The room is fairly small and I wanted to keep it open and light so I chose these small brass pedestal tables to use as nightstands. They are large enough to fit a book, a cup of tea or glass of water, a midnight snack (you know the basic vacation bedside necessities), but small enough (and without shelves) so no extra clutter can add up. They also leave a lot of open visual space which makes the room feel a bit bigger.
I collected most of the pieces from High Fashion Home which, since I did (about a year ago), has become a go to site for unique home items. The hands vase, the set of candleholders, pillows and nightstands are all from there. We also got our dining table (that you might remember I was using the top as a coffee table in the studio for a while) and this fun side table.
Now that you’ve seen where the room is heading let’s take a look back at where we started with the before photo…To get from here to where we are now we have 1. torn out the carpet, 2. installed new flooring (we used this faux-wood tile from Home Depot), and 3. painted. Which got us to… And then I saw this and cried because the grout color killed it (and not in a good way). We weren’t around when they started grouting and it was SO not the color I had intended. I had to make the call to bite the bullet and re-grout. Someone came in and used a dremel-like tool and removed the old (which was actually brand new) grout to replace it with shade closer to white. Luckily the contractors took it easy on us. Next, the room looked exactly like this for months and months while the rest of the place was getting all the work done. But now we are back in business and it’s onward with just a few more things to finish it off. We still need to trim out the room with baseboards, hang a new curtain rod and curtains (it is a pet peeve of mine when people install curtain rods to the exact width of the window. Come on! give a lady some room for drapes to hang where they don’t cover most of the window when open!), we also have to build out the closet a bit and add a sliding door of some sort to the entry.
I also have been seriously considering getting a fake cactus in here and I almost want to slap myself for it at the same time. I’ve always been completely against faux flowers and fake plants but having a real live plant in a house that may or may not be inhabited for days at a time (we may plan to rent it out eventually but we can’t expect renters to water our plants. ha) would probably not last long. Also if we went with a real cactus I am not sure that is the greatest idea with a toddler in such small quarters. So… do I just forgo any potted greenery and just put clippings in vases when we are there (it would certainly be a lot more affordable and authentic which are both big pluses) or actually go for a big ole fake cactus so it is zero maintenance?
Sources: Porcelain Tile // Nightstands/Side Tables from High Fashion Home // Rattan Bed from Anthropologie // Bedding by Parachute // Lumbar Pillow in photo from the Vintage Rug Shop // Pillows in Product Round up from High Fashion Home // Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Oversized Basket from Spartan // Vase from High Fashion Home // Candle Holders from High Fashion Home // Tall Cactus Plant