This Adorable Charleston Guesthouse Was Once a Garage

The forecast for this Charleston, SC, guesthouse is 365 days of summer, thanks to one interior designer’s beachy decorating tricks. Take a look inside this space that was once used to house cars.

When her husband landed a four-year job developing a resort in the Caribbean, Allison Elebash led the design of the property’s interiors. She returned home to Charleston with a sunny outlook on decorating, which she brought to life in her guesthouse, a former garage.

Inside the home, colors reference seasonal hallmarks: lemonade yellow, swimming pool aqua, and the warm ivory of homemade vanilla ice cream. The color combination makes the garage-turned-guesthouse adorable and fun. Here are her tips for creating a space that always feels like summer.

The custom blue exterior paint color captures the sun-bleached sky, and the minimal window treatments let in maximum light and views. You can see where the garage previously was and is now utilized for an inventive guest space.

Natural woven materials never fail to make a room feel summery. Swap heavy drapes for woven seagrass and choose rugs in sisal or jute. Vintage maple side tables match warm wood floors to ground the light and bright living room.

The acrylic barstools, coffee table, and bar cart make the space feel fully furnished but not overdone. “This furniture is indestructible and easy to clean. Everything about it adds to that unfussy ease,” Allison says. A butcher-block countertop in the kitchen adds a warm contrast to the light yellow walls and white cabinetry.

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By using light colors and a light hand when decorating, the space feels airy and sunny. This tablecloth gives that exact feel while functioning as a curtain to hide items until needed.

Off-white walls and a simple white bedspread clear the way for repeating doses of lilac and gold pulled from the painting. The aqua lamps and bench tie the upstairs bedroom to the rest of the guesthouse and energize the soft palette. Leggy furniture makes this room feel bigger and more casual.

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