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If you’re new here, I created the Rock Your Rental contest for my fellow renters who are currently living in a state of aesthetic purgatory. I’m showing one lucky winner how to transform their space without a) blowing the budget and b) making the landlord hyperventilate. Join us for the ride!
Aaaaaand we finally come to the Rock Your Rental reveal. As you may recall from this post, Mr. and Mrs. B moved out of their temporary space shortly after winning the Rock Your Rental contest and I’ve since been helping them turn their newly-purchased digs into their dream (hopefully forever) space. As such, the Rock Your Rental reveal took a bit of a back seat.
(Because, hey, we were all a little more interested in the “now-theirs” reveal rather than the “was-theirs” reveal. Call us… I dunno… crazy.)
At the time, Mr. and Mrs. B were living in a single room. Their bedroom, in fact. Sure, we could technically call it a bachelor apartment, but it was essentially one-room living for a two-person family running a lean and green start-up from the comfort of their queen-sized bed. These pro (ha) shots might jog your memory…
… to which I responded, “no problemo!”.
Their specific (if not glaringly obvious) needs, as you may recall:
- storage for clothing (both his and hers and out-of-season wear)
- storage for keepsakes that doesn’t involve clear plastic bins (face it: they’re beyond fugly and only work to create MORE stressful visual clutter)
- storage for seldom-used office supplies and accessories
- space for two to work in tandem or separately as the need dictates
- light control that offers privacy at night while drenching the space in light during the day while also cutting down on screen glare
- most importantly, a space that doesn’t scream “we’re temporarily living our whole lives in here”
Without further ado, allow me to present the new one-room-living floor plan:
Don’t worry. That will make sense in a minute. But first, you might recall how Mr. and Mrs. B wanted their space to make them feel.
Sexy. Sophisticated. Polished, even when their lives have been unraveled and tendrils are hanging in every possible direction. Accomplished. Focused. Alive.
Kind of like this:
Let’s break it down.
The beautiful library media system you see on the Inspiration Board above is located opposite the bed (next to the main door to the bedroom). While it’s a little on the pricey side, this piece will stand the test of time for decades to come. Think of this as the command centre of the entire space; it’s visually assertive and solves a myriad of needs in one gorgeous package. Its details also give the impression of a customized built-in keeping the “just for now” feeling at bay and giving Mr. & Mrs. B a ton of options for future spaces (and future needs). Now that’s multi-purpose.
Speaking of which, here’s a design tip for you. It’s important not to shy away from investment pieces (where they make sense of course), regardless of whether you own or rent your space. If something of appropriate quality meets your needs now, it’s likely to continue to do so in the future as pieces can be re-purposed and shuffled from one room to another depending on your needs at the time. For example, the media system above would be equally at home in the dining room, living room, family room, library, home office, or (as is the case for Mr. & Mrs. B) the “everything-is-crammed-in-here-so-I-don’t-really-know-what-it-is-exactly” space. Don’t forbid yourself from owning things you’ll love for years to come just because you don’t own the wall it leans on.
At over 11′ wide, there’s no question this media system is a beast. It’s a good thing too, since it needs to house just about everything Mr. & Mrs. B own (kidding… but not really). We’re talking office supplies, personal media, clothes, and everything else that’s cluttering those ‘before’ shots (including those blasted clear storage bins).
To balance the visual heft of the media system, I’ve introduced a substantial but low-key upholstered bed to sit on the opposite wall. To further this effect, I’ve specified a deep, charcoal gray for this wall, anchoring the space and bringing needed energy to the otherwise neutral colour scheme.
To offer respite at the end of a long day, I’ve suggested this gorgeous Italian Cypress Paisley bedding collection. This set is on final sale so it’s a great chance to score a luxurious cotton sateen at a deep discount (act fast if that includes you).
I’ve included a 7-drawer dresser in the same deep Antiqued Black finish as the media system. While I’d normally consider this move a little too “matchy-matchy” for most situations, I’ve purposely chosen this finish to ‘ground’ the lighter upholstery on the Avery bed. Remember that the media system won’t be paired with the dresser for very long, and having both pieces in the same finish will offer visual continuity when these two pieces are separated in the future (as it is, ahem, now).
Finally, the real work horse of the entire plan is the Tilt-Top Brasserie Table. At 40″ wide, the table effortlessly performs as dressing table, dining table and desk (for one or two). Pulled out, pushed back, or settled nicely in the corner, this table is a triple-duty wonder. Again, I’ve chosen the Antiqued Black finish for consistency and polish (keeping in mind that it won’t be paired with either the media system OR the dresser in the future). Mr. & Mrs. B can move this piece from the bedroom to the front hall, from the front hall to the living room, from the living room back to the bedroom, all without breaking a sweat. Now that’s what I call practical.
Finally, I’ve chosen a gorgeous, neutral taupe for the walls and a lighter complimentary off-taupe for the trim work. Given all of the deep, dark colour going on elsewhere in the room, and Mr. and Mrs. B’s need for a calm, neutral space (sans busy or distracting colour), I think they have everything they need for a fresh start (double entendre fully intended).