A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

Sponsored by Stearns & Foster

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.

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

Sponsored by Mohawk

Ahhhh! Finally! It’s time for a progress report on our brand new office and the after photos of our flooring. This space is so much quieter with a wall and a door! And it is so much prettier with our beautiful new flooring (Mohawk Concertina laminate flooring in Smokey Chestnut).

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

before

If you missed the before photos and the whole story behind this space, you can find the BEFORE post HERE.

We still have our same furniture and our plans for this space will continue to unfold, but we can’t get over how much it has changed already! The new flooring really transformed the whole feel of our lower level, but I have to say this office space inspires US! We feel more relaxed, more creative and more organized. It’s even more fun to work now, so we couldn’t be happier.

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

I really love the matte finish and warm rustic tones of this flooring; it’s really lovely in person!

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

The flooring not only sets the tone for the room, but it is so durable and perfect for our family’s needs. We have a lot of activity in our house, so having flooring that can hold up to any and all activities makes sense long term, too. Someday our office may become a mudroom or a bedroom so we love the flexibility the flooring offers. The color and texture are perfect for camouflaging daily dirt and messes and give the space such a warm cozy and livable vibe.

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

If you want to read more about the process of selecting our flooring and the install, you can find the post about it here. See what it looks like finished in our adjoining family room here!

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)

We can’t wait to share more ideas for how we will set up our office and the adjoining rooms as they evolve. Thanks for following along!

 I wrote this blog post while participating in the Mohawk Flooring Blogger Campaign and received flooring to facilitate my review. The design project and opinions are my own.

Our Home Office Progress (after the new flooring!)
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