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The Guest Room

 Seeing as the weather in England is making me feel like I’m on holiday in a tropical paradise at the moment, I thought I would share the room in my house that gives me the same feeling, our guest room.

Guest rooms or ‘spare rooms’ often seem to be that; spare and forgotten. Used as a dumping room to put junk or pieces of furniture/accessories that don’t belong anywhere else in the home, so is often a bit of a mish-mash of random items. Sadly our small guest room fell into this trope, it made me feel sad and unwelcome whenever I glanced upon its blue-tack ridden beige walls, grotesque carpet and just utter bland-ness. I wanted to inject some life into it and make it a fun, colourful space. Somewhere I would actually be proud to show guests and for it to have a purpose, not just a dumping ground.


Wallpaper – The Range | Pendant light – The Range | Mirror – The Range | Blind – The Range | Plant pot – H&M | Lamp Base – ikea | Lamp Shade – ikea | Blanket – TK Maxx | Drawer unit – ikea


It all started with the wallpaper, I saw it on the website and utterly fell in love with it. I thought go big or go home and got a decorator to wallpaper the entire room with it. It is absolutely stunning and a steal at the price! The leaves are metallic which beautifully bounces light around the room. I wanted to add some depth to the room to break up all the bright colour so I painted all the woodwork, window, door and radiator in black eggshell which I think might be my favourite element in the whole room. We already had the ikea drawer unit so I thought the black of the wood would also help to incorporate that into the scheme, draw some focus to the room and add a sense of space.

Rug – H&M
We learned a new skill renovating this room – lamination! I pulled up the old carpet in the hope to find some beautiful floorboards but alas found chipboard . So, I popped down to b&q and just picked up some nice oak effect laminate with a scotia trim to run around the room so we didn’t have to take off the skirting boards, and one Thursday evening Toby and I spent 3 hours or so laying it. Believe me, it’s no work of art, but it does the job .


The trunk you can see in the picture is a blanket box I picked up from the car boot for a tenner. I loved its size as its nice and dinky and fits the space perfectly, I also loved that it had a little seat on the top and the trim which is a nice detail to pick out. I went for yellow because of the yellow on the birds stomach on the wallpaper, and used Rustoleum chalk paint in Mustard. I did 2 coats, distressed it and then used Annie Sloan wax to seal. For the seat I used some leftover fabric and wadding that I had, using a staple gun for the wadding and then some small black nails to pin the fabric in place.



Headboard – eBay | Cushion – ASDA | Neon tubing – eBay
For me, the star of the room is this shot right here. The bed is the most important part of the room, and I love large statement headboards. Unfortunately, because of the size and layout of the room it made most sense to have the layout like this with the bed next to the door, but I would usually have the bed opposite the door to be the main focal point of the room. We kept the same bed in here that we had previosuly to save money, it was a standard single bed with a pine headboard, but one evening I got Toby to take a saw to that and cut off the old headboard and attach the new one I ordered online. I then painted the legs of the frame in Annie Sloan Château Grey and gave it a coat of wax.

Then at night, the neon ‘flawless’ sign (Beyoncé inspired) steals the show! This sign was almost the death of me  I honestly can’t stress how many hours I spent on this, but it was all worth it in the end and is just so cool if I say so myself. I was inspired when I saw Kate’s post on her blog overatkates and followed her tutorial with a few little changes, but overall I’m super pleased with how it turned out and I went for the pink neon because of the pink flowers in the paper . I just need some time before I could ever think of making another one .

So thats how I achieved my tropical theme guest room, I love how it turned out and it definitely brings a smile to my face whenever I walk past now; it’s a happy place . Thank you for reading!

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