5 Ways To Style A Guest Room

I love decor almost as much as I love organizing. Almost. I am constantly redecorating rooms or switching things around in my house to refresh and revive a space. I am also a big fan of paint. It is the quickest way to change a space and make it feel bright and new. My guest room is a happy space but I know it could use a few items and I am always looking for a new project. Which is hilarious really because I essentially have a wait list of projects around here. My style is a mash up of things but if I could pick an HGTV show that best describes my style, it would be Fixer Upper, hands down. I love the farmhouse vibe.  Plus Chip and Joanna are adorable and make me laugh. I love to laugh. Don’t you?

Liz Marie is one of my favorites to follow. Her spaces are always beautiful. She owns a cute little store called The Found Cottage that I also love to follow on Instagram. This guest bedroom is peaceful and simple. I love how she incorporated the old windows into her design.

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I am loving this gallery wall above the bed over at Houzz. The light fixture is pretty awesome too.

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Savvy Southern Style gave her guest room a little farmhouse flair by adding a fun cow print above the bed. I also love the navy which feels a bit more masculine but then she added some ruffles in with the bedding which makes it a bit feminine. The balance is perfect.

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Driven by Decor nailed it with this guest room redo. She kept the pallet neutral which makes it feel so serene. Make sure you check out the Ikea hack she did on the side table. I also love the fun mirror. It adds a pop to the room.

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Little Glass Jar got creative and used metal stools as night stands. They take up less space the most night stands and they are fun! I love the vintage quilt too. I also love the quote above the bed. What a fun addition to personalize the space.

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Some must have items for a guest room:

  • a comfortable bed
  • cozy bedding and pillows
  • a night stand
  • a small dresser or armoire
  • a wall hook or closet and some hangers
  • guest towels
  • an extra blanket
  • a small trash can
  • a basket or hamper for laundry
  • access to charge electronics {Yes, this is the world we live in. Power up baby!}

Some sweet extras:

  • a framed picture of the wifi password and other relevant household information
  • a few magazines
  • a cute houseplant or bright flowers

Do you have a guest room? What must-haves do you keep in there?

Kitchen Daydreams

We have lived in our house for 12 years. We bought it new and picked out all of our upgrades. We still get a lot of compliments on our cabinets. They are maple with an ivory glaze. They are pretty and they go well with our flecked granite, tan backsplash and black appliances. I will say though, I have the itch to remodel. Of course this is a complete want and not a need. Everything is still very functional and doesn’t look that old but I love decor and design so I want to change all of it. All.Of.It. BUT my hubby says no. Ha ha. Plus I can think of so many other things to spend money on like family vacations, etc.

If money wasn’t an issue, I’d change everything. Starting with my hardwood floors. It’s called rustic pecan so it is much more of a light golden brown which works with the carpet and walls in the house. Everything was tan 12 years ago. Today things are gray. Oh how I love gray. I’d change my floors to something either darker or with gray tones, the cabinets would get painted crisp white, I have the perfect granite picked out, the backsplash would likely be a fun pattern in white, I’d do a farmhouse sink and the appliances would all get switched out to stainless {which I couldn’t stand 12 years ago … funny how taste can change eh?} I’d also change some of the layout to create a walk in pantry and a built in desk in the kitchen. It’s fun to dream, right?

I am drawn to the farmhouse look with a touch of industrial thrown in. I mean, I do <heart> Joanna Gaines after all but I don’t have a farmhouse. I have more of a tuscan style home. I’d love a farmhouse but that is a whole other investment. My kids are growing so fast and time is flying. I am so aware of that and how fleeting time is. I know that in 5 years, I will have one son graduating. WOW. Five years? For real. So if twelve years flew by then I can only imagine how fast 5 years will go. Then in 7 years, our second son will graduate. So I foresee lots of change after that and I don’t know exactly what that entails but I imagine it would mean downsizing. It’s so weird to think ahead like that but again, time is flying! I just don’t know that I want to sink money into this house when it isn’t our forever home. You never know though .. in a year I could completely switch gears and remodel all of it 😉

Here are some fabulous fines for kitchen redos. I’ve included links to the original source if there is one.

I love the open shelving in the kitchen at Our Vintage Home Love. The gray cabinets are fun too.

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I love everything about The Sunny Side Up blog. Her kitchen looks so crisp with the white cabinets and of course has that farmhouse sink that I swoon over.

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Pinterest is full of the good stuff. I can’t find the original source for this one but Wow. Look at all of this storage! I change out some of my glass front cabinets with the seasons. These would display my stuff {as well as store it} beautifully.

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Yellow Prairie Interiors knocked it out of the park with this kitchen. Barn door, chalkboard, huge pennant lights, sea grass barstools. I am kinda in love over here. Like googly eyed kinda love.

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Here is another Pinterest find without an original source link. I really like the wood beams and the framed windows. They just add a pop to the kitchen.

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I love organization. I mean really love it. There is such a sense of accomplishment if I can organize something. This pantry over at HGTV is all kinds of dreamy. Those shelves and baskets? Love.

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I really like this backsplash at Walker Zanger.

