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before & after: elsa’s bedroom + elise’s fireplace nook

by Kate Pruitt

Many design-loving people suffer from a bit of decorating ADD — I know I do. I tire easily of something I’ve recently been obsessing over, and the walls in my apartment have four layers of paint just from my tenancy alone. But one room I will always advocate changing up periodically is the bedroom. It’s such an intimate and crucial space where you go to unwind.

I can only imagine the joy that Elsa must have felt in completing this incredible bedroom makeover. Enlisting the help of designer Kirsten Krason, Elsa created an inspiration board and went to town transforming this room into her dream space. The dark walls are dramatic but not overbearing, the bedding is crisp and cheery, and the zigzag curtains are pure fun. I love the mixture of darks and brights, stripes and florals, and all the varied textures in the bedding, furniture and wall art.

I know I was just advocating giving in to decorating whims, but I might backtrack and say that you can stick with something if it’s a real keeper, like this one. Fantastic work, Elsa! — Kate

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CLICK HERE for more of Elsa’s bedroom and Elise’s fireplace nook after the jump!

Like Elsa’s bedroom makeover before it, this fireplace nook from Elise is greatly benefiting from the addition of bright, cheery colors. It’s amazing what a bit of color theory can do for a room, isn’t it? Elise was asked to redesign a room in the offices of HearitFirst, a music company in Nashville, TN, and turn the space into a multifunctional zone for hanging out and conducting video interviews with artists. I love that Elise used simple compositions of plates and wall art to provide visual interest and coziness to the room, and when has a pop of yellow ever failed to brighten and energize a space? The result is charming and versatile: mission accomplished! Great job, Elise!

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