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See Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34 Bedroom Makeover

OCTOBER 31, 2016
Photo credit: Carol Vaziri

Last week we brought you the sneak peek and the inspiration behind Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34 recent bedroom makeover. Today see first hand how the design unfolded and Erin's new swoon-worthy guest room.

It all started when Erin came to Decorist as a new homeowner of a recently renovated historic Victorian home in San Francisco. We were thrilled at the prospect of collaborating to virtually design a "Parisian-inspired" bedroom for the popular lifestyle blogger. With a little one at home and a busy career writing her successful blog, Erin needed professional design help that was easy and convenient. And, of course, with the holidays around the corner, Erin needed it done quickly.

She was looking for a serene guest room that would make her guests feel right at home. She wanted the architectural and historic elements of the space to stand out. And like so many of us, she needed the room to have a multipurpose —double as a functional home office. 


Decorist head of design, Ashley Redmond, worked with Erin to recreate that prewar Parisian-style apartment vibe. Playing off the architecture—high ceilings, dramatic molding, beautiful wood floors and oversized windows—Ashley used the bright white walls to help set the tone. She selected the industrial desk and wire chair from Lostine and added the gorgeous luxe sheepskin to give the room a fresh feel and a little added texture.

The gray upholstered bed was paired with simple white linen bedding and beautiful hmong pillows. The moody print from Tappan over the bed helps set the gender neutral tone for the space. To make use of the high ceilings Ashley chose a single minimal looking sconce with a long pivoting arm and exposed black cord.

The pentagon-shaped ceiling pendant with brass accents draws the eye up and adds a hint of drama and glamour to the room. 

The chuncky wool rug grounds the space and serves as a neutral choice for the room. The cozy chair by the window allows for guests to relax and feel right at home.

Parisian apartments often have an undone minimalist feel, almost like whoever lives there might have just moved in. The goal of this casual feel was further achieved by propping up artwork against the exposed brick fireplace and on top of the dresser. Also placing groups of objects on the floor helps keep things from feeling overly formal.

So are you ready to go shopping?

If you want to read more about the design you can hop over to Apartment 34 or to the recent story in Architectural Digest. And, of course, if you're feeling inspired to get your own guest room ready for holiday visitors start a design project with Decorist today. Ashley has a limited availability so act quickly. Happy Decorating!

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