Real reno: A luxe guest suite you’d never want to leave
You know what they say about house guests and fish? Well I’d certainly be doing my utmost to stay more than three days in this gorgeous guest wing, newly renovated by interior designer Lynne Bradley. Not only is it a smart yet serene space that is big on comfort, it even has its own kitchen attached. As I said, when can I stay??
“My brief was to create an elegant, sophisticated and inviting suite that oozed luxury and comfort. My clients want to make their guests not only feel at home but also to feel private from the workings of the rest of the home,” says Lynne of the guest wing that is located on the ground floor just off the entry foyer of a tri-level family home.
Home to a family of four, including two young adult sons, the large home was built 15 years ago and sits on a steep slope overlooking bushland. “My clients often have their elderly parents/in-laws stay over and host international friends a few times per year,” says Lynne.
A study in blue, the room draws on Hamptons styling. “I didn’t reference any particular design period although the room hints at a modern interpretation of the Hamptons style which is a look that resonates with my clients,” says Lynne. Having carried out other renovations to the home in the year prior, Lynne was careful to connect the suite’s aesthetics to the rest of the home. The dark blue wall is one such element. “I was very keen to choose a dark blue wall colour to create depth and contrast to the crisp white trim of the woodwork as well as linking back to the deep blue accents in the entrance.” She chose natural sisal flooring to connect with the floorboards in the foyer and kitchen area.
Of her favourite part of the renovation, Lynne loves the bed zone. “The rug underneath the bed, with its bold striped border give an illusion of width to this space whilst also adding a soft foot fall from the bed. The stools at the foot of the bed allow guests to place bedding there as well as somewhere to put their shoes on and converse with someone sitting on the nearby sofa,” says Lynne.
“It was important to inject pattern and texture into this space, so I had the bed and sofa custom made in patterned textiles. I love the bed area – the layering of the sisal, rug and upholstery is delicious!”