Hello everyone, my name is Grace Mitchell, and I blog daily at AStoriedStyle , my home design/DIY blog. I live in Fort Worth, Texas with my hubby and four little ones. I own and operate an interior design business, sell vintage furniture, and love to work on renovating my historical 1921 home. Thank you so much to Lindsay for allowing me to be here today! When Lindsay asked me to do the Favorite Room feature, I had a hard time choosing! After some pondering, I chose a room I believe can be very tricky in a home - the multi-purpose room. You know, the home office/guest bedroom/storage room. The room where the same stuff has been sitting for like two years. Oh wait, am I the only one that has this issue? Sabrina Gebhardt, my sweet client, who I had worked with before, (see her lovely transformations here and here), asked me to turn her self-deemed "hot mess of a room" into a functional home office and guest bedroom. She is a busy photographer and mother of two (shameless plug - check out her lovely work here!) and desperately needed a room to work in that was beautiful and inspiring. Not to mention a room that would be warm and inviting for guests. Sabrina loves color, so I knew immediately what I wanted the inspiration fabric to be! Get ready to swoon. Designer's Guild "Orangerie Rose". I had been dying to use it for years, and I was sure she would love it! After scoring a few yards for a mega steal on Ebay, and basing my room design on the fabric, I presented her with this inspiration board.
She was thrilled, and we moved forward. By plowing through Craigslist, scoring some estate sale finds, repurposing items, and utilizing reliable Ebay sellers, Sabrina's home office/guest room was created. I love how bright and happy it feels, yet soothing. The freshness of the colors and the simplicity of the design came together so beautifully, and I am so excited to show you. Therefore, without further adieu, welcome to the Gebhardt's home office/guest room. This photo is one of my favorites of the space. I love how you get this little sneak peek of the room from the hallway, and it draws you in.
The gorgeous campaign dresser is a Scout Design Studio find, and we painted it in Rustoleum’s Safety Red, a high gloss orangey-red hue. One of Sabrina’s main storage requests was somewhere to put all of her kraft paper boxes she uses for presentation of her client’s photos. This long but narrow depth dresser fit the bill perfectly. How can you go wrong with inset brass hardware? The dresser was styled with sentimental wine corks, books, and some pretty water and glasses for guests to feel right at home. In each room I design, I try to incorporate an original idea to keep the space feeling unique and innovative. My favorite feature of this room, besides the fabric, is this interchangeable art/photography wall. Using vintage frames Sabrina already owned, plus a few purchased from a local salvage store, we fashioned this interesting collection by nailing large metal bulldog clips into the center of each frame. It is so easy to alter the photos and artwork as desired, and gives you a ton of impact on a budget. How awesome are these vintage bamboo chairs? They are a Gypsy Soul Interiors find, and we had the seats upholstered in the Orangerie fabric. I am so so happy with how they turned out. The green and white flocked trellis pillow is from Etsy. The vintage round ottoman was a CraigsList purchase. Since the best place for the bed (opposite the door) was in front of the pretty windows, I didn’t want to cover too much sunshine. Therefore, I searched for an iron bed until I found this one (originally from Pottery Barn) at an estate sale for $150. We sprayed it in Rustoleum’s John Deere Green - I love this green and also used it in this room makeover. (Do you spot a little cutie in footed pj's?) The bench at the end of the bed looked like this before. Snooze. Using some not-being-used-by-me-anymore World Market gray velvet curtains I had edged in white linen, we had it reupholstered and tufted. I always knew I had a little Maria Von Trapp in me! The beautiful Orangerie fabric was used for long pillows for the bed and a bolster for the bench. Yellow silk fabric was used for piping. Are you loving the rug as much as I am?! There is nothing like an old rug to bring a wonderful sense of age and character to a space. Found on Ebay from this seller whom I have used many a time and highly recommend, it really aids in giving the room a collected vibe. Sabrina had previously purchased this curvy shaped Ethan Allen chair for a great price off of CraigsList, and we had it reupholstered in this crisscross gray fabric (“Hector” from Cutting Corners). The pillow is another Etsy find. (Pillows from Etsy are the greatest!) Little details are really what make a room feel special. Like pretty trim on lampshades. And curtains. For printer and office supply storage, this bamboo shelving unit was purchased off of CraigsList and painted. I love to make useful items display nicely so they can be out and easily within reach. The desk turned out so great! Another CraigsList find, we painted it in Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewood Gray reduced 50% and added the dainty brass knobs. The corkboard was purchased at Home Goods, and Sabrina painted the frame gold, and added the chevron fabric (Premier Prints) and red trim. Light, bright, and beautiful! Is there anything better than having a stunning AND functional space? Thank you so much for reading - I hope to see you over at AStoriedStyle.com! And thank you again to sweet Lindsay for having me!
** Special thanks to Sabrina Gebhardt Photography for all of the amazing images in this post.**