Designing a guest bedroom escape



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Have we talked about how I won a headboard at Alt Summit from Joss & Main? Yup – true story. I was kind of shocked when I found out via Twitter that I had won (along w/ friend Whitney English!). Joss & Main was super generous and gave a variety of options for upholstery and design. And somehow I found myself uncharacteristically stymied by making a decision. Should I go with a color or with a neutral?  Probably most of my indecision was because I knew this was going in the guest bedroom (we have a relatively new headboard in our master that we are madly in love with and aren’t planning on replacing anytime soon.)

In the end I went with a neutral because I couldn’t get past the idea of a great big fluffy white bed to fall into. When I think about bedroom design (grownup bedrooms, that is), I want a room to feel like a luxurious hotel getaway. White down comforters, loads of pillows – the kind of place you wouldn’t mind staying all weekend long.

I also decided it was time to rearrange the upstairs bedrooms as both were becoming Pencil Shavings Studio storage lockers and we had nowhere for guests (or, future babies for that matter) to reside. The original guest bedroom was really too small to accommodate the queen sized bed and any other furniture, so I moved it into my former office (remember the Chinoiserie-inspired walls?)  And suddenly I was reminded of a hotel I had stayed at in London when I was a student in Paris. It was the prettiest, softest girliest room – a total sanctuary. And in some way I think I’m inspired to recreate that feeling.

Here’s what the room looks like today –it’s pretty bare bones, but I do love the new headboard because practically anything will go with it.

newly-arranged-bedroom bedroom side-table new-headboard

Unfortunately I’m probably not going to be doing much with this room anytime soon, but if I were, here are the two moodboards I pulled together to inspire me.  And if I’m being honest, I think I’m hoping that someday soon this room will be transformed into a nursery.


Bedding: Border Euro Sham // Polka dot pillow (in a variety of sizes) // Quatrefoil pillowcase // Trellis sheet set

Accessories: Foo dogs // Pendant light // Venus capiz shell lamp // Jill Rosenwald rug // Mirrored Side table




Mod Chinoiserie sources

Bedding: Gold Pillow // Pink Pillow // Gold Scallop Pillow // Border Sham // Sheets
Accessories:   Lamp // Dresser // Pendant // Stripe Rug // Nautilus Shell (awesome price) // Gold Polka Dot Pillow


What do you think? Which one would you pick?

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