Gebhardt Guest Room/Office

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You’re in for a treat today!  Aren’t room transformations THE BEST?!!

If you have been reading the blog for awhile, you have already seen two rooms come together in the Gebhardt home – the formal living and the casual living.  Since Sabrina is a beautiful photographer, she needed an office that would be colorful and happy and inspiring.  But because this room would do double duty for guests, it needed to be accommodating and inviting, too.   Of course, I was happy to help!  (repeat clients are my biggest compliment!)

Sabrina deemed this room “her hot mess”, and it was full of hodge podge furniture and…stuff.  (after moving two years ago, I still have a space – or two – like this, sigh)

Here are some before pics.

The room could use some love, but the dog is cute, right?

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Sabrina bought the desk super cheap off of CraigsList when they got into their new-to-them 1920’s home; mainly out of desperation for a workspace amidst the chaos of moving.  We pondered getting something different but ended up with a “is that the same desk?!” transformation.

Because this was essentially Sabrina’s space when guests were not in town, I was given permission to “girl it up” if I felt so inclined.  Carefully listening to my clients is very important to me, so I made sure I fulfilled her requirements of “pretty”, “lots of color”, and “functional”.  Of course, I needed a jumping off point, some inspiration, and I knew immediately what it was.

Designers Guild, Orangerie Rose Fabric

Designers Guild, Orangerie Rose Fabric

Ah, the ever-spectacular Designers Guild “Orangerie Rose” pattern.  I have loved this watercolor-y floral fabric for years.  It runs about $150 USD a yard so it was merely a dream.  Until…I snatched up four yards on Ebay for around $200.  I was so excited!  I saved it for just the right client, and I knew when I saw the room, and pondered Sabrina’s color story for the space, that she would love it.  Therefore, with this fabric in mind, I designed the room, and presented Sabrina with this design board.

We started from scratch with this room except for the french provincial side tables, a brass swing arm floor lamp, a mission style bench, and an old Ethan Allen wing chair.  Sabrina did a lot of the legwork on this room herself, taking the board and running with it, but I really enjoyed working out all of the details with her and styling the room.  So without further adieu,

Welcome to the Gebhardt Guest Room/Office.

I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite viewpoints of the space.   You get a little sneak peak from the hallway, and I think one just feels drawn into the room.

The gorgeous campaign dresser is a Scout Design Studio find, and we painted it in Rustoleum’s Safety Red, a high gloss orangey-red hue.

AStoriedStyle.comIt turned out pretty killer.  One of Sabrina’s main storage requests was somewhere to put all of her kraft paper boxes she uses for presentation of her client’s photos.  This long but narrow depth dresser fit the bill perfectly.  Brass hardware like this slays me.

AStoriedStyle.comWe styled it with books, sentimental wine corks, and some pretty water and glasses for guests to feel right at home.

Besides the fabric, my favorite feature of the room is this interchangeable art/photography wall.  Using vintage frames Sabrina already owned, plus a few purchased from a local salvage store, we fashioned this interesting collection by nailing large metal binder clips into the center of each frame.  It will be so easy to alter the photos and artwork as desired.

The vintage bamboo pair of chairs are one of Kristen’s Gypsy Soul Interiors finds, and we had the seats upholstered in the Orangerie fabric.  They. are. stunning.  The green and white flocked trellis pillow is from Etsy.

Sabrina says this is her favorite photo of the space, and I love it, too.

The vintage round ottoman was a CraigsList purchase.

Since the bed was in front of the pretty windows, I didn’t want to cover too much sunshine.  Therefore, I searched for an iron bed until I found this one (from Pottery Barn) at an estate sale for $150.  We sprayed it in Rustoleum’s John Deere Green.  (I’m loving that little cutie’s pjs in this photo!)

This little princess likes the bed, too.  How precious is her little dolly sleeping next to her?!

The bench at the end of the bed looked like this before.

Using some not-being-used-by-me-anymore World Market gray velvet curtains I had edged in white linen, we had it reupholstered and tufted.  How very Maria VonTrapp, ha!

