Guest Room Before + Inspiration

I love room makeovers. I feel giddy whenever I see the before + after of a space in someone’s home. The transformation of a space that highlights utility and beauty is always inspiring. If I’m honest, though, that giddy feeling is far too often replaced by jealousy. I find myself discontent because I can’t afford thousand-dollar area rugs or $300 planters from West Elm. Thankfully, my husband is always quick to remind me that I can cultivate a beautiful home in my own way, in my own time. This is such great advice because the longer I wait to decorate a space, the more refined and curated the vision becomes.

Over the years we’ve been able to furnish the main rooms of our apartments (living room, master bedroom, kitchen/dining). However, this is the first space where we finally have the budget/space to create a proper guest room.


As you can see, our current setup has been seriously neglected. The “guest room” is made up of a bed frame, mattress, some exercise equipment, and a few odds & ends…not exactly my Pinterest dreams and not at all a welcoming space for guests. Seeing these photos is slightly embarrassing, but it also reminds me that I have a blank canvas to work with and that is exciting!

So, I made a mood board to collect all the decor inspiration in one place and create a cohesive theme for the room. Links to all the products are provided below.


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My goal is to create a very relaxing/cozy vibe for our guests. I want to use a lot of neutrals with some soft pinks and blues to accent. Of course a room wouldn’t be complete without some plants and brass elements. Textures are really captivating me lately. I plan to incorporate baskets and a wall hanging made with yarn (maybe a DIY!).

I’m very excited to share the progress of our guest room with you in the coming weeks! This is my first major room makeover so I’d love any advice or tips you have! What are some of your favorite elements to add to a room?


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