Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Guest Bedroom Reveal (Before/After)

I'm loving the simplicity of our new guest room. My goal was to simplify and undecorate. I wanted a space that was calming for guests but not sterile. Ready to see the results?!
John made the headboard. I know you're not surprised, because we all know by now that John has mad skills. 

I typically do the finishing work on our projects, i.e. sanding, caulking, painting, etc, but I got out super easy on this one. We didn't finish any of it! Raw, natural and minimal.

We used select pine as the main pieces and primed MDF for the surround. The lighting in this shot makes it look a tad more yellow than it actually is. The below shots are a better representation of the true color.

Love how the bit of gold on the Ikea sconces tie in the gilded gold mirror from Wisteria.

I picked up the Snake Plant at Home Depot and it's supposed to be really hard to kill. I've had it for about 4 months now and so far so good. If you have a black thumb, this is a keeper!

I decided to nix throw pillows on the bed for several reasons. One, I didn't want to cover up John's hard work. And, two, guests don't have to worry about fussing with a ton of pillows. This frees up their time to visit more with us!

So, after 15 months of living in this house, here's the slow progression of this room:
Right after moving in. Pretty much a catch all space.

Finally got around to getting rid of the things I knew wouldn't work with my new vision and also got rid of the yellow paint color. New paint, Seashell by Benjamin Moore.

After:

Plain and simple.

8 comments:

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Dana, WOW on John's mad skills. He is so good! And your design - I'm loving how intentional the minimalist feel is - truly a restful, quiet retreat for your guests!! It's beautiful!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love it! it's rustic, cozy, modern, and serene all in one!!!!

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

On a scale of one to even, I can't.
Let's just say that John isn't the only one with mad skills. Holy crap, this is fabulous.

P.S Amen on the snake plant. Mine hasn't even flinched since I got it. Unbelievable.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Dramatic change! Looks great!

Haley said...

Ooooh, I love this! I've been dreaming up a similar headboard/nightstand setup and I love how it looks in your guest room.

pam {simple details} said...

Simple, yes! Plain, NO! Your editing couldn't be more perfect to let that fabulous headboard make a statement! I know I've said it before, but you two are an amazing team!! Beautiful photography, too! (I have visions of staying in there one day. Don't you love how I invite myself? :))

Julia Konya said...

What a great before and after. It's serene, different and gorgeous. It reminds me actually of Germany, so I love it!

Melissa Robinson said...

For me, plain and simple is the best look to go for when you are trying to achieve a humble and relaxing abode. Decluttering that room and getting rid of any unecessary decorations gave it a very minimal theme, which is of course, one of the best ways to provide a simple room with a relaxing ambience. The dark pillow case is a nicely added touch as well. You did a great job on that project, Dana! Thanks for sharing that! All the best to you! :)

Melissa Robinson @ Pillow Perfect, Inc.

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