It’s always very exciting to finish up a project and see a room come together after months of work. Today I am thrilled to share with you the first room reveal of ‘Project H’, a client whose penthouse apartment near Amsterdam I have been styling for the past half year. We have transformed the kitchen, studio, living and master bedroom and though there is lots more to show you, let’s take a tour around the bedroom with before and after images I am sure will have you pinning up a storm. If my bedroom is anything to go by, I am sure you will love this pace. Let’s peek inside!
A little bit about this space. With ceilings that curve from 3 meters at it’s highest point on the one side of the room to almost down to the floor on the other, decorating and styling this space was a bit tricky. The space goes from almost too large on the one side, where the bed is placed, to almost too cramped on the other, resulting in a room that – before we got started – felt very unbalanced, with pieces that didn’t do the proportions of the room justice.
The client wanted to create a light and bright bedroom that still felt warm and inviting. She wanted it to be simple and unfussy, but with subtle touches of colour and contrast so it didn’t feel stark. Above is part of the interior design concept I created for her, introducing a feminine but minimal colour palette, warm textures and materials and a bit of contrast to grab the eye. Here’s the room before…
… And after! The first thing to go was the wallpaper, which I felt was very distracting and busy, and detracted from the light and interesting scale of the room. We applied a very neutral but warm shade of grey to the walls – Ammonite by Farrow and Ball, a colour I have used so many times and is always a winner is you want a space to stay light and bright but to feel cosy at the same time, and a great grey that is not too cold, thanks to it’s brown (as opposed to blue) undertones.
As the curvature of the ceiling made it tricky to have nice window dressings, we added a sheer and wispy panel of linen to soften up the hardness of the existing blinds, which were pretty much the only option for this space to cover the windows in a practical way. That little bit of softness goes a long way, as the windows are one of the first things you see when you walk into the room. I love a slight pooling of the linen on the floor too, it just makes me happy.
In this space, simplicity was key. My client has a preference for minimalism, so I took care not to overdo the styling, opting for simple lines and lots of texture to soften the room up (think natural materials – linen, wool, cotton, wood, pottery – in varying shades and structures).
Here’s another peek at the ‘before’ showing the door to the bedroom from the hallway – You can get a grasp of the curvature of the ceiling here:
Having the couple’s bed reupholstered was a major game-changer in the room. Though the bed is amazing and the upholstery is signature for the brand (Hästens), I was not sold on it and it made the bed look and feel incredibly chunky, when I wanted to streamline everything.
It was a precise job, and involved 13 meters of fabric, but it makes such a difference and allows all the other elements in the room to have a chance to shine.
To accentuate the height of the room, yet bring the focus down to eye level, I had two draping drop pendants installed, falling to each side of the bed with a black cord and an opal lightbulb on the end – so it doesn’t shine in the eyes and provides a soft light for night time reading. The black cords really draw the focus and lead the eye down to the natural linen bedding and textiles we styled the bed with.
A small gallery on one side of the bed displays vintage artworks and etchings, framed in various shades of wood to add contrast and whimsy and create a focal point when entering the space.
Drop pendants with brass hardware and African mudcloth pillows are a couple of my favourite details. I love the graphic pattern in the pillows, while they still lend themselves to simplicity. I used them in the Project K bedroom reveal too – clearly can’t get enough!
Here is a ‘before’ view of the other end of the room, where the ceiling curves very low, leaving little room for furniture or styling. We replaced those dark grey cabinets with something more streamlined, which still offered plenty of storage space (the couple’s main wardrobe is in the studio next door, which I’ll show you more of soon) for extra blankets, pyjamas and other bits and pieces.
Simple styling on the floating sideboard appealed very much to the family cat, as you can see, but not before her had a thorough inspection.
I am pleased to report that he was mightily impressed with the redesign of the space and would like it to remain this way forever more. Despite his less-than-amused expression above, he has a particular affection to the greenery in the space.
That’s it for room reveal number one at Project H, folks! It’s been a fabulous project with the most amazing client who has an incredible eye for design and quality. I can’t wait to show you what we have done to her kitchen (here’s a sneak peek from the install a few days ago), studio space and huge living area. Lots and lots of pretty coming your way!
So, what do you think of this bedroom? Anything you spotted that you would love to have at home? Anything you would have done differently?
I am really pleased with how this room turned out. It went from being drab and proportionally unbalanced to spacious and textural, and is such a nice room to walk into. That touch of nude against the soft palette is so dreamy. Swooning over that rug too, but the way – I’ll have to keep my eyes open for one like that on my next trip to Marrakech this June!
If you enjoyed this post, here are a few more bedrooms I have styled:
Styling, concept & photography: Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle | Assistance: Malou Muizer and Nina le Blanc
Please note, out of respect for my client, I am not at liberty to share with you all of the sources of the items used in the design of the space. I hope you understand!