Here's the problem: Last year, Catherine and Micah built a house from the ground up. It's totally impressive and I am beyond jealous!! The good news is- they've been documenting their entire experience of a life time at Fourty20Four blog. The result is AMAZING. The not so good news, they were a bit lost on what to do with their two Guest Rooms. You can see the current state of the rooms right here.
Here's the set up: Catherine and Micah are ginormous travelers and they wanted to have one room to display their travel goods, including Catherine's impressive Babushka collection from her time in Russia. Micah also wanted to make sure the rooms were manly enough to satisfy his taste (no pink pillows for him).
Here's Room #1:
Here's my plan for Room #1: (1) bring in a big blast of color with a duvet- and make that your jumping off point and paint the wall behind the bed a light bright color to avoid the Seattle doldrums; (2) you need full length curtains to polish up the room- IKEA shears work or a fun striped DIY; (3) I don’t think you need two side tables in a guest room, but you do need at least one substantial one. Would the dresser fit between the bed and the window?? (4) make sure the side table has a lamp (the ones you already have maybe perfect), and a cute clock. Oh, and when guests visit- add some flowers. (5) A must for a great guest room- a $30 Luggage Rack- your guest will love you for this one.
As for what they have: a great wooden dresser and mirror. I'd say paint the mirror a glossy white or fun pop color and put it on the wall opposite the door in the main bedroom to add light to the room. And either paint the dresser white or add cool knobs to modernize it.
#1 Buddha Sunshine: With this room, I wanted to be as bright and cheerful as possible to really block out the Seattle Gray.
#2:Pops of color with basics. This one is similar to the first one, but a bit more sophisticated and a nod to their travels.
#4 Sunshine redo. Another example of a few small changes making the room feel totally different. By changing the pillow cases, curtain and lamp, it's a whole new feel:
Any Gray Pillows will do, these are from CB2, Shaggy, $50. Both CB2 and West Elm have a great selection of gray pillows and comforters. You could also go for a Navy instead of Gray. West Elm, Curtains, $35-47. West Elm Duvet $99 or West Elm Quilt Cover, $97; Storage Trunks. CB2 $50-$70; Wall Color Inspiration. Shown: Yam and Cornbread. Ikea, Curtain, $25; CB2- Wall Hook- $20 perfect for a guest towel or jacket. Potential lamp, CB2, $100
Is your house more on the manly side or a bit more girly?
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