Decorist Bedroom Design Project – Before & After Part 3

If you’ve been watching my Instagram, you’ve probably seen a couple sneak peeks of the guest bedroom design project. I moved towards a look that was out of my comfort zone. Right before teaming up with Decorist, I noticed I was obsessing over white and neutral spaces.  Pinning them like I was on fire. Maybe it was because I was also on color overload while redecorating the master bedroom in navy and pink? I don’t know, but flipped the switch, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Decorist hooked me up with Ashley Redmond, interior designer extraordinaire. I was psyched!

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Wicker tray from West Elm filled with white fluffy towels. sits on a handira wedding blanket, welcoming guest for their overnight stay. Sheepskin pillow from Chairish.

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If you haven’t heard of Decorist, you need to. I found them about a year ago and have been watching them grow and basically change the interior design industry as we know it. They allow you to work virtually with a professional interior designer and help you take your room from now to wow with just a point and a click (and if you use the promo code HIPSTER you’ll receive $20 off a Classic Design). I can’t tell you how many emails I get from friends wanting advice on decor. And I get it. Creating a beautiful room is not the easiest thing to accomplish. But it shouldn’t stress you out. In fact, it should be a fun and exciting process. And most important, when it’s complete, it should bring you sheer joy.

Before Decorist stepped in, my guest bedroom looked like this. A space that acted as a catch all for the “stuff” I didn’t know what to do with. Oh, I have an extra chair, meh, I’ll throw it in the guest room. What do I do with this old duvet, meh, I’ll put it on the guest room bed. Miss Maus has a dresser that won’t fit in her bedroom until we move the rocking chair out of there, meh, put it in the guest room. That train of thought caused a train wreck of a room.

Before design project guest bedroom. Sad and dark room. It needed a makeover. Thank you Ashley Redmond interior designer extraordinaire! She gave this room a facelift and made it beautiful!

Before design project guest bedroom. Sad and dark room. It needed a makeover. Thank you Ashley Redmond interior designer extraordinaire! She gave this room a facelift and made it beautiful!

You’re scrunching you’re nose, aren’t you. Oh. Em. Gee. Clutch the pearls. I mean, it’s bad. We can all agree on this. I don’t blame you. Are you covering your eyes and gasping in the horror of it? If you, seriously, that is some what dramatic, but I don’t blame you. I’m embarrassed to think this room was even in my home but a few months ago. It’s a space that is rarely used, and my thought was, what’s the point. However when guests actually DO stay overnight, I silently die on the inside. It’s one of those rooms that almost everyone has. I’m just the same as you. But fear not friends, Decorist can mend the ways of rooms that have gone astray, and starting at only $199. AND, don’t forget about my trusty little promo code “HIPSTER” for an additional $20 off the Classic Design. Kittens, you can’t beat that price tag.

So what’s the process and how long does it take? When you purchased a Decorist Design Project, you’re asked to complete a questionnaire. Basically you explain what you like, don’t like, favorite color, least favorite colors, favorite pattern, etc…it’s painless and quick. Then you are paired with an interior designer that fits your style, wants and wishes. Ashley Redmond was the winner winner chicken dinner of this hot mess of a room. I seriously wish I could have seen her face when reading my email and viewing the before pictures. It had to have been priceless. Anyhoo, she gave me 2 general concepts to chose from. You can see them here. I chose Concept 2 (below) – Natural and Earthy is what we decided to call it.

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Let’s think of this mood board as the foundation. After the general concept was chosen, Ashley moved on the styling of the space. The fun stuff like pillows and bedding and vases and such. Now the bedroom design project was moving into the second phase. I was given a list of items to shop and if for some reason an item was backordered or out-of-stock, I could simply send Ashley an email and a replacement would be found. Now, that didn’t happen to me, and I really loved everything she chose. No changes were made. It was time to order. Let’s just say the delivery man gave me an eye roll on a daily basis for like 2 weeks. When the final piece arrived, I actually hugged him, and he looked as uncomfortable as a cat in a bathtub as he ran back to his truck. Apparently he didn’t understand the gravity of what he was delivering…and it’s not like I could explain and ask him upstairs to my new beautiful bedroom. The hug was awkward enough.

So, after all my rambling, are you ready to see the FINAL Before And After? I know you must be dying!!! I know I am. Are you even reading this anymore, or did you just scroll down? The suspense has been killin’ me!

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. A bent wood penandt lamp is hung from the corner and acts as extra reading light near the bed. a handira wedding blanket graces the bed. The duvet is white linen from West Elm. Birch trees from Minted are hung over the bed. Texture upon texture in a white neutral bedroom color palette.

