When fashion + beauty editor, and HGTV Canada contributor Gabrielle Johnson and her husband bought their Toronto home they knew they wanted to make interior changes. Her first order of business would be “repainting each and every room; thanks to the previous owners, the house was aggressively beige and devoid of personality,” she said. Gabrielle, passionate about bringing her new space to life, started by repainting her master bedroom. For furniture + decorative accessories, Gabrielle consulted with west elm Home Stylist, Karyn McGhee, through our free design service program to help bring the space together. Read on to see the dramatic transformation!


“In an attempt to tone down the brightness and create a more soothing, sleep-friendly atmosphere, I replaced our old duvet cover with a new abstract Ikat-print version in soft shades of grey and white. It wasn’t perfect with the aqua walls, but the subtle pattern was pretty and the overall effect was enough to tide us over for a while.”


“Karyn wisely pointed out that the table lamps I’d originally had in mind, a pair of white marble Art Deco-inspired beauties, were way too short to function as serviceable reading lamps. Oops. We perused taller options — always aim for lamps that will reach shoulder height when you’re sitting up in bed — and the Abacus Table Lamp won for both its prettiness and its practicality.”


“I wanted to create a cozy reading nook that would help me take advantage of the bright afternoon sunlight that streams in through the window — and hopefully inspire me to keep the chair free of closet debris — so I chose a fashion-forward faux-fur patchwork pillow that picks up the pink and grey tones of the room, and finally had an excuse to snag the Moroccan-style pouf I’d been eying for ages. Now all I need is more time for reading.”

“I fell in love with west elm’s Morocco Bed. With its white lacquer headboard featuring a graphic, laser-cut motif inspired by Moroccan patterns, the bed is bold but simple and clean-lined, too — an ideal jumping-off point.”

Photos: Carole B. Eves Photography
Paint: Canadian Tire Premier Paint


Gabrielle Johnson is a freelance fashion and beauty editor who lives in Toronto with her husband, their two-year-old son and a giant, occasionally friendly cat. She shops for work, pleasure and therapy (not necessarily in that order). Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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December 12, 2015

Where is the pink duvet cover from?!

Maxwell Tielman

December 15, 2015

Haley—It’s from west elm! You can find it here.

Allison Davis

December 17, 2015

What is the paint color named? It’s great!


December 26, 2015

What color did you paint the walls? Looks like the same color as page 54 in the new west elm January catalog. Any idea if its the same? Disappointed that they didn’t mention what color it is in the new catalog.


December 28, 2015

What color is the paint?

Jennifer P

December 28, 2015

What is the name and brand of the paint color?


December 28, 2015

Paint color?


January 1, 2016

What is the new paint color?


March 17, 2016

Where is your nightstand from?


April 6, 2016

Can you tell me where the night stand is from? It’s beautiful!

Maxwell Tielman

April 7, 2016

Hey, Laura! It’s our City Storage nightstand!

Maxwell Tielman

April 13, 2016

Hey, guys! Gabrielle tells us that the paint color was custom-mixed, based on Benjamin Moore’s Dior Gray.


April 23, 2016

Beautiful, wall color. What brand and color is it?

Maxwell Tielman

April 25, 2016

Hi, Christy! Gabrielle tells us that the paint color was custom-mixed, based on Benjamin Moore’s Dior Gray.


April 25, 2016

where did you get the side table?

Maxwell Tielman

April 25, 2016

Hi, Jordan! They’re the City Storage nightstands from west elm!

Stefanie Trimble

May 1, 2016

Loves this! Looks super chic 🙂


May 21, 2016

What color paint is on the walls?


July 7, 2016

Where is the headboard from?

Maxwell Tielman

July 8, 2016

Hi, Sara! It’s from west elm! It’s our Morocco Bed.


September 30, 2016

My favorite piece is the night stand. I want to buy the exact one. In the picture it looks beige/cream with a white handle. On the website they don’t have that color. They only have it in all white. Is your night stand white or beige? I know sometimes lighting or camera quality my affect the colors. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Maxwell Tielman

September 30, 2016

Hi, Amarilis! The white one is the nightstand featured in this story—it’s actually just lighting in the room that is making it look beige!


January 12, 2017

where did they get the night stands?


October 20, 2017

What color is the paint in this room? Where does it come from? Thanks.


May 3, 2018

A lot of the comments are from 2016. I wonder if the City Storage nightstand is available still somewhere. 🤔


May 29, 2018

I love the two tone candle. Where is it from?

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