Our guest room is complete! And good thing, because we have a crew of friends stopping in every other weekend through December. Now instead of welcoming them with apologies (um, you don’t mind the joint compound on the walls, right? Oh, and that closet door sticks; you don’t need to use it, do you?), we have a fresh and somewhat-quirky space that’ll hopefully make our friends and family feel happy. Warm. Comfortable.
Aside from a few statement pieces – the wallpaper! the headboard! – this room didn’t need much. We had fun pulling together found treasures, making up the bed with new sheets and fluffing up the shelves with a few good reads and greenery. Oddly enough, the most time consuming part was preparing the drywall for paint; this has proven time and time again as a massive undertaking, but it’s just one of the many things we’ve come to accept in this old house. (Worth it though!)
We had originally planned on hanging more art on the wall above the headboard, but with the wallpaper on the opposite end, our neat stack of shelves and that beast of a headboard, we opted for simple. Only our gold eagle made the cut, and it gets us every time!
It’s a tight squeeze along the bed wall, so we pulled out our space saving floating cubes and mounted our Ikea-hacked lights above. (You might even remember this same setup from our condo bedroom.) The lights (an idea from Daniel and completed with his help!) received an instant upgrade with silver tipped bulbs, a nod to our chrome pendant across the room – keep on scrolling to see!
Prior to this room update, our guest bedding had been a hodge podge of Franken-sheets – nothing matched, everything was juuust a bit too old and too faded, and so an overhaul was in order. We’ve always preferred the look of a white duvet and equally bright sheets, but we had a bit of fun with subtle pattern mixing as well. (All sources will be listed at the bottom of this post for easy reference!)
Across the room, we swagged our refurbished pendant in front of the wallpaper, creating a a sweet little nook for our guests to relax in their room. The wallpaper paired with our green velvet chair is our favorite vignette, but I’ll freely admit that it makes me a little sad to have that chair in here! It’s always been one of my favorite finds, but it works so well in this room. It belongs in here – for as long as I can stand to part with it.
You saw that Scott carved our initials in the vintage school desk (appropriate!), and for kicks, we laid out a guest book for our friends to write in anything they wish! You all know that we love, love, love Chicago, so it could be a fun place to jot down their favorite brunch or tourist tip. The book was personalized through Pinhole Press, and the first several pages are filled with photos I’ve taken of our favorite haunts around the city.
There’s nothing inside the desk just yet (although Scott insists on filling it with mini booze bottles, because, why not?), but we did gather a few travel-sized goodies for the shelf above:
The former closet doors never closed properly, and we couldn’t even open them without shouting every expletive in the book (I wish I was kidding!). Because our bedroom and laundry room have been put on the back burner (we don’t even have closets yet, aye!), we’ve always used this closet to store our extra towels, blankets and extra textiles. We nixed the doors altogether for long white curtains and ditched the single rod for floor-ceiling-shelves and a smaller rod for our guests. We picked up a luggage rack and kept the floor clear for our guests’ shoes:
We made our own curtain rod using this same technique of yore, and we sprayed everything a matte black. Just around the corner, we added a mirror (do you ever notice how guest rooms rarely have a mirror?) and hooks on the door for towels, coats or purses:
It’s without a doubt that I say that this room kicks our room’s ass. (I mean, our room is barely more than a human bed, doggie bed, and kitty fluff tumbleweeds, but still.) Outfitting this room has been all sorts of fun, and we never took ourselves too seriously. It’s the right amount of play and purpose, and we can’t wait to welcome our first guest (which, come to think of it, is tonight!)
Sources: Paint color (walls, ceiling and closet): White Pistachio by Valspar / Headboard: found + painted / End cubes: CB2 (old) / Reading lights: Ikea hack / Eagle: flea market / Faux-bear plaque: flea market / Sheets: Gray Dot c/o Schoolhouse Electric / Striped pillowcases: Painterly Stripe c/o Schoolhouse Electric / Throw pillows, duvet cover, coverlet and bed skirt: H&M / Rug: Rugs USA / Light: CB2 Eden pendant / Wallpaper: Cities Toile by Hygge & West / Green chair: Humboldt House / Shelving: DIY / Most items on shelves were thrifted or vintage finds / Desk: flea market / “Room Service” print by One Must Dash, framed by Framebridge / Stool: Overstock / Luggage rack: Overstock / Closet storage bins: Container Store / Mirror: flea market / Coat hook: gifted from Schoolhouse Electric