This is the best day of the whole summer, right here, right now.
2 months, 6 trips, and 100’s of life stories later, my girl Cara has a brand new makeup oasis. Today is the day that you FINALLY get to see it!
I love working with other people and their design parameters. In my house I can experiment to my hearts content, but when you are designing for someone else, they have all their own ideas that you get to work with (that is one reason that Dyl’s room turned out so fantastic!)
When I asked Cara what she wanted her room to feel she immediately answered with welcoming, calm, creative and glamorous. (she obvs thought about it long and hard.) Creating a space based on feelings is my favorite. Because so many of her readers come over for makeovers, Cara wanted the room to be a destination, somewhere totally special and beautiful.
Here is what it looked like before. It was totally not functional for what Cara needed it for. Imagine trying to shoot beauty videos in a dark, mustard-y beige cavern. There is a fantastic chance that you will look like you are in liver failure.
Liver failure…that is what we started with.
This is what I turned it into:
One of the big hurdles in this space is that Cara rents (as do so many of you). Now before you go all Hildy on a room make sure that your landlord is ok with it. Rental agreements are different everywhere. That being said. We all know what it feels like to not love a room. You know where you make excuses when people see it, or in Cara’s case, it is just not functional for what you need? Why not make it amazing and then when it comes time to move out, spend a few days putting it back the way you found it?
People are freaked out about patching small holes, when in all reality it is not a big deal at all. My advice when you are working in a rental is to make sure that everything you do is reversible. Take our wall treatment for example. It was painted beforehand and not caulked. Each board has 2 tiny finishing nails in it, and can be pulled off the wall without damage. Spend a few hours filling holes and its like it never happened.
The art was inspired by a piece that I spotted in HGTV Magazine (they are my fave).
The amazing antique velvet settee is the stuff that dreams are made of. Literally. The blue velvet is in perfect condition, and it is trimmed out with pale lilac. Who does that? My guardian angel, that’s who.
More than a beautiful room, Cara needed a space that was functional. I am talking major storage and somewhere that she could actually work her beauty making magic on. So transforming this idea I created a custom shelving unit that rocks the industrial glam hard. I cant wait to tell you all about the stool…his name is Miracle (for reals) and he has a little secret under his pretty white coat.
The ginormous ceiling fan HAD to go. In its place is an antique crystal art deco chandelier. Because the room is on the small side we were able to swag the light over the table and not worry too much about light displacement. That my friends is called a win win win. Also this is the part where I stop talking, because I know you just want to look at pretty pictures anyways…
So good right?!
As amazing as this room is though, the best part was finding a bestie for life. Miss Cara I love you!
Next week begins the whirlwind of sources, step by step tutorials, and behind the scenes mishaps that went into creating this space from the ground up.
Ok now. Lets be honest. Dont you want to take a little bit of this room home?
EEEK! I want you to be able to take a little bit of this room home too!
I am doing something that I have never done before. I am giving away MaskCara’s Office in a Box to one lucky reader. It is a box chock full of treasures to create your own industrial glam oasis. Complete with pillows, rugs, art, and tchotchkes galore. I am going to be sneak previewing all of the goodies on Facebook and Instagram throughout the weekend, so make sure that you are following Vintage Revivals in both places! On Monday the giveaway post goes live! So make sure that you come back then!
And just for fun, lets look at the before and after again…
pssst newbies! Want to see more room reveals? Check them all out here.
And we are dying to know, what is your favorite part of Cara’s new room?