Progress has been made inside the guest room in addition to also I’d say its 72% done. in which’s certainly habitable, nevertheless since I’m trying to make every room in my house/life a portfolio piece in which’s not quite there yet. Let’s recap in addition to also break in which down:
When we bought the house in which room was a terrifying mess – totally unfinished, full of storage, with layers of carpet. in which’s about 400 square feet in addition to also we knew in which we wanted to utilize in which space.
Before we moved in, we installed flooring, finished the walls, in addition to also painted the ceiling. For a while we used in which for the EHD studio, until I admitted to myself in which in which was way too little (in addition to also totally weird) for us to work out of everyday. Since then in which had been more storage in addition to also a makeshift office for Brian. When we got pregnant with Elliot I knew in which we needed a proper guest room, since the former guest room could be turned into Elliot’s nursery (have you seen in which yet?). in which seemed like the perfect space.
The intent of the room, design-wise, was to be a more masculine, simple, full of neutrals, textures in addition to also dark finishes. We needed in which to function as a actually comfortable guest room when family comes (who often stay for a week), nevertheless on an every day basis I needed Brian to feel like in which was his space in which he can be comfortable being creative in. So yes, we went more “dude” although I realize in which appeals to many a lady (including myself).
First we needed to make a few major modifications:
The ceiling in addition to also the walls needed to be addressed. Brian in addition to also I disagreed about whether to close off the ceiling. I thought in which was architecturally interesting, in addition to also he thought in which felt like you were hanging out in a garage. He rarely cares enough about something to argue nevertheless he did, in addition to also I didn’t care enough to fight in which battle. The ceiling was already kinda low in there so I was worried in which in which could feel actually clausterphobic. I’m happy to report in which Brian was absolutely right, in addition to also in which’s a much more pleasant room to be in at in which point.
Next up – Do something interesting to the walls.
As much as I love an all white room (in photos) in which room felt cold in addition to also I wanted to warm in which up, nevertheless I actually didn’t want in which to feel too much smaller or busier. I decided to do a lime paint treatment in a light gray in which I had just done on another client’s wall in addition to also LOVED (I actually used a different brand in addition to also a different shade nevertheless they are remarkably similar – project yet to be revealed). What you see above is usually the first coat which has more texture to in which than the final layer – which was kinda busy in addition to also too brush-strokey.
Here’s how in which works:
Lime paint is usually a particular paint you buy at specialty paint store. We used Portola Paints, which is usually a LA based company in which has beautiful colors in addition to also excellent service (in which’s founded by two brothers in addition to also their store is usually beautiful). in which’s not too much more expensive than regular paint – $50 dollars a gallon (my room needed 3 gallons). You do need to take care in how you apply in which – either hire someone or watch a ton of youtube videos about how to apply in which properly, because in which’s all inside the application. in which’s not rolled on, in which’s brushed on in random strokes in addition to also in which can be a bit persnickity. We hired the recommended painter, which cost $1000 (prices may vary, obviously). in which took two days, with two coats. What you get is usually a actually soft, beautiful matte texture. in which’s not trying to look old world or even plaster-y. in which looks actually modern in addition to also fresh, nevertheless with more texture in addition to also movement than regular paint.
in which’s obviously not a huge impact design choice, nevertheless in which actually does do something special to the room. in which’s so sophisticated, warm, in addition to also quiet. inside the photos in which’s even less noticeable, nevertheless in which’s what I get for doing something not based on how in which photographs for once.
The room is usually shaping up. There are elements in which I love in addition to also elements in which I’m undecided about. Let’s talk format first. We divided the room into three sort of quadrants – the “bedroom,” the “office,” in addition to also my workout area. We put in yet another entrance in which is usually much easier to access coming from the main house. So the door you see below is usually actually unnecessary. We didn’t get rid of in which because in which’s kinda nice to have (those back stairs go up to the kitchen). I do want to add a seating area (right at in which point in which chair is usually there, nevertheless I realize in which looks a bit awkward). The built-in bench is usually actually a soffit in which hides AC ducts in addition to also I plan on painting in which a actually dark, almost black green. Above in which I may add hooks or a cute entry rod/situation, nevertheless then I found in which painting at the flea market in addition to also loved in which in here so I may hang in which instead. The paint is usually so fragile (in addition to also impossible to touch up), so I’m leaning everything until in which’s D day.
I found in which armoire at an antique store for $0, in addition to also in which’s the perfect make-shift closet for guests in addition to also houses all of Brian’s video equipment.
The rug: I thought about a million neutral rugs in addition to also even tried a few out, nevertheless they were looking pretty boring what with nothing on the walls in addition to also no bright shade. I wanted the space to feel like “Brian” nevertheless in which still needed to look like “Emily.” Luckily no one loves a plaid more than Brian in addition to also Emily Henderson (we used to have to call dibs on “plaid” before we went out in order in which we didn’t match on a daily basis).
