It’s been a busy few months and I recently wrapped up a few projects in and outside of Texas. One of these projects was very nostalgic as it took me back to my old stomping grounds of Atlanta to reunite with an old colleague and friend.
Jewel is one to be admired. She’s an entrepreneur, co-founder, innovator and leader in the tech industry. This Nashville native, Howard University graduate, Google alumni and Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient stays pretty busy to say the least, so after becoming a first-time homebuyer last year, she sought out BLB’s help to make her new townhouse in West Midtown Atlanta feel like home.
Being a professional on the go is exciting, but it can present its share of challenges. Returning home from the airport to an empty refrigerator, unpacking and repacking the same suitcases week after week and never quite feeling moved in…this type of routine can take the fun out of homeownership and leave one feeling uncomfortable in their own residence. Jewel’s house was well decorated and functional, but she felt like her master suite needed some serious work. After visiting her home last summer, I promised that I’d do my best to help. Although Jewel’s schedule and life would remain a whirlwind, I wanted to create a space that would offer her solitude and a sanctuary to call her own.
First, I exchanged a few mood boards with Jewel by email to figure out what she liked. The existing furniture was dark, so we needed to brighten up the room and add some contrast-friendly colors. There were a lot of gold pieces, jewel tones and warm colors in her living room, so I wanted to carry that upstairs into her bedroom. Once we identified navy, teal and gold as the ideal color scheme, I sent her back a few design boards so she could get a feel for the room’s transformation.
We nailed down a few key items that Jewel loved. This canvas set I recommended from Joss & Main was one of her first choices. Once ordered, I figured we’d pull the silver and gold tones out of the paint and identify navy or teal décor pieces to serve as accents along the way.
Though we were successful in ordering a few items online, I decided this project would be an easy weekend task if I flew in from Texas for a few days. Besides, I don’t need much of an excuse to go back home to Atlanta, and shopping with clients and arranging furniture in person is something I thoroughly enjoy. After flying in that Friday, we met that evening to re-examine the space and review Jewel’s online purchases. We ventured to HomeGoods, World Market and Target and found a few good finds including an upholstered bench for her doorway, bathroom rugs, shelving, window panels, baskets, a carpet runner and a tray for the night stand. After retiring for the evening, we decided we’d start fresh the next morning, hitting another HomeGoods, Marshalls and what’s becoming my favorite home superstore, At Home. There we found more knick knacks, a uniquely shaped mirror for the entry, Euro-size shams for the bed, a white comforter to rotate future duvets over, a shade and harp for her Target lamp, picture frames, more baskets and a throw for the foot of the bed. Jewel had a flight early that afternoon, so we took everything back to the townhouse and I unpacked as she packed for her trip to Tennessee. Once off to the airport, I cleared the room of all clutter, shopping bags and existing and new décor so I could truly absorb the clean space and build from its bare foundation.
Over the next five hours, with Migos, Hillsong and Bruno Mars keeping me company (I know, I have a very diverse music palette LOL), I was able to transform Jewel’s master suite into her new Bejeweled Bedroom. Take a look…
After leaving her home, I text Jewel to let her know the job was done and her house was locked up tight. Unable to bear the suspense until her return, she begged for a few sneak peek photos and I was happy to oblige. They didn’t quite do the room justice, as she let me know how thrilled she was to see the completed space in person once back in Atlanta. The bedroom gave her just the comfort she desired and I was ecstatic that she was beyond pleased.
This week marks one year since Jewel closed on her new townhouse (Woohooo, Happy Houseversary!). What better way to celebrate than a blog post revealing her master suite makeover! I thoroughly enjoyed creating Project Bejeweled Bedroom for Jewel. In less than 36 hours, I was able to transform what was once an unfinished room into a beautiful, peaceful place this busy woman could look forward to coming home to.
For more photos of the project, check out Bejeweled Bedroom in my Portfolio.
Bedroom Comforter – HomeGoods
Canvas Artwork – Joss & Main
Curtains – Target
Curtain Rod – HomeGoods
Lamp – Target
Lamp Shade – At Home
Lamp Harp – At Home
Mirror – At Home
Throw – HomeGoods
Upholstered Bench – HomeGoods
Faux Plant – HomeGoods
Candle Holder – HomeGoods
Runner – Target
Floating Shelf – HomeGoods
Baskets – Target
Wooden Tray – Target
Globe – HomeGoods
Jewelry Hanger – HomeGoods
Toilet Shelving – Target
Shower Curtain – Target
Bathroom Rugs – Target
Professional Photography: QutureMedia