I like sleep. It’s the best way to feel well-rested!  In order to get the 7 hours or so that I need each  night, I like my bedroom to  have certain features:

  • light-blocking window coverings
  • cool air, with a temperature no higher than 70 degrees, and preferably lower
  • soft but crisp sheets without perfume
  • reading light (I’m a book worm!)

This month, I’m sharing my guest room update, just in time for Summer guests.  Next month, I’ll share my principle bedroom refresh.

Our house technically came with three bedrooms. We converted the smallest one to an office. This is the second smallest of the bedrooms. We call it a guest room, but until the renovation, it was our son’s room. Now, it serves as a guest room or snoring room, as required.

Guest Rm Before
BEFORE — As you can see, the walls were blue before the update. Under the old broadloom was the original parquet flooring, soon to be covered with new carpet.

Before we could redecorate the space, we had to clean up the shell. We scraped down the stucco ceilings, patched and painted the walls, and replaced the carpet. Years ago, we had the bedroom closets reconfigured by a professional closet company, and they are still as good as new. This means that we don’t have to have a lot of furniture in the bedrooms.

Guest Room During
IN PROCESS – We elected to replace broadloom in the bedrooms for sound dampening and comfort under foot. In small bedrooms, any area rug would cover the entire floor anyway!  The new carpet is a textured wool/nylon blend. The walls were painted in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Jute’.

Our new lighter, brighter second bedroom now has a neutral shell that can adapt to any colour scheme. We kept the custom upholstered valance (visible in the mirror), which has blue and gray stripes on a beige background.

  • The upholstered headboard and embroidered bird pillow are from Pier One.
  • The fuzzy throw blanket was scored at a Habitat for Humanity Restore.
  • I’ve had the Tiffany lamp in storage for years.
  • The pine mirror was a wedding gift and the pine night table was hand-made locally.
  • The white cabinet with glass doors is actually made up from two pieces left over from the cabinets we purchased at the Restore for our basement. I had my cabinet maker turn it into a piece of furniture by adding a base and top, with frame all around to connect the two halves into a single piece.
  • One thing you can’t see is the new mattress. It was important to us that this bedroom be as comfortable as the principle bedroom, so we invested in a good sleep set. The bed is a Queen size, which we selected for comfort as well as consistency — we can swap bedding among all three beds in the house, depending on how I want to set up each room.
Guest Rm After left side
AFTER: This room is a collection of old and new pieces. When we’re expecting my Mom for a visit, there are fresh flowers on the night stand. 
Guest Rm After right side
AFTER: We keep a spare dining chair in each of the bedrooms. It keeps our dining room from being overcrowded, and it provides a handy place for putting on socks or stashing an overnight bag. Because our dining chairs are fully upholstered, and neutral, they can easily do double duty here. Note the bedroom door — we replaced all of the original hollow-core doors with new solid wood doors, with new lever hardware. They instantly upgrade the quality of our home.
Guest Rm After pillow detail
AFTER:  The key to neutral spaces is contrast and texture. Here, you can see the textures in the linen headboard, and matelasse coverlet. Then there are the cross-hatch patterns in the pillow cases and white cabinet. The embroidered pillow adds both colour and texture to the space. Inside the cabinet, there are pops of colour in the books and momentos. 

This secondary bedroom has been well-used since the refresh, and I’m happy to say that it is performing as planned.

Jeanne Grier is an award-winning interior decorator and owner of Stylish Fireplaces & Interiors. With over 25 years’ experience in the Toronto area, she has completed hundreds of makeovers. Her expertise extends to fireplaces, and she is an NFI Certified Hearth Design Specialist. She and her husband Colin operate a retail showroom in the Toronto area, featuring over 50 electric fireplaces, as well as wall coverings and fireplace accessories. 

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