The beautiful Orangerie fabric was used for long pillows for the bed and a bolster for the bench.  Yellow silk fabric was used for piping.

Are you loving the rug as much as I am?!  There is nothing like an old rug to bring a wonderful sense of age and character to a space.  Found on Ebay from this seller whom I have used many a time – I highly recommend him!  (I can hardly look at his rugs without wanting at least twelve!)

We used one of Sabrina’s french end tables she already had on one side of the bed, and placed this grasscloth one (another Gypsy Soul Interiors find) on the other side.

The lampshades were edged in pretty trim.

Sabrina had previously purchased this curvy shaped Ethan Allen chair for a great price off of CraigsList, and we had it reupholstered in this crisscross gray fabric (“Hector” from Cutting Corners).  The pillow is another Etsy find.  The curtains are linen from Ikea, edged in a yellow Greek key trim.

For printer and office supply storage, this bamboo shelving unit was purchased off of CraigsList.  I love to make useful items display nicely.

The desk turned out so great!  We painted it in Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewood Gray reduced 50% and added the dainty brass knobs.

The corkboard was purchased at Home Goods, and Sabrina painted the frame gold, and added the chevron fabric (Premier Prints) and red trim.

Light, bright, and beautiful, just what Sabrina wanted!  She sent me these thoughts about her new room, and it made me so happy!

Oh Grace. I cannot even describe how perfect my office space is. It is my new favorite room in the house. And I am so glad that it is because I spend so much time in there! Even my daughter says, “Mommy, I love your new work room”.

Before we started, this space was a complete hot mess. It was the office. The guest room. The unorganized catch-all. It was ugly, stressful and the most unproductive and unwelcoming room in our home. I spend 3-5 hours a day in my office and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I wanted to love the space. I wanted guests to love the space. I wanted to get organized. I wanted to feel good about walking into the office and not an overwhelming sense of dread.

When we started the project, I told you that I wanted color and inspiration but that it also needed to have a calming effect so that our guests would feel comfortable too. I basically gave you free reign on a lot of things and your ideas blew me away again. This room is so perfectly me in every way. I love every single thing about the space. The color. The patterns. The texture. The organization. The coziness. The drama. All of it. And most of all I love that you were able to wrap it all up into one perfect space.

Again, thank you so much for your vision and patience and creating such a wonderful space for our family to enjoy.

It is truly my pleasure to create spaces that are loved and lived in.  A big thank you to Sabrina and family!!

What is your favorite feature of this room?

If I can pull it together this weekend, I should have some of the “troubled spaces” up next week!

**many many thanks to Sabrina of Sabrina Gebhardt Photography (head over to her site and check out the GORGEOUS family and child photos on her blog) for the lovely images in this post**

Written by Grace

63 Responses to “Gebhardt Guest Room/Office”

  1. Alex January 11, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    What a fabulous space! I want to work there too! Love the rug!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      Thank you, Alex! I agree! Now if only I could get my office looking this good. 😉

  2. Elizabeth January 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    This is fantastic. I looked through these images at least five times. Great work!!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I love to look at them, too!

  3. Terese January 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I cannot stop looking at these! What a beautiful room!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Terese, thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos!

  4. Carrie January 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    How in the world do you do all of this? Four kids four and under? Please tell me you have full-time help!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      Hi Carrie, I will tell you, I don’t sleep much. 🙂 And I drink coffee. I do not have full-time help as being a Mommy is my main job. I do have a couple of amazing babysitters that help me out as needed. Thank you so much for reading!

  5. Alison January 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    This looks straight out of magazine! Sabrina is such a talented photographer!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      Thank you so much, Alison! And yes, Sabrina is awesome! If you are local and need a family or child photographer, you should definitely check her out!

