Guest Room Reveal–One Room Challenge, Week 6

Hey, everyone! Welcome to Week 6 of the One Room Challenge™, when we’re all rewarded for our efforts with new rooms and internet fodder for days. If you haven’t had the chance to see the 20 featured designers’ rooms yet, let me be the first to encourage you to hustle over to Linda’s and revel in the design-y goodness.

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Much thanks to Linda for organizing and hosting this event, which gets me to the room makeover finish line in 6 weeks versus the usual 6-9 months. (You can see my first One Room Challenge™ here and the second one here.) For my third go-round, I decided to makeover our neglected guest room.

One Room Challenge Guest Bedroom from Pretty Practical Home

I think it’s safe to say that most guest rooms look like this, which is presentable and functional but not interesting and intentional. The sleigh bed completely overwhelmed the room and didn’t leave much space for anything else.

One Room Challenge Guest Bedroom from Pretty Practical Home

One Room Challenge Guest Bedroom from Pretty Practical Home

Here’s the original plan for the room:

One Room Challenge Guest Room from Pretty Practical Home

And here’s the concept brought to life!

Guest room with black ceiling and white ceiling medallion from Pretty Practical Home.

Black ceiling with crown moulding and Nate Berkus drapery panel.

Neutral bedding in shades of black, white and taupe with bedside sconces.

The black linen headboard is from Lamps Plus and sets the tone for a classic but contemporary vibe. My goal was to stay true to my love for the traditional but make it fresh and interesting.

Headboard focal wall covered in Audubon prints from Pretty Practical Home

The room layout didn’t allow for large tables on both sides of the bed, so sconces were used in lieu of a pair of lamps. The small round side table is good for a book or two and comes with the added bonus of guests being able to get in the closet.

Small round gold bedside table with black linen headboard and wall sconces from Pretty Practical Home

The other bedside table was created by my husband. I found a tray that I loved and asked him to make a base for it that looked like the one on this console table. He basically nailed it. (Literally and figuratively speaking.) I’ll have a tutorial available soon, promise.

Side table made from a tray and inexpensive wood made to look like metal from Pretty Practical Home.

The tray top is generously sized and perfect for holding everything our guests might want, like bottled water and magazines.

Grasscloth tray with French tulips and pearl frame from Pretty Practical Home guest room reveal.

I went with classic bedding and even managed to sew my first pillow after watching several YouTube videos, enlisting my older daughter’s help, and FaceTiming my younger sister. It takes a village, y’all.

Black linen headboard from Lamps Plus with neutral bedding from Pretty Practical Home

Neutral bedding in taupe, white and black against a black linen headboard from Lamps Plus. The pillow features Nate Berkus fabric.

The black ceiling and modern medallion add just the right amount of drama to the room and help highlight the gorgeous chandelier from Lamps Plus.

Waverly Aged Brass Chandelier from Lamps Plus paired with a white ceiling medallion against a black ceiling.

The large collection of Audubon prints was created with free downloads and affordable frames from IKEA. I used a laser level and my mathematical prowess to make sure the pictures were properly spaced and level.

A black linen headboard is flanked by two sconces while additional lighting is provided by a glamorous chandelier from Lamps Plus.

Directly across from the bed sits the newly refinished dresser. You should take a look at the before picture and note that I found several clumps of hair and other unsavory items in the drawers while prepping the piece for painting. Also please note that this is why I hate working with a budget.

Vintage dresser painted with Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black and round brass Threshold mirror.

Black painted dresser with vintage hardware from Pretty Practical Home.

The vintage hardware alone was worth the price of admission, and if you look closely you’ll notice that the design mimics the drapery fabric. Totally accidental, but ahhh, pattern repetition.

Round brass mirror from Target and gallery wall of Audubon prints from Pretty Practical Home.

I had to add a few personal-yet-not-too-personal touches to the room in the form of some photos of my late father and my grandmother’s brooches.

Glass and gold trinket box with vintage brooches from Pretty Practical Home.

Black dresser with greenery and grasscloth tray from a neutral guest room.

The reading chair is tucked into the corner by the window. The chair is chenille but looks like tweed, which brings a nice touch of masculinity to the room. I prefer to keep guest rooms gender neutral so that everyone is comfortable.

