So, our old place in Brookline was a great brownstone apartment with some fantastic features. While we weren’t too keen on the location (we loved Coolidge Corner but needed to be much closer proximity to the heart of Boston for work and play), we really enjoyed the space. The bones of the apartment were ideal with 10′ high ceilings, wide plank hardwoods throughout, arched doorways and wall-to-wall windows in pretty much every room.
We had a large guest bedroom that served us well, as we had house guests stay at least once a month. The room was large enough for a queen bed, two nightstands, a large armoire and enough space leftover for their luggage and/or a desk (when I need to use it as an office). Needless to say, it was a spacious and functional room.
Here’s the layout of our guest bedroom: it’s a 13′ x 13′ square with 12′ ceilings. One wall is covered with 1/2 windows and one adjacent has a huge white column radiator taking up half of the wall with a window directly across from it. So while the space is big, there is minimal plain wall space. It looks something like this:
(behind the chair is a 3′ long radiator that sticks out from the wall)
When I initially was planning the room design, I scoured Pinterest, design magazines and various websites until I had four or five images that stuck with me.
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All five of these have quite a few things in common that I really love. First, they are all calm and serene which is definitely a look we were going for. Second, they’re each mostly neutral with shades of green and blue. Lastly, they each have a “hotel feel” which I really love – I just want guests to come in and have the desire to dive right into a big, comfy bed! My two main goals for any guest bedroom is always comfort and function.
So all in all, here’s was my design plan:
**In all honesty, I had to build this room around this piece of art. My husband really wanted to use this and that is the only thing he cared about. So, in the nature of compromise, I figured that I could be my best to work it in, even if it wasn’t my first choice. Edit: I ended up swapping the art out for this piece which we both love!
And here’s how the room turned out:
What are your thoughts? Do you like feel like I captured the vibe that we wanted?