Sep 25, 2012

Blue Room project - Finished!

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod
Dramatically, I have named this saga, and also signed it with my real name. I thought it sounded more professional. Slightly second-guessing that now......


Anyway, the Blue Room Project started this past week when I got hold of a spare room in my parent's house (while they were away on holiday) and I jumped at my chance to transform it.
In all honesty I have been itching to get my hands on not only this room but the entire house (which is mostly painted in dark, often depressing colours in my opinion), and it took all of my willpower to confine my actions to this one room. 

The room is not exactly a guest room but it is where guests put their bags etc when they come round, and where my Grandma chills out if she is around during the day, so I wanted this room to be welcoming, happy, and simple.

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

The cold, overpowering blue walls had to go.
Like I mentioned in my last post, we had leftover beigey coloured paint that I had to use, which would create a neutral and light base to build on. (In my ideal world it would have been a much less-beige colour, but beggers.... you know). So the colour had to be added via accessories: 

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod
{the pink jeans legitimately help me make more colourful decisions. I will admit I got a lot of smiles in hardware stores with these on. I'm not sure what it means, but I'll take it.}

And so the new 'blue room' was born....

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

Interior design project by Amy MacLeod



Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

It's amazing what a light wall colour can do... this room literally glows into the house and lightens the entryway.

If you're wondering what this project entailed, I:
- bought a kitset bedside table from Ezibuy for $130
- replaced the mouldy calico curtains with new white thermal ones
- added 2 new cushions and a bedside lamp (from Ezibuy, Bunnings and Spotlight respectively)

The rest was free. I:
- hung art on the wall that was lying around the house and never had a home. Most I painted myself when I was younger - the landscape was a gift to my mum when I was 16.
- painted a cheap orange-pine mirror with white paint
- found accessories hidden away throughout the house

In total it took 4 full days of Amy-power to prep, paint, and install the new room, plus a few days planning/product-choosing/designing.
I had started out going for a traditional and shabby-chic style in mind, but the bright accessories were yelling out to me and I loved mixing indigo, lime green, turquoise and fuchsia for a few small highlights.


Interior design project by Amy MacLeod

 The result is amazing in person - so much more light and happy than I ever imagined. I also considered this good practice for when I start doing interior design professionally - I don't have interior design qualifications (but I finish my Architecture studies in 6 weeks!!) - so I learnt a lot through this process. But that's another post.

Mission accomplished! I'll try to remember to let you know how it goes down when the parents arrive back home. Hopefully they will agree it was touched by an angel. (winkwink)

xo
 

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12 comments:

  1. Wow! What a transformation. It's so light and bright. I'm sure they'll love it! What is the fabric on the bed pillow? Very pretty.

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  2. So much brighter and more cheerful with the dark walls gone. I love the bright little touches you added.

    I have a room with a dark red wall that I'm dying to get out of my house right now too...

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  3. It looks great! Definitely an improvement from the blue :) And that room looks like it has an amazing view!

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  4. love how bright and airy it feels! great work!

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  5. 1. Amazing transformation. Seriously looks so much better. It never ceases to amaze me how much a coat of paint can do to to transform a space.
    2. Favorite lines: "In all honesty I have been itching to get my hands on not only this room but the entire house (which is mostly painted in dark, often depressing colours in my opinion)" haha love that, so know what you mean.
    also enjoyed "the pink jeans legitimately help me make more colourful decisions"
    Gold stars, all around!

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  6. Amazing JOB !!! It looks so fresh and airy, full of natural light :) Great work! I love the paintings on the wall and the orchid is beautiful!

    http://classysmile.blogspot.com/

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  7. What a great transformation....a little bit of paint goes a long long way. I LOVE the pillow on the bed. And what an amazing view...wow!! Xo

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  8. You've done such a great job, I bet your parents, and your Grandma, will absolutely love it. They'll have you re-doing the rest of the house! x

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  9. It looks so much better. I love the colorful handbag too Amy! Yels x

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  10. Wow, just wow. It looks SO good!!! I am in awe! What a transformation!

    I love everything you have done here. Everything. Awesome talent, Amy! I am so inspired!

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  11. Oh, and your writing style is so funny and entertaining! I just had to tell ya :)

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  12. OH MY GOODNESS ... I am swooning over here in London ... LOVEEEEEEEELLYYY ! Really this is so fresh but so warm and inviting ... when can I come and stay ... BTW I am a new fan ! Love your pictures they are all so happy and vibrant to look at !

    Love Chrissi xo

    www.christianaholt.blogspot.com

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