  6. Tiffany January 12, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    What an amazingly styled space! I love this transformation. I just scored a set of four of those EXACT (or almost anyways) bamboo chairs off Craigslist for dirt cheap. I was thinking about painting them black but this post has me rethinking that….They look so good natural! I posted about them on Monday I would love for you to weigh in! Happy to have found your blog through LGN. Following along now 🙂

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Tiffany, thank you so much for your comment! That is definitely a major score as these chairs are hard to find! I have to say, I LOVE the natural wood color. The texture of the chairs just lends to an organic feel. I will definitely check out your post! So happy you are following now! xoxo

  7. Cheryl January 12, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Gorgeous! Your blog is like an online version of Lara Spencer’s book “I brake for yard sales” – you always have such fabulous finds in your rooms!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      Oh Cheryl, thank you so much! I do love including one-of-a-kind finds in my rooms. And I love searching for them. 😉 I’m so glad you are following along! xoxo

  8. erika January 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Hello!!! Lovely room!!! Wondering if you added the trim to the white curtains? If so, where is it from? I loooooove it!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Erika, the Greek key trim was one of Sabrina’s finds, let me find out where she got it! Thank you so much for your question!

  9. Leslie Price January 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    I just found your blog and absolutely love this room! Wonderful work! Ironically, I just ordered a beautiful kilim rug from the same vendor on Ebay. I plan to make a long lumbar pillow for my son’s queen size bed. I too, had a great experience with this vendor, and also highly recommend! All the best to you!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Hi Leslie, thank you so much! So fun to find another faithful customer of his! And the pillow sounds AMAZING!!! Send me a photo when you are done, I would love to see it! So glad you found me! 🙂 xoxo

  10. Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating January 13, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    This space is exactly what I like. It’s bright and fresh, with a balance of white, wood tones, and lots of color. While I absolutely love every single element, my favorite is the bench makeover. It went from ugly to dreamy!!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      Hi Hollie, I’m with you! I love that aesthetic also. And yes, that bench definitely went from drab to fab! So fun! Thank you so much for reading! xoxo

  11. Elisa January 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Hi there! I hopped over from LGN. I love the room!! The colors are amazing, I think the bed is my favorite. That green is to die for! And you totally selected the right project for DG fabric. It is gorgeous and I love contrast welts. I could keep going for days! Amazing space.

    • Grace January 18, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Hi Elisa, thank you so much for all of your kind words! So happy you found me!

  12. Sharon January 15, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    This room is amazing! What talent you have! It’s difficult to pick my favorite thing, but the transformation of the bench may be it. Beautiful!

    • Grace January 18, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Sharon, thank you so much! Yes, I love the bench, too, a very pretty transformation!

  13. tobe | because it's awesome January 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    this is gorgeous!! perfectly not overdecorated. well done!

    • Grace January 18, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Thank you so much, Tobe! That is exactly what I hope my designs look like!

  14. Kristin January 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    This room is gorgeous!! Where the the blinds from? I just love them and am looking for something for our guest room which has similar windows. Thanks!

    • Grace January 18, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Hi Kristin, I believe the blinds are regular Home Depot/Lowes bamboo roman shades! Thank you for reading!

  15. Jennifer January 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Beautiful space! This is my first time to your blog and I’m sure I’ll be back regularly. Can’t wait to have a better look around : ]

    • Grace January 18, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Hi Jennifer, so glad you are here! Sit down and stay awhile. 😉 Thanks so much for reading! G

  16. Liz January 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm #


    • Grace January 18, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Thank you so much, Liz! G

  17. MWM January 18, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Hi Holly, Just found your blog and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Gebhardt room transformations! I could look at the photos all day long for inspiration and ideas but, sadly, with a demanding job, lots of required business travel, and two kids, there is just no time for me to turn these fabulous idea into reality in my own home. Are you interested in coming to Denver – please?!? I have a family room and living room that need you! 🙂

    • Grace January 18, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Hi MWM, since I have four little ones at home, I don’t do much travelling. But there may be a possibility. Go ahead and shoot me an email at submissions @ astoriedstyle .com. Thank you so much for reading, I’m so happy you liked the Gebhardt home! Love, Holly (haha)

  18. MWM January 18, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    Oh no Grace I just caed you Holly! So sorry!

  19. Laura Doubek-Kraft March 2, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    This electic, colorful room is so inspiring! The colors are wonderful, and I am so happy to see the floral prints are coming back. In a word: Wow! I just discovered your blog through Emily A. Clark.

