The Green is Back!

Corey and I have been slowly but surely updating our guest bedroom into a nice, cozy haven for our guests. We’ve already got a shiny brass bed, painted some pink stripes on the walls, created some silhouette art for over the bed, replaced the awful old fan, and updated some Ikea dressers to use as nightstands. The only major problem we had left in the room was the bedding – it completely clashed with everything and made the room feel a bit grandma-ish and not nearly as crisp and modern as what we wanted to achieve. Here’s a quick reminder of what it looked like:

(This was taken before we added brass corners to the night stands)

No bueno, right? Pink is already a pretty risky choice for a guest room (at least for Corey and I!) and this bedding totally wasn’t doing us any favors. It also didn’t help that we were using old sheets from when I lived at my parents house and a bunch of random pillowcases that didn’t really go with any of it. It was quite a mess.

We’ve talked about several different ideas of what we could do in here – we both liked the idea of ruffled bedding, but the room is already very girly and we’d hate for our male guests to feel like they’re hanging out in a room meant for an 8-year-old girl. Awkward. So, much to my dismay, ruffles were out. We waffled back and forth for a long time, but the only thing we could both decisively agree on was that we wanted a layered look (not just one blanket), and we wanted the base of it to be white.

That really narrows it down, huh?

Luckily, on a random trip to Ikea last week we managed to find exactly what we wanted – and it was cheap, to boot!

Drool. We bought some new black sheets, this beautiful, textured white duvet cover, two super cozy throw blankets (they both have an incredible texture, too!) and three cute throw pillows that were only $3.99 each!

ikea bedding

ikea bedding

We were so happy to be able to bring some kelly green back into the room (I’ve been seriously missing it since we took the green nightstands out!) and we both love how bold and graphic it looks. I always love to see white bedding in a room, but it doesn’t work for us in our room since we have two dogs that like to sleep with us any make everything incredibly dirty. Thankfully, the dogs don’t ever sleep in here, so this should stay nice and clean.

We also snatched up that cute little vintage-looking alarm clock that’s on the nightstand – we previously had a big, ugly alarm clock that wasn’t doing anything for the room. Plus, who actually uses alarm clocks anymore, anyways? My phone does just as good of a job and takes up way less room on my bedside table!

So, what’s left for this room? We still need art for the other walls – we’d like something big and bold for the wall next to the door (across from the window) – and we’d like to replace the desk with something that fits into the room a little better. Other than that it’s just little accessories and maybe a rug and some curtains! I’m excited to see this room starting to come together, although I have to admit that I’m more than a little jealous that our guest room might be completed long before our own room is!

Anyone else have a guest room that’s more put together than your own?

16 comments

  1. Ellie says:

    I love the new bedding! Do you know the name of the duvet cover?? I was going to get a plain plain white one from Target this weekend, but I like the texture of this one! If you could let me know the name, what’s included in the set and the price (if you don’t mind) I would appreciate it!!!

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    Amanda Reply:

    It’s the Alvine Stra and it comes with the duvet cover and two pillowcases. It was $39.99! :)

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  2. Andrea says:

    Cute! I realized that I think a bed skirt would anchor the bold colors and bed frame in the room. You could get an inexpensive one at Target or Marshall’s. I think you’ll really like the look – it adds polish without being boring.

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    Amanda Reply:

    We definitely have considered a bed skirt! We haven’t decided one way or the other yet, so we’ll see where we end up!

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  3. Katie says:

    Oh I’m digging the polka dots and of course, the green! The adorable alarm clock is a nice touch. Sadly our guest room hasn’t changed much since the organize-a-thon in Feb. It could use some sprucing!

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  4. Sandi says:

    The green is perfect!! Last summer I spent all my time fixing up one of my guest rooms. This summer I focused on finishing the other. I am not as far along as you are, but gaining ground.

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  5. JeeYoung says:

    so i’ve decided that i need you to move to MI for the summer break and do our nursery! :) love your colors and patterns. so simple yet so vibrant.

    need to browse for nursery inspiration! :) we’ll be starting the cleanup in the coming wknds.

    miss you!

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    Amanda Reply:

    I’m in! That sounds like a blast! :)

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