Thursday, June 16, 2011

dream design: guest room

My husband and I have begun the long process of finding our first home so naturally I now have decorating on the brain! I have already been dreaming up rooms in my head for years, looking forward to having my largest canvas ever to work with (two rooms that I have posted in the past: yoga/mediation room and an Anthropologie living room). 

We are lucky to be moving to an area where you get a lot of bang for your buck in the housing market (a very welcome change after living in ridiculously expensive San Francisco and then the Gold Coast of CT). That means we are likely to end up with 3-4 bedrooms, which means plenty of guest rooms! The guest room has to be one of my favorite rooms to decorate given my natural hostess quality. I simply love tucking guests into a well-appointed, cozy room and making their stay with me as relaxing as possible. 

I have an endless amount of ideas and there are many possible directions I could go—I suppose I'll have to wait and see what kind of house I end up with first. But, I will continue daydreaming in the meantime! Here is one of many options floating around my head:

My design is built upon and inspired by this bright, blossom-covered rug from Anthropologie.

I'm loving this upholstered headboard by Pottery Barn with nailhead detail trim. I'm a hug fan of upholstered as opposed to wood or metal headboards—it's a bit softer and more inviting.
Add crisp white linens (PB) edged with a porcelain blue trim... 

and a set of spanish-inspired patterned pillows (Z Gallerie) and you've got a tailored, modern bed.

I love this carved mango wood panel for above the headboard (PB).

A nice chandelier hanging above the bed adds a touch of luxury.

A faded ivory dresser is softer than dark wood.

and matching bedside tables.

Always a fan of a decadent chair from Anthropologie.

a weathered, ornate mirror above the dresser.

Top it all off with a carafe for cold water and glasses (sur la table)…

some beautiful books for the bedside (Mark Rothko, Undecorate, and Clothbound Penguin Classics

a couple of exquisitely fragranced, luxe candles

and a vase full of fresh flowers...

and you've got yourself a guest room that your guests won't want to leave!

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