Whether you wish to create a luxurious guest retreat or start a Airbnb, a beautiful guest bedroom is a must to make your guests’ stay a joyful experience.
The spare bedroom is often the most neglected of all rooms. Its a simple space to style without breaking the bank. With these few tips for decorating your spare bedroom it will ensure your guests have a relaxing stay.
Simple changes can make a huge difference. Instead of replacing an outdated bed, save money by investing in a soft mattress protector to create a plush feel and allow your guests a good nights sleep. Selecting gorgeous matching linen and completed with fluffy, comfy pillows create for a inviting and comfortable bed. Select a colour scheme of neutral colours with accents in calming colours of blue, grey and sage green will create a classic and restful room for guests.
Its important for your guests to feel at home, to achieve this make sure your room has all the necessities. A bedside lamp is a must for those who like reading to wind down. Invest in matching coat hangers for the wardrobe to create an elegant look. Opt for a clothes rail, if the room does not have a wardrobe. Make sure you steer away from plastic and use materials like, dark woods or black materials. Placing a bench or ottoman at the foot of the bed, brings character to the room and added texture. Before your guests arrives place a selection of fresh towels in the room in luxurious, thick fabrics, preferably in crisp white.
To create a luxurious retreat for your guests, its important not to forget the decorative touches. Add an extra layer on the bed with a textured throw or an accented pillow. Place a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside accompanied with a scented candle, creates for a hotel-at-home feel.
If your spare room has a ensuite, place a hand wash and selection of bathroom products like shampoo, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste is a thoughtful touch. Its the finishing touches like these that makes your guest feel at home.
Practical details add an extra element that your guests will be thankful for. Place a spare phone charger and a power adapter in the small decorative basket, along with a spare ket and details of your wifi password. Opt for storage in natural materials like wood or rattan, this softens your guest room and create a warm environment. If your guests are visiting from overseas, by curating a local guide and placing some snacks, your jet lagged guests won’t go unnoticed.
Your spare bedroom should be a perfect balance between a hotel suite and a personal, relaxing extension of your home - so paying attention to the finer details will create a stay your guests will never forget.
Currently obsessing over Ay Illuminate lighting Collection. Ay Illuminate is inspired by distant cultures and their traditional crafts. The Dutch design company works only with natural materials and applies local craftsmanship in Asia and Africa to produce their unique products.
Organic materials including natural bamboo, linen, cotton and sisal are brought together to produce an elemental, sophisticated lighting centrepiece. Absolutely drool worthy.
A small space filled with white walls, natural materials and warm colours of beige and ochre. A vey warm and inviting colour palette that suggests relaxation. Perfect place for a morning coffee and a read.
An apartment full of character. All white walls, antique fireplace, wainscoting, soft linens and that built in bookcase is to die for. I can not get enough of that bookcase that frames the bedroom door and creates a perfect feature for the dinning room.
Beautiful bathrooms we are drooling over.
Rugs we are loving
Perfect rug placement Guide
Layering rugs in each room for the home.
The right rug is key to making any room look and feel complete. But when hunting for the perfect rug, remember that sometimes the answer is more than one. Whether it’s to fill a large space or simply to double up on texture, there are lots of reasons to go the more-is-more route with your rugs. Read on for a few of our favorite layered looks.
A simple but highly stylish studio in Stockholm.
Subtle colour palette of tones of grey, touches of gold and accents of mustard. brass lamps, light woods, and designer furniture. A beautiful coherence, always welcome in small surfaces, the essential furniture and the elegant and minimalist style, inspire a slow pace, rest and silence.
A beautifully styled home with a minimalist styling approach. The beauty of the white walls and light wood floor boards allow for the perfect canvas. Each little nook is styled with hints of greenery, textured throws, pillows or a decorative light fitting.
