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Before and After: Guest Quarters by Mae Brunken

Desire to Inspire recently posted a makeover of the poolside guest quarters of a Pacific Palisades estate by interior designer Mae Brunken, and I was completely floored by the project. As you can see, the space was cramped with large furniture, and it didn't quite make sense. Items were not stored properly, the television was oddly positioned, and quite frankly, the space simply lacked personality. Guest rooms are usually the last place we devote our attention when redecorating, but we should want to treat our pals to a well-designed room when they visit! To see Brunken's fantastic transformation,


I'm simply in love with this room! The soft gray and yellow color palette is splendid, and that rich zebrawood is so unusual. I almost can't believe it's the same room. Just using smaller, shorter furnishings has really made the space seem 10 times larger. The daybed is so versatile and ideal for a guest room. What do you think? Head over to Desire to Inspire to hear more about the project and to see more photos!

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Marni7 Marni7 8 years
This is sooo awesome!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Looks awesome! amazing use of color and space. I'm going to be a bit nit picky, but there are certain DWR "greatest hits" that I am just sick to death of seeing: the Barcelona chair, the Noguchi table and the Eames Lounger and ottoman, etc. Yeah, I know they're classics, but it's the furniture equivalent to a Burberry scarf: classy, tasteful, expensive, but not at all original.
Edie-J-Blige Edie-J-Blige 8 years
Wow! Great job :)
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Wow, eagle eye on the door! I love this. I wish this my bedroom!
Txredd Txredd 8 years
Wow! Major difference! Love it!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love it.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
This is SUPERB!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Decent. I agree -- the door should open the other way. Also, I think the Eames chair and ottoman are too big for that corner. Look at the narrow path between the ottoman and sofa. How the hell is someone suppose to (comfortably) walk through that? That's the main path to and from that room. That's poor furniture planning.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
The door should be switched. Agreed! Other then that, it is a great room. Love it!
littlekaren! good eye good eye! haha
EricaJane EricaJane 8 years
looks great! I want a gray room!
Home Home 8 years
Great catch, littlekaren! That's a smart idea for such a small space.
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
The door should open the other way -- switch the hinge side. But the room looks fabulous!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Much better!
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