Our entryway project is creeping along and some of our materials are still delayed. I’ve been itching to tackle a project and put my hands to work in the meantime, now that I’m feeling a bit better. With the holidays around the corner, I figured a bedroom would be easy to tackle on my own without Emmett’s help. We have plenty of guest rooms that need renovating- or updating, at the very least. Last weekend, we had six friends stay over after my Halloween / birthday party. It’s pretty common that our guests spend the night and I love being able to host everyone. Rather than worrying about transportation post cocktails, I enjoy having space to accommodate friends & family… plus, it’s fun to wake up the next morning and share a big breakfast or brunch. All of that to say, I’ve decided to get started on our largest guest room this weekend. Click through for my plan and ideas…
We have four guest bedrooms in our home and only one is finished (the marine colored room). In my brain, bedrooms feel easy. The bedroom I want to tackle next is our largest one. It’s the one with the window nook, a king size bed, and definitely sees the most use from our guests. When we first moved in, it looked like this… here are some photos from our real estate agent (sorry fo the poor quality):
Does anyone remember the window nook? It was one of the first things I tackled upon moving in. I had to get rid of the spotlight…
It has since evolved, and currently looks like this…
Over the years, I’ve added furniture, ripped down the plantation shutters, and installed window treatments. This bedroom is functional and comfortable, but I’ve yet to demo the corner shelving, paint, or really make it feel cohesive with our home & aesthetic. I spruced it a few years ago before the holidays, but that was really just investing in nice bedding and styling. It’s the closest bedroom to our guest bathroom and I feel like it deserves better. It’s time!
Before you get too excited, I was trying to decide whether to call this project a “makeover” or “renovation”. I decided on renovation because it’s unlikely that once I tackle this room, we’ll update it… aside from the carpet. Eventually we’ll be replacing all of the carpet in our upstairs bedrooms, but I’d like to do it all at once. Maybe that will be a 2023 or 2024 update, but it definitely won’t happen for this quick project. Emmett will also be replacing all of our upstairs doors (going from hollow core to solid with a more classic look) during our entryway and hall renovation. Those may or may not be installed by the time I photograph this project. We’ll see who works fastest… Emmett or myself.
My simplified plan is this…
- Demo corner shelving
- Sand & repair drywall
- Add panel moulding
- Install a couple new light fixtures
- Install textiles & layer rugs
- Hang art & style room
I’d like to work with much of what we have, layer rugs, tackle this room on a budget (but with a big impact), paint, insert some vintage pieces I’ve been hoarding, and breathe some personality into this space in time for holiday visitors. If I’m feeling ambitious, I may even slap up some panel moulding. Angles and math on the miter saw aren’t my jam, but I’ve helped Emmett enough to know that I’m capable. He’s working on the staircase, and I’m not about to pull him away from that project because in my dream world- holiday garland needs to hang from that beautiful railing. Ha! Think I can make it happen? I’m feeling good about it. Take a quick peek at my design idea… most of it should look familiar. I’ll properly link everything once the room is finished, although most items are from my shop.
I’m really going to lean into the textiles to make this room feel cozy and inviting. Amber Lewis generously mailed me a gorgeous rug from her new Loloi collection and it’s super soft underfoot (she integrated what’s called CloudPile™ technology). It’s definitely the softest rug in our home- ideal for a bedroom. I’ll definitely being layering that under the bed. I think guests will appreciate the luxe rug being the first surface their feet will touch upon entering & exiting the bed. It’s so nice and has a nice deep color palette- I’d like to choose a darker paint color from it to use in some way. Here are my top picks from Amber’s new collection… she always selects the best colors- perfect for layering & mixing.
Click directly on the rugs below to be redirected to the source, or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: morgan denim multi // 02: morgan navy sand // 03: billie oriental ocean // 04: georgie oriental moss // 05: georgie oriental ocean // 06: morgan spice lagoon // 07: morgan sunset ink // 08: billie ink salmon // 09: billie oriental tobacco
I selected the Morgan rug in Denim (the style is MOG-03 Denim Multi), pictured below. My plan is also to include a neutral woven rug I already own. Perhaps I’ll do some layering, or define a couple different areas within the room: the bed area and the sitting nook section. Here’s a closer look…
Anyway- that’s basically my plan for the weekend ahead. I’m going to dig out our holiday decor (having an interior business means I always have to decorate early… ready or not), begin curating holiday gift guides, pack some Tuesday Made orders, and dive right into painting. I feel like I’ve been traveling and hosting so much lately, I’m surprisingly ready for a productive weekend to really knock some things out around the house and at the office. Sometimes it feels needed to cross things off the list. I hope you’ll follow along!