The Guest Bedroom

I've been neglecting the second floor of the house since we've moved in. Our bedroom is on the third floor, and our main living area is on the first, so I typically bypass the second floor unless I am doing laundry. (Here's a quick rendering of the house to get your bearings)

By and large, the second floor is in the same condition as the day we moved in. I spruced up the office with new paint and a few decorations, but other than that - nada.

We chucked all of our stuff in there and usually only make it presentable when visitors are coming to stay the night.

Well, this sort of non-sense is a thing of the past! It's time to make things look pretty. Here are my thoughts.

Easy enough, right? Wrong. I'm way better at making these mood boards in Photoshop than actually executing them in real life. But this time, it might be different since I have a lot of these elements already.

So what do I have you ask? I have this soft and faded blue and white striped bedding from Ikea that I was immediately drawn to.

I'll pair that with a white quilt, white euro shams, and two Mia Ikat shams in Porcelain Blue from Pottery Barn.

I have the blonde dresser, brass lamps (which will be outfitted with new, white drum shades), an over sized antique gold mirror, and of course the gold sun burst mirror that seems to make an appearance in every room of my house.

The painting in the mood board is by Clare Elsaesser, called Married to the Sea. I'm obsessed with it, and I basically designed this room around it. Because I'm irrational like that.

Down the line, I'd love to buy a cool luggage rack, paint the nightstands white, add new hardware, and install a ceiling fan (the room gets a lot of light during the summer, so it's pretty toasty in there!) Those all fall into the "phase 2" category of my guest bedroom overhaul.

For now, it's time for the most unglamorous, but necessary party of the project. Painting. I bought Ben Moore's Moonshine and got to work last weekend. After a full Sunday of cutting in and climbing up and down the ladder, it's finished and I LOVE it! The shade is vaguely minty green, with grey undertones. Sometimes, like in these pictures, it even looks a little blue. It's a very cool color!

Also part of this job is painting the trim, baseboards and doors white. It's tedious and back breaking and I'm not going to bore you with the details...but it's almost done!

So that's where I am. Hopefully by the weekend, this room will start to take shape. I have a serene and soft feel in mind (like this or this).

In the meantime, I'll be scouring Craigslist for a queen head and foot board to re-purpose. Any tips for finding affordable furniture you'd like to share?