Guest room design board and inspiration via Thou Swell(via Harpers Bazaar, photography by Ditte Isager)


For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on a new design project at my mom’s house in preparation for holiday entertaining. We’ll be hosting extra friends and family in town this season so we’ll be needing all the sleeping space we can get in the house. My mom’s house has a downstairs room that’s a mix of a living space, movie room, and craft room that has a random assortment of furniture and a strange mix of purposes for the room. The room does include an old daybed from Williams-Sonoma Home that we currently use as a sofa, but since we’ll be needing extra beds this season, I thought we could pull the room together as a guest room and a living space, with the daybed at the center of the design. Creating a design that could switch between bed and sofa was the main goal of the project, and I also wanted to bring a comfortable, cohesive palette to the room with a blue and green palette brought to the room through new curtains, area rug, wallpaper, and throw pillows. I’ll also be adding some accent seating to the space to provide a seating arrangement around the daybed that can make the space feel more like an intimate living room. I’ll be incorporating some existing furniture and decor, including the daybed, a floor lamp (just adding this amazing brass shade), and the ottaman you will remember from my mother’s living room. Click through to see my design board for the project.


Convertible guest room design board in green and blue via Thou Swell
(Green throw pillows from Shelby Dillon Studio and side chair from At Home)

Stay tuned to Snapchat (username: ThouSwell) as I’ll be in town next week sharing sneak peeks as the room comes together!

Kevin O'Gara signature on Thou Swell

Product for this room was sponsored by the following brands: At Home, Dash & Albert, DecoratorsBest, Minted, Shelby Dillon Studio, and World Market. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

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