Occasionally, I get the chance to sneak into other people’s homes and leave a mark. Now this is remarkably different from the days in my youth of sneaking into new construction homes simply to take a peek around and pretending like I lived there, how I would decorate it and critiquing building choices. That was me as an 18 year old.
Fast forward ten years and I’m doing a bit of decorating here and there. My task was to make this a guest room and not just a room with a bed in it. Decorating was a bit of a slow process, but I got the chance to make a lot of elements that went in here. I love getting to do that.
Here’s the poorly lit before of the room. We started off with just the bed and a single nightstand. Once one thing would come it, I would be like, you know…. it really would look good if there was ANOTHER nightstand, and maybe a table in the corner and some art here. Decorating spirals like that. ALWAYS. I don’t care who you are, we can all be victims to the decor spiral.
The bed is really the focal point of the whole room and I wanted it to have a lot of impact. For the centerpiece of the bed, I picked out this gorgeous mirror from Horchow and went heavy on the symmetry for the nightstands.
These lamps were ones reused from the house and got a simple update with a new lampshade that freshened it up immensely. I’m abnormally picky about the height of lamps matching when they are in a bedroom like this, so one side got a little pick me up with a few books underneath. Scroll back up and admire the balance. ;)
The photographs above the nightstand are all pictures taken from their own travels. I combed through all of their vacation photos and printed out a few of my favorites. I found the frames at Target and love them, can one ever go wrong with simple, white frames? Getcha some.
Then there’s the pillows. I LOVE. I found the large denim pillows and Target and can’t get enough of them. The lumbar is from Pottery Barn. I feel like this shot sums up my aesthetic as of late-black/white/neutrals, casual and pulled together.
This little reading nook really came together as well. There’s a few projects I did here. One, that pillow. I painted the fabric and sewed it all up. I wanted something textural and totally proud of those tassels.
Two, THE COLORBLOCK CURTAINS. They already had these curtains leftover from another room and I really wanted something that hung floor to ceiling, but the existing gray curtain was 2 feet too short. Instead of buying six all new curtains, I ordered the same panels in white –all from West Elm– so the fabric matched and sewed them onto the bottom to give it the extra length and a little punch of interest. It’s a great alternative to too short curtains and I am totally happy with the outcome. A true, make-it-work moment. Smugly pats self on back.
Another angle of the reading nook shows a painting found via At Home and is just the right scale/color scheme for in here.
I used my own art for the wall between the windows. There are three paintings all in a similar color palette. The canvas are 12×12 and I found a white shadowbox frame and squeezed them in there. It’s much cheaper than custom framing at $20 each and it gives the paintings much more substance on the wall. Without the frames, they got a little lost.
Here it all is again, take in all in. I’m happy with how it all came together, a blue and gray bedroom with a kiss of color. Does anyone else get a little sad when a project is over?