Thursday, June 28, 2012

Office/Guest Room In 1 Week, The Grand Reveal

Good morning,

Last week I posted the inspirations for our new office/guest room here . Though it was a huge undertaking to tackle the office/guest room in 1 week, it was also cathartic and amazing.

Remember how we converted our garage to our new master en-suite? Also, remember how we went through a huge down size from 5,300sf to 2,500sf including the new addition? Well, as it goes our 1 extra room basically became the garage i.e. the place that we stuck EVERYTHING and simply closed the door. That was until I found out we had company coming and only had 1 week to get the room visitor ready! The other challenge is that the room is small and needs to have an office space, storage, and a place to sleep all while still feeling calm, bright and open. Okaaaaay.

Sadly I didn't take before pictures which I am so bummed about (it would have been beyond embarrassing), but the afters are pretty good considering the minimal time constraints and that this was done on a minimal budget. The only things that I didn't get to do on the list were reupholstering the futon sofa bed and adding the nail head trim to my MALM desk, but that's not too bad!

Take a look at our new office/guest room.

Funny enough, all these colors are a bit out of the norm for me but I absolutely LOVE them! I find it very inspiring for work and life. I'll try to get a picture for you with the bed down and made up. It's actually a futon which I don't love the idea of, but we bought a temperpedic top for it and it is quite comfortable. It needs to be recovered though, one day.....

The room is small so I chose smaller scale furnishings that don't take up much space such as the MALM console table as a desk from Ikea. It is thin and long and provides ample work space. I also chose a sofa bed which can be used for seating, but then easily folds down to give guests a place to sleep. The wicker box in front of the sofa is a storage box for blankets and sheets, and my papers are nicely tucked away in coordinating boxes which give me a stylish place to keep work clutter down. 

What do you think? Would you want to work/ sleep in this room? Do you have office/guest room solutions that you would like to share?

**If you are interested in the sources for any items or accessories leave me a comment. I'd be happy to share.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kelly Wearstler-Esque Accessories

Good morning,

In my recent Office/Guest Room (which I plan to reveal soon) I have the most adorable Target Hack for you. I want to share it with you because a.) it reminds me of the most amazing accessories EVER by the reigning great and oh soooo cool Kelly Wearstler , and b.) because at Target things go quickly so when they're gone, they're gone!

Here's my Kelly Wearstler inspired 5 minutes or less Target Hack.

It started with these 2 white spiked orb like balls for only $7.99 each.

Then take them outside armed with a can of 24kt gold spray paint, aim and shoot. Drum Roll Please...

In case you are wondering what the correlation to Kelly Wearstler's more amazing accessories is, here you go.

What do you think? Not too shabby for only $15.98 plus some paint, don't you agree???

Monday, June 25, 2012

Project Sneak Peek: A Bright Breakfast Nook

Good morning,

There's nothing quite like having a breakfast nook to sit with the family and enjoy the bright sunny mornings. In my Modern Organic project my client has just that. The only problem is that their old breakfast nook needed an injection of color and a bit of life to go with this young active family of 6.

To accomplish that goal I added a larger scale table and upholstered the dining chairs is a nice bright Windsor Smith fabric (yum!). I added a large orb chandelier in a silver finish, brightened the paint, and finished it off with custom photography art in the most delicious colors.

Here is a sneak peek of the results (taken with my iPhone).

The results accomplished the goal. This space is light, bright and cheery. What do you think? Would you want to enjoy your coffee and breakfast in this room?

**Sorry for the iPhone quality pics. I'll get better ones next time!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Office/Guest Room Design, And In A Hurry

Good morning,

Have you ever put something off to the very last minute and then scramble to get it done in a pinch? Well that's happening at my house in the office/guest room because I have company coming on Weds. Now that may sound easy, but my mom can't stay on top of the boxes and excess furniture that we graciously piled in there and closed the door on;) Most people use their garage for this sort of thing, but we have no garage and therefore have no storage. The good thing is that I'm now forced to get this much needed cleaning organizing done. The bad thing is I don't have much time to make it happen.

Step one is to sell, give away and file i.e. purge all the crap that's in there. Step two is to come up with a functional plan that accomplishes the needs of the room. Step three is to make that happen and to make it look good!

Here's my plan.

Start with a small beige sectional that will get upholstered either in this funky print, or in a white linen if I decide to play it safe. I'm also adding a skirt to the too plain and simple sofa. The sofa I have is a small scale and really only fit for 1, but it works in the small room and was given to me so what the heck.

Images courtesy of Furbish Studio 

Next I will add more print and texture with the pillows in the prints below and I use all white bedding on the duvet and sheets for guests.

I'll then add color to the all white walls with 3 of the most beautiful framed marble paper.

It will look something like this:

These are the actual prints:

I'm going to ambitiously complete an Ikea RAST hack with two night stands and nail head trim for added guest and office storage to give me this effect.

I'm going to use 2 capiz shell lamps that I already have (conveniently)

I'm then going to add my already in use MALM table/desk which is slim and long. I may also hack it with nail heads like the one below. Perfect solution for a desk in a small space. Layered with an acrylic and chrome TOBIAS chair.

I'm also planning to add a chrome lamp, some accessories and white LACK shelves above the desk for storage and display.

I'm leaving the walls white of coarse with white curtains hung. And I will add a few colorful and fun accessories and of coarse some gold in there here and there.

I haven't figured out a rug solution yet, but I'm sure I will.

What do you think? Nice chic office/guest room? I hope so because I don't have much time to pull it off.

P.S. Happy Friday!!!!!