Guest Room Makeover Reveal & $500 giveaway

by | Apr 29, 2019 | All Things Home, Decorating, Guest Room, My House, Room Makeovers | 142 comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Annie Selke (Pine Cone Hill & Dash & Albert).  All words and opinions are honest and my own.

The guest room is finally done and I am so happy with how it turned out!!  I went out on a limb in this room a few different ways.  One of them was the color palette.  I strayed from my typical blues, greens, grays, and whites, and went with beige, cream, and yellow with a touch of blue.  The other decision that stretched me was wallpapering an entire room.  I’ve done a small bathroom before, but tackling an entire bedroom was a new challenge for me.  A guest room is a great place to experiment, though, and this was a successful experiment in my opinion!

Here is how the room looked before…

It had a good foundation and bones, but it was just a boring box.

My mom, who was visiting when we worked on the guest room, and I started by installing chair rail and picture frame molding around the entire room.  This added some architectural interest to the room along with a touch of classic elegance.  I couldn’t believe how easy and inexpensive it was and now I want to do it in almost every room!  You can find a tutorial on how to install it HERE.

We then installed the Antigua Oak wallpaper above the chair rail.  It’s an unpasted wallpaper and I was a little nervous about that, but I found I preferred it to pre-pasted paper.  You can read my tips on selecting wallpaper HERE, my tutorial for hanging it HERE, and my wallpaper paste comparison post HERE.

This one-two combination on the walls definitely made the biggest difference in the space and fixed the boring box issue.

For the decor, I wanted an eclectic, European feel.  I didn’t want everything to match perfectly, but to have a sense of history and that it was all collected over time.

The antique dresser is a much better scale to use as a side table in this room.  I bought it for $150 at a local antique mall.  The dresser may end up painted at some point, but I’m leaving it as is for now.

The antique baby dress is a family piece and I mounted and framed it myself in a frame I already had.  You can see the tutorial for framing a baby dress HERE.

I painted the doors Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore, which is the color I’ve used on all of the interior doors in the house.  I like how it makes a typical six-panel door look a bit more custom and it makes the trim pop.

I found the German doe antlers at Junk Bonanza and bought the vintage German oil paintings off of Etsy a few years ago.

I ended up using sheer curtains behind the closet doors.  They block the view of the stored stuff (which isn’t particularly pretty) and look fitting with the style of the room.

The chandelier is an antique and was purchased at Junk Bonanza last year for $125.

I hung a collection of ironstone platters and plates over the bed.  It adds some height and texture without detracting from or competing with the wallpaper pattern.  (For those worried about platters falling off the wall, I’ve hung them on the walls over beds for years and have never had one fall.)

I reupholstered the bed in Adams Ticking Gold Indoor/Outdoor fabric.  You can see the tutorial on how I did that HERE.

The gold bedding is from Pine Cone Hill, but it was retired a few years ago.  I purchased the white pillowcases with the crochet trim at an antique market in Lucca, Italy last fall.  The cream bolster pillow with blue stripes is the Ibiza Decorative Pillow I got a few years ago.

The quilt on the bed is the Brussels Quilt in Ivory.  The guest room is in the basement, so it can get very cold down there and we need lots of blankets.  This is a nice, thick quilt that provides lots of warmth.  And the texture is just yummy!

I found the mirror at a local consignment shop for $60 as well as the dresser on the left side of the bed for $130.

This one might get painted as well, but I’m waiting until I am 100% sure I want to paint them.  For now,  I like the warmth of the wood.

The plantation shutters also add some architectural interest to the room and, of course, provide privacy and light control.  They are from Select Blinds.

The wing chair was free and I have had it and it’s twin for over 10 years.  I slipcovered it in antique hemp sheets a few years ago.  You can find the tutorial series on how to make a slipcover HERE.  I bought the portrait print of Jenny Lind at an antique store for $60.  I think I’m going to paint over it in clear gesso and then try to paint the same portrait in oils.  It’ll be a fun project to try!

An antique quilt is draped across the back of the chair to bring some blue to that corner of the room and the Bauble Chenille Ivory Throw is an extra blanket at the ready.

