Renovation Reality — Volume 9: Guest Bedroom

For this week’s blog post, we had hoped to show you before and after photos of the Sunroom, the only other room on the main floor of our English Tudor renovation project that we have not yet shown. However, even the best decorators face challenges... in the form of backorders! We’re waiting on one piece of furniture whose delivery date was just pushed back, yet again! We’ll come back to that room once it’s 100% complete.In the meantime, let’s head upstairs to tour the bedrooms.

The second floor of the home has four good sized bedrooms. We chose the smallest ofthe rooms to work as a guest bedroom, since our clients often have visits from out of town family and friends.

The before photos below show you the room when the home was purchased...



The hardwood floors were in great condition, but like the floors in the rest of the home,we chose to refinish them to more of a walnut brown tone. This room has two side windows (which look right into the next door neighbors windows) and a 3rd window looking out onto the backyard. A small corner closet is just enough room for guests. Take a look at guest bedroom pictured above, after we added our touches... certainly a big change!

The color palette is a bit different than the majority of the first floor rooms. We chose to paint the walls in a saturated blue denim color to give the room a personality of its own.This darker color highlights the crown molding, baseboards and window trim.

The homeowners had several pieces of furniture from their previous home, so rather than spend money on new pieces for a room that won’t get much use, we chose to recycle as many pieces as possible. Our clients chose to upgrade to a king sized bed for their new master bedroom, so we used their old queen sized bed in this room, and added new bed linens. The striped chair was previously in the homeowner’s living room.We found a small writing desk at a discount retailer, paired with an antique chair at an estate sale, to create the perfect vanity/desk workstation.

Rather than add decorative drapery panels, we opted for custom fabric roman shades, so as not to interfere with the radiator below the two side windows. The roman shades can be easily pulled up and down for privacy. A large area rug absorbs sound, and adds a soft touch to the room.

The room takes into account all the needs of an overnight guest, giving them a great bed to sleep in, a place to read and relax, and even a designated spot to work on their laptop, or apply makeup! The room has gotten rave reviews... we only hope that it doesn’t encourage guests to stay too long!

For more information on this project, or our design firm, please visit our website at

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