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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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Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney’s Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)
Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Well, hello! It’s Courtney (Melissa’s daughter) here today! Some of you who have been around The Inspired Room for awhile might remember a few years ago when I moved into a tiny bedroom, (actually it was probably intended to be an office) on the entry level of my sister Kylee and brother-in-law’s Seattle townhouse.

By little, we’re talking less than 9 feet by 9 feet with a sliding door on one wall, and a bit smaller because of an angled wall. At first, I wasn’t even sure if I could fit a twin bed in here! With a little creativity and very intentional choices, this room became a really comfortable spot. It’s still a small space for sure, but I decided to make the most out of its coziness. I completely love how it turned out.

I can’t even believe it’s been almost three years now that I’ve lived here! When I first moved in, I had been out of college for a year and had just started my dream job–working for The Inspired Room full time. I shared this empty room on the blog with high hopes that I would document the whole decorating process, but here we are a few years later and I’m just sharing the reveal! You’ll have to forgive me, ha! :) I’ve been a little bit busy since then, along for the ride throughout every project, blog post, and book creation.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

So now that I’m finally here to show you my finished room, it seems like the appropriate time to share that I’m actually MOVING. Like, today…as you read this blog post.

I’m so excited to be moving to my very own, very first apartment! Eeee! It’s been in the works for awhile, but Seattle is a spendy city to live in so I’ve been taking my time and enjoying living here until I found the right next spot.

I cannot wait to show you all my new home. I can’t wait to get in there and start making it my own! I won’t promise how frequently I will do blog posts on here because we know how that went last time. ;) But I can tell you that there’s a strong chance that I’ll have a lot more to share.

If you want a sneak peek of my new place, come follow me on Instagram! I’ll be sharing Insta stories TODAY and this weekend throughout the moving process, and more stories and photos as I get settled.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

But now, back to my current room!

This room has treated me so well. It’s been the coziest little nest. I love all the natural light it gets throughout the day–such a game changer in a small space. It has its own bathroom attached and a closet. A very tiny closet, but enough room to hang a few things and tuck away some clothes! I’ll show you a peek into the closet and my other storage later on in this post.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)Daybed / Sisal rug

If there was one thing I knew before I moved into this space, it’s that I was going to need to be very intentional with my furniture choices to make them as functional as possible. First and foremost, my daybed!

I considered lots of daybed options (I shared a round-up here), but I’ve been so happy with the one I chose. I utilized the space below with storage boxes–no wasted space in here! I filled the bed up with lots of cozy pillows including three firm Euro pillows in the back. I plan on using the daybed as my sofa in my new apartment–just as I hoped would be the case when I first bought it!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

The shelving unit to the left of my bed is called the Ikea Lack Shelf. I don’t think there could have been a more perfect option for this small spot! It not only was great for displaying books and accessories but it also held a clamp light for reading. The shelf has the option of being hung up on the wall, but I didn’t do that.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

This little ottoman with an added mirrored tray has been my trusty nightstand and a coffee table, but the top lifts off and reveals that it’s actually full of shoes :) Triple-duty for the win.

This sisal rug has been a great addition to the room, too. I love the subtle pattern and texture it brings to the space.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I wanted to use this angled wall as a spot for a little ‘entry’ table. It was surprisingly difficult to find the right size table for this wall! I tried a few options before this that just weren’t right. I ended up finding this great console table from Ikea with a shelf below for books. I knew I’d constantly run into the corners of a rectangular console, so the curved shape was perfect.

The pretty canvas is from the talented Lindsay Letters.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)White Pencil Tin

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

String lights were a necessity in here. I rarely ever use the overhead light because these are so warm and magical!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

One great perk I discovered with this small space is that in order to access my closet, I had to make my bed first thing everyday. Not just because my mom told me to, but this corner is where I staked my extra pillows stacked at night. So, in order to even get to my closet, I had to make my bed. Ha! Small space problems.

I would have made my bed either way, though, because a tiny room with an unmade bed as the main feature would just not be very inviting.

I added a tension rod to my closet, a hanging shelf system, a plastic drawer unit, and over-the-door hooks to maximize every square inch of my space.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)Shower Curtain (sadly sold out!) // Bath Mat // Black & White Rug

There’s my bathroom, also on the small side but definitely not the tiniest!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

This right here is the main reason I survived in the storage department. It’s the IKEA Pax Wardrobe with the Bergsbo door. It comes as an empty frame that you can customize with shelves or drawers inside. I added multiple shelves and a soft closing drawer.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Thank goodness for closed storage! Having these shelves concealed kept the room feeling calm and simple instead of chaotic.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I also added this gold handle in the 10.5 inch size. I had to use a drill to make this happen, people. Very proud of my DIY skills.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

An over-the-door mirror helped to visually expand the space and bounced in some extra light, too.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)Hooks / Similar Backpack

This right here is my mudroom. Hahaha. But seriously, these hooks behind my door were a great spot for coats or bags. I love the shallow little shelf for styling, too.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I layered a couple of rugs in here to jazz up the wall to wall carpet and make it feel homey.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I’m going to miss this room for sure! I get a little sentimental when it comes to homes because they represent so much more than just decor or furniture, you know? A lot of life was lived with this cozy place always welcoming me back! I’m grateful to my sister and brother-in-law for letting their little sis rent this tiny space so I could have a smoother and more affordable transition from college life to official adulting. :)

I hope you enjoyed my tour today. I’m excited for the adventures ahead as I move into my next home.

Don’t forget to come follow me on Instagram to get a sneak peek of my new Seattle apartment and watch my stories as I move in this weekend!

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Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

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IKEA Lack Wall Shelf Unit

Sisal Patterned Rug

Blue and White Floral Pillow Cover

Gray Textured Pillow Cover

Single IKEA Pax Wardrobe Frame with Bergsbo door

Wardrobe gold handle

Ticking stripe duvet and pillowcases

6 Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer

Copper String Lights

Hook Rail with Shelf

Over-the-Door Mirror (similar)

White Console Table

White Tin Pencil Box with Teepee (on console)

Floral Pencils

Floral Books on Shelf

White and Gold Plug-in Wall Sconce

Wall Clock by Newgate (mine is this one)

White Alarm Clock

Floral Art Print

“A Good Deed” Art Print

Gray Storage Ottoman

Gold Mirrored Tray

Watercolor Calligraphy Canvas

Brown Cable Knit Throw

Pink Throw Blanket

Blue and White Lamp – Thrifted

Blue and White Backpack (same brand, similar style)

White Euro Shams

Euro Pillow Inserts (similar)

White Cotton Blanket

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

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