I shared this picture on Instagram earlier this week and realized that I hadn’t shown you some tweeks and updates that I made to the guest room since I first posted about it last year. Like any room, it took some ‘living in’ to work out the kinks, but the bones of the space stayed the same. Still… there were certain things I didn’t love while others have been perfect from the get go.
This room was designed for two twin beds. The windows in our house have low sills so nothing can really fit under them meaning any major furniture will block the window. Also, because this is Louisa’s room for the time being, she needs a changing table. There’s really only one wall for a bureau to fit against without being completely in the way of the two beds. And… there’s only one place for the two beds without getting in the way of the closets.
The blue chair is obviously too big for the space, but it’s a pretty good quality rocker/ glider so we’ve held onto it until the last baby outgrows it. The biggest change is obviously the killer shag carpet. I spotted this at TJMaxx. Pretty sure it’s this one by Thomasville.
I’ve added some artwork… all gifts for Louisa from friends. How sweet is this cute kite?
This lamp was too good to pass up. I need a legit tutorial on choosing a shade for a lamp. This feels too squat to me, but… it’s also sitting on a little Moroccan table (flea market!) so I didn’t want to overwhelm that either.
A glass container sits on the bathroom vanity filled with all those hotel sized soaps and shampoos that we accrued P.K. (prekids).
In the reveal of this room, I’m not sure if I truly expressed my love for these X benches that sit in the sunny window. Another flea market victory, I didn’t need to change a thing. I’d love to make a set of these from scratch one day, but first things first!
Louisa’s crib sits in front of the window. When guests come to stay we just move her into a portable crib in our room! This pillow was a baby gift from my sister… the sweetest.
After a week with Louisa in the room, I realized I needed a little something for this small window to keep the afternoon light from glaring in. I was all set to sew another curtain to match the larger ones when I stumbled across this flour sack in my stash. It’s not perfect, but… it took 2 minutes to ‘make’ and it does the trick!
That fun elephant art was another… you guessed it… flea market score. It’s a little small for that wall, but Louisa’s got a case of go-go-Gadget-arms so I needed to remove the larger photo that hung there earlier.
Last but not least, this amazing duvet. It’s Jonathan Adler, but I found it at Homegoods so it wasn’t NEARLY has bank breaking as it would have been. I love the scalloped pattern in the simple navy blue. I mentioned in my original reveal post, but those fun fish pillows are actually table runners from Ikea that I folded in half and sewed with some ball fringe.
To soften the headboards, I draped old wool blankets over them. The contrast of the old wool on the headboard with the contemporary graphic print on the cover is interesting to me, but that’s of course a personal preference. (A solid cotton quilt would achieve the same thing and might be more neutral if you prefer.) That elephant is a plant stand that I spray painted a glossy white and it sits at the foot of the bed keeping an eye on the room.
And there you have it. Aside from the carpet, the other changes are fairly small, but they’re to show how sometimes the tiniest little shifts are additions can really make the difference!
How often do you tweek your new rooms before they feel ‘done’ or… is there not such thing as ‘done’ in the home design world?!
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