A Little Change in the Guest Room

Today I wanted to share a little change I did in the guest room.  The shams we had on the back pillows in this room were on their last legs and desperately needed to be replaced. I wasn’t loving the bedding after we upgraded the headboard and wanted something more modern.

Luckily a friend was making an IKEA run on a trip down south and agreed to pick up a couple items for me, including a duvet set.  Although I didn’t want the duvet itself, the shams were exactly what I’d been looking for to coordinate with the throw pillow we got on our trip to Scotland.

The subtle grey ticking stripes pick up the blues in the new throw pillow and bring just enough pattern to the bedding without being overwhelming.  I also like the combination of the stripes on the throw pillow and the shams.

While I was changing out the shams I decided to swap the throw blanket for a fur one I already had.  It makes the space cozy while we’re still in the grasp of winter.  I also moved the vintage crock from the corner by the closet to the other side to balance out the space a bit more, which allowed me to center the bed on the wall.  I added one of the cute little faux trees I picked up after Christmas to fill the corner and add a bit of greenery.

I still need to refinish the dresser, faux shiplap the wall and find art for above the bed.   I tested out the tobacco baskets I planned to relocate here and wasn’t loving them so I’m now thinking about getting one of the big vintage window shapes from Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia line.  But that’s not in the budget right now.  After our recent overnight earthquake I know it has to be something light weight in case it did get shaken off in future quakes so our guests stay safe!  I’d love to hear ideas you might have.

New Bedding in the Master

WideAngleFromDoorI know what you’re thinking, it’s No-Spend April so why is she telling us about new bedding?!  Don’t worry these changes were made back in February and March, I just haven’t had a chance to share them yet.

Just before our vacation in Hawaii we agreed to temporarily take in a friend’s dog when his roommate got deployed suddenly and could no longer watch the dog while our friend was out of state.  The dog stayed with our pups while we were in Hawaii, but apparently had some anxiety about the change and ATE a huge hole in both the coverlet and throw on the bed overnight!  Our poor house sitter was pretty upset to discover the problem.  We confirmed that both pieces were not repairable and had to be replaced so we went shopping for new bedding in Hawaii and brought it home with us.

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Here’s how the room looked the last time I shared it.  Not bad, but not amazing either.  I began changing things up in here last year, starting with selling the art over the bed.  It was pretty but didn’t jive with what we had going on in the rest of the house and I felt it was a tad small for that spot anyway.  I updated the curtains and throw blanket after our trip to last summer, but didn’t share them on the blog because I wanted to wait until it all came together.  You can see peeks of those changes when I shared the bench the hubs built for the foot of the bed.

During that time I also agreed to reduce the number of pillows on the bed.  The hubs is not a fan of multiple pillows and having to move them every night only to put them back the next morning so they often ended up stacked on the tub in our bathroom, which drove me nuts!  Rather than fight the idea I decided to try simplifying and see how I liked it.  Turns out I don’t miss moving the pillows either and I like that making the bed is easier with three pillows opposed to 8!  In fact, I like it so much that I’ve reduced the pillows in the foster room as well!  But even with less of them, the new grain sack pillow in the middle is what really what made this room come together for me.

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The new coverlet and throw came from TJMaxx in Honolulu and I wasn’t sure about them at first.  It wasn’t a dramatic change from the tan coverlet and blue throw, but it took me a while to get used to the new colors.  Adding the grain sack pillow I ordered at the Vintage Market last month was the key.  The grey stripes coordinated with the grey throw and the black stripe tied into the metal of the bench at the food of the bed.  I moved the magnolia wreath I’d had out in the family room over the bed and suddenly I had a simple but pretty farmhouse style bedroom!

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That little bit of green in the wreath and the blues and greens in the curtains pop against the the neutrals but in a classic way.  It feels chic, but simple and very relaxing – just as a master bedroom should be.

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Here’s a shot where you can see the whole combination of the bed, bedding and bench.  There’s a lot of textures going on, but because most are neutrals it’s not overwhelming like the darker bold colors we had before.

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The grain sack pillow is actually painted rather than authentic fabric.  Although I’d prefer the real deal, it was out of the budget and this option allowed me to support another local artisan who let me customize just what I wanted.  In my excitement about the market I only specified which colors I wanted when I ordered and forgot to mention which direction I wanted the stripe to go, but I think the end result works perfectly.

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The back is closed with simple ties down the length of the pillow, which makes taking it off for cleaning super easy.

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The changes make the space so bright and inviting.  Plus it ties into the modern farmhouse feel in the rest of the house.  Now I just need to find more time to enjoy naps in here! 🙂

TDC Before and After