Divine intervention: Reviving the master bedroom of a 1950s bungalow

  • Article by: CANDICE OLSON , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: December 20, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Luxurious touches help create a welcome oasis.


After: The newly renovated master bedroom gained touches of luxury, with a coffered-look ceiling and wooden veneer wall.

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The problem

The bedroom in an otherwise gorgeous 1950s bungalow was big, bland and filled with unmatched furniture.


The solution

Designer Candice Olson sought to bring out that 1950s feeling in keeping with the rest of the home, while also adding modern touches throughout the space.


How it happened

• Olson started by creating a coffered ceiling with recessed lighting. More light is provided by a celestial-inspired chandelier hanging in the center of the room, and two pendant lights are suspended over the bedside tables on either side of the king-size bed. The coffered ceiling and the chandelier instantly add elegance and drama to this room.

• The bed leapt to center stage with the addition of a custom-made, upholstered headboard with nailhead trim. Two good-sized bedside tables provide a lot of storage space. Against a dark wooden backdrop, creamy linens pop, while accent pillows pick up other tones in the room. A huge splash of color and movement comes from the original abstract artwork leaned on a kneewall ledge alongside other vases in complementary colors.

• The wall space opposite the bed was maximized by adding a desk/vanity area topped by elegant marble. Custom-built cabinetry with dark wooden countertops and matching shelves pick up the wooden tones from the opposite wall behind the bed. The shelving provides lots of storage space, and a stunning round mirror hangs above the desk/vanity, reflecting light from the window as well as the two sconces positioned on either side of it.

• There is room for a comfy chaise longue and a small table in front of the massive wall of windows. Olson chose blackout draperies in a soft linen drapery fabric with embroidered accents to frame the panes, along with remote-controlled blinds for additional privacy.


Best trick

A self-adhesive wooden veneer system was used to cover the entire wall behind the bed, including a knee wall created to allow for a ledge topped with a custom wooden shelf.


Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service. Interior decorator Candice Olson hosts HGTV’s “Candice Tells All.” For more, visit: www.hgtv.com/ candice-tells-all-full-episodes/videos.


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