Our New Guest Bedroom Remodel

Where We Started

We knew our guest bedroom needed work. To give you an idea of what we started with, here are some before photos of the space:

As you can see, it’s fairly small (about 8.5×10’) so it can easily feel overcrowded. We needed simplicity, elegance, and something that would help the room feel more spacious, not to mention cozy for our future guests! The guest bedroom wasn’t at the top of my to-do list until we learned that we’d be having a guest stay with us very soon.

Our Guest Bedroom Remodel with Mr. Kate

Because our guest was coming so soon, we knew we needed to get going on a remodel of the guest bedroom if it was going to be done before he arrived. We didn’t have much time! That’s why when Mr. Kate approached us, we were thrilled. The timing was perfect! We were able to use Mr. Kate furniture for so many elements of the guest bedroom, including the desk, bed, and dresser. We went with a lovely deep blue velvet for the Mr. Kate Daphne Bed paired with a Signature Sleep mattress available on RealRooms. We also added in the fun Mr. Kate Winston terrazzo desk and the simple, classy Mr. Kate Stella white dresser. Since the wallpaper is so busy (which we’ll talk more about in a minute!), we wanted pops of solid color to pair with the illustrative details. Those simple, timeless furniture elements paired so nicely with the gorgeous details in the delicate wallpaper.

Trompe L’oeil Wallpaper

Now let me talk about that guest bedroom wallpaper. The biggest thing to puzzle through with any space is what to do with the walls. The guest bedroom is fairly small, so we knew we needed something that wasn’t too time consuming but that would still look amazing. And boy, did we find the perfect solution–Curious wallpaper from Bien Fait!

If you’ve never seen wallpaper like this before, you’re in for a treat. Born in the imagination of Cécile Figuette and beautifully hand-drawn by french illustrator Julie Serre, this classically elegant wallpaper is a surprising and versatile trompe l’oeil.  It’s not only gorgeous and classy, but it also happened to be the perfect solution to our quick wall fix conundrum. It’s so detailed it takes care of all the need for wall decor all in one go! And those little hidden gems are lovely–I mean those little picture frames in the corner, or the painted eyes on the walls?! It’s stunning. Plus the three dimensional nature and open doors peeking into other rooms makes the space feel endlessly spacious and open. And did I mention it’s fully customizable? Doors can be opened or closed, decor elements and even the little kitty can be moved to compose a unique scene, a curious story.

Curtains

For the curtains, we decided to go with a bright pop of golden velvet from West Elm. We paired them with a boho curtain rod from Urban Outfitters. The original one we used is sold out, but this one is similar! We absolutely loved the way they paired with that dreamy blue velvet Mr. Kate Daphne Bed and the detailed wallpaper.

Lampshade

As another pop of color and subtle pattern, we also decided to make a custom drum lampshade. This was such a fun and easy DIY project! Here’s a post where you can learn to make one yourself. We used the tutorial for the DIY fabric lampshade. The wallpaper is almost all the pattern you need in a room like our small guest bedroom, but we couldn’t help but add in a little touch of stripe for the lampshade.

I got the pendant from here and then the fabric from our local fabric shop, Harmony.

How to get the look

Bed  |  Desk  |  Dresser  |  Pendant light  |  Curtains  |  Rug is vintage  |  Curtain rod  |  Plaid blanket Sheets  |  Weights  |

 

What do you think of our guest bedroom remodel? Let us know in the comments!

More Inspiration

Loved this guest bedroom remodel and looking for more home renovation inspiration? Here’s everything we did to our house in one year. Also, here’s our interview with Meta Coleman, our go-to for interior design advice. And don’t forget the newly revealed tour of our studio! You can also check out our recent feature in the Living by Design Virtual Showhouse here.

This post is sponsored by Mr. Kate’s new furniture collection

Studio Tour of The House that Lars Built

Where We Started

Remember what the basement looked like when we first bought this house? Totally gutted, and an eyesore, but full of potential. Well, we’ve come a long way since then! We still have a long way to go, but we want to show you our progress. Here‘s a post with the preliminary ideas for the studio. And if you’re interested, here‘s a compilation of everything we did to our house in one year.

How It’s Going

The Space

To kick off the studio tour, we need to explain the space. The entire basement makes up the studio. It’s divided into the following: Jane and Jenny’s office, the main crafting/working space, the kitchenette area, the bathroom, the shipping/packing room, and the archive room. The shipping and archive rooms needed to be more functional than anything, so our choices there have and will be more driven by functionality (with a little Lars flair, of course). But the rest of the space we have had a LOT of fun with thus far! So here’s what we’ve done.

