Styles Mix in a Couple's Modern Bedroom

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Project by: Nelly Reffet
Location: Perth, Australia

From the designer: My clients, Maya, blogger at House Nerd and her newly-wedded Mr Nerd have been living for a few years in their first home, which they lovingly call "the Crap Shack". When they bought this house in Perth, they loved that it was flooded with natural light, that it was a comfortable size, that it has a large backyard and that it has a lot of potential. That means it also came with a long list of renovation projects that they are trying to tackle bit by bit.

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Now, you might think that with design-savvy Maya, who writes stories about beautiful houses, inspiring spaces and creative homes, it would be a breeze for them to make any design decision? Well, it might have been the case if Maya and her husband would agree easily on anything style related. But they don't. And because both of them are very stubborn, it can take them forever to move forward with their renovations.

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It's precisely what happened with their bedroom. For years, it was made of a mix of hand-me down furniture paired with uninspiring colors on the wall, poor window treatments and a bare light bulb!

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My goal for them was to create a space where both of them would feel comfortable. It had to have a cozy feel, a bit of drama but not too girly so Mr Nerd's Tintin memorabilia would not look out of place. The room is fairly small with a walk-in closet but more storage was needed. I wanted to create a space that is just like them: young and fun, a little quirky yet totally "real" and down-to-earth.

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And it had to be done on a very limited budget. The starting point for the design was a beautiful bed linen Maya had from her sister-in-law (the lady behind the amazing linen brand Moochie Lou).

The result is a room that is modern and fresh, young but not childish, quirky yet classical. And they love it! And so does their beloved dog, Nala.

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You can see more before and after photos in the post on House Nerd!

Thanks, Nelly Reffet!

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(Image credits: Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography; House Nerd)

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