Guest Room: Still Working on It

Now that we’ve got a shiny new king-sized bed in our master bedroom, our guest room finally has a queen-sized bed. Can you believe we were making our guests sleep in a full?! Sorry, guests. Now, you get to enjoy a slightly-larger knock-off TempurPedic mattress. Was it worth the wait? It was, right?

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Charcoal Guest Room with Marbled Paper and Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconces

Once we moved the bigger bed in, it became clear very quickly that our giant nightstands needed to go. We already had the round wood table on the left – it was actually in our house when we moved in – and we found the Target Threshold gold accent table that I’ve been wanting since February on clearance for $29.98! It was AWESOME. They also had most of the other brass/gold accent tables on sale, but I actually thought this one was the nicest-looking (read: least cheap) in person. I put an acrylic gold tray on top to warm it up a bit. The only thing that stinks about it is that it doesn’t camouflage anything: you can see all the cords on the floor behind it.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Charcoal guest room with gold accent table and bronze sconces

As you can see, I haven’t “styled” either nightstand yet. They’re so small! I don’t know what to put on them. We no longer have room for table lamps, so we opted for wall sconces. After a lot of wishy-washying, I finally bit the bullet and ordered the Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconces in bronze. I was really iffy about it, because they’re just a bit more modern than I’d like, and I don’t totally trust UO’s quality, but in the end, you just can’t beat $29 for a sconce.

Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconce in Bronze on Charcoal Walls

I was pretty happy when they arrived – the bronze is just the right shade, and they’re surprisingly sturdy-feeling. Unfortunately, they come with a white cord, which is not cute. I copied Jenny Komenda (for not-the-first and certainly-not-the-last time) and painted the top portion of the cords the same color as the wall, and that helped a lot.

Urban Outfitters Bronze Eyeball Sconce on Charcoal Walls

I had plenty of extra Ashland Slate lying around, since I’ve used it on so many things (the guest room walls, the kitchen cabinets, and the Rast dressers). I opted to use my sample pot on the cords, since it was a) the easiest to open and b) the thinnest formula.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Painting Cords on Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconce

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Urban Outfitters Eyeball Sconce with Painted Cord

I moved our marbled paper above the bed, and I really like it there. Now, the bed itself needs some work. The ol’ Ikea Hemnes and toile duvet had a good run, but they’re not doing it for me in this room. I think I want to find a way to upholster the headboard with beige linen and brass nailheads – something like this.

Beige Headboard with Brass Nailheads

I’d like to replace the duvet cover with a solid white one, like this, and then bring in some color with shams in a large-scale floral. Maybe one of these?

Ideally, I’d pair those with my Ikea black and white graphic throw pillows, since I already own them.

Ikea Lappljung Ruta Black and White Graphic Cushion Cover

Is it cliché to mix floral and geometric patterns yet? I hope not, because I’m still into it.

We still have a light wood bookcase and dresser on the other side of the room, and something has to be done about that. The dresser is way bigger than it needs to be, so I’d like to replace it with something smaller. The bookcase is OK, but I want to give painting it a shot. It’s cheapy veneer, so I’m not sure how well that will go.

Maybe, some day, I’ll actually feel like I’m finished with a room! Any room! Just one?

Do you find yourself constantly updating the decor in your house, or do you finish a room and move on completely? What would you do to update our guest room?

House Tour: The Guest Room

I swear, I’m going to finish this house tour. Soon. There are only three rooms left!

At the top of the stairs, our master bedroom is on the left, and a short hallway is on the right. In a strange twist, the whole upstairs, other than the bathrooms and our bedroom, has nice, glossy hardwoods. Why couldn’t those be downstairs?!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hallway

At the end of the hallway, there are two smaller bedrooms and a guest bathroom. Both rooms are basically square, and they were just boring when we moved in. The room on the back of the house was set up as an office, but since it had the smaller closet, we decided to use it as a guest room.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Move-in pictures - The office

It was very YELLOW.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Move-in pictures - Office closet

I knew I wanted our guest room to be moody, cozy and calm, and I had my heart set on dark gray walls with a neutral color palette. These were my two favorite inspiration photos:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Erika Brechtel's dark gray guest room via Small Shop Studio

Erika Brechtel’s dark gray master bedroom from Small Shop Studio

I tested three dark grays by Benjamin Moore.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Benjamin Moore dark gray paint samples

From left to right: Ashland Slate, Englewood Cliffs and Gray Shower (all Benjamin Moore)

My favorite was Ashland Slate, but with only one (albeit large) window, I was a little worried that the dark gray would swallow the room. Obsessing, I sent pictures to my coworkers for opinions. One of them suggested some bright white crown molding and a picture rail to break up all the dark color. When I came across this inspiration photo, the heavens parted:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Dark gray bedroom with white trim via Houzz

Scot Meacham Wood Design via Houzz

It was such a good idea! And lucky me – I have a handy husband who just happens to have a handy father. The two of them cut and installed the trim in just one weekend, and a week later, our painters added the charcoal gray and some glossy white trim paint. So, here’s what the room looks like now:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls and neutral color palette

The white curtains (which need to be hemmed), sheepskin rugs and accent pillow are all from Ikea, of course.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls

I don’t really like much else in the room. I don’t mind the quilt, which I got on clearance from Target years ago, but I ultimately want to replace it with a white pintuck duvet cover. I’m vowing not to replace any of the other bedding until I get our queen-sized bed out of our room and into the guest room, though.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls and white picture rail

The wood nightstands and dresser were Brad’s from his college bedroom, and while they’ve had a good run, I’m ready to say goodbye to them. It might be worth painting them, but they’re not solid wood, so I haven’t really decided yet. I’m not in any huge hurry.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls, and white picture rail and crown molding

I really, really love the wall color and the trim, though. It actually may be the sunniest room in the house, so the charcoal shade is never gloomy or overwhelming.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bright guest bedroom with dark gray walls and sheepskin rugs

It’s the room I spend the least time in, but I think some day it might end up being one of my favorites!

So, have I gotten close to my inspiration photos yet? Should I ditch the furniture, or paint it?