Spruce up your co­coon for un­der $1,000

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Leanne Brownoff

IT’S spring — time to freshen up the nest. In a se­ries of monthly col­umns, let’s fo­cus on one decor chal­lenge and share some cre­ative ways to update your home— for un­der $1,000.

For all those in favour of hit­ting the snooze but­ton one more time, we are ded­i­cat­ing this month’s fea­ture to that haven of havens, the bed­room. Prod­ucts for this fea­ture can be found at Ur­ban Barn ( ur­ban­barn.com), Pier 1 Im­ports ( pier1.com), Da­ni­ad­own (da­ni­ad­own. com) and Home Out­fit­ters (HBC.com).

The first stop on our shop­ping trip takes us to Ur­ban Barn. The in­cred­i­bly tal­ented staff as­sisted me with our first chal­lenge — cre­at­ing the bed as a fo­cal point with­out go­ing over bud­get.

At the West­point lo­ca­tion, as­sis­tant man­ager Jesse Davidson started with a key sug­ges­tion: To de­fine the bed as the fo­cal point, you need to cre­ate some drama.

As Davidson brain­stormed with his col­league, sales con­sul­tant Megan Martin, a de­sign con­cept was born. Many de­sign­ers are us­ing win­dow valances and draperies as a back­ground, ex­plained Jessie, in place of the tra­di­tion­ally framed bed that in­cor­po­rates a head­board and foot­board.

So to start off our decor makeover, we se­lected the Mod­box Valance by Um­bra. The sim­ple pro­file of this valance of­fers a con­tem­po­rary feel­ing to the de­sign and comes in espresso or white. Davidson notes that with two ex­tended-width sizes, the 28-to-45-inch (71-to-114-cm) width is per­fect for a twin, while the 48-to-84-inch (1.2-to-2.1m) width would be per­fect for a queen or king bed. The Mod­box comes ready to use, com­plete with wall brack­ets, screws and rod.

An­other great fea­ture of this valance, Martin says, is al­though it does not pro­trude from the wall sig­nif­i­cantly, it houses a bracket ca­pa­ble of hold­ing a dou­ble rod.

This is a great op­tion from a decor per­spec­tive as you can layer dif­fer­ent drap­ery pan­els for a unique ef­fect.

Ur­ban Barn has a va­ri­ety of drap­ery pan­els, rang­ing in price from $25 to $58 per panel. Davidson rec­om­mends us­ing at least two pan­els if you are de­sign­ing for a queen-size bed.

For this project, dark choco­late Man­hat­tan pan­els, with at­tached grom­mets, would en­hance the con­tem­po­rary back­drop while adding a touch of so­phis­ti­ca­tion to the decor.

Be­fore I left the team at Ur­ban Barn, an in­ter­est­ing chrome-and-glass ta­ble caught my eye. This ta­ble is el­e­gant in its sim­plic­ity; how­ever, it is the func­tion­al­ity of the ta­ble that I found most mem­o­rable.

The 20-inch (50-cm) round Circa End Ta­ble is ad­justable, Martin pointed out. It al­lows you to de­cide the best height for your bed.

This is bril­liant, con­sid­er­ing the vary­ing heights of mat­tresses these days. To com­ple­ment the round ta­ble, a light such as the unique flo­ral white sil­hou­ette ta­ble lamp by Torre and Ta­gus, would be a won­der­ful ac­cent.

The next de­sign el­e­ment came from a visit to Da­ni­ad­own. A change in du­vet cov­ers and pil­lows can make an ex­tra­or­di­nary change in a bed­room.

In keep­ing with the fresh, new ap­proach to our space, I am sug­gest­ing the Gar­den Party du­vet and pil­low cover en­sem­ble. This en­sem­ble pro­vides a 250-thread count of combed cot­ton and of­fers a bold pat­tern of green and choco­late flow­ers set against a crisp white back­ground.

The co-or­di­nat­ing shams dis­play match­ing flo­ral mo­tifs and will stand out per­fectly against the espresso drap­ery pan­els. A Da­ni­ad­own wool du­vet is a won­der­ful op­tion to the tra­di­tional down or feather va­ri­eties and is quite adapt­able to all sea­sons.

Next on the list is a visit to Pier 1 Im­ports for a few ac­ces­sories and a splash of colour.

Af­ter much de­bate, I se­lected the fol­low­ing to add colour and tex­ture to our space: two, 16-by-16-inch (41-by-41-cm) red-felt, rosepetal pil­lows and a 12-by-12inch (30-by-30-cm) sage ruf­fle pil­low to play against the white, choco­late and green bed cov­ers.

The red colour heats up things and is a great ac­cent colour to com­ple­ment green and choco­late. To co-or­di­nate with the red pil­lows, I sug­gest the red vel­vet din­ing chair, as the el­e­gant choco­late legs co-or­di­nate beau­ti­fully with the valance, while pro­vid­ing a cosy place to sit and read.

One last stop is a visit to Home Out­fit­ters. To em­u­late a foot­board, three square choco­late faux-leather Car­son stor­age ot­tomans can be placed side-by-side. These are ver­sa­tile in that they pro­vide stor­age and seat­ing, and can be moved eas­ily. BED­ROOM BUD­GET Al­to­gether, these items would be over the $1,000 bud­get, so I have bro­ken them down into a cou­ple of op­tions for you. (Note: these prices do not in­clude GST.)

In the event of any dis­crep­an­cies; pric­ing and prod­uct specs pro­vided by par­tic­i­pat­ing stores at the time of pur­chase will be con­sid­ered cor­rect and will over­ride any in­for­ma­tion printed in this ar­ti­cle. Valance (Um­bra): $70 Man­hat­tan Choco­late pan­els (av­er­age $50 each): $100

Gar­den Party queen en­sem­ble: $159 Da­ni­ad­own queen wool du­vet: $139 Red-felt rose petal pil­low: (two, at $49.95 each) $99.90

Sage ruf­fle pil­low: $39.99 Subto­tal: $607.89 OP­TION A: Red vel­vet chair: $269.95 To­tal: $946.95 (Leaves room to add a pil­low) OP­TION B:

Faux leather ot­tomans ($59.99 each): $179.97 To­tal:$857.95 (Leaves room for two more pan­els) OP­TION C:

Chrome and glass ta­ble: $199 Torre and Ta­gus lamp: $54

To­tal: $930.98 (Leaves room to add a pil­low)

— Canwest News Ser­vice

This red chair from Pier 1 is sure to add piz­zazz to the look of a bed­room. A red felt, red rose pil­low, top, adds just the right pop of colour to update

the look of any room.

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