It was the red-headed step-child of the house.
No offense to red heads.
Our guest bedroom was an ugly hodgepodge of things we accumulated over the years.
A rug and chair I found at a garage sale in 2008.
A Pottery Barn dresser and sleigh bed I purchased from a college student on Craigslist when I moved to Tampa a decade ago. (For a total of $350, this was a steal, even back then.)
A metal decoration above the bed that a neighbor had given to us before her husband was deployed to Germany.
A comforter and sheets that were hand-me-downs from my mother.
A nightstand that I bought at TJ Maxx when I was in law school.
None of the items went well together, but it didn’t matter because they did the job. As my husband and I toyed with the idea of putting our home on the market, we didn’t want to invest time or money redecorating a room in a house we would ultimately move out of.
This attitude changed when we decided to stay put in our home.
I was never going to walk past that room again and cringe.
With the help of Alexis Simpson and Stacie Morrison, the masterminded ladies behind Establishment Home, I was able to easily refresh the guest room without going crazy or breaking the bank.
Alexis, Stacie, and I were college sorority sisters at the University of Florida in Gainesville. We were in the same pledge class and lived in the sorority house with 60 of our other closest friends for two years in a row. Alexis and Stacie always had an eye for fashion and interior decor. Their rooms were among the best decorated in the house and they were always on top of the latest fashion trends and styles.
As background, Establishment Home is an online store that offers one-of-a-kind and specially curated home decor, art, and gifts for a well-layered home. Inspired both by growing up on the coast of Florida and raising a family in the South, Alexis and Stacie share a love of contemporary and vintage decor.
They understand that design is a journey and continuing work in progress and believe a home should evolve with a person’s family and lifestyle. They strive to curate a hand-selected assortment of beautifully crafted and personalized items ideal for layering, mixing, and matching. Your home should feel comfortable, livable, and stylish- but most of all, it should feel like you.
After considering my home style, Alexis and Stacie thought the Dorothy Draper Brazilliance and Ann pillows from Establishment Home’s online Pillow Shoppe would look great in the room and represent my family’s Florida lifestyle of spending time at the beach and being outdoors.
More about Establishment’s Pillow Shoppe: They personally chose the 25 fabrics you see in the shop and carry designers like Duralee, John Robshaw, Lisa Fine, Robert Allen, and Carolina Irving. Some of these are found by meticulously searching through rolls at some of their secret go-to fabric shops, but most are available only to the interior design trade.
Not sure how to style your room? Establishment Home offers e-design pillow pairing assistance. If pairing isn’t your strong suit (don’t worry- it’s not mine!) you can contact Alexis and Stacie and send them pictures of your space and any colors you have in mind for them to make suggestions. You can also request fabric swatches.
To tie the pillows into the rest of the room, I purchased this neutral patterned rug here and the wall prints at Summerhouse Marketplace of Tampa Bay. The white bedspread is lightweight and was purchased at Macy’s, and you can find a similar one at Furniture.com.
Good luck with redecorating your own room. Because life is too short for an eye sore!