Happy Valentine's Day y'all! I hope your day is filled with lots of love. Brian and I celebrated by putting down this beauty of a vintage Persian rug that arrived on our doorstep yesterday.
You'll remember that we had a smaller black and white striped rug in there. While I loved the graphic element, the scale was a bit too small for the large space. And with two pups who shed and love to play outside, the rug always looked a little dingy. We'll relocate the striped rug to a less trafficked space.
I love that the new rug brings in a little more color and some warmth. I'd like to have a cushion made for the window seat and will probably do it in black and white stripes so we can bring that graphic element back in the room.
Brian digs the new rug. Probably because it's pink :)
I've talked about the progress we've made in the living room and the front room and we have made changes in our entry and master bedroom which I will be sharing in the coming weeks, but I'm excited to get into some real-time updates and projects. I've decided to break up the larger room/project posts into a series that walks you through the process in the same way that I approach a project. The first room I'll be working on and sharing is our guest bedroom.
Here's a photo of the guest room from the MLS listing. This is also what the room looks like today as we have done nothing but put a bed in there.
The first thing I like to do when I'm taking on a new project is to define the function and goals for the space. In this case, the main function of the space is for sleeping guests, duh. But as I think through the goals for the space, more layered functions/ideas pop up.
I'm very into organized brainstorming, so I like to make a little free thought mind-map to coral my ideas and goals and see what emerges. I try not to limit myself to what I think is possible or practical, or my "final" ideas. You never know where some random thought or idea will lead you!
This one was drawn on a post-it note:
Yes, this is the guest room and the primary function is for sleeping, but I also want the room to feel very welcoming and cozy. I want our guests to feel like this is truly a space for them. So a place to store or hang their clothes is a must. I also want a way to thoughtfully set out clean towels and extra blankets, a welcome note or a good book - those little extra touches that feel special.
This is likely to be a nursery when we have a baby (not yet mom, relax), so while I want the space to feel refined and grown up, I also want to add a playful whimsy that could translate to a child space so the room doesn't have to be completely redone when we put a crib in there.
After I brainstorm and start to formalize what I want for the room, I begin pulling inspiration. Again, don't limit yourself! Pull together anything you are drawn to for whatever reason. You can always go back and narrow down the key elements for your space, but the more inspiration you collect the more themes will easily reveal themselves.
I love that this room is dark and cozy (I have an affinity for dark walls) layered with luxe details like that fur blanket and the beautiful kilim rug.
I actually really love the idea of a hand drawn pattern for a wall in the room, perhaps behind the bed. How many hours do you think it would take me to do something like this?
So this is really the first step I take for a new project -- assessing the functional needs of the space, drawing out the key goals to accomplish both utility and aesthetically speaking, brainstorming ideas and pulling inspiration. Next I will show you the design board, project ideas and to-do list!
I cannot stop looking through the portfolio of Jessica Helgerson Design. It makes me so jealous in the most awesome way. I posted a couple of photos from one of her projects on an inspiration post a couple of weeks ago, but when I went back to her website to check out some of her other work I fell in love. Head over heels.
I recognized so much of her work from pins I've collected for inspiration for our home. Her kitchens are amazing. I love her preservation of original architectural details and how luxe and modern her spaces feel.
We've made a ton of progress at the house removing wallpaper, painting rooms, getting furniture situated and installing new beautiful light fixtures. Some of the big rooms we use daily, like the living room and the master bedroom, feel really well along and are at the point where we are adding the detail layers like accent pieces, art, pillows, etc. I feel like that detail layer takes the most time as you want to add special pieces you've collected over time and you don't feel like you have to rush as you have the big stuff in place.
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the "secondary" rooms that we are ready to work on. The guest rooms, an office, the guest bath, and our kitchen. Not that the kitchen is a secondary room by any means, but it certainly is a much bigger project and we have a working kitchen (albeit an ugly one) so we didn't have to tackle that space first.