April 22, 2014

My Portfolio (partial) Reveal! Master Bedroom Before & After

Yippeeeeee!!! I can hardly believe the day has come to share these photos. As I've mentioned, I plan to launch my website soon. In the meantime, I've decided to share my portfolio photos with you, one project at a time. You may have noticed that I've also added a Portfolio page to the blog, where you can  check out completed projects as they're photographed. (We have just a few to go, including our house :)) What I'll share in the blog posts are 'before' photos as well as details about the process, sources, etc. So, without further ado, let's go!

The starting point was a fairly small bedroom with and awkward shape and furniture that didn't fit the space well. My clients also wanted to brighten up the room and incorporate more efficient storage. Here are a couple of 'before' shots...
And here it is now! We didn't paint the walls, but by adding crisp white linens, a mostly neutral color palette, and a more efficient furniture layout, the room feels larger, brighter and so much cozier! Let's talk about some details...

You may have noticed from the views that we're not at ground level! This compact condo is on the eighth floor of a modern building in the SoMa district of San Francisco.

I knew right away that I wanted to place the bed in front of the windows, and was so happy when the dimensions confirmed a bed would fit here. The super soft runner at the foot of the bed (scroll up to top photo for a good look at it) stretches out ahead of you when you walk into the room, and the effect is that it kind of pulls you in. It also invites you to sit on the floor as it's sooooo soft!

The wardrobe you see above is actually a standard Ikea model on which the doors were customized with wallpaper on the front. The really nice part is that I found it this way on Craigslist! We were able to benefit from the added texture, which was very much appreciated by me. And the additional storage space is being put to use, of course.

To keep with the neutral, cohesive theme, we went with two mirrors as wall art. The wood-framed piece above is also functional, almost as good as a full-length variety. (An awesome HomeGoods find.)

My clients had the bookcase already (and it can be seen in one of the before photos, above). I feel like it's been given new life when paired with this dresser (which I sourced from overstock.com last fall, along with the platform bed). These dresser drawers provide a lot more storage than their old dresser, which had clunky construction with lots of wasted space. Tip: mixing woods is such a simple, great way to add visual interest when sticking with a neutral color palette (and might help you reuse an existing piece!).

This project was quite a transformation, and so rewarding. Please do comment with any questions you might have. Thanks for coming along on this little tour.

As I mentioned, more photos of this room (and others) can be found here, and I'll share details about additional projects as soon as I can! 

photos by Ruth Sonza of Tris Photography

If you're interested in working together to make your home a place you love, contact me for more info: katiegaviganinteriors@gmail.com. Thanks!


  1. Wow Katie! What a stunning transformation! It looks so much brighter too. Loving all the details and accessories.

  2. Yes, it is a totally different room. Its brighter and looks so much buggetr now. Awsome job!!!

  3. congrats! such a bright pretty space. i love all the neutrals, with just the color in the pillow...really lets the view shine. so excited to see your work! i've been working on starting my own business in washington dc, and i have been trying to wrap up projects for months, so I can get photos done and up on my site...i feel your pain!


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