Since Day 1 (meaning since we put an offer on the house), I had a vision for how I wanted the guest room to look (thanks to Houzz.com*). We knew that we wanted a light and bright room to make it feel a bit larger and we wanted it to coordinate with my college IKEA bedroom furniture that we put in the guest room. After searching a bit, I found this inspiration and fell in love with it for the guest room:
Isn’t that gorgeous!?!? I just love the gray and yellow combination. It’s so simple yet inviting.
The white duvet cover was relatively easy to find. We first looked at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond but the bedding at those two stores was unfortunately out of the price range we were willing to spend for the guest room. Luckily though, we made a trip to IKEA one day and found the perfect plain white duvet cover for approx. $30. We were so excited about the find and even more excited about the price tag!
So, as I said before, decorating the house really is a process. Below is a picture of the guest room on the day we moved in. I didn’t have the
energy time to iron the sheets so I just laid them on top of the bed to give the illusion that it was made. I know, so sneaky. I would have fooled you if I didn’t tell you my secret.
|Day 1 – February 10|
As time went on, the room started to evolve more. We put the nightstand to the left of the bed, I ironed the sheets (GASP!) and finally put them on the pillows and duvet cover, and we bought a nice gray blanket to mirror the inspiration room. So that brought us to this:
Not winning any awards but still progress. That brought us to our latest project that I reference in my last post. We bought 5 frames at Aaron Bros (as I fondly call it) and wanted to do a nice little arrangement on the left wall. We also got an adorable lamp and pillows from Cost Plus and then BAM! We were ready to start making the room feel more inviting.
Step 1: Pick the photos & put them in the frames
This part is pretty self-explanatory. We chose a photo of the mother-son dance, father-daughter dance, my bouquet, me and the groomsmen, and CJ and the bridesmaids.
Step 2: Choose an arrangement
I saw a super helpful post on my favorite blog YoungHouseLove.com that talked about first doing the arrangement on butcher paper, sketching it out, and using that paper to help with hanging the photos. We decided that, since this was more complicated than the master bedroom, we needed the extra help.
So we bought a big roll of white paper (it was impossible to find butcher paper, for some reason), and rolled it out on the floor to lay out the arrangement.
Step 3: Trace the pictures with a pencil, mark where the nails should go, cut the roll of paper, and tape it up to the wall.
Step 4: Mark where the nails should go in the wall by following the guides on the paper and nailing a small hole in each area.
Step 5: Remove the paper, find the small holes that we made, and nail it in!
Step 6: Hang the pictures!
Step 7: Admire your work 🙂
I now creepily walk past the guest room several times a day to stare at our work.
Here’s a close up of the lamp:
It has the gray and yellow to go with the color scheme and has a cute owl base!! Oh, I’m so in love.
Right now, the lamp is hanging out next to my bridal bouquet but we’re not sure if that’s the permanent home for the bouquet. I’m afraid someone will knock it off and then we will lose our wedding keepsake.
We still need some blinds, curtains, and a rug for the room. I also think we might get a bookshelf for the right side of the room; that wall is looking pretty lonely right now. But we’re content with how it looks right now! No need to rush through the rest of the enhancements. 🙂
*Houzz is an amazing source for decorating ideas so if you ever feel stuck on what to do with a room, I highly recommend going there. They have a great app and their website is super helpful too. You can create ideabooks for whatever floats your boat (I’ve created them by room, it’s easier for me to find stuff that way).