2.11.10

Ralph Lauren Inspired Guest Bedroom

Denim, wood, white and natural linens, faded florals, plaid flannel, quilts, leather, vintage suitcases, ticking stripes, blue paisley.....

these are all things that I love and the inspiration for a little almost-no-cost makeover in progress in our basement guest bedroom.
I love these images (above and below) from Ralph Lauren Home and I'm using them as inspiration for our guest room. I have pulled together some items in the room we are already using, and added some other items from 'shopping the house'. We love blue, and will be keeping the blue walls for now (my sister will kill me laugh uncontrollably if I mention painting this room again, especially with the kitchen unfinished.)

I love the texture in these inspiration photos and still need to search for some items to add this feel ('cause I don't have any great old leather chairs looking for a new spot.) The mix of patterns on the bed is really interesting and I think I can pull off a bit of the look with what we have (blue plaid, blue and white ticking, denim, a faded floral, white and some beige twill.)
The bedroom is also home to an exercise area and a drum set, and it used to have three twin beds. It is not a huge room, but long and narrow. We added a double bed with headboard and kept one of the twins with a spare hidden mattress for guests with kids. While I love the ornate bed in the inspiration photos, this is the headboard I am working with for now. Yeah, not high on character factor, but I like wood.
A special rocking chair will add some more wood to the room and I hope to find the perfect dresser or night table. I also like the look of stacked quilts and have a few that will work and be handy for guests. 

The curtains I will be using are already made (formerly from our family room) from this paisley fabric.
  Delmonico by Liz Claibourne
I already have denim bedskirts and twill shams. This twin quilt that I made from old jeans will also fit in well.
This photo inspired me to collect a few inexpensive paintings and I even found a vintage blue suitcase.
Image: Country Living
We love these rodeo prints, but I was having trouble making them work in the living room. Hopefully they will fit in with some other cowboy/farm elements in the guest suite.
I hope to share photos as our almost-no-cost guest bedroom makeover progresses. I would love to have it mostly finished before I start decorating for Christmas. Thanks for stopping by! 


17 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see the finished room, really great items you're planning on putting together, Ralph Lauren is top notch! He has such awesome sort of prairie prints and Americana. I love the paisley you chose, Elizabeth, Happy White Wednesday

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  2. It will look very Ralph Lauren. You are working with some great basics. Denim and rodeo prints .... yes!

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  3. You and me and Ralphy :) I LOVE his ecclectic mix of rugged elegance. Just perfection. Whenever I lose my way in my decorating I go over to ebay and check out all the ralph auctions and swoon over his patterns, denims, taupes and florals. SWOON. Your guest room has all the makings and I can't wait to see the reveal!

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  4. Love what you are putting together Elizabeth. I could sit and look at RL ads all day. It's like looking at a beautiful magazine.

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  5. You have a lot of great inspiration photos and a good base. I can't wait to see how it you finish it. --love those rodeo prints.--

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  6. I think your headboard will look great with all the blue and denim - it looks similar, just simpler than the inspiration photo.

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  7. The room is going to look so cozy and inviting once it's finished, I can't wait to see it! Love all of your inspiration photos. The headboard you have is perfect for it. I'm in the middle of redecorating my guest room, too, but it's taking a while trying to find just the right things at antique stores/thrift shops.

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  8. Hi Elizabeth ~ I love all the inspiration you've chosen to help assemble your guest bedroom. The wall colour is great ~ I've just finished my son's room in a similiar shade. I like your wooden headboard too! Can't wait to see the finished project. Take care ~ Lisa

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  9. Oh, how nice it would be to have some old leather chairs in need of a new home! I love the headboard, and I think it will help solidify the room. Looking forward to seeing how everything progresses.

    Hope you're enjoying the RWF this weekend. Unfortunately, we're not headed there until next weekend.

    ~Andrea~

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  10. Love the Ralph Lauren...You have Great taste!

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  11. Love you inspirational pictures. I always start the same way by looking at pictures until inspiration hits. Can't wait to see the finished project!

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  12. This is going to be a great room! Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's great to meet you!~ Renee @ Shabby, Chic & Charming.

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  13. Elizabeth, I love those inspiration photos and can't wait to see what you come up with.
    I wanted to let you know I added a full view of the armoire in my sister's family room. Just go back to the post and you will see it.

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  14. You had me at denim. Great inspirational pictures and you're off to a great start, good luck!
    Susanne.

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  15. Love it - can't wait to see the finished photos. New follower!

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  16. Has anyone mixed Ralph Lauren bedroom floral pillows in the living room? I think it works.

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