We’re less than three weeks away from Thanksgiving and it’s 72ºF in Connecticut today. I think this is God’s way of saying I need to hold off a bit longer on the Christmas decor. I took advantage of the day by having Dave hold me while I was hanging out of my second story window caulking up the trimboard (we’ve got a leak and I’ve got a caulk gun).
In the meantime, here’s how I styled our guest bedroom. If you missed my last post, you can find it here to see how the big pieces came together (on a budget!) before I got down to jazzing it up.
Our turquoise and yellow color palette came from the rolling cart/nightstand that I couldn’t bear to let go of, and so I decorated around it. When you’re working with a small room, it’s tempting to go all white to make it appear cleaner and larger. But, I firmly believe that a few pops of coordinating accent colors can go a long way in making a small room feel light and airy without reminding me of a hospital. And even though this is a small room, there were a surprising number of things I had to find for it (two beds equals double the decor!), which means I fully penny-pinched with each individual item.
If you’re ready, I’m ready:
Nestl Bedding Duvet Cover (Full) – $31.49
Linenspa White Down Alternative Comforter & 2 Pillow Shams (Full) – $34.99 (don’t let the price tag fool you, this is one of my favorite comforters – lightweight, yet warm!
Guken Wraparound Bed Skirt 15″ Drop (Full) – $18.99 (This bed skirt might be one of my favorite purchases because you don’t have to lift up the mattress to put it on, plus it’s got enough of a drop to cover up the fact that I have a cheapsies metal frame.)
Veeyoo Turquoise Throw Blanket – $23.99
Zena 27″ Table Lamp – $56.99 (The turquoise reminds me of the sea, and so does this lamp.)
While there were a few challenges with getting this room oriented, one of the biggest ones I found was not being able to do a proper headboard for both beds because 1) We didn’t have horizontal enough space as we needed all the clearance we could get between the beds and the doors and 2) We have slanty ceilings so no vertical space to be found either.
I found the macramé (that’s French and it’s referring to the dreamcatcher-like thing above the beds) at HomeGoods and realized it was the solution to all my above-bed negative space issues. While I could have done framed art above the beds, I wanted something soft so that guests could still lean against the wall with a pillow since there’s no headboard.
And lastly, the yellow lumbar pillows were a solution to making the beds look complete without throwing 800 pillows onto it (it’s a guest room and nobody wants to figure out where to put all those extra decorative pillows). They were also HomeGoods finds, but here are dupes for the both the pillows and the macramé online:
Oversized Velvet Throw Pillow (Yellow) – $17.00 (Make sure you get an oversized pillow if this is going to be your only decorative pillow. We want it to take up enough space to look intentional.)
Livalaya Wall Hanging Macramé – $15.95
If you’re somewhere in the northeast, I hope you’re enjoying this random burst of spring before the chill sets in again, and if you’re not, I hope these sunflowers brought a bit of sunshine to your day anyways.
“Sometimes big problems are best solved with lots of small and creative solutions.” – Ricardo Salinas Pliego