My husband and I recently converted our desert home in Tucson, Arizona into a bike-themed vacation rental. I loved this process and especially painting the murals throughout the property.
Bikehaven
Objective: To create a modern desert-themed vacation rental for Tucson visitors interested in having an active vacation. With close access to the famous Loop Bike Path, connecting 136 miles of paved river routes and bike lanes around and throughout the Old Pueblo.
Concept: We named our stylish property, "Bikehaven". This home is located in the "Riverhaven" community because of its proximity to the Rillito River. By combining this neighborhood name with our bike theme we have made it clear that it's a perfect spot for cyclists to stay. We also offer four beach cruisers for guests to use during their time at "Bikehaven."
We incorporated the desert and bike theme throughout the entire home. I chose to create a monochromatic scheme accent wall for the four bedrooms - each highlighting desert features: 
• Saguaro Master Bedroom
• Mountain Bike Room
• Desert Dwellers Sanctuary
• Sunrise Room

Execution: Taking each room size and layout into account, I sketched the concept for each mural beforehand. Then I used chalk to illustrate the images. Finally, I used interior paint from Behr on the accent walls. To create the tints and shadows, I simply used our main light gray wall color "Swirling Waters" to mix with the saturated accent wall hue. 
Another huge part of this renovation was the multitude of design choices we made throughout this two months process. By replacing the upstairs carpet with luxury vinyl plank flooring we immediately modernized the space. This along with upgraded ceiling fans, furniture, decor, and of course the murals I painted - created the aesthetic we planned and hoped for!
Desert Murals in Bikehaven

The "Saguaro Master Bedroom"

The Saguaro Master Bedroom incorporated a monochromatic mural highlighting Tucson's saguaros in an impressionistic style. The modern industrial furniture pairs well with the neutral gray palette in the flooring, wall color, and decor.

The "Sunrise Room"

Although the "Sunrise Room" was the smallest as far as square footage, the sun mural, tall bed frame, and tall ombre curtains brighten and elongate the space.

The "Desert Dwellers Sanctuary"

I incorporated southwest animals from my original Desert Dwellers educational flash cards. I painted a prickly pear pattern for the teal accent wall to create a more youthful room that includes two twin beds. 

The "Mountain Bike Room"

The view of the Catalina Mountains extends onto the wall in this layered mountain range in tints of blue.

The "Office/Loft"

After ascending the stairs you see this bike quote painted in the office/loft space. 
Before and After
Saguaro Master Bedroom Transformation

Before: Master Bedroom

After: Master Bedroom

We can't believe this is the same room! We knew it was important to have a comfortable king-sized bed in a luxurious environment for our guests. As you can see the only decor that stayed was our curtains. It's hard for us not to want to stay now!
Progress Photos
New flooring!
New flooring!
Brand new modern industrial furniture.
Brand new modern industrial furniture.
The beginning of the mural.
The beginning of the mural.
Office/Loft Transformation

Before: Office/Loft

After: Office/Loft

Previously to this renovation, we worked in the office/loft together during the pandemic. It was a combination of our desks and my art products from my Julie Originals business. It was cluttered and not the ideal creative space.
Progress Photos:
My desk fit perfectly in this window nook!
My desk fit perfectly in this window nook!
Determining the curtain height.
Determining the curtain height.
Working on the bike mural.
Working on the bike mural.
My original desk fit perfectly in this nook and is the perfect spot for remote workers now. We have high-speed internet, lots of natural light, and a printer for guests to use.
Mountain Room Transformation

Before: Guest Room

After: Mountain Room

The highlight of this upstairs room is the view of the majestic Catalina Mountains. I wanted the accent wall to reflect this mountain range and enjoyed the process of transforming this room.
Progress Photos
Our son helping out!
Our son helping out!
Adding fresh paint really makes a different.
Adding fresh paint really makes a different.
My sketch before painting.
My sketch before painting.
Painting amongst the old furniture.
Painting amongst the old furniture.
The new blue wall.
The new blue wall.
The tints of blue create this mountain range.
The tints of blue create this mountain range.
Painting in progress.
Painting in progress.
Adding the furniture to the space.
Adding the furniture to the space.
Happy artist!
Happy artist!
Desert Dwellers Room Transformation

Before: In the process of moving

After: The Desert Dwellers Sanctuary

Progress Photos
Trimming with the teal accent color.
Trimming with the teal accent color.
Using chalk to create the prickly pears.
Using chalk to create the prickly pears.
Painting with a tint of the teal.
Painting with a tint of the teal.
View of the Catalina Mountains.
View of the Catalina Mountains.
The entire prickly pear pattern I painted.
The entire prickly pear pattern I painted.
The first round of furniture we tried.
The first round of furniture we tried.
Besides the prickly pear mural, I enlarged my most popular Desert Dwellers animals and had them printed on wrapped canvas. This Elf Owl was one of a series of 26 desert animals.

The Desert Dwellers Sanctuary also features five of my Desert Dwellers on the wall.

Sunrise Room Transformation
Can you tell this was a teenager's room originally? Although it's not the largest room, I wanted to play off the beautiful natural light in the morning and the high ceiling. The Sunrise Room was one of my last murals in the home.

Before: Not a Sunrise Room

After: The Sunrise Room

Progress Photos
Tall walls to play with!
Tall walls to play with!
Old school string trick
Old school string trick
Painting early in the morning
Painting early in the morning
A special thanks to:
My husband, Jeff Brack, our friend Steve Gordon, and photographer, Scott Cook
Stay at Bikehaven in Tucson, AZ
This has been the most rewarding project we've completed together. 
We hope that our guests love "Bikehaven" as much as we do! 
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