Updating My Teen’s Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!This post is in partnership with IKEA

When our family arrives around the holidays, my son Luke generously gives up his bedroom (and he stays on an air mattress downstairs) to make more room for guests. We don’t have a lot of room, but we’re happy to make space for everyone!

I’ve been wanting to make a few more updates in his room ever since we moved in, both so guests can be more comfortable and as a gift for our son! Unless we decide to move or rearrange the house in the next year and a half, this room will be my son’s last childhood bedroom before he graduates from high school. Cue all the tears!

His previous dresser was the same dresser I bought for his sisters when they were little, so the drawers were super tiny. Now that he is a full sized man and not a little boy (how in the world did that happen) it really was not functional anymore for his clothing.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

The too-small dresser and a diminutive nightstand both sat on one wall, next to his bed. Neither storage piece was functional for him or maximizing the available space. Excess furniture that wasn’t serving the needs in the room felt like visual clutter.

His room was definitely ready for a style and functional upgrade, but I kept putting it off. As I was preparing for Christmas this year, my mind had a flashback to previous holidays. Without dedicated storage for guests to put their own belongings, dogs would grab guests’ personal items off the floor and running through the house with them.

Needless to say it was just an awkward situation for all involved. :)  I really didn’t want guests (or myself) to have to live through that experience again. Ha! As I glanced at the calendar, I decided I had just enough time to make a simple change that would benefit everyone.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

 HEMNES 8-Drawer Dresser 

My solution was to streamline the wall by his bed by replacing the existing awkward dresser and nightstand with one more substantial piece of furniture. Less can definitely be more. And bigger can be better, even in a small space.

I found the perfect solution at IKEA, the HEMNES 8-Drawer Dresser. It’s affordable, stylish, fills the available space and is a practical piece for all of our needs in this room.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

This dresser offers a lot of storage, so we can even have a couple of empty drawers for guests. I also LOVE the stripes on the inside of the drawers! When it comes to our home and design elements, it the little things, right?

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

He has plenty of room to organize his clothes in the dresser, with space leftover to stash his personal belongings, too.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

HEKTAR Work Lamp with Wireless Charging 

The lamp is perfect for a bedside table as well as a task lamp on the dresser. It has a classic shape, but a modern and convenient functionality as a wireless charger for devices. Pretty cool, huh? The HEKTAR Work Lamp with Wireless Charging is teen-approved!

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

We seem to never have enough chargers when guests are in our home. The wireless charger on the lamp is a thoughtful feature for everyone who visits, too.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

The HEMNES Dresser and HEKTAR Work Lamp were such simple additions. Streamlining this corner and adding more style to the space really transformed the whole room.

Updating My Teen's Room with Space for Holiday Guests!

Luke loves his room now! I’m so happy we were able to complete this project for him. It will be such a comfortable and welcoming space for guests during the upcoming holidays, too! I can’t wait for everyone to arrive and all the memories that will be made.

Are you sneaking in any quick home projects before Christmas?

I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Greetings, friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of my phone and Instagram pics in a Life Lately post. So today’s the day I will catch up a bit and invite you into our home with some behind the scenes photos.

We had family here over the Thanksgiving holiday so we’ve been totally living life to the full (and loving every minute of the crazy). With our work and projects and family and lots of family pups all gathered under our roof, it’s a little wild around here sometimes.

But savoring that wild and crazy life is what home and holidays are all about.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

If there ever was a time of the year to let go of stress and just enjoy the season, it’s this one.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, if I ever start feeling overwhelmed or Scrooge-like this time of  year, I remind myself to picture Christmas through the eyes of a child. Don’t overthink it. A tree with twinkling lights on the counter may not be practical, but that’s what makes it magical.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

My husband makes fun of all my furry blankies in every room, but hey, they make me feel snug and cozy. This is our guest room so we created a little winter retreat for visitors to enjoy.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)Kitchen Details

We do a lot of cooking now that we have our fully functioning kitchen! You might remember that last year we didn’t have a kitchen for Thanksgiving, so it was a special time this year.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

There’s no where we’d rather be than gathered together in our cozy little home.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We definitely feel blessed to be able to do so much together as a family right here in our home! We work, play, eat and repeat. This is our life and we are grateful for it.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Christmas Houses // Stockings Source // Stool Source

We’re always surrounded by projects in progress! For example, as we were cooking  Thanksgiving dinner we were preparing to pack up these gift boxes for our growing Pure & Lovely Tribe (y’all are invited to join us!).

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Jack was in his element on Thanksgiving, he loves the activity and commotion of people and pets gathering. He’s very much an extrovert. :)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

With friends and family around, there is always a lot of good food!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)
Goldendoodle Plate (this one may be sold out but hopefully will return soon!)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

And of course, we are fans of festive drinks! My sister’s special Spanish coffee has become a tradition. I’ll see if I can get a recipe from her, it was good!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We may have to squeeze in tables, chairs and pups but we always make room for more!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We are grateful for so much, so many blessings and a happy healthy family.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

This furry friend is my sister’s dog, Luna. They got to hang out together for a couple of days. Jack and Luna get along great and are good buds.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We had a camera crew here just before Thanksgiving to film videos for my books! I can’t wait to show you once they are complete.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Since our home is also like our studio and our warehouse (haha), rooms sometimes have to change from Christmas to spring or winter all in one day.

It can be a little chaotic at times. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about embracing change and going with the flow.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Speaking of going with the flow, Bella decided this table would make a comfy spot to curl up (on a backpack?!) even though we have a no dogs on the table rule (hahah, apparently I didn’t make that clear enough).

We were just as shocked as you probably are to see here there smiling like she was the most clever dog on the planet. You just never know what might happen when you have dogs. They they bring laughter to our home everyday.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

I also have a no TV in the living room rule (well, it’s more of a personal preference), but we set up a TV in our main room over Thanksgiving so our family could play the fun group game I told you about recently (called Drawful on the PS4–you can all play with your phones!).

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We pulled up chairs, snuggled up and played for hours! I’m terrible at it, but it’s fun anyway.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

All the dogs were exhausted by the end of the day.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

But the next day, everyone was up and out for more adventures!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Hope you all are embracing all the simple joys in each season.

You can follow along with all of our Instagrams below:

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

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Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)
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