Courtesy of Erin Wheeler
Erin Wheeler started the Sunny Circle Studio blog in 2018 to document her DIY projects around her home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Now she gives home-styling tips on Instagram. She likes to mix midcentury and geometric items for a bright and inviting effect. This year, she's designing a serene guest room with a subtle tropical feel in the 2022 Real Simple Home. You'll have to wait until September for the full reveal, but take a peek at her design plan, below.
Erin gravitates toward used—we mean preloved!—art, and designs spaces around those finds. For the guest room, she was inspired by the colors in a botanical print series. The peach, olive, and navy palette, capiz-shell pendant light, and a raffia nightstand will create an elegant, kitsch-free beachside haven.
Erin's Design Plan:
A pendant light made of capiz shells brings a diffused glow.
A velvet headboard will give guests five-star-hotel vibes.
Hooked on Storage
In a room with a small footprint, a peg rack will provide ample hanging storage. "When I stay in a hotel, I always wish there were more hooks," Erin says.
The peach wall shade is calming and sophisticated—perfect for a guest room—and will accentuate the cool olive and navy tones in the decor.
Trendy checkerboard is one of Erin's favorite patterns. Graphic and versatile, it plays well with other design styles.