It’s easy for the guest room to become an afterthought in a home, a repository for furniture, accessories, and other decor that don’t quite go in the main rooms but that we still can’t bring ourselves to part with. So when Annie renovated her new home, she had two edicts for decorating the guest room: it had to be as thoughtfully designed as the master bedroom, and while it would feature some favorite vintage piece from previous rooms, it also needed to have its own identity, courtesy of some custom fabrics, eye-popping antiques, and bold new bedding.
Annie started with a simple yet classic geometric wallpaper from Farrow & Ball, and kept the trim light. Over the blond wood floors, she added a Dash & Albert woven cotton rug, in a neutral-and-blue stripe that visually widens the room (note: when using the under-the-bed arrangement with a rug, always choose one that’s big enough to extend at least two feet past the edges of the bed. It doesn’t have to extend under both legs of the nightstands, however.). The ceiling-to-floor curtains, in a complimentary sand-and-blue floral, are vintage Hodsoll McKenzie, and used to hang in Annie’s mother’s dining room. She had them altered to fit the widows of the guest room, but was delighted to find a new home for such a memorable fabric.
And speaking of fabulous fabric and vintage finds, this room features oodles of them. The French country-style armchairs in the sitting area, the antique Eastlake footstool along the wall, and the smoke-painted antique chest set up as a nightstand are all repurposed from Annie’s mother’s collection, while the circular wood table in the sitting area was inherited from her grandmother. The curved bench at the foot of the bed is an antique reupholstered in a sumptuous cream leather from Moore & Giles.
As for that showstopping bed, it’s an Anglo-Indian antique from Porter & Plunk, one of Annie’s go-to sources for amazing vintage furniture. For the bedding, Annie chose a mix of Indian-inspired coverlets, shams, and decorative pillows in indigo and brown, plus a dramatic linen mesh bed skirt, which not only enhance the exotic ambience, but also provide a balance of masculine and feminine energy to the room. Front and center she hung a colorful landscape by cartoonist and painter Leo Garel, and added some local art she’s collected over the years to the other walls.
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