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.
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:
While 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.