Our Fresh and Floral Guest Room Makeover

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I feel like I’m just full of surprises lately. First, I keep our pregnancy a big ol’ secret. Then, I up and sell our couch and buy a totally new one just ‘cuz. NOW – I’ve gone and made over an entire room in our house without even really referencing it on the blog. Bad blogger! I know πŸ™‚

Having said all of that – I am OVER. THE. MOON. with the way our new fresh and floral guest room has turned out. So much so, that I’m breaking it up into a little three-part series for you! (On the advice and counsel of my dear bloggy friends who all told me it was unfair to my readers to add 40 pictures into one blog post!)Β What can I say? I always get overly excited to show you all a room reveal.

Today, we are doing the full blown drama of the before and after!! I’ll reference sources as we go, but don’t forget that I’ll be breaking down some of the larger elements of this room in future posts as well πŸ™‚ Oh – and there’s a shopping and source guide at the bottom of this post for your convenience!

Alright – THE BEFORE. This guest room is TEENSY. It is on the back of the house and has amazing ocean views and breezes. But when we moved in, it looked like this. *Gulp*

Guest Bedroom BEFORE we moved in Guest Room BEFORE moving in 2I honestly think these pictures were taken on our actual moving day. I can’t understand why or how one room can be SO ORANGE without anything really orange in it. So about two weeks after this…I couldn’t take it anymore and I painted the wainscoting a grey colour using leftover paint.

Guest Room Before wide shot

It was totally fine and I liked it well and good, but I was dreaming of this room feeling like a little oasis – a teeny pied-a-terre in a French town. I wanted it to be ‘fresher’. Β So naturally, we painted the entire room – wainscoting, walls and the ceiling in a brilliant white. We used a semi-gloss on the wainscoting to give it a bit more oomph and the walls and ceiling are both eggshell finish. Usually, I’d do flat paint on the ceiling, but if you are continuing the wall colour, then you should also continue the finish.

Then, the JEWEL of this room? The wall paper.

Oh My Lanta. This was love at first sight for me.

I chose this stunning Powder Blue Iridescent Modern Damask from Walls Republic and honest to goodness, I could lick it. (I didn’t lick it. But I could lick it.) I will follow up with a post about why I’m on Team I Heart Wall Paper and give you a few awesome tricks I’ve learned papering over the years. So watch for that soon-ish.Trim edges around bottom and ceiling

But let’s just talk about the beauty of this particular paper for a moment, shall we? It’s heavy, but the pattern is light and serene. It’s IRIDESCENT. So when the light hits the white parts just so – it glimmers. IT GLIMMERS. I die. Here’s me holding a tiny tool box in front of the paper while we were hanging it – just because.

Erin with Baby's First Tool Box

So now you want to see this whole room right? Well, here you go. Voila!A Fresh and Floral French-Inspired Guest Room

After the paint and paper, the next step was replacing the boobie light with a large modern chandelier with just a bit of sparkle. (Don’t worry, I’ve included a shopping guide at the bottom of this post if you’re interested in where I got things!)Black and White Horse Art anchors the bedThe bed next, with some basic and cozy, grey and white bedding from bedface and a lush cable knit throw.

Since the room is so small, we opted for wall sconces as reading lamps – they are the famed Ranarp lamps from Ikea. I paired them with some vintage brass and glass tables I inherited from my Gramma. I have such a soft spot for these tables. I just can’t quit them. Here’s a really similar one I found.Guest Bedroom with Coastal Feel and Floral Wall PaperGuest Bedroom with small metal side tables

The closet and window were clad in identical bright white drapery. I have (no joke) six of these panels throughout the house. The price point and quality honestly cannot be beaten. (Sourced at the bottom of this post.)Modern French Coastal Bedroom

Mirrors, art work, reading sconces and we called it a day! A perfect little getaway spot for the visiting grandparents or maybe a napping Mamma-to-be… So many projects, so little time!Mixed materials make the room feel cozy

Fresh and Coastal Guest Bedroom with Rustic Decor

I also love the black and white horse print. I was instantly drawn to it and knew it would add the perfect combination of sophistication and whimsy to the room. Unfortunately, this one I bought is now discontinued. But I did find one that’s almost the same from minted.com.Crystal Chandelier in Guest Bedroom

Next room? The Nursery πŸ™‚ (We’ve already shown you a hint here…and this project used wall paper too!)Turquoise Dresser in Coastal Inspired Bedroom Floral Wall Paper in Bright Guest RoomGuest Bedroom Before and AfterShop This Room! Here’s where you can get your hands on all the decor items (or really similar ones) I used to pull this space together

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This post contains affiliate links. We were provided the wall paper for this project by Walls Republic and the bedding by bedface. You can view our full disclosure and privacy policy here.


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20 thoughts on “Our Fresh and Floral Guest Room Makeover

  1. Wow, what an amazing transformation, the wallpaper is beautiful and love the dresser, the blues are so subtle and delicate looking. Nice Job
    Maria

  2. Stunning! We have a similar aesthetic and I would love to have this room in my house! I love wallpaper too! Just gorgeous!

  3. I LOVE what you did with the room! It looks inviting and comfy and extremely calming.
    Good Job all the way around!!

  4. You’re kidding! There is NO way this is the same room. What an upgrade! It is so much more calming now. Love the wallpaper. The mirror and horse print are so lovely too. Awesome job, guys!

    1. I gasped when I saw the horse print. I hadn’t planned on hanging something that large, but as soon as I saw it, I knew! And the wall paper… omg… πŸ™‚

  5. Lovely, lovely, lovely makeover. Better not put any guests in there who are visiting for only a short time. They’ll never leave! I’m 57, retired, three grown children (in undergrad or grad school), and getting ready for a move. Without going into tons of detail, I’m an artist who adores color everywhere. And I always go darker and richer than most with color. We live in a very shaded house as well. So as we make our way to the coast, I am looking forward to going lighter in a huge way. Your guest room is an inspiration, and is a wonderful example of interior design eye candy using subtlety and gorgeous lighter colors. (That pop of teal is gorgeous. That’s the color of the exterior of my house.) Love it. I truly do. And I hardly EVER post on anyone’s DIY blog! Can’t wait to see the nursery!

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