Before and After: This Bedroom Earns the Term “Boudoir”

updated May 3, 2019
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This bedroom makeover is a testament to how an extraordinary piece—in this case, a vintage brass bed—can appear rather ordinary until it is properly presented and lovingly accentuated. This redo centers the brass bed and a vintage rug, creating an elegant bedroom truly worth of the term boudoir . . .

Stunning! The results definitely have a vintage flavor, without feeling musty or dusty. The accent pillows pop against the shimmering background—and could easily be swapped out for a more subtle look—and those nightstands and sconces are totally classic. Michelle Gage was the mind behind this design, and here’s what she had to say about the project:

Alana had some items worth keeping. Her vintage brass bed is a real winner; there’s no way we were getting rid of that. Alana also had a great vintage rug that we pulled colors from for the wall tones. We both agreed that her space needed wallpaper. To keep the budget in check, we chose to wallpaper just one accent wall, behind the headboard. In the sleep space, we knew we needed to replace the current nightstands in favor of something more substantial. Sconces were also a MUST, as the lamps HAD TO GO!

As someone whose bedroom also has lamps that HAVE TO GO, I’m inspired to restart the hunt for affordable, attractive sconces.

This corner was practical, with its clothing rack and steamer, but despite the beautiful rug and daylight, it wasn’t particularly inviting.

Now it’s a chic corner worth of the fabulous Miss Fisher. It’s the perfect spot to lounge in a robe and face mask while perusing international fashion magazines and sipping a spritz. It would be wonderful if every bedroom had a spot this indulgent and gorgeous.

Here you can see how much potential existed before—the wood floors, the graceful rug, the old-fashioned bed—and how it just needed a nudge towards greatness. Michelle shared some excellent design advice for how to start on a project when you’re not starting from scratch:

My clients always ask me, “What is the first piece we need to pick out?” Truthfully, any item can act as a starting point. In this case, Alana and I were all about this rug. We knew we wanted to keep it, but it featured a pretty tricky pattern. We started by choosing a wallpaper with a print that worked with the rug’s pattern. Then we selected a paint shade that was also in the rug and the wallpaper. These common threads helped us keep the rug, while introducing a fun wallpapered accent wall.

Since most of us have to work around key pieces when we’re doing any sort of home makeovers, that is a good approach to keep in mind.

By wallpapering just one wall, and painting the others in the same hue as the wallpaper pattern, it’s almost as if all the walls are accent walls, if that makes any sense. The play of the grey and gold tones throughout the room is utterly charming.

Thank you, Michelle! Be sure to check out all the behind-the-scenes and inspiration posts at Michelle Gage Interior Design!