This Couple Turned an Empty Bedroom Into a Special Guest Room


A inventive couple’s Montgomery County home invites good friends to remain the evening.

A Montgomery County couples’s inviting guest bedroom. / Photograph by Rebecca McAlpin

At the start out of the pandemic, large get-togethers gave way to extra personal gatherings. Jenkintown people Dennis St. Germain and his partner, Brian Balthazar, took the opportunity to at last transform an vacant room into a visitor bedroom.

“Our brain-established at the time was that massive cocktail functions where everybody comes for a handful of several hours would be changed by lower-key, personal visits with buddies who remain for a pair of times,” Balthazar, who runs his individual output corporation, Balthazar Leisure, suggests. “For us, that intended ’the return of the guest room’ for guests.”

But he did not want just any guest bed room. Balthazar wished one thing “a minimal untraditional and visually memorable. One particular that visitors would look forward to retiring to.” So typically, he says, “Guest bedrooms are the result of the one particular place that has sufficient area to accommodate a mattress, but minor added assumed goes into it.”

So Balthazar and St. Germain, a designer, place their heads with each other and got to get the job done, looking for effortlessly offered, ­budget-friendly finds. Balthazar strongly recommends shopping for flooring samples. For instance, the bed headboard and frame were a flooring sample at Arhaus in King of Prussia — acquired for $800, as opposed to the $2,999 listing selling price. “When a store is switching their merchandise, they are additional than all set to get rid of the previous stuff and generally open up to negotiate,” he suggests.

A Montgomery County couples’s visitor bedroom makeover. / Photograph by Rebecca McAlpin

The wallpaper, Nude Roses, discovered at, is an oversize contemporary choose on a vintage rose print, but a lot more muted and present-day. Balthazar set up it on the again wall to make a statement, and company normally remark on it.

The sloped ceilings and roofline of the third-flooring house posed a challenge. Balthazar didn’t want tipsy dinner guests to be bonking their heads prior to rest. So he and St. Germain discovered artistic techniques to protect against that. There is a hanging chair from Wayfair in a person corner, as well as a collection of chook mobiles by Flensted Mobiles that resemble an art set up. “They appear like they are traveling when the fan is on!” Balthazar says.

Printed as “Room to Grow” in the December 2021 situation of Philadelphia magazine.