Guest bedroom re-do

17 Feb

Note to self:  when showing a room makeover, it’s best to have the “before” pics.  Oh well, I forgot to take photos of the room before so I’ll do my best to describe it.  While I’m staying here in Monkstown with Clodagh, we’ve decided to take on some room makeovers she’s been interested in for a while.  The first task was the TV room — she had already ordered the new furniture before I arrived so that’s simply been a job of re-hanging artwork, bookcase organizing and selecting new paint for the walls.  The room is getting there but it hasn’t been as dramatic of a change as the guest room has been.

Clodagh is a big adventurer so she left to go to southeast Asia for six weeks.  While she was gone, Mario (her handyman) and I took on the task of re-doing the guest room.  Old carpets were removed to reveal gorgeous wide-plank hardwood flooring. Mario put in new insulation and repainted the walls and Clodagh had selected and purchased the wallpaper (close-up of the sample I’ve been carrying with me for the last month at top).  My job was a fairly simple one — working with Mario on the details like paint color and accessorizing.  We have been trying to do this on the cheap so a lot of what I did was editing — removing a lot of what was in the room before (see, this is where a before pic would have really come in handy).  There are two built-ins in the room — a built-in wardrobe and a built-in desk (which did have a hutch on top).  While the room is big with high ceilings, it still had too much going on — very dark green walls, heavy curtains, a small round table and two chairs at the window, the built-ins as mentioned, two twin beds, two side tables and a bookcase. The extra furniture was throwing off the balance of the bed wall and a lot of things were out of scale – artwork too small and hung very high, lamps the wrong color and size for the bedside tables and too much furniture pushed together.

Now that the feature wall is wallpapered, I felt like it really need to tell the story for the room and everything else needed to be very simple.  I painted the two bedside tables white and added more delicate knobs to them (before, they were chunky wood knobs).  Mario removed the hutch from the desk so that it doesn’t feel as heavy now.  I bought a very simple, frameless mirror for the mantle and some chunky candlesticks on either side to balance it out.  The bookcase, curtains, round table and chairs were all removed.  Simple, solid new bedding for the twin beds but with a touch of the purple from the purple peonies in the wallpaper.  I’d like to re-do the headboards in the same purple velvet but that’s a bigger task and finding fabric in Ireland is a challenge. A simple, flat-woven rug to match the walls and a funky IKEA shade were also added — both of which have a slightly Asian feel but I think they go well with the feel of the wallpaper.  I also added a trio of black and white floral photos behind the beds — at the moment, everything is a bit IKEA but I’d like to eventually change the photos to black and whites of the Dun Laoghaire harbor view which can be seen from the window of the guestroom.  But it’s not exactly the right time of year to get photos like this.

I’m not quite sure the photos do it justice (have added two panoramic views)  but I’m happy with the result of the room.  It’s simple and it suits Clodagh’s home and her style (or at least I hope it does — will let you know if I’m right when she returns from Asia…)


6 Responses to “Guest bedroom re-do”

  1. LorI February 17, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    What a good friend you are, Amy. Clodagh will love it, I’m sure.

    • amyswear February 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

      It was completely selfish – I love this stuff :-)

  2. Betty February 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Beautiful redo! Clodaugh will love it. Enjoyed the wide view,too.

  3. Christiana Childers February 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Well done Amy! Love it.

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