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Master Bedroom Update

My client had recently completed a beautiful renovation in her kitchen, living, and outdoor space and Gina Sims Designs was lucky enough to design the interior decor in beautiful and fresh blues (click HERE to view this awesome project). In the Master Bedroom, inspired by her current bedroom rug, we focused on a neutral khaki and charcoal color scheme with subtle accents of red and green.

She never knew what to do with the window behind the bed. She had covered it in decorative tiles to make it disappear – however, we decided in this bedroom redesign, we’d actually make the window the focal point of the room. This was done by making the window appear larger by flanking it with beautiful buffalo check curtains, hanging from a brass curtain rod that adds interest and glam to the space. The curtains add warmth, drama and a graphic element.

We lightened up the room by painting it a lighter brown and added large, inexpensive art. New side tables serve as nightstands and we emphasized the warmth and coziness of the room with layering various textures in the bedding — including this fantastic duvet that takes a fresh interpretation of a chevron print.

This wasn’t the complete renovation that she had done in other areas of the house: this room is a brilliant example of how small changes and a modest budget can make a big difference in any space. Is it time to update your bedroom? Contact me now!




Bedroom Colorblocking

We started with a dark blue nursery. The twins that share the room are nearly two years old and it was time for the nursery to convert to a big(ger) boy room.

Our first order of business of lightening up the space. We decided on colorblocking, and added a lighter shade midway up the wall that instantly unified the weird angles of the room, provided a graphic element, and made a formerly dark room very light and airy.

The artwork in the room centers around animals. Animals are printed on book pages, there are pixelated representations of animals to keep it modern, and Etsy enabled us to create a custom penguin print that included four penguins, instead of 3, to represent the four boys in the house. #protip: never be afraid to ask an artist about options for custom work — especially on Etsy.

The activity of the space focuses on reading, so we provided a large sitting area and plenty of book storage for the boys to utilize as they transition to activity in their new room.





New Baby. New Bedroom.

While these moms were at the hospital welcoming their second baby girl into the world, we were at their house giving them a brand new master suite to come home to! It was a day of the best kind of gifts, all around. Can you imagine coming home from the hospital to a brand new bedroom?!

We started with a color palette of navy, aqua, coral and gray.

The art reflects their love of travel and nature while giving a hint of glamour. The surfaces are soft so little ones won’t bonk heads or pinch fingers in the years to come. The bench, upholstered in a coral weave, will house pillows and blankets when not in use and the new side tables and dresser offer the perfect amount of storage. The window treatments, (blackout of course!) were such a lovely pattern and color that they feel like works of art on their own! The bed is now big and comfortable enough and the TV is at just the right height that they can do what they love to do most – climb on the bed and watch football as a family!

Welcome home, baby girl! Rest when you can, Mommies!




Be our Guest (…and help with new Baby!)

I have worked with this amazing couple a couple of times on the living and dining spaces on the main level of their gorgeous house (check those out here and here) so when they told me they were having a baby, I was all in! They needed bedrooms for grandparents and friends to come and stay (read: HELP!).

They had just finished their basement and had a bedroom that was a completely blank slate. We decided to go a little more modern and punchy in the basement than the rest of the house. A navy accent wall, green headboard, fun art and mirrors, and a desk in the corner for them to work at, were a great way to start.

Upstairs, we went with a softer feel. Down the hall from the baby’s room and master, we did a soft pink accent wall with bold bedding and a navy headboard. Natural accents in wood, greenery and watercolors of cacti, made the room feel fresh and new.

So much so, that they did their newborn photoshoot right here! Precious!!

Photo Credit: Poppy La’Rue (


Guest rooms do not need a lot of storage. A simple night stand, a luggage rack and either a closet (which they have) or a small chest of drawers is all that is required. Framed pictures of the couple (and soon, the baby!), fresh flowers, a carafe of water and maybe a travel book about the sites of the city make a perfect, welcoming guest room. And if the bedding isn’t luscious, might as well call a hotel. This bedding has layers, softness and all the luxury for a good night’s sleep, even with a distant, constant whimper of a newborn.

Grandma, we’re ready for you. And please come often!!


Big Boys’ Bedroom

Last week, we revealed the playroom for the FOUR boys UNDER FOUR. Today, we reveal the “Big Boy” bedroom update for the oldest two brothers. When we started, the walls were bare, both mattresses were on the floor, and there was storage for clothing. Pretty much your basic kids room. Here’s a brief peek into the space:

A functional, well-designed kids room always starts with storage. We started with IKEA storage beds: this provided storage for clothing and toys while anchoring the room, getting the beds off the floor. Book storage between the beds and lights above them give them easy access for nighttime reading with mom and dad and on their own as they get older.

The “Big Boy” elements are expressed in the wall decor, graphic window panels, and the reading nook – providing them with a stylish retreat from their little brothers.

Like most kids, they love Legos. The storage table provides them with an area to sort and store their legos by color when they’re finished playing on the top (and keeps them from spreading all over the house!). Special Lego builds can be displayed on the wall shelves overhead until they’re ready to take apart.


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