Colin and Justin

Colin and Justin duke it out in the battle of the bedrooms

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For the first time ever, on Sunday’s show, we went head to head. Our director persuaded us to lay down two gauntlets, one in front of the other, to create one guest bedroom per designer. Neither of us knew what the other had planned and each of us worked our magic without sharing our spell until the rooms were complete.

First? The brick-walled triumph that started life as a pine-panelled space with dowdy blue paintwork. To create interest, we used ‘veneers’ by Thames Valley Brick essentially ‘slivers’ of traditional building blocks, they went up easily and, completed, are a textural feast.

You’ll notice the elevation has a ‘jog’ or what appears to be a chimney breast. This was created to conceal pipe work that projects from the fireplace in the room next door, but, using true find-a-fault-make-a-feature logic, we dressed it either side with floating chunky shelves.

A metal framed bed takes centre stage: constructed using timbers salvaged from old Indonesian fishing boats, we dressed it with linens and a faux fur throw from the Colin and Justin Home collection, which you’ll find in stores like Homesense and Marshalls.

And do you like the deer art piece? It wasn’t store bought, it was a quick-and-easy DIY project! To make it we salvaged a few of the non-rotten boards from our old dock which were battened together then painted free-hand using a naïve stag’s head as our subject. Leftover paint and an artist’s brush were the tools of our artistic trade. Simple, right?

In the other bedroom, it was decreed a whisper of Mid Mod (redolent of old school cottages with beadboard walls) should prevail. We lavished the ceiling and one wall with Western Red Cedar then enhanced it with satin stain to achieve warm tones. The flooring in both bedrooms is by Kentwood Metro, and it was installed by Taylor Carpet One, Huntsville.

All case goods (the low-slung night stands and tall dresser) are from Casalife, whilst the bed frame (complete with black leather headboard) is from Ikea. The project is dramatically anchored by a huge moose head, which we hunted down in the aisles of Urban Barn. But worry not: it’s entirely faux and fashioned from cast resin!

Both bedrooms feature black framed glazing units and these are dressed with Venetians by Select Blinds,­ which compliment the wood-look blades on the Fan Shoppe coolers whizzing silently above. Who needs expensive built-in A/C when a top quality fan and an open window more than suffice!

The room being too tight for a regular wardrobe, we hung wire shelving (red discount ticketed at Homesense, it skinned us just $30) which, whilst originally white, we carefully sprayed black.

Together with a combo of hooks, and the aforementioned tall dresser, there’s bags of storage for even the most clothes-encumbered visitor.

Both rooms complete, the only thing left is to ask…which do you prefer? Catch the show online (to fill in any gaps which can’t be squeezed into a few-hundred-word blog) and we promise you a great half hour beset with high drama, inspiring design, and loads of laughs to boot. See you next time!

Watch the third season of Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure on Cottage Life TV, Sundays at 9pm et/pt. Find your channel here.

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