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Sourcebook: The 11th Street Retreat Guest Bedrooms, Guest Bathroom, Laundry Room & Office
When I was coming up with guest bedroom design ideas for the 11th Street Retreat, I think it’s safe to say I really went for it with some fun concepts. You see, this whole wing on the second floor of this home required a lot of strategy – not just in a decor sense. When it came to laying out the second floor of the first home I ever built, we needed to fit in a laundry room, two guest bedrooms, a guest bathroom and an office nook.
The 11th Street Retreat Sourcebook, Part 5:
Guest Bedrooms, Guest Bathroom, Laundry Room & Office
Let me start by saying that these spaces might feel “grand” or “large” in these photos, but I want to assure you that they’re NOT. In fact, the hallway that houses the laundry room, two oversized barn doors, and a complete home office is no more than 8 feet wide. See what I mean?
This hallway was my first opportunity to really space-plan a hallway area. What Brett and I came up with (this was our own home so Brett was very involved!) is still, in my opinion, the best use of space. This view looking the other way down the hall shows the custom sliding barn doors that conceal the small laundry room. And you can see the main bedroom at the end of the hall.
If you’ve been following along with our tour of the first home I ever built and its exterior, living room, kitchen, dining area, dog cave, and main bedroom and bathroom, you know by now: I use many of the same materials and paint colors throughout.
Repeating paint colors like Sherwin-Williams “Pure White” and materials like Calacatta marble throughout makes the whole home feel cohesive. But there’s still room to add personality to different spaces, like this stunning wallpaper from Anthropologie that really steals the show in one of the guest bedrooms.
The Guest Bedrooms
For the guest bedrooms, my goal was for each room to have a lot of character but to still feel like part of the same house. The headboards were salvaged from the trash and painted. The nightstands are also vintage and all from my friends at Ripe Designs. There were a few weird conversations I had to have in order to finish these bedrooms…
I had to call my wallpaper installer and when he saw that wallpaper, he questioned my sanity for sure. It’s beautiful, but it’s LOUD!
The weird conversations continued for the other guest room too. I had to call my carpenter Brian of B&D Cabinets and ask him to build a shelf over the windows. He thought I was crazy!
I also had to call my painter and tell him I only wanted him to paint ⅔ of the walls. He also thought I was losing my mind a little. Once it was all in place, the beds were made, curtains were hung, art was on the walls… it worked!
The Guest Bathroom
One of my favorite pieces in the entire house is the vintage yellow mirror in the guest bathroom. I almost tried to negotiate to take it with us! I have always loved this mirror and feel like it was the perfect pop of color this small bathroom needed.
Also, in regards to finishes, you’ll recognize everything in this bathroom from other parts of the house. The cabinet doors are the same as the kitchen, along with the hardware.
The marble tile, well guess what folks, I didn’t just use one single material in the main bathroom – I used it in the entire house!
That said, I did venture out a little bit for this gray wall tile in the shower. What do you think, would you use a tile like this in your house?
The Office Nook
The idea behind the desk area was to leave the back bedrooms as TRUE bedrooms, with literally just beds in them, and spend most of your time in other parts of the house. In the desk area we used an old dining room table we had bought off Craigslist as our “desk,” and this space worked for us on so many levels. The light is one I have used many times since then and I still love how bright it is.
Wrapping gifts, all sorts of craft projects, sewing pillow shams… oh, and starting Built Custom Homes and building my first blog myself… you name it, it happened at this desk.
The Laundry Room
The laundry “room” with its countertop and sink was very functional. The double barn doors that hid the space when not in use were custom, though barn doors have come a long way since then and I think you could find something similar at your local hardware store these days.
I’m grateful we had a laundry space like this to do itty bitty baby clothes laundry before we moved out!