Heather Ludi's guest room was colorless with beige carpet she intended to rip out and replace.
Cozy and Glamorous
To create a cozy, glamorous accommodations, Heather painted the walls violet, delineated the sleeping area from the rest of the room with a four-poster bed and added dark wood floors.
Bedside sconces were made for $35 a piece by picking up drum shades and pendant kits, cutting holes in the back, then attaching them to the walls with L-brackets.
Chest vs. Nightstand
Heather opted for bedside chests rather than nightstands for extra storage. Some of the drawers are stocked with an assortment of items a guest may have forgotten.
A Lesson on Color
Since the violet walls are very bold, Heather stuck with furniture and bedding that would tone it down. The four-poster bed is made of wood with a white finish. The art and the bedding feature a black, white and gray color scheme.
Custom Draperies on a Budget
The large window in the guest room receives ample sunlight during the early morning hours when guests should be sleeping. Custom draperies help control the brightness. For custom window coverings on a budget, Heather chose chintz, then used the back side of the fabric, which is matte.
For the Book Worm
Heather added open storage to her guest room in the form of bookshelves. To add dimension to bookcases, she covered the back panel with wallpaper for a touch of the unexpected. She used the space in front to create a quaint conversation area with two chairs and a side table.
To stick with the overall budget of $5,000, Heather bought art for a great price by shopping online. This Jonathan Adler print was purchased through Art That Fits and customized with black lacquer faux bamboo frame from Larson Juhl.
Featuring Flea Market Finds
To allow guests to get work done during their stay, the corner across from the four-poster bed became a work area. The desk was picked up from a flea market and updated with two coats of lacquer in a plum tone.
Warm and Welcoming
Making guests feel welcome was Heather's main objective in her guest room. For an extra hospitable touch, she keeps the guest room stocked with a teapot and serving tray, which makes weekend mornings feel like a true hotel stay.