Before + After: A Garage Turned Clean + Modern Guest Bedroom
When it comes to decorating, starting from scratch can be daunting. This is especially true when you’re trying to create a room that doesn’t already exist in your home. But when Harold came to NousDecor looking for help designing a guest bedroom out of what was previously a garage in his family’s San Francisco home, we didn’t back down from the challenge. Read on to hear more from Harold and learn how we brought his very clean and modern guest bedroom to life.
How were you using the space before this project?
This space was literally our garage! We live in a multi-level townhouse, where our garage and storage area occupied the entire ground level. It was so poorly used that we decided to create a living space where we could accommodate all of our friends and family who visit San Francisco. The goal was to give them a space they could feel was like their own apartment when they visited. We decided to take some space from the garage, as well as a portion of our backyard, and build out a one-bedroom apartment.
What about your style? Did you have a strong vision for what you wanted the space to look like?
I love clean, modern style. I travel to NYC a lot and have always loved The Standard Hotel. That was the inspiration for the bedroom’s decor. The team took this idea and ran with it, setting out to create a space that would feel like a luxury hotel for a visitor in San Francisco, with certain elements that would make it feel very “city.”
In addition to the fact that you were creating a bedroom from scratch, what were some of the biggest challenges about the space?
The space designated to be the guest bedroom doesn’t have a window, only a sliding frosted glass door for privacy. We wanted to create a rich, warm space, without it getting too dark. The design team did a fantastic job striking that balance.
Digital Design Mockup
What was the process of designing the space like?
I had a hard time conveying what I liked at first. We went back and forth on ideas quite a bit at the beginning. Then on a trip to New York City, I stayed at one of my favorite spots, The Standard Hotel. Not only did I love that clean, simple and modern look, but I loved how I felt in the space. That’s when I asked the team to model the bedroom after that. And everything came together from there. The general design and flow was done on the first iteration. Plus, they integrated several pieces that I already had.
Tell us about the design!
The central piece in the room is the sleek platform bed. Because it’s low, they had fun playing with the scale of the rest of the decor. For example, they found a great art print for the wall. It’s nice and big and looks really good with the low bed.
What do you love most about the new look?
The Nelson Cigar wall sconces are pretty cool. I didn’t think about using sconces for lighting. It’s nice having more room on the side tables, instead of needing two table lamps.
The console table vignette is gorgeous. Is there a story behind that?
We wanted more surface space, but there wasn’t enough room for a dresser, so the team found a great small, narrow console for the back wall. It works really well.
Were you happy with how the room turned out?
That goes without saying! I’m thrilled with how the room turned out. It’s warm and cozy, but still modern. I love bringing people down to show them the room. Plus, everyone who’s stayed there so far says it feels like their own apartment. And when I work from home, I spend the whole day down there, and it’s perfect. Next, my wife and I want to spend a night down there and pretend like we’re on vacation!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)