Modern wingback chair, orange pillow with Greek key trim, and plaid throw from Pretty Practical Home.

A reading corner in a guest bedroom featuring a black vintage dresser and modern wingback chair from Pretty Practical Home.

I decided to skip a bench at the foot of the bed until the custom bedskirt arrives. I’m using a patterned fabric and want to see all of the bedding together before I make a decision. In the meantime we have a folding luggage rack, so problem solved.

Black ceiling with wall of Audubon prints and linen nailhead headboard from Pretty Practical Home

It’s safe to say the entire family loves the room. Paige was all set to pack her bags and said she liked the guest room better than her room. Ummm, seriously?

Gallery wall of Audubon prints with a black linen headboard and white bedding.

Thanks so much for cheering me on through another One Room Challenge™! I had a blast (as usual) and look forward to Linda hosting again in the fall. I’d also like to thank Lamps Plus for partnering with me on this makeover. I couldn’t have completed the room on time and under budget without their generosity and gorgeous products.

Don’t forget that there are over two-hundred other makeovers for you to enjoy over at Calling It Home! Grab a pot of coffee and tell your family/friends/work/whatever that they’ll have to make due without you for the next few hours days. I’ll have a sources post ready on Friday, and some are already on my Pinterest board for you impatient folks. I appreciate you stopping by and hope you have a great day! 

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  2. Sharon!
    I love watching your sense of design evolve and your home is looking from something straight out of the pages of a magazine. Absolutely incredible work, friend!

    Much Love,
    Erica- Designing Vibes

    1. Thank you, Erica! I’m having so much fun decorating it but I’m running out of rooms. 🙁 At least the rooms I have left are big projects–our bedroom, living room, and dining room. Thanks so much for dropping by, sweet lady!

    1. Thanks! I like having fun and being adventurous in rooms that don’t see a ton of action. It’s a good testing ground to see if I’d be comfortable trying something similar in a larger, more frequently used space.

    1. Not to be an enabler, but that fabric comes in green and blue–totally your style. Yes, I need to work on the master bedroom. But first I’m taking a little break. 🙂

  3. That ceiling is simply lovely!!! It really provides a dramatic accent to the rest of the room that is amazing. Love your gallery wall as well. Great job!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Tammy. I was kind of chicken about the ceiling because I wasn’t sure I’d like it for my own home, but I really love it. I appreciate you stopping by the blog!

  4. This is such an amazing transformation! I cannot decide which part is my favorite! That gallery wall though! Gives me heart eyes! So glad I participated in the One Room Challenge this time! SO much work but so worth it and I get to see everyone else’s transformations!

    1. Thanks, Sara! I love seeing all the other transformations, too. It’s hard during the challenge to keep up with everyone so it’s nice to have some down time to go through and see all of the projects. Once you join in, it’s hard to quit–the ORC is addictive!

    1. Hey, Maggie! Yes, the gallery wall was a chore, but the laser level made it much easier. I wouldn’t install that many prints without one. 🙂

  5. Love the ceiling color and medallion! The gallery is amazing! I could go on forever about all the things I love about this room! You really nailed it’s!

    1. Thank you, Robin! The black ceiling is my favorite part. 🙂 It’s fun to have rooms where I can experiment and try out stuff I’m not sure I’d want to live with 24/7. I go in there and get my fix!

    1. Thank you, Sarah! I’m of the “less is more” camp when it comes to styling. I don’t keep anything in the house that we don’t use, so it’s hard for me to properly style a space up to blogger standards. Plus, I’m cheap. 😉

  6. The gallery wall is amazing. The look is so professional. I like something that looks so expensive and isn’t! I really like the color scheme – all the black and white and grey. You have a nice mix of silver and gold tones that all go together really well. I really love traditional, too. Your old photos of your dad are a very nice personal touch. Looks like the table tray and the tray on your dresser match. I really like how they’re across the room from each other. They really seem to keep the eyes moving. You have a very classy and elegant guest room. You mentioned that Paige wanted to move into the guest room. We’ve actually been sleeping in our guest room for about a week. I’m not sure if we’ll move in there or not! Thanks so much for taking time to comment on my blog. You’ve been really busy keeping up with all the comments on your own blog!

