How to transform a small room into a show stopper

From May 8th, through June 12th, you should stop by the Designer Showhouse of Westchester in Bedford Corners, NY.  22 interior designers decorated the interior of a spectacular house.  All proceeds benefit Cerebral Palsy of Westchester.


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The 22 interior designers chosen were “by invitation only.”  I was fortunate to be one of them so, in addition to this event being for a very good cause, this was a big deal for me.  I had one of the bedrooms to redesign and it was a small bedroom.  But that only made me want to do a spectacular job even more.

To show you just how an interior designer works and where she gets her ideas and inspiration, I thought I’d show you in pictures how the room was transformed from start to finish on the right.

It starts with sketches because you need a vision.  That’s because what you first see when you enter a room begins with white walls – an interior designer’s blank canvas.

Since it was a small space, I wanted to make everything in the room have impact.  The room had great window and this gave me a lot to work with. Then, I focused on the walls.  Indigo Blue is a hot color these days so I thought I’d work with that.  If you want to know how colors get trendy, you should read my blog on Pantone.  The Ikat pattern on the walls was hand painted by Floe Painting.

Then, I went to work from the ground up starting with Stark Carpets. We used the pattern in the rug on the floor to create the pattern for the fret work and the custom made bed, desk and nightstand (ALL three custom designed by us & manufactured by Sterling Custom Cabinetry).  The fabrics are fromSchumacher & Company.

The Lucite desk chair and bench by Spectrum and the metal framed chairs in front of the windows are by Schumacher & Company.  They are visually light and open so that the room does not feel crowded. The fish prints by J. Pocker & Son, pick up the blues in the room.

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The crystal ball lamps by Decorative Crafts continue the appearance of light and airy. The lamp between the windows by LCRwestport provides a sculptural profile.

Triple S made the window treatments and upholstered all of the furniture pieces. The bed linens are custom made by Casa Del Bianco to reflect the colors in the room. LCRwestport provided just the right balance of accessories. Diane James Home provided silk flower arrangements which, by the way, you can’t tell from the real thing.

I am going out of my way to mention all these great companies that helped me create this room because they went out of the their way donating their materials and wares to help Cerebral Palsy of Westchester.

Their websites are listed below if you want to see more examples of their work.  If want to see other examples of rooms I’ve transformed, click here.

There’s still plenty of time to tour the Designer Showhouse of Westchester.  In fact, here are the directions.

Did this give you any idea how you might transform a room in your house?

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