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New Master Bedroom Reveal


Ironically, we just finished all our hard work on our master bedroom and we now decided to sell!! You never really know what curves your life is going to throw you! But…we made the decision carefully and we know it is the right one. Completing our bedroom has given us lots of fun, lots of work (my husband has become very skilled in mouldings!) and the rewards are this amazing, gorgeous oasis! I think the new owners will enjoy the custom work and appreciate the beauty of it. Darn right I’m taking the bed, the drapes…and bedding…and chandelier!! I think all those things can be brought over to our new home and will work wonderfully! Still…a little sadness lingers….here are some photos to enjoy. I haven’t hung pictures or put holes in the walls as the new owners would probably appreciate that!

All the materials in the room including the euro-pillows, ruffled shams, headboard, coverlet, and drapes were a collaborative effort with my good friend and a very talented designer, Kerri-Anne Thomas (KA Designs). She helped us enormously with selection of materials to achieve the look we wanted. I love the textures, soft tones of grey and the loose, relaxed atmosphere but still a sense of luxury. The white pillow on the top was made by another great friend, Lori Albertson. Again, she’s an amazing talent and generous, loving person. She made the pillow for my birthday with no input from me at all. What really surprised us is that I bought the duvet cover from Pottery Barn and the pillow Lori made matches perfectly with it’s ruched look!

I love the floppy end frill on these shams. All are filled with feather down…a must have for ultimate comfort.

Lori’s masterpiece! Stencilled silver design in the centre finishes it off perfectly!

Sidetables supplied by Antiques 2K (Antiques 2000)

Dedicated to M…

Reading and lounging…

Everything in this room came together with these custom made drapes (KA Design). I can’t describe how beautiful they are…the fabric, the pattern, the combination is stunning! Two materials were used…the floral portion with colors that pick up in the bedding, the headboard and carpet. Then a silk fabric was joined with wide piping made from the same velvet on the headboard. I love drapes that pool onto the floor and these do it perfectly.

Love these drapery pullbacks! Makes me feel so royal when I use them!

A little touch of rusted iron with an old chippy birdcage found on a trip.

I also added this soft, linen swag for the ensuite bathroom which was bare for many years.


That completes our remake of the master bedroom. I think at the very least, we learned what was possible if we put our minds to it. Thanks to my husband for the hours and hours he spent meticulously cutting and hanging the trims. He did a phenomenal job and of course, Kerri-Anne Thomas, my designer, who has become a good friend in the process! I highly recommend her! Inquire if you would like her contact details. Take care everyone! Thanks for looking!

My Bedroom Reno’s


My home is now about 8 years old. We built new in the neighborhood of Parkdale northwest. We love it here…it’s close to the river paths for long walks and bike rides. Our master bedroom faces south so we get a lot of sun and a view of the playground across the street. In the spring, the children play t-ball in the park and it’s just a wonderful, quaint and enjoyable sight!

We didn’t do anything special with our bedroom as we were focused on other living areas of the house. Now, after all this time we decided it was time to go all out and make the room of our dreams! A few years ago we stayed at the famous Savoy Hotel in London, England and immediately fell in love with the formal, gorgeous high ceilings, mouldings, luxurious fabrics and small details. Our mission has been to duplicate the luxury hotel feel so that we can relax and enjoy the same “vacation” in our own home.

We moved entirely into the guest room so that the mess would not infringe on us. A good idea! Then we didn’t feel pressured to have a deadline. I wish I had taken photos of the “BEFORE” state of our room…but live and learn! Here are the first steps towards that dream!.

So the beginning involved moving each and every electrical outlet to accommodate the mouldings that we planned to do. That was a huge job in itself! I can’t take credit for any of that! I wasn’t about to be responsible for electrical work!

Then we painted out the entire room in primer tinted with halo paint color (Benjamin Moore) which is the color we used on the entire house trims, doors, windows. We decided to keep the theme in the bedroom so that the house wouldn’t be chopped up with different colors and therefore have a seamless transition.


This box was created to accommodate the folding arm of a wall television so that the t.v. would not protrude too much from the wall. We love movies and what better place to be totally relaxed and comfy than in our private retreat!

We then carefully planned out the design of the mouldings and where they would be placed on the walls. Murray then meticulously cut and installed all the mouldings and filled in the gaps.

Beautifully done!

Starting to come together and create our vision!

The ceiling was also painted. We wanted a clean palette to compliment the furnishings that we are putting in the room. So all was painted in the same color. We have a great graduated high ceiling that gives the room a formal feeling.

Inspired by a headboard I found on Pinterest, Murray templated the design using the photo and created the wooden frame. He did a phenomenal job.  Next, it was taken to the upholstery shop. Murray also built the framing for the mattress and boxspring (to be upholstered as well). This saved us a LOT of money! I’m so blessed to have such a talented husband…he has as much fun as I do creating these projects.

What can I say? Spectacular!

The fabric is a soft taupe/grey crushed velvet with lots of depth and sheen.

There are a total of 54 button tufts!

Silver upholstery tacks to compliment the sheen and the crystals.

These 5/8″ inch crystal buttons were a challenge for me…nothing in Calgary like this so I searched and searched online until I found the perfect design. Amazingly, they were relatively inexpensive but are real crystal!

New carpet installed. Color called “Sparrow” a soft taupe/grey with flecks of silk to add depth and color.

I had this antique chaise for a number of years and at one time was going to sell it! So glad I didn’t…it fits perfect in the bedroom. Now the search is on for a side table for my stack of decorating books!

A little bling on these pillows also fits perfect in the theme!

So far so great!! More to come….draperies, bedding and lighting! Will update as it comes along!






My Home


This is a collection of pictures I’ve taken of my home over the years. I tried to put the most recent at the top! It’s always a “work in progress.” I don’t think I’ll ever finish! Just when it’s perfect, my desires and ideas evolve…

We are working on a renovation in our master bedroom right now and it’s coming together amazingly. A couple more weeks and I’ll make the big reveal!