Today I am joining a talented group of women sharing ideas for a ‘Spring Refresh’ for the home.
My refresh came from using peel and stick wallpaper in our guest room/office that really gave it a happy feel.
The room was the bedroom of my oldest who moved out more than a year ago. It looked pretty sad without my son, who took his furniture too. My husband Max took it over as his work from home space when Jackson moved out. Max had ordered one of those desks that rise to work standing as well as sitting and got the ugliest chair on the planet from Office Depot! He refuses to change or upgrade the chair, so his part is what it is.
A before photo..
I had scattered some rugs we had in there to stop the echo.. and he had a hideous office chair that was peeling..
I wanted this sometime guest space look cozy with a daybed, I even wrote a post about daybeds if you’re looking for options. I just couldn’t commit to anything. The space was tight. I needed a daybed that wouldn’t make the room feel crowded.
When younger son Griffin came home from college at the holidays, he decided to change up his room and ordered and received a new bed and mattress in 3 days. He inspired me!
Why was it so hard for me to pull the trigger on getting a daybed for this space or making any decision? I forced myself online and found a daybed with a small footprint and mattress. Both arrived in two days! Then I bought a rug for the room which always seems chillier than the rest of the house. The same day I ordered a peel and stick wallpaper..
Who was I?? LOL.
It all shipped super fast, surprisingly. The bed went together in ten minutes and then there was the matter of the wallpaper…
The peel and stick wallpaper requires you get a couple tools and Max bought them at the local Ace. After watching a few Youtube videos, he liked this one from Young House Love, he was ready.
Max had some moments of frustration with the second piece, see pic three :D, but after getting the hang of twisting the paper a bit and matching it, he finished in about 2 hours. I think the engineer in him found it a challenge, but not one he wants to do again soon. I was thrilled with the more luxe vibe of the room. The nice thing about peel and stick is you can lift and replace it as many times as you want on the wall until you get it right.
We used Madali Wallpaper by Nikki Chu found on Wayfair. We followed the instructions and ordered four rolls which gave us enough to do the whole wall and have a bit of excess in case of mistakes.
Her papers are fun. I also love this one and this, below and all the peel and stick wallpapers at Wayfair here. If you’re going to try it yourself, this is the way to go.
For the daybed, I used a grey quilted coverlet (this is similar) and I just tucked it around the whole mattress. At the ends I found two long pillows (similar here on sale now) that approximated bolsters and fit the twin perfectly. I added a few other pillows we have in blues and soft grey.
A little round glass table that used to be outside, was squeezed into the corner and I topped it with a lamp from my local store (Harvest Home in the Bay Area) I had my eye on for a while. I wanted anyone who was staying here to have a light to read by, and a place to plug in a phone, have a glass of water and so on. The rug is also from local shop Home by Ling Interiors. The rug is very low profile, so it works with a desk chair on it.
I also have a Mattituck Armchair chair in here from Serena & Lily (on sale now.)
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and shocked we got this all completed by March!
I would recommend the Corrigan Studio daybeds from Wayfair. They are currently out of mine, but they have this and this option too.
We were going to do a gallery wall of bird pictures, but we both kind of liked the simpler look of this beach print with the wallpaper. It felt calm and picked up the colors in the room.
Let me get real here though..this is Max’s desk section. I have zero say or control over the chair, cords, etc. The window covering was chosen by Jackson and is a flat Roman shade in Tobin Navy linen from Smith & Noble.
A real office chair!
One thing I hated though was Max’s old office chair he got at an office supply warehouse place. It not only had the lines of a 70’s Buick, it was peeling like one and had gross faux leather and took up a LOT of space in the small room. He was committed to it though, as he spent like $199 on it. Oh brother.
Well, after having to go back into work and getting a new chair there, he was influenced by how comfortable that chair was.. So we finally got him a real chair for at home too and he noticed after working in it all day, he has no leg or back pain like he had before. We found it it out at the Design Within Reach store in Palo Alto, and sat in every chair, but we both loved the Setu Chair with ribbon arms.
AFTER with his new chair… It takes up way less room and is light and so nice and unobtrusive too..
If you need back support, this is your chair. I love their description of the Setu:
Sit in Setu — The Setu Chair defines flexibility, moving with the user, with a clean aesthetic that suits nearly any home or office space. It’s no accident that this chair is designed for a healthy back – Setu is Sanskrit for “bridge” and borrowed from the yoga pose Setu Bandhasana, a strengthening backbend.Herman Miller
It weighs just 17 pounds and also won a certification for highest quality of lowest certification for low VOC furniture. I am thinking of now saving for one and I love the white frame version. His cost around $795, but if you think of the days, hours and years you are in an office chair, it’s worth the extra cost and some employers will contribute to the home office cost too.
A few similar items if you like this room..
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So I am wondering how many of you have tried peel and stick wallpaper? How did it go? I am now thinking of doing this in my younger son’s room with a dark paper, and also my closet with a floral. It’s an easy way to make a big impact and bring a chic vibe to your home.
Please go to the links below to visit my talented cohorts and see what their idea of Spring Refresh is!
