Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Guest Room Ideas - Chinoiserie Chic?

I'm looking forward to finally putting our guest room together. I hope that a pretty guest room will entice certain favorite people to come visit me. *poke* Are my sisters reading this? *poke* Until now, our guest room has been a place to stash decor items that haven't found a home anywhere else in our house. If I don't know what to do with it, I stick it in the guest room. Now I'm looking at all that stuff and asking, "How can I create something coherent out of this mess?"

Stephen Shubel is a genius. Source
My original plan was to blatantly rip off pay homage to designer Stephen Shubel's amazing pink and red bedroom. I was so sure I wanted to do this, I painted the walls in our guest room a barely-there blush pink. Six months have gone by, though, and I'm dragging my feet on this project. Why? Because I'm not sure amateurs should try this at home. Especially because I don't think my pockets are deep enough to do this look justice. Maybe after we win the lottery! For now, though, it's back to the drawing board.

A little voice inside my head keeps saying, "Don't spend too much! Don't spend too much!" We've already spent plenty of money on, you know, the roof. So I need to work with what we already have, and that means working with these things. We haven't installed the chandelier from our old place yet, or put up the headboard, or even put shades on the lamps. The black dresser needs a fresh paint job. I have my work cut out for me, but it's a good starting point.

show me what you're workin' with

If this looks familiar, it's because this is exactly what my bedroom looked like in the condo. That's not a good thing, because that room never came together the way I hoped it would. I wanted it to be calm and luxurious, but it looked boring and anemic. It needed color. It needed pattern. It needed... Chinoiserie patterned draperies and rusty red velvet? Maybe!

Chinoiserie Inspired Guest Room

I spent last Wednesday pawing through gorgeous fabric at Brentwood Interiors, and I kept coming back to Robert Allen's Neo Toile. It's everywhere right now--even at Target--but I love it. I brought home a big honkin' fabric sample, and I dig the coral color against the blush pink walls. It's unexpected, but it's not too weird. Maybe it's just weird enough to work. If I use this fabric for the curtains, I'm toying with the idea of giving the dresser a glossy coat of vermillion red paint to match. Too much?


  1. My mother woudl murder me if I bought another chair but I desperately love that Skyline Accent chair from target. GAH IT WOULD BE SO PERFECT

    1. I can totally see you living with that fabric! Haha, you and Keith need to join Chair Addicts Anonymous. In his old place, he had boxy little Mid-Century chairs lining an entire wall of his kitchen. It looked like a waiting room, and he couldn't stop buying them.

      You could upholster something you already own in that fabric... or "accidentally" spill wine all over a chair so you HAVE to replace it... Just sayin'. :D

  2. That fabric! First off, I just love toile...but the colors are GREAT. I wonder how that would work in my dining room? I may have to go to Brentwood Interiors and check it out. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I'm glad you like it! I know what you mean; it has all the goodness of classic toile, but at the same time it feels fresh and fun and new. The guys at Brentwood Interiors are really nice, and they'll cut a big sample off the bolt for free, so don't be shy--get a handful of samples! And when you choose your fabric, I know a great drapery maker.

      *cough* my mom *cough* :)

  3. What's the paint color? Is it BM Opal??

    1. In our guest room, yes it's BM Opal.
      In the inspiration photo, though, I can't say.


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