From the April/May 2016 Issue:

Pretty in Pink

    Writer: Ren Miller | Photographer: Peter Rymwid | Designer: Diane Durocher, CID, Professional Member ASID, IIDA, CAPS |

Design brightens a dark room and salutes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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enlarge | Designer Diane Durocher’s goal was to turn a dark and masculine space into a cheerful, feminine guest bedroom, inspired by a fabric with a pink background and gray, white and yellow print. A sitting area at the foot of the bed turns the room into a multipurpose space.

A whimsical fabric with a pink background and gray, white and yellow print inspired the design of the “Pretty in Pink” guest bedroom at the 2015 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey. “We wanted the space to be light, feminine and cheerful, a contrast to the previous décor, which was dark and masculine,” says Diane Durocher, a state-certified interior designer, professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, member of the International Interior Design Association, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and owner of Diane Durocher Interiors in Ramsey.

The fabric—used on the bed and at the window—also tied together the gray tile in the adjacent bathroom and the pink theme that Durocher chose to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “I also wanted to honor the women in my life, whose photos I displayed throughout the room.”

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enlarge | White-painted furniture gets a sophisticated spin with a gray wash.
Creative Process
Before installing the new, Durocher and her team had to get rid of the old, including Formica built-ins, carpeting and wallpaper. Then they undertook extensive electrical repair work and added general lighting, sconces and a chandelier because the room lacked adequate natural lighting. “We refinished the wood floors so they would flow nicely into the wood floors in the hallway,” Durocher says, “and we added crown and base molding to coordinate with the rest of the home.”

A new pale gray and white floral damask wall covering created the backdrop for the design, and pale pink paint on the ceiling with white trim added interest and balance. “We introduced furniture with a feminine distinction and had it fabricated in a white painted finish with a gray glaze,” the designer says. Gold accents in the lighting, furniture and accessories added a finishing touch. The team also redesigned the adjacent dressing room and bathroom (not pictured).

“Our space went from a very contemporary and dark room void of architectural details to a light-filled space that was indeed Pretty in Pink,” Durocher says.


Interior design, Diane Durocher Interiors in Ramsey; wallpaper, Thibaut in Newark installed by MP Painting Contractors in Elizabeth; headboard, designed by Diane Durocher Interiors, labor by Master’s Interiors in Clifton, fabric by Kravet in Bethpage, New York; comforter, duvet cover, shams, bed linens and large square bed pillows, Duxiana in Ridgewood; rectangular pillows, smaller square pillows, neckroll pillow, lumbar pillow, footcover and bedskirt, designed by Diane Durocher Interiors, labor by Steve’s Custom Drapery Shoppe in Haskell, fabric by Thibaut, Kravet and Robert Allen; window treatment, designed by Diane Durocher Interiors, labor by Steve’s Custom Drapery Shoppe, fabric by Thibaut (panels) and Kravet (London shades) and trim by Samuel & Sons in New York City; settee with pillows at foot of bed and armoire, designed by Diane Durocher Interiors, labor by Alvarez Furnishings in Paterson, fabric by Kravet; corner chair, designed by Diane Durocher Interiors, labor by Classic Gallery in High Point, North Carolina, fabric by Robert Allen, trim by Samuel & Sons; artwork between windows, Musique by Dominique Caaron through Mark Gallery in Tenafly; chandelier, Lightwaves NJ in Upper Saddle River; gold mirror above demilune, Decorative Crafts Inc. in Greenwich, Connecticut; lamps on nightstand and floor lamp by corner chair in bedroom, sconces and table lamp in dressing room, Circa Lighting in Savannah, Georgia; area rugs in bedroom and dressing room, Rug Importers in Paramus; hexagon side table, cocktail table, shelving unit and plant stands, Chelsea House in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; desk in dressing room, Bungalow 5 in New York City; floral arrangements, Nancy Conner Design in North Plainfield; crown and base molding, Kuiken Bros. in Midland Park, installed by Deco Custom Builders in Ramsey; accessories, Antique & Design Center in Upper Saddle River; floor refinishing, Fliegel Hardwood Floors in Ramsey; painting, MP Painting Contractors.

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