First room reveal of 2021! The paint color is HELIOTROPE!! Who guessed it?!? For those just tuning in, a week ago I sampled 3 colors from our partner PPG’s Timeless Paint 2021 trend books. After picking this beautiful, muted purple, Mr. Yolo and I transformed a blank room in our bungalow rental into a cozy getaway for guests in a week! I kept the color hidden on IG stories (you can catch up with the process in the PURPLE ROOM highlight) and today is the big reveal! It’s purple! I know I have said it before, but purple is SO out of my comfort zone. But now I have an Eggplant bathroom and a Heliotrope bedroom. So maybe I am a purple person, ha! I am going to get into the color selection process, working with a small room (this one is 8×14) and my budget-friendly bedroom shopping list. But first, some before and afters!
The Orange room is finally done!! If you remember, we painted this room at our DIY Duplex a few week back, and then I ghosted you, ha! We finally got the delivery schedule to work with our Airbnb schedule, and earlier this week the bed was delivered, so I could finish it up! The inspiration for this room came from a rock I found on the beach. Plus, I really wanted to try a paint color that is SO FAR outside of my comfort zone!
I’m excited to share another bedroom makeover in our DIY Duplex Airbnb!! I am just so in love with how this room turned out! I was working on a tiiiiiiight budget, so the majority of this room is thrifted or repurposed items, and the design still feels really fresh and cohesive. Plus, an experiment with a gold paint pen created a budget friendly faux beadboard! Before I dive into the makeover, if you need a refresher on the Duplex project read about the backstory HERE. Now onto a few Before & Afters!
For context, this is the second bedroom in the Upper Unit of the Duplex (Check out the first room reveal HERE), This one was interesting because of the layout. I was working with the closet placement, two doors into the room, and some big windows. Guests usually prefer a queen bed over a full, so I was able to squeeze one onto this wall… with no room for side tables, and just enough clearance at the foot for the hallway door. To make the room work, I opted to leave the door off the closet so guests did not have to deal with an awkward swing, put a bench on the other wall instead of the foot of the bed, and added a little shelf for a light and place to put your cellphone. Might not be the MOST functional if you were living in the room, but works great for short term guests!
The whole design of the room really began with these antlers I found at Farm Girl Antiques. The color in the plaid fabric on the mounting is a mix of green, blue and red-pink, which I picked up in the art throughout the room. Then I decided to play with a couple different plaid blankets and sheets, and was honestly not sure how it would all mix…but after I put the room together it just worked. Oh, how I love that moment.
Let’s talk about this gallery wall, and then we will dive into the DIY faux beadboard. These gold frames from Ikea are a major score, they are only $10 a piece, but the gold looks more expensive (although the glass part is plastic). A reader sent me their Birds of America book by John James Audubon because it was collecting dust. I cut out some pages to frame, and just LOVE how the gallery wall looks! It’s the perfect amount of color for the room. If you don’t have the book, no worries, you can download the bird prints HERE!
The faux beadboard was a fun little experiment with a gold paint pen that yielded a pretty darn cute result! One thing I LOVE about the upstairs is all the original trim work, so I painted it Behr Aged Beige so it would pop against the Swiss Coffee walls. One thing I dislike about the walls is the texture, because it means no wallpaper, unless I wanted to skim coat the whole room, which was not in the timeline. So I thought it could be fun to add chair-rail trim 3ft up, paint the lower bit the same color as the trim and then draw on a pattern.