Today, I’m here to share our freshly decorated guest room with you! This room was simple to decorate and to the point. It’s a medium size bedroom—large enough to comfortably fit a king-size bed (side note: king-size guest beds are the ULTIMATE … do you agree?), bedside tables, and an 8×10 rug, but not large enough for any kind of dresser or other furniture. The room does have a nice sized walk-in closet where I was able to add a luggage rack, some snacks for our guests and essentials like extra towels and the Wi-Fi password.
Here’s the before + after:
When we first toured this home, this room was furnished with a bed and nightstands—not so different from how it is now. We loved that the guest bedroom is the only bedroom on the first floor. The room is situated in a really cool way because you can walk right out to our pool area (now protected by a safety fence). The guest bathroom also has an outdoor access which doubles as our pool bathroom during the summer months. Truly, it was the perfect guest room and I couldn’t wait to decorate it and host guests. After Covid, we plan to make up for lost time and host, host, host.
One thing we noticed that struck us as strange when we first viewed the home was that there were no curtains on these giant glass doors. And in fact, there were no curtains in any bedrooms. So I immediately set out to find some curtains that were stylish but also could fully blackout a room for quality sleep. More on that below.
OK, so step one—curtains! I chose my tried and true curtain rods. They are beautiful, simple and high quality. They are also really affordable. This was the first time I used these velvet blackout curtains. I was nervous because sometimes velvet curtains can look cheap, but these look really nice. Since my window is really a large sliding door, I ended up doubling up the curtains with two on each side. I recommend this to get even blackout coverage and fewer gaps on windows, specifically in bedrooms.
Let’s talk wallpaper! I chose the Sierra print wallpaper from Kate Zaremba. She’s an incredible designer and has so many beautiful patterns in her shop. It wasn’t easy to choose the pattern, but I absolutely love how it came out! Her wallpaper is great quality, and because we used a test sample, we were able to see how easy it was to remove (in case anyone wants that option) and it removes like a dream! And, she’s offering a 20% discount to our readers—use the code THXABM20.
I feel like the wallpaper truly makes the room!!! Collin installed it and he said that it’s even easier to install than peel and stick, so if you have done peel and stick successfully in the past don’t be intimidated by this product.
The print is from Society6. I thought it would be fun to tie the pool theme in with the print and the sun hats.
I used a collection of sun hats in place of art and I really love the function and beauty it brings to the space.
I bought the lamps from West Elm. I really liked the shape, but not so much the blue, so we spray painted them. For the nightstands, I chose this set. They are really pretty and simple. I feel like we should hide fun presents in the night stand next time we have guests … like, you know how at hotels they always have The Book Of Mormon. Like that but not.
I’m really happy with the combination of all the different elements. Here’s a link to our cute little bedside carafes. They have a glass on top that acts as a lid. One of my friends had this when we stayed at their house once and I loved it so much I had to have them for our guests. I really love thoughtful little gestures like that. In our guest bathroom there are always extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, and thinks like that. And we still do the basket of treats after ALL these years. It’s a really fun tradition. If you’re an old school reader you know, but if not, look here to see the post that started the tradition.
OK! I think that is it for now! I am excited to continue evolving this room for years to come. There are two future changes that I am considering. One is adding wallpaper to (or painting) the ceiling. The other is replacing the fan with a chandelier. I am not 100% sure on either one. Later on this year, we are planning to remodel that guest bathroom and it is going to be EPIC and veryyyy 1970s. I will be sure to share more photos of the bedroom at that point too. It’s important to me that the rooms make a good set since, well, they are a set!
Before I go, here’s a full list of sources!!!!
Thank you so much for supporting me and cheering me on as we renovate this year. I appreciate you all! xx Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Kelly. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
Original source: https://abeautifulmess.com/elsies-guest-room-tour/