It’s time for another episode of Design Dilemma! Every month, we’ll share design dilemmas submitted by readers and create design plans that solve these problems.
THIS DESIGN DILEMMA IS FROM OUR CLIENT TONYA. THE DILEMMAS WERE:
1. To choose the design finishes of her bedroom
2. Find a great furniture layout for the space
Several homes were damaged during the rare Texas snowstorm in February 2021. Snowmageddon as we refer to it now created a burden on our already stressed construction industry. Rentals were hard to come by and materials were in short supply, creating even more inconvenience for many people. But throughout the last several months, everyone we know who was affected is thankful and looking at the positive side.
Our friends Jeff and Tonya were no different. They called after being displaced for more than six months. Their home had to be completely gutted due to water pipes that busted (the most common issue from Snowmageddon). Other parts of the country experience these types of weather events every winter but Texans weren’t prepared for this sort of thing.
They had lived in their home for almost 20 years and now they were trying to reimagine it starting with a blank slate. She needed help making choices on designing her space with a fresh new look. After choosing every design element in every room in her house for the renovation, she became stumped when it came to her master bedroom. If you’ve ever taken on a full home renovation or new build you’ve experienced running out of steam after making so many decisions.
DESIGN DILEMMA 1: CHOOSING STYLE AND DESIGN FINISHES WITH A BLANK SLATE
Jeff and Tonya love natural elements. The vaulted ceiling perfectly lent itself to some architectural wood beams that we knew they would love. We hung a chandelier from the vaulted beam which draws your eye up. Another earthy wood mantel on a brick fireplace would give them the warm natural elements they were looking for in their home. They also chose a vintage European natural wood door to hang on a rail for the bathroom from our favorite door store, Antiques & Vintage.
So the fireplace was designed with inspiration from my home using Austin stone, lightly covered in white mortar and white sand to give an organic earthy feel. We chose a framed TV for the fireplace as not to distract from the beautiful brick. They had fun choosing a mantle from a local source in Dallas called Old World Lumber. The hand-hewn wood in a warm brown tone will pop against the white-washed stone! So that space was complete!
The cozy seating nook is simple white slipcovered chairs. The window treatment is white linen panels with woven wood shades. And the look is complete with olive trees tucked in the corners.
DESIGN DILEMMA 2: FURNITURE LAYOUT
Before, they had large chunky pieces of furniture with their king bed against the windows on the far wall. Tonya explained the reason they laid it out this way was so you didn’t walk into the space and run directly into her bed and nightstands. The room had a beautiful set of windows that I thought would be gorgeous as a seating area. The bed would naturally be perfect facing the fireplace. So her biggest challenge was the layout of the space. With smaller wall-mounted nightstands that didn’t impede the entrance, we imagined the room much more open and airy. It is beautiful and functional as well.
The bed is a simple winged channel tufted headboard so the bedding is the star of the show! We chose a muted blue pinstriped duvet from Pom Pom at Home. The nature-inspired coastal art piece was perfect for over the bed.
In the bathroom, Tonya had chosen a freestanding soaker tub and polished nickel fixtures. We wanted to keep this space fresh and simple like the master bedroom so we opted for a simple square white glazed ceramic tile with interesting variations in hues and tones. A gray penny tile pops in the shower niche and floor. We chose a large rectangle tile for the floor.
For the vanity, we chose a more sophisticated color in BoothBay Gray. We’ve always wanted to use this color and this space was the perfect place! The vanity light and oval mirrors give a spa-like feel. Tonya wanted to use farm molding and we agreed it would look great in her master bath! A beaded chandelier above the soaker tub completes the bath and we hope they will feel like they’ve entered a retreat and experience the rest they deserve after so many months away from home!
I hope you enjoyed our solutions for Tonya and Jeff’s design dilemmas today. We love how the renderings turned out and we can’t wait to see the look complete in their space.
This is becoming one of our favorite series here on the blog! If you’d like us to consider featuring your dilemma submit it here. We choose one a month and try to pick one that we believe would relate to the most readers here.