Lights, Design, Action!


The guest bedroom redo is gaining momentum, people. With the painting complete, it’s time to get this space styled. First up is a new light fixture.

Lights, Design, Action! | Inspired by Charm

Lights, Design, Action! | Inspired by Charm

This is a fixture I bought about two years ago from ZGallerie for another space. It’s not what I had in mind for this room, but I wanted to see if I could save a few bucks and make it work.

Lights, Design, Action! | Inspired by Charm

I got the light hung yesterday, and I’m actually kind of digging it. It adds something to the open and bright feel of the room.

Even though I’ve voiced some misgivings, I still love it. Who wouldn’t? This fixture has color, unique style, and bling. Talk about wow-factor, right?

Lights, Design, Action! | Inspired by Charm

Lights, Design, Action! | Inspired by Charm

Anyway, what made me more confident about using this light is that I started playing around with some rough design plans. Right now, I have two options. Honestly, either would work; it’s more about deciding which direction I should take the space.

Here’s what I have in mind and my thinking behind each design.

I’m calling the first option Eclectically Colorful.

Lights, Design, Action! | Inspired by Charm

Eclectic seems to be the best way to describe my style in this house. I’ve managed to combine all of my design loves in a way that works for me. This option is befitting that style. A graphic rug with pops of color, bold mustard curtains, and fun art. This design exudes happiness, and I think it would blend nicely with the rest of my home.

The other option is Modern Farmhouse.

Lights, Design, Action! | Inspired by Charm

My long term goal (which I haven’t talked about here on IBC) is to move into a new house that I envision being a modern farmhouse. This design reflects that look. It’s more neutral and “masculine,” but still has color. Texture and pattern would be an important part of this room as it would mostly be layers of blacks and grays.

Both designs will incorporate the existing bed (which I will paint black), a vintage wood dresser (not exactly as pictured), and obviously, the light fixture. As I mentioned in another post, I’m trying to use things I already own. However, I’m also in love with this leather bench I found at Pottery Barn, so that needs to make its way to my house ASAP.

I’m loving both looks. The real decision here is should I stick with the current theme of my house or start experimenting with something new. If you’ve designed a space before, you’ll know this is the super exciting and equally nerve-racking part of the design process. I can only hope the decision comes to me in a dream. Maybe that means I should start taking more naps. I can deal with that. Ha!

So that’s about it. A new light and a few plans. What do you think?

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  • Alexis at

    Love option #2!!! Let the chandelier stand out- it’s quite the statement piece! Plus, you will definitely use all of those items in your next home! (ps. also obsessed with that leather bench!!)

  • Arli at

    Go with #2 except use the rug from #1….love the new light!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Great thought Arli. I considered that too, but it might be ‘too much’ with that plan. Ack! Decisions. Thanks for your input. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Taylor Adams at

    I love option #1 but both options are great! I can’t believe how different that room looks with a fresh coat of paint. Well, probably the missing wallpaper is a bigger contributor. I can’t wait to see how it turns out 🙂

  • megan at

    can you tell us the source for the rug in Option 1?

  • Alice at

    I love the farmhouse look… It ties in the color, that I love, but brings a certain joy to one’s heart of the simplicity of times from the past.

  • Debby at

    I love Option #2, but the rug from 1 is wonderful! The light is beautiful!

  • Elle at

    Love both options! And that fixture!!!

  • elr at

    Think ARLI has the right idea of #2 with the rug from #1. Like the idea of a little more color.

  • Candice at

    Oh-oh-oh- option 2!!! I’ve to say though, I love the chandelier and the artwork from both 1 & 2. And that leather bench, sigh. But, In option 2 the chandelier just sings!

  • Teri at

    LOVE the chandelier!!!! Both room options are lovely, but #1 really has that “wow” factor.

  • Vanessa at

    I like both, but for some reason I feel like the first one is more you?! Maybe it’s the awesome rug! The chandy is amazing…I mean, WOW!

  • Mimi at

    Both schemes are terrific, but I vote for Modern Farmhouse (#2). Though you could line (or trim w/ a wide band) the drapes w/ your gold (or other) color. I think I prefer the second scheme because it’s the most versatile (you can add ANY color for seasonal changes) and i think it will meet your long-term goals (and adapting well to a move). Also, BOTH art pieces would look good together in the either scheme

    • Mimi at

      still might use a small gold silk or suede pillow (accent color in artwork) and something aqua/turquoise (pillow or two, a throw, trim on pillow, mason jars or other accessories on dresser?). I know you’ll use your design flair & discerning eye (& thrift shop treasures) to complete the scheme — you’re just teasing us w/ a “taste”

  • Janet at

    I LOVE the chandelier!!! So fresh and colorful! Really, with the major pieces of furniture and light fixture the same in both options, the rug has to be the deciding factor. Pillows, drapes, etc are easy and relatively inexpensive elements that you can change whenever you need to! I’d go with a rug that you love and can become a chameleon for whatever changes you want to make along the way. Don’t lock yourself into a box with something you aren’t really committed to.