I KNOW RIGHT! Jaw drop! The white and the neutrals! It’s glorious with all the texture popping! It keeps your eye moving. I think that wedding blanket weighs like 10 pounds. I found it over on Chairish at the Soukie Modern shop. I placed a rattan tray full of white fluffy towels and a couple of my favorite magazines on the bed as a welcoming gift to overnight guests. The linen duvet against the flax shams texture contrasts nicely. I added in a mud cloth pillow from a Chairish Instagram Sale with Orlando Soria and paired it with a metallic pillow (similar) and sheepskin pillow. The bentwood pendant was hung in the corner and works well as an extra reading lamp. I used an Edison bulb for subdued lighting. Over the bed is hung a photograph of birch trees (simliar)…which was actually quite personal to me, unbeknownst to Ashley. My favorite tree while growing up was a birch in my front yard. I used to climb it with my sister and was thrilled when I saw it in the final concept board.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Wicker tray from West Elm filled with white fluffy towels. sits on a handira wedding blanket, welcoming guest for their overnight stay. Sheepskin pillow from Chairish.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Mid Century Modern nightstand with pull out tray and small dog drawing from Orlando Soria. Wedding blanket from Chairish.com.

The nightstand and headboard in the concept was originally, per my request, from my old master bedroom set. Ashley worked with it and incorporated the old furniture into the final concept. She did leave me with some wise words that rang true in my brain. If you want a mid century modern look, be sure to avoid the matchy-matchy look. I put the entire room together and the old master nightstands and bed frame stood out like a sore thumb. It was 100% my fault. I raided Miss Maus’ room for this beauty of a nightstand and hit the Randolph Street Flea Market. Only to find the most amazing vintage rattan king sized headboard. I walked through the gates and saw it 200 yards away. I beelined for the booth and grabbed the owner basically screaming like a crazy woman, “Just take my money already!”

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Vintage rattan headboard from the Randolph Street Flea market in Chicago, IL.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Mid Century Modern nightstand with pull out tray and small dog drawing from Orlando Soria. Wedding blanket from Chairish.com. Leave a candle for guest to lit. It will help make the room cozy and they will feel more at home.

The nightstand has this super cute little pull out tray that is great for added room. And how ’bout the gold accents on that table lamp? (On sale right now BTDubs) But, what was really the icing on the cake was that adorable little doggie drawing I snagged at the Orlando Soria Chairish Instagram Sale. It was love at first sight when I saw him and knew exactly where he was going to live.

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I instantly fell in love with the mid century modern dresser I snapped up on Craigslist from Sharkgravy. And would you believe that fiddle fig tree is a faux plant? Yeppers! While the room itself gets quite a bit of light, the corner does not. The jute mirror adds in even more texture to the space, and the brass task lamp gives a metallic pop.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Overnight goodies to welcome your guests.

While walking around Target, I found this cute tray and thought it would be a really sweet gesture to use it to wrangle a couple personal gifts for my guests. Matches to lit a candle, smelly soap, a roller of perfume and some luxurious lotion.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. A small tulip table acts as a night stand on one side of the bed. Paired with a small woven stool.

While thrifting months ago, I found this amazing white tulip table. It’s bounced around from room to room and finally landed in the perfect spot as a nightstand. The woven stool was purchased at the Randolph Street Flea Market…speaking of which, Jen Harrison and I will be attending this weekend, August 29th. So if you’re in the Chicago area, you should really stop by, track us down and say hello. Canary Lane will have her booth all set up and Territory Design might even join in the fun as well.

Oh! And do you remember the insect book? It’s probably one of my most favorite pieces in the house. It’s from the sfgirlbybay Chairish Instagram Sale.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Wicker tray from West Elm filled with white fluffy towels. sits on a handira wedding blanket, welcoming guest for their overnight stay. Sheepskin pillow from Chairish.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Leather woven chair from Urban Outfitters, brown moroccan leather pouf, sheep skin rug. I love the neutrals and whites in this bohemian design. Brass planter from The Flea - Emily Henderson

At the foot of the bed is this chair that quite possibly sold the entire concept. The leather woven slipper chair (similar) paired with a leather caramel colored Moroccan pouf…perfection! I’ve always wanted one of these suckas! I FINALLY HAVE ONE! The sheep skin rug is seriously the softest thing I’ve touched. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t sat down to pet it. And now my mom will no longer get cold at night. Look at all those throws in the curved basket! The brass planter filled with air plants is my nod to my sweet thang Emily Henderson.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. A worry bead necklace from Frederick and Mae is hung from a vintage fox hook. And a leather woven chair from Urban Outfitters draws in more texture to the neutral and white room.

The corner felt a little bare, so I added in my worry beads with a colorful horse hair tassel. They hang from a vintage brass fox hook.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. A worry bead necklace from Frederick and Mae is hung from a vintage fox hook.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much of my personality was brought into a room design that was completed over the internet. For those who think the process might be sterile or impersonal, it’s sooooo not. At least not with Decorist. They listened to me and by the end of the project, there was a bond between Ashley and I. We’re even Instagram buddies now. She left room on the walls for me to hang my favorite photo booth strips from my wedding. These photos are especially fun in my guest room, since the people in the photos are usually the people visiting and staying in the space. Every morning over coffee, my wedding is usually the topic of discussion.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Wicker tray from West Elm filled with white fluffy towels. sits on a handira wedding blanket, welcoming guest for their overnight stay. Sheepskin pillow from Chairish. Photobooth pictures from my wedding were hung on the wall.

