Before & After: How to Turn a Dining Room (Or Any Room!) Into a Guest Room Someone Would Actually Want to Stay In

published Feb 28, 2015
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Writer and editor Melanie Warner Spencer’s apartment in Uptown New Orleans is filled with charm, but no guest bedroom. So she’s come up with a way to transform her dining area into an inviting space a guest would actually want to stay in — and has tips and ideas you could steal for your own home.

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Melanie shared her tips on how to turn a dining room (which makes sense, since many folks tend to eat out and entertain guests at restaurants) into a guest bedroom on her blog the Bon Vivant, on the website for New Orleans Magazine, where she is a staff writer (she’s also the Editor of New Orleans Bride).

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From simply scooting the table to a corner and repurposing the chairs as nightstands, to adding a curtain on a tension rod for privacy, to updating an inflatable mattress with a cheery and stylish comforter, the real secret seems to be the combination of creating a semi-private spot with small details that shows you’re thinking about your guests.

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Details like a stack of fluffy towels (so they don’t have to hunt them down), a locally made goody to munch on and local magazines so they can research where to go in the city.

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And of course, fresh flowers always help.

Thanks for sharing Melanie! Your guests are lucky to have a spot of their own in your New Orleans apartment! See more photos and read more details on Melanie’s blog, Bon Vivant.