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How we took a mismatched group of furniture, and made it a cute, cozy, comfortable guest room.

In my last Style Spotters post, I told you that we had family coming into town and had decided to finish the guest room in our basement. I shared lots of pictures of beautiful guest rooms that were inspiring us. And guess what? That guest room in our basement is finished, and guests are sleeping in it as I type! After several trips to several stores all over town and changing our minds half a dozen times about details big and small, we moved the last bit of furniture into place literally minutes before our guests arrived. I didn’t have time to snap any pictures of the room before it was full of suitcases and cousins, but I put together this inspiration board so that you can see some of the pieces, old and new, that are part of the room. I’m always a little unsure of how all the various pieces of a room will look together until they’re actually in place, but this guest room turned out cozy, cute, and comfortable.

As much as I would have liked to have started out with a blank slate in this room, we’ve been storing two pieces of lovely furniture–a bed and a dresser–for nearly a decade, and we are thrilled to finally have a place to put them. The mission style bed and staircase dresser are both a rich, honey-colored wood, so we wanted to keep the bedding and furnishings in the room mostly light. It is a basement bedroom, after all, and even though it has several windows, we don’t want it to feel dark. We picked up some darling, embroidered pillow cases at IKEA that have a very folky, old-fashioned vibe, so we tried to look for decor that was sweet and had a vintage look, like the green acrylic tumblers above that look just like seeded glass.

We have a few more things we need to do in the room before it will be completely finished. We searched everywhere for a nightstand but couldn’t find anything we liked that fit the style of the room. I think we might try to make one! I’m envisioning a big slab of wood on some hairpin legs. We also had someone come out to measure the windows for wooden blinds to match the rest of the house, but they won’t be installed for at least another week. Thank goodness for those accordian-folded paper blinds from the hardware store! We also installed a shelf in the bathroom that I hate, so we’ll have to remedy that before I go crazy. But I’m so excited to have a spot that is quiet and comfortable for friends and family to call their own when they come to visit!


We have a big family reunion happening in just a few weeks, and not one, but two families of cousins are going to be staying with us for an entire week. We decided a little while ago that with all these family members heading our way, we really needed to get the guest room and bathroom in the basement finished. So we called up our contractor, who happened to have just enough time between other big jobs to help us out, and got the work started within a few days. And guess what? It should all be done in the next two weeks! They finished painting this morning, carpet and flooring go in on Monday, and then we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from a new guest room.

Once the guest room is finished, we get to work on the fun part–decorating! We already have a bed and a dresser to go in the room, both from my old bedroom at my parents’ house. I feel like we need to get those pieces moved into the room before we can really get a feel for how we want to decorate. In the meantime, I’m having fun looking at photos of pretty bedrooms from around the web. In my quest for guest room inspiration, I’ve tried to focus on the qualities I want our room to have. I want our guest room to be restful, comfortable, and cozy. I want it to be well-appointed. I want it to have personality. I want it to feel like home for the guests that get to stay there. That’s kind of a tall order, but I know that with some careful thought and lots of gorgeous guest room inspiration, we can make it happen. Here are just a few of the beautiful bedrooms I’ve found so far in my quest…

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[photo from Style Me Pretty]

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[photo from BHG]

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[photo from Refresh Restyle]

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[photo from BHG]

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[photo from Little Glass Jar]

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[photo from BHG]

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[photo from Love Grows Wild]

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[photo from BHG]

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[photo from Magnolia]

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[photo from BHG]

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[photo from One Kind Design]

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[photo from Vintage Whites]


Get the look

I love the look of this vintage-inspired bedroom – the use of bold color paired with great pattern and the traditional bones of the room make for an interesting and eye-catching twist. Add a vintage family portrait, or even more fun hang a flea-market find and make up your own story about it. Dressing up a new or thrifted chandelier adds a bit of whimsy, too. Soft cosy touches make it perfect for a guest room where you can really capture your imagination, get as creative as you like and make the room welcoming for any house guests you’ve got coming.

BHG guest room

get this cozy guest room look: 1. how about a vintage visitor sign as a reminder for the guest room. 2. have lots of cosy quilts on hand to keep guests warm – this pinwheel quilt from serena & lily is bright and cheerful; 3. hang a found vintage portrait — tell them it’s your great auntie anne, the matriarch of the family who made world famous pies known throughout the county; 4. a few decorative ikat pillows make the space even more homey; 5. add pretty touches like this vase from anthropologie and be sure and add some fresh flowers; 6. i like these striped curtains mixed with all this pattern for some unexpected window treatments; 7. don’t forget the candle votives too. nothing warms up a room like candlelight; 8. pottery barn’s camilla chandelier is a pretty option for lighting up your guest room, and keeping it soft and romantic.


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