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.    

key elements for a great guest room: comfortable seating

Y’all, thank you so much for all of your kind words about my Laura Ashley collaboration for Domino magazine.  I couldn’t believe that my guest room makeover even made the Huffington Post!  As promised, I’m sharing the full scoop on all of the amazing products that made this guest room gorgeous and functional.

Laura Ashley Home Page July 27 2014Yes, the main purpose of a guest room is for your friends and family to sleep.  But sometimes a guest just wants to sit down and relax!  That’s why comfortable seating is one key element for a great guest room — and I knew just the solution.

Traci Zeller for Laura Ashley and Domino Desk VignetteCR Laine’s Bowman chair – shown here in Laura Ashley’s Corby Woven Check in Chamomile — is one of my super-favorite multi-tasking chairs!  The Bowman chair’s moderate scale makes it perfect for a variety of applications.  Comfy occasional chair?  Check.  Desk chair?  Yup.  Dining chair?  Um-huh.  Game table chair?  Totally.

Whether my guests are working at the desk or relaxing with a magazine — that’s why I used a pair! — the Bowman chair is up to the task.  I love the Bowman chair so much that I’ve recently used it in two client projects, both of which have an entirely different personality than my guest room chair.   Think ikat polka dot and faux ostrich.  Plus nailhead.  Yum.

Traci Zeller Laura Ashley for Domino Desk Drawer VignetteI wouldn’t exactly say a magnificent pillbox collection is a guest room “essential” … but it is an awfully nice surprise when you open a drawer.  The large sterling silver box is Cartier — To. Die. For. — and currently available on One Kings Lane if you are so inclined!

Vintage Laura Ashley WallpaperMany guests prefer to unpack … so remember to leave some room!   I stocked this drawer with new magazines, but otherwise the desk is empty.  I lined the drawers with vintage 1970s Laura Ashley wallpaper to add a welcoming touch and guard against any makeup spills at the vanity.  I’m c-c-c-crazy for that pattern … so, Laura Ashley, consider this blog post my official plea to bring it back!

Do you need comfortable seating for a small space?

Interior design by Traci Zeller for Laura Ashley and Domino.  Photography by Dustin Peck Photography.  Vintage Laura Ashley wallpaper via Patternlike on Etsy.   And how fun is this vintage Laura Ashley pattern?! 

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