Progress in the Guest Room

A couple of months ago we took our scary storage/ workout room....


...And turned it into a guest room.  We started by tearing out the drop ceilings & then having the walls & ceiling re-drywalled.  A closet door  was also added to hide the massive storage closet/ understairs storage.  We took our old guest room and turned it into another office for me & my assistant, Meghan.  (We are still waiting for our furniture to arrive in the office but I'll post pics when we're finished!)

The guest room is pretty much a hodgepodge of things we already had, with the only new item being the linen curtains I had made out of my new Thistle fabric.  I used the vintage wooden dresser I found a while back & truth-be-told, it's stuffed with off-season clothes.  My wooden lady (who is super-heavy) makes me happy:



We're still missing one of the most important elements in the room- the headboard!!- so I have to warn you that the pics really don't look that great, but I'm excited about the progress we've made & wanted to share.  (The pics are also really grainy- sorry!!!)  It's a very tiny room so just room for a bed with a small trunk at the end.  (Which I couldn't even fit into a picture)  I used white/cream bedding we already had & have been having fun layering the bed with different quilts to suit my different moods.  Right now I wanted sort of a Fallish-Bohemian feeling so I used a couple of old vintage quilts.  Here's a blurry pic I snapped of the half unmade bed this morning:


{The quilts are vintage and the 2 boudoir pillows are in a Peter Dunham linen}

I used my favorite pair of massive glass lamps on either side of the bed & was able to just fit in our pedestal table along with the dresser:

{The window isn't centered in the room so we had to go with two totally different sizes of end tables...  Since we were using pieces we already had, the pedestal table is a bit shorter than I'd like so I raised the lamp up with some books to make it more even with its mate.}

I have a collection of old mushroom prints on one wall and wooden printers' trays that the boys & I are working on filling with natural objects on the other, so I'll be sure to share overall pics when we're "finished."  I'm planning on doing a headbaord upholstered in warn oatmeal linen that will stop right at the window sill.  I'm debating on on its shape because I am still to excited over my curtains to cover them up too much with a straight headboard so it will either be rounded or I'll cut out the corners.

Here's a close-up of the curtains in Thistle in Sepia & I'm pretty excited to see them in there:

{I chose them because I could mix them with just about any colors I wanted when my moods change}

Anyway, I'll share more when there's more to see.  I hope you liked it & that you're having a great week!!  I also took a few more photos the other day of one of our most recent installs & will be sure to share.  My client's bedroom turned out beautifully & is really different from this one, so I'll try to post soon.


xoxo, Lauren

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36 comments:

katiedid said...

I just am in love with the thistle fabric! What a difference in this room! You are getting me motivated to switch some things up around here. Wonderful job!

Bethany said...

Lauren! That's SO earthy and WONDERFUL. I wanna stay in there!

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Lindsay said...

Looks super cozy in there! Great job.

Leslie said...

It looks great! What a transformation. :)

pve design said...

How does one book a night in that pretty guest room.
I hope you open up a b & b one day or transform one that could benefit from your tlc!
pve

pve design said...

How does one book a night in that pretty guest room.
I hope you open up a b & b one day or transform one that could benefit from your tlc!
pve

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

the curtains are gorgeous and I'm loving your layered vintage quilts. Another item I may need to start collecting!

Marianne Simon Design said...

What a perfect retreat for your guests! Of course, I love your fabric!

olivian said...

Nice pictures. The room simply looks cool. Great work!

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Heather Peterson said...

Just gorgeous. I love your aesthetic! Isn't it funny how sometimes using what you have on hand can actually yield the best results? So personal.

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Erica M. said...

Gorgeous! I love those lamps!

Acquired Objects said...

Your hodge podge is still better then some rooms I've seen. It looks like you've made a very cozy room for guests. Lovee your curtains!

Holly said...

The draperies are beautiful Lauren - that must be a good feeling to be able to gaze at those hanging there in that pretty space.

Edie Trageser said...

Beautiful, Lauren! I think the chest is the one you bought from me to use for a bath vanity--- looks like the storage was too good to pass up in the meantime. Keep up the great work!
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Kiley said...

Lauren, Such a gorgeous room. I have always admired your aesthetic ever since I found your blog through Eddie Ross. I wonder if you might do a post on incorporating an earthy/bohemian/eclectic feel into your home? Your rooms have such a specific mood, and I think it's through your color palette and the kind of muted greens/earth tones you use. Anything you might offer would be greatly appreciated!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I love it already. The colors on the bed add so much, and make it that much more unique. Your fabrics are AMAZING!!!

Megan said...

It looks great! I love your vintage quilts. I have a few layers quilts in the guest room at our house! I love the look and feel of them! As always, great work :)

Diane James Home said...

What a totally charming room, filled with character and beautiful things! It reminds me of the Bloomsbury period, with the vintage quilts and graphic prints. Your wooden lady and the whole room make me happy! Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

The enchanted home said...

Love the colors, really inviting, charming and cozy, well done!

Comeca Jones said...

Mmmm Cozy!

Windlost said...

It looks beautiful. There is something I love about a cozy, charming, slightly un-perfect room that is put together from things one has on hand. There is an honesty about it that is very touching to stay in someone's guest room that they have put together and made nice without spending a small fortune. I find rooms like this delightful and I bet I would have a lovely sleep there (unless there were little boys who came to jump on the bed). : )

The thistle fabric is gorgeous - love the lamp, the bed spread, all your lovely things...

xo Terri

Windlost said...

Lauren, our downstairs guest room is precisely like this - in our semi-basement (and where we sleep all summer as it is cool) with a half-height window above and the bed centered on it. I have been thinking of doing a not-too-tall headboard (mine is like 45" tall to the bottom of the window) in a linen also. I will just copy whatever you do. haha (just make two okay?)
kidding.
: )
xox Terri

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

It is a lovely breath of fresh air! Your fabric is quiet and stunning all at the same time. Looks like the fabric has a great hand!

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

I. Love. This. Room. Your taste is so real and sophisticated at the same time. The drapes are stunning. Kudos!

Something Gorgeous said...

Well done, the room looks very inviting. I really love the curtains and the quilts. x

bevy said...

it looks awesome for a "in progress" room. can't wait to see the headboard. oh, and your office too.

bryn alexandra interiors said...

Everything you do turns to gold!!! xoxo

donnabee said...

I just am in love with the thistle fabric! What a difference in this room! You are getting me motivated to switch some things up around here. Wonderful job!

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mom23 said...

Beautiful and cozy room! Love the curtains...wish I could afford them :) What paint color did you use? It has a slight neutral color to it but still creamy. Thanks for sharing!

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I think the guest room looks great and totally cozy! I adore the vintage quilts and I think your Thistle fabric in Sepia makes the room! Love the fabric. ; )

Blue Turtle said...

Excellent transformation. Never a trace of the old and damp room. Nice job!

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rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray said...

GORGEOUS!!! The room is just beautiful! I knew if would be if your hands were on it!

JoLynn said...

Beautiful! I am in love with those glass lamps...did you get them recently? I have been on the hunt for the perfect lamps in our master bedroom.

Thanks!

Jenna said...

Well, I know it's not "finished" but I LOVE it so far! Your curtains are beautiful, and I love the vintage chest. The glass lamps are gorgeous too. Really wonderful little space, I'm sure your guests will cozy on up!

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You tttube said...

Beautiful! I'm in love with these glass Lantern. You can get them lately? I've been on the hunt for the perfect lamps in the master bedroom.

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