Although this room still isn't completely finished (we still need a rug and more artwork on the walls and above the bed) we have made quite a bit of progress in here over the last few weeks. One of the things we were most excited about when we found this house last summer was that it had four bedrooms. Because Lillie and Lola begged to continue sharing a room that meant we were going to have plenty of extra space for all of our family members who pretty regularly come to visit us. Up through Christmas this room was pretty dated and depressing looking. We really wanted both guest rooms to feel welcoming so our family members would enjoy staying in here. We were able to get the other guest room well on it's way before Christmas but this one we didn't start working on until after Christmas. We've already had three rounds of guest come through just since we painted this room a few weeks ago. First my sister, Dana was here, then my mom, sister Jamie, and baby niece Everly were here and then my brother, Jason and his best friend, Jake just came for a day and a half earlier this week. Originally this room was also going to serve partly as a home office but once I started working on the other guest room this fall I realized the way that room is laid out it will actually work better as an office so this gray room will function just as a guest room and the room with the white beadboard wallpaper will act both as an office and a guest room once I get around to adding a desk and some other functional type pieces to the opposite side of the room from the bed.
I actually wasn't sure what direction I was going to go in for this bedroom. I originally thought about using navy as the main color in here and then for a while considered more of an aqua color and then I almost decided on going to a chocolate color similar to what we had done in Lorelei's nursery at our last house. Then we got an e-mail from Ballard Designs asking if we would be interested in any of their new bedding. Once I saw their new Audree Pom Pom Quilt and Shams I had my inspiration. I completely and totally fell in love with it. I loved all three colors it came in and was torn on which one to go with. Ultimately I thought the gray would work best with the furniture we were going to use in here and well, I love gray! I also loved the Jardin Toile Duvet and Euro Shams and they mixed so beautifully with the quilt.
After I chose my bedding it was time to get to work on transforming the room itself. The first thing I did was start priming and painting all the woodwork. I went with Benjamin Moore's Simply White in a semi-gloss finish and Mopboard Black for the doors, also in a semi-gloss finish. Then it was time to say good-bye to the "pink house wallpaper" (it was actually more of a faded maroon, but Lillie thought they looked pink and was quite sad that we were getting rid of them). In the rest of the house we had the wallpaper removed before I started painting, but in here I decided to just paint right over it. For the walls I chose Benjamin Moore's Graystone in a Matte Finish. I used their Aura line of paint because it has a built-in primer. I had done this before in our first house years ago and was very happy with the results. This time I cut a few corners and have to admit I wish I hadn't. In our first house I coated the walls first with at least one (or actually I think even two coats) of Kilz Primer. I skipped that step in here but if I were to do it again I would not skip it.
Then it was time to bring in the furniture. We already owned most of the furniture in here from our last house (the bed, the mirrored dresser, and the silver chest). We did purchase the chair, mirrors and chandelier for this room though. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, we still need to add a rug and some more artwork on the walls, but it sure is a big improvement from the beginning on January when we started working on it!
Wall Color - Graystone by BM in Matte Finish
Trim Color - Simply White by BM in Semi-Gloss
Door Color - Mopboard Black by BM in Semi-Gloss
Bed - Skyline Furniture about five years ago
Mirrored Dresser - Haynes Furniture about five years ago
Silver Chest - TJMaxx about five years ago
Lamp - Aiden Gray on clearance about 7 years ago
Sheets - Amelia Embroidered Sheet Set from Ballard Designs
Duvet Cover and Euro Shams - Jardin Toile from Ballard Designs
Quilt and Standard Shams - Audree Pom Pom from Ballard Designs
Two Square Pillows - Home Goods
White Framed Mirror - Savvy in Williamsburg, VA
Tall Mirror - Home Goods
Urn - Had for Years
Metal Sphere - Home Goods
Chalkboard Print - Written by myself and sold in our shop here.
Frame - World Market
Smaller Frame - Home Goods
Chair - on clearance at The Loft Outlet in Williamsburg
Knit Pillow - Joss and Main
Geometric Pillow - Target
Drapery Panels - Ritva Panels from IKEA
Curtain Rods - Home Depot
Lamp Shade - World Market
Horse Bookends - Savvy in Williamsburg, VA
Chandelier - Restoration Hardware Baby and Child
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!