Guest Suite Reveal…

I know it’s been several months since I began sharing this project with you.  I have certainly taken my time sharing new the details of each and every “find” that I decided to add to the room. I have really enjoyed focusing on each project that I’ve been engaged with for this room.  It’s taught me to think “out of the box” and challenge my ‘creative side’ and do things myself.  As some of you may remember this room was once my Son’s room, who is now beginning his Jr. Year at College.  The room sat empty for several months at a time, and was left as a museum of his childhood while he was away.  One day while cleaning it, I realized how horrible the carpet was and needed to be replaced. I then looked at the walls and thought those needed a fresh coat of paint…and the Ikea furniture had done it’s job well for fifteen years, but could probably be replaced with something else.  After chatting with my husband and my son about the idea of transforming his room into a comfortable ‘Guest Room" and they were both supportive, the project began rolling.  After selling the furniture to a friend, I painted one of the wall room the Restoration Hardware ‘slate’ color.  It took me a few coats to get it right, and a few days of retouching the corners and ceiling of each color to get it perfect.  But I love the contrast it allowed in the room and feel it helped tie all the colors I eventually brought into the room together. Next, began the process replace the carpet with hardwood floors. The hardwoods turned out beautifully and I am so glad we spent the ‘extra’ money on hardwoods to match the other hardwood in the house, rather than putting in another round of carpeting in.  So much easier to keep clean and gives the room a little extra charm that I was looking for.  During the painting and hardwood transformation, I began purchasing flea market and craigslist furniture for the new Guest Suite.  Mixing in both new and used details just felt right to keep the consistency of the rest of the house.  I tried to keep the pieces I found both simple and useful, yet full of character.  I only brought home items that ‘spoke’ to my soul…I didn’t want anything that felt negative or dark in the room ~ I wanted everything to be comforting to any guest that visited and slept here.



The bed itself is the mail structure of the room ~ this beauty was from a dear friend that decided she wanted something different for herself and her husband…and after much thought, I decided it was the perfect fit for my new Guest Suite.  042The many layers of paint and colors in the bed frame gave me so many options to work with.  I loved the grey’s and yellow’s that I could feature in the room.  The bedding I found is all from Target’s Rachel Ashwell ‘Simply Me’ collection.  The several pillow’s that adorn the bed are constantly changed out depending on the look I want.

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Under the bed lays this beautiful antique woven rug.  It brought some romance into the room, blending the hardwoods and the other accents.



My next prized item was the egg blue/grey pie cabinet  that I found on Craigslist from a gal that was closing her shop in downtown Seattle.  037My husband picked it up and brought it home for me ~ as soon as he unloaded it, I knew it was the perfect fit for storing linens in the room.


005Another fantastic Craigslist purchase was the drop leafed table that I painted myself with Annie Sloan Chalkboard paint.  We had remove one side of the table to make the table turned desk more comfortable for our guests to use.  The table top was left the original wood color to tie into the flooring in the room.  Pairing the table with a metal chair from World Market, a Ballard Design wired basket, Pottery 002Barn galvanized small pail filled with Rachel Ashwell desk accessories from Michales hopefully helps our guests feel they have everything they need when working at the desk.  Hoping to eventually have a Television hanging in the corner above the desk will free up the desk for our guests to set their laptops upon it.



Ruffles and Rust out in Snohomish is where I found the nightstand / dresser that can allow our guests to unpack their clothing during their stay.  012They also have the full use of an empty closet with hangers if needed. 006Also situation next to the bed is a wooden tool carrier that I originally purchased for our dog toys…but now holds fantastic magazines for our guests to browse through.



One of my favorite additions to the room was the Pooch 023Bed that I creatively made over to suite being in the Guest Suite.  It was a super fun project for me and I really enjoyed seeing the transformation from start to finish.  It sits on one side of the bed and is a plush spot for any one of our pooches to relax in.


065 (5)Authentic Crystal lamps, and a free standing ornate light gives the room a nostalgic feel to days long gone.  032

I only have a few wall hangings in the room, vintage mirrors, Adeleide Hiebel blue bird series, 011 (17)Cottage Guest wooden sign, and a bluebird print, each and every one of these items comforts me when I walk in the room…as I hope they do any guest that stays. 018 (14)044009 (15)






Also hanging in the room is a dream catcher that I made using just a 034doily and a bunch of ribbon that I have collected over the past year. I love that this dream catcher was hand made by me and looks over my guests in hopes of sweet dreams.


The simplicity of the ‘details’ that are found throughout the room are well thought out to give our guests a calm feeling during their stay.  You can click on the various items that I have individually listed to see the original posts if you’d like to read more about them…(below).



027 (9)I put this basket together filled with all of the necessities I could possibly thing of that our guests may have left at home.  Its nice when unpacking to realize you have something to get you through your trip without worry, don’t you think?


Below is the before and after photo’s of what a few thrifty finds and some paint can do to a room.  I hope somehow I’ve inspired you with my project that I’ve shared with you ~ I still have a few more details I’d like to change, but those will come in time as I find the perfect items.  Yes, don’t worry, I will be sharing!

