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  • SPM

    Very Pretty and inviting! You’ve created a space that has yin and yang aspects to it.

  • Steph at UM

    Very nice! I especially like the dandelion print on the curtains :)

  • Tricia

    It looks wonderful!

  • verbalicon

    OMG. So, so gorgeous!!! Since our house is still largely empty (but with color on the walls), I immediately checked Annabel’s seminars, only to find out that, Indiana? No way she’s coming there, huh?

    Sad panda here. :-(

  • Starshine

    Heather! I LOVE it! I think my favorite part is the bold painting/artwork hanging alone on that wall. Just one bold thing is all that wall needed! Great job to all involved!

  • deminimis

    A comment full of love.

    Love the bed, love the textures, love the colors, definitely love that combination pitcher and glass… Just love the room, and I really love the lamps!

    Great video!

  • EliBailey

    Beautiful! And I LOVE those funky vintage lamps! I am always afraid of putting too many colors in one room, so I love it when you do something like this because I learn a lot from it. My husband and I are in the process of buying a house – I wish I could hire you and Anna Beth to help decorate it.

  • Daisee

    Gorgeous! I love love love this room! Where did you find the cow hide rug?

  • karala

    CROCS-AND-SOCKS-OMG Heather, I think Tyrant is lying about the whole ‘being gay’ thing.

    oh, and the room is lovely.

  • Tammy

    Ooh, what a beautiful room! So well-thought-out and welcoming. I am crazy about that little pinwheel pillow on the bed!!

  • Audrey Mac

    LOVE those lamps…and LOVE that art (where did you get it?). Little pops of color amidst a calming bedroom is so lovely. Seems like you thought of everything (brilliant idea about the internet access and that water pitcher/glass is perfect!) I also like candles in a guest room, just for a little coziness!

  • Sabine

    The lamps are hilarious, and therefore perfect. I love it all. I especially love that you are not afraid to use several colors. (That sounds like veiled criticism, but it’s totally not. Whenever I try to use more than two colors I’m simply paralyzed by doubt.)

  • arishell

    Love, love, love!!! The Asian lamps are great. And the stools for bedside tables. All excellent.

  • poopinginpeace

    Seriously?! Your guest room is nice than my master bedroom! I really need a decorator…

  • jessicaAPISS

    Yeah, you included the water pitcher/carafe combo!! That’s my favorite touch in our guest room too. Sadly, it may keep Chuck and Coco from visiting your overnight pals for a stealthy slurp.

  • reneewvu

    Also… is the music original? I love it. Kudos to Jon.

  • jenwilson

    Loooove this room. So gorgeous and inviting. And in the last scene, with the ice water and the glass (such a neat pitcher, by the way), I was like, HEY! I COMMENTED ABOUT ICE WATER! AND IT’S IN THE VIDEO! And it made me smile. And then it made me thirsty.

  • jordan

    Absolutely fan*******tastic! LOVE all the colors and textures and designs and layering and want to have that be my bedroom asap!
    Great job!
    And A+ to Tyrant for his phenomenal acting!

  • TurdFerguson

    The lampshades make those lamps. Very comfortable & inviting. I panicked when I saw your issues of Domino on the floor. I’d be afraid they’d accidentlally end up in my guests suitcase. Great job!

  • addie877

    What? No plunger? WTF!

  • TurdFerguson

    Are those curtains from Ikea as well? I love them…

  • June Gardens

    That is lovely!! Is the rug from a Swedish cow? Are those Swedish Asian lamp people? Okay, am annoying. You just said Ikea isn’t all Swedish, and you are right. It doesn’t look like “an Ikea room.”

    Excellent!

    My guest room consists of a litterbox.

  • goddessnike13

    WHY IS THE HOT GAY MAN WEARING CROCS?! WHY!?

    Are there Kleenex in the room? Otherwise it looks like it has everything! Great job! Your designer needs to help me with my living room!

  • wed062302

    I have to say, I don’t like it. Maybe I am too old fashioned but nothing matches and it looks like you picked up most of this stuff at garage sales because you didn’t have the money to furnish the room. Not my taste I guess. Love the video and the process though.

  • Wowzers

    I want to know how you hung those up to cover the entire wall. Was it one huge, solid curtain rod? I want to do that to my master bedroom. Also, do the blinds cover the entire wall, as well?

  • Wowzers

    BTW, the asian lamps kinda suck. Sorry. They don’t look like they go…the bedside table lamps rock though. I think the curtains basically MAKE the room. I’m so in love…oh, excuse me, i gotta go clean up my drool…

  • KarenN

    I LOVE THOSE LAMPS!
    The whole room looks wonderful. :)

  • newgyptian

    Great looking room! But what I’m really excited about is that pitcher with a built in glass at the end. OMG. I love smart solutions like that. (Because I’m too lazy to get my own glass.) Is that Ikea too?

  • L Arnold

    Lovely! Very inviting and you were able to keep it gender-neutral, so to speak. Excellent solution to the windows.

    And best of all – there’s the water carafe I suggested! Yay!

    Well done, Heather. Ya’ll did a great job!

  • Aprilisin

    Purty nice…I think you could find “something’ better instead of the abstract painting. ..wasn’t crazy ’bout that.

    Yeah, check those bags before they leave, so the robe doesn’t sneak out…or the lamps.

    Fun stuff…nice job.

