There Are 3 Design Trends In Kirsten Blazek’s Guesthouse That We Love And Think You Should See

At any time when a mission by Kirsten Blazek (principal designer and founding father of A1000XBetter) comes throughout our desks, I do know I’m about to see a design that can keep etched in my mind for some time. The truth is, choose any previous mission by AXB and you will note a design that’s intentional, sensible, and but dripping with attraction and persona. It’s her distinctive type and daring design decisions that all the time preserve you guessing and wanting extra. Immediately’s guesthouse tour is not any exception and as soon as once more I had the distinct pleasure of choosing her mind about every element. Prepare for some knowledgeable design knowledge and a heavy dose of her eclectic soulful type.

The guesthouse, previously the storage, underwent a intestine renovation that reworked the house into an inviting hangout space for the entire household and friends to get pleasure from. Simply wanting on the exterior, you possibly can already see Kirsten’s signature type coming by. The daring paint shade makes a press release proper off the bat and is complemented with copper-colored sconces and people unimaginable doorways that I simply needed to be taught extra about.

The place are the outside doorways from? Are they stained glass? Are they customized? 

The outside doorways had been one thing that I felt strongly wanted to be a particular second so I commissioned David Schneid  (a neighborhood LA-based stained-glass artist) to give you the design. I needed to include the moon into the design and we chosen colours that had been cohesive with the general shade schemes for each the guesthouse and the primary home.

We’ve been noticing extra commissioned stained glass items popping up on our radar (take Bri of Designlovefest‘s new stained-glass window in her upstate New York residence for instance). It’s not for each type residence however when it really works, it’s a incredible means so as to add a private distinctive function to your house.

When you’ve got seen any of Kirsten’s initiatives, you already know that she works with wallpaper continuously and masterfully. So anytime I see a design of hers I count on a wallpaper second that immediately elevates the house. The wallpaper right here doesn’t disappoint however as many people know, selecting and putting in wallpaper just isn’t for the faint of coronary heart so I needed to ask:

How do you go about selecting wallpaper? Do you select the wallpaper first after which choose furnishings and decor? Or vice versa? 

Wallpaper is my all-time favourite design factor so as to add layering and curiosity to a room – the fitting wallpaper can actually elevate any house. Usually, I’ll begin the design course of round a selected wallpaper I keep in mind. I like black and white wallpaper, because it tends to behave as a impartial palette towards any colours in an area. I believe it is very important take into consideration what you wish to obtain with the wallpaper you select. Is the wallpaper going to make a press release and function probably the most vital design alternative within the room, or is solely a fairly backdrop to the remainder of the furnishings? If the wallpaper is the assertion piece in a room, don’t be afraid to go daring. If it’s performing as a complementary backdrop to the house, discover a paper that’s attention-grabbing however doesn’t overwhelm the furnishings. All the time preserve your shade story in thoughts when choosing out wallpaper.

On this house particularly, the wallpaper works properly as a result of it’s each impartial and playful. The white and grey colours don’t overwhelm the house, however the cactus and plant sample speaks to the eclectic Southwestern rustic vibe that Kirsten goes for. The youthful sample enhances the design and the colours preserve it from overpowering the remainder of the house.

Tub Couch | Rug

Kirsten’s signature Southwestern-inspired type is creatively showcased by artwork, wallpaper, and sample and is met with trendy shapes that create an natural really feel. See how each factor right here brings one thing new however performs inside a strict shade palette? The artwork is daring and vibrant, the wallpaper is impartial but playful, the decor is patterned and colourful, the furnishings is spherical and textured, and all these are tied collectively by the colour palette. It’s a main instance of how she mixes textures and patterns in a means that comes throughout as surprising however easy.

Merrick Swivel Chair

What’s your recommendation on mixing patterns and textures? 

I’d say to belief your intuition and don’t all the time comply with the principles in terms of mixing patterns and textures. That being mentioned, there are some unfastened pointers to comply with. For instance, the colours ought to complement one another and the remainder of the house. An excessive amount of of 1 sample or texture is rarely good. Attempt mixing a extra geometrical sample with one thing with a softer really feel. Don’t overlook about neutrals – they’ll actually assist floor your entire assortment.

Ceiling Lumber

Although this house has so many decor items to take a look at and admire, your eye is drawn to the ceiling nearly instantly. Some might imagine it’s a easy wooden ceiling and depart it at that, however one thing in regards to the wealthy shade and texture makes it particular. I’m so drawn to the country, pure look of it so I needed to ask Kirsten extra about it:

Are you able to inform us in regards to the wonderful wooden ceiling?

I needed the guesthouse to really feel simply as completed as a predominant residence and I considered the methods I may really make it really feel wealthy and layered. I made a decision to clad the pitched ceiling on this beautiful oak cladding from Resawn Timber. It actually helped elevate the guesthouse and added a comfortable, rustic factor to the house.

