I’ve really been enjoying Max’s dorm DIY posts; they serve as an excellent reminder that even if you have a small, single room, you can still transform it with creativity and make it a completely different environment. This Before & After project was based on exactly that task: Take a single room and make it amazing while on a tight budget. Good Shepherd Center, a women’s shelter in Los Angeles, asked a few southern California designers to create a room for the women who temporarily live at the center until they can get back on their feet. This bedroom is the creation of Susie Ho of Mend, and it’s a dramatic change. The patterned wallpaper lightens and energizes the space, and it provides a lovely backdrop for the mix of black and white basics and pops of bold floral textiles. There’s a wealth of warmth and texture here, plus so many lovely touches — plants, artwork, antique finds — that make the room feel like home. Nice work, Susie! — Kate
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Basic Steps: The only requirements that the shelter had for each room was that there be a bed, a desk and some storage — basically the same items that the room came with. Because this shelter is for homeless women trying to rebuild their lives, I wanted to create a room that was serene and feminine but still a bit playful. The wallpaper was definitely my jumping off point! I love the graphic quality of this paper, and the purple-y/blue/gray colorway was perfect for the calming color palette that this room needed. I love mixing color and pattern, but I didn’t want this space to be overwhelming, so I brought in punches of pink (what’s more girly than that?!) and a few splashes of pattern with the pillows and footstools.
With regards to the space plan, the bed was the largest piece of furniture, but I didn’t want it to be the main focus. I wanted the room to function as a bedroom, living room and office, so I placed the bed alongside the window to act more as a daybed during the day. Also, there were two chairs and two footstools in the room, so that if the tenant had any visitors, there was plenty of seating.
My advice would be to start with what the main functions of the space need to be and develop a space plan accordingly, making sure that the furnishings are a good scale for the room. Then have some fun with an allover pattern; the brighter and bigger the pattern, the bolder the look will be. — Susie
Wallpaper: Lee Jofa
Desk, table lamps, sink light fixture: Lamps Plus
Rug, shelf, desk lamp: West Elm
Chairs: Vintage frames pulled off a dump trunk by a neighbor, newly upholstered in hot pink vinyl
Footstools: Handmade by me