A chic bed­room de­sign with­out break­ing the bank

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a drap­ery shop. As for the pat­terned trim, use an in­ex­pen­sive fab­ric with gros­grain rib­bon sewn on ei­ther side to pro­vide a fin­ished look.

The ho­tel-style bed­ding is clean, crisp white with a dou­ble line of em­broi­dery and, if you use a bed­skirt, you won’t need any­thing other than a metal frame to house your box spring and mat­tress. No ex­pen­sive bed frame re­quired.

Take note of the calm­ing colours in the room. The walls are painted in Ben­jamin Moore’s Linen White and the trim in Pitts­field Buff. I like that the trim is darker than the wall; it gives def­i­ni­tion to the room.

The ad­di­tion of the soft pink on the valance trim and dec­o­ra­tive pil­low is fem­i­nine, with­out be­ing girlie. And not a flo­ral print in sight.

When I ask Bo­vard about the use of mis­matched night tables, she tells me it gives the room an in­ter­est­ing look. She finds that match­ing feels “a lit­tle too depart­ment store-es­que.” She also points out that “the fin­ishes and heights make them re­late to each other, but they are dif­fer­ent enough to cre­ate a more lay­ered look.” All good point­ers when start­ing your fur­ni­ture search.

I do like the ad­di­tion of the match­ing Moroc­can mir­rors and porce­lain lamps that help in­stil a sense of sym­me­try. And if you can be­lieve it, Bo­vard tells me the launch­ing-off point for the en­tire room was the hang­ing star pen­dant.

Re­mem­ber to switch out your builder’s light fix­ture when you move. It’s a small, rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive de­tail that will make a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence to your bed­room.

I hope you re­spond to the in­spi­ra­tion of this wellde­signed room as much as I have. I think it ticks all your boxes for a so­phis­ti­cated, fem­i­nine bed­room in your first condo to call your own.

Scott Har­gis

This bed­room from in­te­rior de­signer Laura Martin Bo­vard is chic, ur­ban, worldly, fresh, re­fined and fem­i­nine. It can also be recre­ated on a bud­get.

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