Welcome to our guest room, the most neglected room in our house! The scuffed up carpet, fussy ceiling light and heavy velvet curtains were all there when we moved in three years ago. We've been busy putting in new bathrooms and figuring out the layout downstairs and until now this room has never felt like a priority. But I am rethinking how we use the space upstairs and the guest room is next on my hit list.
It's a good sized room — about 14 ft by 10.5 ft — with a large window and lots of natural light, but as a guest room, it gets very little use. In reality it's mostly used by the cat. Meanwhile my daughter, Pearl, is next door in this little room, where you have to do a sideways crab-walk to reach the bed.
My plan is to move her bedroom into the guest room and turn this little room into a sewing room. My husband is pretty resistant to the idea of us giving up the guest room, but I don't see any sense in packing my daughter and all her belongings into this 10ft by 6.5ft space when we have a much larger room going free.
So here are my plans:
- Pull up the carpet and lay bamboo flooring — it's cheaper than wood, it's hard wearing and I like the look of it.
- Get rid of the green velvet curtains and replace with something brightly colored and cheerful.
- Hit IKEA for shelving and storage.
- Finally get around to framing up and hanging all the lovely prints I have been stock piling for my daughter's room.
- Source a sofabed so we can still put up overnight guests.
- Sew some cushions.
What I'm aiming for is a light and bright Scandinavian-style bedroom filled with colorful textiles and artwork. Time to see what's under that carpet...