I promised a few weeks back that we would talk about plans for our guest bedroom soon. It’s looking like things are going to get underway properly this weekend, so let’s chat! The guest bedroom is a small but adorable dormer room on the second floor, just down the hall from our bedroom. It gets an incredible amount of light thanks to its south-facing windows that take up almost one whole wall. The floors are still hardwood, unlike the rest of the second floor which is carpeted (not by choice, let me tell you) and it’s just generally full of cute little angles and nooks and crannies.


This is a photo our landlord took of the place while we were looking at it. (You can just see the sweet crystal doorknob poking in from the bottom left corner.) I wish I had a good photo of the other wall, which has a sort of nook—about 8 feet wide and 4 feet deep, with a dormer ceiling—but of course I am dumb and neglected to take one. The bird decal was there on the wall when we moved in. Some Internet Sleuthing revealed that this was a nursery a couple owners back. Nearly every guest to this room has commented on how cute it is and how much they love it.

I’m sorry, friends. The bird is coming down.

It’s not that I don’t like it, I just had a bird on the wall of my last bedroom and I’m over it. Also, it just isn’t what I’m feeling for this room. What AM I feeling, you might ask? Well, I’ll show you! My usual style is, I think, fairly masculine and mid-century—I like straight lines, minimal hardware, neutral or VERY bright colors with nary a pastel to be found. For this room, I thought it would be fun to try the exact opposite, with the reasoning that I don’t have to live in it every day. So here’s the plan:


Let’s talk about what’s happening here.

1. We already have the bed, thanks to a generous friend who didn’t have room for it when they moved to a new apartment. (Thanks, Jen and Andy!) We also already have the black and white bedding, thanks to my niece who spent an evening Googling it for me when she was tired of me complaining about how hard it was to find affordable black and white bedding. (Thanks, Lexi!) I’m going to be building the headboard—we just built one for our master bedroom, and it wasn’t so hard! Definitely not hard enough to justify spending $300+ on a premade one. I have a different technique in mind for this one, which I’ll share if it goes well, and vehemently deny even trying if it goes poorly, as is my custom. I’m on the lookout for the throw pillows, but have seen zillions of the toile and ikat ones at HomeGoods and the like, so I’m not too worried about it. The more specific one, the little green/gold lumbar pillow, I’m having made on Etsy.

2. A few years back, I inherited a beautiful little side table from my uncle. It hasn’t had a place to live until now, so I’m happy to give it a home at last. I already have a black lamp for this spot (I just need to buy a new shade for it, since the one it has is orange). The brass cranes are a dime a dozen on Etsy, so I’m hoping to pick a set of them up soon. The pink Lucite alarm clock is one of the tragedies of my adult life; I found it on Etsy, sat on it for too long, and now it’s gone. I’ve seen similar ones crop up from time to time, so I’m going to keep my eyes peeled and see if another one comes up. If not, I’ll have to figure something else out. The pink Moroccan pouf could come from a number of places; right now Overstock is looking like the most likely source, unless I decide to DIY.

3. I have a small faux-Flokati rug in the room right now, and it’s super nice and soft underfoot. I like the look and feel of it, just not the size, so I’m on the lookout for a bigger one sometime in the near future. I’ve seen decent deals on them from Overstock, Home Depot and Rugs USA, so when we get to this point I’ll probably just snag whichever one is on the best sale at the moment.

4. The nook on the other side of the room is crying out for some kind of built-in treatment. The current plan is to install two IKEA RAST dressers, spiffed up campaign-style in a glossy green with brass hardware. We bought the RASTs on our last trip to Chicago, so we can get started on this soon! On top of the dressers I want to build simple bookshelves to display some knickknacks and, yes, books. In between them, the plan is to use upper cabinets from the Habitat ReStore to build a low seat, and finish it off with a blue velvet box cushion and some throw pillows (including the fun IKEA LAPPLJUNG RUTA which we also bought a few weeks back). I have some snazzy finishing touches in mind for this, which I’ll share in a little bit.

5. I’ve always loved the look of wallpaper—particularly the beautiful collaboration by Hygge & West and Rifle Paper—but can’t afford to do an entire room. I’d like to wallpaper just this little section of wall, which I should be able to do with one roll. Failing that, I could stencil a fun pattern right onto the wall, or even use a removable custom wallpaper from Spoonflower. Options! I also put together a quick typographical poster of one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite book series, The Magicians by Lev Grossman (this particular quote is from the third book, The Magician’s Land). Just need to find an appropriately elaborate frame and I’ll get it on the wall.

6. I’m having light fixture angst. Right now there’s a ceiling fan in the room. Unlike my husband, I’ve never been a big fan of…fans. It’s going to stay up until I find the right chandelier to replace it, but that could take a while; it needs to be kind of ornate and attention-grabbing, while still maintaining a low-ish profile (the ceilings on this floor are not super high). My plan is to keep checking the ReStore and Craigslist, and see what comes up. I love the look of these faux-bamboo guys, but I think the odds of finding one small enough to fit the space are slim. We’ll see!

7. The wall color was decided within a week of moving into the place, and happily, I haven’t changed my mind on it once. It’s Bridal Pink by (obviously) Benjamin Moore, and I think it’ll be the perfect blend of feminine-but-not-too-girly, warm-but-not-too-peachy. Look how bright and happy it is in this room:

See? I think it’s gonna be good. We’ll be painting before we do anything else, and I’m hoping to do that in the next week or two, so I’ll keep you posted.

Just to get you up to speed, here’s what this room looks like right now (ignore the lampshade, I was borrowing it from another room):

Hopefully, next time you see it, it’ll be like Molly Ringwald…pretty in pink. Until then!

P.S. This post’s title, if you aren’t a huge Friends nerd like me, is a reference to the game show episode in which it’s revealed that Monica has eleven categories of towels. Ms. Chanandler Bong, anyone?