Pink Epoxy Floor

First stop on our studio tour: flooring. The first thing we did to the basement was the floor. Remember our pink epoxy flooring?? Yep, that covers the floor of the entire basement, except for the bathroom. It’s such a fun, eye-catching detail that you notice right when you walk in! I always knew the studio needed a touch of pink to warm things up.

Stairs

The stairs are next on the studio tour. Now we knew we needed a quick and effective solution for the unfinished stairs. What an eyesore!! And did I mention they had carpet on them previously? It took a little extra time to get them prepped for painting. But it was worth it, because the final product (these big, bold, blue and white stripes) was the perfect way to get our guests’ attention and introduce them to the studio. We may end up altering these amidst our newest wave of home renovations, but it was the perfect temporary DIY solution until we could implement a more permanent situation.

Lighting

Speaking of an eye-catching entrance, guess what we just recently got?! Our very own neon Lars sign, courtesy of Neon 87! To say we’re excited would be a severe understatement. Needless to say when visitors come to the studio they’ll know exactly where they are when they see this sign.

We also couldn’t move on without mentioning the recent install of this schoolhouse light fixture. We loved the gold accent with the bold stripes and colorful art we added to the walls!

Office Makeover

The next step in our studio tour is the office. We did an office makeover! Matching the wallpaper in the office to the pink floor turned out to be an interesting challenge, but we loved the result when all was said and done! Here‘s the post where we explain it all.

Here’s Jane’s desk:

A brightly colored office. There's green floral wallpaper, a pink floor, a yellow chair, a white table, pink-painted doorframes, an orange paper house, a blue poster with colorful abstract flowers, and office supplies.

And here’s Jenny’s:

Jenny's desk

The Craft/Work Space

Next up on our studio tour is the craft space! While far from complete, we want to show you what we’ve done so far. It’s getting cozier by the day! You may have seen the initial improvements we made to our craft space here, with our DreamBox. We’re still crazy about it. But to add to the pleasure of being in the studio, we also recently purchased two things: an AMAZING blue velvet couch from Eternity Modern, and a remote control table with a tabletop that moves up and down from Flexispot. You wouldn’t believe how convenient this is for photo and video shoots!!

We now have a more organized, efficient space that opens up the possibilities. We’re finally versatile enough to host meetings. All we have to do is push two of the large craft tables together and we’re set. Speaking of, we had a veeeery important meeting the other day, the subject of which is yet to be revealed (wink, wink).

Below is our amazing new remote control table from Flexispot (bamboo tabletop on the right):

Here’s that show-stopping Eternity Modern couch:

Blinds

We were ecstatic to add the blinds to this studio tour. I don’t know if you noticed in the pictures of the office makeover, but for a long time, we were literally using paper as a makeshift version of blinds. NOT ideal. We knew we needed something much better, and that’s where blinds.com came into the picture! They replaced our sad, makeshift paper blinds with some classy new blinds, complete with blackout shades. This was a dream come true for Jane–good lighting makes all the difference in whether or not a photo turns out! We installed the blinds in all the basement rooms–Jane and Jenny’s office, the main crafting space, and the shipping room. Blinds are something that need to be functional as well as pretty, and we loved how our blinds turned out.

Here they are in the craft room:

Here’s the window next to Jane’s desk:

And here’s the shipping room!

Bathroom

Now let me preface this portion of our studio tour with a caveat–the bathroom is far from complete. We still want to add wallpaper and so much more! But we did get the flooring in (white tile with a FUN pop of blue grout!), along with the basic necessities, and a touch of color and pattern with this DIY shower curtain. We can’t wait to show you the rest when it’s ready! Hint: the final result includes our very own custom pattern made into Spoonflower wallpaper and much more. Stay tuned!

curtain with floor

Stay Tuned for Much More

That’s it for the studio tour today! Friends, think about it. The combo of pink epoxy flooring, blue velvet, and fresh new blinds?! There’s a reason we’re excited. It’s already looking soo good and we’re far from done! We are beyond ecstatic about all the plans we have in the works. If you hadn’t noticed, the craft room lacks wallpaper. We’re thinking custom wallpaper designed by The House that Lars Built. And the kitchenette?!?! We have BIG plans. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but this year is going to be the year where things come together in BIG ways. We’re so excited!! Who’s with us?!

How to Use Pillows to Complete Any Room Design

The best throw pillows in all the land

All the pictures are linked so click away!

