key elements for a great guest room: layered lighting

Back to the topic of key elements for a great guest room!  We’ve already covered comfortable seating, so now let’s talk about the lighting.  There’s not much worse than a dimly lit hotel room.  First of all, eewwwwwww.   It makes you wonder what they don’t want you to see.  Second, how on earth is a girl supposed to put on makeup, much less read in bed?  Let’s make sure your guest room doesn’t fall into that same category!

Traci Zeller for Domino Laura Ashley Guest Room Light FixtureGiven any possible opportunity, I looooove a statement overhead fixture.  As one of my Instagram friends said, the Ro Sham Beaux “Lily” chandelier is the cherry on this sundae top!  The pink quartz stones give the fixture such an awesome organic glam feel.  I am Beyond. Obsessed. with Ro Sham Beaux right now, because I love to include natural elements.  My polished design style doesn’t often lend itself to “organic” or “earthy,” but these fixtures strike exactly the right note I need.

Traci Zeller for Laura Ashley and Domino Desk VignetteBut don’t forget task lighting!  I used Laura Ashley’s Hackett Lamp to make sure there was sufficient light for my guests to read or work at the desk.  The caramelized bronze finish was a perfect choice for my mix-and-match metals.

It’s also no coincidence that the desk, which doubles as a vanity, fits in this corner.  With the draperies and woven wood shade open, the natural light is great for makeup.  Of course, the room also includes bedside lamps on dimmers for nighttime reading.

Have you been counting?  That makes three lamps and an overhead light for this average-sized guest room … which sounds just about right to me.

Interior design by Traci Zeller.  Photography by Dustin Peck Photography.    


“word to the wise” wednesday — meredith heron

Meredith Heron Design Spruce Street Living Room

As humans, we don’t need to live in large spaces; we just need to live in thoughtful ones that reflect our lifestyles.

Meredith Heron

Meredith Heron Design Navy White NurseryI’m so lucky to count Meredith Heron as one of my friends, and I loved her insightful commentary on a recent Facebook post … so much so that I wanted to share it here.  Of course, I also adore Meredith’s clean, sophisticated design style.  I especially love her use of color and how layered her designs are.  She often posts sneak peeks on Instagram, so you’ll definitely want to follow her there for lots of eye candy.

Over to you.  If you could choose any home, what size would you chose?

Interior design by, and photos courtesy of, Meredith Heron Design.  Top photo (Meredith’s living room) by Stacey Brandford Photography.  Bottom photo (her adorable son’s nursery) by Stephani Buchman Photography.  Much more gorgeousness on her portfolio page!    

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