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Bold, Colorful and Modern: Guest Room

*The idea for this post was suggested by the fun folks at Chairish.com.  Their unique site lets you shop for and sell furniture easily.  I personally love the Mid-Century Modern section because the style is simple, timeless and so easy to pair with other pieces you might have.*

With less than 30 days until my fabulous sister comes to visit for a month, I have guest room updates high on my priority list.  In its current state, our guest room is sleep-able, but I wouldn’t call it highly comfortable or well designed by any stretch of the imagination.  I put together an idea board to show you what I have been thinking:

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1. Wood paneled wall with floating shelves via remodelista.com
2. BRIMNES storage bed via ikea.com
3. Mexican serape blanket via luluandgeorgia.com
4. Pantone’s Radiant Orchid
5. Mid-Century George Kovacs “Caterpillar” lamps from chairish.com
6. Mid-Century Modern Splash Oil Painting via chairish.com
7. Modern Thonet Bentwood Chair via chairish.com
8. Similar Midcentury Modern Sideboard via chairish.com

Our guest room also doubles as my sewing/craft/art room, so we have turned the closet into a work space with a desk, shelves and pegboard for organizing supplies.  We used an old closet door for a desk running the full length of the closet.  I painted it (4) Pantone’s radiant orchid for a splash of color.  My resourceful hubby made me some shelves out of some old deck wood.  The closet is a complete juxtaposition of rustic industrial and modern, which is quickly becoming the style of the room.

We recently purchased the (2) BRIMNES storage bed from Ikea because I needed large drawers to stash my art supplies and paper.  I like how sturdy the drawers are, and the simple design of the bed means it will work nicely with any style.  In order to easily pull out the drawers without having to move a lot of furniture, I would like to have floating shelves on each side of the bed to serve as nightstands. (1) Tying them in with a wood paneled wall or headboard would add some midcentury architecture to our little 1950’s home.

I love the look of simple white bedding topped with a (3) Mexican serape blanket, and it would compliment the bright orchid work desk.  A pair of neutral mirrored (5) lamps and splashy abstract (6) art highlight similar colors and tie the room together.

A comfortable, low profile (7) chair gives guests a place to sit and read or put up their feet.  A dresser or (8) sideboard for clothes or miscellaneous storage takes the place of a closet.  I purchased over-the-door hooks for clothes that require hanging.

There you have it! A fun combination of bold colors, vintage and reclaimed woods and furniture with simple, clean lines.  It all adds up to a comfortable and unique space anyone would feel welcome in.

* I have not been compensated in any way for this post, but it was so fun to put together. I can’t wait to get started on the room!

 

 

Finding Your Own Style

I love a guided project where I feel like I am somewhat accountable to finish assignments.  Sort of like school, but even more fun because it is something you have chosen to do.  One of my favorite websites, ApartmentTherapy, has an annual fall tradition called the Style Cure.  They give you around 22 assignments over a month’s time to guide you in finding your personal style and then making over a room in your home.  As long as you don’t tear down walls or anything that drastic, the assignments are pretty doable in evening or weekend timeframes.  Sign Me Up!

 

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As an interior designer, one of my favorite jobs is helping people discover their own style and then recreate it in their homes (hence the name, Uniquely You).  The Style Cure has you interview yourself for the first assignment.  Their questions are interesting and useful, so check out their site if you are inspired.  The first question I typically ask people is how they want their home to feel.  It may be your cozy sanctuary from a crazy work day, the neighborhood hangout or even a live/work type of environment where you crave a little distinction between the two.  Most people see (or would like to see) their homes as a place where they can restore and re-energize themselves after a stressful day.

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The next step in finding your personal style deals with putting images and colors to the feeling you want to create in your home.  For example, how you visualize a cozy sanctuary might be completely different from someone else’s vision.  One person might like warm dark earth-tones, while another might prefer cool and light beachy colors.  I have people gather images that they really enjoy and jot down a note or two about why they like the particular image.  You will soon notice some commonalities, whether it be references to nature, a particular color or possibly a style of furniture you prefer.  If you share your space with others, have them choose some images also, and then work toward emphasizing common interests.

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After gathering images and studying them for awhile you should have a much better idea about what you like and don’t like.  My husband and I both like a simple combo of midcentury and Scandinavian style with neutral bases and pops of color.

This is a good time to take a cue from the Style Cure interview and choose three words that describe your personal style.  You might feel like this is an unnecessary step, but putting your style into words will help you focus.  When you are out shopping for accessories and become overwhelmed with all the options, reminding yourself of your three words can help eliminate some of the decisions.

I have decided to work on our bedroom for the Style Cure.  I have done a lot of work in there this past year, but it really needs to be finished up.  My husband and I are aiming for a modern, restful and uncluttered space, and we have until Thanksgiving to get it there!