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Colour Rescue: Decorating a Spare Bedroom

There is nothing like a dramatic room transformation! It makes me so happy! Adding colour and styling will bring YOU joy too.

If you live in the lower mainland (and we will be back in Calgary or Edmonton soon), send me your photos! You could be featured on my next Colour Rescue. 

I completed two Colour Rescue Makeovers in 3 days this week in Dallas. It was epic! Rhonda had been following me since 2015, she had the perfect timeless white kitchen in the bungalow she shared with her husband Rick.

She sent in a spare bedroom she wanted to turn into an indoor she-shed. A spare room can be such a great space to get creative with! Here’s a cute one below, love the green!


Here’s her room before (below). The reason she had the bed centered against the wall was that she had visions of turning it into a daybed. She also wanted an etagere for her orchids in front of the window.


Many of us have that neglected spare bedroom that has a danger of turning into a junk/storage room because well, any room that isn’t decorated just doesn’t get the same love that a decorated room gets.

She only needed a 5 x 7 area rug but selection was bleak when we got to Homegoods. When decorating a bedroom, it’s easiest if you start with the area rug or bedding.

We headed over to the bedding department and found this fabulous, dramatic William Morris bedding. Then after adding some coordinating pink pillows to our pile, we headed over to the art department.

I was just about to suggest we hit a different store when Anita found the large floral artwork which we all immediately fell in love with!

This is the email I received from Rhonda the next morning:

“I was so keyed up I hardly slept at all.  I will be taking my video calls on that day bed!!  Just plop my laptop on that pretty little faux marble table and zoom away (well, in my case MS Teams away)!!!  It was a great time and I don’t know if I will ever come off Cloud 9!!”

Colour Rescue: Updating a Spare Bedroom

Head over to watch this week’s colour rescue makeover to see how it all came together!

If you live in the lower mainland (or Calgary or Edmonton we will be back there not sure when) and you have a room that needs a makeover, you can apply here.

Remember, this is my sister Anita and I with our iPhones. This isn’t an intimidating full-camera set up when we interview you. Just in case you are worried about that.

Related posts:

Colour Rescue: Living Room Makeover at the Lake

Colour Rescue: Simple Fixes for your Dated Bathroom

Colour Rescue: Have a High Wall? Think of Art as Wallpaper


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  • Fran W. says:

    Such a cute and cozy space! Another great makeover!

  • Linda Trammel says:

    When the room was called an indoor she shed I thought about outdoor stuff being rought inside! The room turned out gorgeous! I love love the floral painting. I would have gotten it even if it didn’t “go” with anything I had. It brought t he room together plus the different size mirrors was genius. Maybe when the other wall is finished we can get a glimpse of it.

  • Kathi Steele says:

    What does the other side of the room look like? I missed it in the video.

  • JoDi says:

    Another great makeover! She seems really sweet. Would love to see a follow up when she finishes the other side and finds a great rug!

  • Lisa says:

    Looks great! What size bedding did you use to cover the entire mattress to the floor and where did you ultimately find the rug? Have you ever shopped at At Home? That store is so much larger than most Home Goods. Seems more similar to Home Sense?

  • Maisy says:

    New subscriber here. I’m working my way through all the past blog posts, and I have to say, these videos are my happy place! I love to watch the transformation and the happiness!

  • Bri says:

    Makeovers are a weekly delight. Informative and inspirational. Have started visiting the local Homegoods store because of them. My only question is how do you get the space to set all your purchases up in the store the way you do? Ours is packed with people and aisles are always crowded. The floor personel are not too receptive when it comes to blocking the flow or moving the larger pieces around the store.

    • Maria Killam says:

      Thanks Bri, My suggestion is to go at dinnertime, around 5 or 6 the place will be super quiet! Good question! Maria

  • I love how beautiful this room is now. And I loved the video.

  • Arlene says:

    Love the makeover except for the painting placement. I get why you think there should be a gallery over the sofa, but that painting is way too large and really should be centered over the sofa/bed. And nothing next to it relates. Would have been nicer with smaller pieces on either side with other smaller still lifes. Sometimes less is more until you find the right thing rather than trying to fill up space.

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