Have you ever stayed in a bed and breakfast or hotel room that felt so cozy and comfortable you left feeling more rested and rejuvenated than when you arrived? We have recently been shifting my kiddos bedrooms around so that all three would be upstairs together. This left me with a clean slate to create the downstairs guest suite redo I’ve wanted to offer our overnight guests since we moved into our home 2 1/2 years ago. In this first post about our guest suite makeover I will share the beginning steps of creating a tranquil, brighter environment your guests will all rave about.
There is something very special about staying in a place that welcomes rest. I want the friends and loved ones who stay in our home to feel like they have been warmly welcomed and have retreated from the business of everyday life. As all things do, creating a space like this takes time. I am not expecting overnight guests anytime soon so that gives me some freedom to budget and select all of the details as I come across good sales, which happens to be my favorite way to shop!
Updating a new space does not have to break the bank. In fact, when done so over time you can save money and still benefit from a fresh new look. When I do this, I usually find I have more money leftover at the end of a project which might allow me to splurge a bit on something fun like accent pillows, lighting, or accessories. It may also leave extra cushion to update other areas of the home as well. Some of my favorite places to shop for bedding and accessories are Homegoods, At Home Store, Tuesday Morning, Steinmart, and TJ Max.
The first thing I did to brighten up the look of this space for our guest room redo was paint it a lighter color. I have been slowly changing all the paint color in our home to a warm-toned grey by Sherwin Williams called Urban Putty. I absolutely love this color for our home. It allows me to blend the warm and cooler wood tones together and serves as a nice backdrop for any metals I decide to accent with.
The next thing I searched for was artwork to go on this narrow wall that greets our guests when they enter. I knew I wanted a botanical print, and love these two I found half price at Hobby Lobby. The wooden bench and suitcase were vintage finds. I used my favorite chalk paint by Southern Honey Texas in the color Otis to paint the bench a beautiful grey.
Eventually I will add some white sheer panels to this narrow window as well as the larger window on the adjacent wall. But for now, the wood shutters will stand alone for a simple statement in the room.
The next thing I looked for to brighten up this space was fresh, new bedding. I’ve had this queen size, grey tufted headboard from Walmart for several years and I wanted to update things a bit with bedding and accessories. The darker, more rustic. round wall art and mirrors helps add some interest and contrast to this bright space. I found the Mirrors at one of my favorite home decor stores, At Home Store. And the round wooden wall art is from Target. I love mixing styles together and blending unexpected pieces. In my opinion, the key to doing that is to repeat the finish in other parts of the room to balance the tones.
Linens and Pillows are my favorite way to quickly and inexpensively update a room. If you start with a neutral base, you can always add color and change out patterns with accent pillows or throws. I found all of my pillows and bedding for this space at Homegoods.
I decided white would be the main color and layered it with a textured grey coverlet and coordinating linen Euro Shams to pull the look together. The room is fairly small so adding white to such a large component of the room helps the space look much brighter and larger. The sheers I will add to the windows later on will give the same brightening affect.
Originally I was going to use teak bar carts as side tables in this room, but couldn’t find just the right size and shape for the space on either side of the bed. I was determined to find side tables that brightened up the room without adding too much bulk. As I was browsing Hobby Lobby I came across these beautiful white-washed tables and fell in love with them even more when I realized just how inexpensive they were! Yay for great deals, right?! They fit perfectly in the space between the wall and bed, too. Lamps from Homegoods finished off the simple look I wanted for the side tables.
Once I got the basics of the room complete, I couldn’t wait to style and personalize with accessories. This herringbone throw from Serena and Lily is their Brahms Mount Throw and I cannot get over how gorgeous it is in this space.
If you know me very well, you know that I am a sucker for all things tone on tone that add just a little bit of texture. This throw added just that. It was hand woven on an antique shuttle loom in Maine and is made from the softest fibers you’ve ever snuggled under. I ordered the Dove Grey color for our guest suite but there are 7 gorgeous colors to choose from. You can find one HERE.
The last thing I knew I wanted for this phase of our guest suite makeover was a bed tray. While I was in Waco several weeks ago with some sweet friends I found this bread board for an amazing deal because it had a crack in it.
The split in the wood only adds character to the piece and I love that it pulls in the wood from my botanical prints and woven basket trunk at the foot of the bed.
The last thing I added was this unique wood and glass vase from At Home Stores and some green branches from one of the trees in our courtyard. The greenery adds that pop of color that I can change out later if I want and also ties the green in from the botanical prints.
I cannot wait to share more of this space as I work on it. I’d like to find a rug, lighting, a sideboard for a coffee bar, and add a few extra special details that will make our guests feel pampered. Stay tuned for part two of our guest suite redo.
And as always, thank you for taking the time to read along. My hope is to inspire, lend a helpful hand in your home decor decisions, and bring glory to God in all that I do.
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