    1. Hi, Lucille. I have champagne taste and a craft beer budget. I can spend a little bit of money, but not go too crazy, so I make an effort to find ways to get the look I want as economically as possible. I was happy to stop by your blog. 🙂 Meeting new bloggers is my favorite part about blogging!

    1. Thank you, Iris! I’m so happy to have done another ORC with you–doesn’t it feel like you did your office and I did my laundry room a million blog years ago? 🙂

    1. Hi, Debra! Thanks for taking the time to comment about the guest room. I’m always happy when people have a strong response to the rooms I create, even if they don’t particularly like it. I think design should elicit emotion in people and the worst response would be someone saying it’s ok but boring. I appreciate you stopping by.

    1. Thanks, Sara! The room definitely looks bigger without the giant sleigh bed in there–that thing was like its own island! 🙂

    1. Thank you! Happy to be done and take a few days to see what everyone else accomplished. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. This is such a great transformation! I doubt I would have ever been able to get those frames so straight. So impressive. I am a North Dallas burbs blogger too! A mid-century girl living in a traditional home. 🙂

    1. Hi, Laurie. Always nice to meet another North Texan. 🙂 The laser level made the task of getting everything straight fairly painless. The other saving grace was this particular IKEA frame has a fixed hanging bracket on the back. No need to attach the clips and hope they don’t slide. The homes in Dallas (at least in the suburbs) are tough to deal with. I don’t know why the builders do half the stuff they do around here, but maybe this is what people like?? Dreaming of the day of a custom build. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. It is absolutely gorgeous and so graphic! I love it and want to come stay in it! LOL The dresser looks fabulous and you can tell it,”I knew you when”. It always feels good to talk to inanimate objects. Unlike children and spouses they never talk back.
    PS It was so good to see you! Wasn’t lunch delish?

    1. It was great to see you, too! Lunch was wonderful–I need Carol to cook for me everyday. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words about the guest room–hoping someone will get to enjoy it soon!

    1. Thank you, ladies! My favorite part of the process is seeing the plan finally happen in real life. Can’t wait to pop over to see Jen’s closet!

  9. It’s beautiful. I love how you wrapped the prints around to the side wall instead of just having them on the wall behind the bed. I don’t think that would have occurred to me and it looks fantastic. The dresser turned out great and I think it is way nicer than anything you could have bought new for a reasonable price.

    1. Thanks, Tonia. Yes, I agree about the dresser and I did search for a new piece but nothing was the right size. Dressers have gotten so bulky over the years and I didn’t want to cut off the view of the chair. You would’ve thought of bringing the prints around if you saw the huge expanse of blank space on that side of the room. I couldn’t do any art which just left a large mirror as an option. Also a no. Come out to Dallas soon!

  10. Wow! You really outdid your self, Sharon! It is the perfect guest room. I’m always so impressed on how you create spaces that anyone would feel comfortable in but still have drama and style. I’m so inspired!

    BRAVO! and ENCORE!!

    1. Thanks, friend! The only thing I wanted to add was a small tv, but that would mess up my pretty pictures. 😉 I like a little drama and the room was sad without some contrast. I’ll do an encore soon, but first wine and a nap!

  11. Sharon, this is STUNNING! The ceiling and the upholstered headboard are beautiful and add that wow factor! I have to say I love the dresser and glad it worked out. How cool is that DIY night stand? I agree, you don’t need matching and large night stands in guests rooms. I also love that you used accessories that from your late father and grandfather! How wonderful to have these around and view daily! BRAVO on yet another fab ORC my friend! XOXO, Sarah

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! I don’t think these ORCs would be nearly as much fun without you and some of the other lovely ladies doing it. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have my posse of sweet ladies cheering each other on! Can’t wait to leave some love on your room–getting a glass of wine and looking forward to seeing everyone’s tonight! 🙂

  12. Sharon this is my absolutely favorite room! It is so dramatic with the dark ceiling and the repetition of the bird prints. Your husband did a fantastic job building the tray table, which looks great in the room. When can I move in?

    1. You can come anytime you wish, Mary! 🙂 My door is always open to fellow bloggers. I’ll pass along your kind words to Michael about the tray table. He doesn’t give himself enough credit for the beautiful work he does.

  13. Wow!!! The room looks fantastic!! I love how it came together. I know you we’re worried about the side tables, but they look great. Love your husband’s DIY. Have some wine and relax now.

