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Before and After: How a Master Suite Went from Basic to Fabulously Boho

updated Nov 25, 2019
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Sometimes you want to move into an updated home that only requires here-and-there projects. Then there are the other times when a little extra work is worth it if it means a seriously fantastic location. After Maja Edwards and her husband, Doug, found a dated, popcorn ceiling-filled home in Charleston that was only 10 minutes from the beach (!!!), they decided to go with option two.

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Their new home’s master bedroom and en suite bathroom were, in a word, basic. They were fine-looking, but didn’t at all convey the look that couple hoped for.

“We love spending time in Palm Springs, California, and we wanted to create something that would remind us of our times spent in the desert,” says Maja. “Coastal home interiors are prevalent in Charleston, but I wanted to create something that would bring those desert-chic vibes to my low-country home. I love the energy that comes with color, layered patterns, and lots of textured decor, rugs, and plants. I am one of those people who would never say that ‘less is more.'”

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With that aesthetic in mind, they went with a full demolition, which included spending about a week scraping down the ceilings. “Getting rid of popcorn ceiling is no joke!” Maja says. They opted for new hardwood floors and shiplap for the bathroom area, and painted all the walls white (Snowbound by Sherwin-Williams).

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For the bathroom sink area, they chose an IKEA vanity, then swapped in pretty leather tab pulls. Though those changes did loads to brighten up and fun up the space, the couple still wasn’t loving having the bathroom totally open to the bedroom. Maja designed a custom barn door for some majorly stylish separation.

All of the work cost about $4,125.

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Maja and Doug filled the renovated rooms with contrasting woods, bright pink rugs from Etsy, and a seriously fabulous Justina Blakeney fringe chandelier.

If the new look doesn’t scream “desert-chic,” we don’t know what does!

Credit: Maja Edwards