From Basement-Basic to Chic Guest Suite, Part One

Connecticut Guest Suite Makeover

This glamorous guest suite in Connecticut was not always so chic. Roderick Shade made over this room by re-thinking the space entirely. Here’s the Before:

If an existing architectural element isn’t helping, like this brick fireplace and builder’s grade exit door, it’s hurting. So Roderick removed the fireplace and painted the wall in vertical stripes to distract from the darkness. “Whenever it’s dark or small, go for a strong pattern or strong color. Sometimes both. They work to distract the eye away from whatever problem the room has,” says Rod. Then he added a flourish of draperies to visually expand the door area while adding privacy and softness all at once.  The pop of color – purple – enlivens the room and adds a touch of Dior to the grey and white theme. Lush touches, some flea market finds, others from elite trade-only design resources, add elegance and texture to the space. A ceiling medallion and crown molding add a been-here-forever architectural pedigree to the ceiling, while a crystal chandelier sheds light on main attraction, the bed. A simple, tufted, upholstered headboard opens up the bed to the room, provides storage thanks to a hinged platform and gives it a smaller footprint than the former sleigh bed. Rich charcoal grey slate flooring in a natural cleft finish replaces the carpeting, and area rugs make for a soft, warm landing spot upon waking. “it’s all about the contrast between rough, natural finishes and highly stylized elements.” Art by Benice Horowitz brings the outdoors in while adding bold, graphic punctuation points throughout the room.

Look for more on this terrific guest suite in upcoming posts, including a superb bathroom makeover on a budget, great ideas for storage and home office organization.