Ginny Macdonald | AFTER // 1938 EAST COAST TRADITIONAL
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AFTER // 1938 EAST COAST TRADITIONAL

While waiting for their new, ground-up house to be built, a family approached me to help decorate a few rooms in their rental property. They’d been living in their previous home for several years and wanted their temporary space to feel cosy and welcoming. The move would not only be an emotional one for them, but they’d be living here for at least 2 years during the construction of the new home. They wanted help creating a calm, relaxing living room and an inviting guest bedroom, located directly off the entryway.

THE LIVING ROOM

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The timeline was fast, as the sale of their existing house was moving quickly, so we had to look for in-stock pieces and forgo any custom or long lead times. We looked to utilize earth tone-on-tone neutrals, with different wood species. The style lends itself to that classic California coastal look while the exterior features that classic, east coast, New England style.

 

The existing wall colour was a soft, creamy white, which we loved and kept. It made the space feel warm and highlighted the white painted fireplace and window trims. We added some black elements with the mirror and drapery rod to add depth.

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The existing wood flooring is fairly dark, which gives this space a nice contrast against the light walls. We added a light colour shag rug which pops off the floor really well.

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THE GUEST BEDROOM

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In my opinion, the best way to bring life into any space is wallpaper. With this being a rental property we chose a temporary wallpaper by Chasing Paper. The subtle colour and pattern feels playful but not overwhelming. When it comes down to wallpaper, I’m more about 4 walls rather than an accented, feature wall. The only exception is if the wallpaper is really bold and would be too much everywhere and if the wall itself is a true feature in the room. Doing only one wall can often feel unfinished.

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The guest room leads off from the living room, so we wanted there to be some cohesion between the two spaces. To do that, we married their similar colour palettes and used varying wood tones along with pops of blue. We introduced an earthy, rust-orange wallpaper, allowing us to highlight the same color in other decor items.

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Although the walls were patterned, there’s always space to add artwork. This piece really tied the colour palette together, especially with the mustard, velvet bench, which is sadly no longer available.

 

Not long after we shot the project, we got a call from the client to say she was pregnant again and expecting a boy. She wanted our help to change the guest room into a nursery. Even though we had to lose all the furniture, we loved the wallpaper so much that we just ended up designing the space around that.

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Photography by Tessa Neustadt

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