Emma’s Guest Room Makeover

Emma's guest bedroomElsie Larson and Emma ChapmanI am so stoked to share my guest bedroom makeover with you guys today. Elsie and I worked on this makeover together, emailing ideas back and forth, because 1.) I respect her opinion, and 2.) she and Jeremy are actually the guests who use this room the most when they come back to Springfield to visit or work since their move to Nashville. So it seemed only fitting that she love the space just as much as me – it was a fun sister project to do together.

We also got to work with the awesome folks at Joss & Main. Pretty much all of the items in this room we found on their site, which is huge! And they are hosting a sale right now that ties in with our guest bedroom makeover – so fun!

Guest room before and afterSince Trey and I moved into our home last autumn, the guest bedroom has pretty much just become a catchall for random furniture or items from our last house. Although it was usable… there was a bed you could sleep on after all… the room had ZERO point of view and felt kind of forgotten. And honestly this is because we really don’t use this room ourselves all that much. So I did kind of forget to make it a priority for a while – time to remedy this.

So, my goals for the room were pretty simple:
-Clean out items we no longer want or need.
-Create a clean, cohesive space with a point of view.
-Make sure the room is functional as well as comfortable for guests.
-Keep the room feeling as spacious and free from clutter as possible.

The first thing I did was clean out the space, which included selling the dresser that we really didn’t need and took up a lot of space as well as a rug that I had rolled up in this room that I loved but didn’t really have a spot for in our home (it was from our last house). I ended up selling both items to a friend who sent me some pics of them in her house, and they look just great in her space! I’m glad I didn’t hang on to things I truly didn’t need because now they are appreciated somewhere else.

Joss and Main guest bedroomThe next step was figuring out a cohesive look/color palette, and then getting items that fit this but also helped the overall functionality of the room. One thing that made this easy was the Joss & Main website, which allows you to make Idea Boards right on the site. So I would add items to this, and then let Elsie go check it out – which made working on this long distance a breeze. You can shop anything in this post by visiting this link. Be sure to go check out the sale; it only lasts for two weeks!

Bedside lampExtra blanketsThrow blanket ladderThis room doesn’t have an overhead light (or any builtin lighting), so I knew a good lamp (similar) would be essential. I also love this leaning ladder that I can store extra blankets or towels on for guests. Cute and functional!

Guest bedroom mirrorAcryclic side tableGold bookendJust inside the door there is a beautiful mirror so guests can finish getting ready in the room if they need, an acrylic stacking side table that you can pull out if you want, and a cute little basket I added a few guest snacks too just for fun. Elsie always has snacks in the guest room when I visit her, and I love this. So I figured I’d return the favor. 🙂

Awesome blackout curtainsLove these curtains! The neutral tone went well with our overall design, but they are also blackout curtains, which means guest won’t have to rise with the sun unless they want to. Also, naps are possible. Double win!

Chair cornerGuest bedroom artMini gallery wallPouf and chairNext to the bed is some seating (similar) as well as a pretty pouf. This is the spot to kick back and relax in the room, or you could set your suitcase on the pouf. I’m not strict, so guests can do as they please. 🙂

I also added a little personal touch to this area by printing, framing, and hanging a few pictures I’ve taken from past vacations. I stuck with all ocean/beach pictures because I love them, and I think they also make the room feel calm – kind of beach house feeling.

Bedside tableComfy guest bedroom makeoverI also have this little tray (similar) that sits on the bed that I fill with guest toiletries. My thinking was they can just pick up the entire tray and set it on the hallway bathroom counter, right by their room. But it’s nice to have some little extra things for them in case anyone forgets shampoo or a toothbrush. When I visit Elsie, my usual overpacking of toiletries goes by the wayside because since she’s my sister, I know I can steal a little shampoo from her –I’ve been doing it since high school! So, again, I figured I’d better return the favor.

Also, side note, I haven’t mentioned the headboard yet! I think it’s my favorite item in the whole room, and it really makes a statement without being overly showy. I just love it!

Guest bedroom essentialsEmma Chapman and Elsie LarsonComfy guest bedroom makeoverLast time Elsie and Jeremy came to visit, they got to check out the room and see everything in real life! It was so fun making over a space with my sister, and I can’t wait for them to stay again. Thanks for letting me share my guest room makeover with you! xx. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Project assistance: Claire Shaffer. Photography: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman. 

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