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November 6, 2013
The guests are coming! The guests are coming! We love our family and friends and look forward to the time of year when everyone gets together. Here, we take a look at eight great examples of guest bedrooms and bathrooms that get it right.
Modern guest bedroom with glass walls

GABLE-ROOFED RURAL WEEKEND HOME IN CONNECTICUT

To create their rural Connecticut getaway, Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi layered their modern design sensibility atop an early 20th-century stone foundation. Maybe the most enviable bunk in the house, the downstairs guest room has an unadulterated view out into the trees.

Photo by Andrea Chu.

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Originally appeared in Gable-Roofed Rural Weekend Home in Connecticut
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Modern fold-out Murphy bed

PARTY-FRIENDLY APARTMENT IN TORONTO

A Vespa-riding dentist and curator, Dr. Kenneth Montague is one of a kind—and his home is equally unique. The Murphy bed in the guest bedroom sits behind Montague’s desk, allowing the compact room to function comfortably for working and sleeping at different times. It’s made with customized millwork, Häfele bed hardware, and an Ikea mattress. When it’s open, it reveals hidden shelving.

Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
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Modern guest bathroom clad in Indian granite

PARTY-FRIENDLY APARTMENT IN TORONTO

In the guest bathroom, a mirror, soap dish, hand towels, and a tray hang from a modular floor-mounted Autopole shelf system by Alu. The hardware adds an industrial note to the look of the room and takes up less area than a cabinet.

Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
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Chateau d'eau from Steenokerzeel in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium

LIVING IN A BELGIAN WATER TOWER

A renovation transforms a concrete water tower into a six-story living space that rises high above the surrounding scenery. The third floor consists of a guest bedroom and an office. The use of vertically and horizontally oriented wenge wood—a durable, heavy, and hard material—helps to separate the guest bedroom from its bathroom. The tub is by Rapsel.

Originally appeared in Living in a Belgian Water Tower
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Hand chiseled 17th century marbled sink

HOPE FLOATS

A self-taught designer embarks upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead. In the guest bathroom, Givone installed a hand-chiseled sink made of 17th-century marble quarried from the hills outside of Rome.

Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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Originally appeared in Hope Floats
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guest room transformation with a scenic view

LIGHT-FILLED FAMILY HOME RENOVATION IN COPENHAGEN

In a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen, a young family has carved out a cozy, light-filled home. When Bjerre-Poulsen first saw the house, “I instantly saw all the interesting possibilities,” he says. “As an architect you see not what it is but what it could be.” Among those possibilities: transforming an adjacent storehouse into a guest room, connected to the original house via the renovated dining room and sitting area.

Photo by Jonas Bjerre-Polsen.

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Originally appeared in Light-Filled Family Home Renovation in Copenhagen
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Red locker storage with hanging E27 pendant lamps

PAINT IT BLACK

This family of cost-conscious Hamburgers (freshly back in Germany after years abroad) converted a kitschy turn-of-the-century villa into a high-design home. Now that the interior’s palette is firmly in place, Winterhalder has slowly been adding splashes of color. E27 pendant lamps from Muuto in the kitchen and guest room have red cords; one wall in the guest room is also red, with matching red locker storage.

Photo by Mark Seelen.

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Exterior view of modern black farm house renovation

BARNS ENNOBLED

Subverting the traditional, conservatively cozy British barn conversion, Carl Turner created a getaway in rural Norfolk for himself and his friends to visit, repose, and consider the beauty of agrarian minimalism. Carl Turner and Mary Martin pose on the porch of the Stealth Barn, a multipurpose structure that plays as a guest cottage, office space, and escape from whatever may be cooking at Ochre Barn.

Photo by Christoffer Rudquist.

Originally appeared in Barns Ennobled
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Modern guest bedroom with glass walls

GABLE-ROOFED RURAL WEEKEND HOME IN CONNECTICUT

To create their rural Connecticut getaway, Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi layered their modern design sensibility atop an early 20th-century stone foundation. Maybe the most enviable bunk in the house, the downstairs guest room has an unadulterated view out into the trees.

Photo by Andrea Chu.

Photo by Andrea Chu.

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