Transformation Tuesday: Clawfoot Tubs

I have this pretty great client in Florida that bought a house built in 1908.  We've been working diligently to transform the old beauty step by step.  First was the kitchen but now we're onto the bathrooms!  The upstairs bath is one of my favorite to transform, specifically because it has an old clawfoot tub.  They are perhaps my favorite feature of historic homes and I hope to only have one myself some day!  I see no reason to get rid of it, as it works perfectly fine and thankfully, my clients agree!  So I've been looking at lots of great spaces to find some inspiration for mixing the old with the new and ways to update a clawfoot tub.  Here are some of my favorite!

Featured in Houzz

Incredibly grateful and super psyched to be featured in not one but TWO Houzz articles this past week!  The foyer from my "classic coastal" home was featured as the number 1 "entryway of 2016" and on House's "28 Design Ideas Coming to Homes Near You in 2017" under "over the top foyers".  So cool and wonderful! I feel so blessed by all the love and support I have been getting from everyone!  God is good!

Check out both of the articles on  Links below.
Top Entryways of 2016
28 Design Ideas Coming to Homes Near you in 2017

Top 10 trends of 2015

The last remaining days and hours of every year bloggers, critics, and editors survey the crowd to come up with their predictions for what the next year's "top (fill in the blank)" will be.  Some of these predictions are pretty accurate, others make you wonder just who were they surveying?  None the less, 2015 has turned out to be a year of many changes and firsts for me.  I quit my job, moved to Charleston, started my own business, and finally fulfilled my long time dream of living at the beach.  While I may be 5 miles from the beach versus 5 steps, it's a work in process and when I ring in 2016 I can effectively say it's been a good year but it's about to be a great one.

In the design world, 2015 has been a year of tech inventions, open floor plans, and getting rid of the stuffy cluttered things that fill up our lives.  We've seen some great new  buildings and homes be built (including a hotel under water in Dubai).  Industrial is still hot but many people are resorting back to the styles they've known for years.  Looking back at the year, we've come up with a list of the top ten trends we've seen in the design world and Charleston specifically in 2015.

1.) Colorful Cabinets


This has been the year for the daring and bold to take the plunge and paint their kitchen cabinets a radiant color.  From grey to blue and occasionally red, it's a way to add life and personality to your kitchen.  Hopefully we don't get tired of it!

2.) Washed Wood

Distressed furniture made a huge come back in 2014 but in 2015 we saw people not only buying more washed wood furniture pieces but also stripping the wood in their floors.  The result is a beautiful, raw, natural look that makes you feel right at home.

3.) Tone on Tone Linens

Bed linens took on their own meaning to "minimal living" with companies showing tone on tone beds such as this one.  My favorite sources for soft linens such as these ones are West Elm and Ikea.

4.) Ship-lap Walls 

Not sure about the rest of the United States but in coastal Carolina ship-lap walls are in just about everyone's house.  Not that this is a bad thing, as it's an architecturally great way to amp up your space.  My only warning is be careful on going overboard.  This may someday look like wood paneling did after the 90's.  If interested in adding trim details to your house contact us at The Guest House Studio and we'll be happy to come up with a trim plan for you.

5.) Muted Hues

Soft, subtle, and very muted were the color trends we saw come to life in a lot of spaces this year.  Gray and white in particular was very hot.  Tone on tone spaces where the walls, furniture, and art are one shade but different hues.  This space is one of our favorites.

6.) Mason Jar Goods

Mason Jar weddings, mason jar lights, mason jar candles, you name it!  Mason Jars have made a huge comeback from their typical use of canning jam and hiding moonshine.  This year we have seen more and more people use them for as decor for their weddings or a way to bottle their homemade sea sea salt.  I'm not complaining though, as I am a fan or reusing products as much as we can!  The candle above is made by Blackjack wax and the lighting is made by Born Again Woodworks.

7.) Sectionals

Sectionals have always been around but in the past year more people have spent their money on a sectional than a normal sofa.  Why?  True it does provide a lot of seating but so does a sofa and two chairs.  I think the reason we've seen more consumers opting for a sectional rather than a sofa is because of the extra comfort level it provides.  The act of truly snuffling into your furniture for a movie or a good book.  To order a sectional fit for your home and lifestyle contact us today and we'll make sure you get the one that's just right for your home.

8.) Farm Tables

Longer, rougher, and natural - farm tables are all the rave right now.  2015 saw the rid of formal dining rooms and the natural open floor plan in most homes.  Therefore most home owners soft after a natural distressed farm table.  It's extremely durable and gives the space a feeling of a casual lived in space versus a "please don't put your fork on the table."  This one is from one of my favorite Companies Lamon Luther.  They seek to give the homeless a skill and job that they can learn and profit from.  Contact us for a quote or to place an order for your own.

9.) Wallpaper

It's back!!!  Wallpaper saw a rise in the 80's and 90's when housewives every where were lining their walls with it.  Then it died with the millennium as sustainability, concrete, and good old paint took it's turn.  Now, in 2015 we have seen more homeowner's and businesses seek just the perfect pattern, texture, or print for their space.  These are just a few of my favorites.  Inquire under the "contact us" tab for pricing and availability. 

10.) Dipped Gold

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Naturally I've saved the best and my favorite one for last.  I am OBSESSED with Dipped Gold anything!  From Jewelry to lighting and furniture this is one trend that I could literally die over.  I've collected my fair share of dipped gold jewelry this year and am working on the furniture part.  It's usually not a shiny gold but just enough of a shine that makes anything look elegant.  The necklace is from Kealoha Jewelry on Etsy and the table is from Made Goods - order able through The Guest House Studio.

The meaning behind the name

It all started almost two years ago, when I (Christyn Dunning) and one of my dearest friends took a trip to celebrate her 30th Birthday.  We had been bouncing around the idea of starting our own Interior Design and Event studio.  She, a navy wife and very talented designer was waiting in limbo for the Navy to tell her where she would be living in a year.  I myself was feeling unfulfilled and discouraged at the design firm I was currently working at and sought a life that didn't revolve around making other people a lot of money on my sweat and tears.  I realized as we drove from Miami to Key West, that I missed the days of backpacking across Europe, meeting new people and discovering new things.  I also missed working more closely with my clients and using my architecture skills to improve their already existing homes or help them build a new one.  Over the next few days I found myself with my toes in the sand and mind trying to answer the question we all seem to ask ourselves, "what do I really want to do with my life?"

I found the answer when I stopped asking myself that question and was instead asked by my friend on the way back from Key West.  Tired of my constant complaining, she asked "if I could do anything, what would it be?"  Here's my answer:

"I love meeting new people and I love design.  I also find great happiness in discovering and helping artists sell their work and put food on their table.  I want a job, that incorporates all of this, I basically want a Guest House.  A place that is filled with creativity, beautifully made goods, and amazing people."

So here I am, in Charleston SC - the place I picked to start this adventure after uprooting my life in Annapolis.  The Guest House Studio is for now an Interior Architecture/design firm getting ready to launch our first online shop and retail store.  Our hope is that in the next several years we will find a building we can call home.  It will be a mix use space with rooms above for people to stay during their travels and a studio/shop below as great design is at the heart of our firm.  But, it will also be much more than that.  It will be a community where artists, travelers, and locals meet to tell their stories and make new ones.  So stop by sometime, we would very much like to hear your story!

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