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Before & After: A Stylish Bedroom on a Budget in Toronto

by Lauren Chorpening

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After 15 years in marketing, Michelle Binette has started a new career in interior decorating. Michelle’s approach to interior design and decorating is that it should be beautiful, approachable and suit the client’s stylistic goals and financial limitations. One of Michelle’s first clients after launching her business was Marni, an occupational therapist and single mom  in Toronto, Ontario. Marni’s job includes several stressful cases daily and Michelle wanted to transform her bedroom from barely functioning into a relaxing retreat with function in every nook and cranny.

With any new business, there were things to work through and this project provided a lot of learning experience for Michelle. “The process for this bedroom admittedly took me longer than I had hoped, mostly because I had recently just launched my decorating business and she was one of the first clients who hired me to decorate multiple rooms in her home,” Michelle shares. One thing she didn’t have to learn was to trust her instincts when it comes to decorating. “The alcoves were the most challenging parts of the bedroom but became the parts that really gave the room the most character. By turning these nooks into focal points and functional spaces it no longer feels like we’ve just shoved furniture into open spaces.” Turning one of the alcoves into a custom barn wood headboard and the other into a vanity and crafting area anchored the space. From there, Michelle added gold and brass accents to bring warmth to the wood tones, selected a light and airy green for the walls and styled the space with a mix of colors and textures. Michelle created such a beautiful, thoughtful space for Marni to retreat to at the end of the day. Scroll through the pictures to read more about Michelle’s process, business and key details about Marni’s space. –Lauren

Photography by Laura Clarke

Image Above: The bedroom before the makeover had great bones but no real design direction. Marni had lived in the home 5 years before enlisting the help of Michelle. Marni’s job and son were her priorities so making her bedroom a relaxing space to begin and end the day was delegated to Michelle.

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"The goal for this room was to create a relaxing space she could look forward to coming home to without breaking the bank," Michelle says.
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Instead of replacing the headboard with another piece of furniture, Michelle turned the alcove into a built-in bed nook.

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The original headboard “fit” in the alcove but didn’t fit in the alcove. Michelle transformed the space by adding a custom wall treatment with reclaimed barn wood.

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“I love how stylish and unique the room feels, and how versatile it can be, by swapping of the throw pillows the space can be transformed so easily,” Michelle says.

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The bench at the end of the bed ties in the wood treatment at the head of the bed.

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Michelle turned the room’s quirky and charming alcoves into the feeling of custom built-ins. The vanity desk is multi-purposeful and adds sophistication to the view from the bed.

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The updated window treatment, light fixtures and paint color liven up the space.

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The bedroom feels bigger, brighter and more relaxing. This corner is the perfect spot to read a book and unwind at the end of the day.

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“The vanity was a late addition but I realized we could make that space much more functional by creating the perfect crafting nook,” Michelle explains.

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"The addition of the closet doors just makes the space feel more polished. It was a simple change but made such a huge difference," Michelle shares. "My client actually found this great vintage dresser on Kijiji! She is amazing at sourcing vintage pieces and I loved that it added a personal touch into the room."
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SOURCE LIST
Light Fixture – Urban Barn
Drapes – Urban Barn
Duvet Cover – Zara Home
Rug – EQ3
Bench at the end of bed – custom
Rocking Chair – IKEA
Pillows – Tonic Living
Side Table – CB2
Mirror – client already owned
Decor – Homesense/H&M Home
Art – Frames ikea, prints local photographer
Vanity Mirror – CB2
Vanity Chair – Structube
Vanity – Custom using Ikea cabinets
Vanity sconces – CB2
Vanity Hardware – Anthropologie
Light in bed alcove – CB2
Dresser – Kijiji
Art above the bed – Lila & Lola (Etsy)
Dresser lamp – Homesense
Sheepskin – Ikea

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