The Guest Room

In this house we are fortunate enough to have two spare bedrooms for guests. Today I’ll give you a tour of the “Guest Room”.

The guest bedroom

The guest room is in our finished basement.  It is decorated very traditionally with black and white toile.  I made the bedding (duvet cover, shams, throw pillows), window treatments, and painted the dresser.  The biggest impact of this room for me though is the room itself.  My sweetie and I finished the basement ourselves, with some great help from my Dad.  So when we started this space it was just a concrete floor and some studs.

This is a fairly small room and we have a queen size bed in there, so there’s not a lot of extra floor space.  When we did this room we added the window and I’m so glad we did.  It would be totally dreary and cave-like without it.  Though it’s kind of difficult to tell true colors on the screen, this room is a light tan.  The paint is from Behr (Home Depot) and it’s called Macadamia Nut.

This is the view as you come in the room from the hallway.  Since this is a basement room there were lots of architectural bugga-boos to work around.  One of those is the little shelf wall thingy with the Gerbera daisies on top.  It was just this weird concrete wall jutting out, so we incorporated it into the space.  What else could you do?  When life gives you ‘lemons’ add daisies.  The little toile mirror was from Ross and the framed photos came from Target.  The black chair came from an antique shop in Alpharetta, GA.  And the linen pillow in the chair came from the Crate-n-Barrel outlet store.

This dresser was from Ikea waaaaay back in the day when we lived in Germany.  Originally the dresser was a light maple color and it was first used in my son’s nursery.  He’s 19 now.  To paint it, I sanded it lightly to remove the glossy finish and brushed on some cream paint we had left over from another project.  Then I came up with a design plan – taped it off and painted it with black acrylic craft paint (because that’s what I had laying around).

The painted dresser

For the circles on the top I traced around a Crystal Light lid, then filled in the pencil lines with the black paint.  The red knobs were  just painted with craft paint.  I poly coated the whole thing with a brush on water based satin finish.  For the knobs I did three coats of the poly.

Top view of the painted dresser

Here’s another view of the bed.  The headboard came from a yard sale for $10.  I spray painted it black.  The wall art piece came from either TJ Maxx or Marshalls.  We’ll just call it “TJ Marhsalls” – y’all know what I’m talking about.  The matelasse coverlet and shams were from the Martha Stewart line at K-Mart several years back.

Here’s a close up of the pillows on the bed.  The flowery one was made with a muslin base – shaped like a heart, then I just glued white silk roses on top.  This is one of those things I thought was SO stinkin’ cute when I first did it, now not so much.

Pillows on the bed

We have this bed up on risers so a traditional bedskirt is not long enough.  This bed has two skirts on it.  For both I started with storebought skirts and just embellished them.  You can see how I lengthened a bedskirt here.

Close up of the bedskirts

This little nightstand dresser was from Bombay.  The black and white plate came from “TJ-Marhsalls”.  The lamp was from a set at Home Depot & I just added the fringe to make it all frenchy.  When I did it I thought it was the cutest thing ever, now I think it is tacky as heck.  Is that a real phrase – tacky as heck?  Anyway, I just haven’t gotten around to changing it yet.  On the nightstand is a silver tray.  Since this is a guest room I try to keep the tray stocked with guesty things like: ear plugs, bottled water, chocolate truffles, mints, and some snacks (peanut butter crackers, granola bars, & rice crispy treats).  Inside the stand I keep a sound machine, kleenex, and guidebooks of the local area.

Below is a view from the closet looking back towards the dresser corner.  You can see a little corner of the window treatment.  The Eiffel Tower lamp was found at a yardsale for $3, but I did make the shade.  I used the top of  an old pyramid shaped lamp shade.  I ripped off everything – keeping the top square that was attached to piece that snaps on to the lightbulb.  I used muslin, some white & black checked gingham ribbon, and heavy duty iron on interfacing  to make the shade.  The little green spot the corner has a hanging bucket thing from Southern Living at Home.

The big picture came from “TJ-Marshalls” and the little ones came from Big Lots.  I know – I was surprised to find them there too.

Close up of the pictures

Since this is a guest room I try to make it as easy as possible for my visitors to find things.  I keep a little note on the bed to tell them where they can find their towels for the bathroom.  The bathroom down by the guest room is pretty small so we mounted a towel bar on the back of the bedroom door.

Where to find stuff

As you can probably tell by now, most of my decorating  style is traditional and is gathered over time.  While it would be nice to be able to just pop a room together lickety-split, most of us live in the real world and aren’t able to do that.  I think it’s a fun challenge to put together spaces on a budget.  Finding a great deal or creating something is a total thrill to me!  Whack-a-doodle…I know.

What is your most budget worthy space?  I’d love to hear about it.

Next up on the tour is the “Spare Bedroom”.