Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Guest Room Reveal

I'm so excited to "unveil" my parents' new guest room today!

Remember the old version?
(sad face)

Who else is delighted that my parents' guest room doesn't look like that anymore?

I apologize to all the Winnie-the-Pooh wallpaper fans in the audience.

 I used their great headboard and beautiful Pottery Barn bedding as a jumping off point, so I really just did some relatively minor things to transform the space. I'm happy with how it's turned out. (Even though the paint is not quite what I wanted... it's close. ish.)

Here's a breakdown of what I did:
  • Painted ceiling & walls
  • Installed new ceiling fan with light kit (If by "installed" I meant "let my husband install" then I'd be telling the truth.)
  • Added new bedside tables & lamps
  • Replaced ugly unfinished wood closet door knobs
  • Hung a curtain rod and new drapes
  • Brought in some accessories: a round "blanket" basket, a new cable-knit throw (be still my heart) & a vase with curly sticky things for increased cuteness.
  • Installed new CARPET!
Admittedly I had nothing to do with the carpet, but my parents sure timed it well. I got to spill paint to my heart's content and then two days later somebody came in and made it all disappear. If only it was always that easy, right?

Here's a reminder of what their carpet used to look like...

1980's chic, maybe? What was the trend of putting different colored carpet in different rooms, butted up against each other all about, anyway?

And here's the new carpet, which they've also installed in the upstairs landing, down the steps and into the family room.

Soooo much better, right?

My parents just finished a kitchen remodel this summer and now they're adding hardwood to their living and dining rooms, adding a skylight and fancy chandeliers... pretty much what I wish I could be doing at my house right now. (Napoleon Dynamite: "Lucky!")

And here's one of my favorite paintings...

which now lives in the guest room so that I can enjoy it whenever I'm visiting!

What do you think?


  1. You're awesome! So when do you want to fly to Michigan to help me figure out a few rooms in my house? :)

  2. Haha about the different color carpets, because my parents changed the carpet in their house a few years ago, and that's totally what they did! We have a pink room, salmon room, and blue room. And this was just 4 years ago...I blame it on their Asianess?? So...when you coming to Seattle?? I need an IKEA buddy!

  3. Wow! What a huge transformation! Great job!

  4. That looks great! I would want to be a guest in that room too!

    You should link it up at my party.

  5. Ooooh Karen, what I would give to go to Seattle and rummage through IKEA with you. Sounds like a fabulous time!

  6. What a transformation! Great the colors!

  7. Wow, what a difference! Any guest would love to stay in that room. You did a fantastic job putting it all together. Thanks so much for linking this :)

  8. It is very beautiful and peaceful! Great job!!

  9. wow great job. the room looks amazing!
    Im your newest follower!!!

  10. You are amazing. That room is the bomb!

  11. Love the new room. The new carpet really changes the space.

    I hope you can stop by my blog on Sunday for my Show Off Sunday Party. I would love for you to share your project with my followers.

  12. Beautiful Makeover. Love the blue paint!

  13. What a beautiful room! I love the new carpet. We've been meaning to replace our icky blue carpet forever!

    If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and post this on my Not "Baaad" Sundays linky. There is a weekly contest for Best in Show :)

  14. Love it!!! What a difference! The headboard and bedding is beautiful.

  15. Beautiful bedding and it looks like a great jump start for the rest of the room.

    Regarding the different colored carpet. I'd never seen it until I was at my cousin's friend's home in the 80's. Their mom let all 3 kids pick out their own carpet for their rooms. I recall the hallway being this really dark brown with these 3 rooms of BRIGHT vidid colored carpet. Even at that time, I thought it looked hideous. I'm with you. Why people thought that looked good, I'll never understand either.

    Then again in 20 or 30 years the next generation will probably pick on some trend we've done and asked what we were thinking. Eeks!

  16. What an amazing transformation! So tranquil. Such simple, but beautiful accessories. Good bye to the Pooh border. I have some wallpaper border (grapes, not Pooh) at the ceiling in my kitchen. Note to self...despite what the latest designer idea is, do not install anything else near the ceiling on a whim.

  17. What do I think? I'd stay there~longer than you ever wanted, too. :)

    It looks great! A very pretty room.

  18. What a transformation! Great job!

  19. Oh my gosh, what a transformation. Wish you could come to my house!
    Love this!

  20. Looks amazing~!~!~! I really like how it turned out! I am sure you are loving it too.
    Bonnie :)

  21. The room turned out wonderful! What a great makeover! The carpet is a major plus!! I am still saving to get rid of the hunter green carpet that is in our WHOLE house!!

    I am having a giveaway if you would like to enter!! Have a great week!

  22. i'm redoing my bedroom right now, and love your lamp re-do! Linking from Saturday Spotlight!

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