The arrival of our house-swap guests from Australia, however, has sped things up. And though there are a few touches I'll add before I get Air BnB-ing, the bulk of its makeover is complete.
One recommended looking at the rooms at the Bell Inn in Ticehurst for inspiration, which has all sorts of creative touches including typographic messages in unexpected places and trees in the bedrooms (see the gallery at the Bell Inn website).
I haven't gone for anything quite so unusual, not yet at least, but I agree that a guest room, like a downstairs loo, is a room you can have fun with.
Another reader directed me to the austere but of course design-perv pleasing converted Bauhaus. The former German Modernist design school was turned into a budget hotel true to the ethos of the original student accommodation and opened late in 2013 with dorm-style rooms done out authentically, in a respectfully minimalist style.
I like the broad, high-up shelf – somewhere to stash weekend bags and suitcases is a good thing for a guest room. One of these may well appear in phase two of the development of my own guest room. (You can nose around more of the Bauhaus conversion at Dezeen.)
Anyway, here's how my own guest room is looking after its revamp.
Switching the wooden slatted blinds for one huge white blackout rollerblind has given the room a cleaner, less cluttered feel. I got mine online from English Blinds.
To Run With the Hunted's photoshoots. It is a piece of plywood with the image of a house burnt into it at different angles, we just screwed it into the wall above the bed. The Peeta bedside lights were £28 each from Habitat.
this earlier post on the topic. The fabric has been staple-gunned more neatly since these photos were taken, to attach it more tightly and smoothly to the divan bedbase underneath.
And you can see the Gilda film poster, which I've had since I was about 18, remains, though she's now looking smarter in a frame. The zig zag rug is from Urban Outfitters.
A guest room doesn't need a huge wardrobe too, and luckily our neighbour was after one just as we were contemplating putting it on eBay, so it has a good home. The mini incarnation is called a "gentleman's wardrobe" and is an original G-Plan, bought from eBay.
The luscious neon yellow and brown velvet Parker Knoll "writer's" chair was revamped and designed for me by the super cool social enterprise, Out of the Dark. Read about its evolution in this previous post and, if you don't know about this marvellous furniture-focused youth organisation, you can read all about Out of the Dark in this piece I wrote about them in the Independent Magazine.
Other special touches I've added so far include 1000 threadcount bedding (again, added since the photos were taken). It is heavy and silky and super luxurious – just right for making someone feel welcome away from home. I also bought some wonderful wool-filled pillows to go with the duvet I was sent by The Wool Room, as feathers freak me out and synthetic isn't such a treat (they are soooo comfortable).