Turning an extra room into a guest bedroom is a great project to take on this fall and you’ll be ready for friends and family who visit during the holidays. We thought it would be fun to share our thoughts and inspirations that went into the development of this guest bedroom that Jayne and I designed for one of our favorite clients. Watch as it starts with a painting and grows to a room that now holds some very special memories.
Inspiration: When we saw this picture at the Z Gallery and immediately knew we had found our inspiration-we loved it and our client did too! It’s the first thing we purchased and everything else evolved from this. Inspiration can come from anything – a magazine picture, sea shells, a treasured vase, etc. Find something you love and go from there!
We purchased a bed, side table, dresser and an armoire for a TV, and went with black because it was strong enough to beautifully frame and accentuate our picture and additionally, black was a common link to the pub and theatre room nearby. Typically, a bed is the focal point of a bedroom, so we hung the picture above it and found great bedding to really tie it all together. The walls were painted a neutral medium toned mushroom color which created warmth and nicely accentuated the white painted trim on the windows and baseboards.
What we like to do when choosing bedding and accessories is to really mix up the patterns, textures and shapes. Here, using the inspiration picture as a guide, we mixed shades of copper, taupe, and winter white; accenting with a punch of rouge – to match our diva’s lips. Patterns & textures included a beaded pillow, faux fur pillows, a box channeled silk comforter with shams, crisp white sheets. We neatly folded a thin coverlet at the bottom and added a very soft animal print throw with a silk lining for warmth on wintry days. Although we loved the look and feel of the Macy’s hotel collection sheets, they didn’t fit our budget, and instead we opted to splurge just for the pillow cases, pairing them with a high thread count sheet set that we found at homegoods. We got the look and feel of a 5 star hotel, with out the price tag. You gotta love that!
Next to the bed is a lamp for reading, alarm clock and telephone. We put a bible in the drawer with a pen and note pad along with a TV guide. A friend of mine always includes a picture frame and inserts a photo of her with the family or friends that are visiting. It’s a really special touch and brings back some great memories for her and her guests. Other thoughtful items can include a pitcher of water, bucket of ice and beautiful glasses on a tray, a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates or mints next to a pillow. We also purchased a luggage rack which is stored in the closet along with wooden hangers for guests.
A chair with a footstool is nice to for guests to lay their clothes upon, quietly read or sit to put on their shoes. We adore this round mirror from Bombay which is hung with a chain, adding a new interesting shape to the space. When hanging a mirror, make sure that you check out what it will reflect – in this case, it’s across from the bed and you get a glimpse of our Diva and bedding. It was a great way to pull the color into that side of the room in a really interesting way.
For Draperies we chose a simple thin semi sheer readymade panel from JC Penny – one of our favorite ready made sources for window treatments. The fabric has thin copper stripes with threads of black running through it and we hung them on a sturdy black rod with architectural finials. It was important to get a substantial rod that aestically held it’s own with the oversized furniture. We topped our TV armoire with a fern for warmth.
What we ended up with is a room that is both beautiful and functional. In this case, our clients’ 2 daughters loved it so much, that before the oldest one went off to college, she and her little sister slept in it over much of the summer. It’s already been a source of great memories! Isn’t that what decorating is all about?