We are lucky enough to live around some really great people, who are way too kind about my ability to makeover a room. I had met Keith at our local CrossFit and he was cracking me up how he knew the term “Water Wednesday” and “Thirsty Thursday”. So I knew he was a real fan. Ha. So when he and his wife Lauren, asked me to come over and help them with their guest room, I was game. I typically say no to design jobs, but I consider them friends. Also I told them if I can share their room makeover on my blog then that is the only way I will do it. I want to be able to help everyone, so my blog is my way of doing that. Keith and Lauren have a great home, with a bonus space over their garage, that I dream of for my guests!!!!
They weren’t fully maximizing this bonus space. Lauren does work from home. But we knew we could put her desk in a lot of spots, but you really can’t put a guest bed in a lot of spots. They do have guests stay with them about once a week. We are actually going to put the desk in the closet in here, so stay tuned for that post! The rug was 5×7 and would have been too small with the bed, so notice the rug change below….
The bedding was actually my starting off point. It is from Dillards and part of their Villa By Noble Excellence collection and they let me pick bedding from this new collection to feature in this bedroom and try out! I love how easy they make it to pull together a “custom bedding look”, plus the pillows come with amazing full inserts (keep in mind the cost of inserts when you shop the collection!)
I use to work in a high-end design store and we would do bedding similar to this, and it would take a lot of time to pull together. If you have a simple base, like the Villa Cotton and Linen Duvet it makes it really easy to change up your pillows! I am really a BIG fan of that duvet, shams and bedskirt! It is a cotton/linen blend, making it more affordable than all-linen bedding, but it has that linen look, that I adore. It is hard to find a nice bedskirt, especially with a long 18″ drop (find the bedskirt here).
Bed Skirt (cotton/linen) here Soft washed cotton and linen basketweave texture and tailored with split corners. 18″ drop.
Coverlet here Quilted 100% cotton pique reverses to solid 100% cotton (*make sure you know the difference between a coverlet and a quilt, see below)
Shams (cotton/linen) here (these are the pillows the guests will sleep on)
Velvet Bolster here oversized and gorgeous! Approx. 9″ x 36″ it is amazing!
20″ Stripe Pillows with Insert here Linen cover with duck feather/duck down fill
26″ Pattered Euros with Insert here Linen cover with duck feather/duck down fill
* Are you wondering if there is a difference between a coverlet and a quilt? Yes there is. If you buy a coverlet thinking it is going to be soft and cozy, you are mistaken. A coverlet is thin like a blanket, but used on top of the bed like a bedspread. A quilt is usually about the same size or slightly larger than a coverlet, but is thicker and warmer and used for warmth. A coverlet is typically quilted on top with a stitched pattern (like shown on the bed in these photos).
We did two curtain panels on each side of the window. Not only does doing two curtain panels make it look really nice, but it also allows them to actually close and cover the window when guests stay. They really create some drama and a focal point. We hung them about 13″ wider than the molding and 6″ above the molding. (You can find all the details on the rod and drapes on this blog post).
I am slightly obsessed with hanging plants lately. I shared about them on this plant blog post. Love how the dark hook brings in the contrast with the drapery rod.
We did try two different curtain panels. I had bought both not sure of what look I wanted to go with and knew I would use them both somewhere eventually! It is so crazy to me how just changing the colors of your curtain panels make the room feel totally different! These could even be a summer and winter options. I do want to also point out that neither one is “right”. Both options are great, it is just a preference.
What curtain panels would you do if it were you?? The above dark velvet look almost black in this photo, but they are actually a navy blue. And if you guessed that they kept the darker velvet, you are right! They both loved the velvet with the white bedding. It is really a great contrast.
The photo above helps to show that the bolster and the curtain panels really aren’t that different in color. They are just hard to photograph! I like how they don’t match perfectly tho. I think many people tend to over think things and end up with a room that looks too perfect and too “matchy”, which is ok if you really like that look. I just prefer a more eclectic, collected vibe.
The rug was a rug that I used to have in our living room, it is really perfect for a bedroom. (You can see it on our living room here).
There really isn’t a lot of space on either side of the bed. So rather than trying to squeeze in a piece of furniture or a bookcase, we did wall shelves. This room has three gorgeous windows, with equally gorgeous views! So there is a lot of great light for plants. I just wanted to do plants on the shelves. And we know that Keith knows about “Water Wednesday” so he was up for the challenge.
Most of the plants, well all of the plants I donated to this room from our house. The aloe plant I was outside, so it was about time to bring it in. And the others were mixed around our house, needing a new home to be loved. (read more about houseplants and the selves on this blog post).
I really like how the nightstands have enough contrast and interest against the simple white bedding (find the nightstand on this blog post)
Dillard’s as a great destination for refreshing and updating your home!! I really like this collection super cozy for this time of the year!
Stay tuned later this month, we are going to be working on making this closet in the guest room into a mini home office!!!
Click on an image below to shop some of my favorites from Dillards….
Bed on this blog post
Plants, shelves, wall hook, art on this blog post
Nightstand on this blog post
Rug on this blog post
Curtain panels and rod on this blog post
Diffuser is #7 on this blog post