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Fresh Off the Boa


Stripping through the American immigrant dream one feather at a time. Sharing my life as a burlesque performer, a NYC advertising Art Director (now remote), a woman of color, an ex-New Yorker of 22 years, a Texan at heart, a foodie, and a lover of vintage culture and glamour. Welcome to Calamity's blog!

Before & After, Part 2: Guest Rooms, "Man Office"

Guest Room 1: There are 2 proper guest rooms. One on the top floor and one in the finished basement. I worked on the top floor guest room first because it came so easily! So much beautiful natural light in the morning, an airy, sunny, super positive vibe in this room. I already had an old round chair with yellow cushions from an estate sale in Long Island ($20) and Gin donated her old full/queen size bed to us so these two things were my central focus as I built around them. I wanted to keep as much natural light as possible so I chose sheer white curtain panels and really inscrutable curtain rods so they don't stand out. I want the focus to be the sun and airiness.

Guest Room 2: The basement is a completely finished 1 bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, bathroom, and laundry/dryer! Since it's in the basement and only has one window, I didn't want to fight the room's natural self so I went with a slightly moody and private vibe with rich jewel tones and dark botanicals. I used everything we already owned and just reimagined it. We bought a $20 wood bed stand, $10 vintage purple vase, and a new Peace Lily plant. The paper chandelier I made back in Brooklyn, the crushed velvet bed set and Indian silk blanket I've had for a while too. The 5 square mirror squares Michael brought back from set on a job a long time ago, so glad we found a use for it! Hate wasting things! My parents gifted the purple crystal lamp! My favorite part of this room is the hidden accent wall that's only visible when you are lying down in bed ready to fall asleep. I used a dark floral vinyl wallpaper to accent the beam. Sweet dreams! Wall color is Dignified Purple by Behr Marquee.

Man Office: This is Michael's office. He doesn't use the office nearly as much as I do. I am in front of the computer at least 6-7 hours a day, sometimes longer if there's a deadline or client calls on West coast time. We wanted to make sure this office can still function as a guest space with a queen size air mattress so he kept things off the floor. Or a single person can take the grey couch which converts down to a skinny single bed. He's a big fan of vintage Ralph Lauren aesthetic and Southwest urban if that isn't obvious. Wall color is Imperial Grey by Behr Marquee.

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