before and after

Before & After: Bedroom Nook

by Kate Pruitt

It is the day of nooks! Earlier today, we posted Lora’s cozy and ethereal window nook, and now we’re ending with a gorgeous bedroom alcove from interior designer Angela Robinson. Angela had the ingenious idea to utilize the room’s angles and wrap a bold wallpaper from wall to ceiling to wall, creating a dreamy undersea effect that is the perfect ambiance for a sleeping space. She also wisely kept the remaining elements minimal and clean, allowing the boldness of the pattern and the bright light that floods the space to take center stage. Tanya Schoenroth designed the millwork and selected the interior finishes and fixtures. I’m definitely tucking this away in my inspiration file. It is simply stunning. — Kate

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Time: 6 months (for the full home)

Basic Steps: The most important step in residential design is to get to know your client! Learn about what’s important to them and their family. Get to know their personalities, likes, dislikes and how they are going to be using the space. After establishing the design concept and the parameters of the project (function, budget, etc.), we went for it! The wallpaper was a major jumping off point for this one. We really wanted to play up the low ceiling and angled walls in the cozy bed area. Source locally! Vancouver has such amazing boutique stores and so many local talented artists to work with.

Our advice: Don’t overdo it! When you’re working with bold, large-scale surfaces, keep the other finishing classic, minimal and clean-lined to avoid the space looking too busy and cluttered. Quality over quantity. Have a creative brainstorming session with friends. There are no bad ideas in the ideation stages of planning. This is where great ideas are born and grow into other great ideas! Make it personal! We incorporated our clients’ favourite city on the toss pillows (London). The stairway walls showcase large framed bulletin boards where guests can pin their Polaroid picture with a personalized message (in place of a guest book). Have a game plan before you start purchasing. Lay out all your selections together before committing. Fall in love. Do not settle on any items you are not crazy for, including textiles and accessories. Home decor/design should last longer than just one trend season! —Angela

Drapery: Ravi Design
Wallpaper: SR 91902 (environmentally friendly, eco chic) from Crown Wallpaper
Wall hooks and black and white throw on bed: Mint Interiors
Eames chair in bedroom (second hand): Metropolitan Home
Photographer: Janis Nicolay

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