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.
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.
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.
Here’s the original plan for the room:
And here’s the concept brought to life!
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.
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.
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.
The tray top is generously sized and perfect for holding everything our guests might want, like bottled water and magazines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!