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.)
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!
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