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Originally, the spare room was kind of a catch-all garbage can, and if someone was coming into town, we'd clear the boxes and crap off the bed and hope that when they fell asleep they were too drunk to care that it was a bonafide disaster. After having lived in the apartment for a few months, I flipped it around into something slightly more habitable:
Which was much better. A little boring, but it was just the guest room after all, and I didn't mind the serene feel to it. But again, it was more a matter of how often it was being used rather than any design aspect or anything. Without further ado, this is where the room is at now...
All of the walls in the house are pretty neutral, but then last week I painted the bedroom black so I figured this could be the room for cheer. I do love serene, blank office spaces but I definitely feel most creative in spaces with color and pattern. I wanted to do this room on a budget, so the only new things I brought in were the table ($69 from Ikea), the engineering print mugshots ($4 at Staples) and the paint ($22, in Benjamin Moore's Cool Lava). The rug is from the living room, the chair has always been in there, and the art is either made for the room or pages out of magazines I framed for the wall.
Can I talk about this gallery wall for a second? I have talked before about how I am TERRIBLE at gallery walls, they just make me mad and I hate them. Well, I like the look of them, but I hate doing them, so I am IMMENSELY proud that this wall is not that terrible. I followed this Emily Henderson tutorial to balance things out, and it helped so, so, so much. (You have to click through to that video, Emily and Orlando are so adorable, thank god because I literally had to watch the video 30 times.) I'll do more of a rundown on the art later, but that framed text is the same art-in-a-pinch technique I used in the foyer, where you just flip over the paper that comes in the frame and write lyrics on it. This iteration is "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates. The other black frame is also a diy creation (tutorial coming this week!) and the canvas is one that has followed me through six apartments, and in each one it just gets a new layer of gesso and I just paint over it. Haha its not even that canvases are all that expensive, but for some reason I just keep toting this one around and giving it new life.
I set a color family of black, white, and gold which helped me bring the gallery wall some cohesion, since willy-nilly never works for me.
I moved an old Ikea bookcase out of the bedroom closet and into here to store my cameras, paints, and various other art supplies. While I left the majority of the books on the large Expedit shelving in the back room, I brought any creative, colorful or inspiring books in here for when I hit a wall. Like, don't let the Intel 2-in-1 on the desk fool you into thinking I was working, I was definitely just watching Netflix. This is why I need to have inspiring things within arms reach, otherwise I'll just watch ten episodes of Pretty Little Liars.
This closet is pretty deep, and I still needed the back of it for storage of items that I don't ever really need to access, but still need to hold onto. (For instance, I have a lot of childhood mementos back there, crap I'm not ready to get rid of but never access, Christmas decorations, etc). However, I lost the back of the bookcases when I moved last, so I still needed to find a way to block them off so you couldn't see all the ugly storage. I saved all the Stendig pages from last year, and two of them are almost the exact size of each bookcase panel, so I attached January and May to this old Ikea Billy.
For once, I bought a piece of furniture from Ikea and had no urge to hack it. I just love how simple the light wood grain is in an otherwise vibrant (possibly crazy) room.
This corner also stayed fairly similar, with the chair, the mobile, and an addition of some clipboards.
The pipe clothing rack stayed, even though its not a guest room anymore, just because I love it so.
And just because Lucille is the neediest photo assistant ever lately, who will not let me take pictures without jumping in, because it means I'm doing something besides paying attention to her. So enjoy Lucille working very hard on the latest r/p TPS reports.
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