Inside a Guest Bedroom Makeover That Transports Its Visitors to Spain
It must be something about the frenetic pace our lives are running at right now or the fact that it's almost the end of another year, but fatigue seems to be at an all-time high. So of course, when this dreamy guest bedroom makeover trickled into my inbox, all I could think about was all the catch-up sleep I'm going to have over the impending holiday break (who's on a countdown?). If only our boudoirs or hotel rooms looked like this one.
With the house dating back to 1926, interior designer, Amanda Barnes wanted to inject a modern Spanish revival into the 255-square-foot second guest bedroom with an accompanying 50-square-foot bathroom. It's light and bright yet layered and complex with patterns, printed tiles, and unique lighting to top it off. And exposed beams? Say no more—we're smitten. Ahead Barnes takes us through the styling of each room, so prepare to swoon.
Barnes wanted this home to welcome its guests with a custom-wrapped mohair bed and a simple nightstand topped with a Ralph Lauren '67 boom arm table lamp. Can you think of anything better? "To balance the nightstand and give guests a place to throw their things, I placed a Laura Kirar Maketto arm chair by McGuire in the corner," says Barnes. How glam.
The room was designed with an indoor/outdoor component to "maximize the natural light and year-round mild temperatures." Thanks to a large balcony off the front of the home, the bedroom soaks up all the morning light and is the perfect space to start the day.
This bathroom, while small in size, uses a large-scale print on the tile to deliver a big impact. "Using encaustic cement tiles, a vessel sink, and bronze hardware, this room is elegant, bold, and functional," says Barnes. "The dark hardware from the bedroom is carried into the space as seen with the wall hardware and lighting." We're positively swooning.
The goal of this space, says Barnes, was to create an additional bedroom that was a part of the home but also served as a quiet getaway. "While still a part of the main home, it feels exclusive with its own private staircase and balcony," she adds. "It brings in a tremendous amount of natural light and adds (resale) value and square footage to my client's home." We couldn't agree more.