Most Lovely Things
Cindy Hattersley Design
Classic Casual Home
Dimple and Tangles
5th and State
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You might also like my post this week on all things floral, Flower Power.
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Annie Diamond says
I love the lines of that daybed and the coverlet that you used with all the pillows. So much texture, but a very soothing color palette. I love how you re-purposed the glass side table. Perfect for that corner! And the peel and stick wallpaper really makes a big difference! It’s not easy to use (at least that’s been my experience), but when it’s up, it looks fantastic and anything but temporary!
Thanks Annie. It felt good to pull it together using what was here for at least part! I do agree you need a little patience to do the paper. Maybe the engineer side of Max was the reason he did okay with it. Not sure if I could do it myself. Maybe I’ll try my closet. Thanks Annie for getting us all together for this. Love joining you all.xx
You created an absolutely fabulous space! I love it. I love that Max is insistent about keeping his chair…sounds like Steve. He bought these awful jeans at Costco and thinks they are just the bees knees. He wants to wear them everywhere because they are so comfortable….Yikes! Always love seeing more of your home. You are so talented!
Cindy, Thanks a little bit better than before right? Yes his chair is even worse up close and in the back it has some big tag saying Serta, like the mattress. Yuck. I showed him all these handsome alternatives that are also ergonomic and he is like no. The best I could describe that chair would be a 1978 Buick up close. Peeling metal and crappy fake leather with unraveling stitching too after just a year of owning it! Yikes. xo
Mary Ann Pickett says
Wow!!! That is so great you got Max to put up the pretty paper for you. I wallpapered our pantry…fortunately there is a lot going on in there but there are all sorts of creases and bubbles. 🙁
Everything looks so calm and serene for a guest. I love it.
Thanks Mary Ann…I was surprised he agreed to do it! I’m not sure he’ll agree to more spaces, so I’m waiting a while and then asking again. LOL. xo
debra @ 5th and state says
What a soothing, calm space you and your husband created. Mad for your pillow selections, actually everything (less the chair 😄)
Thanks is much Debra! Fun doing this with you all… I assume you mean Max’s chair.. Yes it ruins my whole aesthetic in there. :/
Kim – how do you think the wallpaper would hold up in a half bath? Looking for something fun for the new pool bath and wallpaper might just be what we need!
Hi Jill! I think a lot of people have wallpaper in the bath now and then peel and stick versions are made of vinyl so they are perfect for a small bath. Is there a shower in there? They say it’s very good with regular bathrooms unless there is a huge amount of moisture all the time. I want to try it too. You could do something really cute in a pool bath! xo
Sheila-Merle Johnson says
LOVE this room. So subtle and calming, at least in the harmonious 3/4 of the room that is opposed by the 1/4 of dissonance provided by the immovable objects of the stalwart husband. All you can say is ‘it is what it is’ and accept it to keep a modicum of harmony in the household. I remember those days.
Hi Sheila-Merle! Thank you so much. Ha yes in my part it’s calming. I agree harmony is worth it and he feels like he has ‘his’ area, so it works out. I owe you aa note. Hope you’re doing well. xo Kim
Kim, this room looks calm, and soothing. I love the peel and stick wall paper. I have often thought of trying peel and stick paper but have never done it, now you have inspired me to try. The daybed looks so comfy. I love that you “keep it real” with your husbands corner. My husband and I don’t always agree on design and I simply have to grin and bare it. Looking forward to seeing what you are up too tomorrow!
Elizabeth thank you. I think the peel and stick is pretty forgiving so it’s nice when you’re a newbie trying it. I know he had to have his area and does not want any input or change there! So it’s kind of an invisible wall there. LOL. I know excited to read your posts too.
LA CONTESSA says
I THINK IT TURNED OUT JUST WONDERFUL!PLUS I LIKE HIS CHAIR!!
THOSE SMALL BEDROOMS ARE NOT EASY AS I KNOW I HAVE THREE OF THEM!
THEODORE RULES ONE.
THE HUSBAND HAS THE OTHER AND WE SLEEP IN THE LAST ONE!
I LOVE THE WALL PAPER YOU PICKED I THINK YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO A NEW CAREER!
Thank you Elizabeth! Yes always a bit tricky with the tiny space and trying to fit it all in. Theodore would probably rule one if he was over here too. He’s the coolest cat ever. Your husband’s office is so cool with all the photos! You are very sweet. xx
Kim, I love the wallpaper. Max looks thrilled! haha.
Kelley thanks so much! I know he was having a moment there…LOL! xo
Aimee Adamec says
Wow the room looks amazing. You did a great job. I’m jealous.
Aww thanks Aimee.. I am lucky Max was willing to do the precision stuff.. xx
Chyna Thao says
I came upon your review about the day bed, and I love what it added to your space along the other pieces you added. If you don’t mind sharing, what color is the day bed? Is it the light or dark gray?
Thank you so much!
Hi Chyna, I just looked at my order and I have the light grey linen! it’s been a great bed and I cannot recommend it enough for the price, quality and ease of putting together.. I hope that helps! Kim