Guest Room Giveaway: After Photos!

Guest Room Giveaway: After Photos!

We’re so excited to share pictures of Guest Room Giveaway winner Neesha D.’s transformed guest bedroom! We are really excited about how this makeover turned out, due in large part to the amazing products and services donated by Austin businesses to create this fantastic space.

Before

Neesha and husband Jeff have a home full of soft blues and greens, but they tried to depart from that for a little variety in their guest bedroom and were disappointed with the outcome of their golden yellow paint choice. They were hoping to return to their favored green/blue palette with this makeover, so that the guest room would feel more unified with the rest of the house.

This is Neesha's guest bedroom "BEFORE" shot.

BEFORE

Room Fu Decorologist Claire Patrick chats with Neesha D., winner of our Guest Room Giveaway.

BEFORE: Room Fu Decorologist Claire Patrick chats with winner Neesha D. during our initial consultation in the makeover space.

Neesha offered us some paper she brought back from a trip to India, in case we could think of a use for it in the space:

neesha-paper

We also spied a cool vintage-inspired print of a map of Austin in a corner of the room. We knew it would look great in the finished space.

Austin-print

After

AFTER: Ta-da!

AFTER: Ta-da! (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

AFTER

AFTER (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

Everything started with the bedding. Considering Neesha’s request for natural greens or blues, we began our design plan at Bolt Fabrics, where we selected this gorgeous chevron fabric:

AFTER: Fabric from Bolt Fabrics, bedding construction from Sewing by Norma.

AFTER: Fabric from Bolt Fabrics, bedding construction from Sewing by Norma. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

Many thanks to Bolt Fabrics for providing thirteen yards of this gorgeous stuff, and to Sewing by Norma, who did a great job of creating the bedding!

Our next stop was to design some custom curtains from Lush Livings. We fell in love with this beautiful Greek key fabric and threw in a hot pink strip on each panel, to take what might otherwise be a trendy color palette into a more personalized direction. Thanks to My Austin Handyman for installing the curtain rods!

AFTER: Custom curtains provided by Lush Livings, curtain rods installed by My Austin Handyman.

AFTER: Custom curtains provided by Lush Livings, curtain rods installed by My Austin Handyman. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

Art is such a personal experience, so we asked Neesha to pick out several of her favorites from Austin artist Judy Paul‘s prints. Of the six Neesha was ga-ga for, we selected Judy’s piece, “1 Million Flowers,” to go into the room. Judy gave us a wonderful 30″x30″ print, and it looks so gorgeous in the space!

AFTER: "1 Million Flowers" print by Judy Paul, curtains from Lush Livings.

AFTER: “1 Million Flowers” print by Judy Paul, curtains from Lush Livings. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

AFTER: "1 Million Flowers" print by Judy Paul.

AFTER: “1 Million Flowers” print by Judy Paul. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

We turned into design nerds when we scored a George Nelson wall sconce for the room, thanks to Lights Fantastic! My Austin Handyman graciously installed this as well.

AFTER: George Nelson wall sconce from Lights Fantastic.

AFTER: George Nelson wall sconce from Lights Fantastic. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

And this gorgeous lamp–also from Lights Fantastic–is stunning on the desk:

AFTER: Lamp from Lights Fantastic, curtains from Lush Livings.

AFTER: Lamp from Lights Fantastic, curtains from Lush Livings. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

At this point, we were able to nail down the paint treatment for the room. We fulfilled Neesha’s wish for both blue and green paint–painting the walls a soft, apple green, and the ceiling a gorgeous shade of teal. To bring the ultra-high ceiling down, we wrapped the ceiling color onto the tops of the walls and added a metallic gold stripe between the green and teal. Escobedo Painting made this design detail look effortless and the result is cozy and inviting. After the paint was up, Claire and I both had such an urge to have them come repaint all of our ceilings!

AFTER: Interior painting by Escobedo Painting.

AFTER: Interior painting by Escobedo Painting. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

AFTER: Interior painting by Escobedo Painting.

AFTER: Interior painting by Escobedo Painting. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

The hot pink ikat and green trellis print on pillows sewn by Etsy seller creativeladys compliment the other fabric patterns on the bed:

AFTER: Decorative pillows created by Etsy seller creativeladys.

AFTER: Decorative pillows created by Etsy seller creativeladys. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

Neesha’s vintage Austin map looks great over what is now a colorful, yet serene bed:

AFTER: Nelson sconce from Lights Fantastic, duvet fabric from Bolt Fabrics, duvet created by Sewing by Norma, decorative pillows by Etsy seller creativeladys, interior painting by Escobedo Painting.

AFTER: Nelson sconce from Lights Fantastic, duvet fabric from Bolt Fabrics, duvet created by Sewing by Norma, decorative pillows by Etsy seller creativeladys, interior painting by Escobedo Painting. (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

What did we do with Neesha’s paper from India? We worked a little magic on her Ikea desk, covering the drawer fronts with three patterns that inspired the room’s design:

AFTER

AFTER (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

We painted three Ikea wall shelves gold and My Austin Handyman installed them in a vertical column beside the bed for us, to create a small-scale, inexpensive, modern nightstand:

AFTER

AFTER (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

AFTER

AFTER (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

We added a Jonathan Adler-esque white vase and a hot pink Cynthia Rowley frame (sporting a photo of Neesha and Jeff’s adorable twins, Eli and Norah) to accessorize the desk:

AFTER

AFTER (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

To finish things off, Claire nabbed a shawl from Neesha, which happened to coordinate beautifully with the design of the room. Neesha said that this was a testament to how much the room reflected her personal style–because the shawl was one of her favorite things. What a wonderful compliment! Her existing desk chair also works perfectly.

AFTER

AFTER (Photo by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings)

Neesha also went on to say that, had she been in on the selection process, she probably would have vetoed several elements in the space, because she would not have been capable of visualizing how everything would work together. She was incredibly happy with the result, and spent some quiet time in the room after we left and enjoyed every minute of it!

Congratulations to Neesha and Jeff, and big thanks to all of our Guest Room Giveaway sponsors, including our lovely and talented photographer, Suzi Q. Varin of Q Weddings, who captured this makeover so beautifully!

7 Comments

  1. Sally November 21, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I’m one of Eli and Norah’s Aunts. What a LOVELY thing you’ve done with this space. It just delightfully adds to Neesha and Jeff’s lovely taste. Can’t wait to see it in person!!! It seems it will just wonderfully add to their already warm and wonderful home!!!

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  3. Robin November 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks, Aunt Sally! We hope you enjoy it during your next visit!

  4. Neesha D. November 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Robin, I was just looking at this again, and I was thinking how remarkable it is that you successfully combined turquoise chevron, teal greek tiles, hot pink ikat, green trellis and mustard moroccan tile prints all in one room. That is a FEAT! And it looks amazing!

  5. Mary Jo Singleton November 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I am planning to have two chairs recovered soon and will now shop at Bolt Fabrics! What beautiful fabric for the bedding!

  6. Robin November 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Mary Jo, Bolt is having a couple of DIY tutorials coming up, like how to recover dining chairs (12/1/12) & how to make your own tree skirt (12/4/12). Contact them for more details & to RSVP! 442-8255

  7. cyoung December 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

    looks great! i cant believe you tied all that color together and its not completely overwhelming. really like what you did with the paint in here, might be stealing that ;]

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