But, uh, that’s about it. We both enjoy art and would like to add quite a bit more to our home, but it’s not always very cheap, and we’re both a bit on the picky side so finding things that we can both agree on isn’t exactly easy.
That’s why it’s really awesome when every once in a while we just stumble on something that happens to be perfect for one of the rooms in our home. That’s what happened this past weekend when we took a random trip to Home Goods and found some gold and white floral art that was on sale for 50% off – only $15 each! We immediately knew it was perfect for the empty wall in our guest room, so we snatched them up and brought ’em home…and we were right – perfection!
We love how they play off the gold in the bed, and we’re happy to have some soft floral lines in here to counteract all of the stripes, high-contrast colors, and angular lines in the room.
Neither of us can really believe that this room is actually starting to come together so well – this just might be the first room in our house we actually finish! We both joke that we’re jealous of our guests for having a more put-together room than we do, but it’s nice to have a pretty spot for our guests to land, so we don’t complain much. This room finally got put to use this weekend for the first time since we started working on it when our friends Audrey and Kyle came into town, and I think it’s safe to say it was a smashing success!
What were you up to this weekend? Any awesome random finds or new art for your home?
(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!
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?
Yes, we’re already making tweaks to the nightstands that we put in the guest bedroom last week!
But I promise, it’s a good thing.
When I wrote the post last week, I mentioned that we had plants to put campaign-style corners on the drawers at some point down the road, and at the time I really thought that we would wait a few months before doing it. We typically procrastinate about that sort of thing around here, and I figured it would be a while before we got around to it. But just a few days later I found a great deal on some corner plates and I decided to go for it.
So, just a week after we put them in the room, we decided to go ahead and change ’em up a bit to add the corners.
And I’m oh-so glad we did!
Much better, no? I love how the brass corners tie them back into the bed a little better, and the little detail makes them look so much more custom and fancy! I’m in love, and I think it’s safe to say any lingering sadness about the death of the green nightstands is long gone – we’ll bring in green another way, but these dressers are the absolute perfect fit for the room!
Have you ever changed something up right when you thought you were done with it? Did anyone else do any furniture tweaking this weekend?
Y’all, I’m half excited and half sad to tell you that the kelly green nightstands in the guest room are officially gone. Remember what they looked like?
I loved them (and most of you did too!) and Corey wasn’t a huge fan. He liked the color, but he never really felt like he wanted such a large pop of it in the room and he’s been determined from the beginning to have black nightstands in the room instead.
We’ve been looking for a good replacement for a while now, and our only real criteria was that we wanted something with a lot of storage – this room is tiny so we need to maximize every inch of space and get as much storage space as possible. We’d been loving these awesome Rast dressers at Ikea for only $35 each, and they’re the perfect size for the room so, of course, we had to grab them on our last trip there.
But we wanted to jazz ’em up a bit before we painted them, so we grabbed some cheap-o legs at Lowe’s and Corey added in a board to the bottom and screwed the legs in before we painted them.
Then all it took was a quick coat of paint and some new hardware, and we’ve got some pretty new black dressers in the guest room! Want a peek?
Okay, okay, I’ll show you the whole thing!
They’re not exactly where we want them to be yet – we plan on adding some campaign-style drawer corners to them at some point in the future, but for now we’re really happy with the extra storage and the contrast they add to the room!
But, to those of you who (like me) still adore the kelly green in this room, no worries – we still fully intend to bring in some kelly green accents to the room soon…just in a smaller dose than two big ol’ nightstands! We’re thinking maybe we’ll bring in some green somewhere in the bedding or in some little accessories around the room.I’m excited to get some green back into this room, but I have to admit I’m pretty happy with how the black dressers turned out!
Were you a fan of the green? Any fabulous suggestions for how we should bring it back in?
When I revealed the new, striped look for our guest room last week, I’m sure some of you noticed that the room was looking a bit…empty. The nightstands that were in there before (that had previously lived in our master bedroom) were taken out of the room once I started painting, and since we knew we were going to replace them, we just didn’t bring them back in.
