A Guest Ready Guest Room

So the funny thing about buying a 4 bedroom house when there are just two of you is that you have a lot of empty rooms. For the first year of our home ownership we barely touched any of the rooms except the office and then our bedroom.

As I mentioned once or twice, some dear friends moved away this summer. SO sad. But the good news is they still will come back to visit.  And sometimes when they do they’ll stay with us! In fact they are coming this weekend.  With that in mind Andy and I decided to spend some of August getting the guest room guest ready.

Last year we painted the room perfect greige. Other than that we didn’t do much. When Andy built our new bed frame we moved  our sleigh bed into the guest room.

I tried to think it was okay.  But it wasn’t. It was too big and bulky. So I maybe whined a lot and finally convinced Andy it had to go. Maybe.

We ordered a new bed frame and that got things started. A mirror, some curtain rods, new linens and pillows later, we had this:

new guest bedroomWhile Andy and I both really like color we decided we wanted the guest bedroom to be soothing. Lots of neutrals and just create interest with patterns and textures. I am really happy with how it came together.

This TJMaxx mirror is amazing. When we first hung it a few weeks ago I would stop and peek at it every time I walked by the guest room.

guest bedroom curtainThe bedframe is an inexpensive one from overstock.com. It has a tweed texture to the chocolate brown fabric. i really like it although I don’t think it’s quite sturdy enough for a master bedroom. The comforter and patterned shams are from Target, the color is a taupe. The rosette pillow is from HomeGoods and is soft like butter. The quilted gray one is from Target I think.

ikea curtains guestroom

Keeping with the “neutral” theme I wanted to do simple white curtains. I had heard great things about IKEA’s and I picked up a two pack for $10! I la-la-love how they pool on the floor.

Andy and I had some extra 16×20 frames from a big order we did a year ago. We decided to print one picture – hard to see because of the glare but it’s a farm/windmill scene and essentially put it in three frames. It’s cool and something i could see working really well with different looks.


Side tables. Ugh. I love side tables but I never seem to find the right one when I’m actually looking. Finally I got this one from Target. Honestly it was not exactly what i was hoping for [I was feeling something more industrial, with open shelves] but it works. I was surprised how neutral the red is in this room.

guest side table

I couldn’t find a lamp I liked so I moved one from our behind the couch shelf. I also added a pretty candle from Anthropologie and a soap dish I thought would be nice to use to hold the matches for the candle and rings, earrings, anything a guest might want to corral. I’m working on loading up the drawers with useful things. So far I have body lotion. Ha. What do you recommend putting in a guest room night stand?

Finally. The piece de resistance of this guest room. The chandelier.

glamorous guest room chandelier

Guys I love it so much. It is glamorous. We ordered it on, duh, overstock.com. For realz team. We love that site. Fast, free shipping. Lots of reviews so we can go with mass opinion. I can’t think of one thing we ordered from there that wasn’t better than we expected it to be. And this chandie topped them all.guest room light fixture

It has been so cloudy and the guest room is already kind of dark so getting a good picture was hard. Here is a picture from the web site.

Andy Everding thought you'd like this item!

It gives off a ton of light and adds that perfect layer of “you are someone really special” to the guest room. I am so happy we pulled the trigger to get it.

Let’s just all hold hands for a second and gaze at this grainy photo of the chandelier.

guest bedroom glam chandelier



7 thoughts on “A Guest Ready Guest Room

  1. carolyn says:

    i read somewhere once that leaving filled water carafe with empty glasses is a nice touch when guests come to stay. it’s thoughtful and super simple, and there are a bunch of adorable options out on the internets.

    ps- i love reading these!

    • BecccaDing says:

      what a great idea! I am always so dehydrated too when I get in from a trip. We have a dresser in the closet in that room so I could easily clear off the top and set out some water and chocolates, mints, etc.

  2. Linnea says:

    This room is fantastic! I love the neutral color scheme, so nice and calming.

    I like the water idea, that’s a good one. I think there is an episode of Friends where Monica talks about creating a beautiful guest room, and stocking it with beautiful cards so her guests can write her notes about how great the room was. Perhaps you should do that…. 😉

  3. Rach says:

    I love love love this room! Bliss has a cute little zippy of toiletries. I’m not sure how much it is but it’d be a nice touch. Ha. I’m so jealous of your chandelier.

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