A few months ago, Brooklyn Boy and I collaborated with Build It Green NYC & Brooklyn Magazine to give a room make over away to a reader. Full article here! Our assignment was to use as many BIG materials and items and to spend as little as possible. Our client - Vicki, was totally adorable and really open to what we envisioned for her miscellaneous room.
We started by walking the dense aisles at the Build It Green Gowanus store to see what we could find.
We snagged cheap paint, rustic wood and even some furniture pieces!
Brooklyn Boy made this desk using reclaimed wood and an iron base. That boy is so handy.
We decided Vicki's miscellaneous room would be best used as an office / sitting room. It's the first room you see upon entering her home, so it needed to be functional and warm.
We loaded everything into the BIG!NYC truck and headed to Bed Sty. Which, ps, is surprisingly amazing and charming.
The only major prep we were able to do in the timeframe was to make the table and a shelving unit - which was all Brooklyn Boy! He whipped that thing out while I was on a friends Bachelorette Weekend. So, we did a lot of on-the-go prep when we were there. Of course I found something to spray paint gold.
We have a BIG!NYC mirrored door in our house that we use as a full length mirror. We thought our lovely client needed one in her office!
She had a beautiful mantle in the middle of the room that we wanted to enhance. Using a subtle grey color, I painted the mantle and wall behind it. Boom!
Look at Brooklyn Boy go :)
Here I am folding a blanket.
Ok, here are pictures of the room before!
And here are the afters!
Brooklyn Boy also made the shelving unit in the corner. Turned out so beautiful!
Every room needs a gold antler.
Remember this sneak peek! Here's the finished product - a pipe & rope lamp!
We had a great time on this project. Vicki, our client, made us a traditional Australian lunch that was unREAL. She was such a delight to get to know over lunch!
That's it! Thanks for the fun opportunity Brooklyn Magazine! We should do it again sometime!
All photos taken by Rory Gunderson.