  • Terri at

    OHMYLANTA that light is fabulous!!! I love both options and can’t wait to see what you decide.

  • Julia D. at

    Wow factor for sure with that ceiling fixture! Absolutely love it…. I’m voting for the second look but do like either one for that matter. Wonderful choices.

  • Kay at

    My vote is for … drum roll, please… Option #1. But whatever you chose, I hope you’ll include the rug and the framed print (both in Option #1). And, that chandy . . . all I can say is that is SPLENDIFEROUS!

  • liz n. at

    How about #2 with a bit of yellow from #1 added in?

    And that chandelier…I die!!!!!

  • Dyan at

    Option 2 , but if you use that bench then I would switch the rug for the one in option 1 , that chandelier is inspired. I would be tempted to add more of that blue and yellow in the cushions. Great go .

  • Mary at

    Wow! It looks great already! The chandelier actually looks fantastic- love when that happens! I’d go with Opt #2: Modern Farmhouse. Love the possibility to add color as desired. Plus, I feel like guest bedrooms are a great place to try new ideas. Both schemes are LOVELY though! Can’t go wrong!

  • Alice at

    I agree with someone above, #2 with the rug from #1. Would you share your source for the artwork in #2?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      The artwork is from

      xo Michael

  • Sue B. at

    Modern Farmhouse and like the crisp white clean look you have created so far.

  • Heather C at

    The modern farmhouse has my vote, and if your goal is to move eventually, don’t keep furnishing with items that you plan on changing up when you move, go with the modern farmhouse – look forward

  • Lisa B. at

    I’m going with Modern Farmhouse.

  • Pam at

    Modern farmhouse!

  • Ellen at

    #2 with a few small pops of mustard in books or other accessories. Love the rug in #2. Looks soft. Perfect for a bedroom.

  • Diana at

    I agree, would you please add the sources for the items, especially rug #1? I’m doing mint, grey and yellow in my nursery and have had the hardest time settling on a rug!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Diana, I typically don’t share sources in the planning stages. Why? Who knows. I’m weird. Haha. But, that rug is from Urban Outfitters. Hope that helps.

      xo Michael

  • Rosey at

    I love the Eclectic Colorful option. Can’t wait to see what you do with the room.

  • Pam L at

    Well, my two cents worth would be to leave the beauty as is until you move and then decide what you like in your new house!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That could be years. Haha. 😉

      xo Michael

  • BrocanteuseRose at

    I love option 1! It seems more cohesive, to me and soothing.

  • Laura Onti at

    I vote for option #1
    It’s happy, bright, fun and stylish. I love your deccor aproach. I can’t wait to see what you bring in your new place, It will be awesome for sure 😉

  • Debra W at

    I love Option 1 the best. The mustard color pillow and curtains goes great with the bench and dresser. The chandelier goes with the picture. And the rug, which I love, ties it all together. The room will be a work of art. Love your style all through your house. Wonderful.

  • margaret at

    Love room #2, with a colorful rug. I like the colors in the artwork, but really don’t see how beach or water scenes have to do with any kind of farm decor! It just seems odd. Where’s that cowhead print?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks for your thought, Margaret! Haha. They don’t really, I just like them. 🙂 My design has always been a little eclectic. I don’t want a cowhead on my wall and I really like these prints. That’s how they found there way into my design. I like breaking the rules a little. 😉

      xo Michael

  • Gabby at

    I’m REALLY digging option #2!! And I love love that chandy, what a great pop of unexpected color in the room.

  • Chandra at

    Modern Farmhouse has to be it!!! And thank you for posting it…I am in the process of choosing paint and window dressing, etc. and have been wondering how the gray and dark brown with a splash of black and a hit of aqua-ish would look, and your planning board shows it will look fab! Can’t wait to see the winning design posted (time to move away from that mustard/gold color! Pick #2!!)

  • Ardith at

    I like them both equally. If you have the funds, I say get all of it and change it out when you want, even mix it up between the two. With the elements you’ve selected, I just don’t see how you can go wrong. So, carry on as you wish. Cheers, Ardith

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