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Basement Guest Bedroom // The Moodboard

It’s been a little while since I tackled a big interior design project from scratch–mostly because I ran out of rooms to style in our NYC apartment. But, I’m excited to share the beginning stages of a guest bedroom makeover that I just started with none other than… my mom!

A few years ago, my parents sold my childhood home and moved to a smaller house in Annapolis. From the outside, it looks like a ranch, but it actually has a full “basement” floor that opens up onto a pool deck and has two bedrooms, a bathroom, wet bar, and second living space {good for my parents, even luckier for me!}.

My parents have done a great job downsizing and making the new house feel like a welcoming home for me and my sisters whenever we come to visit. But ultimately, each of the three extra bedrooms are guest bedrooms and haven’t ever been truly lived in. So, in the hopes of making the guest bedroom spaces even more enjoyable for us, my mom asked for my help redesigning the one I use most often when I visit.

As I do with every new project, I started by asking my mom about her vision for the room, the feeling she wanted to evoke and if there were any special elements she wanted to incorporate. We began pinning to a joint Pinterest board, which lead us to this mood board and I. AM. OBSESSED.
Guest bedroom mood board // how to brighten up a basement bedroomclockwise from top left via 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 //

The mood for the guest bedroom makeover is calming, clean but still welcoming. It needs to fit within the modern feel of their house overall but will have a distinct, lively feel unto itself. It’s not quite beachy, not quite nautical, but has hints of sea colors and organic textures.

My mom was willing to make some updates, but wanted to work with as much of the existing furniture as possible including an oak bed frame and side tables. I was unsure about this at first and almost asked her to whitewash everything, but creating the mood board helped show how the wood tones can work.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve started shopping for products, swapping lots of photos, and putting together the e-design along the way. After some serious convincing, my mom also conceded that the walls do need a fresh coat of paint; they are currently a builder-grade beige {that’s got to go, phew!}.

Although we’re not really on a deadline to finish the room, I have a couple of visits planned to Annapolis and think we can knock in out over the summer. In fact, we were there this past weekend and it was exciting to start to see some of the elements coming together. Plus, it’s fun to be partnering with my mom on a joint creative project — something we haven’t really done since my wedding in 2013.

Stay tuned for more along the way…

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