Our house has four bedrooms (!!), and since we don't have any little mini-Sodens running around yet, two of the rooms currently remain untouched (and by "untouched" I mean that they're both being used for storage and are definitely not anything to gawk at. Pretty sure I should have caution tape blocking off the doorways). But the remaining room on our lower level has been designated as our Guest Room.
Here's what the space looked like before:
Please excuse the green tape in the lower picture. I didn't think to take any "before" shots until we had already started prepping to paint. Whoops.
The original set-up in this room wasn't horrible, but I wasn't a fan of the bright blue paint. I really wanted this room to be a relaxing spot where our friends and family would wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day (look at me, sounding like I'm designing a room in a spa or something. But really....who doesn't want that when you're staying somewhere?!).
My idea for the room all stemmed from a canvas print I saw at Hobby Lobby. It had these birch trees on it with gold foil detailing....and I fell in love. (Anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that I have a slightly huge obsession with anything involving trees.) It took me over three months before I finally got the guts to go buy it, and as soon as I brought it home everything fell into place.
I knew I wanted to keep the walls neutral and decided to use a gray quilt that would be used on the bed as a guide. To make sure that the quilt would perfectly match the wall color I actually hauled the whole blanket out to my local Home Depot and had them color-match it. You heard that right: if you want your paint to match a specific swatch of fabric or art piece, you can take it in and they zap it with this handy laser that will match it a hue of their paint brand. Genius! (Color: Behr "Still gray")
Since the blue paint only covered the bottom half of the wall on one side of the room, I was able to get the whole job done in one afternoon. Here is the end result:
|I can't understand how my camera thinks that these chevron pillows are purple,|
but they're actually gray. GRAY.
What do you think of that sunburst mirror? It looks super-fancy and store-bought, right? WELL IT'S NOT. I made myself it using a cheap mirror from Hobby Lobby and a bunch of wooden skewers! If you're wondering how to make one yourself, don't fret- I'll be sharing the DIY in a future post.
|I made this- and you can too! (Though hopefully you don't burn yourself|
with your glue gun a thousand times like I did...)
And here are a few other close-ups:
There a are a few other changes I'm still planning on making to this room, like....
-Replacing the wall-mounted track lights
-Adding a few bed side tables
-Putting some kind of cozy chair in the corner
-Painting the baseboards white
Even though there's more to do I think I've gotten this room off to a pretty good start. It's our own little oasis for our out-of-town guests!
And for those that are wondering, here's the source list of where most of the items featured are from:
-Tree canvas print, silver lamp, plant, and twig votives: Hobby Lobby
-Gray floating shelves and chevron pillows: Target
-Feather print and gray serving tray: TJ Maxx
-Gold square picture frame: PaperSource
-Burlap book: Kirklands
-White fuzzy pillows: Kohl's
Now onto the next room....