my bedroom reveal

A while back I blogged about embarking on the design of our bedroom. It was high time we had a grown up space to call our own. No more books and lamps on the floor, no more bedding that will ‘do for now’, and for Pete’s sake my windows were desperate for some attention.

So where did I begin? Well first I gave myself a deadline. This deadline was a little more serious than others as I decided to include it in one of my Reality Check columns for Dabble Mag. Better get a move on!

I originally started with images that I thought closely resembled what I wanted the room to look and feel like. This is a very important process that I encourage clients to do. If you’d like to see the images I chose you can pop over to my ‘new bedroom‘ post.

The wallpaper was the jumping off point. I have to admit I did start this process full steam ahead a few years ago and then stalled out completely. Shuffling beds around the house meant we needed a new one and we decided on king size. A king bed resulted in the need for all new bedding, and this is where I came to a full stop.

After giving myself a deadline it seemed as though the decisions came easy after that, although my husband may beg to differ. I would say that my creative juices started flowing after the purchase of my vintage spaghetti, spun fiberglass swag lamps from Wonders on Wonderland antique shop in Nashville TN. They are the jewels of the room.

Drapery and bedside tables were high on the priority list. I wanted to fill the wall so I opted for tables that were larger than most. With hanging lamps this afforded me the full surface of the tables for functional display. Our wall of windows is over 12′ long so drapery is a key element in the room. To create impact with subtlety I chose a muted mauve textured fabric in a floor to ceiling ripple fold treatment.

Lastly, yet arguably most important was the bedding. With the floral wallpaper as my focal point I chose simple bedding in a dark, charcoal cotton sateen. Patterned sheets were a must for me and I accented with a rich plum velvet in the euro shams and patterned accent cushion.

We have a large bedroom and ample room was left at the foot of the bed begging for more furniture. I originally thought of a sofa, however after spotting these corner chairs I knew they were perfect. I adore the stitched paisley fabric and how well they mix with the other patterns and textures.

If you’ve read the current issue of Dabble Mag this may be familiar to you already…..

What’s a photo shoot without a little drama? Electricians were installing the light fixtures about a 1/2 hour before the photo shoot began. I’m sure you didn’t stop by to see images of men at work and an installation in progress now did you?

So here you go…the reveal of my bedroom. Finally, a grown up space!

Our bedroom is very different than what I originally set out to achieve, but I’m so pleased with the end result. Who knew I would ever own swag lamps?? With a sophisticated, relaxed elegance, this is just the right mix of colour, pattern and texture for our bedroom. We’ve since added a piece of art on the right hand wall and we are still on the lookout for a dresser/storage unit.

To learn more about choosing bedding, please head on over to the May/June issue of Dabble Mag and flip to page 65. You can also watch the bedding video on the Dabble website.


Wallpaper: Designers Guild, Bed: Crate and Barrel, Bedside Tables: Elte, Bedding: Cushy Life, Chairs: Domaine, Drapery: through Nyla Free Designs, Area Carpet: through Nyla Free Designs, Throw: Pottery Barn, Her shoes: Cole Haan, His shoes: Nike, Man Bag: Vintage :)

Photography by the talented Lori Andrews.



Comments 26

  1. yeah. it’s OK.

    KIDDING!! Another beautiful room that you’ve created and this time you even get to enjoy it! Nice.

    BTW the manbag is my favourite part. shout out to the man.

  2. oh, it’s so lovely! those pendant lamps are just gorgeous! and i really love the corner chairs. they’re such an interesting way to do end-of-bed seating. i’m soaking in these images trying to figure out what i can translate to my own master bedroom!

  3. Awesome work Nyla! this is very magazine worthy! Your hubby has great taste in shoes lol! The wallpaper is perfect “foil” for the room!

  4. Very beautiful Nyla. Interesting, colorful, yet the restful, serene space it’s meant to be.

  5. Lovely Nyla – I’ve looked at that Colette bed at Crate and Barrel for a long time! And love the hanging lamps – very cool addition.

  6. Oh gosh Nyla I am in LOVE with your new bedroom! It is so “grown up” and pulled together. I am having a little love fest with your bedding colors lately and have wondered if I will use them in my new dining room. You have just inspired me….now if someone would give me that kick in the pants!

    • @Julieann/CreateGirl

      Thank you for letting me know that this has inspired you Juliann. That means so much! You should absolutely use this colour scheme in your dining room. Would be classic and sophisticated. I will give you that kick in the pants when I see you at Blogfest next week :) xo

  7. ah….the tranquillity of it all! Very soothing indeed.

  8. I am so pleased that you get to enjoy this bedroom. It is immaculate!!! The pattern on pattern approach looks so glamorous! And I love the his and hers shoes.

  9. Simply lovely Nyla…it has so much personality! I love that your teal shoes and hubby’s “sneakers” are in the shoot…And even as designers or in the decor trade, it’s great to see we are like everyone else…yup yours took 16 years…and I’m still working on mine ( I will be married 30 years this month) but we are starting over since moving to Calgary 4 years ago! Love your mix of patterns and colour….

  10. Tracy Krentz / teebarnes

    Nyla! What a delicious bedroom! I want to move in – with my husband too : ) The colours, the patterns, wallpaper – everything amazing! Well done. What a place to lay your head after a hard day’s work!

  11. Your bedroom is stunning!! I know it makes a bit difference having a space where you as a couple to can hang out and relax and give your cares and worries to at night.

    Enjoy you new space!

  12. Divine Bedroom! It’s a female heaven! Love the pillows and the split chaise corner chair thing! How perfect!

  13. I absolutely LOVE your room makeover! I’ve been looking for a long time for a bedframe exactly like yours…may I ask, where did you get it?!

    Thank you for the pillow inspiration as well!!


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