I’ve decided to do a crazy thing (with the sweet encouragement of Ashley from The Gold Hive, one of last year’s winners alongside the fantastic Natasha Habermann) and jump in as a guest participant in the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge! Participating itself is not a crazy thing at all, but I do consider it bold to jump in and get on board less than a week before it kicks off. If you’re not familiar, every spring and fall, 20 featured designers selected by the ORC team participate in a 6-week challenge to decorate one room. In addition to the featured designers, hundreds of other folks with blogs join in on the challenge as Guest Participants <— that’s me.
If you’ve hopped over to this post from the ORC website – welcome! I’m Emily, this is my blog, and I’m working on undecorating the 1929 tudor-ish home I share with my husband, Andy, and our corgi, Penelope. This is where I should describe my style so I guess I’d say it’s something along the lines of traditional-modern which doesn’t sound like a real thing. I am glad you’re here.
So what room am I going to transform over the next 6 weeks? It’s gonna be our guest bedroom! This challenge came at a great time because we were already planning on sprucing up the space for Andy’s dad’s first visit to our home in May. Participating as a guest in the ORC will help me stay on task and stay accountable.
The most dramatic change in this space would typically be painting it a new color. Buuuut we already did that about a year ago. I also blogged about big plans for our moody guest room in this post but never moved forward on more than the paint. For the real, true before, though, let’s go take a stroll back in time and look at where we started.
Here is the listing photo of the guest bedroom. If you’re not sure, yes the ceiling is blue.
This is a more accurate photo of the green color of this room. The green walls and blue ceiling worked well as a room for the young boy who lived in it, but not so well for soothing our guests to sleep.
Our guests genuinely loved the space lamp, and if I were a fun person, I’d have kept it. The stars and planets glow in the dark, even. I am no fun and it is gone.
Behold the scalloped window shades. This won’t be the last time you see them. They are, in fact, still up in the guest room as I type this.
I include this painting process photo so you can feel like you’re there with me. I’ve always been one to cut in first but I’m hearing so much lately about people rolling first and then cutting in. Also, this is the room where I learned the hard way to always paint the ceiling first.
Painting the walls Behr’s Black Evergreen made a HUGE difference in this space. The rug and bed moved over from our apartment guest room as did the desk and chair(s). The only new things we’ve put in this room are the wall hanging, the mushroom lamp, and two pillowcases.
The vintage end tables from our apartment living room have been serving as nightstands until we find the right replacements. I love them but they are too deep and are too squeezed into the space for my visual comfort.
I can’t wait until we have a guest bedroom with two matching nightstand and lamps. I’ve actually never had two matching nightstands and two matching lamps in all my furniture and lamp owning life. I got that lamp with the funky shade from Urban Outfitters probably 10 years ago now. I no longer care for it.
The windows in here are beautiful and let in the best light in the afternoon. We have kept the scallop hem shades in here because they are blackout shades and one of the exterior house lights shines in at night.
The guest room has a long wall that we’ve left completely blank all this time. The door on the left leads to the hallway and the door on the right is a closet door. I can’t get over how this dark green paint makes the woodwork glow.
- Creating a space that our guests find comfortable, soothing and perfectly cozy
- Providing the accommodation of a nice hotel while feeling like home
- Finding a solution to block out the exterior light and morning daylight for sensitive sleepers
- Solving the tech charging dilemma – an extension cable propped on top of a nightstand is no longer acceptable
What We’re Planning on Keeping
- The bed + mattress
- The ceiling light
- The ceiling and wall paint
- The rug
So you’ve seen where we’ve been and where we are, are you ready to know where we’re going?
[ Paint | Curtains | Curtain Rods | Roller Blind | Flushmount Ceiling Light | Bed (similar) | Brass Double Lamp | Nightstand | Flower Print | Painting Print | Quilt | Sheets | Dresser | Pink Lamp | Mirror | Blanket Ladder]
These are the beautiful things (or similar beautiful things – I’m giving myself permission to change my mind here) that I’d like to see in this room, along with things we already own. I’m a little worried that the walnut nightstands might be too dark against the light rattan bed and light dresser –> I would love your opinion! I’m also wondering if painting the dresser is the right call too. I definitely want to bring in more pink and gold/rust accents in accessories and bedding because they’ll look so good against the deep green walls.
Guest Bedroom Layouts
Where am I gonna put this stuff?
Our current guest bedroom layout is pretty simple and not ideal. The rug placement is awkward, the nightstands are really packed in there, and when two guests stay, one draws the short straw and has to squeeze into the bed on the tight side by the window. I like that this layout allows for a desk, but I’d like to have a dresser in here for guests that stay more than a night or two.
The new layout makes for a much nicer room-entering experience. We are going to add blackout curtains to block unwanted light and layer sheer, light filtering roller shades mounted inside the window frames. Moving the bed to underneath the windows gives us much more room for nightstands and for guests to move around the room comfortably. A small dresser is just enough room to store folded clothing and to give guests surface area to lay out jewelry and odds and ends at the end of the day. Adding a blanket ladder will be a great way to store extra blankets in plain sight and also provide an extra place to hang towels if our guests don’t want to hang them in the bathroom.
That’s so many things! It feels like so much but at the same time, it feels manageable, which worries me because I know myself. I feel a time consuming DIY brewing in my brain.
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