I am a homebody. I like to sleep in my bed. I like to sit on my couch and I like to drive my own car. Hotel rooms freak me out. I have hotel socks, mattress covers, sheets, comforters. By that, I mean that I have socks that I only use in hotel rooms. I have a queen and a king size mattress cover that are only for hotel rooms. I have sheets and blankets designated for trips. I don’t know how to explain it but unless there is a lot of white going on in a hotel room, I will have a hard time sleeping. And so, when it was time to put our guest bedroom together, I knew that white bedding in a light and airy space was a must. It’s time for our guest bedroom reveal!
Before we get going, let’s see a before picture of this room. It was very purple! Not much was done in here except for cosmetics. The half bath in here, on the other hand, got a total makeover but that’s for another post.
Here is the after:
The guest bedroom is small and so the biggest challenge is to make it cozy without leaving people feeling too cramped. That defeats the purpose of making your guest feel welcomed. I thought about putting a full size bed in there to buy us a few square inches but decided against that as a queen is more comfortable and I care about my guest getting a good night sleep. I just had to make sure that each subsequent piece of furniture was small.
I love old sewing machines-turned-side tables. Can you believe those things? They are amazing! They are so cheap but look so good. I got this one at a thrift store and knew it was going in this room.
The little basket underneath is from home goods. It was one of the first gifts that husbs got for me before we were married. He purchased it a few years ago and I thought it would fit perfectly underneath the sewing table so that guests could have somewhere to put their dirty laundry.
The little gold mirror as well as the gold frame opposite from it are from a yard sale. I love the pop of gold that they add to the grey walls. I think that we should take more risks with gold in our decor. It’s so pretty and classic. A lot of times, we stay away from gold because it can be gaudy, but I’m telling you, the right amount of gold in a room can take it from looking like you tried to do it yourself to drool-worthy
The other side of the bed has this cute little white and gold nightstand. I could not decide on whether or not I wanted to do another sewing machine table but since I already had this one and the guest bedroom is not big enough to be able to stand far enough away from the foot of the bed to be able to see both nightstands, I did not think that it mattered much. Don’t you just love that little bicycle basket? I do! It’s my “in case you forgot” basket. Everything from shampoo to toothbrush to a little snack is found in there.
I move it sporadically between the nightstands and the comforter which is at the foot of the bed when guests come. It all depends on my mood. By the way, I made that duvet cover for the comforter from 2 white sheets.
At the foot of the bed, I had another bench until I bought this awesome little rush bench at a thrift store. I think it works so well in there.
I liked it because the dresser, the sewing machine end table, the chair, and the cheval mirror are all dark wood which I think is lovely in there but I wanted to make sure that I maintained a good balance with the white and I thought that the little rush bench was the perfect color and style to help maintain that balance
There used to be a yellow throw pillow and a blue throw pillow on the bed but I changed that last week by making this personalized throw pillow.
The stunning little dresser with the built-in desk is from a yard sale.
On top of the dresser, I have this gorgeous vase with the hydrangeas that I dried in late summer. Hydrangeas are not hard to dry. A little patience and you’ll be able to take a little bit of summer with you all winter. They have held up so well.
I have a client who is so kind. She’s always passing along some goodies that she has no need of. This 40 year old dried flower wreath is one of them. It’s fragile but not so fragile that it cannot be handled and I love it.
My sister-in-law gave me this mirror. She has little kids and this mirror was proving to be more of a swing for them then a looking glass for her and so she passed it along to me.It’s not always been in the guest bedroom but it works. The door in the picture opens to the guest bathroom.
This little shelf is so cute. It used to have an oak finish but I did some dry brush strokes on it and love the finish. It houses some little treasures that help to add detail to the room.
Because part of the fun of what I do is to change things up in my house, no room is ever complete but they do reach points of satisfaction and I say that the guest bedroom is at that point for me. But, does it matter what your guest room looks like? Read that post and I’ll answer that question for you?
Thank you for looking. This post was long and so if you were brave enough to make it far enough to read this, you are such a gem. I hope you had a good experience and feel like you were taking a personal tour of my guest bedroom. If you like what you saw or have any question, please let me know in the comment box below. Also, subscribe to the blog to stay in touch with what is going on around here. And Remember “You are always welcome here.” See you next time.
Here’s what’s in the guest bedroom
Bed: Already owned
Throw pillow: DIY for maybe $3
Duvet cover: $10
Foot bench: $12 (goodwill)
Dresser with Built in desk: $15 (yard sale)
Cotton Sheets: $30 from Ross
Gray and white shams: $10 from (TJ maxx)
White cotton pillow cases: $6 (Ross)
Comforter: $10 (brand new in package at yard sale)
Bed Skirt: $5 (new from nice consignment shop)
Quilt: Wedding present
Lamp: $3 (goodwill)
Lampshade: $2 (goodwill)
Small mirror and frame: $5 (yard sale)
White nightstand: gift
Bicycle basket: gift
Sewing machine nightstand: $5 (thrift store)
bottles: yard sale: $.50 (goodwill)
Basket: $10 (homegoods)
Cheval Mirror: free
Curtains: Already had from Ikea
Chair: already owned
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