Earlier this week I shared my office and today I want to show you how I will also use this room for guests. Yes, believe it or not, there are some sad souls out there who think visiting this crazy house is a good idea. When they come I want to have a place to make them feel comfortable. Although we do have an air mattress we could throw between the boys’ twin beds, I am thinking we should go a little more luxe.
Here is the room as I shared it as an office:
And here it is with a few changes, serving as a guest room:
All of these changes require minimal work so it will be easy to flip the room for a weekend visitor. First, I switch the direction of the bed. This bed is on casters which makes it a breeze to switch. Nobody likes to get stuck sleeping up next to the wall (hello face plant!) so I wanted to make sure the bed can be accessed from both sides. I removed some of the pillows, but otherwise kept the bedding the same. I added in another side table, which is an easy lightweight piece to move in and out. You can read about that DIY here.
I also brought in a spare ottoman from our living room. It serves as an end-of-bed bench which can be a nice place to unpack a suitcase or sit to put on shoes. I bought this ottoman un-upholstered at the Pottery Barn Outlet and have yet to cover it with anything. My quick “slip cover” solution is one of these West Elm spa towels.
With the guest room set up, there is no room for the kid area. It works out well anyways because most people that are visiting us are bringing kids so we can always use the extra kid seating in our dining room, which is where the little table and chairs will go when we have guests. Instead the shelves can be used for a vanity area. I moved the small mirrors from above the cabinet to these shelves along with a barstool so that guests could put on makeup or get ready for the day. It’s always nice to have a mirror and area to touch yourself up instead of leaving your room for a bathroom. Nothing like getting caught plucking your eyebrows!
BTW Taylor also revamped this old stool of ours by painting and sealing the top of it white. The man is earning big points with me lately For us joint projects are not our strong suit. Our worst nightmare is to work somewhere side by side. He is so precise. I am so not. It works for marriage but not DIY. So I am proud to report no papers filed and three chairs revamped!!
With the mirrors gone I wanted to add something to the blank area above the cabinet. Because I used Command Picture Hanging strips, switching out the mirrors is a breeze. I decided to just put up a blank burlap memo bulletin board. Depending on who is coming to visit, I can put up relevant pictures or momentos. For this hypothetical visit my friend Cameron is coming to visit. That’s her and I and her precious daughter, Bowen.
I also cleared more space on the cabinet top so our guests would have plenty of space to lay out their own stuff. It’s always nice to have trays and dishes for stray jewelry, change, and stuff. And no guest room is complete without fresh flowers. Go all out. You can do it for cheap! I spent $10 on flowers at Whole Foods and was able to make three hearty bouquets.