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Before & After: A Bedroom Turns into A Modern Traditional Gem

by Sofia Tuovinen

Before & After: A Bedroom Turns into A Modern Traditional Gem

Last year, Alisa Bovino, who works full-time in pharmaceutical marketing and manages her blog and e-design business on the side, decided to participate in the One Room Challenge, with six weeks to completely transform her bedroom and bathroom. According to Alisa, there wasn’t anything wrong with the rooms per se, but challenging herself as a designer was an opportunity she didn’t want to miss.

The recent room transformations were the result of serious planning and executing. Over time, Alisa has learned that not having a carefully considered plan is a waste of time, money and energy. Now, she always strives to see all aspects of a space first, instead of just buying random things that please her eye. A furniture layout, the direction of the sun, and the overall style as a whole are all things that she now considers before setting on out on a shopping spree. Although she tends to be impatient and would love to get things done in a jiff, she also knows to take her time and always buys intentionally, saving for investment pieces over buying lower quality items.

The recent bedroom and bathroom transformation is a true reflection of the “modern traditional” style that Alisa loves. Although she and her husband Angelo live in a 60s mid-century bi-level home, their personal style has never been in line with the streamlined aesthetic of that era. “If I were to design [our] home around the ‘style’ it is, it wouldn’t be my style at all,” Alisa tells us. “The inside is completely different than what appears on the outside. I think my style would be more fitting if we lived in a 1920s colonial, but we’re working with what we have!” she says. The bedroom was transformed from a functional but plain space to a rich and truly stunning room with the help of various types of molding, a ceiling medallion and a fresh coat of paint. Depending on the time of day, the bedroom wall color appears everything from blue-green to dark grey. The furniture, hardware, and accessories add to the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. We’re so excited about this transformation, scroll down to see for yourself! —Sofia

Photography by Alisa Bovino / @aglassofbovino

Image above: Alisa and Angelo installed molding on the walls throughout their bedroom for a more traditional feel. The couple, who met on Alisa’s first day of college in 2009, have what they call an interesting dynamic. “Angelo is meticulous, detail oriented and takes his time to ensure everything is right. Whereas I am impatient and like to get things done quickly, so we balance each other out while also trying to learn from one another,” Alisa shares.

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The bedroom was transformed over the course of six weeks — “one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done,” Alisa describes the process. The statement chandelier by Ellen DeGeneres is paired with a traditional medallion. 

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Installing a few hundred feet of Metrie molding changes the bedroom look and feel completely. “[It] was the most time consuming part of the makeover but worth every second!” Alisa says. 

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Alisa opted for chartreuse, various metals and natural browns to contrast the blue walls and ceiling. The paint color is “De Nimes” by Farrow and Ball.

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“[In my opinion,] curtains are one of the most important — if not the most important  design element in a room, so these had to be perfect. I can honestly say that I’m 100% satisfied with my curtain decision,” Alisa describes her choice of velvet curtains.

Expressing my creativity by  infusing both of our personalities and my style throughout our home has been my goal.

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“I’ve been able to sell all of the items that I don’t consider my style any longer via Facebook Marketplace. I look at it as sort of a trading system, because I’ll sell items that are no longer my style and I’ll end up using that [money] to buy something that is currently my style.” The nightstands were also a lucky find on the same site. 

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A vignette of Alisa’s nightstand shows a blend of pattern, color, texture and a pop of art. 

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On a Saturday afternoon you can find me remodeling, styling or photographing any given room in my house, which is how I truly enjoy spending my free time,” Alisa says. She chose to paint all walls, trims and the ceiling in her bedroom the same color to make the space flow and appear larger than it actually is. 

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The flame mahogany  nightstands against the blue walls are one of my favorite details in this space,” Alisa shares. 

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Alisa wanted her bedroom decor to capture a blend of modern and traditional.

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“I was hesitant about using chartreuse curtains as it’s a color I’ve never gravitated towards, but I couldn’t be happier with my choice of curtains,” Alisa says. 

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Alisa chose Reeb doors and paired them with unlacquered brass knobs from Emtek.

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The bathroom is now considered “the hidden gem” in Alisa and Angelo’s home. “I just had to add this gorgeous wallpaper somewhere and the bathroom was the perfect place that allowed for a pop of pattern!” Alisa explains. 

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The bathroom wallpaper is “Artemis” by House of Hackney, the art piece is by Josh Young.

SOURCE LIST

Bedroom
Paint color – Farrow and Ball “De Nimes” (Modern Emulsion finish)
Doors – Reeb Primed Stile and Rail Doors
Molding – Metrie
Doorknobs – Emtek unlacquered brass Astoria knobs
Hyde rug – LuxuryCowhides USA (Etsy)
Blue chair – Picket house furnishings
Art – Etsy
Curtains and curtain rods – West Elm
Chandelier – Ellen Degeneres lighting
Pillows – Flying Tack (Etsy)
Sconces – AllModern
Grey Area Rug – Dash and Albert
Sconce shades – Shades of Light
Picture light – Hudson Valley Lighting
Roman Shades – Select Blinds

Bathroom
Wallpaper – House of Hackney
Art – Josh Young

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