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To see where I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie

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You can click on the various items that I have individually listed to see the original posts if you’d like to read more about them…(below). If I forgot something and you are curious about it, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Bernideen said…
WHAT A TERRIFIC PLACE OF REST AND REFRESHMENT you have created - the guests will feel so special here!
Such a gorgeous guest room Tracie. I love it. xx
Wow -- what a wonderful job you did on this! It's just gorgeous. I'm about to replace my own yucky carpet with wood floor --
NanaDiana said…
Tracie- You did a wonderful job on the room. I can tell you put a lot of thought and love into every detail and it shows. You have tied everything together beautifully- xo Diana
Laura said…
Your guest bedroom is so calm and inviting. It is just gorgeous. Your guests may never leave. Thanks for sharing.
Kate said…
What a beautiful and amazing makeover!!! Well done I think all of us gals are in awe.

Just beautiful love that bed! Di
Hi Tracie: What a beautiful and peaceful room. Any guest would never want to leave. You have done a really good job. It is so pretty..Happy Sunday..Judy
Tracie ~
Oh! sweetie! Your room is fabulous!!
I love that bed!! and the cottage chic bed linens are wonderful. I love the blue cabinet!! I need one to hold my collection of antique quilts.
You did a wonderful job! Next time I'm in Seattle maybe I'll get to see it in person.
What a beautiful transformation. Love it all. I bet you won't be able to stay out of that room,xx
What a peaceful setting for your guests to rest and relax. You have chosen so many varied details. It's nice to see the lace next to wooden surfaces...and, all your beautiful bed linens.
Thanks so much for sharing!
What a beautiful change! I am so glad you put in the before picture. How could anyone give up that bed???!! The gray wall is so restful. I could just move right in!
Unknown said…
Stunning, inviting, warm and cozy. Just a few words to describe this lovely room. Love the bed, LOVE the rug and all the details. You did an amazing job. When can I come?
awal.ny said…
The room looks just perfect and I have a feeling it will not be empty very much. Sorry I haven't joined your garden parties much this summer. My garden is not happy that I am not spending all of my days watering it. Not enough time for everything.
Rozmeen said…
What a beautiful space you have made..LOVE the bed.

xoxo Rozmeen
You are going to have some very happy guests!!
Unknown said…
Hi Tracie!!!
Beautifully cozy bedroom... ;)
You asked be about lights? The round globe patio lights can be found at Target, or Fred Meyer! I got them on sale, (end of season) The paper lanterns, at Party City, or Cost Plus World Market. Believe it or not, these places are as inexpensive (or less) than on line.
Hi Tracie, Your guest bedroom turned out so adorable!! I LOVE that bed & every little detail!!! You did an amazing job!! xoxo, Shellagh
Simply Me said…
I love love the bed Frame and the Bedding !!! Fantastic!!! My favorite, the Pie cabinet!!!! Awesome!!!!! everything looks so so pretty and inviting.... Very beautiful Tracie!!
Mikki said…
WOW!! That is beautiful!! Job well done!!
Do you take reservations, and can you stay for long periods of time! I love the room now - so pretty warm and inviting! I would have not problems resting and relaxing here! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!
LOVE it Tracie~ I am so happy you love my old bed!!lol xoxoxoxo
What a great transformation!!

I adore the colors and the pieces that you chose for this room and I love the wood floors.
It is truly a stunning room!

Hats off to you!!

This is such a charming space, Tracie! Who wouldn't feel welcome! Wonderful makeover!
Pollyanna said…
Amazing ... Love, love, love the bed, and the Heibel prints ... so much wonderfulness to soak in!!
I love the room transformation, Tracie! It's so inviting and comfortable and the color scheme is so relaxing! I've been thinking of using grey paint in our bedroom as I recently purchased an ivory quilt with black and grey stitching (BHG from Wal Mart). I love how the color grey goes with pinks and turquoise for little accents, so that's what I've been dreaming about lately. Love the little doggie bed! Perfect for a guest pooch! Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Leena
What a lovely redo of this room, Tracie--so much thought went into it. I love the metal scrolled headboard and footboard--it's so pretty. The antique rug is also wonderful. Also having the basket with toiletries in it is a really nice touch for visitors. It's all wonderful!
I love your guest room, it's so pretty and inviting. Your friend's bed is terrific, just perfect in the room. Love to be a guest in that room too! Thank you for your lovely comment.
Betty Stapleton said…
What a lovely guest room. Be careful they won't want to go home. Love it...
Unknown said…
oh my..almost missed this post while i was on vacation. tracie...the room is STUNNING! i just adore it! every petite detail so thoughtfully put together to create a serene haven for your lucky guests! truly. love. it.
Anonymous said…
Wonderful! Great room!

Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Bella
Sensible Sarah
the room is a dream come true! I could take up permanent residency in there. Love it all, but that blue pie safe made my heart skip a beat! Thanks for sharing with SYC. you did a fantastic job!
So charming!!! Love that bed~ how gorgeous!! Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!
Unknown said…
Your guest room is lovely. Any guest would feel welcome there. Love the dark accent wall too.

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