Coral + Aqua Guest Room

By Kate Riley September 2, 2014

Welcome back from the last weekend of summer! I’m always sad when summer ends, it represents the best of times and while I enjoy fall and the holidays and eagerly await spring, summer reigns supreme as my favorite season of all.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I accepted a design challenge to create a space in partnership with Del Mar fans. They sent me a gorgeous fan and the long weekend spent in Las Vegas gave me that extra day to put the finishing touches on the room.

This is the guest bedroom for the house we bought earlier this year. With the decorating I did my usual thing, combining second hand or vintage finds with stuff from flash sale sites or discount retail stores, much of it on sale or clearance. It’s a small space, only 10 x 11′ but now it’s cozy, colorful, and comfortable (see the before in this post). Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday with sources at the end.

coral guest room centsational girl


coral guest bedroom centsational girl

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I was inspired from the beginning by this colorful Ocean Twill fabric by P. Kaufmann. I fell in love with the sketches of ocean life filled in with watercolor hues “outside the lines” in shades of green, coral, orange, and pink. This fabric is whimsical and fun and sometimes you just need to run with something you love and let it takeover a room because it speaks to you.

 ocean twill p kaufmann

p kaufmann ocean twill

I bought the window panel fabric online and paid a visit to the studio of a friend to sew the panels while I was in town – thank you Michelle! She was kind enough to sew the large Ikat pillow covers for me from her collection of amazing fabrics.

pillows on guest bed

On both sides of the bed are twin chests topped with tall aqua glass lamps and a few amenities.

guest room nightstand

bedside chest left

guest room pillows cg

The space is all about comfort and color and I love it and can’t wait to share it with friends and family!

sources: ceiling fan / coral border duvet / ikat pillow covers / Trina Turk Greek key accent pillow from Bed, Bath & Beyond (in stores) / Banyan outdoor chair / accent pillow fabric / J. Hill aqua lamps from HomeGoods / framed abstract prints / copper tray and candle/ Jacques nightstand chests from Joss & Main / window panel fabric /  headboard from a thrift store / vintage alarm clock purchased on Etsy/ wall color: European White (Glidden).

*Sponsored by Del Mar Fans. Photography, opinions, etc. are mine.


  1. This room is lovely — the inspiration fabric is gorgeous! I love that little side table next to the chair but didn’t see it listed in the sources. Could you let me know where it came from please?

    • Carla that little gold drum side table I bought from World Market last year, I wish they still carried it, it’s a wonderful accent piece for propping next to any chair!

  2. Ooh, I love how relaxing and beachy it is without being your traditional light blue and rope. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I love that too!) But coral being the star with blue accents works beautifully!

  3. Oh Kate, you always have just the right touch!
    Beautiful, elegant, yet carefree, light and comfy!
    It takes someone like you to be able to tie all those adjectives together!!
    Superb style!

  4. Pretty! And light.

    But… and maybe this is a dumb question… what in the world do you put in those tiny drawers on the nightstands!? I have never seen that before. Jewelry? Magazines? Power cords?

  5. LOVE this room- you did a great job. Very light and fresh. I would love to know where the two end table/chests are from? Sorry if I missed them in the credits. I would love something similar for my master! Thank you!!

  6. I would really love to be your guest if that would be my room! Those curtains are very soothing. The side tables are just awesome; you can even put all your important stuff such as mobile phones and keys in it. If I stayed in that room, it’d feel like I’m on vacation. Cheers!

  7. The room looks amazing! A little reminder that there is a beach out there somewhere is perfect for the hot Nevada weather.

    I probably missed something along the way, but just curious are you selling this house furnished or are you just staging it?

  8. The room is gorgeous! Can you tell me your source for woven wood shades? Maybe I missed it. Sorry. I’m currently in the market for some for my bedroom. Thank you!!

    • Ooops sorry JW – woven Levolor shades from Lowes, they cut them to fit for you in the store. I chose an outside mount this time to hang it higher.

  9. Hello-Love the room! I’m wondering how you like the Jacques nightstands? I have looked at them, they look great in pics, wondering about the quality.

    • Anna they are very petite but they fit this small room perfectly and I like that they are taller than the average sidetable/nightstand. The drawers slide in and out nicely, the finish is a little more cottage distressed than I like but it’s subtle and I reason I could always paint them pure white down the road (or a color) if I want. I paid $220 each for them on Joss & Main.

  10. I am so glad you chose this color combination. There aren’t too many rooms out there with the aqua/ turquoise color. We are stuck with some of those colors with the house and not able to change at this time. I’ll be pinning and studying the pictures more. Thank you!!

  11. I just love your blog! This room is so light and refreshing. I’m encouraged and inspired that you let the fabric take the lead on this design. I was surprised that you didn’t paint the headboard – but it works so well. In my attempt to be a “designer girl” – I would’ve have thought I needed to paint it…creating more of a monochromatic scheme. But it totally works!! Inspiring!!

  12. I had no idea how a room designed around a fan would turn out, but this one is beautiful! And the fan really does look like it was made for it. Good work!

  13. The room is so fresh and lovely. I have always been a bit smitten with coral – not quite orange, not quite pink. And how fun is your curtain fabric?! Can’t wait to see what you do in the rest of the house : )

  14. The room looks amazing! I love the blanket/comforter at the end of the bed, but don’t think see a source for it? Is it possible to find out where it came from? Thanks!

  15. The comforter was a DIY quilt project, I’ll share it soon Adrianne, and the trim and ceiling are White on White by Glidden Leslie, we used White on White on the walls in the downstairs community areas too, it’s a very fresh crisp modern white.

  16. Kate, I asked this question before but I’m not sure which post so I can’t go back and see if you answered (and then I noticed someone asked the same question above!): are you guys going to keep this house? Rent it out as a vacation rental? Sell it furnished? OR, if not, what will you do with all the furnishings and trinkets when you sell it?

  17. Never mind Kate! I just read another post (about the tile floors) where you answered a similar question in the comments :)

  18. Glad you saw that Bryana – we plan to keep it for at least a year and live in it while were there, we’re also looking at buying others for flips, there are a few short sales we’re looking at now. :)

  19. I love this room! For the longest time I’ve been putting fabric swatches, pictures, ads etc. on my inspiration board for a coral and mint (aqua) master. I think it is the most relaxing yet refreshing combination ever. It has taken me about 2 years to talk the hubs in to the idea of the colors and I’ve been in the “let’s get started” mode for about six months. I think I’ve thought about it for so long, I’m afraid to start for fear it won’t match my expectations. The room you’ve done here, the fabrics and the accessories have given me so many ideas, I think I’m ready to go. Thanks!

  20. Beautiful room. I’m curious what your children will be doing while you and your husband are tackling a kitchen remodel.


    • We only come for long weekends Katherine, they occupy themselves with books, games, and TV!

  21. What a lovely room… I love the drapery fabric.. excellent choice.. You picked the right colors to blend without overpowering them..

  22. Was the headboard made to attach to a frame or did you have to modify in some way? I love old headboards but have never figured out how to keep the bed from wobbling against the wall.

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