Ready for another Reno Reveal?

This one is One Room Challenge style, so it’s got an extra element of fun. And by fun, I obviously mean that it came with a six week deadline.

I had grand plans for this room when it all started six weeks ago and, quite frankly, only one element in this entire space (the pillows!) managed to go according to plan. Yet again, my absolute inability to visualize the size and scale of a space got the better of me and I was left scrambling, rearranging and changing my game plan on Install Day. When people ask what advice I would give someone going into a renovation I always say to have a decor plan, do your best to execute it, but be prepared that (in my opinion) you really can’t know how a space is going to hold your design until you see it in real life.

As it turns out, I underestimated how small our Guest Room really is. I knew we “borrowed” 2 feet from the space to make the baby’s bathroom a usable, livable space but I just didn’t see the implication of two missing feet until I tried to squish a queen bed, two end tables and a chest into the space. For the number girls out there, the room is 10×10 1/2. That means nothing to me but I’m told (by my husband) that some of you might understand that.

Needless to say, by the time I saw my space in real life (ie: I finally cleared out all of the boxes and randomness) I knew I was in for some major design changes. I should also mention that I waited until yesterday to clear the room out. Not a pro move, at all.

We do need this space to function as a guest room so I had to get creative and shop my own house for pieces that would round out the room.

Ok, enough chat, let’s get down to the photos.

As always, all the details are sourced at the end, all Before photos are unedited so you can see the space how we saw it and let me know if you have any questions!


Before the One Room Challenge

My goal for this space was to branch out and use color and pattern. Bold color and pattern, preferably! We all know that I love white and neutrals but I thought that this guest room should be fun and pack a punch.

I also wanted to use my wrought iron headboard and keep the wall color, Ben Moore’s Palest Pistachio.

In order to bring in lots of visual interest, I reached out to local small shop owner Elizabeth of Wheaton and Whaley Designs. She was recommended to me by Laura Cox (another great local maker) and I basically begged Elizabeth to help me. Thankfully, Elizabeth was on board, even after I told her I was terrible at mixing patterns and if she left me to my own devices I would use white, grey and navy. Again. I shot her one inspiration pic and the rest was all Elizabeth! She picked out the perfect combo of bold patterns that I adore in the space. As a side note, her craftsmanship is simply perfect. She stocks tons of gorgeous pillow covers and inserts in her shop and you’re going to need all of them. Immediately.

And, in totally unrelated news, the side tables that I meticulously refinished spray painted didn’t make the cut. There just wasn’t enough space in the room for their chunky foot print. Thankfully, I found the perfect replacements (that were holding court in my living room)!

Ok, ready for the After?

Sorry to our guests who will have to stare at too many of our wedding photos.

I love the super soft silver pattern of the drapes paired with the silver accents in the room. 

 It’s a tiny space but I think I managed to make it cozy. In the end, I used a bed frame/mattress, headboard, side tables, curtain rods, rug and stool that we already had. I added bedding, pillows, curtains and some accessories but kept this project on the inexpensive side of things (because we are still smarting a little from an entire house gut job).

Many, many thanks to Wheaton and Whaley Designs for working their magic on my pillows and thanks to Calling It Home for hosting the One Room Challenge!

Renovation Reveal Posts:  Kitchen, Dining Room, Laundry Room, and Master Bed Room


Wall Color: Ben Moore Palest Pistachio
Headboard old, similar
Campaign Side Tables old and purchased locally, similar and similar
Duvet Amazon
Rug so, so old.
Stool/Side Table old, similar and much cuter
Curtains Home Goods, similar
Pom Pom Throw Blanket, Home Goods similar
Lamp Home Goods, identical version
Picture Frames Pottery Barn
Tray Home Goods, similar
Cow Creamer Williams Sonoma
China Pottery Barn
White Throw Lily for Target, Similar

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