Interior Design: Don’t forget the guest room!

Interior Design: Don’t forget the guest room!

If you follow me on IG (@oak_olive_vintage), you know I’ve been blah blah blah-ing about changing up my guest bedroom. I’ve been so into it because it’s the first project for myself that I spent time planning the entire design. All other rooms so far have been put together bit by bit, which is totally fine. By planning the guest room details, it has made a world of difference. The color palette is on point and everything else in the room followed suit and it feels so good. My photos definitely don’t do it justice.

I’ve been studying now, for over a year….yes, I was supposed to be done by now, but you know, things don’t always go as planned. In hindsight, I should not have enrolled immediately after having a baby. I thought it would be no problem to do the course while getting through those newborn months…HA!  Throughout this time I have been studying online with the Interior Design Institute and will receive a diploma in interior design and I have to say, I’m loving the course. I’ve learned a lot and designing makes a lot more sense to me now. I’m now confident in styling, choosing colors, creating layouts, choosing and placing lighting in a home. I have been really eager to get on with projects, but not actively promoting my services….yet!  Behind the scenes I’m still studying, mom-ing, taking on word of mouth design projects, doing a whole giant re-brand + new website and still working as an Occupational Therapist.  So, as you can imagine…things move a little slower than I’d like, but it’s ok and I know it’s all going to come together at the right time.

I’ve been hit with the design bug sooo bad and my guest bedroom has been staring at me…like, “why have you left me behind? I used to be your master bedroom and now I’m nothing”. It was a sad room and I actually felt bad when people stayed there. The wooden bed supports had broken (I guess that’s a common thing to happen when they’re made of wood), so the mattress was sagging in the middle, there were no curtains (I took them down to hang upstairs), there was no feeling and definitely no comfort.

After finishing my assignment on Color, I went to work on setting the palette for the room. It was not until after I found the inspiration for the room though; artwork I purchased from a local business, Hatch Art House. It’s an illustrated desert scene that I fell in love with. Displayed upstairs, one day I randomly pulled it off the wall, went straight downstairs and had an a-ha moment. It was then and there that the bedroom’s inspiration was this desert scene:

The feature wall was already painted in the most amazing green, Benjamin Moore’s Cushing Green. I painted the wall while I was about 7 0r 8 months pregnant and needing some kind of project to work on. I loved the color but the wall just sat that way for well over a year. I had also hung new sconces and bought a throw rug and that was that.

(Side note: Here’s the support I bought to fix the sagging bed. Every single one of the wood posts holding up the bed broke and I truly did not know what to do about it. I jumped on Amazon and found the answer! A metal support system to replace wobbly wood slats. Find it HERE).

Here’s the room before I painted the feature wall (at this time, it was our master bedroom and we were renting on Air Bnb) (and I thought it was good enough at that time. It’s very sad, I know.)


In fall of 2016, I painted the feature wall in Cushing Green. I kept the creamy white  on the other 3 walls and you can see above the closet door where I hadn’t painted yet:

I loved the new color and it really helped to make the headboard stand out, however, this is when it all came to a screeching halt. Sweet baby girl was born…and you know, my world became everything baby for a good 8-10 months. My brain was hijacked by this tiny, beautiful human <3.

Fast forward 1 year, 3 months and here we are! Also, during this time we did a massive attic renovation in spring/summer of 2017, which is now our master bedroom, bath, office and laundry. Our old master turned into a guest room and sadly, was a little forgotten about.

To start, this is the color palette that I chose:

The guest room AFTER!


Always happy to see this view when I come down the stairs 🙂

I painted the 3 cream colored walls in Sherwin Williams, Zurich White. It’s a gorgeous white that has some earthiness to it, almost like a super light clay tone. Paired with the color of the dresser (SW Rojo Dust), it’s very pretty. I added flat black handles to the dresser to complete it’s look. I topped the room off with a desert sunset print from Minted, round mirror and throw pillows from Target, and accessorized with plenty of plants…can never have too many!

I hope you enjoyed this guest bedroom reveal! It was easy to do, didn’t cost a lot since I used a lot of items we already owned, and it feels so comfortable!

Guest rooms can be easy to forget about, but find something that inspires you and go for it! Base the room on a piece of art, pick a color you like in your comforter or rug and roll with it! As always, if you need help with any of this, I am here for you!! I will help you get started and get on the right track or if you’re looking for a full service design…I’ve got ya covered! And, if you do Airbnb…a clean, well thought out room that exceeds your guests needs will for sure have you booked with amazing reviews and extra income in no time (as well as being a great host 😉 )

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Have a great weekend!

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