Home Decorating Before and After: A Dated Hot-Tub Room Becomes a Modern Bedroom

Before and After: A Dated Hot-Tub Room Becomes a Modern Bedroom

When we featured Rebekah Higgs, the host of the wildly creative Canadian TV series DIY Mom, in our House Rules column last year, she was just about to move into a new home. We’ve been following along as Higgs has put her DIY skills to work in real time on Instagram and on her show (which can be watched via Bell on Demand Fibe Tv1 in Canada or on YouTube) and had to know all the details of this amazing primary bedroom before and after. 
 
Prior to renovating, Rebekah says the bedroom was a solarium, and the room’s focal point was an in-ground jacuzzi spa that was no longer working. Brown tiles and wood paneling on the walls furthered the motel pool room vibes. “I decided it would be better suited for an owner’s retreat,” says Higgs. After sectioning off a corner for a walk-in closet, Higgs added new flooring, tons of white paint, and many of her favorite things from her last home. Here’s how Higgs made herself a restful retreat:

1.
Upgrade the floors.

“We floated around a bunch of ideas of what to do with the jacuzzi, but in the end we had to toss it out,” says Higgs. She covered the entire floor with the same engineered hardwood flooring used throughout the bungalow. “I like the warm wooden tones and the wide planks. It’s modern and feels very homey,” she says.

2.
Pare back the trim
and moldings.

2.
Pare back the trim and moldings.

2.
Pare back the trim
and moldings.

While Higgs decided to leave the wood paneling in place, she removed extra trim around the windows “for the flush mid century modern finish I was going for.” Simple white roman shades make the windows blend in seamlessly with the walls.

3.
Paint it all a warm white.

Higgs toned down the wood panelling with a floor-to-ceiling coat of warm white paint (Linen Ruffle by Dulux). “Simple white walls allow your tapestries, artwork, and textiles to take a starring role,” says Higgs. “Embrace warmer white tones to keep your space feeling more like home and less like an art gallery.”

4.
Layer on a rug for texture.

“Cotton is durable and works in all seasons. It is easy to clean and vacuum and is a safe choice for anyone who suffers from allergies,”

“I usually start with a fairly blank slate of white walls, white trim, and a natural floor–and then layer in color for contrast. I love the vintage look of the Chapel Hill Loom Knotted rug, which adds a splash of color and pattern to the room without overwhelming the space,” says Higgs, who notes that in general she loves cotton rugs from Dash & Albert. “Cotton is durable and works in all seasons. It is easy to clean and vacuum and is a safe choice for anyone who suffers from allergies,” she says.

5.
Use what you have
in a new way.

5.
Use what you have in a new way.

5.
Use what you
have in a new way.

Unlike many DIYers you’ll find on social media, Higgs doesn’t run out and buy all new everything when she makes over a space. Instead, she shops her own house first. The Chapel Hill Loom Knotted rug and the painting above the bed were in the living room of her last home. The bedframe is a DIY project Rebekah created many years ago, using old doors from a historic building she renovated. Moving things from room to room helps to keep things interesting!

6.
Refresh bedding
on the regular.

6.
Refresh bedding
on the regular.

6.
Refresh bedding
on the regular.

While Higgs’ bed is an old standby, she likes to rotate her bedding frequently for a fresh look. Here the blush pink duvet adds a soft touch of colour. “Blush pink is one of my all time favourite neutrals,” she says. “I like pinks with a little yellow in them: I find it takes the bubble gum out of the color.”

7.
Add accents
with meaning.

7.
Add accents
with meaning.

7.
Add accents
with meaning.

“I always tell my clients to mix old with new—worn in fibres, family heirlooms and vintage finds are a great way to bring personal touches that bring a space to life,” she says. Case in point: The large artwork above Higgs’s bed was painted by her friend Laura Dawe. “She traded it with me in exchange for a trip to New York,” says Higgs. “In my 20’s when I was a touring musician and invited to play CMJ, [a music festival], Laura accompanied me there, and this artwork has accompanied me in every home I have lived in over the 15 years!”
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