Guest Blog Post: A Murphy Bed Makeover Story | ArtThatFits Blog

I’m so excited to welcome back one of my very favorite guest bloggers, Meg Lange, Mktg. Support manager at our parent company, Larson-Juhl, to the Art That Fits blog! You may remember Meg from some of her other guest blog posts, such as Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month and her post on The Art of Wedding Gift Giving. Today, Meg shares her story of her guest bedroom Murphy bed makeover plans & after she shares her ideas, I’m sure you’ll want to be her next house guest as much as I do, ha!

Take it away Meg…


Meg Lange

I live in the perfect single girl apartment – loads of charm, cozy, hip neighborhood, light and airy, two closets and conveniently located next to an architectural firm full of young, smart, single men.  The best part?  This just right-sized apartment also includes a guest bedroom that folds up – I have a Murphy bed in my living room!

By day, it looks like a set of cabinets.  By night, it is a comfortable bed for my out-of-town guests.  I love to host parties and entertain visitors, so of course I needed to make sure my “guest bedroom” makes my guests feel right at home.  I made sure to use a cute bedding set and even hung matching artwork inside.  But two years later, I’ve tired of my old look and I think my guests deserve a Murphy bed makeover.

I’ve put some different bedding and artwork combinations together and could use your advice.  Which look do you like best?


My first look is very calming, with the fluffy, light blue-grey bedding from Anthropologie’s Cirrus collection.

I would pair this with Bob Chrzanowski’s “Shoreline 3” painting.  A large scale canvas, framed in a minimalist float profile, would make a statement.  And the statement is: Ahhhh…

Mellow Yellow

For my second look, I went with more of a graphic pattern.  This West Elm bedding, Carved Circles, has a modern, graphic style but the soft golden yellow is classic and sophisticated.

To balance the modern pattern of the bedding, I would choose Frank Gonzales’ “Warbler A” piece.  The fluid brushstrokes and nod to nature would give this room a contemporary, eclectic look.


I was inspired by the colors in this Serena and Lily bedding, Annabel.  I love that pink-orange-red color… what do you call that?  It reminds me of Pantone’s color of the year, Honeysuckle.  Very hot this season!

I found this modern, bright piece by Soraya Chemaly, “Pop Magnolia Red,” that picks up that great color from the bedding.  For a creative twist, I would frame the same image three times in a small size, maybe 10” x 10”.  Then I would rotate the image so that each of them looks just slightly different.  It would look very hip over this pretty duvet.

So those are my top options, budget withstanding, for my Murphy bed make-over.  I need your help!  Please vote for your favorite – Spahhh, Mellow Yellow or Honeysucculent?!?

Humm… I love them all – don’t know if I can pick just one favorite icon_smile-1256099 I’m currently leaning toward the last one, only because it’s fresh, colorful & I’m yearning for spring!

Thanks a million Meg for sharing your Murphy bed makeover plans with us; we can’t wait for the *big* reveal!

And many thanks for reading along – don’t forget to share your favorite makeover option in the comments below…


Arlynn (78)

Filed under: Arrangements, Design, Interiors, Trends on February 22nd, 2011