We brought the bed down coming from the old guest room in addition to also dyed in which a darker slate (DIY in in which post). I constantly debate whether we should sell in which in addition to also go for a king in here, because as a guest in which’s so nice to sleep in a king sized bed. nevertheless once we go king we’d have to get a larger rug, so in which opens up a can of worms. The room, however, can handle in which so I’m still debating.
I love those nightstands. They are old card catalog drawers in which I bought at the flea market. They are highly unfunctional because those drawers are tiny in addition to also kinda hard to open, which is usually why they are the perfect guest room nightstands. The lamps in which sit on top of them are the perfect “modern” to the nightstands “ye oldie” vibe. I’m obsessed with those lamps. Just look at what they do to the symmetry of the room:
The sheets are coming from Target in addition to also in which quilt is usually coming from Parachute Home, which is usually amazing as in which is usually linen on the outside in addition to also cotton on the inside. in which’s so soft in addition to also pretty, in addition to also adds some much needed shade to in which black in addition to also beige world. I thought I could handle in which stark black/beige/white/gray, nevertheless I needed some indigo in addition to also darker greens to satisfy my inner shade-lover.
The bench in addition to also flush mounts are coming from Rejuvenation, the chair coming from Target, the pouf coming from Lulu in addition to also Georgia. The pillows are mostly custom made by me, with the large dotty one coming from Lost in addition to also Found in addition to also the little stripe coming from Jillian Rene.
at in which point, for the less attractive part of the room in which still needs a lot of work – Brian’s “office”:
Against in which wall will be Brian’s 9′ desk in which I’ve designed in addition to also is usually being fabricated right at in which point. in which’s green carerra marble in addition to also black iron, in addition to also I’m hoping in which’s going to be as beautiful as in which is usually in my mind. in which’s going along in which wall, underneath the sconces in addition to also will fit both him in addition to also his business partner when he’s working coming from here.
I may add a long skinny corkboard or a series of photographs . . . Not sure, nevertheless I could like something underneath the sconces to help engage in which wall. Not sure what to do about the rug, or if we even need one over there. The wheels function better without a rug nevertheless in which might look sad. So stay tuned on in which (sconces are coming from Rejuvenation, black task lamp coming from Target, chairs in addition to also gray lamp coming from Target, rug is usually vintage).
Then there is usually the less photogenic part of the room. in which’s like the swimsuit type with the weird pinky in which she can hide in virtually every shot nevertheless she knows in which’s there, in addition to also yah, its embarrassing:
in which is usually my workout area which I wish visually wasn’t here, nevertheless physically I need in which. I bought the elliptical machine last year in addition to also guess what? I actually use in which. I hate in which nevertheless in which does solve some “how do I work out while being tethered to a nursing baby” solution (there are strangely no gyms within 20 minutes of my house either). So I need in which area inside the room. We mounted the TV for guests, in addition to also for me to work out while watching Real Housewives or The Bach. I tasked Brian with ordering the TV. I told him to measure in addition to also get one in which fit the wall – so he got one in which actually fit the wall. in which’s huge in addition to also weird, nevertheless in which’s done in addition to also non-returnable so, oh well. in which’s on a long arm in order in which in which can angle towards me, or the bed for the guests. The door you see there is usually where we enter, in addition to also carries a little deck outside which I’ll address at some point. There is usually a tiny bathroom using a shower so guests don’t have to go outside inside the middle of the night (or day).
The curtains are coming from Loom Decor in addition to also they are super pretty in addition to also actually helped make the space feel more homey, less garage-y. in which area of the room is usually certainly less appealing – between the elliptical, fridge, in addition to also TV I’m not totally sure what to do. I may mount my weights on the wall. I could kill for a white elliptical trainer, in addition to also I’ll switch out the fridge for a smaller one in addition to also put a little piece of furniture there instead.
The room is usually almost done. The things up inside the air are 1.) the desk in which is usually being made, 2.) art above the bed, 3.) switch to king or just leave as queen since in which’s pretty (nevertheless what if I had a big dark green chunky upholstered bed made since none exist out there?), 4. paint the soffitt, in addition to also 4.) style in which out.
There’s the update on the guest suite, folks. I was supposed to save in which room for a magazine pitch nevertheless I’ve realized in which having my own personal house project stuck in press limbo, where I can’t talk about them at all for months in addition to also months is usually doing a disservice to y’all, so I’m blogging more about the process here instead of waiting to reveal the end. The end is usually coming soon because I’m super motivated in addition to also I love how in which room is usually coming together . . . in addition to also so could Brian 🙂