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Tatiana and her husband are hip, cosmopolitan globetrotters who have lived in major cities all over the world. They and their little girl are now on Canadian soil, and have moved into a new townhouse in the suburbs.

They were excited about settling into their new place, but the experience was eclipsed by an unfortunate move-in day surprise. Tatiana had asked her brother to paint the house for them, and the colour-happy chap did just that -- in several bold shades of purple!

While Tatiana loves colour, the house's candy store vibe left her afraid to ask for additional design assistance from the family. Instead, she called in the Divine Design team to help her create a luxurious, new (and purple-free) bedroom in the house's attic space.

So I gathered up my crew and got set to create a bedroom refuge for Tatiana and her hubby that would match their sophisticated lifestyle -- and give them the "take me away from all the purple" feeling they were seeking.

Calm, comfort and relaxation were the main aims in this design. To help bring this about visually, I decided to wrap the room in warm, neutral colours: bronze for the walls, cream for the linens, charcoal-taupe for the carpet, and raspberry accents for flavour. I continued with contrasting textures and patterns -- silks, satins, pleats, puckers -- all of which combine with the warm tones to give the bedroom a lustrous look.

To help establish the "physical" side of calm, I created two distinct zones in the room: a sleeping area and a lounging area -- each designed to promote the ultimate in relaxation.

For the bedroom section, I created a striking accent wall with hand-stamped bronze metallic wallpaper. Against this gorgeous backdrop, I installed a custom-made, dark wood platform bed with an ultra-sleek, 10-foot-long headboard that incorporates side tables. With the addition of sumptuous linens and comfy pillows, the area was transformed into a luxurious cocoon nestled in the eaves.

In the lounge area, I installed a chic, cream-coloured chaise beneath the window, which has floating shelves on either side. I then pumped up the comfort quotient with some cushions and beautiful wall sculptures. To make the area's one tiny window look more substantial, I added floor to ceiling sheers, which are flanked by taupe-coloured silk drapery panels that span the entire wall.

There just wasn't enough light to illuminate this high-ceilinged room, so I added new jewelled pendants in the lounge area, integrated sconces into the headboard, hung a sleek drum fixture over the bed, and positioned monopoint lights throughout the room.

Lastly, there was a little door problem to look after: This attic space had many cheap builders' doors -- six to be exact. I transformed these eyesores into statements by painting them in a deep chocolate brown colour.

I also added a bit of interest and function by installing mirrors on the closet doors, and covering two storage doors with leaning floor mirrors.

After a few final touches -- pictures here, knick-knacks there -- this room was complete. Using sleek and sophisticated finishes, fixtures and furniture, this attic bedroom got a sultry, modern makeover, and is now calm, relaxing and purple-free! How divine!

Interior design consultant Candice Olson is the host of Divine Design on the W Network. You can watch the transformation of this space on Saturday or Sunday. For more information, go to http://www.wnetwork.com/divinedesign or http://www.divinedesign.tv

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