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One of them seemed to have some ideas pointing in the direction of mid century modern. However, the other one wrinkled up her nose, looked around the room and said, "I don't know about all of that old stuff, I just want the place to look nice."
I wanted to spring up from my chair & in a not so quiet voice ask, "Nice? What does that mean?" But, I didn't. I just sat there figuring out the parameters of the project, while trying not to panic.
The first room I tackled was the master bedroom, which had all of the basics; a king size bed, two nightstands, a dresser and a chair.
However, I had to agree with my client. The room didn't really look that nice and it was barely functional.The bed didn't have a headboard, the nightstands were odd shaped and didn't really hold most of their things & the door hit the chair when you entered the room. I did like the placement of their furniture.
The budget dictated that the bed, bedding, dresser, chair and 2 art pieces needed to stay. Everything else had to go.
I had one more clue to go on ... her favorite color was blue.
I found pre-glued wallpaper with a brown geometric shape on a blue background for under $200. My assistant and I hung it ourselves within 2 hours, on the wall behind the bed, catapulting this room into the 21st century.
The matching pair of 1950's Teak Danish nightstands & lamps, grounded the large blue wall, establishing calm & balance.
I Spy's mission was to create a contemporary bedroom with equal parts feminine and masculine using mid century modern vintage furniture & decor on a budget of $1,000.
The room had to look fresh, contemporary and most of all ... nice.
Lynnore Goldfarb is owner & designer at I Spy Decor (www.ispydecor.com) & writes for magazines and websites.