Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Guest Bedroom


Guest Room Furnished with Sale, Vintage and "Dumpster" Items!

Living with three males, the guest room has really been the only space to which I have been given "carte blanche" in terms of designing.  I like the way this room has turned out, especially since I did it for so little money.  Interestingly, the men of the house actually seem drawn to this room because it has a clean, fresh feel and gets lots of sunlight.  This room also doubles as an office for me. 

Here is my little tour:

The bed was purchased on sale many, many years ago.  I have always loved it.  Everything you see was bought for a seriously tiny amount of money.  The little white end tables were being thrown away by a relative many years ago and are likely from around the 1940-50s.  They were formerly part of a little girl's dressing room set and had been painted a bad shade of chartreuse green.  I loved their cute shape and immediately saved them from the dumpster and painted them a fresh white.  Much better!  :)

The bedding is a combo of various things I have picked up on sale over the last few years.  The black damask pillow was from Marshall's and the white one behind it was from IKEA.  The matching black and white lamps are from Target.  Years ago, I purchased the shams and comforter on sale at JCP.  The white duvet cover was a hand-me-down.

The mirror above the bed was actually a damaged clearance item from Home Goods.  And the bird print is actually a sample swatch of fabric I received for free from the Baker design showroom when I was on a field trip there.  :)  I simply stuck it in an old frame.  The sailboat print is actually a photograph done on canvas and was in the gross clearance pile of junk at Marshall's.  My husband loves to sail so of course I scooped it up!  I think it looks great in this room.

One nice architectural feature of the room, besides the chair rail, are two built-in bookcases, each flanking the large window.  This one holds most of my hubby's economic books, as well as a few of my things, including two childhood teddy bears that I cannot seem to part with.  Vintage bears!

This chair is an antique and was $25 at a flea market in Texas when we lived there YEARS ago.  It's been recovered many times and since repainted.  It is next to my little built in desk area where I sometimes sit and work.

Above is a file cabinet that stores many of my psych files.  It was a throw away also found in Texas...old and failing apart, an ugly chipped up maple.  I sanded it down and painted it black and like it much better now!

Above is the only dresser in the room, an old white wicker chest that I used in the nursery for each baby.  It is another of those items that has such sentimental value that I doubt I will ever part with it.  The drawers now store art supplies, printer paper etc. 

This is not a great shot, but you can get an idea of the room's nice window with the bookcases on either side.  The window treatment is a simple white wood blind. 

I have recently added another piece of art to the room, a bargain find from Home Goods:

I love the crisp black and white painted design...and it fits with the femme nature of the space...

I also recently added a black bed skirt and swapped the white duvet for an old, comfy matelasse bedspread, which provides a bit more texture. 

The room is painted in Antique White by Behr, with Pure White trim by Valspar.

Overall, the room is a restful, pretty space.  It feels tranquil and fresh....like a room in a cottage by the sea, even though it is actually found within cookie-cutter suburbia!  :)

I hope you enjoyed this mini room tour!

Blessings, Steph.


  1. Beautiful guest room. Black and white in decorating makes a wonderful statement.

  2. Beautiful guest room...can I be a guest :-) ???

    Stop by for a chance to win some vintage linen

  3. I did enjoy this tour. I would love to be a guest in this room.

  4. Thank you all for your sweet comments!

  5. Just stopping in from Saavy Southern Style to say I love your black and white guest room! Such a classic color combination and one of my all time favorites!
    ~Cindy :o}

  6. It's beautiful! I love the colors you chose- it looks so soothing and relaxing. Your guests are very lucky!

  7. Hello Steph! I liked your room so much I linked it to my guest rooms post today - well done!

  8. I would love to be a guest in your home. Your room is lovely!

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