Try these three ways to make your guests feel at home without sacrificing style. A pair of twin beds serves as the starting point for comfort and versatility created in each of these three guest bedrooms. Choose your approach, whether it's privacy, style, or comfort, and get started.
Gracious guests never want to intrude, and with a self-contained retreat of their own, they never have to. With everything they need — refreshments, bathroom, media center, and extra seating — in one place, visitors can be assured of a private space. Designer Barbara Jordan took that concept to heart when she created this eclectic guest room in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“I wanted it to feel like an efficiency apartment,” she says. “It’s a guest suite over the garage, and the clients needed it to be a space for visitors to have to themselves because they entertain a lot.”
The most innovative feature of this guest room is the clever coffee station hidden in a built-in partition that also masks a television and storage drawers.
The station features a marble-top cabinet with snack storage inside and coffee machine and accessories on top. Taupe-painted shelves above subtly display decorative accessories.
Following a color palette of soft pastels and neutrals with a touch of coral red, Jordan opted for a slightly feminine look to give the room a sanctuary feel.
“I think bedrooms in general should be feminine,” she says. “I’m not talking about ruffles; I mean tailored feminine. It’s the one place you’re allowed to be in a soft environment. Even men don’t feel out of place in a feminine bedroom.”
Rather than shop for all new pieces to fill this separate guest suite, Jordan reused pieces from the clients’ prior home. For example, the overstuffed armchairs that offer plush seating in the reading nook came from the family room, and the oversize nightstand between the beds once functioned as a drop-leaf dining table.