Another year, another rental property – only this time it’s on my own terms. No more unwanted dog encounters in the hallways and NO MORE KIDS YOGA! I have to admit, my apartment was good to me. With it’s 10-foot ceilings and shiny new appliances, it was the perfect place to recover from the breakup. But Opal and I are a package deal and it wasn’t the right fit for her. So on April 29th we moved into a 2 bed, 1 bath guest house that I also have the opportunity to update to my liking. My most recent project? A Coastal Guest Bedroom in collaboration with family owned and operated Raymour and Flanigan.
Although I don’t live near the water (unless you count the stream behind my house), there is something about this space that feels coastal. I attribute it to the wood-paneled walls and the filtered light cascading through the windows. Even when painted a dark, dingy grey, I could still see the home’s potential. So I did what I do best (and messiest): I repainted all the walls in Snowbound by Sherwin Williams. After three coats and lots of paint in my hair, the space was ready to design.
There are two things I ALWAYS do in the design phase.
- Mood Boards – It’s the easiest way to visualize a space and see what furniture works best together before making big purchases. Read all about the details of the process here.
- Tape – When in doubt, tape it out. Seriously! Mood Boards conceptualize an overall idea of the room but taping out the dimensions of the furniture, ensures that your pieces will fit.
After partnering with Raymour and Flanigan on The Amos House Project, I knew that they would be the perfect fit for the Guest Bedroom Reveal. Walking into their showroom in North Attleboro, MA is like walking into your mom’s living room. They treat everyone like family. Most of the pieces I chose were online exclusives but it was nice to be able to see the overall quality in person.
The Valerie Bed
A lot of people design with the intent of maximizing floor space. However the sole purpose of this bedroom is for guests who stay the night. I wanted it to feel serene and hotel-like. So I took an opposite approach and filled the room with the Valerie Full Bed in Linen Talc. With clean lines and no frills, I love that the soft texture of the linen is the main focal point. It’s a piece that screams California Cool without breaking the bank.
The Playa Nightstands
I went back and forth between several pieces before finally deciding on The Playa Nighstands. The light wood tone, deep drawers, and built in USB ports ultimately sold me. They have just enough storage for a guest that might be staying an extended amount of time.
The Oxford Accent Chair
With all the light tones, I added contrast to the space with the Oxford Accent Chair in a rich, velvety black. The shape and brass details are an unexpected modern twist that keep the room from feeling one note. As a chair connoisseur, I have to admit this is hands-down the most comfortable piece I own and I’m sad I didn’t get a second one for my own bedroom!
The Stryker Rug
I snagged this 5×7 Stryker Area Rug at an outlet price and wish I had gotten it in the larger size. It’s always better to go bigger with rugs, in my opinion. The black pattern plays off of the velvet chair and ties the entire space together.
The Leighton Pillowtop Mattress
The only experience I have with mattresses are the memory foam kind that arrive vacuum sealed in cardboard boxes. So shopping for one in store was a new adventure for me. Of course, the first mattress I tested was the FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR Aireloom Augusta Plush – soft as a cloud but way out of budget. Thankfully, the sales manager introduced me to the comparable but less expensive Leighton Pillowtop Mattress and since showing it on my stories at least ten of you have asked for the deets. My honest review? It’s worth every penny and I’ve even thought about moving into the guest bedroom for the summer just so I can sleep on it. (Opal likes it too!)
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