Last weekend I was setting up a dressing room and vanity space on one of my latest projects in Set Design for interdependent Films in Vancouver. I have added the photos in below for your viewing pleasure.... here the main character Julia is applying her makeup in Back Too Soon. Working as an interior designer on a movie set is really different from working in real time with a client. I have to create spaces for characters! This scene was such a treat to set decorate and stage - The Boudoir. An area in our home where we tend to overlook for this purpose as the space is at a $$$ premium we tend to use it more practically. Or simply we don't all have the luxury of such a space. This is a simple vanity area design, showing personal items and treasures from travels. But it goes deeper than that it shows taking space away for a specific task other than the norm. So it was good to dream!
Creating this scene brought to mind a prior project I LOVED working on too. Not just for the sense of helping create a functional and design space that was savvy. But in terms of working with a very special client, who had hired me to create a bedroom space for her daughter. The daughter had recently gone through a tough break up and after all was said n' done the furniture was divided and sorted. She was left with a mattress on the floor of her bedroom and a patio side table to place her mementos on.....and of course that feeling of 'empty'. I think we can all relate to this feeling or situation at one time of our lives. ;( We pick up and go on........
However here it was Designer Magic to the rescue! After meeting with the client to discuss interests and colours I viewed the space and got the feeling of what the client liked and how she currently used her bedroom. My feeling was she was she not only needed a proper bedroom, but maybe a dressing with a place for makeup PLUS an area to escape from the world when the door was closed. Later my client arranged a pop over a kind of ' join me for a wine at my daughters place'? Where I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing vivacious spirit which gave me more inspiration to complete her unique room.
The colour scheme was make up of greens and purples - with a mix of textiles from cotton to faux raw silk. It was a complete overhaul from furniture and lighting to bedding textiles and drapery, seating to storage with all the finishing details in-between (candles, sweets, notebooks, and of course flowers!) . Plus it was completed when the daughter was at work as a total surprise! It was the transformation that as a designer we all dream of, as when the clients daughter walked into the space she was moved to tears.....as were we! Mission Accomplished.........wine to celebrate!
To create this boudoir area in the large walk in closet, I reconfigured the space to the max on one side. Opposite from the vanity. I also installed storage boxes with ligerie symbols for whimsy and a small stack on the floor beside the vanity. I installed new lighting in the walk-in, a large semi flush drum pendant complete with crystal accents! The lighting made a huge difference in this area increasing the bulb power to three from one! I also added a table lamp on the vanity with a burlap shade with Paris designs. To play on this I took a wallpaper sample of the damask in black and white and did a custom painting of the Eiffel Tower in the insert calling the space the Boudoir! Mixing new and vintage pieces completed the look and of course the Lime and Silver Damask paper was the jumping off point. I like to always add the finishing details and touches, and here added fresh daisies to complete the new space.
By adding this vanity section to the walk in closet space, I was able to create a bonus zone in the bedroom. While maximizing the function of the space. The conversation did arise of what if I need more closet space........put his stuff in the guest room closet Dharling! ;) In the main bedroom floor plan, the bed was installed on a low platform with drawer space underneath so a dresser was not needed. This again enlarged the room allowing for a reading area and medication space. It really pays to use a designer to help you rethink the movement of living space and assist you on maximizing it with a revamped floor plan.
So this is my Friday Feature shared, and if you should be inspired to create your very own Boudoir space in your bedroom. Please feel free to contact me, your Design Expert together lets make it happen.