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A Chic Brooklyn Guest Room for Real Simple Magazine

JANUARY 15, 2019
Photo credit: Reid Rolls

This past fall Decorist was choosen to be among a handful of star-studded designers to transform a luxurious four-bedroom penthouse for Real Simple's Brooklyn showhouse. Being featured with design pros like Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent as well as Shea McGee from Studio McGee, was a opportunity we couldn't pass up. Dubbed the "Idea Home", this showhouse located in Prospect Heights was the first of it's kind showcasing beautiful furnishings, art, organizing ideas and the lastest in home technology.  

Decorist creative director, Jessica McCarthy, took on the task of designing a guest bedroom that would appeal to any visitor. In true Decorist fashion, Jessica designed the room virtually and put together a gorgeous design board and detailed floorplan that was easy to digest and implement. The end result is a chic, gender neutral guest bedroom that is filled with beautiful ideas that you can recreate in your own home.

Now, sit back and tour this stylish guest room and be prepared to swoon!

Design Board

After receiving measurement and pictures of the room, Jessica got to work on the design boards. Her goal for the space was to create a comfortable, sophisticated bedroom that could work for any guest. And when crafting a space that both men and women could feel at home in, she focused on neutral colors and materials.


The first thing Jessica did was to decide on a color way.  She chose a neutral palette but added a pop of color with the accent wall. The slate blue accent wall created a cozy, cavernous vibe and set the tone for the space. The color gave the room a slightly masculine feel but it was offset by the more feminine feel of the large rounded chandelier.

The gorgeous chandelier draws the eye up to the high ceilings and adds drama to the room. By placing the large over-sized round mirror behind the bed, the reflection of the fixture in the mirror is one of the first things you see when you walk into the room. The upholstered black and white plaid bed has a preppy, traditional feel but the shape gives it a more modern twist. One of Jessica's favorite decorating moves is all white bedding versus patterned bedding. For those of you worried that it’s boring, the trick is in the accents pillows likes the black velvet euros and the bohemian patterned pillows. 

Jessica flanked the bed with beige shagreen nightstands with brass pulls. Playing off the brass, she added tall antiqued brass lampsand brass shapes!—to the nightstands. Again, their shaping playing to the high ceilings as well as complementing the tall headboard. 

The two black woven chairs and the small brass and marble-based side table along the wall is the perfect place for guests to stop and put on shoes or to relax with a morning coffee. Jessica added some texture with the faux sheepskin chair pads. The classic Turkish vintage rug grounds the space, adding color, pattern and a lived-in feel.

The mid-century 6 drawer dresser, is another vintage piece included in the room. Jessica styled the dresser with monochromatic books, brass objets and a stylish statuesque white bust that gives off a fun, gallery vibe. 

If you're feeling inspired to get your own chic bedroom, start a design project with Decorist today. Jessica has a limited availability so act quickly. Happy Decorating!

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