    1. Thanks, Tami! Wine sounds great right about now. My husband did a great job on the table and I’m grateful he’s always game for my requests. I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Amanda! I love black for adding a lot of drama. I’d be happy to have you as a guest–anytime you’re in Dallas, let me know! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Darlene! We don’t have a ton of folks visiting, but maybe the new guest room will act as a motivator. I’m glad you enjoy the room reveals and I appreciate you stopping by the blog! 🙂

  14. This is super gorgeous! I love the black ceiling and the bird prints- you may have just inspired my guest room makeover. 🙂 LOVE THIS!

    1. Thanks, Monica! I’ll try to find the site my friend sent me which has a huge collection of free botanicals and not just birds. I love free downloads! The black ceiling is really lovely in person and very rich looking with the crown moulding. I highly recommend!

  15. It’s even better than I imagined Sharon!!!! I love how you went all the way in flanking the bed wall with prints! So pretty!!! And may I say, I love how you achieved such a very high-end look without breaking the bank too much! Bravo! Magazine-worthy room again! Congrats and cheers!

    1. Thanks, Vel!! I love making rooms that look magazine worthy but on a budget. It’s a fun challenge, but I’d be just as happy with an unlimited budget. Probably happier.;) So glad to have done another ORC with you!

  16. Wow – another great One Room Challenge under your belt! I knew you would be hanging the prints… I just didn’t know there would be that many (I have 5 pictures to hang in our bedroom, and let’s just say it’s taken me weeks and they are still on the floor). I like every single thing your brought into the space, and that DIY tray table is AMAZINGGGGG!

    1. There were 23 total. (I think I said 24 in my Week 1 post.) The pictures sat on the floor for a long time before I had the mental energy to hang them all on Mother’s Day. Deadlines are good for me! Isn’t the table crazy good? He’s more talented than he lets on.

    1. Thanks, Betsy! Not creepy at all–I want to be a guest here, too. That room is better than my master bedroom. In fact, all the bedrooms are now better than mine. Need to get on that!

    1. Thank you so much, Tara! This was a fun project and I love how it turned out. The prints are my favorite part now that they’re hung and level. This was still a million times easier than stencilling the laundry room. 😉

  17. Ahhh, that gallery wall!! Love! That took some time and patience my friend, very impressive. (You’re my gallery wall hero) I love the sconces, vintage hardware, fabrics….I love it all! Well done as always!

    1. Thanks! It took more time to do the calculations than it did to hang the pictures. The laser level was a total lifesaver because I just marked the distances on my tape measure with a sharpie and made a pencil mark on the level line. I need to make a tutorial. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Maria! You can’t beat free art, and the Audubon prints are so beautiful that anywhere they go will be prettier. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  18. Beautiful, Sharon!! Your mathematical prowess is seriously blowing me away, that’s a lot of frames to hang perfectly! I love the table your husband built and the color palette! Just gorgeous!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! It took some effort, but once I figured out the distance between each print and put the laser level up it wasn’t so bad. I don’t know if I’d want to do it again, though! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Christina! I’m a traditional girl living in a rustic farmhouse world. 😉 The gallery wall was a pain but totally worth it. I appreciate you stopping by!

  19. Sharon, this is just lovely. Your design talent is just exploding and is absolutely perfect. Those pictures…! That headboard. Divine.

  20. Beautiful! I’m getting hives just thinking about having to figure out handing all of those pictures, but you killed it! Love love love the bedside table(s) and the dresser, minus the hairy bits. Great job!!

    xo, Paige

    1. Thanks, Paige! The pictures sat on the floor forever while I worked up the mental energy to get it all figured out. Embracing imperfection in life isn’t in my skill set and I knew I’d wind up redoing it if it was off at all. Hoping the crazy will fade a little as I age more.

    1. Thanks, Erin! The hair clumps were gross, but the cut off bra tag was more than I could handle. Plus, so. much. dirt. Eww is right!

    1. Thank you, Marty! The black ceiling had me a tad worried but I just love how it turned out. Were your ears burning today? I met up with some Dallas bloggers today and Laura of Decore to Adore had nothing but lovely things to say about you when we were discussing bloggers who’ve helped us figure things out. 🙂 I didn’t realize the two of you used to be neighbors. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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