Susan Taylor
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Susan Says, “Be Our Guest, be our guest, be our guest!”


6 years ago when I designed this room, I was way ahead of the color curve trend! Soft eggplant and deep rich velvet tones were inspired by a Phillip Jeffries wall-covering that I was totally head over heels in love with! I had just finished a posh apartment on Manhattan for a cherished client and husband, and this color palette was fresh for me.  The back wall is a deep and delicious slightly metallic striped wallpaper which was part of my color inspiration.

Having used polished nickel in most areas of our home I selected satin gold for the finishes in the guest suite. Mirrors, drawer pulls, accessories lamps and art, all satin gold paired with rich eggplant velvets! I placed a fine hand knotted rug in the same hues… gave me a thrill!

I still have a healthy curated collection of pillows in this room and I love arranging them in unexpected ways.  Against a deep eggplant velvet upholstered bed, you will find a mass of metallic gold, dusty purple faux fur, velvet, linen and a watercolored floral. Some stand up, some lie down… it’s a mixup of shapes and positions! Ok, I’ll admit, if my cleaning crew or guest try to recreate my design, they seldom know the plan! Mercy.


One of the challenges was that this room was originally planned to be an office so there’s no closet. While there is more than enough drawer storage, I had to be creative with hanging room! I found these fabulously decorative satin gold hooks from one of my lamp vendors and then added acrylic and gold hangars. Use the hooks as just a hook or use the hangars, either way it works!


One small corner of the room boasts a small barrel chair that guests can sit in to use a laptop or pull on their shoes! A similar deep eggplant carries the color theme.  Look closely at the rich poattern and color of the handknotted rug.  Soooooo soft and rich!

A dramatic flush mount starburst ceiling fixture in warm satin gold gives a regal glow when illuminated. It’s truly a piece of art that I love. Take note of the starburst mirror above the bed. Finding a collection of gold finishes was an accomplished goal for this room.

Small collections of accessories all in the perfect finish were collected for each surface.  You can see a small corner of a soft piece of abstract art in the moody colors of the room. Totally relaxing and soothing.


A few more favorites!

The main art for this room was the first piece of inspiration for my entire design! A watercolor floral printed on silk by Phillip Jeffries was turned into framed art! I’ve used this same paper for client designs on the walls, but my decision to use it for framing is one I remain in love with.

All casegoods for the room are a deep, rich walnut with satin gold framing and hardware. The richness of the room colors provided a room to relax in and experience luxury.

Extra tall gold lamps in the perfect finish are perfection! Always consider the headboard height when selecting lamps. Choose lamps that are either shorter or taller than your headboard.

Lastly, I spurged on Hartman and Forbes custom woven privacy shades in the absolute perfect color! They are hand woven but, be prepared to wait for this luxury product!  I couldn’t be happier. With the investment in these, I selected a sheer burnout grommeted panel that was simple, yet the perfect companion.


And that is my guest room! Always ready for a guest and always rich and warm. I’m in love.