The Barn Tasmania
Almost constantly booked out on Air BnB,
The barn is one of Hobart's most coveted place to stay. Capturing the rustic heritage of the barn, while bringing in the modern living. The design embraces the tension between new and old materials, with the gap between the new floorboards and existing stone walls in-filled with black ply to accentuate the narrow space, and the black palette of the kitchen in contrast with the sandstone and warm oak floorboards. Carefully-chosen midcentury and locally made furniture continues to build the barn’s unique character.
A stunning secluded waterfront Heritage Cabin, on the Tasmanian West Coast.
Captains Rest is a generous 2 place for two. The best looking out the antique windows to the waterfront. A large light filled space delicately styled to pay homage to the cottage feel.
A collection of linen, dried flowers, old portraits and a colour palette of white, greys and blacks.
A secret retreat at the end of the Earth, an entire island to yourself.
Located in a sheltered pocket of the D'Entrecasteaux channel Southern Tasmania, only reachable by boat. Once there, its just you, the house, wild deer and a lot of nature.
A three bedroom, Summer House located on the highest point of the island, and the smaller two-bedroom Boathouse, sitting on the small jetty.
Add a focal point to any room with a styled fireplace. Picking the right design, materials, and mantel will ensure your fireplace demands attention while complementing the space.
Filling your walls with art and accessories can be a fun task and does not need to be expensive. Fill your walls with pieces that hold meaning for you and your loved ones and not just fillers. Get creative, below are a few examples of how to add artwork into your space.
and record covers.
Hand writing, scribbles, magazine cut outs.
A collection of images of the same colour palette.
Light + airy
A beautiful combination of modern and minimal furniture, with vintage items and styled with stunning accessories. The glass partition in the living room hides away the workspace, while still letting the light through, which is such a stylish solution as well.
A house is a home, and even if you are renting a house, you should be able to create a home, through showing your style and showcasing your most loved items.
Working within boundaries of your landlord to style your home might feel overwhelming, but it can be simple, it's little things that will make an impact without costing a lot of time or money.
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They say first impression never have a second chance.
Your hallway is exactly that, your first impression of your house, your home and space that is a reflection of yourself.
The hallway is the room that is always neglected and usually a space you either do not know how to style or you never thought you had to style.
The 7 styling tips:
Built by The Sociable Weaver The Sociable Weaver and designed in collaboration with Clare Cousins Architects, located in the suburb of The Cape, a little suburb completely off the grid. This home is Victoria's first 10 star home, built with zero waste and biology philosophies.
The architecturally stunning home uses passive solar design and cross flow ventilation to heat and cool the home, which is achieved through concrete floors, under glad insulation, double glazed window and new technology insulation in walls and ceilings. Paired with efficient LED lightinng throughout the 4 bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms, this home is estimated to cost $3 per year to Run.
No more power bills, living the dream!!!
Not only does this house possess a 10 star energy rating, its also aesthetically pleasing. The use of white painted brick, polished concrete flooring and timbers, creating beauty that is timeless and blends with the environment/landscape means that it won’t be knocked down and replaced in 10 years.
The house features many Australian sourced items, couch by Pop & Scott, the ethical rugs by Armadillo & Co, art work by Caroline Walls, Hannah Nowlan and Brooke Holm, Recycled timber dining table by Finding the Grain, even down to the 100% soy wax and hand-poured candles by Posie,
The Cottage, the perfect beach side cottage owned and decorated by renowned Australian Artist, Lisa Madigan. Located in the Kangaroo Valley of NSW. The most charming and ascetically beautiful cottages you will find.
The Interior Styling
Styled effortlessly, with raw textures and delicate features. The Cottage easily blends original features with contemporary touches to ensure your stay is comfortable and restorative. A notable soft colour palette of pale pinks, greys , greens and natural timbers a reflection of what can be seen through out her stunning artworks.
At each turn there are beautifully styled areas that are cohesive with the bones of the 1880's Cottage. There is a generous master bedroom and a daybed in the living area for the additional guest by arrangement. Hidden behind crepe myrtles and an old federation palm tree, you won’t want to leave this treasured place.
All images are styled and photographed by Lisa Madigan.