Since completing our kitchen renovation, we’ve been making up for lost time by hosting lots of guests!
But, as with the guest bath, the guest bedroom wasn’t exactly a selling point when we bought the house. It was great to know the space was there, but getting it set up was an uphill battle…
In this ‘before’ picture (from when we made the offer on our house), you can see it was previously shared by two boys. One positive is that we knew a pair of twin beds would easily fit in the space. But this image also shows that even fairly light blue walls get weighed down by the quality of the light in here.
The double rows of louvered interior shutters don’t help, of course. Part of me wondered when we started working on this room if we should just take the shutters off. But they’re real wood and in great shape. Plus they provide privacy from neighbors and anyone who might happen to be in the back yard.
The first order of business was lightening everything up. For the wall color, we went with ‘Creamy’ by Sherwin Williams (SW 7012). We also changed out the light fixture. We replaced an unattractive builder-grade ceiling fan with a KRISTALLER chandelier from Ikea.
This is the only room in the house without crown moulding, so I like that, even though it’s a very simple fixture, the chandelier makes everything seem a little classy.
Of course the next order of business was making this a place where someone could actually sleep. We bought the bed frames from a tag sale held by one of our favorite auction houses here in town. I didn’t realize it at the time we purchased them, but they’re Henkel Harris and we got an incredible deal. Just one more example of why it pays to buy second-hand.
Speaking of steals, the lovely little teal rug was purchased for $35 at a charity auction here in Savannah a few months ago. There was an almost identical one in red that people were tripping over themselves for. Manny and I felt sort of bad nobody liked this little guy, so we had to bring him back to the bungalow. Tilly, btw, loves this rug. Then again, she loves most rugs. But, seriously, she’s always sneaking in here to cuddle up on it.
The bedding is a total grab bag. The European shams are fine Bellino linens we got for our wedding. The ring-spun cotton blankets are actually from Target, as are three of the throw pillows (all purchased on sale). The fourth pillow — the blue floral one — is fancy-pants Josef Frank. The pretty tapestries at the ends of the beds are Ikat textiles from Indonesia.
For now, we’re using a vintage wooden box bought at a flea market in Brooklyn as a side table.
And that’s it for now — when are you coming to visit?