A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

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Guest Room Makeover

Today I am excited to introduce a fun summer makeover project for my guest room. While I love decorating, to me there’s more to a room makeover than just adding pretty things. It’s about paying attention to how my home feels to be in it. That means planning for comfort. It’s about considering all the little details that go into making a room more inviting.

My goal is not only to create a room I love to look at, but one I love to BE in. If you aren’t comfortable in the space, you won’t want to spend time in it! This is especially true in a bedroom, isn’t it? Since you literally spend 1/3 of our life in a bedroom, you don’t want to skimp on comfort when designing your dream space.

Quality Counts

You might remember me mentioning a couple of times as I’ve talked about our master bedroom plans that my husband and I were in need of a new mattress.

We had an amazing Stearns & Foster mattress we loved for 15 + years. We hauled that mattress through two states, four houses and the five bedrooms we had in that period of time (including our old bedroom, pictured above, and our current bedroom). I know you probably aren’t even supposed to keep a mattress that long (and no one should move that many times, am I right?), but clearly we loved our mattress.

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

Serendipitously Stearns & Foster (!) recently contacted me about working on a mini guest bedroom makeover and trying out one of their new mattresses in our home (um, yes and yes!). While we actually aren’t quite ready to move a new mattress into our master bedroom (I’ll explain the whole saga in an upcoming post!), I was ready to make a few changes in our guest room. It all worked out splendidly to start there.

I prefer to acquire quality pieces I love for my home because I tend to keep them for a long time. Because a Stearns & Foster mattress is hand-crafted with the highest quality materials, it will be in your home for a long time. It will make any bedroom, even a small one, the most luxuriously comfortable and inviting room in the house for years to come.

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

Summer Guest Cottage by the Sea

Remember what our teeny guest room looked like when we moved in two years ago? See the before photo above. It might not have been much to start with, but a blank slate is always an opportunity to make an improvement.

As a starting point last year, we gave the room a fresh coat of paint and added a bed for guests. Seasonal changes are my favorite, so I couldn’t wait to make a few summer updates to this tiny room.

We had recently moved the guest room curtain panels to our dining room, leaving us with an empty rod to fill (and an opportunity for a new look). Also, I always try to eventually change out any builder’s basic light fixtures in a home to add character. I was eager to finally say goodbye to the boring fixture and give this room some more spunk!

My vision for this makeover is to create the feeling of being in a summer guest cottage by the sea, a place you’d escape for a weekend getaway (and never want to leave!). If you are new here, our home in Seattle has a view of the Puget Sound. A subtle coastal ambience inside ties with the natural habitat outside (even though we are also in the city!). It also really reflects the mood I want for this space.

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

Wood Bead Chandelier // Mudcloth Throw Blanket // Striped Curtains with PomPoms

We put together an inspiration board with the design elements we envisioned for this space (above). I have to say, I’m in totally love with how this room turned out! I can’t wait for you to see all of the “after” photos. It is still a small room, but now it has the style, comfort, and personality of a cottage getaway by the sea.

Hold on to your hats, kids! You will get to see the newly refreshed summer guest room on the blog next week.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stearns & Foster. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Life Lately on InstagramCoffee Maker here or here (30% off) / Mug Rack / Chemex / Mug Hooks – Ikea

It’s been awhile since I did an Instagram Lately post! It’s fun now and then to share a few snippets of our life behind the scenes and random updates from our family’s Instagram feeds here on the blog!

But first, I want to send a big thank you and Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mom :). And another thank you to my kids, you make your mama so proud every single day!

This little coffee station is at my girls’ townhouse, isn’t it the cutest?

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Last week my girls and I had these delicious smoothie bowls one morning during a breakfast meeting. Basically it’s a fruit and yogurt smoothie, but in a bowl topped with fruit and granola. So good, and good for you.

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Last Sunday our whole clan (fur kids and humans) took an afternoon drive to Snoqualmie Falls. It’s only about 45 minutes from our house, so it’s a great spot to escape to if you are local.

The weather was absolutely beautiful here, so we couldn’t resist getting outside. It was nice just to spend time together enjoying the view.

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If you ever watched the TV show Twin Peaks you might remember this stunning setting!

Weird show, beautiful view. :) The Salish Lodge sits up above the falls, it’s all so picturesque!

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It was so refreshing to be able to outside after such a long winter inside. The dogs had a blast.

We had all four dogs with us and we overheard someone say we looked like a straight up a circus. I agree. Ha!

It’s quite a scene to walk four furry doodles.

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I have to say, though, that I think Jack is really just a homebody at heart. Lily loves being outside, but I have to say Jack seems to be the happiest inside with his people.

Speaking of Jack, Friday was his sixth birthday!

Can you believe it? It seems like only yesterday we brought him home from the farm.

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Lately my girls and I have had fun making essential oil rollers. We use them for everything. Our happy roller blend is my current favorite. I use it like perfume every day, it smells divine!

We don’t miss artificial scents or unnecessary chemicals in our home one bit! Please let me know if you’d like more details on the oils we use and how we use them.

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Blue skies and pink blossoms!

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This weekend I got into a real redesign frenzy. Before I knew it, I had come up with a new vision or idea for every single room in our house (except the kitchen, I’m not redoing that, ha!).

Pretty much no room will look quite the same as it does in this post, so stay tuned for the updates to this room and others in the upcoming weeks :).

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Speaking of design updates, I always have such good intentions of updating the seasonal art on my chalkboards, too.

But alas, this one still has fall leaves on it. :)

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Curtains / Quilt Lamp & Mirror: Ashley Home Store / Blue & White Check Pillows / Polka Dot Pom Pillow / Glass & Wood Diffuser

I’m really excited to be able to focus on some smaller projects again now that the kitchen is complete. It is fun to always be working on the house, even in small ways. Our guest room is one of the rooms that will be getting a little spring refresh!

I love to come up with new ideas and enjoy how rooms can evolve over time.

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We’ve been mulling over a possible small change or two in this room over the next couple of weeks, too. Design is kind of like playing dominos, one little change seems to lead to everything changing!

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I haven’t forgotten to show you the new floors in my office! Hopefully this week I’ll have the post up.

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Swanson’s Nursery – Fiddle leaf fig goals

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Someday I’d love to have a little gardening shed like this in my backyard.

I don’t love going to shopping malls, but I absolutely love going to plant nurseries!

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It’s a real wild rumpus when the pups get together every week.

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Our Lily has the sweetest face and disposition, she is by far the most calm of our pups.

If you’re on Instagram, you can follow all of the pups @doodlesathome or on Facebook here.

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This sight gave me quite a little fright out of the corner of my eye. :)
You can follow Jack and his antics on Facebook and Instagram, too.

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You can follow us on our Pure & Lovely Instagram (@pureandlovelyliving) to get our wellness tips and healthy home ideas. And if you follow my girls on Instagram @kynoelle or @courtneylane1 you will likely even find out where we went to coffee and maybe even what we ate for lunch. :) Because I’m sure you’ve been dying to know ;)

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If you ever have the opportunity to come to Seattle, Kylee uses the hashtag #KyleeinSeattle on Instagram to showcase some of her favorite places to eat, drink coffee and hang out in this beautiful city we call home.

Hope you all have a great Sunday!

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See our previous “Life Lately on Instagram Posts”: One // Two // Three

You can follow along with our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room // Pure & Lovely // Jack the Goldendoodle // Doodles at Home // Kylee // Courtney

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