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Guest Room Makeover!

I’ve always wanted to have a guest room. For most of my adult life, my friends who’ve stayed over have mostly slept on an air mattress. Which is not ideal for them, surely.

When we bought our house a few months back, I was so excited at the prospect of having a guest room to decorate. Creating a little space where your guest can sleep comfortably and have all the amenities of home sounds so inviting to me.

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We did have to buy some furniture for the guest room, but since we’re still in the pandemic, this room is not getting much use for a while. So instead of going all out on what I wanted to to have in a guest room, I decided to use mostly what we already had to decorate the space.

Here’s a walk through it!

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When you first walk in, you’re greeted with this little bohemian-inspired display. I used this old coat rack we had to hang some decor. This way, the space is still functional but adds a cute pop to the room.

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When we started with this room, it was a hideous off shade of yellow. My father-in-law graciously painted it with the color Whipped from Clare Paint that is described as “the perfect warm white.” I am really happy with this pick!

Once you walk in, look to your right, you’ll see the bed! We went with a queen size because it suits the room nicely. Instead of night stands, I chose to hang shelves. There’s enough space for what you need but they don’t overwhelm the room.

There are also a ton of pillows on the bed right now. We have 2 memory foam pillows, 2 soft pillows, and 2 firm pillows. I like to sleep with more than one pillow so I wanted my guests to have options! The three throw pillows I believe are from IKEA over the years.

I used a lamp, planter, and books we already had to the nightstand shelves. I bought a wireless charging pad because of how convenient it is!

Ideally I want to do this room in warm tones but most of what we already own is blue. Not wanting to buy more of what I already had, I decided that I would incorporate warm touches for things I needed to buy and strategically use what I have already in blue. Eventually I’ll upgrade some things, though.

Moving on, we used a decal instead of a headboard! I chose to use peach for this space. Eventually I’ll make a little gallery wall next to it! Headboards are so expensive and I didn’t want to be limited in what we do with this space in the future. Plus, it was an easy way to bring in the tones I eventually want this room to have.

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We ended up going with the Nolah Signature 12″ mattress for the guest room. You can see my full review here. Overall we are extremely pleased with it! It’s not too soft and not too firm and is very cooling. I was gifted this mattress but I liked it so much that I bought one for my mom too.

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Here’s a closeup of the books I’ve currently got on the nightstand! I read these recently and really enjoyed them:

  • The House In The Cerulean Sea
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
  • Badass Habits by Jen Sincero

Continuing around the room, I decided to put a desk in this space! Many of my friends who would stay awhile either work from home or are self-employed so I wanted to have a space where they could work, if needed.

I still need to pick a desk chair. The desk is pretty bare bones at the moment. Eventually I’ll make a gallery wall above it and add a little more decor.

I added some texture with a blanket ladder and a chunky knit blanket. We also have an ottoman in here for now.

And finally the last little corner of the room! I would like to put a bench under this picture for luggage but I need to find one that’s just the right size! I don’t want it to interfere with the closet door which we use for storage. It’s also a big walk-in so if our guests wanted to use it, they could!

I like this photo so much. It’s of ink in water and I think it is perfect for this space right now as it goes from a cool-toned room to a warm-toned one.

There’s also the bathroom (not pictured, just to the left in the above photo) that’s still a work in progress. It still needs some paint but it’ll do for now!

I still have some ideas for this space but this is how it’s going to be for a little while, especially because baby 2 will be here so soon!

Let me know what you think – I’d love your suggestions for this space!

About the Author

Nicole Booz is the founder of GenTwenty and GenThirty. She is an entrepreneur, author of The Kidult Handbook, and most importantly, Mama to two beautiful little boys. She loves reading, organizing her home, and living a simple, less toxic lifestyle. You've seen her in The New York Times, TIME, Insider, Inside Edition, New York Post, NextAdvisor, Forbes, Yahoo, HuffPost, and U.S. News & World Report.