FROM OUR EDITOR
One of my all-time favourite rooms was the minuscule guest room in the 14-foot-wide Victorian rowhouse I now nostalgically call my “single girl pad.” It was approximately 8 feet by 11 feet and had one tiny awkward window. While decorating the master bedroom was relatively simple – I kept it light, bright and minimal – the cramped guest room posed a real challenge. I decided to follow the advice I normally give for decorating powder rooms: Use bold colours, embrace eclecticism and remember that anything goes! Despite being slightly colour shy, I chose Farrow & Ball’s Cooking Apple Green paint, a bright shade I’d been longing to try, to energize the space. I hung my collection of vintage mirrors to offset the awkward window and reflect what little natural light the spot had, making the space seem larger. But none of my magic tricks could actually physically expand the room, and picking a bed presented the biggest problem. I didn’t want my guest room to be all bed. A custom Gustavian-style daybed by Julia West Design that could transform into a double bed did the trick, giving guests space to move around when getting ready in the morning, and to stretch out for a comfy sleep at night. It was the perfect solution. The room’s crowning glory was by far a beautiful antique chandelier I’d purchased years prior. It was unexpected in the petite space and lent a sense of importance despite the area’s diminutive size.
When I sold the house, the guest room was the hardest to leave behind. I got teary as I took down all the mirrors and, although every light fixture had been sold with the home, I insisted that the chandelier come with me. It’s now packed away in a box in the garage, alongside my vintage mirrors. I still haven’t found a spot for them, but I know they’re perfect for any small space. Perhaps when my stepdaughters have their own “single girl pads” my sentimental favourites will find a home again.