01 May Be My Guest
“Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that’s really where you wish they were.” – Anonymous
BEFORE | GUEST ROOM
A renovated guest room often ends up being the room people wish was their own bedroom. Uncluttered and airy, crisp sheets reminiscent of a fine hotel, and relaxing enough to get a great night’s sleep. This dated room was in need of some neutralizing and modernization. I have known this client for years, and it’s funny to think how much this style maven’s taste has changed over time. (She didn’t even want me to see the room in it’s existing state) Bye bye yellow walls and clunky armoire! Adios open closet used for random house storage! Hello to guest quarters fit for even the most discerning of company.
Paint is the first step in transforming a room. Benjamin Moore’s Wind’s Breath was the perfect subtle shade for these walls, making the freshly painted molding and shutters look brand spanking new. A natural linen upholstered bed is covered with new white sheets and a duvet from Bed Bath and Beyond, a great resource for hotel linens at the right price. Hand dyed silk charmeuse turned into a custom pillow that adds a little color, but keeps with the soothing feel of this room. A cashmere throw is a beautiful and functional accent.
Vintage bamboo side tables refinished in black lacquer and given new life with pulls from Liz’s Antique Hardware, one of my regular go to’s for updating furniture and built ins. Once we refinished and stained the wood floors downstairs, the home owners realized how dramatic it would be to carry into the upstairs bedrooms. A natural sheep skin rug in grey adds texture and warmth to the ebony stained wood.
A pair of mercury glass lamps with black silk shades work effortlessly with black and white photography books for guests to enjoy. Fresh hydrangeas plucked from the garden fill a vintage crystal vase. Little effort, major difference. What is your favorite accoutrement while staying somewhere as a guest?