Moodboard: Cozy Guest Room

When Bryan and I first started talking about living together there was a potential of us staying at his place. It was just him and his roommate in a 3 bedroom that was ridiculously cheap. That obviously wasn’t what happened but I couldn’t help daydreaming about having 2 whole extra rooms in LA. One room would be an office of course but the second room meant that we could have a dedicated guest room. Bryan’s parents visit every once in a while and I feel like we have people sleeping on the couch often. I loved the idea of a cozy little oasis for our guests.  Even though that daydream was short lived, I threw together a little moodboard.

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I wanted a room that was light, bright and cozy. I think I was very over living in Bryan’s room so I really went heavy on the feminine styling. This direction is too girly for our room now, and maybe to much for a guest room but I think this design would be so cozy and relaxing. I daydream about being wrapped up in that luxurious knitted blanket.

Since our place is just a two bedroom, there is no guest room to design this time around.  We’re planning on throwing a sleeper sofa in the office and calling it a day. Even though we don’t have a dedicated room, I still hope I can provide a bit of this coziness for our guests.

5 Dining Room Combinations

Now that we’ve started moving in, I’m starting to do research for the best part: buying furniture! Lets be honest, I’ve been online window shopping since I moved in with Bryan but now I know where its going! I did build a dining table and bench with storage at my other place, but because it was custom (and way to big) I left it with my roommates. Bryan barely has any furniture so a dining room table is at the top of list for house purchases.
I’ve thrown together 5 dining room combinations that are not only table and chairs but include the rug too. We have hardwood floors but even if you have carpet, a rug can really ground the dining area and define the space. It can even add a nice pop of color. Bryans’s favorite is Option #1 and I’m really leaning toward that (especially price wise) but I’m also liking #2 and #4. I’m also obsessed with #3 chairs. They do make barstool versions so maybe thats how I get those babies in the house. You always need some leather for masculinity and warmth right?
Let me know what version is your favorite or which one you think I should go with!


Option #1

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Table: $400  // Chair: $73   // Rug: $133

Option #2

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Table:  $499  // Chair:  $71  // Rug:  $129


Option #3
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Table:  $699  // Chair:  $249  // Rug:  $549


Option #4

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Option #5

Table:  $699  // Chair:  $68  // Rug:  $180
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Table:  $279  // Chair:  $395   // Rug:  $287




We’re Moving!

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Our cute new place!

I feel very silly having started this blog in hopes of documenting my design and DIY efforts on my Hartsook house, but life happened. I did do a couple DIY’s (i made the living room benches and table!) but I didn’t get a chance to document and develop that home the way I was hoping. Honestly, I basically was living at Bryan’s place and that house was just my closet/ storage unit. So in April I moved in with Bryan,  with the goal of eventually moving out and getting our own place.  We searched for a bit and found our home! We have signed the lease and are so excited to start this new chapter.
We are moving in soon but first, the landlord is redoing the bathroom (YAS!!) and the kitchen counters!! When asked what his plans were, he spoke the magic words “White tile everywhere.”  I’m in love. What really sold us though was the previous tenant. He was there when we were looking at the place. He wanted to walk us out, just to say what an awesome guy the landlord was. He said that he had planned on living there for a year and ended up staying for 7! A great landlord, a great location, a great layout  a like new bathroom, and a backyard are all things I’m looking forward to and have so many ideas I’m excited to share.
With that, Bryan is incredibly supportive of my interior design interests. He totally allows me to take the lead but speaks up when he has an opinion and it always has great reasoning behind it.  I couldn’t be more elated to get to make this wonderful place a home with Bryan.


Inspiration: Dining Room Seating

Dining Room Bench Seating | Rad Maker

Because the rooms in our house are a bit small and compartmentalized, we want to make it feel as open as possible for us and for guests. The dining room is our access to the kitchen (with Nick’s room) and the hallway to the 2 other rooms and the bathroom so we wanted to leave that space a little more open as the center hub. I know it’s traditional to have a table in the middle and just walk around it (thats where the ceiling fixture hangs) but I was already getting annoyed with our smaller round table, and we all discussed wanting a bigger table for hosting.

So for the Dining room seating I’m looking to put a banquette all the way around the corner under the window. I know this is common in breakfast nook seating situations but I like how it allows for a big table but keeps the space relatively open. 

Here is some inspiration:

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Since this has to fit within a custom space, the seating (and the table!) are going to be custom DIY’s.

I’m still debating on the design of the banquette. I was originally just going to do open benches, so you can tuck your feet underneath (similar to the last picture). But since this place is a rental, I’d rather not screw into the walls if possible…… so box it is!

With a box-type of bench there’s still a few options with that route. paint or not paint. simple or detailed. storage or no storage.

Even though I love the look of raw plywood, we have wood floors and I really want to bring color into this space. I see a lot of white but at the moment, I’m planing on painting the table white so I’m thinking of a dark blue gray for the benches. Then possibly a heather gray for the cushions?

Adding some molding detail is another thing I’m debating on. I like simple boxes. They are cheaper, and I don’t absolutely need a brad gun. But it does look quite nice, and fancy.

For storage I think I’m gonna go for it. We desperately need storage, we have one measly closet and although we have what looks like a lot of kitchen cabinets, they are really odd shapes so they don’t fit a lot of things. Also one of the pantries is 3′ tall with 1 shelf? Who does that? Another project on the To Do list. I think just a hinged lid is the extent I’m going to go to add storage. I did see some other examples where people had pull out drawers on the ends that I got excited about but I think its too expensive for a non-permanent structure.

What do you guys think? storage vs. non-storage? molding vs simple box?