Statement Pillows

If you’re not ready to try a statement couch, statement pillows are the perfect plan b. They elevate a room instantly, and add extra comfort in a way not a lot of decor can do. Find a pillow you are obsessed with and base your entire design around that! Play with bold colors and patterns in a way you never have before. Break beyond your go-to color scheme and surprise yourself with how much you love chartreuse and cobalt all of the sudden. Whatever your design style, decide what statement you want your room to make and use pillows to say that loud and clear.

We can picture this stunning woodland motif pillow finding its place in any room in the house; it is refined while whimsical, colorful while mature. Everything we aim for here at Lars! Since animal print is having quite a moment in the fashion world right now, we thought this round velvet leopard pillow was the perfect nod to this fun trend. Imagine it paired with some hot pink or kelly green! Ah! Explore all of our favorite statement pillows below –

 

Accent Pillows

These pillows are unique and will draw the eye, but only after everything else in the room has already had its time in the spotlight. These are the kind of pillows that will make your visitors think “and there is more?!” Yes! More beautiful and thoughtful pieces to enjoy.

We can’t stop looking at these floral pillows in the most lovely shade of blue. Soften your decor and add dynamic shape with these rounded velvet pillows (which come in 11 different colors!!!) Which of the pillows below will accent your next room makeover?

 

Textured Pillows

What can take a room from great to WONDERFUL is texture. If you find your decor feeling a little bland, or blending together too much, instead of adding color or large pieces, first ask yourself how you can add texture. This is what makes a room one you want touch live in and never want to leave, instead of one you just want to look at.

 

Embroidered Pillows

Embroidery, the trend that has found its way into every corner of our lives, and we couldn’t be happier! Drawing its roots from 9th century Sweden, embroidery has proved it will continue to stand the test of time. Add it to your decor without any fear of it losing its fashionableness.

 

Pattered Pillows

Want a bold pillow that complements your room but doesn’t overrule it? These patterned pillows are the slightly quieter sisters to our statement pillows above. Their patterns make them eye-catching but are happy to take the backseat to other statement pieces if needed.

 

Solid Pillows

Does your room already have enough patterns and textures to look at? Use pillows to strengthen your color scheme and finish off your design. Like curtains and rugs, pillows have this magic ability to make a room feel complete and next-level (at the fraction of the price of a good rug, win-win!)

 

DIY Pillows

Here you can find our tutorial and template for our fun circle pillow! Learn how to make your own woven bias tape pillow, or shop pillows curated by celebrated interior designer Meta Coleman at the Lars shop!

Furniture makeover: trash can

Chronicle Books sent over a copy of the brand spankin new Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I’ve been doing lots of furniture makeovers of my own, but completely winging it. Meaning, I have no idea what I’m doing, I just kind of go for it. I’ve been devouring it ever since so I can learn the proper techniques. There’s nothing worse than finding a beautiful piece of furniture and then not knowing how to fit it into your decor so you just pass it up. (Ok, there are FAR worse things–just petty first world problems I like bringing to your attention.)
While I was at my parent’s house in California the last two weeks, I noticed that the hordes of crepe paper rolls that my mom had on hand for the millions of flowers she made for my sister’s wedding, sat in the box they came in. Wouldn’t they fit snuggly in a plain-o trash can? And look a bit better and out of our way? So, I made it over. And then added some pom poms for extra good measure. Because who doesn’t care for a little pom?
Materials: super cheap aluminum trash, spray paint for metal, yarn to decorate, pom pom maker if you’re the type, spray paint primer for metal
Step 1: Prep your trash can by giving it a good scrubbing.
Step 2: Prime your trash can. I used one whole can.
Step 3: After waiting for the primer to dry (I waited 1/2 hour), spray it with your color choice. I chose a lovely faded mint that looks a lot better in real life. Blast my amateur photography skills.
Step 4: Add another layer.
Donzo.
To add pom poms: Surprisingly, this was my FIRST TIME EVER making pom poms. Are you shocked? Ok, not my first time. It’s my first successful time. And only because my mom had some pom pom makers on hand. I made a variety of sizes and then added a braid around the bin with some yarn that had pom pom garlands built in (from Michael’s). 

I left this one in California, but I’m going to do the same for myself here for my studio because if you saw my studio you would be horrified. I need a professional organizer in my life! The crepe paper rolls and wrapping paper are spewing out of the room.

Have you ever made over a piece of furniture? What are your tips? Help a girl out!