  • specialkrispy

    Absolutely perfect. I agree with Tyrant on the lamps, though. Not in love with them. But for a guest room they’re fine. They’re not in a place where you have to see them every day. :)

  • thesoutherngirl

    This may not be popular but eh, who cares. I freaking love that cow hide rug.

  • Shana in Texas

    Nice room but not really to my taste (I’m more traditional / theme-oriented). I like the thoughtful touches (toiletries, passwords, etc) and the use of color to lighten-up the brown.

    However, I am with the others who are questioning Tyrant’s gayness – Crocs, WTF? Thought you banned those from your house? I understand artistic license but you let him put his “shoes” on the bed??

  • addie877

    So, this room is awesome! Love how clean and fresh it looks. I love the combo of textures, colors, prints. It’s artsy and expresive and I absolutely love how it came together. The lamps give it a unique touch that makes it YOURS. Love, love, love it :)

  • Jen28

    It looks great! And it looks like you had a lot of fun putting it together. However, I had to cringe when I saw the alarm clock because the one thing I was going to write when you asked for suggestions but didn’t because I didn’t think you would really read the suggestions was to NOT have an analog clock. I have stayed in rooms where I had to hide a clock in a dresser drawer or take the battery out altogether just to make the damn ticking stop! This is something you wouldn’t notice until you actually try sleeping in the room, when it’s dark and quiet and the ac/heat has shut off and all you can hear is your own breathing (tick tick tick). I hope your alarm clock is a nice silent one (until the alarm goes off, of course :-)

  • papolskis

    Is TV on order for above the dresser?
    Love the little monkey on the headboard behind Tyrant’s right shoulder!

  • JBK

    Love the lamps! I think the room is great but I almost spit when the camera panned to the “wall art”. What IS that soulless thing? I know that many young artists would be so happy to sell you a real painting for a few hundred dollars!

    And if it really isn’t some mass-produced thing and that’s just a trick of the camera, then never mind.

  • Apepito2011

    Gorgeous!!! I would like to make a reservation please!!

  • G.Sims

    I’m not sold on the dandelion curtains, but if you lose the bright pink flowers and that artwork it would be Awesome! Did you add in stationery too? A postcard, notepad, pen?

    Heather, this is the first video I’ve heard your voice and it’s very engaging. Also, where is the reservations button?

  • The Bold Soul

    Totally freakin’ fabulous. Love the curtains. Wish I could afford to fly your friend over to Paris to help me finish off a few rooms in my home!

  • Jay

    Awesome job. Love, love, love the dresser lamps. If Tyrant succeeds in his quest to remove them, I’ll buy them from you! I was in the process of turning my son’s room to a guest room (he’s now at college) when I stumbled across your request for reader input. Those suggestions were a huge help to me and it’s a far better guest room as a result. The room still needs a dresser and I may end up buying it at IKEA (if I’m not able to find something old that I can redo). Your guests are going to love your their new digs!

  • Jay

    Awesome job. Love, love, love the dresser lamps. If Tyrant succeeds in his quest to remove them, I’ll buy them from you! I was in the process of turning my son’s room to a guest room (he’s now at college) when I stumbled across your request for reader input. Those suggestions were a huge help to me and it’s a far better guest room as a result. The room still needs a dresser and I may end up buying it at IKEA (if I’m not able to find something old that I can redo). Your guests are going to love their new digs!

  • Jay

    Awesome job. Love, love, love the dresser lamps. If Tyrant succeeds in his quest to remove them, I’ll buy them from you! I was in the process of turning my son’s room to a guest room (he’s now at college) when I stumbled across your request for reader input. Those suggestions were a huge help to me and it’s a far better guest room as a result. The room still needs a dresser and I may end up buying it at IKEA (if I’m not able to find something old that I can redo). Your guests are going to love their new digs!

  • Apepito2011

    Please tell me where you got those curtains! LOVE them…and the painting…and the lamps…and the Tyrant.

  • slappyintheface

    still waiting on that invite … I’m just sayin’ ;)

  • luckyme23

    Love it! Please tell me there is a mirror hiding in the closet, because nothing is worse than having to go to the bathroom to see if you look like a hot mess in the morning.

  • Angeerah

    Neato. I love the Asian lamps and drapery. There are such a variety of textures that it is surpising how well they go together. I “found” Annabeth through your blog, so thanks, and I just adore her style.

    Dear Annabeth, if you are reading, please do a thing up in the Rust Belt region because we are in need of some SERIOUS help in the decorating department. Like, serious. Like 1980′s wallpapering and big puffy couches. All I can say is, yikes, every time I got to an open house!

  • Mama Kat

    LOVE! It turned out really good!

    Now can you send your team of designers around the country on a Extreme Ikea Room Makeover mission? We have an extra room that is just SCREAMING for a gay man in a bathrobe.

  • Daffodil Campbell

    I think it looks great. Great solution for the off center windows (which would have made me and my OCD twitch trying to work with). The thing about IKEA is, it’s a great launchpad. If you buy every damn thing there, then the room looks IKEA’d. But if you just choose some foundation pieces and then bring in your own elements – from antiques to art to bedding – then the IKEA pieces (which are many times very neutral) will just blend in.

    All this is to say I LOVE THOSE LAMPS TYRANT.

    Anyway, the room is fabulous. AB is awesome. And her camp sounds great :)

  • cinrose22

    Okay, I just need to know if you take reservations, cuz I’m gonna come and relax at your place my next vacation. It looks so beautiful and cozy. Total spa vibe. Love it!