I found your blog through Decorology this morning and it couldn't have been a more timely discovery. I am a live-in nanny for a wonderful family who built me a bedroom in their finished basement, but I have had a tough time getting the arrangement and functionality right and would love any suggestions you have. The only permanent fixture that can be changed is the overhead light, which the lady of the house hates and would be willing to change out to an appropriate long-term option. (future guestroom, then boys playroom/crash pad)
-poor lighting, partially due to the aforementioned bad overhead fixture and an oddly situated lone window.
-large double doors to a frequently used room that limit arrangement options.
-a desk that never gets used in the current arrangement.
-no sitting area for when I have a guest over.
-I need to keep the bed, at least one of the nightstands (because of budget, even though I hate matching bed/nightstands), 8 x 12 rug, mirror, and chest of drawers.
-I have wondered about moving the bed to the window wall, but don't know whether to place it according to the window, ceiling fixture, or closet (which is in line with the current overhead light) and what to do about the headboard being higher than the windowsill and the scant clearance for open closet doors.
-I would love suggestions for how to finish my pine chest of drawers.
I can't figure out which technique or finish will look best with the room but will transition easily into my next space, which will probably not have any dark wood.
My goal is a comfortable and functional room that feels more like a little home and less like a guest room.
Thank you in advance for your advice!
Let me show you what your room would look like if you added a seating area and moved the bed to be under the window.
Now- I want you to do a little exercise. Draw a mental line down the floorplan. Do you see how way too much of the furnishings are on the left?
I re-arranged it - keeping the bed where you have it, but making a few changes.Notice the changes I made.
1. I removed one nightstand. That will create a friendlier desk area.
2. I moved the dresser to the wall, and put a settee at the base of the bed.
3. I appreciate that you have a pair of French doors, but you really only need to use one door. This way you can add the chair in front of the other door. (furniture from Overstock)
4. I moved your light. Having a light hanging right over your seating area will go a long way toward grounding that space and defining it. Use an inexpensive paper lantern. You can get them for less than ten dollars. You could do a collection of smaller ones, or one larger one. You can get a piece that fits into your light fixture box, but has outlets on it, to plug in the wires for the paper lights. Then just swag them over to where you want them. Does that make sense? It is all very inexpensive, but would really make a statement.
With the blue walls, and patterned settee, I would go with some crisp white bedding. (West Elm)
Fold the duvet down, so the nice solid white is against the setee, and have a pretty patterned quilt under it. There is nothing homier than a quilt.
I would paint the dresser white and add some cool hardware from Anthropologie.
I used a rug from Dash and Albert. Not too expensive and always a great look. Your e-mail implied that you had a rug, but I could not see one in any of your photos.
Add a great pillow (Z- Gallerie)and some solid blue sheets about the color of your walls.
There you go- what do you think?