Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day(Bed) Dream Believer....

We have two guest bedrooms in our house. The larger, blue ceiling-ed guest bedroom has served us, and a handful of guests, very well so far. The other guest bedroom isn't getting any action though. And I mean that in a completely innocent way. It's a perfectly good room, complete with a bed, bedroom furniture, crown molding, and dreamy white curtains. But when we have guests stay over the logical choice is to invite them stay in the larger guest bedroom.

Besides the small guest bedroom (and our formal dining room), I have to say, we really do use all of the rooms in our house. This makes me happy. :-) I decided there has to be a way we can get more use out of the smaller guest bedroom, while still keeping it a bedroom of sorts, just in case we have a houseful of visitors one day.

I pondered what to do in this room for awhile, then it hit me last week when I was trying to wash pots and pans as quietly as possible while my husband was on a conference call just a few feet office! I know, I know, this is probably the most obvious solution and you're probably saying to yourself "Why didn't they just make it an office as soon as they moved in???!!!"  And I'd have to agree with you on that....I guess the only excuse I can come up with is that we were really occupied with trying to make the first floor as nice and livable as possible and this little spare room just went to the waaaay bottom of our renovation list. That and the fact that my husband spent basically the first eight months in our new home traveling for work and there wasn't much need for a home office. But now, thankfully, his schedule is more balanced with travel, and he is even able to work from home a bit. And with that, a home office/guest bedroom has officially been moved to the top of our projects list!

Because it's a small room and because I want it to feel as office-y as possible, I've decided to reconfigure the full bed that's currently residing in the room into a daybed. Still totally functional for action sleeping.

Here are some great daybed pictures I've found to help me get started with this project:

House Beautiful
Guide to Home Furniture
Be Interior Decorator

Exinterior Design

boy's rooms - Benjamin Moore - Rustic Taupe - brown taupe velvet nailhead trim. settee sofa world map globe mobile black pendant light bamboo roman shades ivory green striped roman shade brown taupe walls paint color boy's room playroom
Decor Pad

boy's rooms - royal blue velvet daybed day bed white built-ins cabinets shelves modern pendant chrome floor lamp blue rug green chairs white red green blue roman shades
Decor Pad
bedrooms - green blue grasscloth wallpaper turquoise blue platform bed West Elm nightstands turquoise blue grommet drapes white West Elm overlapping squares daybed pendants chandeliers
Decor Pad
boy's rooms - Benjamin Moore - Rustic Taupe - taupe brown green world map art velvet upholstered taupe daybed glass pendant light gray door playroom boy's room
Decor Pad
dens/libraries/offices - West Elm Parsons Desk turquoise blue acent wall floating shelves tan linen daybed oatmeal linen roman shade white turquoise blue striped rug
Decor Pad

dens/libraries/offices - Sherwin Williams - Natural Choice - beige tan cream striped wall natural fiber beige brown rug daybed rustic antique mirrors shadow box chestnut wood floors demilune iron console table reading nook space
The Lettered Cottage

bedrooms - Dwell Studio Peony Pillow daybed eclectic photo gallery green walls paint color office  Thanks to Design Sponge!    Dwell Peony Pillows!
Design Sponge via Decor Pad

I have also been majorly inspired by these DIY headboard instructions over at Aubrey & Lindsay's blog to help achieve that daybed look. First things, first though.

Once my husband was (happily) on board with this project, I repainted the pale pink (Creme Angels to be exact) bedroom to     ?????      . Those of you that have been to our house, you will notice that we aren't afraid of color on the walls! I am excited to share pictures of the final reveal once the room is complete. This is so unlike me. Normally I can't keep a secret and will insist on telling you what I bought you for your birthday present or at Christmas. So I am excited to have a surprise for the hubs and now for my readers, too! Stay tuned for more updates and the final reveal!!!


  1. Love daybeds! and I loved your wedding video! Bring back wonderful memories of my wedding almost 18 years ago! wow that makes me feel old but I'm not! haha! God bless you and your new husband!

  2. Thank you so much for stopping by! I love your blog and have been reading your posts for awhile now - so I was thrilled to see that you've found my blog, too! :-) Your outdoor living post from the other day was great, btw! Now that the snow is finally melting in MA I am so ready to dust off our deck furniture and pretty it all up! You've provided some great ideas and inspiration! Thanks again for stopping by :-)