No major construction progress was made over the weekend, though we did manage to paint the French doors (3 coats each!), buy all the flooring for the guest room, and spackle and sand a bunch of holes. And while it might not seem like physical progress, I did finalize a moodboard for the guest room. Instead of going for a stark-white, Scandinavian inspired space (my mom made a good point that it might border on feeling “asylum-ish” especially since it’s in the basement) I’m feeling more of a old Parisian/French-country/Restoration Hardware vibe. I basically want the room to feel like this song:
Lots of vintage-y French elements and neutral colors and, of course, white flooring paired with a pale gray wall. There are some things I’m just not willing to compromise on.
The only element I’m incorporating that’s actually from Restoration Hardware is a vintage-washed linen duvet cover in a light tan color. Nothing says “Provence” like rustic linen, and while it’s a lot to spend on a duvet cover for a bed that will only be used every once and a while, I’d rather save up for a good quality set than buy a cheaper version I don’t particularly love. Also, I’m no stranger to dropping a ton of money on duvet sets these days. That lightweight Turkish fouta in red with white tassels on the end strikes me as being especially provincial, even if it’s not French (or even an actual blanket). A burlap throw pillow with French and red stripes down the sides will tie the whole bed together.
There is only one closet in the room now that the wall has gone up, and it’s under the stairs and we keep all of our suitcases and miscellaneous Christmas decorations and wrapping supplies in it. Given that we have nowhere else to put that stuff, the room is hurting for clothing storage. I know that IKEA dresser might not be the most antique looking thing in the world, but the gray-brown color is beautiful. I’m planning on swapping out the knobs once it’s assembled. Bonus: it’s on sale!
I love old reproduction posters, and this one by Jules Chéret from 1896 is whimsical and classic. Restoration Hardware furniture is out of my budget, but that antique-looking club chair is a fraction of the cost and got great reviews. I want to curl up in it and read a book by lamp light, specifically that pharmacy-style brass floor lamp.
I’m so excited about finishing the space (I can almost see the finish line) and I might be tempted to move back into it after it’s completed. We still need to figure out what is going on with the den portion, but I’m trying to take babysteps so I’m not overwhelmed with how much work still needs to be done.