Friday, September 10, 2010

Chic, Pretty and Affordable Instant Guest Room

Inspired by Ballard Design’s awesome upholstery sale, I decided to play around with some of their soft furnishings and put together a guest room scheme that is equally chic and pretty as it is affordable.


I chose a soothing palette of pale aqua and cream with a few hits of faded chocolate and shiny gold to round out the soft yet sophisticated design.

Most of my favourite guest rooms start off with a pair of twin upholstered headboards with matching bed skirts. I fell in love with the beautiful upholstered quatrefoil headboard and took my cues for the rest of the scheme from its romantic cutout and polished nailhead detailing. The symmetrical look of pairs is continued with an x-bench at the end of each bed and a hexagonal mirror hung above each headboard. A single nightstand divides the two and is topped with a classic pale blue ceramic gourd lamp.

A muted oriental rug in the same tones grounds the space and an antique-looking chandelier provides ample light overhead. Patterned window panels add softness while repeating  the fabric used on the x-benches. A petite secretary and luxurious upholstered vanity stool covered in the same linen as the headboard make for a perfect perch to write a letter or put on make-up.

All that for the price of $4,680! Considering I’ve had headboards made for clients that practically exceed that total cost just with the cost of labour and fabric, I think that’s a smashing deal!

Clockwise from the top left: Quatrefoil Twin Headboard in Linen Spa, $459.00 each and Ballard Custom 18" Ruffled Twin Bedskirt  in Linen Spa, $309.00 each, Montserrat Chandelier in antique cream, $99, Marais Console Chest in Antique White, $599.00, Custom 96" Drapery Panel in Charlotte Floral Spa, $181 each, Catherine Rug 8x10, $599, Upholstered Swivel Stool in Linen Spa, $239.00, Anne Secretary in French White, $349.00, rosette mirror in aged gold, $149 each, Suzanne Kasler Gourd Table Lamp in Blue, $149.00, X-Bench in Charlotte Floral Spam, $225.0 each

The sale ends on Monday so click fast to take advantage!

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