantastic gastro scene, shopping, and activities galore? Well…you stay at home and design your new bedroom of course! And that is exactly what I did when I moved from the family farm and into a friend’s tiny city bungalow.

With change comes new opportunities; one of those being able to create a bedroom that reflects who I am and my design tastes. I was fortunate enough to find a place to live where the homeowner is a friend and currently remodeling the residence. This meant I could put my own spin on the space. Tear down the paneling, change the electrical, install new mouldings, and paint, paint, paint. It wasn’t a simple task, but well worth it in the end.

Before My Bedroom Makeover

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My design style certainly leans towards contemporary/modern and a bit eclectic. My favorite color palette? Black, white, and gray. Daring. I know. But for this space…I wanted to do something different. I realized over the years, I had purchased pieces of art, nick-nacks, and items from flea markets and garage sales that had a nostalgic feel towards them. They became my inspiration. I call my bedroom, Pacific Northwest Americana. It’s so Portland.

The bedroom is small. And oddly arranged. 8’-0” x 10’-0” of tiny! Three doors poorly placed and a lack of square footage made space planning a challenge. But I knew I had to put only what I found to be beautiful and useful in the bedroom—keep it simple, but have fun with it was my mantra.

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I started with a charcoal paint color from Restoration Hardware. It is moody and masculine and PERFECT! By contrasting the dark color with a bright white ceiling, mouldings, and doors, the space actually feels much larger. The paint is the perfect backdrop for the furniture and accessories.  I then decided to use my old full size bed (for space reasons) and made a salvaged headboard from palettes found at my father’s work. Building a simple frame, sanding, and lacquering is all it took. The bed has presence and definition within the space—grounding the focal wall.

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Most importantly, it added to the rustic/northwest trendy feel that I was going for.  Lastly, I added a globe pendant from West Elm, found some wool throws for dirt cheap, and layered in the pieces I had been unknowingly collecting for the past two years. Some of these items include: a vintage American flag, a religious painting and charcoal drawing, elk and deer antlers from one of my father’s winter hunts, my mother’s stuffed animal bear head mount she received for her birthday as a child, army trunks, a wooden airplane propeller, a longhorn cowhide rug, an Eames shell chair, and an engineer scale lamp.

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Bam! Pacific Northwest Americana.

- Collin