Orlando’s Guest Bedroom Reveal
I kind of freaked out when I finally saw my guest bedroom in its fully finished state. Which was insane, because I’d literately been there the whole time putting it together, sweating my face off and screaming at the ceiling. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s Orlando and today I am revealing my guest bedroom, which I intro’ed last week on the blog. But.. back to the room. It wasn’t until everything was in place that was like “HI WHAT IS THIS CAN I LIVE IN HERE?” Since I moved into Chateaulando, this room has been a catchall for the boxes of things I was too busy to unpack. I finally went through everything, got those stupid boxes out of the way, and turned this into the guest bedroom of my dreams. My favorite thing in the room is the art, which is almost entirely vintage and un-soureable (sorry!) with the exception of the Tom Killion woodblock print, which I am in love with. This art represents years of collecting and scavenging, so it carries so many memories for me. And I wasn’t sure I’d find a place to put it in my new place so I was happy to see it all come together.
The budget for the room was, well, nothing so by the time I got to it I was trying to find the most affordable pieces possible. I love the bed I found! It was $179, which is a pretty amazing price (it’s hard to find legit beds under $1000!). I had a similar (yet vintage) bed growing up so the style reminded me of my childhood bedroom.
Don’t you just wanna nuzzle your face into that sumptuous linen? Believe me, that’s the first thing I did when this photo shoot was over (sidenote: if you want to freak out a stylist during a bedroom shoot, sit on the bed and watch them faint). Styling beds for shoots is one of the most annoying tasks on earth, it takes all sorts of tricks to make them look as perfect as you want them to. This bed, for example is full of clothespins, tape, and safety pins. A bed can look gorgeous in real life, but as soon as you take a picture of it it looks like a deflated balloon so you have to do all sorts of crazy tricks to make it look normal for a photo. This shoot was for a collaboration I’m doing with Cultiver, a luxury linen company, so I wanted the images to be absolutely perfect. Don’t worry, you don’t need to use pins in real life. In fact, I’d advise against it. I forgot to remove most of the pins I used for these shoots (we shot my bedroom the same day) and I kept getting stabbed for weeks after.
The side tables were also a fun find ($99 from Target). I was looking for something small-scale and warm, but it had to contrast with both the color of the floor and the bed, so a whitewashed wood was the perfect solution. I wasn’t sure what to put under them, so I used an ancient stylist’s trick that is 100% foolproof: when in doubt, PUT A BOOK ON IT! I dug some books out of more still-unpacked boxes and called it a day. Another thing I’m obsessed with: this cute little Nate Berkus doodad for the wall. Part of me is like WHAT IS IT (a large earring?) and the rest of me is like SHUT UP WHO CARES IT’S AMAZING.
My mom spent a large portion of her childhood in Japan, so I grew up with an appreciation for Japanese furnishings and I’ve always wanted a tansu (that’s what these chests are called). So I finally decided to buy myself one for Christmas. I found an excellent vendor in Berkeley who makes them on-site, so I snagged one and borrowed my mom’s station wagon to drive it back down to LA (it wouldn’t fit in my smaller car). If you’re in the market, I totally recommend this place. It’s a little local place called Eastern Classics and all this stuff is made in California (and is a totally reasonable price as these things can get insanely expensive). Oh, and they ship nationwide. Anyway, I didn’t get a discount and no one paid me to say this, just want to support a small business here. GO BUY A TANSU YOU ALL NEED ONE!
The cute window treatment is from Loom Decor, who do awesome custom window treatments. This one is a chunky textures linen (apparently I have a linen thing, there’s lot of linen in here). I’m not always a fan of putting beds right in front of windows, but orienting the room this way provided the most room to move around possible and a roman shade made the most sense because it can tuck behind the headboard. It’s a very tiny room, perfect for a guest but definitely cozy. And by “cozy,” I mean microscopic. But in like the best way that I wanna live in forever. So there you have it, my guest bedroom. If you are into the look, here is a “get the look” with everything in it, and feel free to ask away in the comments below.
Resources: Wall Color Benjamin Moore New Providence Navy, Wainscoting Benjamin Moore Super White, Ceiling Pendant, Gold Wall Hanging, Loom Decor Roman Shade in White Lush Linen, Tom Killion Block Print, Traditional Rug, Nightstand, White Spotlight Table Lamp, Table Lamps, Framing for Artwork by Simply Framed.
Photography by Zeke Ruelas