If all goes according to plan, we should have family from the UK coming to stayÂ for the Thanksgiving holiday.Â Â Although it’s not on our list of renovation goals for 2010, we really need to make a start at getting at least one of our spare bedrooms more visitor friendly by November.Â
Â Until recently,Â the spare bedrooms have been empty shells… well, apart from a few boxes of junk that we’ve never sorted through since our move in 2009:
A couple of weeks ago, I worked up a inspiration moodboardÂ for this room.
It involves repainting the walls a lovely duck-egg blue color, and bringing in some sumptuous chocolate furniture, with touches of turquoise and silver and contrasting red accessories.Â I also talked about having a dark bedspread, but funking it up withÂ some graphic black and white sheets andÂ punchy pillows.Â Throw in some modern sleek lined furniture and an architectural light, and we had an initial plan forÂ transforming thisÂ blah space.
Well, phase 1 of the bedroom makeover is currently underway. We’ve yet to paint the walls – I think this will make the biggest transformation in the room.Â When I return to the States at the end of this month, the search will be on for the perfect duck-egg hue (any suggestions?). We have moved some furniture in to the room, making it decidedly less storage-room and much more bedroom.
A brand new queen sized mattress and box springs has been topped with a simple black bedding set and a fewÂ cute pillows.Â The bed is flanked by two glossy nightstands (that were bought on clearance, score!).Â The generic drawer handles were replaced with some funky crystal topped ones, whichÂ I think tie in nicely with the brushed nickel finish of the lamps.Â The black bedding is only temporary until I can find a more exciting set like one of these.Â I do like the graphic pop of the black-and-white sheets and pillow that peek from behind the more subdued cover.
Opposite the bed, an Ikea HopenÂ dresser (another Craigslist bargain) is topped by three mirrors found at Target, which are great for bouncing light around the room.Â The dresser is actually quite large and so has plenty of space for guests to place their foldable items (the door to the left of the dresser is a small walk-in closet).
A few small red accessories have been placed on the dresser, includingÂ the very first photo taken of Rick and I when we began dating (10 years ago – eek!).
So, we’re starting to make progress transforming this room in a more liveable space.Â There are many things left to do in this room: paint the walls, lay some flooring, change the bedding, bring in some artwork and figure out some cool lighting.
Eventually, I’d like to think about installing a built-in bookcase in that wall where the roof line comes down (instead of that small door).Â It might also be cool to install some window seats under those twoÂ windows.Â That would add a little extra storage and create a nice relaxing space for our guests to chill with a book or to look out the window at the scenery.
I am still looking for design inspiration for this room.Â Do you have perfect duck-egg blue paint on your walls?Â How about a great architectural light fixture?Â Have you built a fab window seat? Help a girl out here and spill the beans!