Dancing Pendant | Sconces

Let’s pause for a second simply to admire among the decor right here. That pendant, for one, stopped me in my tracks. It’s one of many extra trendy, stand out items right here that juxtaposes the entire earth tones and classic components. Then there may be the classic espresso desk that grounds the house with its natural texture and impartial tone, paired with the chunky aspect chairs that add much more texture. (P.S. The espresso desk is a main instance of a development that Caitlin is writing about as we keep tuned on that :)). The mini bulb sconces herald a playfulness that contrasts the very grand pendant mild. It’s all about mixing and matching totally different types in a means that’s intentional, a trick that Kirsten is clearly an knowledgeable at.

Is there a mattress or bed room on this guesthouse or is it strictly a hold house?

I’m a mom to youngsters, so I particularly furnished the house with my youngsters in thoughts. I needed them to have an area to hang around with their pals, and as wanted, be the proper spot for entertaining friends.  Happily, there’s room for a mattress, and the house can simply be transformed to accommodate friends.

Sudden locations to hold artwork is one in every of our favourite subjects round right here, so once I noticed the low hanging artwork below the sconce, I used to be instantly intrigued. Typically artwork is hung low for sensible causes (needing a stud for instance) however it’s additionally an effective way to create visible curiosity.

We love all of the artwork placement! Was the low hanging artwork purely an aesthetic alternative? 

Sure and no. I sometimes love hanging artwork decrease than one would count on and I had a big print by one in every of my favourite artists, Mark Maggiori, and this was the one wall large enough for this piece. I had sconces put in from Virginia Sin and I selected to show the artwork under the sconces.

Talking of surprising artwork placement, if you happen to look carefully within the kitchen you’ll see one other artwork placement that Emily loves and lately wrote about right here. It’s hanging artwork over tile! It sounds scary I do know, however you should use command strips or perhaps a drill bit and it’s fairly low threat however excessive reward. It appears to be like cool and is a budget-friendly approach to refresh an area.

Was there a motive you selected totally different tones of wooden for the ceiling and flooring? 

I desire to not match woods. I really really feel that an excessive amount of of 1 factor is rarely good, so I selected a really impartial, nearly white wide-plank oak for the ground and a richer and extra rustic knotted wooden cladding for the ceiling. 

Certainly, an excessive amount of of 1 kind of wooden may really feel overbearing and the totally different tones truly forces your eye up, making the room really feel taller and greater.


We will spot a Velux skylight from a mile away, and had been so completely satisfied to see one right here. You’ve heard it right here many times however really, nothing compares to a skylight in terms of including pure mild. We all the time say in case you are renovating and have the power so as to add a skylight, then honey, it’s best to completely add that skylight.

One other design alternative that’s actually value mentioning is the backsplash tile. I like that she used tile to interrupt up the wallpaper and add one more texture and shade. It’s the same tone because the ceiling so it’s pleasing to the attention, and if you happen to look carefully you’ll see that the tile isn’t flat however has a rounded, bubbled form. This creates much more motion and provides a layer of softness. It is a tile development that’s been occurring abroad and is lastly making its mark within the US.

We love that you just wallpapered your hood! Had been there any extra precautions you needed to take putting in because it was over the range?

We didn’t take any additional precautions however we did set up a strong air flow system. I knew that the visitor home kitchen was not going for use each day,  so we determined to put in the wallpaper on the hood. 

As Kirsten mentioned, this kitchen isn’t supposed for use each day, so the wallpaper isn’t an enormous threat issue right here. In case you are occupied with wallpapering a hood in your kitchen that you just do use day by day, we advise checking the security and sturdiness of the wallpaper first.


We’ve been seeing that superior type of tile increasingly more. Do you assume it’s about to be a development?

Concerning the toilet tile, I do assume that it’s an earthy natural look that we are going to begin seeing extra of. Nevertheless, this works higher in houses positioned within the West and Southwest of America, versus the East coast, the place it might really feel misplaced.

I like the toilet paint shade! What shade is it? How did you go about choosing a shade that mixes so properly with the wonderful tile?

I selected this Cotto Terracotta tile from Zia Tile for the bathe partitions and loo ground – I like the nice and cozy, pure factor and the colour is serene and calming. There’s no pure mild within the lavatory, so I selected to embrace the darkness of the house and I chosen a darkish inexperienced paint shade. This shade of paint enhances the orange tile so fantastically and brings out an earthy, relaxed vibe to the toilet.

Mirror | Paint Colour

The toilet mirror is superior as properly. The place is that from?

The toilet mirror is from Lostine House – we wanted a small mirror due to the dimensions of the wall-mounted apron sink and I cherished how the colour of the leather-wrapped body seemed with the tile.

Lastly, I’ve to notice how a lot she did with this small lavatory. There isn’t a ton of wall house so she hung the towel bar vertically (genius) and since there isn’t quite a lot of counter house she selected to hold the cleaning soap dispenser on the wall as properly. It provides off a really cool restaurant vibe that’s truly very attainable. I’m obsessive about these two methods and wish to copy them instantly in my tiny lavatory.

So, now that you just’ve just about toured the house, I’m curious what’s your favourite half?? I can title 100 issues I like so I wish to know what tickles your design mind most. Hold forth within the feedback under and don’t overlook to comply with Kirsten for extra eclectic and galvanizing designs.

*Design by Kirsten Blazek
**Images by Alex Zarour of Just about Right here Studios 

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