I have FINALLY finished our guest room! It was a slow process over several months, but I am so pleased with the outcome and wanted to share some photos with you. I’ve also included below sources and details about how I put the room together.

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So remember this is where things started – a totally blank canvas. I collected some inspirational images for the room and decided on a black, white and pink palette for the space.

Guest room before

It’s a very small room with only one window, so I embraced the darker feel and painted the walls a matte black. I also added two wall lamps on either side of the window over the bed. There’s not really space for nightstands so this is a good alternative.

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The daybed, which pulls out to make a double bed for guests, fits perfectly in the space and almost feels built-in. As it is the most prominent piece in the room, I made it a focal point by filling it with a bunch of pillows I made from black, white and pink fabrics in different patterns. I also embellished the plain white curtains (repurposed Ikea ones) that hang behind with a black and white greek key trim.

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At one end of the bed I hung an extra TV we had in the basement. This was a bit of a tricky job I actually had to do twice to get it in the right position. I used this Ikea wall mount which allows for the TV to swing out. It makes for great solo movie watching!

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On the other side of the room is my desk, which was a great thrift store find. I paired it with a Kartell Louis Ghost chair and added this cute pink and white pillow from Zara Home.

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For artwork in the room, I mostly used old black and white family photos (framed by these guys). They have really special sentimental meaning for me and look great against the black walls.

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For something modern (and pink!) I added this photograph of flamingos. My family has a long running inside joke about flamingos so they will get this one. 🙂 Art really should be personal and have meaning. Do you have to look at it everyday after all!

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The room has a tiny en suite shower and sink which was already tiled in charcoal grey. There’s no door (and we rent so I can’t add one), so the black walls help make it a bit less noticeable.

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There’s still one last thing left to do – install a new overhead light fixture. This current situation just won’t do.

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I have this funky chrome sputnik one (found in a thrift store of course) waiting to go up so hopefully I can get an electrician to come by soon.

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For some final touches, I bought this simple sisal rug from Ikea and a hammered metal stool from Zara Home. The rug adds another texture and helps keep the room from getting too dark. And the stool is great as a little bedside table.

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My mom is coming for a long visit in May so I’m so happy to have this ready to welcome her. I hope she will like spending time here as much as I do!

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