Having dismantled the guest bedroom in the basement for a pandemic-era home gym, Michelle Freibaum created a more appealing place to put up friends and family: under the eaves of her Newton Colonial. A serial reuser and crafter, the Embellish Design principal chose a favorite color palette — pink, yellow, and black — then gathered items she had previously cast aside. The new aerie is adored by all, especially her 10-year-old daughter. “She and her girlfriends love having sleepovers up there,” the designer says. “I make a big deal out of it so it feels special.”
1 Before she relocated the nightstands from the basement guest room, Freibaum painted the drawer fronts black. After searching far and wide for 1980s-style lamps, she found these online.
2 Freibaum painted the walls, eaves, and brick chimney Benjamin Moore Tippy Toes, a dreamy shade of light pink. She used a darker shade of pink, Benjamin Moore Tara, for the trim.
3 The headboard, upholstered in mustard-colored velvet, is a hand-me-down from the designer’s in-laws. “The headboard draws the eye back and then up, making the room feel spacious,” Freibaum says.