One of my (many) quirks is that I hate being surprised but love giving surprises! When one of my favorite people was wanting to revamp her guest room, I asked if I could look for a few items for her. She said yes, and I ran with it!
My usual routine with clients is to draw up a design plan, present it to the client, tweak things, wait for the client to order the items, then help arrange all the pieces. Because this project was for a friend, I skipped a few steps! :) This time, I ordered all the items, making sure they were all easily returnable, then pulled the room together so my friend could see the full effect. Spoiler alert: She liked it!
Here's what we started with:
I love starting with a blank slate! There were a couple things to keep in mind as I was pulling together a design: First, this guest room was also a room that grandkids were going to be in and out of, so I wanted everything to be as kid proof as possible -- nothing breakable, no cords, soft edges. Also, the paint was fairly new, so I wanted to bring in lots of color to brighten up the space. Finally, there was an old dresser already in the room that was a little beat up but was a great style. Nothing a little paint can't fix!
I didn't spend a lot of time on the design board, but I did throw one together to make sure some of the items were going to work well together. Yes, I need help visualizing things sometimes, too!
And here's that design board come to life!
Color galore from the bedding, and plenty of light coming from the windows! Cordless woven shades are kid-safe, and the shorter curtains should discourage playing hide and seek in them! :)
I usually recommend floor-length curtains because they always make a room feel more expensive, but the shorter length gave this room the casual vibe it needed. No matter what curtain length you choose, always hang them high and wide! Hanging the shades several inches above the window frame and the curtains a few inches wider makes your windows feel bigger and let in more light.
Remember that old dresser with the sticker residue? It now has a second life with a fresh coat of navy paint. Even the old hardware was great with just a little spray paint.
The dresser wasn't the only thing that got a coat of paint -- I was looking for a very narrow nightstand, and wasn't willing to pay almost $100 for one. I stopped into the local Goodwill on a whim, and right by the front door was the perfect end table... for $2.50! Of course, the faux-wood finish wasn't perfect, but a cheery coat of paint and new knob, and it's just right for the room.
A new ceiling fan was icing on the cake, and now this room is ready for guests and grandkids!