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.
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
Wallpaper – House of Hackney
Art – Josh Young