When we moved into our house I had a general idea how I wanted the guest/college kid room to look. Neural walls, Moroccan rug, white bedding, fun curtains, colorful side tables.
It looked like this.
Cute enough, right? The drapes and rug are from Anthropologie, the side tables are from Wisteria, the lamps are from West Elm, and the mid-century chest was my grandparents. Side note: the college kids think the chest is ugly and dated, but I highly disagree. I love this piece so much and well, they can go back to school for all I care.
Getting back to the room. It's cute, but it's nothing to put on the cover of a magazine.
After a few months I realized white bedding with guests and pets and all that entails wasn't going to cut it. I found a gorgeous Indian Sari-inspired duvet cover at Pottery Barn.
Next up, I replaced the deer head above the bed with a fabulous mid-century mirror that was in my grandparents' house. Upon further investigation it was discovered to be a piece by the late Sebet Silverman. Super cool.
The adjacent wall was a big, blank canvas. I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and came up with a pretty fun and whimsical gallery.
I had a couple of paintings from my grandparents' house to hang, but wasn't sure where to put them until a few days ago. The guest room needed something to give it the WOW factor I'd been missing. I was inspired when I realized the paintings would look great in there. Plus, I really wanted the TV to disappear off the wall. What better way to make something go away than to attract attention elsewhere? That snowballed into me re-painting the red mirror with black milk paint, and adding books and accessories to the top of the chest, plus new knobs. Instead of one long pull I opted for single pulls. I love the way the room turned out.
Did you notice the jar of Gummi Bears? I keep jars of candy throughout the house. That's what makes me Fun Mom.
I think the room turned out great. It doesn't take much to completely transform a ho-hum space into a showstopper. It's eclectic with a bohemian vibe, kind of like me.