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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

A Picture to Ponder: Nightstands as Buffet

What to do with that pair of nightstands you don’t need anymore?  Or the pair you love at an estate sale but don’t know what you would do with them?

My Little Happy Place

If they are substantial enough (at least 30 inches tall – or add legs to shorter ones, found at any hardware store), use them as a buffet!  Or even a dresser!  The pair above are from Ikea, and you can read all about this successful Ikea hack (plus awesome paint color!)  here.  This look is so interesting to me, I love “outside the box” thinking!  The intense paint color may be necessary to pull this off, and I adore the lamps at opposite ends, too.

P.S.  Do you love the mirrors in the above picture as much as I do?  It is the “Bamboo Curl Mirror” from Horchow seen here.  Lucky for you, Gypsy  Soul has one of these beauties.  It looks great with items old and new!  Message us if you are interested!

What do you think of this idea?  Do you have a pair at home you could use?




Twin Beds: Perfectly Parallel

One of the projects I am working on in my own home is my girls’ bedroom.  My baby girl is nine months, and my older girl is two, so they will sleep separately a little while longer, but eventually, they will share a room.  I bought them a beautiful pair of twin antique French corbeille beds, and began playing around with layouts for them in the room.  When nothing was working, I pushed them together, and I really liked it.  I thought it was sweet to think of my girls sleeping close – my boys share a room and often end up sleeping in the same bed.  Thinking this may be an interesting idea to mull over, I dug up some inspiration.

I love the Jenny Lind twin beds here – they are not just for girls!  I have a pair of these beds in my boys’ room painted an orangey red.  They look terrific!

If you have a long back wall in your room, putting the beds end to end may work for you.

Coastal Living

As I pondered this concept more and more, I realized how sophisticated it can look.  Twin beds are an excellent option for guest rooms since they can be easily maneuvered for your number of guests and their preferred sleeping arrangements.

Kari McIntosh Design

My girls’ twin beds have curved (corbeille) headboards and footboards like the footboards here.

Isabel Lopez Quesada

Photo by James Merrell

Patrik Hagborg/Sköna Hem

Weiroch Lodge UK

Arden Stephenson

Enviable Designs, Inc.

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LOVE these next two from Coastal Living.

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

If you want to feel like you have your own space, but don’t necessarily want to go Lucy & Ricky style, twin beds that share a headboard might be a good choice for you.  Note: twin bed + twin bed = king bed.  This is a good option for a Master Bedroom, especially for couples that can’t agree on mattress support (soft vs. firm).

Isabel Lopez Quesada

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Because I do have a special place in my heart for wicker, I seriously heart the idea of combining vintage wicker headboards as shown below.

Nuestra Vida Dulce

Lucky for you, if you love this idea, we just happen to have a pair of vintage wicker twin headboards right now.  That model makes them look even better, don’t you think?  (I have a super easy DIY idea for vintage wicker headboards coming tomorrow!)

Come to think of it, the Gypsy Soul client that bought my most favorite pair of twin headboards we have ever had is going to turn them into a king bed for her Master Bedroom.  I need to make sure to get pics from her when she is done!

How can you use this idea in your home?

Entry Makeover – Part 2, the Finished Project!

Welcome to my entryway!

Quick note I forgot to mention yesterday on the curtains…I used the curtain rods the previous owners left.  I simply raised them to right underneath the crown molding to draw the eyes upwards.

Immediately to the right of the front door, there is a pair of vintage theater seats.  You can see a portion of them in the picture above.  The cute little pillow is from one of my favorite local stores, Simple Things.  You can check out the Simple Things blog here.

I love this idea because what you need by a front door is an area to set things, a place for people to put their purses when they come in, etc.  The theater seats are not super functional for regular seating, but they fold down when I need a resting place for something, and fold up to be out of the way in a narrow space.  After I bought this pair at a local junk store, I looked at the underside of the seats and found an inscription: “Baptist Orphans Home 1908”.

I even like the gum souvenir!  It just makes these seats feel more interesting, more special.  They have history to them rather than a bench purchased at a big box store.

The mirror hanging above the theater pair is a vintage Syroco piece.  These old Syroco pieces look so great painted in a glossy color – syroco wood is a type of pressed wood, and is very lightweight.  A quick spray painting job turned this faded gold mirror into a bright white beauty.  You can easily find vintage Syroco mirrors, sconces and wall hangings by searching “syroco” on Ebay, Etsy, or your local CraigsList.

Ahhhhhhh, my yellow doors.  I do love them.  Yellow is a difficult color to find the right shade of…it can be too mustard, too lemon, too pastel, too gold, the list continues.  But I finally found the perfect shade for my doors – Benjamin Moore’s Inner Glow.

These crystal doorknobs are original to my home.

You probably noticed our “thinking chair”.  When I saw this at the flea market, I fell in love with it.  I believe a beautiful chair helps the kids think more clearly about how to change their behavior, ha.

The lovely armoire has been in my husband’s family for at least 150 years, and made the trip from Virginia to Texas in a covered wagon.

I found the antique runner at an estate sale and immediately knew it was perfect for my home.  I have become rather particular about rugs in recent years, and though this took some negotiating to get the price where I needed it to be, this beauty came home with me!

Can you believe these colors?!  Love.

The pair of white gourd lamps are from Lowes, where I found them in the clearance section.  I purchased them for $19.99 WITH shades!

After staring at this blanc de chine/bamboo/floral stool on Ebay for weeks, I finally bought it, and I am so happy I did.  I have yet to see another one like it, and I adore the shape and detail.

Before I was part of Gypsy Soul Interiors, I was a big fan of Kristen Dowd’s items.  I bought this pair of benches from her before we were working together.  Side Note:  check out our awesome items here, or as always, you can click the “Available Pieces” tab at the top of A Storied Style’s home page!  We have a small pair of benches like these right now!

Behold, the after!  I upholstered the pair in this yellow ikat (pronounced ee-kot) fabric from Pottery Barn, and piped them in a gray fabric that was a remnant from another project.

You can use either side of this fabric depending on whether you want a yellow background or a white background.  Sarah Richardson opted for the yellow background on her benches as seen here.

Sarah Richardson

Benches like these are so great when you are entertaining because you can pull them up for seating, or place a tray on them and have an instant place for people to set drinks and plates while they are conversing.

View from the living room.

The console we have in the entryway is also an estate sale find.  This bamboo chippendale piece is stunning, but it took me about two hours to clean!  Sixty years of grime, several dirty rags, and an empty bottle of cleaning solution later, the lovely detail was revealed.  I used to have the West Elm parsons console in its place, but it has since been moved to another project to be unveiled at a later date.

Apparently, little critters like our entryway also!  We left our door open while talking on the front porch one night, came back in, locked the door, and proceeded to the living room when we caught a glimpse of this little guy.  Yes, it’s a possum.  This is Texas!

For full effect, one last Before & After.

Are you working on your entryway?