As promised, I’m back today to share a few photos from our makeshift guest room. This room is 1 of our 3 bedrooms in this house and it’s itty bitty. Because the bedrooms are so small its really important to keep them clutter free and to practice the art of restraint. I’ll be honest and say that pulling this room together hasn’t been on my priority list and it’s currently filled with the “leftover” furniture. If you’re in your 20’s you can probably relate to having a mix of college student furniture and your first “adult” quality purchases. Our previous guest rooms have been know as the place where college furniture goes to die.
When we moved into this new house back in June, I was determined to leave all the cheaper furniture in St. Louis and live with skimpy rooms here in Denver until we have the budget to afford nice pieces. The furniture in the room is a collection of items never really extended to be in the guest room, but I think it’s working. Mosts importantly, we can currently have one house guest for those of you passing through. We’ll be upgrading to a queen bed soon so we can have some of our favorite couples come stay with us!
My tips and suggestions for renters and home owners after the jump!
If you’re renting you can…
1. Replace the closet door pulls to feel more custom.
2. Paint the walls a nice crisp white. This is a great post that talks about all the white paint options.
3. Removing the cheap blinds (if you’re allowed), or just pull them all the way up.
4. Add some personality with handing artwork, hat/coat hooks and a few of your favorite magazines.
5. Reuse old furniture pieces like this headboard (found in a dumpster!) and DIY platform bed from our previous guest room.
6. Make sure you invest in quality bed linens and accent pillows (these pillows from The Citizenry).
7. Add some greenery or fresh flowers. I cut a branch down for an evergreen in my backyard.
If we owned this house…
1. Invest in quality linen shades similar to these.
2. I’d most likely replace the closet doors completely and use that space in a more unique way (bench seat reading nook?)
3. We’d restain the lovely solid wood floors with a darker stain like this.
That’s about it. This room has a simple purpose and doesn’t need a whole lot of attention. If I owned this house, I’d rather spend my renovation money toward making the guest bathroom a sanctuary because who doesn’t love a fancy pants bathroom.