The 1800’s German wardrobe with the original mustard paint was the jumping off point for using yellow in this room.  I bought it last fall from a vendor I met at Gold Rush.  It wasn’t at the event, but the vendor had an antique Swedish desk that caught my attention, so I asked them if they had any European wardrobes.  They had this one in their stash and it was absolutely perfect.  I purchased it from them and they delivered it to me the next time they were coming through my area.  I use it to hold my shipping supplies for the oil paintings I sell online.

The antique splint basket was purchased a few years ago from one of my favorite antique stores in Carlisle, PA.

And that’s it!

To me, this room is a good example of pairing high-end pieces with bargains to create a beautiful, liveable space.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!

If you’d like to win some $500 shopping spree from Annie Selke (Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert), hop over to my Instagram to enter the giveaway…


  1. Ann

    The room turned out beautiful and clearly demonstrates that you’re not a one-trick-pony when it comes to your palette!

  2. Cindy

    Been watching this project from the start. What a gorgeous and unique mixture of colors and texture. Amazing! Great job Marion

  3. Jacque Greenhaw

    I absolutely love it. First time to visit your page and I will certainly be back!

  4. Sue

    I think it turned out beautiful. A classic room with modern and antique touches, (that is still true to your style) that looks beautiful without being pretentious or stuffy. I love all the details in the room from the wallpaper and molding to the upholstered bed and pretty linens. The furniture just adds to the warmth of the room. It also doesn’t look like every other guest room on IG which is lovely. Very well done, Marion. One of my favorite rooms for sure.

  5. Pamela

    I think the room is exquisite. It turned out absolutely amazing and truly magazine worthy. Where I live thats the highest complement one woman can give to another, “that looks good enough to be in a magazine.” Only one thing. If I were a guest, I’d worry a bit about the ironstone crashing on my head. Don’t get me wrong, I love ironstome, I collect it and use it. I’m just not so sure I would trust it over my head in bed.

  6. Melissa

    Just stunning! Looks so comfy and welcoming.

  7. Lynne

    I am truly impressed with this room. You are very talented!

  8. Patricia Smith

    II cannot 3express how much I love this room. I am a blue girl and yet, even with very little blue, this room ‘trips my trigger’! Well done!

  9. jean

    This is absolutely one of the most beautiful, peaceful bedrooms!!!! Everything feels so serene. Not overstated just the right amount of everything you used. I would love to know where you found those big, beautiful lamps. I’ve never seen wooden lamps like those. I love them. The wallpaper, and I LOVE, LOVE the Ironstone over the BED!!! I hand plates on my walls, over the bed especially!!! I love that look. You are so talented and very informative. I love your tutorials; you help us in so many ways. Again, I just love, love this bedroom. The German wardrobe is awesome!!!!! You snagged a beautiful piece of furniture that will be a forever heirloom to be past down. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this project with us and it is stunning!!!

  10. Rebecca Neustel

    I think this bedroom is one of the prettiest bedrooms you’ve done—I think because it’s in the color palette I love rather than the cooler colors. All the antique stained wood is my favorite, too. lol We’ve just bought a home in AZ for our retirement, and we’ve been living in York, PA. I guess we’ll just have to turn up the a/c to use all my blankets and quilts!! lol

  11. Megan Harpring

    Beautiful room!!! And I Love those warm wood tones!! Not orangey or anything! But I’m not seeing “mustard yellow” in the wardrobe? Maybe just the lighting? Or my phone? LOL Would love to see how that works. Also, did you size? the walls?? I would love to hang some wallpaper but Im scared to death I won’t like it and won’t be able to get it off lol

  12. Judi

    Love this room! I am considering this exact wallpaper for our Powder room. Is this color more towards a green or tan (brownish)? You are awesome, I’ve have followed you from the beginning! Thanks Marion!

  13. Cynthia Tennant

    Just now getting to see this post. Very inviting room! I really like the gold tones in the bedding and the warmth the wood on the furniture adds! The fabric on the headboard and footboard is wonderful. I’m don’t usually like wallpaper but I do like this one. Very well done!!!!

  14. Molly

    This room is beautiful and I adore it. So inspiring! Are the lamps antique? Looking for big chunky lamps like that.

    • Marian Parsons

      No, they are not antique. I bought them from HomeGoods.


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