The bedroom is where the magic happens – you know, sleep, and all that. (What were you thinking?!)
All the better if it’s splendidly design to induce a sense of calm. In the most recent issue of The Finder, our editor Sara and her family worked with Singapore-based interior designer Maureen Courcenet of Signé Design to give her shophouse a makeover.
The key: introducing pieces of furniture like large rugs to divide a large room into “zones”, so it looks cosier and much less bare.
The result? See it to believe it!
In case you missed the dining room Before and After gallery or the Makeover video, our U.S. queen bed mattress was on the floor in the large master bedroom, because we couldn’t fit the box springs or bed frame up the stairs. Floor beds actually aren’t that unusual in Asia, but ours looked sad and small – as well as the other too-short pieces.
Before the makeover, our pieces that used to seem “hip” in our Brooklyn brownhouse, or were passed down from family, didn’t work together in the new shophouse home. Case in point: a dresser that my husband hand-painted and a vintage needlepoint. Some of the items found new life in the master bedroom after the makeover. Others found new purpose in other areas of the house.
Ahhhh. The wallpaper behind the large king bed looks like a sunrise or sunset over the ocean. And my husband’s and my love of the sea is what inspired the makeover in this room in particular. Bedside tables and a large mirror that look like driftwood, mother-of-pearl lamps and the soothing colour palette contribute to the look.
Maureen helped mix and match our existing pieces with the new ones, including a curved-front dresser, chic storage baskets and some additional wall art, to create an eclectic, relaxed vibe that really reflected our interests and likes.
Also, we worked with professional organiser Nathalie Ricaud of Get Organised & Beyond to make sure that all of the new storage solutions fit our needs, after we got rid of clothing that we no longer wanted or needed.
This seating area now feels like a “zone” of its own thanks to an IKEA area rug, which Maureen moved from the dining room. (See more about how creating “zones” can make a big difference in large spaces in this video.) The sofa and arm chair as well as the wall art and some of the pillows were ours to begin with. But the finishing touches – a cocktail table, more decorative pillows, artsy balls – lent the charm that this room really needed.
Find out where to get all of these pieces here.
By Sara Lyle Bow, September 2016