First, let me be clear, I do love this house. But after we bought this “gem” many things started to surface. 120 Queen St. was a rental property for years and years, with people coming and going. It seemed as though they used this house and it never had the chance to become a home. One of our neighbors told us, that during the 70’s, the house was a brothel…oh my, if the walls could talk, right? Some of the rooms seemed a bit scary and some were just fine. This particular room was one of the worst, it was dark, cramped and filthy, I affectionately called it the “Hell Room.”
There were huge cracks in the walls and ceiling, the floor was beaten up, and even nasty words were scribbled here and there. I washed away the dirt and scrubbed away the words of hate, a name and a record of assumed punishment . The walls were repaired and painted, the evidence was removed. But the feeling of unrest and unhappiness lingered. I still felt a presence of the previous inhabitants and imagined the events that lead up to the written documentation on the walls. It was depressing, for sure.
But... I always feel that when there is despair there is potential for something better. Everything deserves diginity. The room and this house has great potential and can be a good home...and is becoming a good home.
The room received a total makeover, floor to ceiling. And now we are able focus on the large light filled window that drenches the room with a new vibe. It seems as though the walls can breathe and have expanded with new life. It has become such a sweet retreat. It makes you want to curl up with a good book and eventually take a long nap. Sweet Dreams.
Room Renovation List-
Walls-Sherwin Williams - Snowbound 7004
Bedding- Ikea - Skogsalm
BedSkirt – Target Threshold
Bedside Table – Home Goods
Lamp - Home Goods
Mirror – Home Goods
Console Table – Target - Project 62
Roller Shade - Blinds To Go - Naturally Inspired/Oasis
Carpet - Dixie Home - Natural Feilds/Natural Beach (the color is very different from the website always take a look at it in the store and in your home)
The ability to be transported to a place where the distractions of the overwhelming pulls and tugs of everyday is vital for a balanced mind and body. And our home and environment is an essential part of that transformation. This room renovation, which came together in about 4-weeks, used readily available furniture, bedding, and accessories to create a comforting retreat.
I incorporated a personal gallery of recent travels and adhered to a color scheme reminiscent of the natural world. Water, wood, and the sun’s rays are the primary influences. The room promotes relaxation utilizing these elements.
Just like the world today, design can get a little crazy and complicated – I prefer to keep it simple, fresh, comfy, and budget friendly.
My design process
I have been “pinning” all my ideas and sharing them with my client for our collective approval. Here’s the link to the board – it will give you a glimpse into the intention, focus and selections made. https://www.pinterest.com/aliceflint/ssbedroom/
Using Pinterest is one of my favorite ways to collect and share ideas with a client. We both get to post to the board and add our comments. And by editing and organizing the thoughts (pins), the vision of the room starts to reveal itself. Collaboration is an important part of my design process and results in a room that everyone feels great about.
***To be fair the BEFORE picture was taken when the room was filled with the contents of a dorm room. But you get the point.
We had been on a roll…most weekends making lists and gathering up supplies, tackling the projects one by one…then this room happened! We couldn’t wait to have a comfy place to put our feet up at the end of the day, reward ourselves, with some snacks and a sip or two, and watch some movies or sporting events (March Madness has been amazing!) We wanted a place to really unwind, and it happened…we are so chill and happy that we only carve out 4-5 hours of work per weekend, thus not getting anywhere too quickly. And with the anticipation of sharing the “Chestertown Experience” with family and friends we need to cross more off the list. This room isn’t helping us at all, it is now a huge distraction (in a good way.) But, I do think it might have made some things clear to us, what our priorities are, our needs, and the reasons why we purchased this home in the first place. We wanted to escape and recharge. We anticipated putting in a little work bringing this house to a comfortable state. We didn’t know HOW MUCH this home would require. Lesson learned, whatever time and effort you think a renovation will take, double that thought, better yet-triple it! And as we dig deeper and decide what will be done room by room, we feel this old home needs more love to make up for all the years that it suffered. That being said, we decided to hire some more local contractors to help us knock out some more rooms and get the job done a little quicker. Hoping that soon we can get some people down here and introduce them to the beautiful Eastern Shore and all that it can offer the soul. We are pretty psyched with what we have accomplished so far, and look forward to revealing the true potential of this old house. Hopefully a bit quicker than the past couple months.
My favorite upgrades of this room
-Shiplap on the Walls
-Floors were redone (on the first floor) and look amazing
Things still to do
-Mount the TV//hide wires
WELCOME TO QUEEN ST.
I started in interior design right after I graduated college. I was drafts person for a well know designer on the Main Line (suburb of Philadelphia) ...got married, had a couple kids, always kept myself involved within the design community. Flash forward - I am back to designing interiors. It's Good to be home again!