Now that the foyer project is nearing completion, I’m focusing on a few other rooms I’d like to work on this year. I’ve already mentioned some building projects and rearranging that will be happening in the studio in order to provide more storage and make the space more functional. I’ll also be working on my home office to address my lack of filing, need for more desk space, and better storage. Both of those rooms have to be hardworking and I’m looking forward to addressing some of the functional issues I’ve noticed over the past year and a half of use.
The “fun room” I’ll be working on is our guest room. Right now, it has a couple of really lovely anchor pieces of furniture – the French-style bed and the antique German wardrobe wearing original mustard yellow paint.
Otherwise, it’s bascially a cream/beige box. I’m taking those two pieces as my jumping off point and am going to do this room in a beige, yellow, and greenish/blue color palette. I imagined it in my head, but I had to order samples to make sure it really worked and felt right. After plowing headstrong into many decorating ideas that worked in my head, but ended up not working in reality, I’m a little wiser and more patient now. I order samples and take my time thinking through things to (hopefully) have a better shot at getting it right the first time.
I’ve been wanting to wallpaper a room, but I haven’t figured out the right room to hang it in. I know that wallpaper is a passing trend and one that is much harder to remove than chevron throw pillows, so I want to be thoughtful about adding it to a space. I think the guest room is a perfect place to stretch designs a bit since it’s a room that’s not used daily.
To cut down on the amount of paper needed, I’m going to add a chair rail and either paneling or wainscoting under the chair rail. That will be painted out in a nice, bright white.
I’m also sticking with a neutral color palette and a pattern that feels timeless.
I know the current fabric on the bed works with the wallpaper, but I’m planning to reupholster it in the mustard stripe. It’s just a more interesting choice and will tie the bed to the wardrobe. I also like how the bed frame compliments the wallpaper.
Now, I’ll do the wallpaper first, because I might decide to use the fabric simply for pillows or for upholstery and I’ll leave the bed alone. Reupholstering the bed will be the plan, but I can always call an audible, which I often like to do as I work on a room!
I used a swatch of MMSMP Aviary as the blue accent, but I will likely mix a custom color that is more of a green/blue.
And I will likely use that custom color on the pieces flanking the bed (or maybe even the lamp bases or the frame of a desk chair).
Right now, the two washstands used for night tables are a little small for the space and don’t offer much in the way of storage. I’m planning on moving the desk I bought at a local antique store (that’s currently in our bedroom) down for one side. Here’s the desk…
I bought it for Jeff to use when he’s journaling or working from home, but he can’t fit his legs under the kneehole! That was an oversight on my part for sure, but I didn’t even think about that! I’ll keep an eye out for a writing desk for our room and move that one down to the guest room for me to use as a shipping desk and for guests to use. Well, except my dad, because he won’t be able to fit his legs under it, either! He’s not one to complain, though.
And for the other side, I’ll get a small dresser. I’ve been looking around on craigslist, but haven’t found anything that’s just perfect, yet. I’m trying to take my time and be very picky about what I buy. (Oh, and you get a peek at the chandelier we hung in there last fall!)
I’ll sell the two washstands if I can’t find a place for them in another room of the house.
I’ll also swap out the faux wood blinds for white plantation shutters, like the ones we got in my office and dining room. I’ll make some curtains as well, but I’m waiting to let the other elements of the room come together before I figure that out. I know the wallpaper will completely change the look, so I want to make that change and then decide.
As a general rule of thumb, I think that’s a good way to approach a design. Make one or two decisions at a time and then look at those choices with fresh eyes to make the next one or two decisions. A room makeover is rarely a timed event in the real world.
For now, I’m enjoying dreaming about the room makeover and looking at swatches and writing about it, but the thought of hanging wallpaper makes me want to cry. I’m unfortunately having issues with my shoulder again (the same one I injured October of 2017). I’m heading to the doctor to have it checked out again tomorrow and hopefully, we can get it healed up, so I can get back to my projects!
Oh, one thing I will work on soon is a pair of portraits for this room. I’d like to do some old-fashioned his & hers portraits to flank the window. I’ve been looking at antique portraits and I think this will be a fun project that will stretch me artistically and be an interesting addition to the room.
I’ll be partnering with Pine Cone Hill for some of the elements of this makeover and I’ll share links, tutorials, details, etc. as I work on bringing it together over the next few weeks (and maybe months!)