I had so much fun decorating my daughter’s room for the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge as a guest participant. It was motivating for me to have an actual deadline to get one of the room’s finished in my own house. It’s such a cliche but as an Interior Designer I often put my own projects on the back burner and spend all of my time and creative energy for my client’s homes (and happily so!)
So I am thrilled that I will be participating again in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, this time as one of twenty Featured Designers! I am so totally humbled that Linda, the founder of the One Room Challenge, has invited me to be a part of this amazing group of designers. The One Room Challenge has a deadline of SIX WEEKS from the start to the reveal - this is LIGHT YEARS in the interior design world where some of my projects can literally last YEARS. This season, I’ve decided to tackle our Guest Room which needs some major love. It’s small but it has some great bones and natural light. I can’t wait to see what we can do with it.
Here are the before photos. Sure, its a perfectly fine guest room with a bed, white walls, a dresser, and some random artwork. But it’s not exactly put together. Its not the welcome space I envision for my friends and family who come to stay with us, and we usually get quite a few every year. I’d love to create a super chic space which feels and looks like a California boutique hotel.
GOALS FOR THE SPACE:
I purchased the dresser at the Alameda Flea Market a few years ago. It is truly a lovely vintage dresser - but it has overwhelmed every room I have ever put it in! It is too tall and too deep. This cabinet deserves a grand space, and this room deserves something sleek and modern. I need to sell this extra large dresser and swap out with something with cleaner lines.
My (professional cabinet maker) husband built me this gorgeous wood queen bed and these night stands as a surprise about 10 years ago! The bed and possibly one of the night stands are definitely staying. I’d love a more modern side table on one of the sides, and I’d also like to get some sconces to free up the surface area on the side tables.
I have some gorgeous artwork which I recently inherited from my grandmother, and it needs some love to be shown well in this space. I’m considering a gallery wall on the blank wall across from the bed, its’ just asking to be an art wall! I need to figure out how to make these paintings look more in context in my dream modern space. I think I’ll mix them with more modern artwork like photography.
Lastly and very importantly, I do love white walls - they feel so fresh and calm to me - but I think we need to make it feel more welcoming in here with an accent wall of some sort behind the bed. I was either thinking wallpaper or maybe a plaster or limed wall! Am I crazy? Yes, I think I am crazy. I love the look of OLD PLASTER WALLS and there are so many modern iterations to be inspired from! I also think this room needs a hint of color to liven up the space. I have been feeling OCHRE in a major way as with all warmer hues and I just might incorporate some of this fun color into this guest room!
I love how these gallery walls incorporate various kinds of art and its all cohesive with similar frames and color palette.
And I am so so inspired by these bedrooms! I love their use of statement midcentury modern sconces yet they feel so inviting at the same time! I mean if I were a guest I would want to stay here! A pair of fabulous sconces is on my wish list. While these rooms look quite spacious, I think we can achieve a similar elevated look in my petite guest room.
And check out my current love for the color OCHRE, YELLOW, AND WARM HUES IN GENERAL! You know I love a beautiful blue or grey bedroom but this color just feels so fresh and happy to me! And if something makes me feel HAPPY, I want to bring it into my space.
I’d love for you to come along with me on this short six week journey as I make over this room. I have a long list of things to tackle for this petite guest room, and I know (/hope) it will look amazing at the end of it all. I’ll be sharing a lot on my instagram stories too, so head on over there to see some of the progress as well. I’ll also be featuring some amazing One Room Challenge sponsors along the way!
There are twenty other AMAZING Featured Designers who are transforming their spaces as well! I’d love for you to check them out .