Things have wrapped up in my Bucks County Designer House bedroom…unfortunately I was rather badly delayed in my progress just before the designer house opened. This was caused by construction in the bathroom. The dirty work had to be completed before I could install the furniture, window treatments, artwork, and accessories. That was so distressing, since I was very eager to get things finished and installed. So much planning goes into these spaces, it’s frustrating when things don’t go according to schedule!
Some things I’d been working on, all along, were small accessory items. I painted a few occasional pieces in a Benjamin Moore pearl finish, which will look terrific with the shimmery Stout Textiles fabric I used on the custom window treatments and bedhangings.
One of those items I spent some time working on is the ugly louvered vent, which was centered on the ceiling in my 2016 Bucks County Designer House bedroom. Do you remember seeing it in the before pictures?
This vent was one of the first things my eye went to when I first visited the ‘before’ space at the designer house. It stood out like a sore thumb in the low-ceilinged bedroom. So, I brainstormed for quite awhile, with how to treat such an eyesore. The extremely low ceiling was only 80″ high! Plus there are no light fixtures anywhere in the room, which gave this vent added importance. And yes, the vent is live, providing much needed hot and cool air to the space seasonally, so it needed to stay.
Eventually, the idea came to me that many old homes have lovely decorative iron grates for the forced air heating, with beautiful scrolled patterns and other decorative designs. If I could find something similar that was the correct size, I might be able to fashion a makeshift cover which wasn’t so dismally utilitarian!
I decided the best way to mount the vent to the ceiling and make up the size difference between the new and old vent, was to frame it with something pretty. So I went in search of a vintage feeling (and affordable) picture frame that would look nice but also be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the relatively heavy iron grate.
I promise I’ll share beautiful professional photographs of this completed bedroom soon…I’ve got some exciting things in the works right now, including a published article in a national design industry publication! That’s why I’ve been saving the final shots of this gorgeous space until after the article is published this fall. Thanks for sticking with me through the process of this Bucks County Designer House bedroom…planning and implementing the design of this room has been a fun journey and I’ve been so happy to have you following along with me!
Stay tuned for the ‘after’ images of this space, and I’m going to start sharing a new project with you soon. Until then, feel free to share my posts and images with your friends on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. I absolutely adore making new friends!