Guest Bedroom Design

A couple of weeks ago I talked about the home office I helped my client Shirley envision and create with the help of a talented cabinet maker Mike Creswell.  We have recreated a number of rooms together over the years.

One of my favorite is the old office (bedroom) of her husband.  I showed you how we converted the guest room to an office.

Here I show you how we changed the office into the guest bedroom.

There is nothing more exciting then having the opportunity to dream up a vision and see it realized.

The room is small and was built in on two sides and a third wall is window.   And it was full of desk, printer and office paraphernalia, when I first walked in.

Since the room is so small, we had to incorporate all the furniture as built-ins, except the bed.

Shirley  is an artist, an open to choices.  We talked about doing an Asian theme, as Shirley has a number of Asian pieces in her home, including a fabulous screen that covers a complete wall in her dining room.  As we were talking she said she had this Antique Japanese piece she had found, and would love to use it.  The chest had some damage on the crown detail.
When I saw the beautiful red chest, I knew that we could build it in to the room, and use it, to drive the design.

Since Mike  can create whatever we dreamed up, it was a thrill to be part of changing spaces, almost as good as being on HGTV.

Here are the before and afters of two sides of the room.  I had them take the closet of this room and use in in the room behind for a mega daughter closet (SHOES).

The same mirror was reused and framed in matching wood. The built in shelves were rebuilt with beautiful drawers.

The original removable decorative top of the Japanese cabinet was hung above the bed.   On the other side rice paper and wood to create a Shoji effect, which surrounds the red cabinet, and incorporates a desk or dressing table, with a stool.

The guest room as an office

The room is transformed with detail and a gorgeous red cabinet

I wish I had arranged the beautiful porcelain before taking the shot.

This room feels so fabulous now, when I go in, I cant believe how different it is.  What do you think?  Do you have a vision for your room that includes built ins?

Looking into the mirror before

Looking at the mirror after

If you would like a room that creates dreams, every time you enter,  call me I would love to help you  Jennifer Duchene 650.644.8592

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Guest Bedroom Design — 38 Comments

  1. AMAZING transformations! The place looks totally different. It’s very inspirational and makes me want to transform my space.

  2. As always, beautiful transformations…love it when people surround themselves with things that make them happy.

    Darcie Newton
    Discipline for profit, none for fine wine or memorable necklaces

  3. Awesome transformation. It’s so amazing how one room can look so drab to such a beautiful piece of art. Great Jen!

    Alara K. Castell
    Your Sassy Spiritual Guide

    • Thanks Alara. It is pretty astonishing what can be done with some money, an concept and an incredible carpenter!

  4. Astonishing! The color is beautiful–makes me want to dive into the room. This before and after shots are so powerful. Thanks for giving us a window into your beautiful talents and the spaces you create.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    “My cat owns me, my clutter stymies me, my writing frees me. Word maven loves—and learns from—ordinary life.”

    • Thanks so much Judy. It is amazing what can be done. I love the colors too. This room really speaks to me. I love the translation of the Japanese design.

  5. You continue to astound me, Jen! That room looks enchanting and dream-like now! Absolutely amazing what you can do! As I said before, some day I will come to you and realize a dream!

  6. Jen, you are a genius. What a beautiful transformation. The bedroom looks so inviting. You are very talented. And I love that you show before and after photos. You’d be amazed at how many designers only show the after and one can’t really see what they created that way. Smart of you!

    Susan Berland
    A Picture’s Worth

    • Thanks so much Susan.Love being a genius LOL! I agree that the impact is greater when you see the befores. It really does boggle the mind.

  7. Amazing! The color, the textures, the details are just gorgeous. You are a genius! xox
    Jillian Todd
    Jillian Todd Portrait Couture

  8. I am so into the Asian theme – this speaks volumes to me, especially as I prepare to transform my guest room into my Diva Den! Lovely pictures and artistry. Maybe we can work something out online! Would love your advice and suggestions. This is just gorgeous!

    • Laurie that so fabulous, that you can feel connected to the look and be inspired for your Diva Den. I love it. Absolutely I would be delighted to give you some ideas of how to create an Asian inspired retreat. I will send you a message.

  9. Jen, this is absolutely stunning! I am particularly attracted to the Asian-inspired theme. I truly don’t know how you can have the vision to make such beauty out of an ordinary room, but you do it every time! What a gift!

    • Thanks so much Joan. what a lovely compliment. I feel blessed to have the talent to visualize possibilities in a space.

  10. I always wanted a red dresser like that…and that space makes it look fabulous! WOW! what a fantastic job! I love the Asian themed cabinetry, too. When can I go stay as a guest? Rachel

    • Rachel you are so funny. Who knows ? maybe Shirley would be delighted to have you stay, once she finishes her bedroom. There is something so peaceful in the symmetry of Asian cabinetry

  11. Hi Jen,
    fabulous job! I LOVE before and after pictures. It’s unbelievable it’s the same room, very well done,

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

    • Hi Franziska. hope you are well.. Thanks so much. Yes the before and after pics really are incredible. I can hardly believe it myself.

      • Hey girl, glad you are doing well :)Thanks for the kind words! I also see you have my button on your blog, that’s fattasnic! THANK YOU!Can’t wait to make you a blog button! 😉

  12. You’ve outdone yourself! Wow, what a transformation! The before and after pictures are amazing…and show your true genuis! HOW do you do this?!?! I want that room…..and have like 4 more you can transform! Way to go….I am still in awe. You will have your own show on HGTV…if they get you before the networks! Remember me when…lol:)

    Rita Brennan Freay

    • Lovely Rita! I am looking forward to helping you with your rooms. It always helps when there is something to inspire one, when creating a space. I am looking forward to having my own show, and I will never forget you!! LOL!

  13. you and mike together … amazing power partnership!!!!!! those rice paper doors are to die for and how awesome to build in the cabinet. Simply gorgeous!
    Yvonne Hall

  14. Yvonne its true having power partners really helps and I have to say that Shirley is the most fabulous client. Open to ideas, and collaborating – a real team effort, which helps make incredible things happen. Just like in cooking. Thanks so much

  15. This is a truly amazing transformation Jen! Not a huge fan of the Asian theme for my home but I really could live with this room. You are one talented woman!
    Louise Edington
    Facing Fears For Freedom Over Fifty

  16. Man, if I saw those pictures apart I wouldn’t have known it was the same room! Awesome to have a great client who is flexible and your supreme talent!

  17. I love the absolute delight you take in your creations on behalf of and with your clients. No wonder this project is smashing and original — your’re feeling it in your cells! Incredible work, Jen!

  18. Holy crap! Seriously, that is so hot! I can’t believe how you transformed that space…just love it, Jen! So talented 🙂
    Brandy Mychals
    Speaker, Author, Communications Coach
    Creator of the Character Code System

  19. Jen, it is hard to believe these pictures are from the same room. Transformed, indeed. I especially liked your use of the cabinet despite its damaged crown detail.

  20. Hi Jen,
    Thanks for showing us another astonishing transformation. You’ve created such a beautiful bedroom, it’ll surely help create pleasant dreams. With all your experience, do you have a favorite room to create — kitchen, bedroom, parlor, living room, office?

  21. Jen, what a fabulous job you’ve done. There’s just no comparison, is there? It’s great to be able to feel so at home in your own space. I’d love to have that too, walk in the door and say – Oh, wow! I so enjoy reading your posts and seeing the transformational photos. x

    Fiona Stolze
    Inspired Art and Living

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