It’s amazing how nice it is to go on vacation, and how nice it is to come home. Home sweet home! Several kind blog writers have written such nice posts on some of my Marmalade Interior designs the last couple of months, and many have included this aqua and pink bed room. Since it’s the guest room in my house I thought I would share with you how it evolved.
I love when my friends and family visit, and always want to have a fun space for them to stay. When I moved in this room had white walls and the former owner left heavy, beige floral Ralph Lauren draperies and a mattress, since I moved in with only a few things. I took me a L-O-N-G time to get around to doing something with it. It has been evolving for a long time and I’ve been layering and layering until satisfied.
The wall color was the first thing I wanted to do something about. Life’s to short for white walls. I wanted a strong, fun Mediterranean color since this was a Mediterranean style house. I chose Appalachian Trail 633 by Benjamin Moore a really beautiful aqua color. My old place was done with more muted European colors and I wanted this house to feel more modern. I think I looked through a book by John Stefanidis and found an aqua and yellow room that seemed so different from what I had used to like, so I decided after my divorce to go different, and try something vibrant. Now of course I’m hooked on bold hues.
My brother and I did several trips to the flea market for some quick inexpensive fixes. Found this chest of drawers for maybe $ 150. Been meaning to upgrade it or paint it forever. Probably will end up white I think. But it has not been bothering me too much, so I end up leaving it as is.
The room already had a sisal carpet when I moved in. I used to throw a kilim carpet on top, but I added the brown zebra printed cowhide last year. Sorry, I belong to the team that still has not tired of the zebra print. I don’t know for how long but I still love zebra print rugs!!
I had two Bergere chairs from before that were really nice, but felt old fashioned so I threw them in this room thinking they would be out of the way. They were pretty, but looked subdued in a pale yellow material. I bought two geometric pillows from Ballard Design to make them bolder. But I thought the room needed just the right punch of color, so in came — PINK!
I picked a fun pink velvet from Robert Allen and had them recovered. When the chairs were done I was so thrilled I wanted them everywhere in the house! So they actually do move around quite a bit.
I love being greeted by one in the foyer! (And yes…another zebra there, but this one black.)
The curtains in the guest room are a from a friend/client. Since she didn’t want to use them, I use them in here for now. They are a little too long and don’t close all the way, but I don’t care. Hopefully your eyes are drawn to something else, so you don’t notice. I love how things get a second life somewhere else.
This was another flea market steal. $ 50 I love it.
The second purchase was a yellow headboard made by Calico Corner. The chest is a Gustavian style chest I have from Sweden since..forever.
The bedside lamps are one of my favorite finds. Sweet daisy lamps from a second hand store.
I love the daisy details all around.
Small side chair, again a flea market find from a couple of years ago. It lives in here, or sometimes the bathroom.
Some paintings I bought in the weekly Weschler’s wednesday auction a few years ago. Weekdays they have the regular stuff and and you can literally steal stuff. You just need the time to go, which I haven’t had lately…
This naive chow painting my friend Sheila has been wanting forever. Maybe one of these days I will give it to her. It reminds her of the dog she had as a kid. It used to hang in Luke’s room.
Photographer: Geoffrey Hodgdon
But you can’t tell if I don’t tell….I think cheating is totally okay. Don’t you?