So this guest bedroom is actually the reason my client asked me to decorate her house in the first place.  She'd seen a cobalt blue and bright coral orange bedroom on my website that I'd designed for a past client, and apparently that's what sealed the deal for her.  She hired me on the spot, with the sole request that I recreate the same bright and cheerful vibe in her own guest room.  And that's just what I did.

Here's where we began ...

Crazy how much darker and smaller the space looks in the before photos, huh?  Some crisp white linen drapes and bright, coordinated bedding later, and it's a whole different world in there!

The curtains are once again the same simple Ikea white linen panels I often use (all sources listed below.)  This time I customized them with burlap Greek key trim affixed with fabric glue.  I also raised the curtain rod nearly to the ceiling.  I've said it before and I'll say it again:  always hang your curtains at ceiling height!  It does so much to make your ceilings feel higher and your space feel bigger.

That Greek key on the curtains and this embroidery detail on the bedding just make me so very happy.  Sometimes it's the small things ...

These photos were taken at a couple of different junctures over the course of the project, so you may notice some variations in the furniture, wall art, styling, etc.  You'll also recognize the bed from the original master bedroom.  When I designed and made the luxe tufted silver bed for the master we decided we could definitely re-purpose the old bed in the guest room.

Those very pretty blue and white ginger jar lamps were such a great find from Lamps Plus.  I don't think I will ever tire of a classic blue and white color scheme.  You just can't miss with it!

If you know me at all by now then you know that I of course went out hunting for vintage pieces to re-do for this space.  My favorite combo is the flea market desk that I had lacquered in a bright coral orange and paired with a vintage windsor chair (I can't find a "before" shot of the desk, but here's the chair when I first found it at Hernandez Furniture.)

Another satisfying makeover was the dresser I found in a no-name junk shop on Sunset in Silverlake, which got a fresh coat of white lacquer paint and some brass ring pulls and suddenly looks like a completely different animal ...

So there you have it.  From a dark and lackluster back bedroom to a light-filled, energized, and inviting guest room.  Happy Monday!

BLUE & WHITE PRINT PILLOW custom Rosa Beltran Design
UMBRELLA PRINT free downloadable image
X-BENCHES AT FOOT OF BED custom Rosa Beltran Design
LINEN CURTAINS Ikea Aina in white (customized with burlap greek key trim)
ROMAN SHADES custom Rosa Beltran Design
DRESSER vintage, restored in Benjamin Moore "White Dove"
DESK vintage, restored in Benjamin Moore "Pinata" 
DESK CHAIR vintage, restored in Benjamin Moore "White Dove"
DESK LAMP Land of Nod Gold Rock Lamp Base
BLUE AND WHITE POTTERY thrift store finds


Ms. McCall said...

Beautiful! Question: I know that you recommend that the drapes hang from ceiling height, but how would you deal with sheers? I live on the ground floor, and I need sheer curtains in my windows.

I'm also interested to know if you have any favourite tutorials for the roman blinds. I'm handy with a sewing machine, but I haven't done much home dec.

Thanks - love that guest room, it's so happy looking!

Rosa said...

Hello Ms McCall, nice to hear from you!

In answer to your questions, I would use double rods to hang your sheers at ceiling height as well.

And since I don't actually make the roman shades myself but rather send them out to my seamstress, I'm afraid I can't help you there.

But I do know that there are a TON of great step-by-step tutorials for this all over the web.

Best of luck!

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