We (of course) knew that we didn’t want to just leave the room with nothing in it but a bed, so we set to work figuring out what we could do about nightstands. Our ideas for this room have gone in about a million different directions (as I showed you last week) and so when we started discussing what we wanted to do for accents, colors, and other furniture in the room we went through several different ideas before we actually settled on anything. At the time of painting the room, our plan was that we would keep most of the room relatively neutral and add in some kelly green accents – we thought the green would play really nicely off the bed, and it was even better once we decided on the pale pink for the walls, because I’m a huge fan of green and pink together.
Well, you already know how this story is going to end because I told you last week that we’re now planning on doing glossy black accessories and keeping the room really sophisticated and neutral. Why the change? Once we got some green accessories in the room (we’ll get to that in a minute) we realized that the pink and green combination is way too preppy for our house, and it stuck out like a sore thumb from the rest of our rooms. We definitely aren’t afraid of color and have a ton of it in our house, but introducing two brand new colors in one room was just a bit much for us – and Corey felt like the preppy look made the room feel a bit too girly for him. Since he’d already let me paint the room pink, I figured I should do what I can to help the room “man up” a bit, and I agreed to let go of the green accents.
But not before we made some bright kelly green bedside tables.
These tables won’t be sticking around forever, but I’m kind of in love with them so they’ll be in the room until we find a suitable (glossy black) replacement, and after that I’m really hoping we can find a new home for them somewhere around the house. We discussed the idea of just painting these black so they can stay, but they were never intended to be a long-term solution (we want something with a little more storage for this room), so we don’t want to spend any extra money on them until we know where they’re going to live permanently.
If the shape of the tables looks familiar, it’s because these tables are made from our old kitchen table. Remember that one?
My super creative husband came up with the idea of chopping the table in half to create two little nightstands, and I love how they turned out. It was a ridiculously simple project (all he did was measure how deep we wanted the tables to be and cut that much off of each end) with a huge impact.
See how easy?
I know we’ve decided that the pink and green combo isn’t sticking around (I’ll admit, it feels very out of place in our house) but I’m still just a little bit obsessed with it. And secretly pleased that we haven’t found replacement nightstands yet because I want just a little bit longer with my green beauties in here. I might even sneak in there every once in a while just to stroke them while whispering “my preciousssssss”.
We also learned in the process of working on this room that Ranger is beyond obsessed with our brass bed. He’s always thought he was a little dog (I swear, he thinks he weighs closer to 7 pounds than 70) and the insane height on this bed totally plays into his little dog fantasies – he loves to crawl around under the bed just like Cullen does in our room.
So that’s the story of how we once again changed our mind on something for this room, and how I fell in love with these nightstands (and that color). I know that black accessories will suit the look we’re going for in this room much better (and will flow with the rest of our house better) but I’ll definitely be a little sad to see these guys go.
Have you ever fallen in love with something for your home, only to realize it doesn’t “go” at all? How about not being able to make up your mind on what to do with a room? We can’t be the only indecisive ones!
Well, this is the one that just about killed me. I spent more than 10 hours over the course of the weekend making this happen and I was completely exhausted at the end of it. But it was oh-so worth it.
Before I get into the details, let’s recap what’s happened in our guest bedroom over the last 6 months since we moved in. When we first talked about it, we had just plopped all of our old furniture in it without doing much else.
Then, we gave the room a new look with our old bedspread, dyed purple.
And, most recently, we replaced the bed with a beautiful, hundred-year-old brass bed (and promptly turned the room into something that could be straight out of your grandmother’s house).
All of these mini-makeovers have made this room the most indecisive room we’ve ever had – we’ve only been here six months and it’s gone through three different looks!
Well, I have a new (and hopefully moving towards final) look for the room to unveil today. I finally got rid of the awful peachy-purple color in favor of something much better.
It’s almost impossible to capture in photos, but the new look for the room is a super pale pink with tone-on-tone stripes. Why pink? Our original plan was to find a nice, neutral cream color in order to really let the brass bed shine, and paint stripes with that – we planned to add pops of color through accessories and colorful nightstands, so we wanted a color that wouldn’t steal the show.
Well, once it came time to actually choose a color we realized how incredibly difficult it is to choose a good cream color. Every one we looked at was either too blue, too green, or too yellow. The only colors we could both agree on were the ones with pink undertones. So, we decided if we were going to go with pink we might as well go for it. So we grabbed a pretty pale pink in both eggshell and high gloss finishes, and got to painting! The color is still very neutral and subtle, but it’s definitely pink.
