I am excited to share a new reveal with you today! I’ve been waiting a long time to change our guest bedroom. Our previous guest room was in an upstairs bedroom that is right next to our kids’ bedrooms. Our guests would always have to share the nearby hall bathroom with my kids which was never ideal. Many years ago, I decided it would be better to move the guest room to a spare room downstairs. This room is right next to a full bath providing our guests with their own private suite away from our family who all have bedrooms upstairs. As our parents aged, they have also reached a point where it’s harder for them to go up the stairs, so having a guest room on the first floor was an important change to make. After many years of wanting to make this change, I finally found the time!

Unfortunately, this transformation wasn’t as simple as moving everything in our old guest room down to the new room. For one thing, the new room is smaller than the old one so all of the furniture wouldn’t fit in the new room. Also, the furniture we had in the old room was not my favorite. It was one of the first online furniture orders I ever made many years ago, and the color of the furniture was completely different than the online photo. I kept it anyway because it was too expensive to return it, but the color has always bugged me. And the furniture wasn’t the only thing that bugged me. The color scheme and decor of the old guest room was definitely blah and not up to par. So I decided to not keep anything from the old room to reuse in the new room which meant this room became a new design project for me, and I would be starting with a clean slate.

Here are the before photos of the room downstairs that would become our new guest bedroom. My husband had been using this room as his home office since Covid hit and he started working from home…

As you can see, it was not in good condition. This was the one room that we hadn’t updated at all (not even paint) since we moved into our house 15 years ago! So it definitely needed some love!

Another issue with this room is that there is no closet. I considered building a closet, but it is such a small space to begin with (about 11’x11’) that we wouldn’t be able to fit a queen size bed in the room if we added a closet. I decided the best option was to just add some wall hooks as a designated place for guests to hang nice clothes. Honestly, if I put a closet in the room only a small portion of it would ever be used anyway so it seemed like a waste of time, money and most importantly space.

So with all the background info out of the way, let’s get to the design…

Here are some images of the 3D model I made of my design plan:

SketchUp model views of my proposed design

For this reveal, I’m going to share the changes with photos instead of words. I took photos of the new room throughout the process so you can see the changes instead of read about them. 

Watch the transformation from an old office to a new guest room: 

This renovation consisted of a lot of cosmetic work, including replacing the flooring, painting the walls and trim, adding new baseboards, and changing the light fixture and window treatments.

With the furniture brought into the room, all that was left was to add the final details. Here is the finished look:

I purposely decided to not put a lot of furniture or decor in the room because like I said it’s a small room, but also because I wanted to leave as much floor space and table space as possible for guests to store their luggage and personal items.

I’m so glad to finally have a nice, functional guest room for our overnight guests! To any friends and family reading this, come visit anytime!


FLOORING  |  Pergo Portfolio Crema Oak
RUG  |  Bellacor
BED  |  World Market
NIGHTSTANDS  |  antiques handed down to me
CONSOLE TABLE  |  Threshold w/ Studio McGee at Target
WINDOW SHADES  |  American Blinds
CURTAINS  |  Amazon
CHANDELIER  |  Overstock
BEDDING  |  Amazon
THROW PILLOWS  |  Heddle & Lamm, HomeGoods
WALL ART  |  Sisi and Seb, EMC Design Lab
BASKET  |  JoAnn Stores
DECOR  |  Wayfair, Simply Inspired, Bellacor, Target, Amazon

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