To say the room was in need of a makeover is a vast understatement, it was just so plain and there was SO MUCH WOOD! After our incredible friend offered up her designer discount, the next few years we began swapping out our well used pieces for some more quality ones. The room was pretty much designed around the Eames chair, because well, it's an Eames chair, and the overall feeling I was going for in the end was moody and calming. My mother-in-law and I painted the accent wall behind the bed dark (when I was very pregnant with gray) and after we had to re-do our floors and walls because a foundation leak I knew I wanted to carry the dark gray throughout the room. I would read so much about how this can really make a space look smaller, because we get so much light in the room and it is already pretty large, I felt confident painting the whole space dark.
From there it was really playing around with accessories. The art over the bed was the trickiest part, and when I finally moved the skateboards to the hallway and found that incredible print, the rest flowed from there. When you have such a dark background, colors really pop, as does white so I tried to sprinkle both around liberally. The richness really comes from the gold in the frames and sconces, and I even hung a few of my favorite necklaces off the frames to try to bring more of that lux feel in. Because we had such a neutral space I felt like texture was very important and really played that up with the throw, the pillows in leather and Mongolian Lamb and the cow hide rug, which like leopard really is a neutral. That crazy little stool was a unplanned purchase, but he adds so much whimsy to the space, I'm so glad I didn't pass him up. As you can see, the bedding was difficult for me to settle on, but once I saw that gray/blue linen that was slightly lighter than the walls... I knew we were in business.
The after photos taken by the insanely talented Sarah Winchester pretty much speak for themselves so I'll let them do just that. I included a source list at the bottom with quite a few similar items because these are definitely on the pricier side given that we were able to get them discounted through our dear friend.
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Paint- Farrow and Ball Downpipe
Side tables (which are technically used for seating, a suggestion from our friend)
Picture frames (I spray painted them gold)
Art over Bed by Jenny from MFAMB framed as a "floating" style at Blick Art (this is where I get all my framing done because almost monthly they have a 40% off framing sale.)
Leather Pillow CB2 (sold out)
Faux Fur Throw form west Elm (sold out) (similar here)
Rug (similar here)
Suzani Throw (similar here)
Mongolian Lamb pillow on chair
Faux Fur Stool (you can read all about it here) (I know Nate Berkus did a great one for Target if you can find it in store or online.)
Art over dresser by Myles McGuiness the image is printed on wood
Vase is from Ikea.
Tomorrow I'll be showing the before and afters of the guest room!