As far as actually making this happen, the stripes were the part that killed me – striped walls are not something I’d suggest you tackle alone. But, through an insane amount of determination (and a slight side of complete mania due to being alone all weekend) I managed to make it work.
My number one tip for painting stripes (on anything)? Before you start to paint the second color (or sheen, in my case), re-paint over the tape lines with the base color. That way, anything that seeps into the bubbles in the paint will be the color that’s already on the wall, and you’ll end up with nothing but perfectly clean lines.
After enough painting to drive any sane person crazy, I was finally done.
Like I said, it’s just about impossible to actually capture what the stripes look like unless you’re there in person – they are incredibly subtle and are only visible if you’re looking at them in the right light from the right angle. But that’s probably what I love the most about them – they aren’t in-your-face stripes, and they add so much visual interest to the room because it looks completely different at different times of day. Love.
(This photo is particularly ugly because of Ranger’s kennel, but it’s one of the photos where you can best see the stripes, so I thought it was worth including!)
I’m so excited to finally cross one more room off of our to-paint list, and I love how this one turned out. The room is still (obviously) far from done, but this is definitely a step in the right direction!
And for those of you who are skeptical of the pink (I know you’re out there!) just trust us on this one. We plan to bring in some much more masculine touches through glossy black accessories, lots of modern artwork, and some much less floral bedding. Once we’re done, it will be a calming, relaxing, and neutral room that’s more sophisticated than grandma (or baby’s room pink). I know this room has been all over the place lately, but we finally have some focus for it and soon enough, I have faith that it will be exactly what we envision!
Have you ever painted stripes on a wall? How do you feel about pink in a guest room?
I’ve hinted around a few times that I’ve been lusting over a brass bed for our guest bedroom. I know when I say brass bed most of you are probably cringing and thinking of some awful, shiny, 80’s style contraption, but what I have in mind is something a bit different.
I’ve seen a ton of amazing inspiration images all over the internet with brass beds done right, and I slowly started to piece together certain things I liked about each of them to develop a mental image of what I want our guest room to look like eventually.
For example, I’m in love with the floaty, white bedding in this room, and I love how most of the room is kept simple to let the bed shine:
When I mentioned to Corey that I was crushing on the idea of a brass bed, he jumped at the idea and mentioned that he was pretty sure his mom had an old one in storage somewhere that she’d probably let us have.
Um, yes please!
A few weeks later (and several days of helping his mom clean out her storage shed so we could actually get to it) we have a new bed in our guest room!
Before I show you, I’ll warn you that the room is currently looking a bit grandma-ish. We still haven’t painted the room, added artwork or other furniture and accessories, and we just tossed on the same bedding we had in there previously, so it’s all adding up to a crazy looking room. But try to look past the mash-up of poorly coordinating items and focus on how amazing this bed is (or has the potential to be).
Drool. I love it.
Like I said, it’s looking a bit silly with the sheets from my childhood bed (this bed is a full, so we had to swap out our previous mattress for my old bed from my parents’ house), the duvet that we dyed purple, and a throw blanket my grandmother crocheted for all of us grandkids several years ago, but I can definitely see the potential.
I had never seen the bed before Corey brought it home, and I was shocked by how huge the posts on it are – I was expecting something dainty and feminine, but this chunky bed is way better than I had pictured.
I think my favorite part about the bed is that it isn’t the super shiny, perfectly smooth bed that I usually picture when I’m talking about brass beds. It’s well over 100 years old (seriously!) and over the years it has acquired a good deal of dents and imperfections, which add so much character and keep it from looking too straight-from-the-80’s.
So where are we going from here with the room? We’re planning on a bold wall treatment in a neutral color (maybe some tone-on-tone stripes?), white bedding with a ton of ruffles, and a few pops of color for good measure. We also still need to track down some new nightstands for the room that fit in with the bed a little bit better, find some cute lamps, and layer in some artwork and accessories to make the room feel complete.
But if you ask me I think this bed is a pretty amazing jumping off point.
And just like that our guest bedroom has gone straight from college dorm room:
To your grandmother’s house:
Here’s hoping we can reel in the grandma vibe a bit and land on something that still feels vintage but with a much more modern twist!
Where do you stand on the resurgence of the brass trend? Love it or hate it?