24 Aug 2012

Guest Room Reveal

Ready to see the guest room?  This was really more of a mini-revamp than a complete overhaul, but it still looks 1000 times better than it did before.

Let's look at the before.

If you are a regular visitor around these parts you will know all about the famed frame closet.  There it is - in the picture above. It's a GONG show, but look at all those frames!!!

Pretty plain and boring. Our poor guests didn't even have any pillows! See that tall lamp on the left? That's the one that was crushed by Fin and I later used for the Inkodye print.

Ok, enough of that sad room.  Let's look at the after, shall we?

This is the view from the hallway.  I wish I had this same view in the 'before' pictures.  I don't close the door to the guest room any longer.

Just so you can get a sense of the size of this room....it's small...11' x 8'.  There is no way to put a queen sized bed in here without having one side against the wall. Our guests get good at climbing over one another.

I swapped out the white bedspread that was there before for a dark brown duvet.  As you already know, I have some hoarder tendencies, so I already had this duvet in the linen closet.  I think we had used it a few houses ago - I can't even remember, but I knew we'd use it some day!  The bed is Malm from Ikea, and I believe the mirror is part of the Malm series as well.  These both were Mr. Swell's from his bachelor days.  I probably would have never picked the natural finish, and was a little tempted to paint over it all, but once I had all of the natural finish pieces together it started to grow on me.  Besides, we have enough white and dark brown furniture in our house already.

The bright orange framed fabric from Papua New Guinea (read all about it here) adds a bright pop of colour.

I used some of the left over orange fabric in a tray for the top of the dresser.  The tray has a removable back so that you can place photos in it.  I've never actually had photos in it, but I do like changing it up.  I had a placemat in it before this piece of fabric.  I believe it's Umbra, originally from Urban Barn.  I also spray painted an old bottle I had metallic gold.

I really cleared out the 'frame closet' on this room.  The 2 framed fabric pieces and the mirror were from the frame closet, and then I went on another closet hunting adventure and found a few pieces to make a gallery wall of sorts.  Mr. Swell came with the tribal mask when he moved in with me.  I have to be honest....it creeps me out a bit. The lips are ginormous. He loves it though, and I figured that I had shoved it in the closet for 5 years, so it was time for it to make an appearance again.  It doesn't creep me out as much when it's part of a larger collection.  The picture above it is from my first time in Hawaii (we've been lucky enough to be back multiple times since).  The cowboy hat is one that I've had for quite a while.  Since I live in Alberta it's pretty much mandatory to have a cowboy hat.  I actually have 2, a classic black one and this more casual one.  I used to wear them at least once a year when I lived in Calgary and went to Stampede, but since we've moved to Edmonton they haven't seen a lot of use.  And lastly, the clock is just an Umbra clock, but it has a bit of sentimental value.  When Mr. Swell bought his first house, his realtor gave him the clock as a house warming gift.  Reminds us how far we've come.

The little dip dyed stool holds a basket of goodies for our guests.  Some of the essentials that a person may need while staying at our house.  Travel sized toiletries, hand towels and face cloths.

And just to keep things real....this is what happened about 2 minutes after I put the basket on the stool.

The total cost for this room was $10 - the cost of the stencil on the dresser.  That's it. Everything else was shopped from within our house.  Now we just need some guests!

Linking to:

TDC Before and After


  1. $10 room makeover...simply amazing! I know I could not make that claim in any part of our house.

    Im still bowled over that you were able to get that cute dresser for free.

    -Erica F

    1. Thank you. All it goes to show is how much stuff I have hanging around :) That dresser is one of my favorite pieces in our whole house now...cant beat free!
      Have a great weekend.


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