Monday, July 23, 2012

The Evolution of the Guest Room

When we moved into our new house, we just put things in rooms in a semi organized manner so that they were useful. We then didn't really touch the rooms until this summer since we were working on projects downstairs. After a year of our main guest room looking like this, it was finally time to give it a bit of an update.

We started out by painting the room a dark blue color which is Olympic Premium Latex paint in Sailor's Coat.

We also painted the base trim so that it matched the rest of the trim. We got some new bedding from Target and a accent rug from Home Goods. We originally started with the bend in this position, and then moved it next to the lower windows in the corner but neither really felt right.

I made some new curtains and once I hung those, it was clear that the right place for the bed was in front of the windows. A switch out of the lamps, new shams from Pottery Barn and the addition of our made-over rocking chair finished off the space.

Nate used to work in the summer's at the state fair selling sheepskins and so we have this amazingly soft sheepskin that I put down next to the bed so your feet get a treat when you get up.

The art on the left is a picture I took in Brussels from a trip Nate and I took a few years ago and the art on the right is an architectural drawing of the leaning tower of Pisa that we bought while in Pisa. Both pieces still need proper mats. I also want to add a headboard in the future and get more size appropriate side tables.

On the other side of the room is my sewing area. I have all my fabric and thread and everything in the drawers and I had Nate put an outlet in right on top so I can plug my sewing machine right in. Since our "side tables" are stools I can pull one up and use it while I'm sewing.

Above the sewing machine is some gorgeous paper that Nate got me when he was in Switzerland that I framed.

I also added some fun books and a mirror that I grabbed off our mantel.

I'm absolutely in love with the shams I got from Pottery Barn. They were a bit of a splurge but they are so fun and pull all the colors of the room together.

I also love the ikat rug from Home Goods. If you haven't checked out their rug section, you really should. You can get some pretty awesome rugs for really reasonable prices.

If you haven't noticed our side tables yet, they are actually bar stools. My dad got these from the Maine Prison years ago (they had a wood shop so these are hand made) and they are due for their own little makeover.

Last but not least is our made-over rocker. It gives a nice place to sit and read or to throw your clothes on.

I now adore this room! It is my favorite space in the house and makes me want to get my butt in gear and make our room as nice!

I'll be back throughout the week to show you more of the details of the little projects we worked on in this room but until then, I'll leave you with a before and after.


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  1. Such a great room makeover! I love all of the yellow fabrics. Such a cheery room for your guests.

  2. love the navy accent wall, and did you say those stools were from a prison! wowzers, that's neat!

  3. Love the colors! I've thought about getting that PB patterned bedding many times. Love how bright & fresh it is!

  4. This is such a gorgeous makeover! I love that you were able to incorporate that gorgeous blue wall color, but the room still looks fresh, light and airy!

  5. Beautiful! I especially love the yellow accents (I'd love to add a touch of yellow to my own bedroom, it's such as bright, cheery colour!).

  6. Fabulous makeover. LOVE your color choices. That deep blue and the yellow are perfect together. And I've had my eye on those Pottery Barn shams for a while. You're making me think I should just go for it.

  7. Fabulous makeover, gorgeous colors and such fun touches. Visiting from TT&J

  8. What a beautiful room! I love the yellow and navy combo. And the floral pillow cases - cute!! Are those from Target? I like your blog. I'm off to check it out.

    ~ Catie

    Oh one little suggestion, you should make your pictures bigger. =)

    1. The floral pillow cases are actually from Pottery Barn. Thanks for stopping by

  9. What a beautiful space! I love all the colors and your rug. :) Megan

  10. This is such a fabulous makeover. Although I don't ever use it, yellow is such a beautiful, happy color and I love it paired with that dark blue with white accents. And the idea of framing paper - genius! You did a fantastic job. :-)

  11. I really like all the changes! Yellow makes me happy!

  12. Nice Job! I am loving the yellow too! and the cutains!!
    LOVE that rug! how long ago did you find it if you don't mind me asking?
    Dropping by Serenity Now

  13. great job! the color combo is comfy and inviting

  14. I swear it doesn't look like the same room! I really like how you place the bedroom under the window, really opens the room up! Love stools as side tables, very creative. I wonder if how many prisoners sat on them, OK my mind just wondered! You really is quite pretty and you did a great job transforming her. My fingers are crossed you'll share with Sunday's Best tonight - too darn pretty not too!

  15. Great job!! Your guests are certainly going to feel welcomed when they visit. Swinging over from Sunday Show Off!! HHL

  16. Love this room, The color choice is fantastic and the stool as a night stand is so unique

  17. WOW love it / love the colors! :) it does not even look like the same room! :)

  18. great job on the guest room & nice bold colors!

  19. cassandra-love the colors of your guest room... they are so bright an cheery!

    the side tables are perfect as they are.

    great job girl!