Oh, and this is always asked…the white paint. I used Sherwin Williams Snowbound. It doesn’t have that tinge of yellow nor did it turn gray. And I have to give a giant shout out to Thomas Paint (paintedbythomas.com). If you’re looking for an insanely awesome painter in the Chicagoland area that you’ll want to bear hug when he’s finished…although that is probably creepy… please check him out. You won’t regret it.

Decorist Design Project. Before and After guest bedroom reveal. Sherwin Williams Snowbound paint was the white paint chosen.

So that’s it you guys…are you still here…did you make it through this insanely long post? I certainly hope so.  This design project with Decorist was truly a knock it out of the park home run. I had a blast putting it all together, and I hope you all had a fun time following along. Don’t forget, if you have a sad room in need of some serious love, stop over to the Decorist site and use the promo code “HIPSTER” for an additional $20 off a Classic Design. And no, I don’t get paid every time you use it. They are just super sweet and want to give the HOH readers a little sumthin’ sumthin’ extra. Have a great day you guys and happy decorating!

I was not paid for this post but did receive a makeover as compensation. I only recommend products or services I use personally and feel my readers will enjoy. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

 

23 Comments

  1. Love it! My favorites are probably the lights. They are all spot-on! Love them and that faux fiddle leaf fig. I’m totally adding that to my want list. Off to pin!

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    • kyla September 8, 2015

      I know! Those lights had me too! Ugh! I’m so behind, but finally catching up. Thanks for stopping over m’lady! And thank you for pinning!

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  2. Shannon August 24, 2015

    In. Love. So, so pretty!! Well done.

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    • kyla September 8, 2015

      Thanks so much Shannon!

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  3. cassie @ primitive & proper August 24, 2015

    stunning, kayla! i love the textures and the neutrals and all of the fab vintage touches!

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    • kyla September 8, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by Cassie!!!

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  4. Jess May (@thefirestokers) August 24, 2015

    What a freaking amazingly good idea! I wonder if I can get someone to source stuff for me here in Australia using that service…? Love love love the new room.

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    • kyla September 8, 2015

      Jess! I’m so sorry I missed your comment. Decorist does international. They just wrapped a flat over in London. They ask you for a list of your favorite stores in the questionnaire…just make sure they all ship in/to Australia. Easy peasy!

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  5. Sandra L. Garth August 25, 2015

    I seen this over at Decorist and it is bangin! I’d be in bed for days.

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  6. This is gorgeous Kyla! You did a great job of putting it together and putting your own spin on it! Beautiful styling and photographs as well!! Love everything!

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    • kyla September 8, 2015

      Thanks girl! =)

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  7. Krystal August 28, 2015

    I love…..I love….I love it!!! I have been itching to make over my master bedroom ( probably won’t happen for a while ) but I am definitely loving the vibe of this room. Great job!

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    • kyla September 8, 2015

      You are the sweetest! Thanks Krystal!

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  8. […] you didn’t see my Before & After Guest Bedroom Reveal, please check it out. And if you’ve already checked it out, well then you need to go look at […]

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  9. Emily Wignall Design August 29, 2015

    loved the transformation so much! every detail is adorable…i especially love the air plants in the planter…i have a similar one and haven’t put anything in it, because i was afraid the plants would die without any drainage…air plants! problem solved. thanks!

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  10. […] Since you’re my guest, I thought it best to start with the guest bedroom. It’s one of my most recent design projects that I wrapped. I worked with Decorist to concept the space which really streamlined the entire process and kept me on budget. They gave me a full shopping list, and boxes started to arrive. The entire room was put together with ease, and I’m absolutely thrilled with the end result. It was also just recently featured on The Huffington Post…yep, I was dancin’ all day long son! You can read more about the process of working with Decorist here. […]

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  11. […] saved the day with this gorgeous print by Wilder California. And unbeknownst to me, my Decorist pal, Ashley Redmond, used it in the the Decorist headquarters makeover. We’ve had such a laugh […]

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  12. Ruby March 13, 2016

    Hi! I recently just heart of Decorist myself and was wondering what kind of budget did you allocate for the makeover?

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  14. […] pick up a room and simply drop it into another. If only it were that easy. Case in point, the guest room. No matter how much I squeezed, pushed, or prayed, my king size mattress was no way, no how going to […]

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  15. […] your own Decorist design project.) I knew Ashley from last year when we worked together on the Decorist guest bedroom in the old house. She nailed my style and the space, so I knew I wanted to work with her […]

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  17. […] couple years ago, I virtually met Ashley Redmond when we worked with Decorist to redesign my guest bedroom. I must admit, I had a tiny girl crush on her when I checked out her portfolio. She’s this […]

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