We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Corinne Ekle, a fellow classmate of Katie’s at Cherry Creek High School about her success as the owner and principle designer of
c2Design, an interior design firm based in Denver. It was so exciting to hear about her experiences as a young entrepreneur working DSC00051in the Denver market and watching her dreams of working as a designer and business owner take flight!

Corinne shared a story about a recent opportunity she had to be a part of the Denver Life Magazine 2015 Designer Showhome, where she was selected to design the basement bedroom. Immediately, Corinne recognized that the basement bedrooms is one of the more looked over rooms in the whole home, so in order for it be recognized, she would have to think of an aesthetic slightly outside the box. After seeing what she put together, we asked her if we could PLEASE showcase this beautiful room and more so, if she would show our viewers how to recreate this idea!

Denver Life Magazine 2015 Designer Showhome

Corinne Ekle: c2Design

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Recently, I was selected to be apart of the Denver Life Magazine 2015 Designer Showhome located in the Corey Merrill neighborhood, a suburb of Denver. With all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity, it was an honor to apart of this exciting project. I was assigned the basement bedroom and even though thats not typically the most exiting room in a home, I knew I wanted to do something bold and dramatic. Basement bedrooms often get a bad reputation for being unwelcoming and dark…not this space! I wanted to create a hotel like experience, that felt more like a retreat then a guest room in a home. With a few tricks and illusions I was able to create just that…

1. GO BOLD: When you walk into a space you want to have a “WOW” factor. In this room, I extended a band of  graphic wallpaper from the back wall up to the ceiling. This not only draws the eye up creating the illusion of a taller space, but also brought in some great colors to the space.

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2. USE YOUR CEILING: I believe that the ceiling is the 5th wall and should not be ignored.  Another trick to create an illusion of height is to paint the ceiling a contrasting color. In this space I used a high gloss paint to give it a little more luster and depth. I went with Deep Creek by Benjamin Moore on the ceiling and Grant Beige on my main walls which is a great “greige” neutral to add warmth while still having a bit of gray in it. A good rule is that dark colors create depth while light colors create lift.

3. DRAPERY: It is important to hang your drapery as close to the ceiling as possible! I know it seems silly not to hang the rod right above the window however by hanging it high, it extends the eye up and makes the window and wall appear taller therefore making the room look bigger. The standard drapery panels come in 84” so you will either have to look for longer lengths (ie. 96” or 108” depending on your ceiling height). If you can’t find the larger lengths, buying fabric and having them made by a seamstress or DIY using hem tape or glue to create the desired length are also a great option.

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Now this room was not on a budget and cost upwards of $8000!!! I realize that for most people, including myself, that kind of budget for a guest room is unrealistic so here is a guide of pieces to get this look for much LESS!

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Paint Colors: (As seen) Benjamin Moore Grant Beige, HC-83 and Deep Creek, 1477

A: Bed: Kasler Panel Bed by Woodbride Home Designs-$880.00

https://www.allmodern.com/Woodbridge-Home-Designs-Kasler-Panel-Bed-2135-1-HE4901.html

B: Accessory: Wish you Well Ball in Gold- $40

http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/shades-of-turmeric/34817-wish-you-well-ball-in-gold#Large

C: Wallpaper: (As seen) Candice Olsen, Mirage- $42/roll

http://www.wallpaperboulevard.com/mirage-5

D & G: Duvet and Shams: Mid Century Organic Crosshatch Jacquard – $120

http://www.westelm.com/products/mid-century-organic-crosshatch-jacquard-duvet-cover-shams-b1697/?cm_src=AutoCatRel

E: Accessory: Precious Metal Bowls on Dotandbo.com- $24

http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/create-a-cozy-retreat/23741-precious-metal-bowls-set-of-2

F: Console Table: Safavieh Kayson Table- $225

http://www.target.com/p/safavieh-kayson-console-table/-/A-15345498#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=safavieh+kayson

H: End Table: Kennedy End Table- Safavieh – $165

http://www.wayfair.com/Safavieh-Kennedy-End-Table-FV34328.html?piid%5B0%5D=10479363

I: Drapery: Blake Panels – $80

http://www.zgallerie.com/p-17233-blake-panels.aspx

Total: $1800….That’s more like it!

About Corinne and c2Design: My name is Corinne Ekle and I am the owner and principle designer for c2Design(link: www.c2designinteriors.com) here in Denver!! I am thrilled to be a contributing designer to the Reside and Thrive community and be able to share some of my tips and tricks for beautiful and attainable design. At c2Design we strive to create spaces that reflect our clients and their personality and believe that the design process should be fun from start to finish! From large scale remodels to simple quick makeovers, we do it all and love what we do!

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