Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. Every August, just like clockwork, I find myself anxiously anticipating the change in season. It prompts me to refresh my wardrobe with yummy sweaters and find new and innovative ways to redecorate my home in preparation for the chilly yet cozier months of the year.
When Sherwin-Williams shared their 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay SW 7701, Kate and I both agreed we loved the look and feel of this color tone and we jumped at the thought of doing a beautiful redesign story around it. I was drawn to the warm terracotta color because of its ancient, elemental roots and mostly by the way it made me feel. Cavern Clay is a blend of midcentury modern style and the rich and earthy American Southwest, which together create a kind of desert modern aesthetic vibe. Because I love and live in all things boho, Kate asked me to take on this makeover story, and if you know me just a little bit, you know I absolutely LOVE anything interiors related, especially if it’s bohemian. So, I couldn’t wait to get started.
Because I’m currently living in a rental unfortunately my bedroom was off limits for painting. So I quickly reached out to good friends Jenny Jorgensen and Kate Worum, the local mavens of She She, a hand-painted print and pattern design studio, to see if they were interested in receiving a little room refresh and luckily Kate Worum was all in! Kate, a local Minneapolis illustrator who recently turned 30, was looking for a fresh start and a little change of scenery in her life. We were happy to provide that to her with a fresh wall of paint in her bedroom, and we thought, why not help a girl out with a full-on room refresh! After kicking off the project I went over to her place right away and we began brainstorming how we could transform her sunny little apartment bedroom into a relaxing bohemian bungalow.
Before sitting down to paint, I worked with our designer Raquel to put together a little mood board inspo that really embodied my vision for this redesign project. I selected a handful of beautiful textiles from my personal shop Arden Trading Co. I then put together a collection of eclectic yet complimentary plants and planned to insert earthy elements into the space whenever I could. Which I think you’ll find a lot of that earthy feel in the Cavern Clay color itself. I also made a note of how important it is to include a little bit of cream, sand and ivory tones in with the darker/brighter pops of color. The lighter tones make the room feel fresh and clean; they balance the space out and don’t weigh the color scheme down with a heavy, dark feel.
This is Kate’s beautiful and busy room before we painted a fresh coat of Cavern Clay over this bluesy tropical She She landscape. To be safe we added a coat of primer first and because the whole W&D team was there painting the wall was done in a jiff.
We were thrilled to find the Emerald Interior paint by Sherwin-Williams went on smooth and thick. We only needed two coats of Cavern Clay to complete the look.
Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity and a free-spirited, bohemian flair, which seemed like the perfect way to start out a fresh season of life this fall.
When the W&D team got together at Kate’s house to paint her bedroom wall Cavern Clay, the She She girls were already dreaming up a whimsical and feminine pattern to paint over the Cavern Clay color to give the room a little more dimension, duality, and softness. They decided to accent the wall with a beautiful Origami White SW 7636 and Dark Clove SW 9183 paint by Sherwin-Williams. Jenny and Kate painted their designs in a free-flowing pattern that celebrates the strength and beauty of women and botanicals.
Next, Kate was in dire need of a new bed frame so she decided to purchase the Drommen Wood Bed from CB2 that complimented the room so nicely. I then brought in one of my baby blue cactus silk Moroccan rugs to give the room that true wanderlust feel. Kate had just visited New Mexico and I had recently visited Morocco so a lot of the inspiration you’ll find in her room refresh was based around our previous travels.
Toward the right of the bed, we created a little dreamy plant oasis. Kate and I went to a few different plant stores to find a wide array of greenery that felt unique yet still cohesive. We decided on a few little succulents, an Arboricola, a Ficus Decora, and a little Fiddle-leaf fig, we also added in a tall Marginata Dracaena that I loved because it reminds me of a Dr. Suess character in that book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
To the left of the bed, we stacked quite a few large art books and I styled the nightstand with a few brass trinkets I picked up in Morocco, like that bookshelf-worthy golden camel and horse figurine. We finished this look off with a batch of white hydrangea picked fresh from Jenny’s garden that morning. The flowers made the room feel very Better Homes & Gardens which I loved.
We selected a sand-colored linen duvet cover for the bed which looked amazing. I bought this on clearance at Macy’s! It’s surprisingly soft and cozy. I then styled a handful of my Turkish kilim pillows near the bed frame to give the room that colorful pop of texture on top of the neutral-duvet base. Kate and I were so happy with how the final look came together. It truly felt like a brand-new space that was warm, tranquil, cultured and sophisticated! And we did this all in a matter of a couple days!
What do you think of the room refresh and the Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year? And curious minds are inquiring – what paint trends or colors are catching your eye lately?!
Photography by 2nd Truth
Art Direction by Judith Marilyn
Styling by Stefani Hodzic
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BY Stefani Hodzic - September 12, 2018
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Looks absolutely wonderful!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
I’ve been looking for the perfect terracotta color forever! I love this but I noticed you only did the accent wall. I’m working with an already small room and wonder if that color would be too much in a small space. Your thoughts? xoxo, Rena
Rena, I definitely feel like it is not too much for a small space, it is very warm and cozy and not overwhelming at all!
nice decos… Looks absolutely wonderful!
The flowers made the room feel very Better Homes & Gardens which I loved. thanks for sharing ..
Of course, thanks for reading!
This is one whimsical accent wall!! Way to go! This clay color keeps it very grounded despite the feminine flower motif. Shame you didn’t carry on this color to the other walls with some color blocking and geometric patterns to give it a worldly vibe too! 😉
I know, we definitely considered carrying this color on!
Superb job. Wall looks beautiful
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