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Oh Laura, you are so kind! Thank you so much for your sweet words, I so appreciate the encouragement! So happy you discovered me, thank you for reading! G

  20. Caroline March 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    Absolutely one of my favorite spaces online right now!!

    Grace, do you know the wall paint color? Can’t tell if it was the same color and you just left it but the gray makes a nice subtle backdrop to the rest of the colors in the room. Your design style is so “me”…definitely my go-to blog lately for inspiration. Can’t wait for more posts! 🙂

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi Caroline, how sweet! Thank you so much! I am not sure of the paint color, but I can ask Sabrina. I believe it is a Sherwin Williams shade. I will get back to you!

      And I’m so happy you are liking what you read, I appreciate your support so much! G

  21. Lisa March 3, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    I just love all the little details you brought in to freshen up this space. Every little thing was thought out, but yet it looks collected and interesting, colorful, fun, and pulled together. What a beautiful space!! So glad to find your blog and see your lovely style!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      Hi Lisa, I’m so happy you found me! Thank you so much for all of your kind words, I so appreciate you taking the time to “shine your light”. 😉 Thank you for reading! G

  22. Tina March 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Just found you through Emily Clark! This room is LOVELY now! You did a great job! I love all of the little details- the older rug, the trim on the’s beautiful!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      Hi Tina, thank you so much! I’m so happy you found me and hope you will continue reading! I so appreciate your encouragement. G

  23. Sammy March 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    I like the clean bright colors!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      Hi Sammy, thank you so much! I am so happy you are reading and appreciate you taking the time to comment. G

  24. Sammy March 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    I love the clean, bright colors!

  25. Debbie March 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Just found your blog from Emily Clark. It so lovely, I can’t wait to explore it more!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      Hi Debbie, I’m so happy you found me! I hope you enjoy reading and will continue to do so. 🙂 Thank you so much for taking a moment to comment. G

  26. Kris {Driven by Décor} March 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Love all of the fun colors. You pulled everything in the room together beautifully!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      Hi Kris, thank you so much for the kind words! I, too, love how this room turned out. It is simple and interesting all at the same time! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. G

  27. Helena March 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Oh, this is EXACTLY my style! I’m in love with this room!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      Hi Helena, thank you so much! I know, I love this room, too. It turned out pleasantly colorful while still being soothing. Thank you so much for reading and taking a moment to comment! G

  28. Lauren March 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Hi, could you tell us where you sourced the greek key trim for the window treatments? Thank you!

    • Grace March 11, 2013 at 7:29 am #

      Hi Lauren, absolutely! The Greek key trim was picked up at Joann Fabrics! They are a great source for this type of trim. You can read more here:

      Please let me know if you need anything else, and thank you so much for reading! G

  29. Kim Martin March 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Grace, this space is absolutely gorgeous! I love that you got a lot of use out of items the client already had and scored some pretty awesome finds on Craigslist/Ebay. Great job and so inspiring!

    • Grace March 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

      Oh Kim, thank you so much, how kind! I do love a good repurpose job and getting creative with materials! Thank you for reading and taking the time to share your kind words with me! G

  30. Sharon April 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    This is absolutely the most gorgeous bedroom I have ever seen. It looks as if everything in it were collected over time and all of the colors flow together without looking matchy, matchy designerish if you know what I mean! Just stunning. You are so amazingly talented.

  31. Grace April 23, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Sharon, thank you so much for your kind words! Your comment made me so happy because the look you described is EXACTLY as I aspire all of my room designs to be! I so appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment. G

  32. Nestor June 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    This is really amazing, a good design of once room and more likely a very comfortable place where you can sleep.

    • Grace June 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      Thank you so much, Nestor!

  33. Marie H. July 13, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    I am sooooooo in love with that floral fabric. It’s simply to die for. The room turned out so beautifully, you did a great job!

    Marie H.

    • Grace July 17, 2013 at 2:57 am #

      Hi Marie, thank you so much! I LOVE that fabric too – there are so many color schemes you can do with it! Thanks for taking the time to comment. G

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