Yep, we’re back at it with the guest room switch-a-roo. Like we mentioned in this post, we’re basically starting all over again and transforming the once airy, nursery-like room into something more cozy, fun, and modern rustic. To start off, we stripped the room down to the “bones” and painted the pool blue walls a deep, moody gray…
Now that the room was painted, the first thing on our to-do list was new bedding. After searching high and low online, I found a few designs on Target’s website that I had to check out in person…
I stood there in the bedding isle of Target trying to decide between these two for a solid 15 minutes. I’m always a fan of pool blue, but the coral(ish) red along with the geometric pattern kept tugging at my heart strings. Keeping in mind we’re going for a “modern rustic” feel, I was concerned the blue design would look more mid-century modern, so the coral(ish) red it was.
After I got it home and played around with a few combos–mixing and matching with other blankets and pillows we had around the house, this is what I came up with…
Please excuse the wrinkles in the “wrinkle free” sheets. Even though we love, love the softness of the bamboo sheets, we’re planning on replacing those soon as well because I’m tired of the wrinkles.
I added a folded gray quilt (the same one we used in Guest Bedroom 1.0) near the bottom of the bed to break up the pattern, add another layer of texture and tie in the gray walls.
I’m normally not a fan of using shams that come with a comforter (I have no idea why, I’m just not), but I really like the look of them in this pillow scenario. It ties the front in with the back and brings the pattern full circle. In front of them, we have standard pillows (aka “sleeping pillows”) and in front of those are large Euro pillows (from Target). Like the gray quilt, I feel like these ground the bed and compliment the gray walls. The blue pillows are from the old Nate Berkus line at Linens & Things. We used these in Guest Bedroom 1.0 and in our master bedroom in our first apartment. Six years later, I’m still in love with the tweed fabric and perfect blue hue. As for the pillow front and center, I’m going back and forth on this one (here from Anthropologie), but I’ll come back to that in a second.
Oh, and the new wall art above the bed. We got these wood bus tickets on sale at Pottery Barn a few months ago (sadly, they aren’t available anymore). When we got them, we weren’t quite sure where they’d go, but we knew they would look good somewhere. I love how the red letters and numbers are a nod to the main color in the bedding without being too overpowering. The raw wood really helps bring in the “rustic” part of “modern rustic” and will go really well with the soon-to-be-here side tables.
Back to the pillows. I keep thinking the front pillow may be too busy, making the bed look too “circus”. I love the colors and the pattern, but when I take it away, I’m like, “Ahhh…”
…Then on the other hand, the bed still needs another pillow. Even though I don’t love it, I haven’t been able to find one that works as well as the Anthropologie pillow.
If we decide to get rid of the pillow on the bed, its home will be the chair in the corner of the room. I hate this chair. I hated it even more when the walls were blue. I loved it when it was in my first apartment in college, and I like the shape, size and sturdiness of it. The fabric/color is all wrong for us now, though. That said, with the new wall color, I hate it a little less, and I don’t mind it hanging out until we find something better. Oh, and the floor lamp, even though you can’t see the whole thing in this photo, was a find from Home Goods for $30. Gotta love Home Goods.
So, for now, this is what we’re working with. The next step is adding side tables (which should be here any day), lamps (I’m thinking white large lamps), changing out the hardware on the dresser, curtains (I have NO idea what kind of curtains to do in here) then on to more wall art to go next to the chair in the corner and, lastly, accessories.
We’re hoping to have this room wrapped up in time for family to stay with us over the holidays. If I was a betting gal, I’d bet the curtains will be what slows me down. Why do curtains have to be so hard?!