*This post includes gifted items
During phase 1 of the renovations at CASA PYLA, I was keen to try out a really dark room for a change.
With the help of Hübsch Interiors and Farrow & Ball, I created this intimate and minimalist workspace in one of the bedrooms.
Just to give you a bit of a background on our house plans, we signed the deed for villa Bagatelles (which I rebranded CASA PYLA) on my birthday in March ’19.
Given our project to rehabilitate this big house, I knew we couldn’t achieve all we wanted to do before Summer ’19. So I broke down the work in several phases.
- March-June ’19: Freshening up the house to make it welcoming and liveable for Summer ’19.
- December-June ’20: Tackling the major renovations (new windows, the concrete floor on the ground floor, new bathrooms, etc)
- September ’20: planning a series of creative workshops.
As soon as we got the keys, I started three months of intensive renovations to create a natural, Summer vibe in this old house.
The bedroom before
The bedroom was initially painted in this very bright blue.
I could have made it work and go for something more costal (obviously these curtains had to go).
However, the electric radiator was rusty and looked like it had been wired in the 70s. There were damp marks on the walls where the mirrors used to be and the floor was really wonky.
In all honesty, the room looked really old, not charming, just old, and neglected. I couldn’t see myself welcoming people in a bedroom like this.
Knowing that things would be knocked down in phase 2, this was the perfect timing to experiment with darker colors than my usual all-white scheme.
While I prefer living amongst lighter, natural tones, dark tones are a joy to style.
They add depth and contrast to a room. They feel cozier, more intimate, and are very photogenic.
With the right furniture and lighting, they can also modernize a room.
We first primed the walls with Farrow and Ball Primers and Undercoats for dark tones. Then applied two coats of Railings in Estate Eggshell finish and here is the result…
The oak desk by Hübsch Interior
I also used it for another shoot as a floor lamp in the raw bedroom here.
The natural look of the unvarnished oak desk was perfect to add warmth and texture to this dark room.
I have since found out that it’s best to protect the wood with mat varnish to keep stains at bay.
I’ve recently ordered some specialist products to try to get rid of the stain that occurred last Summer. I will let you know if it works…
I hope you have enjoyed this little makeover. Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment and feel free to ask me any questions.
CASA PYLA is a creative residence available for Summer rentals and shooting/filming. It is located two minutes’ walk from the beach in Pyla-sur-Mer (45 min drive from Bordeaux airport). Facing Cap-Ferret, it is located in a very leafy area and if you go for a walk on the beach, you will get a stunning view of this beauty.