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Updated: Aug 26, 2019

Our guest bedroom needed a light and airy facelift. A combination of colorful fabrics and an easy DIY washi tape wall treatment really brought this room together. It's been a 2-year process in that we did a full design of the space after we moved into our new home, but the grey walls that we originally painted just felt sort of drab. The room only has one small window, and we needed light and bright walls to freshen up the space.

It all started with this beautiful Brooke Wright Designs diamond print fabric. Ever since I laid eyes on it, I just had to have it!

Our guest room has seen a lot of visitors ever since we moved to Charleston. Somehow it's ended up being a rotating storage room of sorts as we perform our regular "operation clean sweep" of the downstairs (to hubby's chagrin!). He likes the house to be neat and orderly, and I'm sort of....well, a crammer! AND-- the guest room gets the brunt of that sometimes. I shove things in there and close the door when guests are coming over. With more and more friends coming to visit, we really needed to give our guest room it's rightful overhaul to create an inspiring oasis for our friends and family. 

BEFORE shot of our guest room when we built out house.

When I met the delightful and talented Gray Malin a few years ago, I knew that I wanted one of his special pieces in my home. So...some fabric and a photograph-- that was the starting point of this room.

I selected a view of the Martha's Vineyard shoreline from Gray's works as that is where Chris & I fell in love, and Gray wrote the sweetest note for our special photograph.

I've always been a fan of a canopy in a guest room as it makes it feel even more like a special retreat. I wanted to create an updated nod to midcentury with bold patterns and colors. I designed a channeled headboard in the loveliest shade of cobalt velvet, which is now part of the Taylor Burke Home custom headboard program. It is the perfect addition to the fun canopy in the room.

To complement the Gray Malin Martha's Vineyard photograph I wanted to add some contemporary artwork to the space. I have been a fan of Miles Purvis for quite some time, and her colorful collages are just stunning. As many of you know, my Mom passed away in 2008, and I kept several pieces of her clothing. She loved wearing this leopard print vest, and I gave it to Miles to create some special pieces of artwork for this space. You can see where she incorporated Mom's vest into the collar of this piece and into the composition of the other two pieces in the space. This piece makes me feel like a little angel is watching over all in this room, and I smile whenever I see it. 

As far as the bedding goes I kept the linens simple-- good ole plain white .I love white bedding as it can be bleached and thrown in the dryer with ease. The shams are where we get the color on this bed-- I mixed and matched various patterns with some of my favorites from Lacefield Designs. Brooke helped me select a beautiful palm fabric to go on the inside of the canopy that is the perfect complement to the bedding.

Now let's talk about that wall treatment, shall we?!! It definitely was a labor of love. It was a total DIY moment, and determination won out in the end. Hubby would crack the door open every now and then and shake his head at how tedious the process was, but he was super impressed in the end. I absolutely love it, and my guests do, too. It started with this image from Pinterest as I wanted to created a random pattern that had a similar feeling to this. I painted the walls a bright white in an eggshell finish. I love this Valspar Paint as it truly is a bright white that is soft and easy on the eyes. I ordered 15 rolls of gold washi tape from Amazon Prime. You can see the full tutorial HERE. Now I will warn you that this wall treatment requires a whole lot of patience and perseverance! I did a few sections at a time and took several weeks to complete this project so it would not be so exhausting. I don't recommend trying to knock this out in a short amount of time or mistakes can easily happen. The great thing about using washi tape is that it is so user friendly. You can easily pull it up and retape if necessary. In the end the result looks like wallpaper and everyone comments how much they love it! See the full tutorial HERE. We get a beautiful glow all over the space from the custom Louise Gaskill chandelier in the center of the room. Louise is a very talented lighting designer from Raleigh, and she created this one-of-a-kind piece that is absolutely perfect. We started with the beautiful vintage Murano glass piece at the top, and everything fell into place to complement that one special piece. We kept the other details of the fixture simple to go well with my midcentury vibes, and to really shine against my Sherwin Williams Eco Green ceiling color. 

The other lighting in the space includes these vintage brass table lamps from Chairish, which is my go-to resource for all things vintage. I topped these off with colorful Taylor Burke Home finials. (Insert photo) I also just adore this beautiful gold leafed floor lamp from Couture Lamps. It is the perfect accent to this fuschia velvet Newport Swivel Chair from Taylor Burke Home.

I rounded out the space will beautiful window panels and the Hudson Drapery Hardware from Ballard Designs. I also added the gorgeous Shanghai Credenza from Selamat Designs. I adore Shannon Davis and the team at Selamat Designs, and they were so kind to switch out my silver hardware for brass.

I love this credenza in lieu of a dresser in the guest room as it gives us additional storage space while providing the perfect spot for guests to get ready in the morning. Most of our guests are not going to stay long enough to need a dresser, and we can always use another space to store taller items from our kitchen (remember when I told you I'm known for cramming?!!). 

Every time I walk into this space it brings a smile to my face, and I'm so glad to finally have it finished and ready to welcome our out of town guests. Now, I'm off to read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up so that I can begin to tackle that credenza in the guest room! XO, Julianne

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