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I really am a fan of hardwood floors. We have had them for 12 years and they are showing wear in some areas but they really are hardy and not hard on the feet like tile can be. Plus they don’t have that cold feeling. That being said, I know that I don’t love the color we chose. It is a bit golden brown for my current taste. People say the dark wood shows everything but I feel like my floors show everything. I think I’d pick something with less of a sheen though. That could help it from showing everything. I also really like the look of wide planks. This one over at HomeTalk is pretty perfect if you ask me.

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So there you have it. An insight into what I would do if I were to remodel my kitchen. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your Sunday is fabulous.

My Addiction …. To Fixer Upper

First off, Hello! My Mac Book was on the fritz for months. It was sloooooow which made me very unmotivated to use it and then it just broke. But I was too busy to deal with it. I hosted my annual craft fair, my sister got married, I was in charge of the wedding decor {which was so much fun}, then the holidays and having houseguests plus hosting the holidays came around. I put the very idea of fixing my computer on the back burner. I knew it needed a new hard drive. Thankfully the stuff was salvaged on my old one. Replacing the hard drive and backing up the old one cost me 1/3 of what a new one would have cost and this thing is running like a dream. I am thrilled. Big thanks to Cody at Staples for making it happen. Seriously. I had a crush on him for a day cause he was so awesome. Now on to more important things.

I have a confession, I might be addicted to Fixer Upper. I am guessing most of you that read this will know exactly what that means but in case you are a little out of the loop, Fixer Upper is the hit HGTV show featuring the power couple, Chip & Joanna Gaines. They are this super team that redo old houses in Waco, Texas. They also have 4 young children, own a farm, a store, a bed and breakfast and are opening a bakery. The list seriously keeps growing {I am convinced that they never sleep} but if you watch their show, you will love them. They are adorable. They are artists. So I love them. I have an addiction. My Magnolia t-shirt and hat have been ordered. The addiction is real people.

So why has this show become such a hit? Well first off, they do a lot of remodeling at a super good price point. Obviously a lot of this is location and availibility. They are super talented in how they rework old homes and make them new again. Joanna also has the ability to decorate using old and new but without anything feeling overly fussy. The homes look clean, simple and homey when they are done. All of these are features that suck me right in.

Over the years, I have painted. A LOT {that is a whole other addiction – I don’t have time to count the amount of layers of paint in my house right now. I’ll save that for another post}. What I always come back to is neutral colors. I love adding color but I like to do it via accessories and not paint. I think because I have really realized that with my own style, I am especially drawn to the show. Another design element that I am loving as of late is the rustic/farmhouse/industrial look. I love how all of these elements can be pulled together and look like they actually belong together.

Our house is 11.5 years old. We are the original owners. We picked decent upgrades BUT I would love a refresh. Of course what I want and what we need are two very different things but hey, I’m a thinker so I have ideas. We have hardwood throughout most of the downstairs. It’s a light maple. I don’t like it but there is nothing wrong with it so it stays. We have cream cabinets and granite that is on the darker side. I want white cabinets with a much lighter granite. I want hardwood that is a very different color and style. I want to paint everything grey. Again, it’s a want. I’d completely reconfigure my kitchen. Seriously. But financially it doesn’t make sense and we have other priorities.

What I do get to do is a room redo. We have a small front room. It was shown in the model as a formal living room. That’s how it started for us but we really didn’t utilize it as that. Then it was an office that was more for looks and I didn’t use it as I have a thing with doing all crafts and computer work at my kitchen island. I like to be in the hub of the house. About 18 months ago, we converted it to a kids space. We used to have a play room but the kids out grew the space and we wanted a guest room. Well, now it’s a game room of sorts for the kids. They have a TV and an X Box but it’s open to the rest of the house. Its become my project now that the holidays have passed {I always need a project to pull me through the after Christmas let down when I am sad cause my family all goes back home.}

I worked hard to condense my craft supplies and sold a large bookcase as I launched myself into this redo. This space currently holds a tv stand, small bookcase, cheap futon and 2 large dog crates. It has carpet that we hate and the next project is to install hardwood which will match our existing hardwood. I painted the room over the weekend. The color that I have in most of my house is called Faded Burlap by Valspar. I love this color. It’s a creamy beige that doesn’t seem to have pink or yellow undertones. It’s perfect. Click here to see a sample. The dog crates are there to stay as we have 2 big dogs that sleep inside but they have to be crated at night. I’d like to add a couch and a chair or two but I want to hide the crates behind the couch. I will probably repaint the TV stand as we need that for storage for the game console and TV. I also hope to repaint the bookcase and steal a matching bookcase from my son’s room. I am thinking of putting them together and adding a top to make them look like they are one piece. Another thing I’d LOVE to do is install barn doors going into the space. It’s wide open and loud when the kids are playing, especially when they have friends over. I also want to encourage them to have friends over as they get older so I am hoping that by giving this space some privacy, they kids will want to be here, Does that make sense? Also, if we have friends over, the kids can have a hang out space while the grown ups hang in the family room and kitchen. We don’t want them to have TV’s in their room so this is the solution.

Now on to the fun stuff .. the style I have in mind is very much Fixer Upper. I guess I should tell my husband that I want barn doors now eh? 😉 At least I am not asking for shiplap.

My inspiration mostly comes from HGTV and Pinterest. I also find myself drooling over Instagram photos.

 

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So long story long, I {heart} Fixer Upper.