Several years ago I removed the bed and all its accessories from our guest room and turned it into my home office. It worked for a period of years as just my office but this summer we started renting out our guest house and needed a place for guests to stay in the main house. So we brought the bed up from the basement, moved my office into the dining room and had my parents stay a month with us this summer. It all worked out just fine, but I started to think and that turned into a room makeover.
After they went home I knew I needed to make that room have a dual purpose so with the help of HomeGoods my vision started coming together. I wanted the space to be gender neutral, cozy, inviting and be a home away from home for our guests. My parents now plan on spending a month with us every summer and I’m no longer stressing over what the room looks like. My best friend came over after the makeover, looked the room over, crawled onto the bed and said she’d move into the space right away if we had no guests.
Here are the two looks the guest room/office had before. Yikes right? It certainly didn’t scream cozy and inviting that’s for sure. Oh, and I forgot to mention the space also needed a piece of furniture for the dog to sleep on. If you’re anything like me your pets are pampered just like your guests.
For inspiration I started looking at photos on Pinterest trying to see how people make the space work by combining everything that’s needed in a bedroom and office.
Before I headed to HomeGoods I made a list of the staple items I was looking for; desk, curtains, and an area rug. If you’ve ever been to HomeGoods you know their stylish selection changes often, so every shopping trip is like a treasure hunt. I’ve learned not to hesitate on making a purchase, if I think too long and go back for the item it’s normally not there any longer.
There’s so many unique and fashionable things at HomeGoods butI had to keep telling myself to stay on track and find the staple pieces I wanted first, and then I could start finding all the amazing accessories to pull it all together. I certainly suggest making a list when decorating a room, and bringing along an inspirational photo to help. I had two photos on my phone and referred to them several times while shopping. It’s easy to get off track, and put things in your cart that don’t fit the look you’re going for.
I had a budget and needed to stick with it that’s why I chose to shop at HomeGoods, they have the designer look pieces for reasonable prices. I kept myself on a strict budget, only spending $370.
Here’s the breakdown. $199 on the fabulous hairpin leg desk (love it and actually had it pinned to my Pinterest board), $79 on the area rug, 2 pair of curtains $60, 2 white faux fur throw pillows $19, and an animal print faux fur throw $14.
The items I chose to shop my house and reuse: Queen bed (turned sideways to mimic a day bed), nightstand, small dresser, bedding, black and white artwork, the dog’s piece of furniture, and the industrial shelving unit.
Did you happen to notice the loveseat is now gray where it was turquoise in the before photo? I painted the piece again, and must say the paint holds up beautifully and I love that I can change the color and make it work with whatever colors I’m using at the time.
I’m still using the Instagram wall I created and enjoy looking at all the photos while I’m at my desk. I’ll be back soon to show you how to create your own black and white artwork that’s on the picture rail for FREE and give you the downloads to the prints I’ve already created.
Once again: thank you, HomeGoods for making my shopping experience so enjoyable and having just the right piece to create the look I wanted.
Get inspired and check out this video with HomeGoods and Sutton Foster teaming up to make her dressing room feel like home!