Idea House Bedroom by Ashley Gilbreath
Designer Ashley Gilbreath brings her understated decorating style and keen architectural eye to this stunning, fresh bedroom.
This bedroom's designer, Ashley Gilbreath, entered college as an architecture major. This gave her a firm understanding of using form and color to highlight a room's architecture. She chose a bed with an extra-low headboard to ensure that the view from the window is not blocked. She also hung curtains from the slanted ceiling to form two separate nooks, one for a desk and one for sitting. As Gilbreath says, "Comfortable, calm colors and antique pieces make a space warm and not too fussy." The calm color palette also features pops of mustard yellow, inspired by a room from our January 1976 issue.
The custom-upholstered headboard is cut extra low, so as not to obstruct the view. Roman shades in tranquil Morrison Blue from Schumacher are a sleek, understated window dressing that fits beautifully with the rest of the decor. A mix of textiles, from the corduroy headboard to the herringbone throw, makes the bed cozy and inviting.
Without enough room to fit traditional nightstands, this clever table and sconce combination comes to the rescue. These "scables" are the product of Montgomery, Alabama blacksmith Jim Gowan.
Continuing the inky blue accents, Gilbreath placed one extra large lumbar pillow (Big Bang Metal by Pierre Frey) across the bed. She trimmed it with the same deep yellow scallop that skirts the bed.
Yellow Scalloped Bedskirt
Inspired by a bedroom in our January 1976 issue, the mustard yellow trim on this snug bedding "speaks to that era's style," says Gilbreath. "We made it accessible for today, using mustard just as an accent."
For a fun, twist, acrylic butterfly stools from Interlude stand in for a more traditional bench or chest. The clear acrylic helps the stools to "disappear" allowing for an understated alternative that feels fresh and modern.
This painting by Montgomery, Alabama Carole Barksdale is on-palette, and its cooling subject matter (ladies in the rain) adds to the room's tranquil vibe.
Curtains as Room Dividers
Gilbreath used pelmets and curtains to cleverly carve out two separate nooks in the room, making the most of awkward space. These scalloped blue linen pelmets get a cheery boost from white trim.
This serene seating area is a lovely mix: the dramatic royal blue of C. R. Laine's Marguerite sofa adds drama to the room, while three small drink tables are a playful, more portable touch. Small details, like a dainty bouquet or agate coasters, make a guest room feel more homey for visitors.
Tucked Away Lighting
Visual Comfort's Hargett Adjustable lamps hide in the folds of the linen curtains and can be pulled to a guest's preferred height. Multiple lighting options like Gilbreath has used in here–an overhead light and five different lamps–are great ways to personalize the guest room experience.
Vanity or Desk Nook
Tucked away inside a cozy nook, this pretty console table is an ideal place for a guest to apply make-up, or even use as a desk. Baskets are an attractive place to store extra guest towels or cloths. We love the small touches here, like the tiny art on the wall and the glass bottles, which give the feel of a dressing table.
Yellow and White Chair
This yellow and white chair from CR Laine picks up the yellow accents in a pretty, delicate way. This lighter chair can be turned so that a guest might apply makeup in the table nook, or used in conversation with someone on the sofa.
This abstract work by Cecily Huelett adds punches of color to the room, and contrasts nicely with the antique white chest. A bold lamp, like the one shown here, anchors the tableau.
Gilbreath's understated decorating style includes clever touches, like this deep blue floor trim (Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik SW7602) in a color that might have been overwhelming if used in a larger context. It cleverly mirrors the dramatic blue of the bed pillow and sofa.
Blue and White Guest Bath
Gilbreath continued the serene blue and white palette into this guest bathroom, which gets a fun nautical nod from the large round mirror (Kalalou's Round Mirror with Frame) and wall sconce light. An antique rug adds warmth and gives the room a cozy feel.
This handsome brass sconce (Boston Functional Sconce by Visual Comfort) harkens back to the brass floor lamp in the bedroom. It's also in line stylistically with the nautical, rope-hung round mirror.
Monogrammed Hand Towels
These monogrammed towels add a personal touch, which should not be overlooked even in seldom used guest bathrooms.